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Byline: Jerry Brewer
ORLANDO, Fla. _ A Laker-less NBA Finals will begin Wednesday, and two dissimilar teams will play what many anticipate to be a competitive series, which could mean, above everything else, that parity has returned to pro basketball.
The San Antonio Spurs, with their fundamentally sharp superstar and spirited young perimeter players, are considered the favorite over the New Jersey Nets, who need to win a championship to ensure the return of point guard Jason Kidd. There is plenty of intrigue in the first NBA Finals between two former ABA franchises.
Of all the intriguing scenarios, Kidd's future will be the most discussed. Kidd …