Organized Sports is a recurring sports column named for a seminal DC avant-hardcore song by the equally stupid and brilliant (to me, “equally stupid and brilliant” pretty much just means “brilliant”) band Void. Take from that what you will.
With the end of the NBA Finals, earlier than I thought, we are now left with only baseball. Did you know that the day before and the day after the MLB All Star Game are the only two days in the year in which none of the three-and-a-third major team sports in America have a game? Looks like I’m going to have to try to get a life again here folks.
Recapping the Finals after the jump.
Grading the NBA Finals
(1) San Antonio Spurs vs. (2) Miami Heat
Prediction: Spurs in 6
Actual Result: Spurs in 5
The Miami Heat, other than Lebron James, actually performed slightly worse than Lebron’s supporting cast the first time he faced the Spurs in the Finals, with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Dwyane Wade is no longer a superstar, Chris Bosh has been turned into a spot-up shooter, and none of the Heat role players stepped up. That’s all the bad stuff, except of course for the Lebron cramp issue in the first game, which, the less said about it, the better. And the fact that when the Heat lose a game it’s a reflection of their character, but when the Spurs lose a game it is not. Okay, now that’s all the bad. The good: Tim Duncan is legitimately the best player of his generation, and the best power forward of all time. He has won five rings, the first and last fifteen years apart. He has been the best player on his team for four of those rings, unlike Kobe, who was only the best player on his team for his last two. Tim Duncan has solidified his place as probably the least flamboyant all-time great in basketball history. And the Spurs seem to have the next generation covered as well, with Kawhi Leonard the youngest Finals MVP since Magic Johnson. After last year, it looked like the Spurs were done forever, that they lost their last gasp when Ray Allen hit that three at the end of Game 6. This year, they looked like they could win ten more.
Despite the Spurs winning, all attention this offseason will be on the Heat. Lebron, Wade and Bosh can all opt out, or they can all opt in, or they can mix and match. There have been rumors that Carmelo Anthony could join the Heat, and that Lebron would like that to happen. I for one think Carmelo would work well as a second banana to Lebron—remember how great and fun Carmelo is during the Olympics, when he’s playing with people he actually respects? I want this to happen. It probably won’t, but for the burning hatred it will garner from many NBA fans, I’ll match that in joy ten-fold.
I think it’s also time to start picking on other younger superstars who haven’t won a ring yet. Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook made it to the Finals, seemed like they’d do so a bunch and maybe fight off and on with the Heat for best team in the league. Now they still have to worry about the Spurs. For all the respect he is given, when was the last time Chris Paul won anything? Remember when Derrick Rose was a person who played basketball? And shouldn’t some high draft picks from the past few years at least be doing something?
Perhaps every good player can form a superteam, and every fan who isn’t from that city can hate it. But they’ll all still watch. See you next year.