by DJ DUNSON on JUNE 14, 2011
There was a sentiment entering this season that in today???s NBA, only a handful of genetically engineered teams in destination cities had a legitimate shot at the NBA championship. That idea died a painful death on Sunday night. Since 1979, the Lakers, Rockets and Spurs have maintained a monopoly on NBA championships in the Western Conference. Today, it???s just limited to California and Texas.
There was a brilliant irony to Golden State???s hiring of ABC commentator Mark Jackson as its head coach during the Finals. It was the Warriors franchise which delivered Dirk to the absolute rock bottom of his career. Nowitzki received scathing criticism for his lackluster performance. Not only did Dirk reclaim his throne as the NBA???s top European-born player from Pau Gasol