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East Coast feud

With the playoffs a few weeks away, Bill Simmons is back to handicap who will represent the Eastern Conference this June.

Updated: May 31, 2005, 2:17 PM ET
By Bill Simmons | Page 2 columnist

Last year at this time, Charley Rosen was just a former CBA coach, Eric Neel was reviewing "Bull Durham" DVDs, and I was thriving in my role as Page 2's undisputed NBA guru. Weren't those the days? Now GP and Ray Allen get traded for one another on the same week that Vin Baker falls off the wagon, and it takes me four weeks to even mention these things in a column. How the mighty have fallen.

Of course, one thing hasn't changed from last March: The Eastern Conference looks like ...

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