The LeBron ring chase is a never ending punchline. Before he finally won the NBA Championships, everybody had some sort of joke to crack on either his lack of a ring, or his comparison to other greats. Now that he finally has it, jokes are starting to come in on how he finally got it, how late it came, how he only has one, and other various knocks on him. One way or another, people are going to love LeBron, or enjoy hating him. Unfortunately for his haters, it seems LeBron does not fail enough. Now that he has won, they are running out of reasons to chop on him. It’s time for people to back off; LeBron is great, he always has been, and he has very little left to prove.
What it must be like to be in Miami right now. Miami is already debatably one of the best places in the country to party, so the city must be exploding. Not sleeping for like three days is pretty impressive, mind you. I’m sure he found a cat nap somewhere in between, but it must be amazing to be associated with the Heat right now. On the other hand, let me just say something. I have always had respect for Scott Brooks. Great coach, classy guy. But this is the type of speech that separates good coaches from great ones. Pure class. Durant and the Thunder played their hearts out, no matter what anyone says. The Heat outplayed and out-executed them, and that’s that. LeBron was dominant, and the Heat were simply the better team.
I have one glaring issue with Scott Brooks in this game. When Kevin Durant got into foul trouble in the third quarter, he was forced to be taken out. Alright, no problem, Russell Westbrook time. But then he takes out Westbrook along side Durant, and the Heat stage a quick comeback. In the finals, no matter what, the Thunder should have at least two of Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, and James Harden on the floor at all times. No exceptions. And if Durant and Westbrook must both come out, it should be brief and they become very dependent on James Harden. Disappointing loss for the Thunder, and they suddenly find themselves in two must-win games in Miami, where the Heat seem to be almost unbeatable. The Thunder better get themselves together in the next day or two, because they basically cannot lose Game 4.
If the Thunder have something going for them (besides their incredible talent, youth, and other massive assets), it’s being a major fan favorite for the general NBA fan. What’s not to like? They have no track record of any negativity, they are young, their home-court has one of the most loyal fans in the league, and that is only naming a few aspects of the Thunder. Amick later acknowledged that he was more or less referring to Scott Brooks and Kevin Durant, as people sometimes may have an issue with Russell Westbrook and/or Kendrick Perkins. But they are certainly a team who most people (who are not Miami or Thunder fans) will be rooting for. Happy Fathers Day to all.
I haven’t followed Brandon Roy in any which way since his apparent “retirement”, so this comes relatively shocking to me. I wrote him off, chalking him as just one of those players who’s health never allowed his career to take off. That being said, I’m very happy he is trying to make a return, as Brandon Roy was a phenomenal player for the Blazers for a few years. His possible landing spots have been rumored as being Miami or Los Angeles, presumably playing as a sixth man. There are a ton of things that still need to happen for Roy to return, but the fact that he is trying is great to hear.