Heat Up



Tonight is the start of the NBA finals between the Dallas Mavericks and the Miami Heat. Prior to the season Miami assembled a trio of superstars that brought a great deal of attention to the league. Everyone and their grandmother now had an opinion on Lebron James, Chris Bosh and Dwayne Wade. All other NBA teams took a collective gasp, Kobe Bryant got on the phone with Dwight Howard, and Bill Simmons ran around in circles screaming like a little girl. Very few people wanted to see James make it to the finals and hoped the Heat failed miserably.

This year’s NBA playoffs has done well in TV ratings and a large part of that has to do with the Miami trio. Casual fans want to see what will happen to Lebron James and the Miami Heat, many hoping they lost before the finals. But this is good for the NBA. The NBA has a team in the finals casual fans will take an interest in rooting against. However, there may be a few who will root for the Heat but that number is undoubtedly small. I consider myself to be a die-hard NBA fan and I want to see the Heat win. Not because I hate the Mavericks, which I don’t, or any of their star veteran players but because I like James, Bosh and Wade. The Heat are exciting to watch and their defense against the Bulls was nothing short of amazing. When you can make Derrick Rose, the recently crowned MVP, look like he had never seen a basketball hoop before you have accomplished something impressive.

Lebron James clearly made the right choice leaving for Miami. He surrounded himself with two friends on the court, even though he took less money to play in Miami. His poor way of announcing his move to Miami did have a bright spot too. All of the money raised from that television announcement went to the Boys and Girls Club. His charity did not receive much publicity. In fact Jimmer Fredette’s charity event for the Boys and Girls Club received far greater publicity though it paled in comparison to the monetary amount raised by James. So when James laces up his personal Nike’s for the first game of the NBA finals he can hold his head high knowing he made the right decision to get out of Cleveland and take his talents to South Beach where he has a greater chance to better his career.

This will be a great series with some very interesting match-ups on the court. Congratulations to the NBA, you will have a dynamite finals.