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Rubino: Over-the-top, under the radar look at NBA season

  • Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra watches the action against the New Orleans Pelicans in the first half of a preseason NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Bill Haber)

Holy fast breaks, loose balls and non-traveling calls, the new NBA season is already nearly a week old. Only eight more months to go.

If you're an NBA fan, you've already done your due diligence in checking out the experts' analyses and predictions, all the various odds and over-unders.

Well, maybe not all the over-unders. Consider the following.

Eleven thousand, four hundred and fifty-nine: That's the over-under on how many times sports media types will use the term "three-peat" in referring to the Miami Heat.

Eight: Over-under on how many sports media types know, without looking it up, that Heat coach Erik Spoelstra could join John Kundla as the only NBA coaches not named Jackson or Auerbach to win three consecutive league championships.

Nine thousand, six hundred and thirty-three: Over-under on how many times New York-area media types will hype the rivalry between the Knicks and the Nets.

Sixteen: Over-under on how many fans of NBA teams not named Knicks or Nets care.

Eight thousand, two hundred and fifteen: Over-under on how many times Los Angeles-area media types will hype the rivalry between the Lakers and Clippers.

Twenty: Over-under on how many fans of NBA teams not named Lakers or Clippers care.

Twenty-three: Over-under on how many times NBA pundits will joke that it's a shame that Charlotte Bobcats owner Michael Jordan can't find a player half as good as Michael Jordan.


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