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Return of the Super Team

The 80s are considered the modern Golden Age of basketball, when every contender sported multiple Hall of Famers.  Free agency and the salary cap were supposed to prevent this from ever happening again.  But this offseason has NBA fans partying like it's 1986.

The Lakers, Celtics, Cavaliers, Spurs, and Magic were the five best teams in the NBA last season when healthy.  This offseason, the five of them seem to be having an arms race to see who can power up the most for next season.  In the days since the season ended, we have seen:

The Lakers exchange Trevor Ariza for Ron Artest.

The Cavaliers swap Ben Wallace for Shaquille O'Neal.

The Spurs add Richard Jefferson (plus the presumed return to health of Manu Ginobili).

The Magic acquire Vince Carter (though they've lost several key pieces, including Hedo Turkoglu and have some holes to fill).

And now, the Boston newspapers are reporting that Rasheed Wallace will be coming to join the Celtics.

It is only July, and I am already AMPED for this season to begin.  I love this game!

Comments

By: skrones
On: 7/5/2009 11:21:00 PM
Yeah, next season is shaping up to be a dandy.
 
By: Chris Liss
On: 7/6/2009 9:16:00 AM
I'd love to see the Spurs upset the Lakers who are the prohibitive favorite with Artest. The question for the Celts is whether Garnett is ever his old self, and Pierce and Allen show their age.
 
By: schoenke
On: 7/6/2009 9:20:00 AM
What this headline doesn't refer to the T-Wolves?
 
By: Erickson
On: 7/6/2009 10:26:00 AM
It sure is a good thing that the NBA has a salary cap to preserve competitive balance.
 
By: schoenke
On: 7/6/2009 12:22:00 PM
Not sure the salary cap was Kevin McHale's problem. And big market Boston sucked for quite awhile. Salary cap is still best in my book - for the fan.
 

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