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How important is post play? Heat have LeBron playing in the middle

By TED SILLANPAA The discussion among NBA fans who gather here has focused on the value of a dominating post presence and how the changes in the game at all levels leaves the NBA without many truly gifted big men who dominate at both ends of the court. I wrote a brief explanation of how the game has changed leading to the disappearance of the dominating post player. While it’s certainly not the most articulate or insightful explanation, I did… Read More »

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 »

You take Jordan … I’ll take LeBron

By TED SILLANPAA People who follow the NBA want to wait to see how many championships LeBron James wins before they even consider acknowledging him to be in the same class at the great Michael Jordan. I’ve heard some respected media members and former players who still want LeBron to win more titles before they’ll consider him in the same class as Kobe Bryant. I see no need to wait for LeBron to try to win five or six championships… Read More »

Jordan at 50: PEDs could get him back in the game

By TED SILLANPAA Michael Jordan turns 50 this week, so there’s lots of talk about how he could still play for an help an NBA team. We really have trouble seeing our sports heroes as mortal, obviously. Jordan’s overweight and out of shape. His skills were other-worldly when he was the greatest player in the history of the NBA, but had diminished greatly by the time he retired nearly a decade ago. As a man who celebrated his 50th birthday… Read More »