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NBA all-decade teams: 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, 2000s

By TED SILLANPAA There has been a great deal of discussion about the state of the modern NBA and how the greats of the past would’ve fared playing today. For fun, here are one fan’s all-decade teams from the 1960s to date. 1960s G: Jerry West G: Oscar Robertson F: Elgin Baylor F: Bill Russell C: Wilt Chamberlain Reserves: Hal Greer, G; Jerry Lucas F; Willis Reed, C/F Every all-1960s team seems to have Russell and Wilt together with one… Read More »

Pivot play has changed with players in NBA, rest of basketball

Readers have discussed the importance of quality pivot play, the need for an offensive threat at the center position in the NBA. When one asked me what I thought about the state of pivot play and how it got to where it is today … my response seemed like something worth sharing. — TED By TED SILLANPAA Pivot play has changed as has the game of basketball. The game doesn’t revolve around a dominant center … hasn’t for years. The… Read More »

NBA: When an acrobatic dunk was awesome

By TED SILLANPAA Readers who mistook my determining that LeBron James is achieving other-worldly heights as a basketball player for knocking all the generations who came before him have to understand that I remember seeing my first slam dunk on television. That’s how old I am. I remember never having seen anyone dunk a basketball. The time when a dunk, let alone anything the least bit acrobatic was a novelty, is very clear to me. I was sitting on the… Read More »

Nobody wants NBA officials taking spotlight

By TED SILLANPAA NBA officials are under the mistaken impression that their presence adds to the entertainment value of a contest. They couldn’t be more wrong, but … take Joey Crawford for example.The show he put on in a Lakers’ game the other night was an unfathomable piece of showboating. (Click and watch.) The showboating, mostly the gyrating they do while they make time-consuming foul calls, slow the pace of a game beyond belief. I’m old enough to have watched… Read More »