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Bill Simmons hands out some predictions for the upcoming NBA playoffs with a little help from Pearl Jam.

Updated: April 21, 2006, 2:44 PM ET
By Bill Simmons | Page 2

What does Pearl Jam have to do with the 2006 NBA Playoffs?

More than you think. No successful musical artist has deeper NBA roots, with the possible exception of Toni Braxton. They launched the band in 1991 under the name Mookie Blaylock -- yes, they took the name of the former point guard -- even touring as Mookie Blaylock in the Seattle area before trademark issues forced them to switch names. As a consolation prize, they named their first album "Ten" after Mookie's jersey number. ...

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