ahee, hee hee.........Ho ho!
How great is this? The Larry O'Brien trophy returns to the Eastern Conference for the first time since Michael Jordan's Chicago Bulls claimed it in 1998. They won through team defense, hustle, and a concept foreign to Kobe Bryant, PASSING THE BALL ON OFFENSE. I can't tell you how many times I watched Kobe in this series try and "be like Mike" when he should have passed the ball to Shaq. My hat goes off to Shaq, who once again proved he is the single most dominant force in Basketball today.
But one guy cannot beat five guys who played the way Detroit did. Larry Brown deserves huge praise for the way he kept the team focused and humble in the face of the travelling circus known as the LA Lakers. He deserves even more props for thanking Rick Carlisle and his former staff for putting together the team that won these finals, one that he was fortunate enough to inherit this year.
Rick Hamilton removing his mask with three minutes left in the game as he went to the bench became the new Victory Cigar, unless you count the Human Victory Cigar-Darko Milicic- who came in for him.
All in all, a great series, and few things make me as happy as watching the Lakers lose in the finals.
Congrats DEEEETROIT! A ring well earned.....