Today is the start of the NBA Finals 2013, and to tell you the truth, I am not really interested. The playoffs have not excited me this year and I have become less and less engaged with the NBA post-season.
My team (LA Lakers) got swept in the first round, due to many injuries, a lack of chemistry, poor coaching and the loss of our star player. Most playoff teams began to lose at least one of their key players through injury, if they had not already been injured during the regular season. “Star” players didn’t show up, the refs made many bad calls and the Heat have made it through to their third consecutive NBA Finals.
I think it is the fact that the Heat have made it to their third consecutive finals that annoys me the most, as I find the team to be overrated and I am so sick and tired of hearing about them every single time a conversation about basketball takes place. Yes, LeBron is a great player and yes, the (overrated) Heat are building some sort of legacy, but must we continuously hear about it??
The one outcome that I do not want from these NBA Finals – and I have not wanted this outcome from the beginning of the season – is for the Heat to repeat and win another championship.
If they do, I know that I will continue to hear about them and LeBron until kingdom come and listen to people talk about them, as if they are the best thing since sliced bread. I am fed up of it and I know that many people are too. There are a number of other teams and players in the NBA, which also deserve and demand attention. Why should some players and some teams get all the glory?
The playoff series has not been very interesting overall, and I’ve been starting to lose touch with the NBA, even before the playoffs began. There is too much of the same: the same old plays, the same old dunks by the same old players, the same old talk about certain teams and players and the same old problems. It is just not drawing me in properly anymore and appealing to me like it did in the beginning.
I am really looking forward to the WNBA playoffs, which are exciting and fun to watch, without the need for dunks. These ladies play a great game with an amazing skill set, which they deserve so much more respect for. They are strong, physically and mentally, and their bodies really do suffer for their sport.
However, it is the college basketball season that I am looking forward to more than anything. I really prefer college basketball to the NBA, as it is always engaging, energetic and exciting.
You never know who is going to win a National Championship and you never know when an underdog will thrive. This year, no one expected Baylor to lose to Louisville in the Sweet 16 and then for UConn to win the National Championship. And no one expected Florida Gulf Coast to make the run that they did, during their first NCAA tournament appearance.
A team or a player will always surprise or disappoint you, when you’re least expecting it. You watch these players grow throughout their college careers, as they prepare to become some of the future stars of the NBA. You see the strength they have, not only as a team, but also as brothers and sisters as they really support each other, which was displayed this year during the Kevin Ware incident.
Rivalry week, the Duke v North Carolina men’s games, Championship Week, Notre Dame v UConn women’s games and March Madness are always amazing to watch. The atmosphere is electric, the crowd is jumping, everyone is behind their team and Dickie V commentating is always a treat. These are experiences you can never forget and one day I want to be a part of it.
No one is constantly talking about just one team or one particular player, because at the end of the day, your rank or star status does not matter. It is about who steps up to the plate and rises to the occasion at the necessary time, in order for them to cut down the nets and win that National Championship trophy. Yes, stars will arise, but the important thing is to work together as a team, in order for you to become the best you can be, not just for you but for your school as well.
There are times when it seems that the NBA needs to go back to basics and they need to make some very well-thought out suggestions, in order to not only elevate, but also level out the league. I love basketball, but I am just not loving the 2013 playoffs and I really am not loving the 2013 NBA Finals.
I just hope that Spurs can continue to play great team basketball and beat the Heat, so that the Heat will finally stop being talked about (as much) and the Spurs will finally get the respect they deserve…