I don’t like the NBA. This series won’t help any.
The NBA Finals start on Thursday night, and everyone is already getting all nostalgic and gooey on us.
This is big. No, this is huge. This is the biggest, hugest thing in the history of ever, or since the last time they played. Some of the best players in the game will be facing off. In one city, movie stars will be in attendance. In the other, drunken Irish people will be chanting “Beat L.A.!” over and over again and attempting to learn how to pronounce the letter R. Who isn’t excited about this series?
You guessed it, this guy.
My disdain for the NBA is pretty well documented on this site. Of the many reasons why I dislike the NBA, there are three things that characterize the general state of piss and vinegar with which I approach the league.
- The lack of defense: Specifically in the West, watching a NBA game is more like watching a game of HORSE than a two-sided affair.
- The San Antonio Spurs: I know, I know, die-hard basketball fans. They play the game right and technical and blah. I don’t care, they bore the living hell out of me. Their dominance during my impressionable years are probably a big reason for my lack of interest in professional basketball.
Most everything about the Celtics-Lakers rivalry in 2010 floods me with indifference. It is the perfect example of media digging too far for hype. It showcases two teams that feature the aspect of basketball that has always bothered me. Kevin Garnett is involved, and quite honestly, I really don’t like him.
Promoting Celtics-Lakers as some monumental rivalry today would be a lot like pumping up a Royals-Yankees set because they had a budding rivalry in the late 1970s. Sure, there are probably some fans that experienced that period that still carry an enthusiasm for the rivalry, but for the most part, nobody outside of them cares.
These are not the Showtime Lakers against the grind-them-out Larry Bird Celtics. That is an era that will likely never be duplicated because it was the combination of a number of clashes, not just a rivalry between two teams. No matter how many times ESPN shoves old Boston-L.A. footage down our throats, few people outside of those two cities are going to view this as anything other than another series.
I don’t need to hear Kobe Bryant answer five million questions about what the Celtics-Lakers rivalry means to him. He was living in Italy when Magic Johnson and Bird had the entire thing at its peak, dammit.
The NBA is a league that features individual stars more prominently than any other major pro league. And it comes natural to the league because basketball is a sport where one or two players can completely change the outlook and potential of a franchise.
I know this, I understand it and yet it still bothers me.
The fact that the Celtics were able make the greatest turn around in NBA history by basically bringing in two players still irks me. Most people will probably say “Yeah, so, that’s basketball,” but I just simply cannot. Changing the entire fabric of a team with two players is mind-boggling for someone who grew up on football and baseball.
The Clippers, per usual, were not good this season and finished 12th in the Western Conference. But say they go and add LeBron and Chris Bosh this offseason. They’re immediate title contenders.
Yes, I’m on my blue-collar work ethic high horse right now, but I just don’t find any integrity or passion in that. Free agency has worn the bond between players and cities tired in other sports, but none as much as basketball. Every arena looks the same, every player is transient. Who cares where you’re playing?
Hell, LeBron grew up an hour drive away from the Cavaliers, and it is beginning to look more and more like he feels no attachment to the city. I guess I can’t blame him. I’ve never really been a Magic fan.
Combine the renovated Celtics with a Lakers team that is carried by one man, and you have the definition of why I don’t care about the NBA, and I care even less about this year’s NBA Finals.
I’m excited to watch NASCAR at Pocono this weekend. I’m pumped to watch the Rays battle out of this slump and see what the Braves do as we approach our anticipated inter-league series in two weeks. I’m maybe most excited about the World Cup which I am highly looking forward to watching.
But not the NBA Finals. Sorry, Boston and L.A.