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During halftime last night, Bob Costas talked to David Stern about the playoff setup. Wondering if they should seed differently to get the best possible matchup in the Finals? I believe this would be a bad idea if it was every brought up. Yes, the West is the dominant conference right now, but they haven't always been that way.

In '93, everybody stated the Eastern Conf. Finals was the true NBA Finals as Chicago matched up against New York. In the late 80's and early 90's, the East had the stronger teams in Detroit, Boston, Chicago, and New York. The Bulls gave the Pistons tougher tests in the Conf. Finals than they got in the Finals.
'89 East Finals-Detroit over Bulls 4-2
'89 FINALS- Detroit over LA 4-0
'90 East Finals-Detroit over Bulls 4-3
'90 FINALS- Detroit over Portland 4-1

It goes in cycles and yes the West has abundance of talented teams but that won't last forever. Just 7 years ago, the Lakers, Minnesota, and Portland were mediocre. Sacramento and Dallas were just plain terrible.

Give the East time as it's teams are getting better. Boston showed it's getting better with I would say the number 2 tandem in the league. Philadelphia is there as long as they stay healthy and if Iverson can focus on winning. Detroit is going back to being the defensive power it used to be. Indiana is young and has a very talented team. Then look to Chicago as it has the talent, just needs the experience.

So, everybody saying the West is the Conference, it is, for now. In time, people might be stating the East is the Conf. with the power and that could happen. Hell, during the 50's and 60's, the East was the dominant conf, winning 12 straight titles. See, power switches from conf. to conf. and in time, nobody will be talking about the weak East.
 

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That is a great post because it says exactly how it was and how it is and how it will be, again. The 2 decades that saw parity between the conferences the most were the 70's and the 80's. A case could be made for the early 90's, as well. The pendulum always swings back, doesn't it?
 
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