Unfortunately I was at college orientation Friday and Saturday following Miami’s close-out game on Thursday, so I could not write an article about the Finals, the Heat, the Thunder, why you should smile for LeBron (and Spo, and D-Wade, and CB, and Juwan Howard) and how Kevin Durant looked like Lawrence of Arabia in the closing seconds of the game.
I could write and write and write about LeBron and the Finals, but by now basically everything that can be said has been said (and if you’re Skip and Stephen A. you’ve probably said everything that can be said more times than can be said). So let me tell you something you may or may not know:
The NBA rocks.
Just think: we were this close to not having a season at all, and instead we had a highly entertaining season, a very competitive postseason, and the most significant storyline in all of sports was finally resolved in the Finals. And it’s only going to get better.
Now that the “Hating LeBron” saga is over, a new era is beginning in the NBA. Now that the King has been anointed, someone must find a way to end his reign. With the number of stars in the league right now, it could really play out any way. For the next 5 years, we might see a Heat vs. Thunder Finals each season, as LeBron and Durant continuously trade trophies back and forth in the great battle of our time. Maybe Dwight Howard and Deron Williams will team up to create a new beast in the east. Perhaps Steve Nash will end up in New York and finally get the third most talented roster in the NBA out of the realm of the dysfunctional. Could the Bulls possibly upgrade from Carlos Boozer to Kevin Garnett to finally challenge the Heat? And what about the West? Do the Spurs have another run left? Will Chauncey make the difference for the Clippers? What do the Lakers need to do to beat the Thunder? (Note: I wrote in a previous article that I believed the day of the superteam was over…. maybe I was wrong, because a superteam might be necessary to win a Finals). In order to win an NBA Championship, a team is probably going to have to beat the Heat and the Thunder in a seven game series. The scramble to build rosters strong enough to take down these two teams could create some outstanding basketball and basketball storylines.
Meanwhile, in the NFL: The Saints Bounty scandal makes everyone look bad, Junior Seau committed suicide, Terrell Suggs (one of the best and most entertaining players in the league) destroyed his Achilles, LT’s retirement signals that the end of the feature back era is near, concussions continue to scare, Tim Tebow won’t be starting at quarterback, and more and more players are in trouble with the law. And there about five exciting players in the entire league. I think there were that many in the NBA Finals alone.
So what is it that I’m saying? That the NBA is the king of U.S sports? No, absolutely not. The NFL is so much more popular than the NBA, the NHL, and MLB that it’s not even quantifiable. What I am saying is that level-minded sports fans need to seriously re-evaluate which sport should be king. So, over the next few weeks, I will be evaluating and grading several different aspects of the NFL and the NBA, along with a special article devoted to the state of MLB (I mostly summarized my thoughts on baseball last year in my article ‘Baseball in the Fall and the Fall of Baseball’). The articles will cover many different topics, from scandals to the sportscasters. Hopefully it will provide some food for thought as we patiently await the return of both sports in the Fall.
In the meantime, don’t forget about the Euro semis (I’m thinking Germany wins the final), as well as the X Games, which are fast approaching, and the Summer Olympics, which will be here before you know it. And I almost forgot: there’s baseball on. Every day….
I’m looking forward to writing these articles. I love the NFL, but I like the chance to criticize it as well. Be sure to read all of the articles, because I believe I have a lot of interesting things to say.Like, comment, subscribe/follow, post to Facebook and Twitter, email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for reading!