Welcome to the Brew Hoop Night Shift. Every evening at 9:00pm (central time), this all-purpose thread goes up, and the comments section is where it’s going down. What Bucks news did we not cover? What topics do you want to break down further? Or is there something non-Bucks that you want to bounce off of one another? Even something non-basketball? This is the place.
Tonight’s (on) topic: Parity in the NBA
I know over the last year or so there have been a lot of gripes about the same Finals match-up, but having six difference champions this decade (with one more year to go) is the second highest in champion variation, behind the 1970s.
However, having just eight teams reach the Finals is only higher than the 1960s and 80s. Good thing twitter and 24/7 media was not around during those two decades. That would have led to even more serious cases of Boston/Philadelphia/Los Angeles fatigue.
Looking ahead into the 2020s, and a post-Golden State Warriors and LeBron James dominated NBA landscape, I am very interested to see which team/players get sucked up by the ensuing power vacuum.
Is basing parity on whoever makes the Finals a good indicator of parity? I would say no considering this decade we had the tail-end of Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers along with the Boston Celtics Big, which transitioned to the Miami Heat Big 3, which transitioned to what we have experienced the last four seasons. Sure different teams have won a conference title, but the ultimate champs have rarely ever been a surprise. The Chicago Bulls won 60 percent of the titles in the 1990s, but had to beat five different teams to do so. That does not seem to score high on the parity scale to me.
Tonight’s (off) topic: Pen Preference
Which style of pen do you prefer to use? Are you a person that loves that clicky-top pen and clicks away at it all day and probably annoys everyone around them (this is me)? Do you like the kind where you have to twist near the base of the pen in order for the ink to emerge? Or are you a person that likes a capped pen only to ultimately lose the cap and have the pen dry out?
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