Monday, March 25, 2019

If this is your first visit to Stiletto Sports, welcome, but you might want to take a second to check out Deflated Hoop Dreams & The Business of Basketball since this is Game II in a Best of Three Series!

Game One was all about my heart and passion for the game, the players, and the teams. And my belief that all of that combined with team loyalty and integrity should outweigh the actual business of basketball. Let’s just say that in Game One of this Best of 3 series, the Business of Basketball completely annihilated The Love of the Game.

Game Two:  My, How the West Has Won

When I sat down and tried to figure out exactly why the thought of watching the NBA makes me roll my eyes and, I kiddingly said  “the Lakers always win so what’s the point.”

Turns out, that joking statement wasn’t so far off base.

Did you know that since 1991, 17 out of the last 21 seasons have been won by:

  • The Los Angeles Lakers: 5
  • The Chicago Bulls: 6
  • The San Antonio Spurs: 4
  • Either the Dallas Mavericks or the Miami Heat  (For the purpose of the post, they will only count as one team since they were both in the finals twice but both times, played each other and each won one game)

And, in two of those remaining four seasons, the Lakers were actually in the Finals, they just didn’t win.  So 19 out of the last 21 seasons, featured one (or more) of those four (okay 5) teams. In a league of 30 teams.

The only two years that didn’t were 1994 and 1995 when the Bulls were on hiatus and the Lakers…well, they didn’t really exist yet. Phil Jackson was still coaching the Bulls (but without Mike) and Kobe was in like junior high. So the Houston Rockets went on a back-to-back winning streak.

You think that’s bad? Just wait.

Let’s expand my earlier list to include the Rockets. And the Detroit Pistons and the Boston Celtics.

Since 1980, 31 out of the last 31 seasons featured one of those 7 (8) teams.

Since 1980, 30 out of the last 31 seasons have been won by one of those 7 (8) teams.

Do you know how many different teams in the West have made it to the finals in the last 31 years? Only Eight.

And in the East, only 10.

Total Western Domination

If you like the Eastern Conference, at least your team has a chance of getting into the Finals. In the West, there is no point in rooting for anyone other than the Lakers, the Spurs or the Mavericks. Because no other team has even made it into the finals in 13 years, since the Utah Jazz in 1998.

The East has at least been kind of a crap shoot every year since the Bulls dynasty (A whole 9 different teams in the finals since 1999! Whoo!).

But what’s the point in getting excited about which Eastern team will make it through the playoffs and in to the Finals?  The West has been a total domination. The East Conference has only won the championship 3 times since 1999.

So it appears that my choices are to either:

  1. Become a Lakers Fan
  2. Don’t watch the NBA

And being that I was raised in a Celtics household in the early 80s, there is not a chance in hell of me becoming a Lakers Girl. Even if I loved the 90s Bulls and think Phil Jackson is God.

What I love most about it, is that the NBA seems truly oblivious of all of this. Every year come playoff time, they show those awesome NBA commericals that end with “The NBA Playoffs: Where Will Amazing happen this year?”

Really should change that to “Where in the West will amazing happen this year?”

Um. Probably in L.A. or San Antonio....


Stay Tuned, the final game in this Best of three Series is coming up next!




About the author: Jennifer Taglione is the owner of this fabulous website Stiletto Sports. Despite writing well over 500 posts, she still maintains that she is not a sports writer! She is however a huge fan of Kurt Warner, Larry Fitzgerald, Mark Sanchez, the Celtics, and totally kicks butt on March Madness brackets! Connect with her by following her on Twitter @StilettoSportsJ and subscribing to her weekly newsletter. For more info check out the About the Editor page!

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