Originally written on TheProBasketballTalk  |  Last updated 10/22/14
Photo: Mlive.com If you haven’t read it, go back to read the rise and fall of the Houston Rockets on Grantland (Link Here). In that three-part retrospective, they’ve covered the rise, the peak, and the eventual fall of the Houston Rockets, the only team to disrupt the Los Angeles Lakers from reaching the NBA finals in every NBA season in the 1980’s.  It’s worth the time to sit down and read. Dominating the paint has been in the NBA, and it has resulted in both success and failure in the NBA. The Boston Celtics of the early 1950’s and 1960’s had Bill Russell, Tommy Heinsohn and Tom Sanders. While Heinsohn and Sanders weren’t exactly seven footers (both Heinsohn and Sanders stood around 6’-7”), they had strong rebounding seasons, while Russell led the way. The result? Multiple championships. Once the Celtics slowed down, the concept of strong big men did not. The Knicks and Lakers claimed championships in the 1970s, and both teams had strong post tandems...
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