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Who are the Real Superstars?
Kobe? Shaq? Iverson? Forget about points and all that nonsense -- what really matters at the end of the day is record. Without Shaq the Suns are OK, without Kobe the Lakers stink, without Iverson the Pistons are ... good? Maybe A.I. needs some more "practice."
The Best of the Rest in the West
As always, it's down to the wire in the wild, wild west. The second seed and the eighth seed are three-and-a half games apart. With a gap that small, even the Suns have a shot. How about giving Terry Porter another try?
Woe is the NBA: How to Solve the Money Problem
The NBA is hurting so bad it's starting to make AIG look financially respectable. How about paying the players based on the success of their teams? In other words, make them work for their keep. How novel. Now if only we can get bankers to do the same thing.
The Hawks and the Missing Link
Atlanta will be one of the best teams in the league. There, we said it. Problem -- Josh Smith plays like he has a split personality: Good Josh and Evil Josh. Good Josh dunks really cool; Bad Josh air-balls 3-pointers. Fight the dark side, Good Josh. Fight it!
Pistons Find the Answer Without ... The Answer
You know how we said A.I. needs more practice? Until then, Detroit should stick with Rip Hamilton. The past week, he's been the real answer, churning out solutions like a super computer while Iverson fiddles with his abacus.
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