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Dan Gilbert, If Lebron James Is a “Coward” Then Why Did You Need Him?

July 10th, 2010
The period following Lebron James’ announcement that he would be taking his basketball talents to South Beach revealed that the Cleveland Cavaliers’ owner is something less than a logician. To illustrate the point it, would be constructive to put together a syllogism and take it from there. After the NBA season ended ...

2010 NBA Finals, Game 4: Is Kobe Bryant on Rajon Rondo a Series Changer?

June 10th, 2010
It was the first quarter of Game Three of the NBA Finals and the hometown Boston Celtics had the home crowd shouting with boundless glee. The Celtics had jumped out to a lead behind the effective field generalship of point guard Rajon Rondo. The speedy Kentuckian had hurt the Los Angeles Lakers ...

Los Angeles Lakers Score Textbook Win in Phil Jackson Mold

June 5th, 2010
With the recent death of coaching great John Wooden the focus on his blend of molding great players with big game brilliant presentation calls to mind a current coaching master. John Wooden as college basketball’s most successful coach amassed 10 NCAA titles and was rightfully called “the wizard of Westwood.” Which current ...

2010 NBA Finals: Lakers and Celtics, Strategy a Huge Factor for Victory

June 2nd, 2010
The teams are as uniquely disparate as the cities they represent. The defending NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers are built around the star power of Kobe Bryant, one of the most remarkable athletes to play pro basketball or any other sport. Bryant plays his home games at Staples Center not far ...

Boston Celtics are the Surprise Team of the NBA Playoffs

May 30th, 2010
As the Boston Celtics prepare for another one of those classic East-West, Dynasty vs. Dynasty playoff finals with their longtime rivals the Los Angeles Lakers, many NBA onlookers continue pinching themselves and refusing to believe that the Bostonians reached the finals. Win, lose or draw against Phil Jackson’s defending NBA titlists, ...

Kobe Bryant: A Great Facilitator

May 5th, 2010
When you have won more NBA playoff games than any coach in history and have secured dynasties in Chicago and Los Angeles, you have every reason to be coy. When Phil Jackson was asked between the first and second quarters at a time when his Lakers team looked to be in ...

The Lakers Strike Back: Never Rile a Giant

April 28th, 2010
The overwhelming Lakers’ 111-87 victory over Oklahoma City in a contest even more overwhelming than the final score indicated was reminiscent of what happened with another Los Angeles team a generation ago. The 1984-1985 team coached by Pat Riley was becoming traumatized by losing world championship finales to the mighty Boston ...