The NBA Playoffs begin Saturday afternoon after another highly entertaining basketball season. Here are the first round matchups, previews and predictions for the Eastern Conference.
When putting together a basketball team, unless you’re fortunate enough to have a star like LeBron James or Kevin Durant, the most traditional approach to take is to build the team around the two rarest and most valuable pieces a team can have: a great point guard and a great big man.
And when you look around the NBA, there’s just not many “greats” at either of those positions.
Everybody knows the Chicago Bulls have the point guard to build a team around in homegrown superstar and MVP Derrick Rose. However, not many people give them credit for having a top-of-the-line big man, which, they may indeed have currently blossoming in the windy city.
When it happened for the first time back in 1994, no one could believe it.
Lasting is the image of Denver Nuggets center Dikembe Mutombo lying on the floor holding the basketball in the air and smiling a joy that no other player for an eight-seed had ever felt in the first round of the NBA playoffs.
There is a good chance you have seen this by now, but I’ll post anyway for those who have not. I discussed it when Kobe Bryant’s unfortunate use a gay slur was caught on TV, so it’s only fair to give similar treatment to Joakim Noah’s similarly unfortunate use of the same slur.
If you didn’t think the Bulls-Celtics rivalry could get any more intense, Joakim Noah just tossed some gasoline all over the fire. In a recent radio interview, Noah said not only that he doesn’t like Kevin Garnett, he thinks the Celtics forward is “mean and ugly.”