Professional Basketball is Dead

Who killed it? And who – or what – is slowly rising from out of its grave?

“My name is Dan. I love basketball, probably at an unhealthy level”

This is the introduction to my About Cleaning Up The Glass page. And, although I can convince myself that this statement holds true for the sport in general, I no longer can say with a straight face that this accurately represents my love for the way it’s played at the professional level. Which is where my love for the game had originally blossomed, and, therefore, where the majority of my knowledge lies.

What happened?

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Nostra-Dan-us’ Way Too Early NBA Playoff Predictions

… or “How the Golden State Warriors Will Win the 2019 NBA Finals”

If you spend your free time like I do this time of year, skimming through the internet searching for NBA news, you’ve probably run across a few “regular season predictions”. You may have even seen a few posts on Twitter with someone’s “end of season award predictions”.

Let’s not kid ourselves. The NBA is insanely easy to predict. It’s even easier when you understand which story-lines the league wishes to see, and what is within the realm of possibility for them to orchestrate.

The Golden State Warriors will be your 2019 NBA Champions. Kevin Durant will join Michael Jordan and Shaquille O’Neal as a Three-Peat NBA Finals MVP. Everyone knows that. But how will we arrive at that conclusion? More importantly, when the outcome is already predetermined, does anyone even care anymore? (I hope so, I have a lot of writing to do).

Follow me, reader, as I, Nostra-Dan-us, gaze deep into my crystal ball. Deep, past the end of the regular season and all of those other prediction posts you have read. All the way to the NBA Finals!

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MVP Showdown: 2006

So we already know who this year’s MVP is? Think again. Harden and Westbrook are squaring off in the first round of the NBA Playoffs, and there is more on the line than simply their playoff dreams. Ask Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash.

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“Kobe Bryant, won the game. And the Los Angeles Lakers were up three games to one.” Kevin Harlan tells the television audience during a break in another great playoff series for the ages.

The 7th seeded Los Angeles Lakers were up three games to two against the heavily favored 2nd seeded Phoenix Suns. Kevin is simply describing the last time Kobe was up to his usual heroics, leading his team to another victory. Dragging the lesser sum of his teammates another step further than anyone dared possible. In L.A.’s last home game, Kobe had hit the shot in regulation to send the game to overtime, and then later the overtime game-winner, putting his team in a commanding 3-1 series lead. Before the break, Kobe had just hit a three-pointer, giving his Lakers a 103-102 advantage in the closing seconds of a series clinching Game 6. The Suns gave the Lakers the ball back, this time a wide-open miss by Tim Thomas. With 42 seconds left in the game, the Lakers called timeout.

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