cleveland Enemy #1- NBA Finals & Sports in General
What Do You Mean You Are Rooting For The Spurs
I received a blistering email from a person who shall remain unknown in which they expressed their displeasure with my disinterest in rooting for the lowly cavs. They seemed shocked that I would side with the team that is going to win the championship.
So my friends here is a short synopsis of how I determine allegiance to sports teams. In baseball I always root for the N.L. The Dodgers are my first choice and have always been. The sole time I can remember rooting for an AL team in the World Series is when the Angels defeated the hated Giants.
On a side note Dodger fans know that they did this playing Dodger baseball using former Dodgers as their coaches such as Mike Scioscia and Mickey Hatcher.
When it comes to the NBA I am a die hard Laker fan and have been my entire life. One of my fondest memories is watching the Lakers beat the hated celtics. Somewhere among these posts I described what that was like as well as the great LA-Boston waterfight in Hezekiah’s Tunnel.
In the NBA if the Lakers are not playing for the championship I always align myself with the West, especially now. The Eastern Conference as currently constructed is filled with inferior teams. If you moved many of those teams to the Western Conference they wouldn’t even make the playoffs.
But to be fair I will admit to having rooted for the Cavs to beat the flash in the pan over rated pistons.
In response to comments/questions about LeBron James I have this to say. James is a fine player and it appears that he may become a superstar, but he is not there yet. He plays in the weaker conference and has yet to show that he can play at the higher level consistently. In my book you don’t get to be a superstar until you can play that way day in and day out.
And just to cover one other thing, the suggestion that James performance against the pistons was superior to Magic’s rookie year performance against the ’76ers is laughable. Magic was the first rookie to win the MVP Finals award.
When Kareem was hurt Magic started in his place and put up some truly amazing numbers:
42 points, 15 boards, seven assists and three steals.
That was in the final game of the NBA championship against a ’76ers team that is so far superior to the current pistons team.
But to be fair I have to admit that part of what I like about LeBron is that he is very similar to Magic.
Anyhow, that is enough on this. Duncan, Ginobli and Parker are going to run away with this and raise another tropy.