It just dawned on me that I went through this entire NBA Finals and didn't do a single post about a single game. There was a time when I would break down each game quarter by quarter. Not so much this year. Probably because I figured that not that many folks were that interested in my thoughts on a basketball game. Or maybe because I been so busy with the photo gig and other things that I just never got around to it. Most likely it was both. Well let me just touch on a few things in summarizing this 2011 NBA Finals.
First and foremost, I was pulling for the Mavs from the beginning (of the Finals) for several reasons. One being that I like Mark Cuban. I'm not particularly fond of how things couldn't work out with Avery Johnson so he could stay on board as their head coach, but there is no denying the fact that Cuban is one of the best owners in professional sports. You hear countless stories of how down to earth he is and he has no problem standing up to "the man" (David Stern) when the NBA acts shady. It was good to see him be the one to bring that championship to Dallas.
Then there is Jason Kidd. I didn't put him on my Top 50 of All-Time list at #27 for no reason. I've admired his game ever since his days at Cal. I always hated the fact that he couldn't get it done in with the Nets even though he had some very good looks. But more than anything else, it was great to see that this old man (by NBA standards of course) like myself is still out there doing it at a high level. His getting a ring at that age is a win for all of us old folks who still wish we had some game.
Speaking of the Top 50, I would be remiss if I didn't mention Dirk Norwitzki. He definitely proved me wrong in the Playoffs this year. I left him off my Top 50 list because I thought he was too soft. If I did this list again, I would probably have him higher than Bronnie. Too late for that now but I've got something comign for him down the pipes to make up for it.
Then of course there is the fact that this happened for the city of Dallas period. I have special ties to that city. I have a good number of some of my favorite cousins that live there. You may remember that my two oldest children live there. Well...McKinney, but close enough. I've made no secret about the fact that I would want to move there if the opportunity ever presented itself. There was a time back in the day that I wasn't the biggest fan of that city, but that was before I visited more, found I have more family there and now am fully on board with eventually making that my next move.
And as for the Heat? Well I've already expounded on my thoughts about LeBron going there in the first place. Suffice it to say that he got just what he deserved. I'm hoping that the one thing he will finally get from this is a sense of humility. More important than that, I'm hoping that all the folks out there who had the nerve to insinuate that LeBron has the potential to be greater than Jordan will finally cut out that nonsense. Jordan NEVER lost an NBA Finals. Bronnie is now 0-2. 'Nuff said.
Now begins the bittersweet part of the NBA Finals ending. We are stuck with a summer filled with no good sports. What's worse is with the NFL lockout thing still going on, it may be even longer before another great pro sport is available to watch. I may have to actually start paying more attention to ISU football. Maybe this year I'll learn more than just the quarterback's name.