The Western Conference Fab Fives

Who has the best starting five in the West among the Lakers, Mavs, Wolves, Kings and Spurs?

Updated: August 20, 2003, 10:20 AM ET
By Chad Ford | NBA Insider
Forget about the Kobe Bryant case, LeBron James, the Eastern Conference, the incoming foreign invasion and just about anything else the pundits will use to try to define the upcoming NBA season.

Mark Cuban
Mark Cuban and the Mavs are determined to stay in the hunt out West.
Mark Cuban and four other NBA owners have a more subtle, more true answer to what ails the NBA.

For the first time in ages, you don't have to get excited about a slick new marketing ploy. No, Cuban along with Jerry Buss, the Maloof Brothers, Glen Taylor and Peter Holt have something different in mind now.

Chad Ford

ESPN Senior Writer