Seriously, this was the most bored I had ever been watching an NBA Finals. Even with Kobe, Pau, Artest, KG, Ray, Peirce and Rondo – I just didn’t care.
I had no routing interested for either team. Even with KG having worn the Wolves uniform, Ray Allen actually drafted by the Wolves, Phil Jackson going to UND – the local college that is across the river from where I grew-up, and the fact the Lakers used to be the Minneapolis Lakers.
Well. That is not total true. I did have some feelings.
- I had to decide which team I hated less.
- I did not want Kobe to win another title because then we could have avoided the Kobe as good as Jordan argument.
I think Kobe has incredible game. But have never liked Kobe or cheered for him – unless he was wearing the Red, White and Blue.
It started in 1996 when he announced he was skipping college to “take my talents to the NBA” with his sunglasses sitting on his forehead and his smugness as cliche as the “dramatic pause” in his announcement.
Kobe’s game has always been impressive. His ability to hit very difficult shots in very important moments. That said – he is not the “best closer in the game”. His character flaws and inflated ego always out weighed the high level of play. The way he treated his teammates and consistently gestured at the refs in ways other players could never imagine. Just thinking about it gets most rookies a technical.
But that is not unique to Kobe. KG is just as guilty, so is Duncan and Nash. But it has always been worse with Kobe. Even during this year’s NBA Finals game seven, if teammates did not perform well or didn’t do everything possible to get him the ball, he would physically react. It is outrageous. But thats enough about Kobe – even though I could go on.
The Lakers win. Woohoo – (sigh).
The Celtics should have won. I guess I wold have liked that.
The expectation is that these two teams will look very different next season. Boston has the age factor plus free agency with Ray Allen, Nate Robinson, Tony Allen and others.
The Lakers are not getting any younger either. Kobe is 31 years-old, Gasol is 29, Odom and Artest are 30. Fishers is 35 and is a free agent going into next season.
Both teams were way over the salary cap this season, and both will be next season – even with Boston only having six players on the roster.
Plus both Phil Jackson and Doc Rivers have hinted that will not be returning next season to coach the Lakers and Celtics, respectively.
So even though I didn’t really care, I understand the importance of this match-up in this Finals and the legacy of these players. As we may have seen the last few “best moments” of some of the best players of this generation.