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Breaking down the NBA Finals

Before Bill Simmons decides who David Stern will be handing the NBA Finals trophy to, he has a few questions to answer.

Updated: June 15, 2006, 11:55 AM ET
By Bill Simmons | Page 2

After NBC grabbed the NBA rights during the 1990-91 season, it gave the world three fantastic gifts: Marv Albert finally calling the Finals; a catchy theme song from none other than John Tesh; and, of course, a new form of formulaic TV advertising in which the announcer breathlessly screamed, "Magic! Michael! It's the Lakers and the Bulls! The NBA Finals, only on NBC!"

The latter move turned into a running joke for me and my buddy JackO: Every spring, we would try to figure out the ...

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