1999: "NBA, I Love This Game"

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Tom Gugliotta dominates the boards in Celtics blowout over Spurs

Gugliotta pulled down 9 defensive rebounds and added 7 offensive boards in the 110-84 victory for the Celtics | Box

David Wesley dishes out dimes in Pacers blowout over Cavaliers

Wesley recorded 12 assists in the 114-82 victory for the Pacers | Box

Stephon Marbury dominates in blow-out win, scores 37

Marbury dropped 37 points on 13 of 18 shooting from the field. Los Angeles beat Seattle, 110-85 | Box

Bulls can't stop Brevin Knight from setting up his teammates

Knight recorded 12 assists in the 109-102 victory for the Pistons | Box

Jason Kidd serves up assists, but Grizzlies blowout Wizards

Kidd tallied 12 assists in a losing effort. | Box

Leaders: ORB

J. Williams, Mavericks 158
D. Rodman, Pistons 140
J. Feick, Heat 139
C. Barkley, Warriors 138
B. Grant, 76ers 122

Leaders: DRB

T. Duncan, Cavaliers 324
D. Rodman, Pistons 319
T. Gugliotta, Celtics 263
K. Malone, Jazz 263
A. Mourning, Pacers 261

1999 Layups with Layden

I think this year is tough to call. MJ retired, Duncan was traded and the players only played 50 games. This season may ride on coaching?? Only time will tell….

Atlantic—
Give me Miami to make it 5 Division titles in a row. Shaq, Payton and Schrempf are still great even without MJ.
I think the Knicks can find a way to wind up as the #2 out of the Atlantic even though Ewing, Oakley and Elie have hit 35.
Philly, Washington and Boston are pretty close at the 3, 4 & 5 spots and that trio could be in reverse order of what I have listed.
I think New Jersey finishes ahead of Orlando, who gets the last spot in the division.

Central—
Indiana may be the overall favorite but they’re still salty about that 1st round loss to Orlando last season.
Atlanta is much improved and may actually have a nice season
The Bucks get Penny back at full strength and they should be competitive for a playoff spot.
Let’s go Charlotte, Chicago and then Detroit at 4, 5 & 6.
Don’t forget about Timmy and the Cavs. Can he vault them to the playoffs like he did Vancouver?
Toronto is rebuilding and will probably be building in the cellar this season.

Midwest—

Minnesota proved they were a game opponent last season for the Heat in the Finals as they pushed Miami to the last game. I think they’re the cream of the crop in the West and Midwest.
I think Utah will be right on Minnesota’s tail in the Midwest followed by San Antonio.
Houston and Dallas should fight it out for 4 & 5 and the young Nuggets will struggle to stay out of the last spot in the division over the Grizzlies.

Pacific—
Golden State could come out on top of the Pacific if they stay together. Grant Hill is as good as the league has to offer.
The Lakers could make a big jump this year and I’m picking them to make a HUGE jump to 2nd best in the division. Portland will round out the “Playoff potential” teams here as I think the Kings and Clippers are on the outside looking in. It’s also another year of lottery dreams for Phoenix and Seattle.

Conference Finals
I think we see Indiana take on Miami in the East and Miami shocks the world with a W and they move on to the Finals without MJ.
In the West Minnesota steamrolls Utah in 4 games to set up a rematch of last years epic series.

Finals
I just don’t think Miami gets by Minnesota this year. The Timberwolves defense is just too much and in ‘99 it gets them a ring.

Two out of Three Ain’t Bad

The Miami Heat are your 1998 World Champions after taking out the Minnesota Timberwolves.
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1998 NBA Awards

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Gary Payton becomes the leagues 3rd league MVP since 1990.
MVP- Gary Payton Mia
Defensive POY- Tim Duncan Van
6th Man- Christian Laettner Bos
Rookie of the Year- Tim Duncan Van
ALL-Star MVP- Shaquille O’Neal Mia
Finals MVP-

ALL-NBA
Gary Payton Mia
Michael Jordan Mia
Michael Finley Mil
Karl Malone Uta
Chris Webber Minn

ALL-Rookie
Brevin Knight Det
Chauncey Billups Den
Kieth Van Horn SA
Tim Duncan Van
Zydrunas Ilgauskas Orl

Division Winners
Atlantic- Miami Heat
Central- Indiana Pacers
Midwest- Minnesota Timberwolves
Pacific- Golden State Warriors
Eastern-
Western-
World Champions-

1998 All-Star Game

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East takes out West 106-95 in the All-Star Game.
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Predictions

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1999 Predictions

Layden— TWolves over Heat
Snowman— Pacers over TWolves
MCVN— Heat over Warriors

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1996-Frank Layden & MCVN4
1998 Frank Layden & Snowman

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