“NBA-The Great Debate-The Greatest?”
We’re headed to the NBA finals. Just don’t know if what we will see later this week, can top what we saw the past couple of weeks.
The debate is indeed raging, who is the greatest modern day player in NBA history?
We’re not talking about the Bill Russell or Wilt Chamberlain era. Jerry West and Magic Johnson were from another time. Don’t consider Julius Erving these days.
Michael Jordan was by himself in greatness.
Many believe what has transpired this past week, this past playoff series, this past season, from LeBron James, surpasses all that.
King James, averaging 35-points a game has become a 1-man team on a dispirited, injured, Cleveland team. Go pick any night you want, 35-46-48 point nights, and it is amazing, considering everyone knows what’s coming, and still cannot stop him.
But the NBA is a league of exceptional stars, athletes, leaders, and personalities.
Cleveland has been the benefactor of Lebon’s willing his woefully short team to these finals.
Boston nearly got there with tremendous young talents, Jaylen Brown and Jason Tatum. Consider this too. Boston got to the final minute of the 7th game in the East finals before losing, and they did it without Gordon Hayward and Kyrie Irving. Hayward went down the opening week of the season. Irving went under the knife the last month And they almost got there.
Houston heads home disappointed, the loss of Chris Paul to a recurring hamstring injury, a key component in the late playoff fade. But as dynamic and explosive as the Rockets could be, the Rockets were flawed, live and die by the 3-point shot A (7-for-44) shooting nite from the arc killed them in their final playoff loss. But take nothing away from the individual greatness of the Beard and CP3.
And that brings us to the greatness of the team, Golden State, not the individual, but the team. It’s Kevin Durant many nights, it could be the explosiveness of Steph Curry, on the big outside shooter Klay Thompson. But its also the toughness from Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala. And don’t discount the leadership of Steve Kerr.
The NBA finals will be anti-climatic. Great team (Warriors) vs great player (LeBron). But marvel at the specialness of all these stars, regardless of the money they make, for the talent they bring to the court every night in the post-season.
The NBA slogan, ‘I love this game’, may not be far off the mark, this time of the year.