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Here are responses from Hoop Manesfesto’s  questions  for the playoffs. 

http://www.hoopsmanifesto.com/articles/basketball/nba-big-questions-nba-finals-edition.html

Is there any Fanatic who thinks Dallas stands a chance? Of Course not! We are better than that.

Now here comes a bigger question. If The Bulls were the BEST DEFENSIVE TEAM IN THE LEAGUE, why are they watching the Finals from
their fishing boats? 

Are Rumors that Phil Jackson may come to the knicks… just Rumors? Doesn’t Dolan dislike Jackson?

Speaking of Jackson….. are the Knicks interested in this Jackson?   

Rick Jackson

PF/C, Syracuse
6-9, 240 lbs

Strengths: Much-improved big man who lost a considerable amount of weight this past summer. Now ranks as one of the best rebounders in college basketball. Has good size and an NBA-ready frame. Very effective in a garbage man-type role with the new-found energy he brings. 

Needs Work: Not a particularly gifted scorer. Shoots just 49 percent from the free-throw line. Possesses very little ability to step outside the paint. Slightly undersized — he’s essentially a center in a power forward’s body. Question marks linger about his defensive potential playing in Syracuse’s 2-3 zone.

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Maybe! Why? Jackson, the lone Senior on the team would lead the Orange to a 28-7 regular season record. At the end of the season, he would be named Big East defensive player of the year. Jackson finished the season leading the league in rebounds, field goal percentage and blocked shots. His rebounding numbers ranked him seventh nationally. The field goal percentage placed him 14th in the country. The blocked shots, No. 21 nationally. Jackson’s 17 double-doubles ties him for eighth place on the national stage. With his production, Jackson was left off the Big East first team and the league decided to go with six guards, therefore Jackson wound up making the second team in the Big East.

 CHICAGO — During Monday’s pregame broadcast, TNT basketball analyst and NBA Hall of Famer Charles Barkley confirmed that there have been only three straight players in the history of the league: himself and two of his former Phoenix Suns teammates. “So there was me, obviously, Kevin Johnson, and I’m pretty sure Dan Majerle was mostly straight,” said Barkley, adding that Wilt Chamberlain had sex with at least twice as many men as women. “George Mikan, Michael Jordan, Jerry West, the entire Detroit Pistons roster under Chuck Daley, Chuck Daley, James Worthy, which is a no-brainer once you meet the guy, Derrick Coleman, and everyone else—all card-carrying friends of Dorothy. I’ll say this, if you want to see gay in all its glory, enter an NBA locker room. There is no more gay-friendly place on earth.” Barkley’s controversial statement comes on the heels of another incident just two days earlier, when Kevin McHale, upon being asked about Joakim Noah’s use of an antigay slur, responded by passionately kissing TNT commentator Kenny Smith until the channel broke to commercial.