ESPN.com Illustration The fifth-seeded Bulls stunned top-seeded Boston.
The fifth-seeded Bulls stunned top-seeded Boston.With ESPN.com running an offseason feature aimed at crowning the greatest NBA team of all-time, we did our best to point out that the Celtics were matched up against the upset-minded Bulls Tuesday in the Eastern Conference semifinals.
Clearly, it's never easy tangling with Michael Jordan.
Ranked fifth in the East, the Bulls' all-time team of Artis Gilmore, Dennis Rodman, Scottie Pippen, Norman Van Lier, and Jordan edged Boston's top-seeded squad that included Bill Russell, Kevin McHale, Larry Bird, Bob Cousy, and John Havlicek. In the closest voting of the tournament, Chicago escaped by accruing 50.8 percent of the total ballots cast.
The Bulls advanced to the conference finals to meet the 76ers, while the Lakers and Spurs are battling out West. The Finals are Thursday. Click HERE to vote.
And here's some other Celtics headlines:
International appeal: Boston's Big Three all landed on the list of the NBA's most popular jerseys in China for the 2009-10 season. Kevin Garnett (5), Paul Pierce (7), and Ray Allen (9). The rankings are based on sales from retail locations across the country throughout the entire season.
Damp Heat?: Sources told ESPN.com's Chris Broussard that free-agent center Erick Dampier is leaning towards signing with the Miami Heat. As the story notes, Dampier, who would command the vetearn's minimum, was not promised the starting center position, but the 14-year veteran would seem to have the edge over Joel Anthony, Zydrunas Ilgauskas and Jamaal Magloire.
Schadenfreude: The Celtics won't be the only team without their starting center to start the season. The Los Angeles Lakers, two-time defending NBA champs, will be without Andrew Bynum, as he recovers from offseason knee surgery.