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    Ugh, this game is over!

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    Do both channels show the same score?
    At the half, 38 CHI - 52 BOS! (never mind)

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    LeBron is MVP !

    The best part, he is accepting the award at the high school that started it all, St. Vincent/St. Mary high school.

    Congrats LeBron!

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    Quote Originally Posted by psycobabe007;3434384;
    LeBron is MVP !

    The best part, he is accepting the award at the high school that started it all, St. Vincent/St. Mary high school.

    Congrats LeBron!
    You really have to love the way that he's never forgotten who he is, or where he came from. There's part of me that allows that fact about him to convince me that he won't leave Cleveland when he has the opportunity. Then there's that cynical "I know how Cleveland sports go" part of me that thinks it's nothing but a silly dream to think he would not jump ship.

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    Re: NBA Playoffs 2009

    Not really the right place for this, but I didn't want to start a thread for it, either. I always hated the Pistons, but also always had a great deal of respect for Chuck Daly:

    Chuck Daly, Hall of Fame coach, dies at 78 - ESPN

    DETROIT -- Chuck Daly, who coached the original Dream Team to the Olympic gold medal in 1992 after winning back-to-back NBA championships with the Detroit Pistons, has died. He was 78.

    He died Saturday morning in Jupiter, Fla., with his family by his side, the team said. The Pistons announced in March that the Hall of Fame coach had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and was undergoing treatment.

    He was renowned for his ability to create harmony out of diverse personalities at all levels of the game, whether they were Ivy Leaguers at Pennsylvania, Dream Teamers Michael Jordan and Charles Barkley, or Pistons as dissimilar as Dennis Rodman and Joe Dumars.




    Remembering Chuck Daly
    Chuck Daly left his mark on the Detroit Pistons and the NBA, slowing the tempo and emphasizing defense on the way to a pair of titles, writes basketball historian Ken Shouler. Story

    "It's a players' league. They allow you to coach them or they don't," Daly once said. "Once they stop allowing you to coach, you're on your way out."

    Daly was voted one of the 10 greatest coaches of the NBA's first half-century in 1996, two years after being inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame. He was the first coach to win both an NBA title and Olympic gold.

    "I think Chuck understood people as well as basketball," Dumars told The Associated Press in 1995. "It's a people business."

    Doug Collins, a former Detroit Pistons and Chicago Bulls coach, learned the intricacies of the game from Daly.

    "He was a man of incredible class and dignity. He was a mentor and a friend," Collins said. "He taught me so much and was always so supportive of me and my family. I loved him and will miss him."

    Daly had a golden touch at the Barcelona Games with NBA superstars Magic Johnson, Jordan, Larry Bird and Barkley, using a different lineup in every game.

    "I played against Chuck's teams throughout the NBA for a lot of years. He always had his team prepared, he's a fine coach," Bird said shortly after Daly's diagnosis became public.

    "Chuck did a good job of keeping us together," Bird said. "It wasn't about who scored the most points, it was about one thing: winning the gold medal."

    Daly humbled the NBA superstars by coaching a group of college players to victory in a controlled scrimmage weeks before the Olympics.

    "I was the happiest man in the gym," Daly said afterward.

    Daly also made the right moves for the Pistons, who were notorious for their physical play with Bill Laimbeer and Rick Mahorn leading the fight, Rodman making headlines and Hall of Fame guards Isiah Thomas and Dumars lifting the team to titles in 1989 and 1990.


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    Chuck Daly led the "Bad Boys" Pistons to a pair of NBA titles.
    Former Piston John Salley gave Daly the nickname "Daddy Rich" for his impeccably tailored suits.

    Daly had a career regular-season record of 638-437 in 13 NBA seasons. In 12 playoff appearances, his teams went 75-51. He left Detroit as the Pistons' coaching leader in regular-season and playoff victories.

    "The Daly family and the entire Detroit Pistons and Palace Sports and Entertainment family is mourning the loss of Chuck Daly," family and team spokesman Matt Dobek said. "Chuck left a lasting impression with everyone he met both personally and professionally and his spirit will live with all of us forever."

    Despite his success, Daly wasn't part of a Coach of the Year presentation until he handed the trophy to then-Detroit coach Rick Carlisle in 2002.

    "This is as close as I've ever been to that thing," Daly said, looking at the Red Auerbach Trophy.

    Born July 20, 1930, in St. Marys, Pa., Charles Jerome Daly played college ball at St. Bonaventure and Bloomsburg. After two years in the military, he coached for eight seasons at Punxsutawney (Pa.) High School and then spent six years as an assistant at Duke.

    Succeeding Bob Cousy as coach at Boston College, Daly coached the Eagles to a 26-24 record during two seasons, then spent seven seasons at Penn, leading the Quakers to the Ivy League championship from 1972 to 1975.

    Daly joined the NBA coaching ranks in 1978 as an assistant under Billy Cunningham in Philadelphia. His first head coaching job was with Cleveland, but he was fired after the Cavaliers went 9-32 during the first half of the 1981-82 season.

    In 1983, Daly took over a Detroit team that had never had two straight winning seasons and led the Pistons to nine straight. He persuaded the likes of Rodman, Thomas, Dumars, Mahorn and Laimbeer to play as a unit and they responded with back-to-back championships in 1989 and 1990.

    Far from being intimidated by the Pistons' "Bad Boys" image, Daly saw the upside of it.

    "I've also had players who did not care," he said a decade later. "I'd rather have a challenging team."

    After leaving Detroit, Daly took over the New Jersey Nets for two seasons and led them to the playoffs both times.

    He left broadcasting to return to the bench 1997 with the Orlando Magic and won 74 games in two seasons, then retired at the age of 68 because he said he was weary of the travel.

    Daly joined the Vancouver Grizzlies as a senior adviser in 2000.

    In retirement, he split time between residences in Jupiter, Fla., and suburban Detroit.

    The Pistons retired No. 2 to honor their former coach's two NBA titles in January 1997.

    "Without you, there wouldn't be us," Mahorn said to Daly during the ceremony.

    Daly is survived by his wife, Terry, as well as daughter Cydney and grandchildren Sebrina and Connor.
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    Re: NBA Playoffs 2009

    The Cavs v. Hawks series was a complete bore. The Hawks barely put up a fight. The Nuggets v. Mavs series is boring as well. At least the Boston v. Orlando matchup is exciting.

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    Re: NBA Playoffs 2009

    Cant wait until tonight! I think we are going to win again. I can just feel it!
    Look for me behind the basket on the left of the screen - the celts basket in the first half! ill be one of the million people in all green.

    and go rockets! im in boston now, but originally from houston. and i got to meet a olajuwon and cassell and horry after we won the playoffs in 94-and i was only 15. one of my coolest memories hope they can play another game like they did Sunday.
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    Re: NBA Playoffs 2009

    Western Conference Finals:

    Nuggets/Lakers...should be interesting.

    If the Nuggets win, I obviously want them to win the whole thing. If the Lakers win, I want the Cavs to win the East and I want the Cavs to take the whole thing.

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    I don't really care who wins as long as its not the Celtics.

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    Re: NBA Playoffs 2009

    Woohoo, the Celtics got their butts kicked! I don't like any Boston teams, but I especially don't like all the trash talking KG was doing from the bench.

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