Thursday, March 22, 2012

My Top 5: Basketball Teams

I don't understand why hipsters don't like sports.  It seems like that would be "tot" ironic.  Whatevs!  They just won't admit it in public.

Anyway, here's my top 5 favorite basketball teams of all time, from 5 to 1.

#5)  The 1992 Olympics "Dream Team."  - What a team.  Truly a collection of legends.  Jordan, Magic, Bird, Barkley... Enough said.

#4)  The 1989-'90 University of Nevada - Las Vegas "Runnin' Rebels."  - The best team money could buy.  Larry Johnson at center, and Coach Jerry "Tark the Shark" Tarkanian chewing his towels on the sideline.  This starting 5 could've taken on any pro team and held their own.

#3)  The 1990-'92 Portland "Trail Blazers." - What I loved about this team is that they relied on pure athleticism over skill.  It seemed as if there were only 2 plays in their playbook: put your head down and drive to the hoop, or chuck a 3 from anywhere.  Lots of heart and hustle, and lots of fun to watch.

#2)  The 1992-'93 Phoenix "Suns."
- The Barkley era.  Even though they lost in 6 in the finals against Jordan's Bulls, Phoenix's playoff run was some of the best pro basketball I've ever seen.  Barkley at his career best.

#1)  The 1994-'95 Orlando "Magic." - The Magic have been my favorite team since they started in 1989.  This Magic team had Shaq, Penny, Dennis Scott, Horace Grant, and my favorite player of all time: Nick Anderson.  The '95 team made it to the NBA Finals, which is the fastest that any team has ever gone from expansion to title contender, where they lost to Houston in 4 games.  Unfortunately, Shaq took off to the Lakers soon afterward, and this talented core never got to see what they might have accomplished together.  (pay attention Dwight!)

Side note:  As I read this, I'm realizing all these teams are from the late 80's early '90's.  In other words... I'm so old! :(

1 comment:

  1. Old is the new kitten face. I'm totes not into b-ball so that's all I'm gonna say.