The goal for every NBA team, whether your the Showtime Lakers or 2011 Cavaliers, is to win the ever elusive NBA title.Terrible teams suffer missing the playoffs, but receive help to remove the blood stains from the long season with the NBA Lottery. The good teams that just fell short or didn't have enough (i.e. 11' Heat or 05'-07' Suns) have to go through the pain of knowing they let it slip from their hands or realizing it was never in arms reach. The great teams that earn the right to raise the championship trophy over the heads and take a team picture with everyone raising up one finger get to celebrate together with glorious amounts of champagne.
That's how you can separate the high-, middle- and low- class of NBA teams now and throughout history.
With Blood, Pain & Champagne.