20 Random Thoughts About the 2016 NBA Finals

usa-today-9016830.0I don’t watch a lot of NBA basketball. However, I do follow a lot of NBA basketball. Put it this way: if NBA games were on at 4 o’clock in the afternoon, Monday through Friday, I’d be an avid watcher. It should also be noted that sometimes I think that NBA players don’t care about the regular season, which makes me wonder- should I?

So I don’t really.

The playoffs, though – they’re fun, especially once you get past the first round. As for these playoffs, I’ve watched parts. That’s the best a father of an active one year old can do. Not to mention the father of an active one year old living on the east coast. Dude, sports fans on the east coast really do get screwed when it comes to watching sports. Games don’t start until 9 or 9:30 and aren’t over until 11:30 at the earliest. I can’t stay up that late on a week night and shut up, you feel the same way. People out west have it made. I guess that’s why I like football – I really appreciate a good 4 o’clock game on a Sunday. Again, play sports in the middle of the afternoon or in the early evening and you have me lock, stock and barrel. You start a game after 9 and I’m waking up to the score the next morning. I suppose that’s just the way it goes.

Shoulder shrug emoji.

When it comes to the NBA Finals, I’m going to try super duper hard to watch every game and until the end mind you. I give myself a decent enough chance. But we’ll see. Now because I haven’t watched a lot of games and only read about them or listened to podcasts about them, my knowledge is somewhat limited. I can’t do a full-fledged, well-researched, factually accurate preview. If you’re into that sort of thing, read Zach Lowe’s.

But if you’re not, then here you go!

Giddy Up America’s 20 Random Thoughts About the NBA Finals


1. I love that Roots song that is the anthem for the Finals. It is a mighty fine pleasure to hear the Roots coming out with a more straight forward hip hop song, something that was lacking on their last album. I’m going to hold out hope that it’s a sign of things to come and maybe they have a throwback album somewhere in the lab.

2. Go Warriors.

3. I always liked the Warriors of the late 80’s and early 90’s, the team built around Chris Mullin, Tim Hardaway and Mitch Richmond. If you’re a fan of a sport, you obviously have your team in that sport. Yet there’s always the random team or two that you like, mostly for some unexplained, largely abstract reason. It’s why at some point I liked teams like the Houston Astros, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and San Diego Padres. Can’t explain it. Couldn’t if I tried.

4. I’m cool with LeBron now, but that doesn’t mean I’m cool enough with him to root for him.

5. With that said, go Warriors.


6. Now I’m not sure, would I still want Kevin Love on the Celtics. It’s not the sure thing it was two years ago.

7. I’ve never been to Oakland or Cleveland but if given a free ticket, sorry Cleveland – I want to go to Oakland. The Rock ‘n Roll Fame is enticing, but sadly, not that enticing.

8. Part of me feels that Klay Thompson never talks.

9. Part of me feels that Draymond Green always talks.

10. Have I mentioned…Go Warriors? Cause if not, go Warriors.

11. But if Cleveland wins, I’m not going to be bummed or anything. I will say “good for them” and go on about my business. As someone who has experienced a title drought and subsequently experienced said drought ending, I hope anyone waiting years and years for a championship gets to experience the feeling. It’s wonderful. Like delicious ice cream in the summer kind of wonderful. So yeah, it’s not like I’m actively rooting against the Cavs. I’m just rooting for the Warriors.

12. Part of the reason why I’m rooting for the Warriors is because I like sports greatness. If the Warriors win, then we’ve been lucky enough to witness another example of sports greatness. 73 wins in the regular season, back-to-back titles, the emergence of one of the best back courts ever, two of the best shooters ever. Speaking from a big picture stand point, I would like to see the Warriors win.

13. I have a natural aversion to seeing LeBron James happy. It’s as if I liked watching him dribble, pass, get the ball passed back to him, go up for a monster dunk…and then miss.

14. There’s no way LeBron drives an effin’ Kia.

15. Festis Ezely? Festes Ezly? Festivius Easily? What the hell is that dude’s name? Whatever. I don’t care. It’s a great name, regardless how you spell it.

16. I would have rooted for the Thunder if they had beat the Warriors. Also, the Internet is right– Steven Adams looks like he’s part of the Dothraki.

17. The Warriors win in seven. Or maybe six. Definitely not five and they’re definitely not going to sweep. The Cavs will win at least two games, one via a LeBron super game. JR Smith will have a good JR Smith game and Kyrie Irving could go off. The Warriors seemed to get a little to loose sometimes, so I could see the Cavs, especially LeBron, pouncing during one of those times when Golden State takes their foot off the gas.


18. The Warriors kind of remind me of the Patriots. Innovative, a finesse team – a team prone to streaks, beholden to rhythm and pace. Don’t worry, America will “hate” Steph Curry soon enough.


20. LeBron has been to the finals six straight times. That’s kind of nuts. But then again, so are the shots Steph and Klay take. Also, Draymond Green might literally be kind of nuts. So from a squirrel’s perspective, more nuts means more wins.

Go Warriors.





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