In truth, it's not yet much of a rivalry, is it? Each roster is only beginning its second year of contention, so there isn't a lot of personal history between the players. But if we're looking back to the 1980s or '60s -- or (more important) ahead to their potential rematch in the NBA Finals -- then this game carries a lot of weight, as will the trio of 2009 meetings between Boston and Cleveland, which will be seeking to overtake the Celtics for the No. 1 seed in the East.
DiLeo in Philadelphia and Triano in Toronto seem like they're keeping the seat warm for bigger names of their general managers' choosing. Neither Tapscott nor McHale expressed much interest in coaching at this level prior to their steps down from the glass offices. That leaves Natt in Sacramento, where folks might crave a more experienced coach after the Reggie Theus era.