I chose 2002 earlier as it was the last time an overhaul occurred at the top of an NBA conference. That year the old powers of the Eastern Conference, Philadelphia, Miami, Milwaukee, and the NY Knicks went down in a heap, replaced by Detroit, New Jersey and Boston. When it happened it was a shock; no one saw it coming. A change of the same magnitude is coming next season, but this time, thanks to the early rounds of the playoffs, we’ve had advance warning.
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