A couple of months ago, I discussed how the NBA is devolving into MLB. Now that we have reached the NBA’s version of the “Final Four”, I thought it would be interesting to breakdown the star power of the team’s playing in the NBA Conference Finals. This data can be used to support or dispute my fear that competitive balance is slipping in the NBA.
Everybody compares the newly formed Miami Heat to the New York Yankees as basketball’s version of a traveling all-star team. Could there possibly be a team left in the playoffs with as much star power as a team with Lebron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh?
The NCAA Tourney’s Sweet Sixteen tips off tonight featuring many of basketball history’s usual suspects – Duke, Kentucky, Kansas, and North Carolina. As we have become accustomed to during sports’ greatest event, there are also a few unfamiliar faces – including the Marquette Golden Eagles. You may remember Marquette from their glory days when Dwayne Wade led them to the Final Four as members of Conference USA. Now they are in the Big East, where they finished eleventh in the regular season and made a second round exit in their conference tournament. So how does an unranked, 11-seed earn a Sweet Sixteen date with arguably the greatest college basketball program of all time, two-seeded North Carolina?