Sunday, June 01, 2008


Everyone raise your hand if you're at all surprised that it's the LA Lakers and the Boston Celtics in the NBA finals.

Really? No one? Not even a little bit?

Me neither. I'm convinced these two teams were foreordained before the foundation of the world to be in the finals this year. In a pre-2008 season council, Larry Bird, Cotton Fitzimmons, Wilt Chamberlain and David Stern (aka: The Quartet) decided Boston and LA would return to the finals in an epic battle. It was determined that the NBA, along with its players, coaches and owners, would do whatever they could to ensure this end.

Thus the Lakers and Celtics, with a little help from the referees and, yeah, a little nudge from the league, ensured this match made in the heavens would indeed take place on earth.

Kobe vs. KG. Bean town vs. La-la land. Lakers vs. Celtics.

Seriously, though, I just have one question: How did this happen so perfectly? How did Kevin Garnett end up in Boston, and on that note how in the heck did Pau Gasol end up in LA? How were there absolutely no surprises in the playoffs? How did this happen?

(I guess that's more than one question, but you see what I'm saying? You picking up what I'm putting down?)

Anyway, enjoy this match up, America. I know the boys at ESPN sure will. I just hope we get back to true, honest basketball next season.


Andy & Jessica said...

I couldn't agree more. To further fuel the fire: consider that last year this time the celtics were agonizing after losing the lottery after tanking the entire 06-07season. (Something the Jazz would never have considered doing). Then, they Danny Ainge (former celtic great) manages to steal Kevin Garnett from Kevin McHale (former celtic great) and the tanking Minnesota Timberwolves.

Months later, after the Lakers stunk for the fourth consecutive season and Kobe Bryant threatens to leave town, Brian Colangelo gets the steal of the decade as he rips Pau Gasol from who else but Jerry West (former Laker great) and the LA Lakers farm squad -- the memphis grizzlies. As you can see, I am absolutely convinced that there is no corruption going on here at all.

Andy & Jessica said...

at least we are nearing the end of the 'David Robinson faked injury for one season and the Spurs tanked to win the lottery to get Tim Duncan' era.

Adam said...

Nice, Andy. And here I thought I was the conspiracy theorist.

Justin said...

Sha, right. You are the same people that think the Yankees are over paid. You are what I call bottom feeders. Anyone in a better off situation then you cheated to get there.

(note slight tone of sarcasm)

Rock said...

Check out that grin on Sam Cassell's face, in the KG picture.

Anyway... I sure hope the Celtics win. Kobe's head can't stand to get any bigger. And I hate D-Fish. Besides, who can hate the Big Ticket?

Jeris and Suzanna Hobbs said...

NBA Sucks...when does fall practice start?

ali said...

I'm with you all the way bra.

But really, in keeping with your mission statement, I was wondering if I can count on you to cover the Olympics this summer? Or are you too scared to cover real sports with real raw athletes? Yeah, that's right, I'm calling you out.

(wow--something about a sports blog really brings the trash talk out of me.)

Adam said...

Hey, I'm not afraid to cover the olympics. In fact, I just read a compelling article in ESPN: The Magazine about the American badminton team. Watch out Cambodia, cause we've got your number!

ali said...

sweet! I'll be looking for it on your blog come August!