With just a few hours before the tip-off of the NBA Finals I, along with several (shall I say million) other fans, want to see the Dallas Mavericks put an end to the Miami Heat’s run (purchase) of an NBA Championship.
It may be too late. I was pulling for the Heat to lose in the first round and then I would have loved to hear the cries of “They are a bust” rolling in from around the country. But they did not lose. They also beat my Boston Celtics and made them look old during the Eastern Conference semifinals.
So here we are just a few months after Jame$, Bo$h and Wade decided to $tick together to win an NBA Champion$hip and they are only four games away from succeeding and doing irreparable harm to the NBA.
Somewhere Jordan, Bird, and Magic are thinking “What if we…?”
If the Miami Heat succeed in winning the championship, we can look forward to seeing several trios of players putting together packages to sell – we may see it happen in Middle School, High School and College, too.
Full Disclosure: During my eighth grade intramural basketball draft, I told two really good players to go home and I would put their names on the draft board and draft them – a package deal. We won the eighth grade intramural championship that year because nobody knew these players were good – so they did not draft them. I always felt bad about that just as James, Bosh and Wade will if they win the NBA Championship.
We’ll also probably end up seeing some of these “great players” start their own cable/satellite channel to sell their deal (a la The Decision) because ESPN received some big ratings for the show (and lost some credibility).
It was self-serving to say the least and LeBron made Clevelanders cry…and forget Elway.
So Dallas, it is up to you to put an end to this madness.
I’ll be cheering for Dirk Nowitzki, Jason Kidd, and the boys to win it all. I want to see little Jose Barea slice and dice through the Miami players and be like a piece of jello when cornered. I want to see Jason Terry and Peja Stojakovic rain threes like a thunderstorm on the Texas Plains.
And yes, I want to see Dallas owner Mark Cuban get his ring.
I also want to see Clevelanders smile…
The 2010-11 NBA Finals airs on ABC starting tonight at 7:00 p.m. Mountain Time.