You can expect to find your husband/son glued to the TV in the near future for the NBA playoffs. If you want to engage them in some basketball discussion, hit them with this historic fact.
The Los Angeles Lakers, Boston Celtics, and New York Knicks—three of the most successful teams in NBA history—have all missed the playoffs for the first time ever. Players for these teams will all have to watch the playoffs unfold like an ordinary fan.
Since the first NBA Finals in 1950, the three aforementioned teams have combined for 35 of 64 championships. And in those 64 championships, the Lakers, Celtics, and Knicks have made 59 appearances. If your male family members root for any of these teams, you can rest assured that they take pride in this boast.
The NBA certainly looks to be heading in a fresh direction, however, as none of these teams have been to a championship game since 2010 when the Celtics faced the Lakers. For the Knicks, recent history hasn’t been kind—they haven’t reached the NBA Finals since 1999, and they’ve missed the playoffs nine times since. If your husband/son root for these teams, you may want to tread carefully when discussing the Lakers, Celtics, or Knicks.
Fortunately, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. The Lakers and Celtics will both have a top ten pick in this year’s NBA Draft—hyped for months to feature future star players. Ask your men who they like more between budding stars Andrew Wiggins and Jabari Parker.
Free agents will play an important role in the Knicks’ future as their four largest salaries will all expire after the 2014-15 season. If your husband/son are Knicks fans, ask them which new players the team should sign. For now, fans of these storied franchises will have to wait until next year. In the meantime, you can engage your family by talking about young contending teams like the Los Angeles Clippers, Oklahoma City Thunder, Indiana Pacers, and Toronto Raptors.
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