posted on Jun, 21 2006 @ 01:27 AM
Well, for myself, as someone who's strictly a casual fan and admittedly doesn't know squat about the more sophisticated aspects of this game....
(1) A huge THANK YOU to Giants Fan for his many informative posts about this year's playoffs, which made the whole thing watchable for me, after
missing 100% of the regular season games. Even though Lebron James wasn't around for the last two rounds, these were tremendous playoffs, from start
to finish, and I had a great time watching them (albeit at the expense of my already-piled-up work).
You're still a teenager, GiantsFan, so you're probably not used to deriving great satisfaction from such things, but please know you brought this
middle-aged soul a great deal of pleasure with all your informative posts about these teams and this year's playoffs. I am deeply in your debt.
(2) I've never been much of an Alonzo Mourning or Gary Payton fan, though I've naturally admired their defensive prowess. But as they started
looking like they were going to beat Detroit, I started thinking, "Gee, those guys might get one more shot at a ring." And when the Heat SOMEHOW got
off the canvass to win Game 3, after they looked dead and buried to all the world, I thought they might pull it out after all. When the Heat were up
5 tonight, with seconds remaining, the camera zoomed on Mourning's ecstatic face. Then it got cut to 3, then Wade (of all people missed those foul
shots, then Dallas somehow was allowed to take that wide-open 3-pointer. And then it missed.
Whether you feel good for Payton or not, it's awfully hard not to feel good for Mourning. Five years ago, would you have dreamed you'd ever see a man
with one kidney play as physically as he did tonight?
(3) With all of this said, I do feel badly for Dallas. And that sure ain't because I'm a fan of the city. But as much as I think Steve Nash gets
overtouted and over-awarded because he's white (I mean, how many think he was better than LeBron James this year?), I think Nowitski is EVERY BIT as
good as people say. Wow, what a player!!!
And it's not like he was alone. That's one very talented team and, whatever one thinks of their owner (I confess I like him), it's hard not to like
their coach. It's hard not to think of all the relatively young guys in sports history who took it for granted they'd be back to the championship
series but never were (Ty Cobb lost 3 straight World Series at ages 20-22, then never once returned; Ted Williams went only to the 1946 Series, at age
27, and lost).
I hope Dallas returns. And wins. Can you see Nowitski, with that natural smile of his, holding the MVP trophy?