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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 »

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 »