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Site Considers NBA Under 'Championship Belt' Rules

Aug 31, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; A fan in the San Diego State Aztecs student section holds a championship belt during the first half against the Eastern Illinois Panthers at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports
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Joe FlynnContributor IDecember 27, 2016

In the beginning, there was Rasheed Wallace.

The well-traveled forward, now retired and working as an assistant coach with Detroit, was a modern-day basketball Confucius, working the Earth and teaching basketball aphorisms like "ball don't lie" and "CTC: cut the check."

But Sheed's most lasting contribution to NBA culture might have been the championship belt. After winning the 2004 NBA championship with the Pistons, Sheed spent the next season walking around with a WWE-style championship belt draped over his shoulder. And it was glorious.

This season, some Internet genius has taken Sheed's idea and run with it, creating the NBA Championship Belt website.

The site uses the "lineal champion" rules of boxing and pro wrestling—i.e., "the man who beat the man"—which means last year's champion starts off the season as the reigning champions, but forfeits the title with their first loss of the season. And the team which beat the champs became the new NBA champions. There are no playoffs: The year-end champion is the team holding the belt at the end of the season.

Check out this Championship Belt alternate history:

YearReal ChampBelt Champ
2004-05San Antonio   Houston
2005-06    Miami   Indiana
2006-07San Antonio     Utah
2007-08   Boston    Detroit
2008-09 LA Lakers LA Lakers
2009-10 LA Lakers   Chicago
2010-11    Dallas   Chicago
2011-12    Miami  NY Knicks
2012-13    Miami LA Clippers 

A world where the Los Angeles Clippers and New York Knicks are champions? Has the world gone topsy-turvy!

And you know what the belt rules mean for this season, people: Presenting your reigning NBA champions, the Philadelphia 76ers!

Beautiful.

Judging the NBA under these rules also means that Friday night's Sixers-Wizards matchup is akin to an NBA Finals Game 7.

Even more beautiful.

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