Monday, September 26, 2005

Charley Rosen: Dead Since 1997?

Charley Rosen - beating his list fetish to death - compiling the best 23 (?) teams that didn't win a title.

I'd put the 2002 Kings somewhere on this list - probably top five. (The 2000 Blazers and the 2003 Lakers would also be on my list.) The Kings had the best record in the league, the best offense and a top 10 defense, not to mention the best home-court advantage at the time. They lost the Western Conference Finals (and the de facto NBA Championship) by a shot - twice. They took a team led by the greatest tandem since Magic and Kareem to the brink and held them over the cliff for three games. And they didn't win the title.

Do the Kings make Rosen's list? Of course not. Apparently, Charley died somewhere around 1997, because the most recent team on his list in the 1997 Jazz (that team should be very high on the list as well). No mention of the up-by-20-in-the-second-half-of-Game-7 Blazers. No mention of the would-be-four-peater Lakers (coached by Rosen's man-crush, no less). No Kings.

Instead, the list is mostly made up of old 76er teams and a number of squads who lost in the playoffs a year after winning the title. Per usual, not much to read here.

So when does FoxSports come out and admit they found a shoebox full of Rosen's old musings and are churning those out instead of hiring a sentient hoops columnist?

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Tom Ziller

The Sacramento Kings are a tough act to follow, literally.

SKB does the dirty work so you can forget about the blood, sweat and tears.

Oh, you'll still need the tears in April, though.

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