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This Year’s Mother’s Day Present: A New NBA?

Mother’s Day Weekend 2011. Mark it down in your calendar.

The NBA may never be the same.

To see why, let’s assume the Lakers lose tonight to the Dallas Mavericks. This would set off the following chain of events:

The Fall of the Laker Empire: The nail in the coffin of the Kobe Bryant era. If the Lakers lose to the Dallas Mavericks and fall to 0-3 in the Western Conference Semifinals, their chances for a 3 peat will be slimmer than Steve Blake’s post chicken pox physique. No NBA team has ever come back from such a deficit. A dynasty done.

Phil Gone Fishing…For Good: Consequently, Phil Jackson’s time as an NBA (or at least Laker) head coach will be just about up. The only drama that would remain is whether the Lakers would have the wherewithal to give him one last game before a disbelieving Lakers crowd. Two fallouts here: First, Jeanie Buss will join Chasing 23 reader favorite Gloria James as a resident NBA single and hot mess (albeit a rich one). The Zen Master will no longer find entertainment dating an owner’s daughter from a team he no longer coaches. Second, every New York fan in the world will begin clamoring for Phil to turnaround the structural disaster that is their Knicks. Sorry Knick fan — Jackson only works for teams that typically employ 2 of the top 5 players in the NBA. Oh, and he likes defense too.

The Damage to the KB24 Legacy: This, I’m afraid (as a lifelong Laker fan), will be irreparable. It would not be equivalent to earlier losses to the only other post-Jordan dynasty, the San Antonio Spurs. Nor would it even be as acceptable as the 2004 loss to what in retrospect was a vastly underrated Detroit Pistons team.  A loss to the Mavericks would be nearly inexcusable. No double 3-peat a la MJ. No more talk about becoming the GOAT. A big question mark in the greatest Laker of all time discussion.

Thunder in the Forecast: The fall of the Lakers would hasten the ascent of Kevin Durant and the Thunder (assuming they are able to get past the Grizzlies). The order of power in the West would continue to shift toward the younger up-and-comers. The Lakers may be able to compete for 2-3 more years to come, but their aura of invincibility will be permanently tarnished.

The Pau Gasol is the Most Skilled Big Man on the Planet Conversation Ends: Thankfully.

On Saturday then, the Heat have a similar opportunity to go up on the Celtics 3-0. If this were to happen, plan on the following:

The Scheme Team Rules Take Effect: With all serious challengers eliminated (the Lakers and the Celtics), the Scheme Team would be in the pole position to not just win the championship this year, but for many years in the future (sorry, Bulls fans). In sports terms: we will see an official changing of the guard.

Lebron James re-enters the GOAT conversation: Winning a championship this year would set Lebron up for the possibility of winning anywhere from 3-7 championships. People would forget all about last year’s “Quitness”, and remember the fact that Lebron has had 8 legendary years to begin his career highlighted by 2 MVPs, 2 NBA Finals and 1 ring. Cleveland becomes a distant memory and people once again begin talking about the benchmarks that Lebron needs to hit to pass MJ.

Boston Celtics = Old Yeller: Like most old dogs, it will be time for the Celtics to be put to bed. Doc Rivers will get out of dodge.  Ray Allen will retire or be headed elsewhere. And we will never find out if anyone could have beaten the 2008 Celtics starting five.

So, in a nutshell, the result of this weekend could be: the destruction of one dynasty, the creation of another, the irreparable damage of one legend and the rise of another, the retirement of the NBA’s greatest coach, and finally, the rise of two teams (Heat and Thunder) who have next gen stars fit for a Twitter-loving world.

Not bad for an NBA fan’s Mother’s Day weekend – just don’t forget the flowers.


9 Responses to “This Year’s Mother’s Day Present: A New NBA?”

  1. I think a better article, would be the decline of kobe bryant, hes not a top 2 ,top 3 top 5 player ,I might venture to say hes the 12th best player in the league,he hasn’t done well in any game in the 4th quarter this post season, seriously , I really think its zero, hes not a closer, he can’t play defense ala keep people in front of him anymore, his ballhogging has increased, his arrogance has increased, hes been faking injuries, he probaly even knows it,

    Posted by samtotheg | May 6, 2011, 9:25 am
    • sam…I think you pretty much just wrote that article.

      Posted by Milhouse | May 6, 2011, 10:51 am
      • Kobe Bryant is not the problem. His regular season stats are almost identical to his career stats, and his playoff numbers likewise are in line with his career numbers as well. His defense may have slipped but that’s really a subjective assessment. The real issue is that Kobe has long had the luxury of one of the most dominant frontcourts in the NBA, be it Shaq or Gasol/Bynum/Odom/Artest and this year they’re failing him badly. Pau Gasol is averaging 13 PPG on 43% shooting and Ron Artest, while playing better on-ball defense, is scoring 6.5 PPG on 28% shooting and got suspended for a game. Meanwhile, they’re getting torched on D. Consequently, Kobe’s being forced to do more and is playing into the stereotype of an arrogant ballhog when really, that’s what he should be doing.

        Lakers fans and Kobe fans are constantly touting his 5 rings as evidence of his greatness, without acknowledging that rings are a team achievement. The modern era Lakers have always won with Kobe, a dominant big, multiple former all-stars, top notch role players and the best coach in NBA history. Right now, their dominant big man sucks and their role players are playing like garbage. Those of us who refuse to admit that winning is the only measure of a player’s value can’t very well turn around and dump on that player for losing when he’s playing about as well as he has throughout his career.

        Posted by Lochpster | May 7, 2011, 12:54 pm
  2. If the Heat become the next NBA dynasty, I will switch to watching baseball.

    Posted by drinkinghaterade | May 6, 2011, 10:06 am
  3. Re Kobe,

    What I hate about Kobe Bryant is the correlation between his success and illogical arguments.

    If you start with the premise that Kobe Bryant is the best player in basketball your only supporting evidence are trophies that are awarded by vote.

    Most American sports fan despise the idea of allowing judges to decide sporting events except if it proves some argument right. Then they can’t go to the judges fast enough.

    Posted by marparker | May 10, 2011, 7:08 am
  4. When you say stuff like this will hurt Kobe’s legacy, that is completely asinine. Kobe’s legacy is firmly in place. He’s firmly in top 5 all time. He has done lots of things no other player has ever done. He still led the league in points/min played. His numbers this year with the mileage that he has so far played in his career have never been seen before. He doesn’t make excuses for injuries, unlike Pierce/Lebron(remember lebron’s lefty FT last year, and Pierce’s wheelchair). Kobe sprained his ankle at the wrong time this year, and it clearly affected his play. I wouldn’t be surprised if it is truly broken, but you don’t hear him making any excuses for that. His pain threshold is unlike any nba player we’ve ever seen before.

    Posted by boyer | May 10, 2011, 8:33 am
    • Could you please remove Kobe’s cock from your ass prior to posting from now on? k thx

      Posted by He Hate Me | May 10, 2011, 10:13 am
    • Thanks for the read Boyer, but once again, you and I disagree.

      Points/Min Played, numbers given age, playing through injuries, wouldn’t fit within the top 30 critera used when measuring against the greatness of other players. To truly guage Kobe’s career, you need to identify who your top 10 are and understand the details of their careers inside out.

      Posted by The NBA Realist | May 10, 2011, 1:22 pm

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