Words by Phlip
This is me admitting I was wrong.
Well, this is me admitting I was wrong, but only after being right all along.
On December 26th, I said that Miami seemed like they had turned the corner.
Now, immediately after saying that, they fell back into the same nonsense that saw them lose embarrassingly to a team that was not better than them last year. Being that my relenting that they had gotten there was admittedly labored and reluctant, I was one of the ones who had them marked for dead when they couldn’t seem to have it together come star time due to not being able to get out of their own ways. Yes, as a non-fan of the collective and especially LeBron James, I loved every minute of their seemingly pending implosion. In the realm of sports, that is simply the law of the land.
Coming into the playoffs, they had some momentum in the late season, yes, and LeBron was the runaway MVP as I predicted on November 29th, but when the playoffs commenced, they made a habit of making teams who they clearly outclassed look way better than they deserved to. With that in mind, coming into the NBA Finals they had NOTHING resembling the momentum that the young Thunder had going for them and it looked to all involved – except of course Miami Heat fans – that OKC would take them like they had done the ONLY three teams to have won the Western Conference over the previous 13 seasons.
With the series tied at a game, and then Miami up 2 games to 1, it still looked like OKC had a chance, and I was willing to call it for them in 7 games instead of my initial 6, and then the referees decided to campaign on their own behalves for NBA Finals MVP and the Thunder were playing 5-on-8. Still, through it all; they STILL had a chance in the games in spite of Kevin Durant’s foul troubles and Russell Westbrook’s being the first person I have ever seen make Magic Johnson visibly mad, OKC’s downfall was that they just couldn’t extract enough offense from James Harden’s beard.
LeBron James won the NBA Finals MVP and deserved it, as Dwyane Wade appeared to have been trying to hide an injury of some sort and his play was less-than-stellar for the most of the second half of the playoffs. Many thanks can also be given to the roleplayers, namely Shane Battier and Mario Chalmers, both of whom came up with big enough offensive contributions to be respected by the defense, clearing the lane for LeBron, D-Wade and the referees to do their collective things. Much credit to Mike Miller for canning 3-pointers like nobody’s business in game 5.
Ladies and gentlefolk, your 2011-2012 NBA champions, the Miami Heat.
Now LeBron is 4 behind Kobe in the rings department.
I would LOVE to see David Stern try and explain off the farce of parity in the NBA, considering that we STILL have only had 10 different teams win the NBA Championship in the last 34 years. Since the current OKC Thunder are actually the old Seattle Supersonics, that number had no chance of changing this season.