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Wednesday, June 09, 2004

Deja Vu for Larry Brown (and some Phila. B-Ball Geography)

It seems like so long ago when the Philadelphia 76ers met the Lakers in the NBA Finals in '01, but Larry Brown must have had a nightmare last night. In that final series, the 76ers won the first game in Los Angeles, let the second game in L.A. get away, and ended up getting swept at home to give the Lakers the championship.

So what happened last night? The Pistons had 'em. Yes, they had 'em, had 'em on the ropes the way Apollo Creed had Rocky in the first fight, and before you can heap probably too much praise on Luke Walton for his "intangibles", you have to reckon with the fact that if the Pistons don't win the championship they'll look no further than last night.

In the meantime, Kobe Bean Bryant hit a jumper with a few seconds left to force OT, and, down the stretch, including the OT, the Lakers outscored the Motor City 5, 16-2. The legend of Kobe Bean (yes, that's his real middle name, being the son of Jelly Bean) continues to grow.

In Game 1, Rip Hamilton of Coatesville, Pennsylvania, a Philadelphia suburb, got the better of Kobe Bryant of Lower Merion, another Philadelphia suburb. In Game 2, Kobe's team won.

In the Philadelphia suburbs, when you talk hoops, you'd bet for Coatesville to beat Lower Merion. All the time.

Unless, of course, they were playing Chester. That's where NCAA Player of the Year (at least in some circles) Jameer Nelson went. Chester beats everyone.

Unless you cross over the city line.

And then very few, if any, beat Simon Gratz.

That's where Rasheed Wallace went.

Stay tuned.

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