10.24.2014

Let the Greastest Spectacle on Earth Begin

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Celtics vs. Lakers!

One o'clock!

NBA finals!

No need for holding back. The winner receives the NBA championship trophy, the riches of mankind, pleasant words from Brent Musburger and the right to claim permanent possession of composer/maestro John Williams. The loser has to wear sack cloth or a hair shirt - whichever is worse - for an entire year.

Boston vs. Los Angeles!

East vs. West!

Atlantic Ocean vs. Pacific Ocean!

10.23.2014

It's all in the Packaging

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May 1984

It'll be packaged and sold like diet cola, all-beef patties and home computers.

The choice is yours. Bird or Magic? You are either a Bird Man or a Magic Man. Attach yourself to an image and live by it. Which player suits your particular tax bracket, lifestyle and political persuasion?

The Predictive Power of Regular Season Matchups

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Season      Regular Season Result          NBA Champion
2008-09        Lakers Sweep              Lakers defeat Magic
2007-08        Celtics Sweep             Celtics defeat Lakers
2003-04        Lakers Sweep              Pistons defeat Lakers
2001-02        Celtics Sweep             Lakers defeat Nets
2000-01        Lakers Sweep              Lakers defeat Nets
1999-00        Lakers Sweep              Lakers defeat Pacers
1990-91        Split                     Bulls defeat Lakers
1988-89        Split                     Pistons Sweep Lakers
1987-88        Lakers Sweep              Lakers defeat Pistons
1986-87        Lakers Sweep              Lakers defeat Celtics
1985-86        Celtics Sweep             Celtics defeat Rockets
1984-85        Split                     Lakers defeat Celtics
1983-84        Lakers Sweep              Celtics defeat Lakers
1982-83        Celtics Sweep             Sixers Sweep Lakers
1981-82        Split                     Lakers defeat Sixers
1980-81        Celtics Sweep             Celtics defeat Rockets
1979-80        Lakers Sweep              Lakers defeat Sixers
1975-76        Celtics Sweep             Celtics defeat Suns
1973-74        Split                     Celtics defeat Bucks
1971-72        Celtics 4-0               Knicks defeat Lakers
1970-71        Lakers 4-1                Lakers defeat Knicks
1969-70        Lakers 4-2                Knicks defeat Lakers
1968-69        Lakers 4-2                Celtics defeat Lakers
1967-68        Lakers 4-3                Celtics defeat Lakers
1965-66        Celtics 7-3               Celtics defeat Lakers
1964-65        Celtics 7-3               Celtics defeat Lakers
1963-64        Celtics 6-3               Celtics defeat Warriors
1962-63        Lakers 5-4                Celtics defeat Lakers
1961-62        Celtics 6-3               Celtics defeat Lakers
1960-61        Celtics 8-2               Celtics defeat Hawks
When the Celtics and Lakers faced off in the 1984 NBA Finals, my brother, the Lakers' fan, fired this opening salvo: you know how it works. Whoever wins the season series wins the NBA championship. "Christ, I thought to myself. We're screwed." Turned out it wasn't true, even in the early days of the Magic v. Bird Era, which is the era my brother was talking about.

Still, it is interesting to see if there has been any karma-connection between the pre-season duels and the Finals victor. I'll let you make the call. But I would say that at least during the 1980s, a sweep by either team was reflective more often than not as to whom would take home the ring.

10.22.2014

The NBA is Abuzz

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May 1984

"It's the Bird-Magic factor that'll start all the mystique of this series all over again," said 76ers general manager Pat Williams. "It's the ultimate treat. To me, if it can't be Philly in the finals, then let it be Boston. There hasn't been a final like this in 15 years."

10.21.2014

It's May 1984: Who was Considered Better -- Bird or Magic?

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May 1984

When the pros talk about Larry Bird and Magic Johnson, they babble like school kids. A group of experts asked to analyze the two stars then pick one produced answers that were almost identical. Bird is a better scorer and rebounder, while Magic is more versatile and a better playmaker. However, when pressed hard, most expressed a slight -- emphasize slight -- preference for Bird. "Both belong in another world," raves Dick Vitale, a former coach of the Detroit Pistons and now an ESPN analyst. "They play on another level. When God made these two, he came up with something very special.

Riles Appreciated the Rivalry

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May 1984

"HERE, look at this," the Los Angeles Lakers' coach, Pat Riley, said one recent afternoon as he sat in his bright and spacious office at the Forum in Inglewood, Calif. He handed his visitor a large black-and-white photograph. "Isn't it something?" he asked.

The photo was tattered along one edge because it had been torn from a book. Otherwise, it was well-preserved. It showed two basketball players, frozen during what is called the transition game - a time when possession of the ball is changing from one team to the other.

10.20.2014

1979 All Over Again

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May 1984

"It's the Bird-Magic factor that'll start all the mystique of this series all over again," said 76ers general manager Pat Williams. "It's the ultimate treat. To me, if it can't be Philly in the finals, then let it be Boston. There hasn't been a final like this in 15 years."