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...