the dignity of labor
It wasn't just the brilliant work that Elton Brand did in a series of mostly hopeless situations that made him great. It was how he did that work.
The Los Angeles Dodgers outlasted the Washington Nationals in the NLDS in a long and grueling game that's already a classic. It was also October in microcosm.
The Hornets built a winning, middle-class team through smart drafting, reclamation projects, and an aversion to ego. It may not last, but it's beautiful to watch.
Damian Lillard is a great player, if not a perfect one. But when he powered the Blazers to a victory over the untouchable Warriors, he showed us something true.
Shaun Livingston once looked like someone who could change the game of basketball. Now he's something more valuable: a player who understands how the game changes.