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DP: 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.
DP: 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.
DP: Vinny Del Negro is probably going to be shown the door in Chicago....
RM: Not fair.
DP: 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.
DP: 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.