Life, death and the NBA Finals

The way Richard Jefferson played in Game 1 had Ralph Wiley suffering through a case of Multiple Personality Disorder. And until the Nets can get RJ back in sync, Ralph won't be the only one with an identity crisis.

Updated: June 5, 2003, 7:19 PM ET
By Ralph Wiley | Page 2 columnist

Found myself speaking in tongues during Game 1 of the Finals.

First, I was Ricardo Montalban, as Khan, in "Star Trek II - The Wrath of Khan," asking incredulously, rhetorically, "Ad-mirrrahl?! Ad-mirrrahl?!" in disbelief, as David Robinson put up nine points, six rebounds and a couple blocks in the first half. Admiral (Ret.) will fade in second halves, must get off early. Or so I rationalized.

I rationalized, because I picked the Nets, and now we were in the Finals, not ...

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