psychiatrist!" Ron Artest credits those who helped him win the NBA championship, as the Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Boston Celtics, 83-79, in Game 7.
It wasn't a particularly well-played final. There was lots of pushing and shoving, as the referees were judicious about blowing the whistle. Both teams blew chances to put the game away at the foul line; free-throw shooting was poor. Nevertheless, the closeness of the score kept me hooked to the end.
With big guns Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol returning and with Phil Jackson as coach, there's no reason that the Lakers can't be back to the Big Show a year from now. It will be a long wait until they depart the scene and the Warriors, the forlorn franchise in Northern California, can be a serious contender.