I have been bogged down with so many errands the past couple of weeks I turned “being busy” into somewhat of a habit. I hardly watch TV or go out. Most of my time is spent outside commuting and riding my bike (I’ve actually been very “green” lately and proud). So last night, after a long commute, I turn on the TV and what do you know? The Celtics are playing the Lakers in Boston on ESPN! I quickly forgot about anything else that was going on at the moment, and was entranced, finding myself actually excited about NBA basketball (I haven’t been excited for professional basketball since the 1993 Dream Team and the “NBA on NBC”).
After realizing that I was watching this season’s earlier matchup between the two teams which would have been on the wrong channel, wrong time, wrong day, and wrong arena had the Finals actually been played yesterday, I knew that the NBA was making strides to become what is used to be: players who played tough, physical, and emotional basketball. Players who knew that a championship was on the line. Can anyone argue Ray Allen, Rajon Rondo, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Lamar Odom, Ron Artest, Pau Gasol, and Kobe do not love what they do? Ladies and gentlemen, the NBA is back. 2010′s NBA Finals are going to be a sight to see. If you like rivalries, watching intellectual, athletic, and veteran professionals perform at their best and enjoy studying the genius of two proven coaches for two of the NBA’s most historic teams, you’re going to want to take out some time to watch this series.
Put all partisanship and historical regurgitation aside. Each teams is playing at the top of their game and are peaking at the right moment. That’s a lot more than what could have been said about last year’s finals. Check out the game tonight on ABC, 8CT.