As the NBA Lockout continues, the distance between the owners and the players union grows. So does the possibility that the NBA will not exist in 2012.
Huge arenas will sit empty. The roar of the crowd and the squeak of rubber on hardwood will fall silent.
Fans will not get to see their favorite NBA stars lace up their sneakers and take the court unless they are lucky enough to catch the latest NBA star-endorsed charity basketball game at their local civic center.
Speaking of sneakers, with all the hype surrounding the latest batch of signature shoes, it is hard to tell what will be the most crushing lockout casualty—NBA stars, or their shoes.
2012 was going to be a huge year for signature shoes. Every year is. Shoe companies invest big dollars in marketing campaigns for the brightest NBA stars. You see the ads on TV and in print.
But the court is where the big name players can be seen doing what they do best, in their newest and shiniest shoes.
Fans eat it up and want to go out and buy them. Shoes become iconic symbols and can generate dollars for decades.
Hey I know. I've been there.
For me it was the purple and gold Converse Weapons, in honor of Magic Johnson. Then I graduated to the Nike Air Force David Robinson shoes. Then the Fab Five's Nike Air Huarache.
It is the same today. NBA fans want to wear the same shoe their favorite player wears.
But with no NBA season, will the new batch of signature shoes be successful or remembered?
Here are the best of the 2012 bunch.