2010 NBA Finals: Where Massive Payrolls Happen

May 31st, 2010 by Stephen Brotherston Leave a reply »
The utter disappointment of watching two teams that have purchased their way into the NBA Finals yet again is beginning to sink in.  A Magic-Suns Finals would have at least provided some variety.

The LA Lakers rode their league leading $91 million payroll to first place in the West and the Western Conference championship for the third season in a row.  Since saving the Memphis Grizzlies from Pau Gasol’s big contract, the Lakers have owned the West.

Why couldn’t someone have saved us from the utterly predictable arrival of the Lakers in the NBA Finals yet again?

The Boston Celtics have the third highest payroll in the NBA at over $86 million—Mark Cuban of Dallas managed to barely out-spend them by a few hundred thousand dollars.

Boston purchased their place in league history two finals ago when they acquired Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen as Minnesota and Seattle dumped those two huge contracts.

After winning it all it 2008, Boston became beatable when Garnett missed last year’s playoffs. It looked like injuries were going to keep the Celtics from going deep again this season.&nb ...

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