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Attention Joe Lacob: The Lesson of the 2011 NBA Finals

Gone Fishin’.

Can’t believe that I’m going to be missing two (one?) of the most dramatic games in Finals history… but c’est la vie. One does not live by basketball alone, as the Thaiblonde will attest.

One of the more intriguing aspects of these Finals is that both of these teams are playing Nellieball. In particular the Mavs, who are built almost exactly like the 2003 team that Nellie might have won a title with, if Dirk hadn’t gotten injured in the Conference Finals. That team featured Nash and Van Exel in the backcourt along with Finley, and Bradley and Lafrentz at the 5 next to Dirk. In addition to Finley, Nellie had 4 quintessential Nellieball defensive wings at his disposal: Bell, Griffin, Abdul-Wahad and Najera.                      Continue reading

First Take on the Sale

My initial reaction is delight that the purchaser is Lacob and not Ellison.   In my mind, the franchise has a far better chance of success and stability under a team player who is part of a group than under a megalomaniacal sole owner.  Then there is the fact that Lacob is a long-time basketball man who has first-hand experience in putting together a championship NBA franchise.

But my ultimate reaction, of course, will be dependent upon Don Nelson being retained to coach the playoff team that he has assembled.  I’m keeping the Lagavulin corked until then.