It's true. We've been clogging up the internet tubes for a full five years. That first day of the blog's existence produced several gems. And hey, in terms of the subject matter we most frequently bitch about, look how much has changed! Check some of those early posts if you're feeling super bored today. Those were lean times. It's hard to believe, but I was an even worse writer then than I am now. At least my life is way better! Back then I was a low level employee at a big company in a depressing city. Now I'm a midlevel employee at a different big company in the same depressing city. Let that be a lesson to you, future sports bloggers: your dreams can and will come true. (Peter King addendum to previous sentence: Maybe.)
5. Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen
You already know my thoughts on Boston's title chances.
It sounds silly, but sometimes things are just destined to happen …
Speaking of destiny … the odds of a Lakers-Celtics Finals are 50-to-1.
4. Chris Paul
I already made the case for his runner-up MVP season here and here, as well as the case that Paul shifts gears like the driver of a Formula 1 car depending on the game, the quarter or even the moment … and under that analogy, you'd think he's saving a little extra something for the playoffs, a little like how Dom Toretto always saves that one last nitrous oxide blast for the biggest moment. Just one problem: I hate the Memphis matchup for him. They can contain Paul with Tony Allen and Mike Conley (a quality defender); as we learned all season, the Clippers' crunch-time offense is basically, "Go ahead, Chris, do something." Again, Memphis is constructed to shut down teams like that. So either Paul clicks that nitrous blast, goes to another level and cements his status as "the best pure point guard ever," or the Clippers are going down … hard. I'm betting on the latter.
(Important note: None of this will matter next season, when the Clips are contending as Vinny Del Negro works the weekday midnight shift with a demoted Shaq on NBA TV.)
3. Kobe Bryant
2. Tim Duncan and Gregg Popovich
1. LeBron James
Lumping the last three together because, from a legacy standpoint, they have the most at stake.
As for Duncan and Popovich, they have a chance to win titles 13 seasons apart — something that's never even come close to happening in the NBA. Riley and Magic-Kareem won titles six seasons apart. Auerbach and Russell won titles nine seasons apart. But 13??? Will we ever see that again?
And by the way, the Spurs should win the title —
And then, there's LeBron James … who's about two weeks away from joining the following group (presented in alphabetical order).
That's the complete list of everyone who won three or more NBA MVP trophies.