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Urban Legends Tournament, The Final Four: Which U.S. city has the best NBA talent

Every city thinks it’s hoops royalty. But who has the best team? It’s your choice.

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The results are in. The GSoM community has spoken. Here’s a recap of Round 1.

1) New York City (84%) over 8) Seattle (16%)

If we limited the matchup to current players, Seattle destroys. Unfortunately, New York has decades of hoops royalty on its team. Due to recent events, New York hired a new coach for it’s Final Four game. Team NYC’s former coach, Rick Pitino, is slashing about in a pot of boiling hot water after being ousted at Louisville this week—he should never been hired for Team NYC in the first place. I blame myself. Keep reading to find out who’s coaching NYC in the semifinals.

2) Los Angeles (85%) over 7)Detroit (15%)

The L.A.-Detroit game was decided a long time ago. Chris Webber and his friends were up against a whole county! For the remainder of the tournament, L.A. will be without Kevin Love who attended high school in Oregon. Baron Davis joins L.A.

6) Philadelphia (64%) over 3) Chicago (36%)

Philly has Wilt and Kobe. For many, that was enough. The squad was also missing Earl “The Pearl” Monroe who was mistakenly omitted from the first round squad. In hindsight, it’s possible the GSoM community overvalued the rest of the Team Philly and undervalued Team Chicago. Isiah Thomas and Dwayne Wade are hall-of-famers, peak Derrick Rose was an unstoppable force, and Anthony Davis could hang with Wilt Chamberlain. This was always going to be a close matchup, but the people spoke and Philly moves on to face L.A.

4)Bay Area (79%) over 5) DMV (21%)

Kevin Durant & Co. had an uphill battle from the the start and entered a hostile GSoM environment. We always knew in our hearts that the Bay Area team is just better. Stay tuned for the YAY AREAAAAA’s fantastic Final Four matchup against New York in Madison Square Garden.

The Final Four

Game 1: New York vs. The Bay Area

This won’t be a great shooting game, but it should feature excellent defense. Russell vs. Abdul-Jabbar, and the Bay Area guards vs. the NYC slashers are compelling storylines. Lillard could be the offensive force the Bay Area needs for an upset.

1) New York

Coach: Red Auerbach, former Coach and GM of the Boston Celtics

  1. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
  2. Bernard King
  3. Julius Erving (eligibility controversy is over, he stays)
  4. Billy Cunningham
  5. Bob Cousy

Chris Mullin

Lenny Wilkens

4) Bay Area

Coach: Antonio Davis

  1. Bill Russell
  2. Gary Payton
  3. Jason Kidd
  4. K.C Jones
  5. Damian Lillard

Paul Silas

Isaiah Rider

Game 2: Los Angeles vs. Philadelphia

L.A. has a deeper team, but Philly has captured the hearts of voters. Anthony Davis and Isiah Thomas are sitting at home confused. Will Westbrook and Harden soon be feeling the same way? Will L.A. miss Kevin Love’s post presence? There is a correct answer to this matchup, but the power is in your hands. Wield your vote with grace and uncompromising diligence.

2) Los Angeles

Coach: LaVar Ball, Loud Noises

  1. Russell Westbrook
  2. James Harden
  3. Paul Pierce
  4. Gail Goodrich
  5. Dennis Johnson

Baron Davis

Gilbert Arenas

6) Philadelphia

Coach: Phil Martelli, Head Coach, St. Joseph’s University

  1. Wilt Chamberlain
  2. Kobe Bryant
  3. Earl Monroe
  4. Rasheed Wallace
  5. Kyle Lowry

Paul Arizin

Dion Waiters

Vote your conscience:


Final Four: Game 1

This poll is closed

  • 40%
    1) New York
    (82 votes)
  • 59%
    4) Bay Area
    (119 votes)
201 votes total Vote Now


Final Four: Game 2

This poll is closed

  • 29%
    2) Los Angeles
    (58 votes)
  • 70%
    6) Philadelphia
    (136 votes)
194 votes total Vote Now

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