Warriors-Cavs so predictable as final
May 09, 2017 3:00 AM
by Mike North
The NBA is very predictable, but unfortunately predictably bad. When Michael Jordan won six championships with the Chicago Bulls, the league was predictable too, but it was great TV viewing with numerous teams and legitimate superstars.
Jordan faced solid competition and nightly battles. There was the Utah Jazz with Karl Malone and John Stockton, the New York Knicks with Patrick Ewing, the Detroit Pistons with the “Bad Boys,” the Boston Celtics with Larry Bird and of course the Los Angeles Lakers with a multitude of great players.
Now present day TV ratings and game attendance are good, but not because of the teams. It’s more to see LeBron James, Steph Curry and a few other guys because the league is much more star driven than ever.
From the beginning of the season, I thought, along with many others, it would be Golden State versus Cleveland in the finals and I still think that. But with players resting on a consistent basis, the regular season is more like a long preseason leading up to the playoffs when the “real” season kicks in.
Commissioner Adam Silver has injected social and political tones, which I doubt is a good thing, and the league has also lost most of its competitive balance. A NBA Finals between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors would be of total epic proportions. I heard ESPN commentator Mike Wilbon say this year it would be San Antonio, Houston, Golden State and Cleveland battling for the title.
With apologies to Mike, if Houston or San Antonio are in the finals over Golden State I’ll be stunned! If Wilbon is right, I will give him his kudos. But he won’t be! It will definitely be Golden State versus Cleveland.