As for the players, I love how they mimic NBA stars and go down dramatically, as if they have been shot whenever they are fouled. I love the single names: Ronaldo, Kaka, Drogba — all of which sound a lot more elegant than Manny, Pudge and Big Baby. And, I love the national pride that is shown each game. It’s real and it’s genuine, the kind the Olympics tries to force on us every four years.
Lastly, I love that at the World Cup, there are sporting people representing cultures from all over the world and befitting grownups, not a one of them seems obsessed with what conference Texas plays in, whether Brett Favre ever comes back, or where LeBron James ultimately goes. At least we’ve one pocket of sanity, if only for two more weeks.
I thought it was one of, if not the best basketball game I’ve ever seen. I’ve felt very disappointed by the performances in the 2010 NBA playoffs, even some of the games in this 7 game series, but this did not disappoint.
I felt that all along the Lakers were the favorites to win the NBA championship, and they proved that they deserved it in this 7 game series. As the most talented team with the most talented player, and the most talented coach, it would have been a huge upset in my mind for the Celtics to win. The Celtics were a formidable opponent and fought hard all the way to the end.
Extremely physical play and defense was something I haven’t seen from an NBA game in some time, and I was glad to see everyone “leave it on the floor” for that game. The referees let the players play the game, not calling a foul every time body contact was made. The entire NBA playoffs I was watched referees take over games, flopping, blowouts, quitting, whining, sweeps, and all around lackluster competition. But this game painted the NBA in a much better light. While some people might have thought this game was “ugly” or “gritty”, I’ll take a game like that every time over watching a 130-129 win.
Now if they could only have this game 7 championship game intensity every single game…well then it would be the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
“The printed page is obsolete. Information isn’t bound up anymore. Its’ an entity. The only reality is virtual. If you’re not jacked in, you’re not alive.”—I, Robot…You, Jane - “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” (1997)