The 2008 NBA playoffs did more than just entertain us for the last seven or eight months. It taught us stuff. Some stuff we only suspected, and some other stuff we never even knew before. Here is that stuff.
The Atlanta Hawks have fans...real, flesh-and-blood fans.
Boston fans, on the other hand, apparently are bandwagon jumpers.
"Third person" is LeBron James' preferred method of speaking.
Basketball and rapper slap-fights can go hand-in-hand.
Trash-talking Lebron James does not work.
Beating LeBron up — or trying to, anyway — doesn't work either.
There is no DeShawn-LeBron rivalry.
The Cavaliers apparently can beat the Wizards in the playoffs three years in a row.
Jeff Van Gundy hearts Mark Jackson.
It turns out that going to a team with other "talented" players didn't work out all that well for Allen Iverson.
(It worked for Kevin Garnett, though.)
Tracy McGrady might be destined to be the most tragic figure in NBA History. (It's gotten so bad that even Clyde Drexler is busting his chops).
Dirk Nowitzki might be destined to be the second-most tragic figure in NBA History.
Playing against the Utah Jazz is like trying to crawl headfirst through a wood chipper.
The Pistons apparently forgot the 76ers were an actual NBA team. (In all fairness to them, a lot of people had forgotten that.)
You can't leave Tim Duncan open for three. Seriously.
The Phoenix Suns will never beat the San Antonio Spurs in the NBA playoffs.
Jeff Van Gundy really hearts Mark Jackson.
Cleveland versus Boston was a lot like New York versus Miami back in the day. (Only with less ankle-biting from Jeff Van Gundy.)
Wally Szczerbiak, as it turns out, is not > Larry Hughes.
Under the right circumstances, Paul Pierce can outplay LeBron James.
That hit on Steve Nash was no accident: Robert Horry will do anything to win. (Pray your grandma is never standing between him and victory.)
Officiating has and will always suck, anywhere from a little to a lot. (Usually a lot.)
Jeff Van Gundy really, really hearts Mark Jackson.
Chris Paul is freaking amazing.
If the New Orleans Hornets ever get a bench, they'll be dangerous.
Carlos Boozer, as it turns out, is very < Karl Malone.
Phil Jackson does not talk trash to Gregg Popovich or the Spurs.
Manu Ginobili is just as important to the Spurs' success as Tim Duncan.
The Pistons, as we have known them, are finished.
Jeff Van Gundy is humping Mark Jackson. Like, right now.
Nothing sucks the life out of the NBA Finals quite like an officiating scandal.
Phil Jackson, as it turns out, is not > than Doc Rivers.
Jeff Van Gundy is not Mrs. Mark Jackson.
Under the right circumstances, Paul Pierce can outplay Kobe Bryant.
Kobe does not = Michael Jordan.
Three is still > one.
The Boston Celtics are the 2008 NBA champions.