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Spending helps teams get into the playoffs, but it seems to matter little in the postseason

A warning shot by Kobe Bryant across the NBA's bow last week hinted that salary caps aren't always a perfect solution for sports leagues. Bryant was quick to call out team owners for hypocrisy after the NBA's new nine-year, $24.4 billion national TV deal. He griped about owners reaping an extra $1.74 billion annually but still pressuring players to rework contracts so teams can compete under NBA salary cap requirements. Of course, Bryant and fellow players gave away their rights to a completely free marketplace when accepting cap restrictions in their collective-bargaining agreement with owners. It could be a nasty fight once that CBA comes up for renewal in 2017. Which got...

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