Monday, June 04, 2007

Basketball Jones

How in the name of God are the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals? Seriously. Their second-best player is nicknamed Boobie, for pity's sake.

I will be rooting for the Cavs in the NBA Finals in spite of their lack of overall talent. Cleveland needs a winner. The Browns haven't won since 1964. The Indians haven't won the World Series since 1948, which is the second-longest title drought in baseball. San Antonio has won enough times in the last decade, so let's give someone else a chance.

That said, the Spurs are almost certainly going to wipe the floor with the Cavaliers. I'm not one of these people who is suddenly anti-Spurs in the last month, and thinks their winning another title would be bad for the NBA because they're "boring." Come on. The Spurs play solid, fundamental team basketball. They aren't the New Jersey Devils of the NBA. Well, I guess you could make a case for a Tim Duncan-Martin Brodeur comparison -- two guys who just quietly go about doing their business and will end their careers among the all-time greats.

If the Cavs have a chance in the Finals, it will be because the refs will give Lebron literally every call. If you thought D-Wade got a lot of calls last year, that will seem like a drop in the bucket compared to the favours that LeBron is going to get. This is going to be interesting to watch. One of the more notorious hard fouling teams in the league against the uber-star that is already knee-deep in his own set of 'James Rules.'

Come on, Boobie!

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