Is Duncan one of the 10 best players of all time?
RM: No. But I would put him in the top 15. And that's saying a lot, obviously.
If I'm Kobe, I'm rooting for the Cavs because your legacy just gets more impressive when you can say you got to the Finals and bumped off LeBron in his MVP season.
RM: If this dream matchup does occur—and there's a lot of work to be done—and Kobe Bryant ends up winning his fifth ring, you have to compare him to Michael Jordan.
Vinny Del Negro is probably going to be shown the door in Chicago....
RM: Not fair.
He did a pretty good job with that team. Now they're talking about coaching candidates, and it's the usual suspects—except for one long shot I heard mentioned: Phil Jackson. Could you ever see him going back to Chicago?
RM: No. Unless he knows that LeBron James is going there, or Dwyane Wade. But I just can't see Phil Jackson leaving the comforts of L.A. You have a set team that you can peg in to at least the conference finals every year. And Kobe has three more strong years.
I can't see it either. But I think Kobe saw the future with Oklahoma City in the first round and got a little bit nervous.
RM: Scotty Brooks did a fabulous job with such a young roster. They were a box out away from Game 7.