For the third straight year, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat have made their way to the NBA Finals. And for the second time out of those three trips they are facing a team from TEXAS. The (My) Dallas Mavericks took the Heat down in 6 games to go on to win the teams first championship in 2011 (only to be completely blown up by Mark Cuban and a failure ever since) and now they face a Spurs’ team who are models of consistency and fundamentals for one of the NBA’s most clean cut organiztions.For the first time since 2007, it’s the San Antonio Spurs representing the Western Conference in the championship round, with the same BIG THREE that won a title six years ago and heard plenty of whispers since then that they were too old to do it again.
But guess what! They are still winning. Not are they winning, but they are about to break the hearts of a would-be attempt at greatness. They did it to the Los Angeles Lakers in the mid-2000s, and they did it to the Phoenix Suns (all because Steve Nash broke his nose)….and they did it to James in the Finals in 2007, when he was with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The BIG THREE THEORY:
The Spurs are led by Tim Duncan (37), Tony Parker (31) and Manu Ginobli (35). The Heat are led by the best player in the NBA, LeBron James (28), and his two high-priced sidekicks, Dwayne Wade (31) and Chris Bosh (29).Popovich won the rights to Duncan in the 1997 lottery, and he discovered Ginobili with the No. 57 pick in 1999 and Parker at No. 28 two years later. On the other hand, viewed as a forgery on the traditional means of team-building, Pat Riley, saved up his money and went and got LeBron James and Chris Bosh to join Dwyane Wade in Miami as free agents. The built team versus the “bought” team.
The Big Threes of the Heat and Spurs are separated by age and culture. Miami's three are peaking, while San Antonio's, according to some, are hanging on. But if these Finals turn out to be memorable, it will happen because the two trios are so evenly matched. For ever advantage that the Heat has…the Spurs has one. But something will have to give. Only one team can win
The outcome of these NBA Finals will give me waaaaay more to blog about if the Heat lose because LeBron and the Heat remain so much more fascinating in failure than with a championship. But if the Heat win they will have reached the back-to-back feat by knocking off the toughest foe possible.
Picture this: a second consecutive NBA championship, a third consecutive visit to the NBA Finals, a fourth MVP trophy. His leap into an altitude inhabited only by players like Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Wilt Chamberlain and, of course, Michael Jordan.And all King’ James has to do is beat the San Antonio Spurs.
It sounds so simple right? I’m not so sure. We shall see, starting tonight.
Pick: Spurs in 6