I honestly don’t want to write a post about this, but I felt like I wrote so many leading up to the last game that I should at least address the fact that the Spurs lost. There’s a lot to say, but I’m not the right person to analyze the game, being a sports writer must be really difficult. Here’s the one biased thing I will say: the Spurs handled loosing like the gentlemen they are and the Miami Heat, mostly Lebron James, handled winning like the absolute jerks that they are.
I’m sorry but you are not the “king” of anything. Yes Lebron James you are good at basketball; however, and this may come as a shock to you, but you are not the only person that can play basketball. In fact there are quiet a few people in the United States that are pretty good at basketball so good in fact they form this thing called the National Basketball Association. Maybe you’ve heard of it? Yes Lebron James you may be good at basketball, but you have not yet proven yourself to be any where near the skill level of Michael Jordan or Magic Johnson, or Wilt Chamberlin, or Shaq, or Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, or even Tim Duncan. And you, Lebron James made a fool of yourself and a team that gave you your start when you “took your talents to South Beach” and that my friend is why in fifty years you will be known as a good basketball player, maybe even one of the greats, but you, Lebron James will never be remembered with such affection and admiration as the greatest power forward of all time.
Okay maybe that was more than one biased thing.
The San Antonio Spurs are a great team, but they dropped the ball (no pun intended) during game six and seven of the NBA Finals. The coaches and staff underplayed Tony Parkers injury and it was apparent during the last two games where he could not move as fast or swiftly as he usually did. Manu Ginobili (the love of my sports life) made shot mistakes, and Danny Green lost his confidence. But there are no excuses in sports, Miami played better and they won. And it was sad for me (and a lot of people). It wasn’t the NBA or David Sterns fault, or even Pops fault. That’s sports, there are winners and losers, some players just lose with more class than others.
Yesterday was the big showdown. It was game 7 between the Miami Heat against San Antonio Spurs in the Finals of the NBA.
It all came down to one match….and the Spurs lost.
The loss never gets any easier. I should be used to it now having seen my football team (yes football, not soccer) Leeds United lose in two playoff finals. In fact on both occasions the days were a great day out unfortunately spoilt by 90 minutes of football and seeing my team come excruciatingly close only to not finish at the final hurdle. I was hoping I wouldn’t have to experience those emotions again last night but I knew it would be tight – Heat had the home advantage and we really should have finished it up in game 6. Yet here I am this morning contemplating what could have been and so almost was.
The Spurs gave pretty much everything they had. Duncan was an absolute star throughout the entire playoffs but especially the finals. I was critical of Ginobli but on game 7 he came good, for the most part. Parker just looked too tired to me and Green had a real off day. In the end the Heat managed to do what we couldn’t…finish the game out. They deserved it in the end but it doesn’t make it easier. When the klaxon went and the lights lit up signaling it was all over I had a range of emotions. Saddened that we didn’t make it, upset for the players – especially Duncan who was after his 5th ring, angry at some of the little stupid decisions that really cost us and yet incredibly proud. We showed everyone who we were and what we are capable of. The defeat is hard but we’ll bounce back and hopefully come back stronger. Even Pop smiled at the end of the match….relief that it was over?
I am yet to hear Julie’s reaction in the cold light of day. Last night I could tell how much it meant and how gutted she was. Her past experience of sporting events have been one of success. She’s not used to seeing her team lose and I don’t think she liked it one bit. You can kind of sum it up with her sheer despondency when she told me, not that long after the game had ended:
I’m off to bed, goodnight.
She and the team will need to take some time to recover. The emotions you experience when following your sporting team is just strange and epic but I wouldn’t have it any other way. For if you don’t experience the lows, you’ll never experience the highs. Well done Miami Heat on your back to back victories. Watch out for next year though – we’re coming after you!!
Gregg Popovich might just be the most feared coach in NBA history. The longtime coach of the San Antonio Spurs has led his team to more playoff games than any other NBA coach and he is notorious for being hard on reporters.