History of NBA Finals Dynasties

History of NBA Finals Dynasties

The first dynasty to emerge within the NBA following the 1949 merger of the BAA and NBL was that of the Minneapolis Lakers, who won five NBA championship titles in six years spanning 1948-1954, led by center George Mikan, now a legend within the sport.

The next dynasty to emerge within the NBA, during the years spanning 1957-1969, were the Boston Celtics, competing in twelve Finals series during that period and winning eleven NBA championship titles within those thirteen years alone – with eight of them as consecutive wins from 1959-1966. Leading the team to its legendary victories were coach Red Auerbach and players Bill Russell and John Havlicek.

In years absent of NBA dynasties and rivalries upon which fans can direct their fervor and support, NBA Finals fail to draw nearly as much attention as in pique years. In the 1970’s, eight different teams succeeded in winning NBA championship titles, and fan fervor waned temporarily. It grew heated once again, however, as a rivalry surfaced during the 1980’s between the Lakers (led by Magic Johnson) and the Celtics (led by Larry Bird), both leading players having entered the league the year before, carrying over their widely-viewed college basketball rivalry from their respective teams, Michigan State University and Indiana State University. Magic Johnson made an even bigger name for himself when playing in his first NBA Finals in 1980, the conclusion of his first season in the professional league, and leading his team to victory after having to play every position on the court during game six after an injury that took star player Kareem Abdul Jabbar out of the game, scoring 42 points contributing to his teams win during his first championship. Throughout the decade either one or both of the rivaling teams competed in the Finals – the Lakers won the title five times (1980, 1982, 1985, 1987, and 1988) and the Celtics won the titles three times (1981, 1984, and 1986). In 1984, the Celtics and the Lakers contested one another in the NBA Finals for the first time since 1969, and the match-up drew the largest NBA game television audience in the history of the championship. The Celtics emerged as the victors in a close competing, winning four games to three. During the 1985 NBA Finals, during the first game of the playoffs – remembered as the “Memorial Day Massacre” – the Celtics set the still-standing record of 148 points as the highest point total by a team in the NBA Finals. However, the Lakers won the championship title that year in six games, the Celtics losing the sixth and final game on their home court for the first and only time in their playoff history.

At the conclusion of the Lakers-Celtics rivalry of the 1980’s, emerged the Chicago Bulls dynasty, spanning 1991-1998, winning six championships during that eight year period, led by Phil Jackson as coach and by legendary player Michael Jordan, along with notables Scottie Pippen and Dennis Rodman. (The only two losses had been suffered during the two years, 1994 and 1995, when Michael Jordan temporarily left the team and the sport to pursue a baseball career instead. During the years he had played for the Bulls in the play-offs, he had been honored as the recipient of the Finals MVP sports award after each game.) He returned and began again leading the team to victory in the 1996 play-offs, and continued until the end of the 1998-1999 season. At the start of the 1999 basketball season, however, Phil Jackson retired from his position as coach, and the majority of the teams’ strongest players left as well, Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen included, effectively ending the team’s dynasty and strong performance record. Since that team’s dynasty, the Los Angeles Lakers and the San Antonio Spurs have dominated the NBA Finals, winning more titles than any other team combined during the period since 1999. Each year from 1999-2010, the NBA Finals have featured either or both of the Los Angeles Lakers (led by Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal) or the San Antonio Spurs (led by Tim Duncan). In 2008, the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers contested the championship title for the eleventh time in the history of the playoffs – the first time since 1987 – with the Celtics emerging victorious in six games, marking their record-setting 17th NBA Championship. In 2010, they met on the court for the playoffs once again, this time with the Lakers emerging victorious, inching upon the Celtics’ most titles record, with this marking their 16th NBA Championship win.

The Best NBA Championship Rings That You Should Go For

If you love collecting championship rings, one of the best rings that you should consider going for are NBA championship rings. If you don’t know the best ones that you should consider, here are some of them:

2011: Dallas Mavericks

When Dallas mavericks won the NBA championship in 2011, the club owner, Mark Cuban said that the players should be given what they want. Each of the 2011 Dallas Maverick rings has 257 diamonds that make up a total of 10 carats and 3 ounces of 14 carat gold. The units also have 6 separate components with a blue background that lets the team colors shine through. Due to the great features of these rings, you should expect them to go at a high price. When buying them, pay close attention at the sides. One side of the rings features 15 diamonds (that represent each player) and the other side has a diamond encrusted Larry O’Brien championship trophy.

2013: Miami Heat

The 2013 Miami heat championship rings have great features that make them attractive to every championship ring collector. Just like other championship rings, the units have the Larry O’Brien trophy on one side. Beneath the trophy, there is the word “family” that symbolizes the number of people in the Miami Heat organization. The flip side of the ring has the name of the player who owns the ring and the words “back-to-back” around it. There is also the Chinese symbol for “sacrifice” under the ring. The reason for the Chinese symbol is because the club’s season began in China and the players sacrificed their time and money to win consecutive titles.

2010: Los Angeles Lakers

These rings have a unique feature that is not available in many rings: leather in a ring. As a collector, the unique feature makes the rings highly valuable. In addition to the leather, the units also have some serious bling. They have 16 round brilliant diamonds and 16 carat gold batch that symbolizes the club’s 16th championship. Each of the rings also has a 3-D sculpture of the player’s face. This is something that isn’t found in most of the rings.

2014: San Antonio Spurs

One side of the ring has the player’s name, number, and NBA logo. The other side displays five diamonds that are scattered above the hammer. The diamonds symbolize the total number of championships to date.

Conclusion

These are some of the NBA championship rings that you can go for. As you might expect, the original rings are expensive. If you don’t have a lot of money to spend, you should go with the replicas that resemble the originals but go at a lower cost.

The Stanley Cup

Does an Eighth Seed team stand a chance in hell and I will get back to this analogy in a bit to win the Stanley Cup?

The Stanley Cup is the oldest championship team trophy in North America. It is named for Lord Stanley of Preston who represented the British monarch as governor-general in Canada from 1888 to 1893. Lord Stanley purchased the trophy in 1892 for an amateur ice hockey competition. From 1910 to 1926 teams from several Canadian professional leagues and associations including the NHL vied for the cup.

In 1927 the trophy became the annual award for NHL champions only. The winning club gains possession of the cup for one year until the next champion is crowned.

The Montral Amateur Athletic Association AAA team champion of the Amateur Hockey Association in 1893 was awarded the first Stanley Cup title. The Edmonton Oilers captured the championship five times in the seven seasons from 1984 to 1990. The Stanley Cup went unclaimed last year when the NHL season was wiped out in a labour dispute.

For all the nay-sayers who say an 8th seed can not win the Cup let me point out this little nugget. An 8th seed has never won until now a Conference Championship so NEVER say NEVER! They also have a shot at being the first Canadian team to win the Stanley Cup since the 1993 Montreal Canadiens.

The Oilers added to the considerable franchise history with their seventh trip to the final their 34th playoff series win and 151st playoff victory in 244 post season games. They are now 7-2 in conference finals 35-15 in games in which theyve had an opportunity to clinch a series and 19-0 in series in which theyve won the first two games. Edmonton also made it 14-1 in putting teams away when leading a series three games to one. Nice numbers there. Now truth be told. I had The Oilers to win the Conference as a prop bet but did not have them pegged for the Cup. I was actually looking at Ottawa but never posted a wager as I know all about play-offs upsets and a hot goalie completely changing the landscape of the playoffs.

I said I would get back to the chance in hell bit. Hockey in June in a different kinda game in that the teams are playing in warmer and muggier stadiums then they play in all year. This can slow the games down a bit and in this case I like the Oilers to win the Stanley Cup. They have that young hungry grind it out strong legs with staying power Cinderella story air about them and I dig that. Oh to be at Blues on Whyte Its an Edmonton thing if this should come to be true.

Who will they Face? Well we will find out tonight Either Buffalo or Carolina. Head to Head in the last 20 game why 20? why not… Edmonton at home or on the road against the Buffalo on any day in any month is 12-4-4 facing Buffalo. Edmonton at home or on the road against the Carolina on any day in any month is 6-8-6. Roloson Edmonton at home or on the road against any opponent on any day in any month is 13-7-0. Miller Buffalo is 14-6-0. Ward Carolina is 13-7-0 Gerber Carolina is 9-11 Wanna Bet if Carolina makes it they start Ward?

Now these are really kinda useless stats Cause we are down to Playoff Hockey and all the rules stats and well everything really goes out the window. You have to micros-analyze just the play-offs and well without boring you with even more stats I think no matter who the Oilers Face we will see a nice hard hitting 7 game Stanley Cup Finals. See you Monday for the opener!

Five Lessons All Leaders Can Take From the NFL Team Members

Five Lessons All Leaders Can Take From the NFL Team Members

Unless you live under a rock, live outside the United States or are a non-sports person, you know the National Football League held their draft of players last week. If you don’t know, this annual event allows teams to pick players based on a prescribed order that they have the right to hire for their team. (And the whole thing is televised, with great cable ratings in prime time).

While the rules and context for hiring these players is different than what we face in organizations, the ultimate goal is the same. How do we select the best talent to meet our needs, and help our team succeed at higher levels (i.e. win more games)? I think the lessons that follow are worth your consideration, regardless of how much or how little you care about the NFL.

They invest in selection heavily. NFL teams have scouts who spend the entire college season watching college players (their future hires) perform. They attend the annual talent combine, where players are invited to show their skills, get medical and psychological examinations, and interview with teams. They attend individual workouts and invite players for onsite interviews. Stated another way, the recruiting process never stops.

Do you have a process for recruiting? Are you investing in that process, and always looking for the potential team members? Or are you just placing an ad or posting a job when your team is already over worked?

They select broadly. Early in the draft you see teams picking draftees based on need. They need a new Quarterback, so they pick one. They need a Linebacker, so that is where they look. But later in the draft, especially with the better teams and more stable organizations, they will pick “the best player available” – meaning that it isn’t just about immediate need, but about a player that could help, regardless of their position.

How broadly do you select players for your team? Would you ever consider adding a potential star performer, even if you didn’t have an immediate spot for them?

They welcome new team members intentionally. After the draft players are invited to the team headquarters, and beyond the press conferences, they work hard to make the players feel at home, meet new teammates and much more.

If this sounds like parts of a good onboarding process, it likely is. And yet, I think they do better than most in this regard. The best onboarding process engages the new employee, but also includes much engagement of the management and leadership of the organization. How successfully do you welcome new team members and acclimate them to your organization?

They prepare people for success. New players get coaching (lots of it). They get training. They get processes and tools and playbooks. The goals are made clear and the players understand those goals. Teams recognize how much they have invested in getting the right people (not even counting the salaries!), and so they continue to invest, from the first day of signing right through training camp – with high expectations for people’s success.

Super Bowl – The NFL Draft Is Just a Weigh Station

Super Bowl – The NFL Draft Is Just a Weigh Station

People tend to think that getting picked high in the draft, making a lot of money, and being famous will make them happy. The one thing all of these have in common is that they are result oriented.In my experience I have found that people who are result oriented are more likely to be unhappy and have shorter and less distinguished careers, regardless of their chosen field. I have also found that people who are process oriented tend to not only be happier but also have more fulfilling careers. If people changed their focus noted above to developing a career in the NFL, being productive, and doing something they love, they would be much more likely to achieve the results they are looking for.

Being a high draft pick may seem important to the kids that are about to be selected this week, however, the reality is they will be measured by what they achieve once they get there. Being a high draft pick can be a bit of an albatross around player’s neck if they do not have immediate success, and has ended many promising careers too soon.

There have been 19 different quarterbacks among the first five picks of the last 15 NFL drafts. Only two of them have ever played in the Super Bowl and only one has a Super Bowl ring – Eli Manning winning twice. Over that same period of time 42 quarterbacks have been selected in the first round and only six of them have led their team to a Super Bowl. Those six have a combined Super Bowl record of 6-3.

Ironically, the record of quarterbacks in the Super Bowl that were not first round choices over that same period of time is also 6-3. Interestingly, two quarterbacks who entered the league undrafted (just prior to the 1999 draft), Kurt Warner and Jack Delhomme started in four Super Bowls between them. The only player to start at quarterback in more Super Bowls during the past 15 years than the undrafted Warner was the 199th player selected in the 2000 draft, Tom Brady.

Though it is nice to be a high draft pick (and you will see more money initially) it has little to do with what is ultimately important; what you achieve once you are on the big stage. To put things in perspective… Would you rather leave a legacy of being a quarterback who was a top five draft pick (like Tim Couch, Akili Smith, David Carr, Joey Harrington, Carson Palmer, Vince Young or JaMarcus Russell)? Or one who ends up in the Pro Football Hall Of Fame (like Tom Brady or Kurt Warner)?