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Warriors no more

Posted by keithosaunders on June 21, 2016

The Golden State Warriors won a record 73 games in the 2015-16 season but will be remembered for being the first team to blow a 3-1 lead in games in the NBA finals.  That’s the way it goes in sports.  The Cleveland Cavaliers were the better team and deserve the title.  A spate of injuries, Steph Curry’s shooting slump,  LeBron James’ greatness, and the one game Draymond Green suspension were fatal to the Warriors.

All that said, LeBron is hard to take.  What is he, faking an injury in the last minute of game 7?  With seconds to go in the game he’s writhing around on the floor seemingly in pain, yet after the game buzzer sounded  he’s pounding the ground in joy with the same hand!  Then he’s crying tears of joy?  For the city of Cleveland?  That’s the same city he said screw you to 6 years ago when he took his talents to South Beach.  And it’s the same city he’s libel to say screw you to this off season.

In his post game comments James didn’t even bother to mention the Warriors.  You would think he would note the fact that they were a great team, or congratulate them on a great season, but no.  Everything was self-directed:  “I competed, I looked inside of myself, I did this, I did that…”  Enough already.  We don’t need LeBron to tell us he’s great –  we know that already.  And if that wasn’t enough, James rubbed salt in the wound by wearing an Ultimate Warrior shirt as he disembarked from the team plane in Cleveland.  Stay classy.

But that is the society we live in now.  This is a cynical, dog eat dog, Darwinian world.  Athletes, as well as media stars and politicians have taken their cue from the nasty, smarmy tone of reality TV.  The age of classy winners is in the rear view mirror.

We turn the page.  Time for the baseball season and a little team called The New York Mets!   On the other hand, maybe I’ll read a book instead.

 

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This NBA finals stinks on ice

Posted by keithosaunders on June 17, 2016

You have to love sports.  And hate them.  This year’s NBA finals, which once looked like a cake walk for the Golden State Warriors, has taken on the feeling of a disaster waiting to happen. The Warriors, in the span of 5 days, have gone from a record-setting 73 win team, to possibly committing one of the all time playoff chokes.  No team in the NBA Finals has blown a 3-1 lead in games.  32 times a team has gone up 3-1 and 32 times that same team won the championship.

It is this hater’s opinion that the Warriors were screwed by the NBA when it took the league two days to call a flagrant foul on Draymond Green.  You either call it when it happens or you don’t call it.  If they don’t trust the refs they’ve hired then why use them in the first place?  Call everything by computer.  Green’s subsequent suspension cost the Warriors game 5, and the Dubs, with Draymond back on the court for game 6 in Cleveland, were simply steamrolled.

To make matters worse they’re losing terribly with petulant tantrums and uncharacteristic whining.  Steph Curry throwing his mouthpiece at a [admittedly douchey] fan was a terrible look.  It’s true that they’re not getting calls but can they make a shot?  Does everything have to be a low percentage three chucked with abandon?

And that’s why sports is humbling.  Life is humbling. Just three days ago the Warriors fans were making fun of LeBron for being a baby.  Now they look like the sp oiled brats. Up until this point in the season have had everything go their way. Now, at the first sign of adversity, they’re coming unglued.

Sunday is high noon.  Either they’re a team for the ages, or they can take their place alongside the 1986 Redsox, the 2004 Yankees, and insert your Greg Norman grand slam choke here.  [           ]

Folks, it’s crunch time.

 

 

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