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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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Michael Jordan. Versus Kobe Bryant

Let me start this post by directing your attention to the title of this post. Let’s make one thing clear — the names Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant don’t belong in the same sentence.

I initially thought that the problem with the Celtics losing the NBA Finals was that, well, the Celtics lost the NBA Finals. But in the few days since that loss, I have quickly come to realize that there is another horrible consequence of the loss — the Michael Jordan. Versus Kobe Bryant comparison is now happening even more than ever. With Michael having 6 NBA Championships and Kobe just capturing his 5th, of course I see why this comparison is happening. Those are the most important numbers, no doubt about. Let’s also take a look at some other stats. While Kobe still has some seasons left in him, both players have played roughly 14 seasons at present.

Points: Jordan 30.1ppg, Kobe 25.3ppg

FG%: Jordan .497, Kobe .455

MVP’s: Jordan 5, Kobe 1

Height: Jordan 6’6″, Kobe 6’6″

You’d have to say advantage to Jordan here as well, although these numbers aren’t super important to this argument. Many critics will then look to aspects of the players such as mental toughness, competitiveness, and drive. Let’s face it — both of these guys are proven closers and heartless competitors. They are both tough as nails. But I’d still give the edge to Jordan.

Perhaps the most overlooked argument in this comparison is the fact that Bryant won three of his NBA Championships with Shaq on his team — arguably the most dominant center of all time. Jordan never played with anybody even close to Shaq’s caliber, let alone a dominant center.

But to me, the argument really comes down to this. Imagine if you could step into the body of both players and feel what it would be like to be them. Sure, Kobe will have some awesome drives and make some impossibly tough shots. But the things that Jordan would do would feel that much more spectacular.

If you don’t believe me, I suggest you watch this video:  http://bit.ly/cnxUew

Jordan is the only guy I know who can make an earring look cool. Plus, his shoes are better and he’s boys with Tiger.

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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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Shannon Brown can Get Up

Lakers vs Celtics Game 6 Highlights 2010 NBA Finals Shannon Brown Alleyoop Dunk

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My Keys to a Celtics Win Tonight

In order……

1) Stay out of foul trouble. If the Celtics are going to win game 6, it’s going to be in a close game — and they are going to need to be able to play free.

2) Establish Paul Pierce as a scorer early. If I was Doc, I’d tell him to go out super aggressive ala game 5. If he’s scoring, he opens up opportunities for everybody else.

3) Do what you’ve been doing on Kobe Bryant — make it tough as hell for him. If he’s going to beat you, he better be making high-degree of difficulty shots.

4) Try to get an early lead — make ’em panic by putting their back up against the wall.

If the Celts can do this (a tall order), #18 will be in the books.

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Game 5 Report

We got the one we needed. A big game for us. Kobe is pissed.

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