Play Like A Champion Yesterday
Hey, so belated congrats to the Dallas Mavericks on championing one of the best league sports’ seasons in recent memory. I’ll never forget those late evening Clippers/Warriors games I watched on NBATV after rationalizing i needed to crack a 2nd bottle of wine. Who couldn’t resist seeing whether the Clips could guard the perimeter against Curry and Ellis? This guy.
The hatred for LeBron was on display throughout the season, and the playoffs didn’t disappoint (though I could’ve used his disappearance 1 series earlier). The storyline played out perfectly for the league. The Heat played in the last game, but would need to turn the page to 2011-12 in order to fulfill expectations. Amazing young talent such as Rose, Griffin, and a third of the OKC roster ushered in a new Golden Age for the NBA. Don’t forget guys like Eric Gordon, John Wall & Tyreke Evans – just to name a few. Going deeper, there’s even more intrigue. Jonas Jerebko, did you think I forgot about you? Highly unlikely.
So building on this momentum, it was of course the perfect time for a lockout. And so on and so on. David Stern carries the water for the owners, and agreement is reached: owners’ get billions, structurally, nothing much is different. Also, when is Derrick Fischer going to retire? Jesus.
Anyway, “Congrats” NBA. Your labor strife was certainly irritating.
However, one thing is certain – after watching a few weeks of what now passes for college basketball, I can’t wait for XMas day. And neither should you. Here are some things to think about when you cash out that 401K and head to the window:
Gratuitous Balls: Pre-Season NBA Rankings
30. Toronto Raptors: There’s just something about this te- zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz….
29. Cleveland Caveliers: Kyrie Irving should be pretty solid. Owner Dan Gilbert should be pretty annoying.
28. Washington Wizards: John Wall projects as a DRose-type: a perennial all-star and dynamic PG for many years. Unfortunately, he’s surrounded by weirdos and question marks. Maybe they can generate some interest via their seemingly annual uniform change.
27. Minnesota Timberwolves: I’m not sure if anyone from a 17 win team has ever received as much positive attention as Kevin Love. Kids, the thing to take away from this is that great rebounding and outlet passing do not guarantee victories. Ricky Rubio is signed for 2011-12, but it’s still surprising they didn’t draft another PG at #2. Drafting point guards is what they do. At the very least, there’s a glimmer of hope and entertainment present in the T’Wolves’ young talent.
26. Charlotte Bobcats: Contraction bait. MJ was hard-lining (gotta earn!), but this team could disappear and no one would know the difference. The people of North Carolina want & deserve their despotic college basketball monarchs, so we might as well let them focus their attention on those sanctimonious jags.
25. Detroit Pistons: No one is interested in the Pistons – even draft pick Kyle Singler, who decided to spend the next year being Spain’s Palest Man. I’ll be interested to watch Brandon Knight, but this team is saddled with more bad money than Bear Stearns (Finance joke!). On top of that, the bad money is spent on some terribly infuriating chuckers. As of this writing, they just extended Tayshaun Prince for 4 years. Wha? Free Jerebko! Lawrence Frank is a good coach and doesn’t deserve this punishment.