The NBA is not in the hands of its owners, nor its commissioner. It is in the hands of its stars, and parity has fled the building. For example, LeBron James left Ohio for Miami, the Florida beaches and a team he put together — one with three All-Stars, and the Heat won two consecutive championships.
He then returned to Cleveland and to a team with, again, three All-Stars. They lost to the Golden State Warriors, who countered them with three All-Stars of their own. Next go around, they beat the Warriors, three All-Stars against three All-Stars.
Then, Kevin Durant, seeing how the thing is done, abandoned Oklahoma for Oakland, the California beaches and a reorganized team, the Warriors, with now four All-Stars.
It is now plain enough if an NBA team wants a championship it must acquire as many, or more, All-Stars as the team it wishes to beat. If it's Cleveland with three, then other teams must sign four. That's how the thing is done now, apparently.
Meanwhile, the owners and the commissioner look on in wonder at this absurdly unfair system, which the players have cobbled together, and they don't seem able to correct it. The fans and the owners should be screaming in Mr. Silver's ear for parity, but the only noise heard is the Warriors snickering as Durant's All-Star beat down proceeds.
R. Thomas Price