Finals are fast approaching and I don’t know about you guys, but having to watch the same teams go at it in the finals for three years in a row (when it’s not your team) becomes a little irritating. I’m still going to watch though. After all, I am a fan of the sport. Another irritating factor that comes with this three-peat finals is that each team boasts at least 3 All-Stars. Are we watching the all-star game again? NO! What’s happened with League wide competition? For the most part, It’s gone. I’m not saying that no other team has their talented players to compete for them because they obviously do. The problem is that these teams typically only have one star player with not much more. As good as these players are, they need help. As much as we’d like to believe it to be possible, one player can’t do it all on his own and Lakers fans know this all too well. We watched Kobe try his last couple of years to no avail (I miss him everyday I watch basketball).
But enough of my rant and saltiness and on to the current situation, the Finals and who’s going to take that damn championship! So, who do I think is going to come out on top? The Warriors. They simply have to. After giving up a 3-1 lead last year, they became the laughing stock of the NBA and they deserved it, but because of that, they’re a lot hungrier for that championship this year. Putting that aside though, the warriors should win because, in short, they’re simply the better team especially after acquiring Kevin Durant.
I would love to see a sweep with an awesome revenge story but I know the Cavs will try their best to make it as difficult as possible for the Warriors, but to be honest, I hope they fail at it. But mainly, I want the Warriors to come out on top because I’m a diehard Lakers and Kobe fan and as petty as this may sound, I don’t want LeBron catching up to Kobe in championships. I just can’t have that. It’s been hard enough to cope to watching basketball without Kobe. My first memories are of watching games with my family and Kobe being the cause for our excitement. I was born and raised a Lakers fan. I was 3 years old when the Lakers traded for Kobe in 1996; I grew up watching Kobe. I watched his five championships, his 81 point game against the Raptors, his all star games, when he won the dunk contest at only 17 yrs old and when he won his first and only league MVP. I also watched him on his not so good days, I watched the 2008 finals against the Celtics (in full out tears) till that buzzer went off, giving the Celtics their 17th championship, and I watched him get snubbed from getting the MVP award multiple times. So, yes, the Warriors need to win and I’m sure they will. Tune in for the first game this Thursday!