Man, can't even discuss the chicken and egg problem of winning and media attention, without having to listen to this highschool breakup BS regarding Bosh. He wasn't Toronto's boyfriend, and now that he is out of our lives, we DON'T have to prove that we wasn't good enough for us.
Anyways...the question is not whether lack of media exposure prevents us from winning. If the Raps put together a good run of teams then we would get noticed. It didn't stop the Blue Jays being in Canada from putting together some dominant teams in late eighties and early nineties. The success stories are teams like San Antonio (average market team) which has put together a winning formula - and because of the respect they have earned, they can attract players. Same with Utah - although apparently Mormons make the best basketball fans it seems. It is certainly an uphill battle to get players - but once a winning formula is in place, the league will pay attention.
No, what is frustrating is that a big market team can SUCK and they still have a shot a landing a LeBron, Wade, Kobe, Melo, Bosh, Dirk, etc. No matter how terrible, a big market team like New York or L.A. can always pull strings and attract Amare Stoudamire just because it is New York. If the EXACT same team were playing in Cleveland (average market, post-LeBron), would Melo even consider going there for the chance to play with Amare and no one else?