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JordansBulls
06-28-2011, 03:44 PM
http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/playoffs/2011/news/story?page=5-on-5-110627




1. The NBA just had its greatest season ever.

A. Strongly agree
B. Somewhat agree
C. Somewhat disagree
D. Strongly disagree
E. None of the above

Ryan DeGama, CelticsHub.com: B. Somewhat agree. The league is flush with talent. You can watch every game even if your favorite team is Toronto and you live in Tasmania. Throw the myriad of fascinating 2010-11 stories into the mix and it just might be the greatest ever. Unless, of course, you are a Toronto fan. In which case it probably sucked.

Tim Donahue, 8points9seconds.com: C. Somewhat disagree. At some point in my 45 years, I lost the ability to believe in "greatest ever." It was a good season with harbingers of a good future. That's really all you can ask.

Graydon Gordian, 48 Minutes Of Hell.com: C. Somewhat disagree. It was a great season, no doubt about it. The NBA tends to be a two- or three-horse race, but this season it honestly felt like six or seven teams were contenders. But there's a difference in being the most recent great season and the greatest season.

Zach Harper, Daily Dime Live: C. Somewhat disagree. I'm not sure how you determine what the best season of all time is. In terms of league interest, this is probably it. But I don't know that this season was technically better than 2007-08. That year had Boston coming together, the Pau Gasol trade, a monster trade deadline and a fantastic playoff season. Not sure if this season was better.

Rob Peterson, Hardwood Paroxysm: B. Somewhat agree. In the sense that there was no clear favorite for the title during the season, there was a team everyone could hate in the Heat, and young stars such as Derrick Rose hit their stride. It's too early, though, to call this season the greatest. We need a little more time to adequately assess it.

2. The NBA just had its greatest postseason ever.

A. Strongly agree
B. Somewhat agree
C. Somewhat disagree
D. Strongly disagree
E. None of the above

Ryan DeGama, CelticsHub.com: C. Somewhat disagree. Sure, Dallas and Miami packed at least seven games worth of excitement into their six down-to-the-wire battles, but how many of the other 14 series lived up to the quality of the discussion surrounding them? Do the math. You'll be disappointed.

Tim Donahue, 8points9seconds.com: C. Somewhat disagree. See my answer to No. 1, but it was awfully good -- better than the season. Drama was brought. Good basketball was played, and good storylines were abundant.

Graydon Gordian, 48 Minutes Of Hell.com: C. Somewhat disagree. I do so for similar reasons to the first question. It was a great postseason: hard-fought, well-played games from the first round 'til the Finals; exhilarating upsets; and an eventual champion that was both well-deserved and somewhat unexpected. But, again, just being the most recent great postseason doesn't make it the greatest.

Zach Harper, Daily Dime Live: D. Strongly disagree. The first round of the playoffs was a legendary set of series. But with how short the rest of the series were, can we really say it was the greatest ever? Dallas played only nine second- and third-round games. Miami played 10. We had a lot of great games, but we needed extended series for it to be the greatest ever.

Rob Peterson, Hardwood Paroxysm: C. Somewhat disagree. There was only one seven-game series and some of the more anticipated series (C's-Knicks, Heat-C's, Mavs-Thunder) never turned into classics. The Finals were great, but the '88, '06 and '09 playoffs were better.

3. The Dallas Mavericks winning the title was good for the NBA.

A. Strongly agree
B. Somewhat agree
C. Somewhat disagree
D. Strongly disagree
E. None of the above

Ryan DeGama, CelticsHub.com: A. Strongly agree. I'd still much rather have the team with the batch of elite players, but a periodic reminder that you can sometimes squeeze out a title with just one is good for the health of the league and the sanity of small-market fans.

Tim Donahue, 8points9seconds.com: C. Somewhat disagree. I think it's good that the Peyton Manning treatment of Dirk Nowitzki has gotten a stake in the heart, but I don't really think this has far-reaching meaning for the league.

Graydon Gordian, 48 Minutes Of Hell.com: A. Strongly agree. The more franchises that have a title, the better. It gives hope to those who don't support the select number of franchises that have won repeated titles, and creates an intriguing and original story line in a way that, say, a Celtics-Lakers Finals does not.

Zach Harper, Daily Dime Live: A. Strongly agree. I don't really know that any team winning could be a bad thing. If the Heat had won the title, it would not have been bad. It's the same if the Lakers had three-peated or the Bulls had risen up to win it all. Getting Dirk's legacy up to its rightful spot in history was very important and great for the league.

Rob Peterson, Hardwood Paroxysm: B. Somewhat agree. If the Heat had taken care of business, there'd be even more of a sour taste in fans' mouths than there already is because of the looming lockout. Seeing Dirk, Jason Kidd and crew capture a title, and the way they did it, left the fans with a good feeling.

4. The Miami Heat losing in the Finals was good for the NBA.

A. Strongly agree
B. Somewhat agree
C. Somewhat disagree
D. Strongly disagree
E. None of the above


Ryan DeGama, CelticsHub.com: B. Somewhat agree. Is next season any less compelling if Miami is the monster protecting its treasure instead of the increasingly desperate band of adventurers in search of one? Possibly. But the Heat's mere existence is the real draw and that doesn't change either way. Unless Pat Riley says so.

Tim Donahue, 8points9seconds.com: B. Somewhat agree. The polarization factor of the Heat drove a lot of interest in the NBA this season, and their loss could arguably be seen as a "cliff-hanger." Having a villain is great for attracting casual fans. Having the villain lose is great for keeping them.

Graydon Gordian, 48 Minutes Of Hell.com: A. Strongly agree. The Miami Heat have helped the NBA reach a level of popularity it has struggled to achieve over the past decade. But their failure to achieve their goal only heightens the intrigue and anticipation I feel in regard to next season. Sometimes failure is more exciting than victory.

Zach Harper, Daily Dime Live: C. Somewhat disagree. I don't really find the Heat to be this evil entity that was in need of comeuppance. I know they celebrated coming together and promised titles, but would everybody really have been happy if they promised to hopefully make the playoffs? Maybe it's better for the NBA since it will make next season as intense as this one.

Rob Peterson, Hardwood Paroxysm: B. Somewhat agree. For the reasons I noted in Question No. 3, but also because Miami will probably come into the 2011-12 season (if there is one) focused and determined. With the talent the Heat have, we could see a historic season, which would be good for the NBA, no matter how you feel about them.

5. We will remember the 2010-11 season for a long time.

A. Strongly agree
B. Somewhat agree
C. Somewhat disagree
D. Strongly disagree
E. None of the above


Ryan DeGama, CelticsHub.com: B. Somewhat agree. Miami, Dirk, Dallas and Derrick will linger. But I wonder if we'll ultimately remember 2010-11 as a remnant of an outdated age of NBA economics, when the two Finals teams personified obscene spending (Dallas: $86 million payroll) and stacking the deck with free-agent stars (the Miami trio). Soon-to-be anachronisms? We'll see.

Tim Donahue, 8points9seconds.com: B. Somewhat agree. Probably, but much will depend on how the story arc of the Miami Heat plays out from here, and how much the lockout eclipses the season. I can only vaguely remember Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen and Paul "The Truth" Pierce being an earth-shattering combination.

Graydon Gordian, 48 Minutes Of Hell.com: A. Strongly agree. I'm hesitant to say the 2010-11 season was the greatest, but that doesn't mean it isn't among the greats. For fans of the Bulls, the Heat, the Spurs, the Lakers, the Grizzlies, the Thunder, the Nuggets, the Celtics, the Knicks and, of course, the Mavericks, this season will, for better or worse, leave an indelible impression.

Zach Harper, Daily Dime Live: E. None of the above. I like to hope we will remember this one for a very long time, but if there isn't a season in 2011-12 or we lose a significant number of games, this one will be forgotten. People are quick to forget what just happened in anticipation of what could happen. I don't see any reason why this past season wouldn't suffer the same fate.

B'sCeltsPatsSox
06-28-2011, 04:17 PM
1. C
2. C
3. A
4. B
5. C

ink
06-28-2011, 05:25 PM
D
D
A
A
D

Glad the season is over. Now we can get through the lockout and hope for better things. The last year of free agency was brutal and turned more people off basketball than ever before. The drama throughout the year was ridiculous, the hate was appalling, and the only thing that rescued the season was to see a hard working bunch of players win the championship. After a season of excess like that, we desperately needed the NBA to rediscover its roots - blood, sweat, and tears basketball from the likes of Dirk (who reversed his "choking" label), Kidd (the veteran that finally got his ring after an incredibly distinguished career), Marion (see JKidd), and a few others on a very cohesive team. But otherwise, a season I'd like to forget, and I mean erase the hard drive on that one.

SportsFanatic10
06-28-2011, 05:45 PM
i'm not gonna get into all the grades but it was definately one of the best i've seen. i've only been watching since 02 however and while i do check back on years past i'm no authority on the old school nba.

AIMelo=KillaDUO
06-28-2011, 05:47 PM
D
D
A
A
D

Glad the season is over. Now we can get through the lockout and hope for better things. The last year of free agency was brutal and turned more people off basketball than ever before. The drama throughout the year was ridiculous, the hate was appalling, and the only thing that rescued the season was to see a hard working bunch of players win the championship. After a season of excess like that, we desperately needed the NBA to rediscover its roots - blood, sweat, and tears basketball from the likes of Dirk (who reversed his "choking" label), Kidd (the veteran that finally got his ring after an incredibly distinguished career), Marion (see JKidd), and a few others on a very cohesive team. But otherwise, a season I'd like to forget, and I mean erase the hard drive on that one.

I agree with your post except for the that part. The NBA had some of it's highest ratings ever this season...

Bruno
06-28-2011, 05:49 PM
D
d
a
b
b

blastmasta26
06-29-2011, 11:30 AM
C
C
A
A
B

Maybe not one of the greatest seasons, but definitely a memorable one. Rose being the youngest MVP, Miami big 3, Knicks getting Amare and trading for Melo, Grizzlies upsetting the Spurs, and the Mavs winning the title. I thought it was good for the league to see the Heat lose for fans that were opposed to the moves made by the players, but mostly because it was good to see Dirk and Kidd get titles as underdogs against a dominant postseason squad in Miami. I'm sure the Heat will win at least one title eventually and a humbling loss can often provide even more motivation.

D-Will4Prez
06-29-2011, 12:16 PM
C
C
A
A
A

As a Jazz fan, I will probably remember this season for the rest of my life. Sloan's departure, the D-Will trade, Hayward/Favors rookie season, Dirk and Kidd got their first championship, Heat failed, landing the third pick in the following draft (courtesy of d-will), impending lockout...I'm hoping I'll look back on this season as the start of something great.

Sadds The Gr8
06-29-2011, 12:19 PM
C - there was some nice surprises...Rose winning MVP, Blake Griffin emergence, Spurs dominating the west, etc... but the regular season wasn't that great. solid highlights but not too many memorable games.

A - playoffs were amazing. So many close games, not too many blowouts. That first day of the playoffs is the best opening day for the playoffs i've ever seen. Bulls/Pacers had great games, Grizzlies surprising run, Hawks/Bulls had great games, Magic/Hawks had good games, surprising fall of the Lakers and Celtics, dominating playoffs from Dirk, CP3, Z-Bo, Miami losing.

B - I guess it was good to see first ballot HoFers like Dirk and Kidd get rings. they almost went their whole careers without getting one so this is good for them. Also Dallas is a big market and sports town so the championship will only make the Mavs a better franchise and garner a bigger fanbase.

A - Loved seeing the Miami Cheat lose.

A - This season will definitely be remembered for a long time. The Super team that was formed made the finals and choked, the playoffs were amazing, The surprising fall of the Lakers and Celtics, Dirk's playoff dominance, the MVP could be a man that could dominate the PG spot and league for years to come,etc...

SteBO
06-29-2011, 12:31 PM
C
C
A
A
B

Maybe not one of the greatest seasons, but definitely a memorable one. Rose being the youngest MVP, Miami big 3, Knicks getting Amare and trading for Melo, Grizzlies upsetting the Spurs, and the Mavs winning the title. I thought it was good for the league to see the Heat lose for fans that were opposed to the moves made by the players, but mostly because it was good to see Dirk and Kidd get titles as underdogs against a dominant postseason squad in Miami. I'm sure the Heat will win at least one title eventually and a humbling loss can often provide even more motivation.
F what the league thinks ;)

But I agree with your overall post. As a heat fan, even I was happy to see dirk and kidd get rings. As far as the season goes, it being the best ever is debatable only if Knicks-Celtics, Celtics-Heat, Heat-Bulls, and the Finals went the distance in the postseason. Those series' had the ability to turn into epic ones, and when you add in the storylines, you'll have one the best seasons. It didn't shake out that way, so it isn't the best ever. Personally, the '06 and '09 seasons were awesome, especially in the playoffs.

SteBO
06-29-2011, 12:31 PM
C
C
A
A
B

Maybe not one of the greatest seasons, but definitely a memorable one. Rose being the youngest MVP, Miami big 3, Knicks getting Amare and trading for Melo, Grizzlies upsetting the Spurs, and the Mavs winning the title. I thought it was good for the league to see the Heat lose for fans that were opposed to the moves made by the players, but mostly because it was good to see Dirk and Kidd get titles as underdogs against a dominant postseason squad in Miami. I'm sure the Heat will win at least one title eventually and a humbling loss can often provide even more motivation.
F what the league thinks ;)

But I agree with your overall post. As a heat fan, even I was happy to see dirk and kidd get rings. As far as the season goes, it being the best ever is debatable only if Knicks-Celtics, Celtics-Heat, Heat-Bulls, and the Finals went the distance in the postseason. Those series' had the ability to turn into epic ones, and when you add in the storylines, you'll have one the best seasons. It didn't shake out that way, so it isn't the best ever. Personally, the '06 and '09 seasons were awesome, especially in the playoffs.

pd1dish
06-29-2011, 12:43 PM
I agree with your post except for the that part. The NBA had some of it's highest ratings ever this season...

yeah, even people that dont regularly watch basketball or the NBA were watching games this year, especially all the Miami Heat playoff series. people that could care less about basketball wanted to watch the Heat, whether they wanted them to win or lose. there was just so much hype about that team (and also hatred) that it caused even people like my mom (who probably can only name 2 or 3 players in the NBA) to care about who won the Finals.

NYKalltheway
06-29-2011, 12:56 PM
1. D
2. D
3. B
4. E
5. D

Raoul Duke
06-29-2011, 12:57 PM
Tim Donahue, 8points9seconds.com: C. Somewhat disagree. At some point in my 45 years, I lost the ability to believe in "greatest ever." It was a good season with harbingers of a good future. That's really all you can ask.

I agree with this guy. It was a great season and I enjoyed watching it all way up through the finals even though my team sucked donkey balls. That says a lot.

ink
06-29-2011, 01:05 PM
yeah, even people that dont regularly watch basketball or the NBA were watching games this year, especially all the Miami Heat playoff series. people that could care less about basketball wanted to watch the Heat, whether they wanted them to win or lose. there was just so much hype about that team (and also hatred) that it caused even people like my mom (who probably can only name 2 or 3 players in the NBA) to care about who won the Finals.

That's the turn off for me: the hype and the fact that casual fans amped up the hate to such a ludicrous level. I think this year will partly be responsible for the length of the lockout to come because the owners and people in the game can't really have liked what they saw in free agency 2010. I am sure they will be working hard to try to bring some sanity back into the game and everyone will have conflicting opinions on how to do that, hence the potential for a long lockout. I can see people's points about the positives of this season, but it was also a traffic accident and traffic accidents attract lots of curious onlookers. That's the level of popularity this season brought IMO and it was fugly. Doubtful we'll ever see a season like this again, kind of a watershed year.

Chronz
06-29-2011, 01:28 PM
That's the turn off for me: the hype and the fact that casual fans amped up the hate to such a ludicrous level.
For you, but your prior post implied a general population.


I think this year will partly be responsible for the length of the lockout to come because the owners and people in the game can't really have liked what they saw in free agency 2010. I am sure they will be working hard to try to bring some sanity back into the game and everyone will have conflicting opinions on how to do that, hence the potential for a long lockout.
From everything Ive heard, the intrigue that this season has created is the only hope we have to avoiding a lockout. The owners really only care about building a sustainable business model, they will never be able to control where players want to go without offering more money so the only real issue is the length of contracts and revenue sharing. The hope is that they solve this issue without sacrificing what is sure to be one of the most followed seasons ever. But it wont come at the expense of a good CBA deal


I can see people's points about the positives of this season, but it was also a traffic accident and traffic accidents attract lots of curious onlookers. That's the level of popularity this season brought IMO and it was fugly.
Good analogy, it is yet to be seen if this is just blip but everybody wants to find out, the only way they find out is if there is a season next year. Actually its pretty much accepted that the intrigue will remain the following year due to Miami losing this year, but all that momentum gos out the window with a work stoppage.

ink
06-29-2011, 01:34 PM
For you, but your prior post implied a general population.


From everything Ive heard, the intrigue that this season has created is the only hope we have to avoiding a lockout. The owners really only care about building a sustainable business model, they will never be able to control where players want to go without offering more money so the only real issue is the length of contracts and revenue sharing. The hope is that they solve this issue without sacrificing what is sure to be one of the most followed seasons ever. But it wont come at the expense of a good CBA deal


Good analogy, it is yet to be seen if this is just blip but everybody wants to find out, the only way they find out is if there is a season next year. Actually its pretty much accepted that the intrigue will remain the following year due to Miami losing this year, but all that momentum gos out the window with a work stoppage.

Wouldn't you rather have interest increase because of the sport and not the controversy or intrigue? The article title was "best NBA season ever" and I wouldn't define "best" as highest ratings from vultures who love reality TV skirmishes lol. Think of all the great NBA years we've seen in the league's history ...