FIVE QUICK NBA THOUGHTS:
1. THE THUNDER & PACERS' BENCHES: In a nutshell, not impressive at all. These teams will continue to come up short if they don't add depth and scoring punch to their second units. You spend a fortune on your starters in the league, yet your scouting, evaluation and development of spots numbers 6-15 are vital. You must find those gems that help get you over the hump.
2. HEAT & SPURS: The common thread when I watch both of these squads is team and they truly value the importance of the pass. The best two teams are where they belong in the NBA Finals. Lots of good things happen when you share.
3. BORIS DIAW (Spurs): He's always been a wonderful talent, but conditioning has been an issue over the years. He's in much better shape now and, boy, did he ever showcase his vast skill set in Game 6 against the Thunder. His game fits the Spurs' system and it fits him for a perfect match. He might be slow and methodical, but he's really effective.
4. CHRIS BOSH (Heat): He really picked his game back up late in the series against the Pacers. He will be a crucial guy for Miami in the Finals. His perimeter versatility and rebounding will be huge for the Heat. Sometimes he's comfortable being that complimentary piece, but he can't do that here. He must exert his will and talents on the series. When he's really right, the Heat are a very difficult team to match up against.
5. COACHING VACANCIES: The Lakers, Knicks, Timberwolves, Cavs and Jazz all still have openings. Rumours fly all over the place and many are planted by agents to boost the profile of the candidates. The big decision for the GM is to make sure they get a coach who can develop young talent, adapt to the talent at his disposal and work on the same page with the front office. Are they out there? Oh, yeah. You just have to select the right fit for your franchise. It's not about "winning the press conference," it's about tuning out the noise. For example, Jeff Hornacek and Steve Clifford worked out just fine this past season. There are lots of very good coaches out there. Take your time and do it right. These guys really define the direction you take. With the wrong hire, it can really set you back. Know what you need and don't play the "name game."