I offered my rationalized collections of reasons in support of the claim I made in the headline here over at Waiting For Next Year this weekend. It was one of those posts that bounce around in my head for a couple weeks before I end up typing it out, sorta long I suppose. With the NBA Finals heading back to Dallas for Game Three, I thought yesterday was the best day for me to unload it all into cyberspace though. If you get a chance to check it out I'd be thrilled.
An excerpt is below, and for the full article go here:
The Heat were preparing for the NBA Finals, and I had a conversation with myself. I suppose I do that far too often, but whatever. The exchange went something like this:
“What are you doing to yourself? This doesn’t make any sense. Do you really care if Dallas wins the NBA Title? You don’t even really like Dallas. Sure Cuban’s cool, and Dirk’s pretty good for a German guy, and you always liked Jason Kidd, but do any of those guys even care about Cleveland? And will it really help the fact that LeBron James left Cleveland if Miami loses the NBA Finals? With Wade and LeBron, the Bostrich playing well, along with Haslem and Miller on the uptick heading into the Finals, do they even have a chance to lose one game let alone four?”
I settled on the answer of no, they had no chance to lose four of seven games to anybody. I picked Miami in six. I realized that as much as I don’t want to admit this, a team of LeBron James, Dwayne Wade, and any collection of Euroleage players would be pretty good. Let alone the guys they have on their roster. That was the consensus for me last summer, and I spent all season convincing myself otherwise. Until last week that is.
Which is why on Thursday night, with seven minutes to go in the NBA Finals, I was almost pleased with myself in some bizarre, twisted way. After winning Game One of the NBA Finals going away, the Heat were up fifteen with less than seven minutes to go. Dwayne Wade was studio gangstering it up over in front of the Dallas bench after he drilled a three, LeBron looked annoyingly happy with himself, Bosh continued to look simply annoying, but none of that mattered to me anymore. I was out, I didn’t care.
For the rest of it go here. Hopefully Dallas makes it easy for me to feel this same way tomorrow. Tip off tonight at 8 pm ET. More later this week.