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April 18, 2005

NBA Play-offs: This is really starting heat up at the moment Cavs have screwed King James by playing soft on court and in the boardroom. The T-wolves are a joke, and thank god for G.K in Nuggetville , so are the Nets and 76ers the real deal or are they just making up the numbers? and how about this question that was posed in the Chicago Times ? I think basketball is the winner here the NBA had become boring watching the top 4 teams dominate this years play-offs are open for a lot of teams to make an impact.

posted by bballcoachreid to basketball at 10:09 PM - 23 comments

Hey and also to go along with the draft we all know that Bogut is going to be a top pick this year but if anyone here wants a heads up on the next top aussie to rip up the NCAA check out Ben Allen he is going to Indiana and is hella good give him a year to settle in and you watch this space

posted by bballcoachreid at 10:26 PM on April 18

What question was posed in that Chicago Times article? That the NBA will be okay without a NY or LA team in the playoffs?

posted by billsaysthis at 10:36 PM on April 18

That the NBA can survive with NY and LA in the play-offs, I was just interested in what people were thinking ont his as a question? Can the NBA and basketball pull in crowds in less dominated basketball areas such as miami (baseball, football), Texas (football), Denver, Seattle places where basketball is not the major sport. Or is basketball healthy at this time of the year because there is no Hockey..

posted by bballcoachreid at 11:42 PM on April 18

I agree- I'm saddened that the Cavs probably will miss the playoffs again (if the Nets win their final two, or the Cavs don't win both) but elated that the Lakers will be looking on. There is always something exciting about fresh teams, and not the usual faces. As for NY/LA; the NBA will certainly be fine. The New York/New York World Series from a few years ago, Yankees/Mets, was boycotted by many in protest of the fundamental lameness of an all-NY team. While NY and LA are the biggest markets, they are not bigger than the rest of the NBA; it's far more important that the nationwide-audience be excited than only those in the two big metropolitan areas. I say this, of course, as a casual enough fan, with a dual rooting for Seattle and Boston (this doesn't violate Simmon's law: I actually am a Sox fan, and NE born, but have never been passionate about the "Yankees of the NBA"). I suppose if I were die-hard for a team on the edge, this wouldn't be exciting at all; but as a fan with no particular allegience, the diversity and down-to-the-wire playoffs is fun to watch play out. Oh incidentally, the NBA is a major sport in Seattle; the Mariners still seem like a recent fad, and the Seahawks' have of course long-standing troubles, so the Seattle Sonics are pretty much the best game in town, and have been fairly consistently good for some time (a season here or there notwithstanding). This is not like Texas, with it's heavy bias in favor of football.

posted by hincandenza at 11:52 PM on April 18

the NBA is a major sport in Seattle Probably since even before the days of the X-Man, Xavier McDaniel...?

posted by chris2sy at 12:08 AM on April 19

No good point I did spend sometime in Seattle and had forgotten how bad everything else was, the Sonics are the top ticket in town.

posted by bballcoachreid at 12:14 AM on April 19

Also from the article: I believe that basketball has replaced soccer as the most popular participatory sport in the world. Heh. Yeah, right.

posted by CountZero at 12:57 AM on April 19

The 'Lebron is gone' bullshit is driving me nuts. What, guy misses the playoffs his first two seasons, and his career legacy is in jeopardy? You're 20 baby! Give it a little time. Remember, Jordan had to retire twice before he left the Bulls.

posted by WeedyMcSmokey at 07:35 AM on April 19

Not having LA OR NY in the playoffs are no biggie. Its a shame that Kobe and KG arent in the playoffs but hey their teams SUCKED this year........And hey its a team game-that why Lebron didnt make it--His team SUCKS too!

posted by daddisamm at 09:19 AM on April 19

With this year's playoffs not having a one clear favorite to win it all, who is the sleeper team to go deep in the playoffs? Also, who is the most overated team in the post seaon? Will Shaq dominate the east, like he did all season, or will they be upset and sent home early?

posted by Robert_T at 11:04 AM on April 19

Why would anybody want to coach in NY???

posted by daddisamm at 11:05 AM on April 19

no one cares if ny or la is out kobe have couple yrs left and no cares if lebron is not in the playoffs right now it all about iverson, carter, those suns, the heat, and tmac yoa dynasty can rise togethor lj is 20 kobe is a rich spoil idiot & phil is goin to ny

posted by defrag3x at 11:06 AM on April 19

Ahem. Are we neglecting to mention THE WIZARDS!@$? First trio to average 20+ ppg since Run-TMC? Yeah, Kwame's a stiff, but they're going to thump the bejesus out of the Bulls in the 1st round.

posted by sashae at 11:41 AM on April 19

kwame is a waste the bulls will whip wizard ass its the return of the best dynasty ever even the yankees got great superstars who are money hungry like the yankees or the lakers the hot suns r looking great i think they will be on top on the west fuck the texas triangle teams and the supersonics r not hot

posted by defrag3x at 03:23 PM on April 19

playoffs should be good hope that the suns take it all bring back run, gun, fun

posted by gspm at 03:29 PM on April 19

fun scenarios abound, realistically pistons beat spurs, six

posted by chmurray at 05:48 PM on April 19

That's funny guys. :)

posted by hincandenza at 12:01 AM on April 20

no luol, curry? babe bulls sent out to pasture by Wizardry. DENG!!

posted by smithers at 08:12 AM on April 20

Big Ben and Rasheed make Shaq's team look bad again Brown retires a champ

posted by MeatSaber at 09:27 AM on April 20

Depth will hurt Pistons Trophy heading to Texas... Happy 4:20

posted by smithers at 11:24 AM on April 20

Old Latrell Sprewell and that goddamned Sam Cassell have ruined my April

posted by cobra! at 11:58 AM on April 20

Old Latrell Sprewell and that goddamned Sam Cassell have ruined my April also a Wolves fan I share the same fate as you Memphis playoff bound

posted by chris2sy at 12:46 PM on April 20

hey, those weren't haikus!

posted by gspm at 06:18 PM on April 20

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