The Finals-Part 3
We all saw this coming. Even if you’re a casual fan, you saw this conclusion in the distant horizon. It was just a matter of time that the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers were going to give NBA fans what they’ve wanted - a trilogy of the NBA Finals.
For the last 3 seasons, these 2 teams seemed to be on a collision course with one another. In the Western Conference, we have the Warriors being led by the wizardry of a shape shooting specialist whom they call the ‘Babyface Assassin’- Steph Curry. In the Eastern Conference, we have the Cavaliers, led by the best basketball player of his generation - LeBron James.
For basketball aficionados, these NBA Finals harken back to the 1980’s, when Magic Johnson and the Los Angeles Lakers faced Larry Bird and the Boston Celtics. These 2 teams seemed to meet each other in the finals almost every year. The regular season was a prelude to that moment when they and their respective teammates provided epic games, thrilling those who witnessed these contests and wishing they can either pass the ball like ‘Magic’ or shoot a jump-shot like ‘Larry Legend’.
The Finals will provide intriguing storylines of each squad player who want to win the ultimate prize to solidify their careers. However, the NBA Finals are more about the communities they represent, because the city of Oakland and Cleveland have been through hardships of some sort or another in recent years. For both of these cities, the championship is a validation that their city is thriving. As a New Orleanian, I can relate to both cities wanting to show the world that their communities are second to none.
In any case, whether it's going to be the best NBA Finals ever or a sweep, all fans can appreciate that we are watching the 2 best teams of their generation. At least, we can all root for that.