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A few quick thoughts:


1.) I'm really happy for Jason Kidd. It's always cool to see the old guys get one.

2.) I'm really happy for Dirk. I hate to see great players go down with the "can't win it all" tag.

3.) It's interesting how much the racial politics have changed. In the '80s, we were very aware that Larry Bird was white and Magic Johnson was black and it meant something. In this series, it felt like a lot a people simply that LeBron was arrogant.

Maybe it's the crowd I'm hanging with. Or maybe it's because Dirk's game doesn't fit with the notion of the moderately talented, scrappy, white guy image. (A myth in and of itself. Bird was talented as fuck.) Or maybe it's that he isn't American.

Or maybe it's, as I hope, that most of don't much care.

Consider this open for all Finals conversation.
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Born in 1975, the product of two beautiful parents. Raised in West Baltimore -- not quite The Wire, but sometimes ill all the same. Studied at the Mecca for some years in the mid-'90s. Emerged with a purpose, if not a degree. Slowly migrated up the East Coast with a baby and my beloved, until I reached the shores of Harlem. Wrote some stuff along the way.

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