NBA Dynasties

After watching the incredible documentary, “The Last Dance” on ESPN, it’s clear that the Chicago Bulls are the best dynasty in the modern age of the NBA.  From 1991 through 1993, the Bulls first three-peat teams beat the Lakers, Trail Blazers and a very good Phoenix Suns team for their three titles.  Not exactly a “murders row” but three titles is still three titles.  Their best competition in the playoffs came from fellow Eastern Conference teams. The second three peat club bested the Jazz twice and the Seattle Super Sonics.    

When the “modern age” of the NBA began is up for debate.  Some say it was after the Bulls second three peat.  Other people swear it was when Larry and Magic entered the NBA.  I have even heard a debate for it starting when Shaq and Kobe teamed up for the Lakers. I’d personally argue that the modern age of the NBA began in 1986 because it was the last year CBS aired an NBA playoff game on tape delay, Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals between the Lakers and the Rockets.  The game aired at 11:30 Eastern Time following a 9:30pm tip.   It’s probably stunning for younger NBA fans to learn the NBA playoffs used to be tape delayed.  It wasn’t just a one off either, lots of games were tape delayed over the years.  

The Laker, from 2000 through 2003, three peated against the Pacers, 76ers and Nets.  Then you have the Spurs who may or may not be a dynasty. From 1999-2014 they won five titles, which is an amazing accomplishment but they never three peated.  Heck, they never went back to back.  The Heat went back to back and what about the current Golden State Warriors?  They have won three of the past five NBA titles.  Nope…I am not saying they are a dynasty.  

The best dynasty of all-time has to be the Boston Celtics.  From 1959 through 1969 (10 years) they won eight titles.  That is stunning.  I don’t care what sport it is, what level it is, etc., winning eight titles in ten years is mind blowing.  Not only did they win eight titles but they won eight in a row. Those years belonged to Boston.  Philadelphia broke the streak in 1967 winning the championship behind Wilt Chamberlain, Hal Greer and Chet Walker but Boston bounced back and hoisted the trophy the next two seasons.    

The Bulls have a way to go to match Boston and Los Angeles for all time titles. Boston has won seventeen NBA Championships and lost four.  The Lakers have won sixteen titles and went down to defeat 15 times.  Golden State is 6-5, Chicago is 6-0 and the Spurs are 5-1 to round out the top five.   Who will be the next dynasty in the NBA?  

The American Pastime

“The one constant through all the years, Ray, has been baseball. America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It has been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt and erased again. But baseball has marked the time. This field, this game, it’s a part of our past, Ray. It reminds of us of all that once was good and it could be again. Oh… people will come Ray. People will most definitely come” Continue reading

Chris Paul to the Knicks?

The Knicks have long been known to go after big-name stars. They usually either fail to attract them (Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving last summer, LeBron James in 2010), or they get them too late in their careers (Steve Francis, Antonio McDyess, and Tracy McGrady). Continue reading

Rivalries

During this unusual time of no sports, what does a “sports guy” do? Probably think about
sports. I am no exception. I have been pondering match ups like, how would the Montana, Rice, Lott lead 49ers look against the Garopolo, Kittle, Bosa version of San Francisco? Could Aaron Rodgers lead the current Packers to victory over the “frozen tundra” lead Bart Starr Green Bay Packers? Another match up all sports fan has thought about at one time or another, who do you take in a match up if both are in their absolute prime, MJ or Larry? (I have bird but that is a whole different piece) Continue reading

Where do the Bulls Go Now?

The Chicago Bulls. 6 rings. Michael Jordan. 4th most valuable franchise. If you look back at NBA history, the Bulls are often looked at as a premier franchise. While they have not won a ring since Michael Jordan was 6 in 8 years, until the last few years, the Bulls were still a playoff team. Having very competitive teams led by Derrick Rose and a stifling defense, the Bulls put together playoff runs and may have even gotten a ring or at least a finals appearance were it not for LeBron James and the “Heatles”. But in recent years, the Bulls have been losing. And not just losing. They have been stuck taking a few steps forward and then taking more back. It has seemed like a rebuild with little progress and even worse, one without a clear direction. Continue reading

Gregg Popovich Talks With San Antonio Food Bank

During these tough times, essential service workers are making sure that the quarantine lifestyle is as comfortable as possible. In San Antonio, Gregg Popovich, a beloved and well-respected coach for the hometown Spurs, recently hopped on a conference call with staff from the San Antonio Food Bank. The food bank recently fed 10,000 households, the most they had ever served. The staff appreciated the call especially since they had been running low on staff and resources. Popovich dug into his bag of stories and leadership advice to help inspire them.

Karl-Anthony Towns’ Mother Passes

Monday afternoon, Karl-Anthony Towns revealed that his mother died from complications due to the coronavirus. The 58-year-old mother was known as her sons’ biggest fan. Many have seen her at Towns’ games and she was of course there for him when he was drafted 1st by the Timberwolves. Towns posted about his parents both getting the coronavirus and about how his mother was in a medically induced coma. In the video, Towns spoke about what he and his family were going through and shed some light on how some of the symptoms and the battles that the families of those impacted are fighting. Those around the basketball world reacted and expressed their shock and devastation to the news.

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Gar Forman Out

The Chicago Bulls are revamping their front-office after several underwhelming years. They have recently parted ways with Forman, who had worked with the Bulls since 1998. Arturas Karnisovas, a former Lithuanian basketball player, will take over for Forman as the vice president of basketball operations. Forman has been criticized by Bulls fans, but his talent as a scout was never questioned. He had some questionable picks like Marquis Teague and Doug McDermott, but those around the league believe he will be coveted as a scout. Now with Forman out, Bulls fans wanted John Paxon, who had also been criticized over the last few years, to be let go as well. But instead, he was assigned a new position as the senior advisor of basketball operations.

Alternate Melo Reality Pt. 2

If Carmelo Anthony were drafted by the Pistons….. That is what we have been talking about this week and we finish it off with what happens to Anthony, the Pistons, and the rest of the league in this hypothetical. So let’s say the Pistons take Anthony and they beat the Lakers like they did and by substituting Anthony in for the likes of Bob Sura, and Darvin Ham, they beat the Spurs. So we are now in year 3 of the Carmelo Anthony experiment. Continue reading