In 2017, sports fans were treated to competing visions of how a playoff should look.

The NHL playoffs were marked by parity. The two favorites in the West — the Blackhawks and Wild — were eliminated in the first round, with one being swept. The Senators made the Eastern Conference Finals despite being outscored during the regular season. And the Predators made a run to the Finals despite having the worst record of any playoff team.

The NBA playoffs were an exercise in dominance. The Cavs and Warriors combined to lose one playoff game before meeting for the third straight year, when the favored Warriors won in five. Games were uncompetitive, but unlike the NHL, there was a sense that the best teams are gaining their just rewards.

A Hawks communications representative told SB Nation they were aware of Roberts’ efforts due to articles about his quest and appearances on programs like SportsCenter and Good Morning America. But due to the amount of letters they receive requesting opportunities for a workout, they were unlikely to “remember one over another.” It didn’t matter that the letter came from a 61-year-old man who played for them in camp in the 80’s.

A Clippers spokesman said they could not find any of Roberts’ letters in their offices, while the Spurs and Lakers declined to comment when Nike Cheap Jerseys asked if they heard from Roberts.

Mark Warkentein, the New York Knicks director of NFL Jerseys Wholesale player personnel, knew about Roberts’ quest to make it to Las Vegas Summer League. Once upon a time, Warkentein coached and recruited Roberts to Cal State MLB Authentic Jerseys Fullerton as an assistant coach. But that was decades ago.