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

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