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Asterisk or no Asterisk???

http://espn.go.com/nba/playoffs/2012/story/_/id/7894556/2012-nba-playoffs-lebron-james-says-there-asterisk-eventual-champion

Okay, i hope noone already posted this, but this made me think... I totally forgot about the notion back then, that the Spurs first title wasn't a "real" title, because it didn't come at the end of a full season...

On the one hand I can see, how you would view it like that... on the other hand, wasn't this season much more demanding than a normal season? I mean, like Lebron said "This is the toughest season since my rookie year." He can't be the only one who thinks like that.

Another argument that you could make would be that these playoffs are watered down due to all the injuries. Would they have happened in a normal season... would people have less injuries with more rest in between games (I certainly think so) and would they have had time to rehab these injuries until now?

In conclusion one could say that more than any other season this season was about who withstands the wear and tear the most, who stays healthy the longest. E.G. Lebrons Heat look relatively healthy this season and few would bet against them going to the finals.

If they or the Thunder or whatever other contender wins the title... does it lessen their accopmplishment? Are people right to say "they just won because they managed to stay injury-free" or should people rather say "despite the heavier schedule and despite all the additional difficulties of a shortened season they still managed to get out on top".

I'm very interested in what your opinion on that topic is. Thank you very much!

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