With all the gripping and consternation about the "big brother" feel of having threads moved, why don't we simply create a new sub-forum similar to the ones that were created for trade rumors and that Robo dude. The new sub forum could be titled "NBA off court" and could contain all of the news(?) items related to NBA players that happens off the court. This would capture the recent Pacers skirmish, Artest and his dogs, the openly gay former player, etc. In this way, we could keep the primary NBA on court forum - called "Pacers" clean of only discussion of items that happen on the court including player and coaching performances.
Just my 2cents.