I’m curious to watch, now, to see what transpires in the games ahead. Will there be more of the same poor shot selection, untimely fouls, unsportsmanlike trash-talking like we saw so much of in the Bulls-Celtics series?

The Chicago Tribune called it an “epic series,” even asked readers if it was the best playoff series ever.

The series was what everyone said it was – riveting, thrilling, exciting and so forth. But make no mistake; this series was a pathetic showcase of professional basketball.

I realize there were four overtime games, two of which went into extra-overtime, one of which went into extra-extra overtime, but this was a train-wreck, a fireworks display gone awry, a fat underwear-less man’s busted belt-buckle. It was more frustrating than the media’s coverage of swine flu.

I’m not sure what was more laughable, Brad Miller missing key free throws near the conclusion of Game 5 or everything about Brian Scalabrine, who looked not only outdated with his thick curly red hair, white headband and plumpness, but made me question whether or not I was watching either a Will Ferrell movie or a beer commercial whenever he was on the court. Scalabrine, you, my friend, were entertaining.

If first-time NBA head coach Vinny Del Negro drew up any sort of play during those pivotal overtime time-outs, it appeared all were ignored by his players.

Kevin Garnett couldn’t play in this series due to a bum knee that seemed to trigger a serious case of Tourettes. Garnett could be seen taunting Bulls players throughout the series.

Yes, Eddie House had some choice words for the Bulls bench after nailing a three-pointer in Game 7 that led to a technical foul. But it was evident in a replay that the Bulls bench was giving House a tongue-lashing of its own as he went up for the shot. Inexcusable and unacceptable by both parties. The horses at the Kentucky Derby earlier that day showed more couth.

Don’t get me wrong, there were several moments of good basketball played throughout this series, but for the most part this was street ball. In the final seconds, clear the lane and wait as the best player from each team tried to shake off his defender and sink a long jumper or glide in for a layup. Did Michael Jordan’s heroics start this phenomenon?

Players in today’s NBA need to realize: Jordanesque they are not.

It was an extremely exciting series to watch, but I wasn’t impressed by the play. It did pique my curiosity about today’s NBA. I’m going to tune in to see if this series was merely a fluke. Let’s hope so.

Oh, and I want to keep up with the sit-com that is Brian Scalabrine.

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Brad Spencer

Brad Spencer has been covering sports in and around Oak Park for more than a decade, which means the young athletes he once covered in high school are now out of college and at home living with their parents...