I saw someone at some suggest this at ESPN. Stick all the teams that didn't make "The Big Dance" and put them in a tourney. Someone at another board actually set the brackets up. Of course, since there's only 14 teams, the #1 seeds would automatically gets byes so...
EAST 1. Cleveland/New Jersey v. 8. (BYE) 4. New York v. 5. Milwaukee 3. Toronto v. 6. Charlotte 2. Orlando v. 7. Atlanta
WEST 1. Minnesota v. 8. (BYE) 4. Golden State v. 5. Utah 3. L.A. Lakers v. 6. Portland 2. L.A. Clippers v. 7. New Orleans
They say that now, but the enduring marathon I like to call the NBA playoffs will change the tunes pretty quick. I'm building up my energy, because I'll know I need it to make it through all 4 rounds of the Playoffs.
13. Damon Stoudamire, Portland: Mighty Mouse is playing like it's the final year of his contract, which it is. He's already said he doesn't plan to re-sign with Blazers, who need to break in Sebastian Telfair. Stoudamire, who's being paid $12.