In response to JG9000's comment:
In response to KG-LB-KM's comment:
I like the team that the Celtics have.
With the new CBA, times are changing. It could break up super teams and prevent future ones from forming, making the NBA a much more competitive place. With defense, we should always be competitve because it is effort based. Offense is the variable.
I don't know that any of the guys mentioned as stars are copies, they all have or had their own game. Furthermore, the game has changed over the years, rules have changed, racism has been relatively minimized, the style of play tends to change over time, and even teams play by different rules. While I am sure that all of the people mentioned would have been stars in any age, It is unclear that their impact would be the same, especially on a team like the current Charlotte team.
trade Rondo for a big this summer. scorer, rebounder, shotblocker, defensive beast.
Generally a post that I agree with. but, I don't agree that defense is all effort based. Some teams have good defense because they have the right defensive coordination scheme. Its no accident that Doc, Thibbs, and the old Pop teams all played better D than everyone else. It wasn't just effort - they used a scheme that slows the other team down (from how they show on pick and rolls to getting back and doing less offensive rebounding to how tight they play in your face, and to when to switch and have the man backup up rotate at the same time).
There's a lot more going on our there than just "effort". Just look at how long it takes new players to learn Doc's system. That's training in addition to effort.