Top 10 NBA Finals Storylines

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1 - LeBron winning an NBA Title
This would be his first, after entering the league in 2003, and validate his decision to join Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in Miami. When Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant won their first championships, they quickly began racking them up.
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2 - Dirk winning an NBA Title
More of a culmination for Dirk Nowitzki than for LeBron, who most (all?) of us assume will get titles at some point. Nowitzki has been brilliant in these playoffs, but this may be Dallas's last best shot to win the NBA Finals.
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3 - Pat Riley
Think about this: if Miami wins this series, Riley would have won multiple championships as a head coach (in two different cities), and then assembled another title team as an executive. The worst thing on his resume would be a fairly successful stint with the Knicks in the 90s.
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4 - American Airlines
Definitely a coup for the airline company to have both arenas in Dallas and Miami sponsored. In a time of high fuel prices and a general negative public outlook on the airline business, I imagine the executives are looking forward to the next few weeks of publicity.
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5 - NBA Titles in Texas
Among the Texas Triangle, only the Mavs lack NBA championship hardware, while the Spurs have 4 rings, and the Rockets have 2. This would give Dallas an ultimate validation of what has been a really successful decade on the court.
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6 - Jason Kidd
Kind of hidden behind the big stars in this series, but Kidd led the Nets to two NBA Finals appearances. Unfortunately for him, New Jersey couldn't really compete with either the Spurs or Lakers. Kidd is a future Hall of Famer, but having a ring would probably give this a Wade Boggs-in-1996 type of storyline.
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7 - Mike Bibby
He won a national championship at Arizona alongside Miles Simon, and now has a chance to get a ring in the NBA. Bibby is a pure role player nowadays, but he came very close to reaching the Finals with the Kings in 2002. Now part of the supporting case, Bibby has a chance at NBA hardware.
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8 - Ratings
The TV numbers have been great for the NBA in both the regular season and postseason. With a showcase series, two sizeable markets, and lots of big stars, that trend should continue over the next two weeks.
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9 - Erik Spoelstra
He was rumored to be on his way out early in the season, when the vultures in the sports media figured that Riley would slide down to the bench. Spoelstra has deftly managed a team full of haves and have-nots, with media scrutiny way before day one of the season. A title would be one of the most impressive coaching jobs from a 1st-or-2nd year coach in all of sports.
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10 - Juwan Howard
No member Michigan's Fab Five has ever won an NCAA Title or an NBA Finals. Howard played alongside Ray Jackson, Jimmy King, Jalen Rose, and Chris Webber in college, falling to Duke and North Carolina in back-to-back national championship games. Webber was the most successful NBA player out of the group, but fell short of the ultimate goal with the Kings. It's a very under-the-radar storyline, but I'm sure the other four members of this famed group will be rooting hard for Howard to win a ring for the Fab Five.
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One Comment

  1. Panfi says:

    Kyle FlahertyFebruary 9, 2009 at 10:37 amDavid, sorry to take a month to get back to you! I actually do think lkreur is still a negative term, hence why I like listner . Lurkers are all around us unfortunately and will never engage, even when called out. Listeners on the other hand are looking to engage, but need to know they can trust you first (or at least that you know what you are talking about)./kff Reply

  2. Boxs says:

    KyleDecember 14, 2008 at 9:51 amMike, thanks for randieg. I think that people feel a tremendous amount of pressure to do something around Social Media, but don’t take the time to listen and you are so right, these folks immediately come off as sell, sell, sell.Dena, I hope one of those 2 guys isn’t me Seriously though, I think social media types’ are often giving the practice of social media a bad name b/c of their constant personal promotion./kff Reply

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