LA, Celtics create own mold

The Celtics and Lakers are still trying to win with old stars like Kevin Garnett and Steve Nash.

There is wide sentiment throughout the NBA that Miami and Oklahoma City will meet in the Finals every year for the next, say, five-to-seven years.

And that may very well happen given the youth and superstar talent that exists in both franchises. But there is an old Finals rivalry that still has business to attend to.

The Lakers and the Celtics have dominated much of the talk in this young offseason, with Los Angeles acquiring future Hall of Fame point guard Steve Nash from Phoenix and with Boston looking as though it could field one of the deepest and yes, oldest, teams in NBA history.

Both Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak and Celtics boss Danny Ainge do not agree with those who say “blowing it up” is the best way to rebuild. It seems that in today’s NBA landscape, where re-signing your own veterans is the biggest loophole in a league with a strict salary cap, the best route to “re-build” is to simply stay relevant and hope something falls into your lap.

The Lakers have long held this thought to be true. They have been in the lottery just twice since the current system began and since 1984, LA has been the most consistent and winningest franchise in the league, capturing eight world titles in that span. The Celtics are one of many franchises that attempted the “blow-it-up” route and that strategy ultimately failed Boston twice, as it lost out on both Tim Duncan and Kevin Durant in the lottery.

Now, the Celtics are following more of a Lakers model while carving out their own blueprint for success. If they can re-sign Ray Allen and Jeff Green, with Jason Terry already on board, Boston will be one of the deepest teams in years.

Since 2008, Boston and LA have met in the Finals twice, with each grabbing a ring. A rubber match is certainly not out of the question in 2013. Who would have thought that two or three weeks ago?



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

MTA fares still increasing 4 percent in newly…

The agency said the 4 percent increases, previously announced in December, will remain steady even as the MTA deals with increasing labor costs.

Local

De Blasio, Bratton defend city's efforts after Eric…

Mayor Bill de Blasio justified the city's response to the death of Eric Garner, a Staten Island man who died while in police custody earlier this month.

Local

NYPD: Suspect dead after two U.S. Marshals, cop…

A suspected sex offender died after a shooting at a West Village smoke shop that wounded two U.S. Marshals and an NYPD detective on Monday, officials said.

National

PHOTO: New Zealand Heral uses wrong image to…

The New Zealand Herald made a terrible mistake of using the wrong image to illustrate the tragic death of Staff Sergeant Guy Boyland – a New Zealand-born Israeli soldier who…

Movies

'Get on Up' producer Mick Jagger on the…

Mick Jagger, a producer on the James Brown biopic "Get on Up," talks about the time had to tell the singer some bad news and his favorite JB record.

Television

'Glee' star Lea Michele to appear on 'Sons…

"Glee" star Lea Michele has been confirmed as a guest star in the final season of "Sons of Anarchy."

Television

TV watch list, Monday, July 28: 'The Bachelorette'…

See Andi Dorfman make her big choice on tonight's 'Bachelorette' finale.

Entertainment

'Kim Kardashian: Hollywood' game easter eggs and cheats

"Kim Kardashian: Hollywood" is the hottest game of the moment. Here are its best easter eggs as well as some tips and tricks to speed your way to the top.

NFL

Computer to Jets: Start Michael Vick over Geno…

Jets general manager John Idzik says the choice of who starts between second-year quarterback Geno Smith and veteran Michael Vick will be a “Jets decision.”

MLB

Yankees looking to trade for Josh Willingham: Report

CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reported Sunday the Yankees are interested in Twins outfielder Josh Willingham.

MLB

Joe Torre: I'm in Hall of Fame because…

Joe Torre spent 18 years putting together a near Hall of Fame career as a player. But it was the 12 years he spent as…

MLB

Yankees GM Brian Cashman breaks down art of…

The action frequently accelerates as the non-waiver trade deadline approaches, as it will on Thursday.

Education

Babson College tops list of best colleges for…

Money magazine has just released its inaugural list of "The Best Colleges for Your Money" -- and the answers have surprised many. Babson College, which…

Education

NYC teens learn how to develop apps during…

Through a program sponsored by CampInteractive, the high schoolers designed their own community-focused apps.

Tech

The Ministry of Silly Walks app is both…

Monty Python have dug into their back catalogue for cash-ins once more, but with the Ministry of Silly Walks app, they've made something that's fun too.

Food

Zagat releases '30 Under 30' list

Zagat releases a list of the people changing the food and drink industry across the country.