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|Check out the choppers on the Nashville logo!|
|Jaromir Jagr wasn't able to help the Rangers get back to the playoffs.|
|Some would say Hubie Brown has performed a miracle in Memphis.|
|Despite all the distractions, Kobe Bryant has had another fantastic season.|
Does Dogman particularly care? Hint: No. Why do we sleep so hard on Shaq being hands-down the best media interview personality of any superstar in any major sport? If the Lakers don't make the Finals, will David Stern empty every pill bottle in his medicine cabinet, dress up in his Boys & Girls Club uniform top (too embarrassed to wear the shorts, he never picked them up) and lie down on his bed next to Isiah Thomas?
Is this the last NBA column written without the words "LeBron James" in it? Hint: This is the signing-your-name part of the test. Who is Dogman picking to win the West, and the East? Well, let's do it like a reality show and eliminate teams first. Throw out everybody in the East except Detroit (actually, throw out everybody but Detroit) Indiana, New Orleans, and Brooklyn. In the West, throw out Dallas, Portland, Utah, Denver, and, outside of the Laker matchup that L.A. wants to avoid, Houston. What you have left is reality.
|Houston and Yao Ming could pose a threat to Shaq's Lakers in the playoffs.|