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Jerry Buss

Celtics, Lakers, Knicks missing from NBA marquee

Celtics, Lakers, Knicks missing from NBA marquee

Once upon a time in the NBA, when big-city basketball was all the rage, the Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers and New York Knicks were ever-present on the league marquee. Today? Their combined record this season is 43-114. When the Celtics, Lakers and Knicks are relevant, the NBA is extremely happy because the TV people are extremely happy. Those markets are gold. But last season, for the first time in NBA history, none of the Big Three made the playoffs. The Celtics — who have won 17 titles — won their last championship in 2008. The Lakers — who trail Boston in rings with 16 — captured their last title in 2010. The Knicks? Their last parade was in 1973, but...

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