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Old 06-27-2017, 06:12 AM
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Default Jon Bois Appreciation Thread.

Thread for appreciating Jon Bois.

All Is Lost - The Death of Basketball.
It's a morbid, unhappy question, which doesn't mean it isn't also an interesting exercise. It's very easy for me to imagine the NBA going strong in 2050, 2070, 2100. It feels like it should run well past that, but it also feels silly to declare, with any real degree of confidence, that the NBA will be played -- with a rubber ball, blocking fouls, 10-feet rims, and a floor that isn't made out of trampolines -- in, say, the year 2914.

Human civilization has been evolving at a breakneck pace over the last 200 years, and the pace figures only to get quicker in the coming decades and centuries. The events of Star Trek: The Next Generation take place in the 2360s. Basketball is never mentioned, and sports in their present form are completely absent. When they dig a man from the 1990s out of cryogenic stasis and bring him aboard, he asks if he can watch an Atlanta Braves game. Nobody seems to know what he's talking about.

It's hard to imagine when the last NBA season would be, or why there would be a last season, and it we know with virtual certainty that the NBA will not last beyond the destruction of the Earth, the death of our Sun, and the likely eventual heat death of the universe. We have limited tools at our disposal to simulate what, exactly, this end could look like.
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