Nothing but black clouds hanging over Orlando and New Orleans after a week in which Orlando's NBA superstar Dwight Howard and New Orleans' star Chris Paul indicated their bags are packed and they want their tickets punched to an NBA super city such as Los Angeles, Dallas or -- Brooklyn?
OK, we're not sure how to explain Brooklyn, but the point remains that the new NBA labor agreement apparently is doing nothing to stop the game's biggest names from gravitating to the league's biggest cities.
The NBA -- where "small market" has become an insult. Not just Orlando and New Orleans, which at least are popular with tourists, but Cleveland (remember Cleveland?), Memphis, Salt Lake City and, of course, Milwaukee. Yes, Milwaukee is in the NBA. Look it up.
There's also San Antonio, but just like Brooklyn, we can't explain San Antonio.
What can they do? Other than money, what can an imaginative small market team do to keep its stars? That's the reader-generated list we are looking for this week: "Top 10 Small-Market Tips To Keep Their Stars."
We want you to think "out of the box," and give us amusing advice for either a specific small-market team or all small-market teams. Perhaps throw in one of those popular 72-day Kardashian marriages?
Send your suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org -- including your first name, initial of your last name and your location. Please give us at least your partial name as requested, otherwise your witty contribution will be disqualified. You've got until noon Wednesday and return here to see the list Thursday.
Hurry -- Orlando and New Orleans need your help.
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