I’ll admit that I didn’t watch Game 5 (after all, I had other plans on Thursday night), but I wasn’t shocked to see that the Heat closed out Oklahoma City in five. Though the first four games of the series were close, competitive contests, the young Thunder team was outdone by their lack of experience on the biggest stage. Miami’s “Next Big Three,” no longer the young punks they appeared to be when they were first assembled, turned out to be the most seasoned team, rising to the occasion to win their first title as a trio. Of course, I had them losing to the Spurs, a more senior squad, in six, but the old guys ran out of gas against OKC–while to their credit, the Heat were able to outlast a veteran Celtics outfit in seven.
While Dwayne Wade had been there before, this was the first NBA title for both Lebron James and Chris Bosh. I guess we can now discard the “Lebron has never won a ring” argument when discussing the all-time greats. That said, while he was named Finals MVP, James didn’t ascend to the highest peak until he had two more superstar players alongside him. No offense to Scottie Pippen, but he couldn’t take over a game the way Wade can, and neither Horace Grant nor Dennis Rodman compare favourably to Chris Bosh–except maybe on the defensive end. *snicker* For what it’s worth, my money’s still on MJ.
Speaking of Bosh, he recently gave credit to the Raptors for helping him “build character”–but then again, he had also said that he never learned to play defense until he came to Miami. I think the jury’s still out on that one, but I can think of a couple Raptor fans who were cheering against the Heat the entire postseason. And when I say that, I mean that I can only think of a couple people who’ll admit to being Raptors fans–but they’ve both got the hate on for Bosh. Here’s hoping the Raps can make a splash in the off-season, and/or that the Great Lithuanian Hope can lift them into playoff contention next year–but I wouldn’t hold my breath.
Meanwhile, I’m probably the only person who sees it as a bad omen that both Darryl Sutter and Chris Bosh won titles in the same year. In any case, I’m done with winter sports for another season. Right now, I’m more than ready for some football–of the CFL variety, natch–and if the Jays can scrape a few wins together, hey, I certainly wouldn’t mind. Which reminds me, I still hafta buy my ticket for Ricky Romero Bobblehead Day…