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The State of the NBA 2010

Michael Jordan retired three different times — in 1994, 1998, and 2003. While Jordan was still a blast to watch between 98′ and 03′, his career for all intents and purposes ended in 98′. He simply didn’t have a chance to win a championship with the Washington Wizards.

Following his retirement in 1998, the NBA found itself in a bad place — a fact that seems to have been all but forgotten by fans. The NBA’s heyday of Magic and Bird was long gone, Jordan’s run of brilliance and the Bulls’ dynasty had passed, and the league lacked both the young stars and rivalries needed to be successful. Arenas were empty and TV ratings were down. Boy, so much has changed since then.

In the 12 years since Jordan’s real retirement, the NBA has rebuilt itself into what has become an amazing league once again. There are too many young stars to count, the Lakers-Celtics rivalry was renewed (although that may now be over as well), and the parity in competition was tighter than ever. For that, NBA commissioner David Stern must be given a lot of credit. I for one am extremely happy to see the league so healthy once again.

Looking forward to next year, it’s crazy to think that the league could be completely different than it has been these past few seasons. With the number of high-caliber free agents out there, the balance of power in the NBA will dramatically shift next year — the playoffs will certainly look very different. It is important to note that there is one major exception to this — one that nobody seems to be talking about — the Los Angeles Lakers.  While free agency and the building of super-teams is a hot topic of discussion right now, and rightfully so, the Lakers have a huge advantage next year. Despite the star studded teams they will have to face, the Lakers will still have a young enough team — but they also have years of experience playing together including invaluable playoff-tested experience as a team.

While I’m not completely sure it’s good for the NBA that one season can completely shift the balance of power throughout the entire league, it sure provides an interesting story line for next season. As a Boston fan, I obviously hope that the Lakers don’t 3-peat, but I do think that they can’t be ruled out despite all of the name dropping and super-team talk going on this off-season. The cool part? We’ll have an answer to most of our free agency questions in the next few days.

It’s great to see the NBA back where it belongs.

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You’re the Coach….

If you were Doc Rivers, who would you start tonight in Game 7 of the NBA Finals now that Kendrick Perkins is out — Glen “Big Baby” Davis or Rasheed Wallace?

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Game 6 Review

The Lakers crushed the Celtics last night, in a shallacking that was even worse than the final score. While the Celtics played poorly, give the Lakers credit — they played by far their best game of the Finals.

Game 7 is Thursday night.

I expect the Lakers to take game 7, and for everybody to go gaga over Kobe Bryant as usual. I just don’t see the Celtics pulling this one out. I hope I’m wrong.

The one piece of optimism I have is this — Paul Pierce, Ray Allen, and Kevin Garnett must look at each other sometime before game 7 and say — “Is it really going to end like this?” These players are all approaching the end, and I think they know for sure this is their last chance to win another championship.

So what’s it going to be guys, a huge championship victory to complete your career and ride off into the sunset, or are you going to be just another notch in Kobe Bryant’s belt buckle?

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Game 4 Report

In a game that was a nail-biter despite the final score, the Celtics reserves flat-out came to play in the 4th quarter to win this one. On a team filled with stars, Glen Davis led the way followed by Nate Robinson (despite a stupid technical on his behalf). Of course Rasheed had a “T” as well. The win evens the series, but I’m still having a hard time feeling optimistic about the Celtics’ chances in this series.

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Game 3 Report

A great game by Derek Fisher.

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Jesus Goes Nuts

The Celtics dominated the fourth quarter yesterday, evening the NBA Finals at a game a piece. In a game that looked as though it would be squandered despite the best 3-point shooting performance in Finals history by Ray Allen (he was 7-7 at one point from behind the arc), the Celtics seemed to have every answer in the 4th. Going back to Boston now for three consecutive games with a touch of moment on their side, you’ve got to be at least a bit optimistic if you’re a Boston fan.

PS. I continue to be surprised by how well Andrew Bynum is playing — I’d look for him to be a key matchup throughout this series.

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NBA Finals Game One Report

The Celtics looked like crap. A great game by Kobe, Andrew Bynum, and Pau Gasol. The refs were a bit touchy, I’d like to see them let the players  play more. Chris Rock is awesome. The Celtics just got flat-out beat. It’ll be interesting to see how they respond in Game 2.

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