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Tuesday, June 3, 2003
Updated: June 4, 12:48 PM ET
What's hot, what's not for NBA Finals

By Dan Shanoff
Page 2 columnist

After a season when all the talk has been about how great the Western Conference is (and how lousy the East is), it's refreshing that the NBA Finals appear to be either team's for the taking. Not to mention the fact that no matter who wins, the Finals put the NBA's best big man (Tim Duncan) and best point guard (Jason Kidd) on center stage.

Whether you are watching the Finals in a bar with friends or talking to yourself at home, discussing it with co-workers in the morning or with a blind date at night, check out what's hot and what's passe heading into the Spurs-Nets showdown:

WHAT'S HOT, WHAT'S NOT FOR 2003 NBA FINALS
Category Hot Not Hot
No. 1 fan
"Sopranos" stars

Any TV shows set in S.A.?
Matchup PG (Kidd vs. Parker) SG (Kittles vs. Ginobili)
Hot coach Nets assistant Eddie Jordan Spurs' Gregg Popovich
Rising star
Richard Jefferson

Danny Ferry
Crowd-thriller Nets' dunks Spurs' treys
Due for mainstream breakout Manu Ginobili (Spurs) Lucious Harris (Nets)
Senior citizen
Kevin Willis

Dikembe Mutombo
Spurs' Mr. Clutch Steve Kerr Speedy Claxton
Nets' impact sub
Rodney Rogers

Anthony Johnson
Defensive stopper Bruce Bowen Stephen Jackson
Off-court distraction Kidd to Spurs in offseason? Coaching carousel
Jersey to be seen in Anything ABA Current jerseys
Music to fire up the crowd
50 Cent

Dixie Chicks
Where to wear sweatband Forearm Forehead
Hairstyle Conventionally short 'Rows and 'fros
X-factor Kenyon Martin (Nets) Spurs' home court
Town on the rise San Antonio Newark
David Robinson One last big push Fades into background
Hardest foul
Malik Rose (Spurs)

Jason Collins (Nets)
Trendy strategy Run, run, run Slow-down, plus D
"Who's the real MVP?" Jason Kidd Tim Duncan
Page 2 pick
Nets hard

Spurs easy

Dan Shanoff is a columnist for Page 2. His "Daily Quickie" commentary appears every weekday morning.