Kobe Bryant, Dallas Mavericks Among 5 Winners and Losers from the NBA Lockout

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Kobe Bryant, Dallas Mavericks Among 5 Winners and Losers from the NBA Lockout
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As we all know by now the NBA has cancelled the first two weeks of games for the upcoming season.  Do not be fooled.  There will not be an NBA season.  I haven't seen this much incompetence and laziness since I went to the post office last week. 

By the end of last season, the NBA had finally gotten momentum going for the first time in a decade.  Say what you want, but the formation (or attempts at forming) of "super teams" like the Heat, Knicks (attempt) and Timberwolves (just making sure you're still paying attention) got more people talking about the NBA than had been in a long, long time. 

The Mavericks' miraculous playoff run and toppling of the hated Heat created a tremendous buzz that was supposed to get the NBA back on the map, especially with the uncertainty of the NFL over the summer.  Too bad that has all been wasted.

The difference between the NBA and NFL lockouts, to me, was simple:  I always knew the NFL would work it out, and I never felt the NBA would work it out.  The NBA decided to just toil along twiddling their thumbs before making a pathetic attempt to save face by meeting at the last second to make it look like they tried to get a deal done. 

So who loses and who wins in this hilariously sad farce of a negotiation?  Here are ten that do:

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