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Nothing Says NBA Like Lakers-Celtics Finals

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Kobe Bryant posing with the trophy. AP Photo/Hector MataIt’s here. After waiting for a week the NBA Finals start tonight in Boston and with it a heralded rivalry is renewed.

Gone are the Forum and the dump that was known as the Boston Garden. A lot of people may remember the Garden fondly, but a place that had no air-conditioning or heat and a horrible uneven parquet floor that contained dead spots is a dump.

Gone are Jerry West, Elgin Baylor, Bob Cousy, Bill Russell, Wilt Chamberlain, Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, James Worthy, Larry Bird, Kevin McHale and Bob Parrish.

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Now we have one the best offensive teams in the Lakers led by MVP Kobe Bryant and one of the best defensive teams in the Celtics led by Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen.