Re: Dr Buss on Lakers/Celtics
posted at 8/19/2010 3:25 AM EDT
Boston is fortunate to have had Bill Russell otherwise their 9-3 mark against us would look incredibly different. Russell was such a genius for basketball and a winner that it's almost unfair to compare eras. But we can't because it happened.
I do think it's unfair to call the West a weaker conference there are good teams out there and have always been. Dallas in the late 80's appeared to be a great team and pushed us to the limit in 1988. As did Utah in the same year. But the Lakers did own the West in the 80's and to a lesser extent the 00's. Injury and infighting cost us in 1981 and a freak shot in '86.
The East has had strong teams but when you look at recent times there has been only one powerhouse team at any one time. Yes there are strong teams but only one great side. Really, there is no way that Orlando makes the finals in '09 if Garnett is healthy. Boston play the Lakers in the finals again if KG doesn't go down.
Boston has been the strongest team in the East for the last 3 years. You had the Chicago era where nobody could touch them. Before that you had the Pistons who were the best for 3 years. I'm counting 1987 as one of their years. They were beaten somehow by the Celtics, who really shouldn't have made the finals in '87. They got there because of Larry Bird. He was just such a freak.
I think the early 80's in the East belonged to the Sixers. From '81 though '83. They should never have lost in '81 to Boston. But I'd say it was the Larry factor at play again. Although how did Boston lose the mojo and allow the Sixers to get to the finals in '82 and '83? When on paper the Celtics were another year older and wiser? '82 the Sixers learned how to play you guys. Then again in '83 you had your turn for infighting and a mutiny against Fitch.
'07 and '08 were perhaps a transition period for the East, But perhaps those two years although the Pistons didn't get into the Finals they were the dominant team. The team to beat. '07 They lose to the Cavs. '08 they lose in the Finals to Boston. So that's dominant years in 05 and 06, perhaps a trip back in '07 and losing to the NBA champs in '08.
Teams in the East seem to have 4 year windows of late. That is if your team doesn't have Michael Jordan in it. Yes the East is strong but no stronger than the West. I think the Media have it in their heads that the East is stronger. And therefore most of us believe it to be stronger.
And yes Dr Buss is the best because he's aggressive. And as long as the Lakers have aggressive owners we'll be near the top the West each year. But this doesn't excuse his lack of respect for the Minneapolis years. But then people in some cases don't have a respect for what has gone before them. And this just doesn't apply to Basketball.