by Brett Edwards
The NBA isn't as bad as say, the NFL is in terms of being a copy-cat league. But teams and franchises definitely take notice of how the top franchises become successful. The many blockbuster trades this season were a great example of that, even though only the ones pulled off by the Celtics and Lakers propelled the respective franchises in the right direction.
With the Celtics winning the title, might this spark a defensive renaissance in the league? Go read Tom Ziller's post on the subject, I found it very intriguing. Especially the part where he points out that "defense is cheaper to buy than offense." With teams more salary cap conscious than ever, and the way the Celtics' team defense was able to dominate the Lakers' uber-efficient offense, it makes you wonder if more teams won't attempt to go that route this off-season.