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Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • OPINION: Hate LeBron all you want, he is why you watch

  • What makes the NBA Finals must-see TV these last three years? It's one person and one person only, LeBron James.
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  • Raise your hand if you didn't watch one second of the NBA regular season.
    Wow, that few, huh?
    Now, raise your hand if you're on the edge of your seat for the NBA Finals.
    Wow, that many?
    What makes the NBA Finals must-see TV these last three years? It's one person and one person only, LeBron James.
    Admit it, if it was the San Antonio Spurs and the Indiana Pacers in the finals you would be outside picking weeds while Tim Duncan won his fifth title. What about if it was the Miami Heat, minus King James, and the Spurs, not even Dwayne Wade's sister would watch that.
    LeBron's headband falls off and CNN slaps a "breaking news" title on it.
    Don't kid yourself, you love it when the refs tag LeBron with a foul and he throws a hissy fit like a teenage boy being told he can't buy the newest $60 video game for his XYZ 720 game console.
    The reason so many people are rooting for the Spurs to win is not because they enjoy Manu Ginobili's floaters or Tony Parkers sweet assists. Not one bit. It's because LeBron is fun to root against.
    The only thing American sports fans love more than a winner is the underdog beating the best.
    The Spurs and the Heat could not be more opposite of each other. It doesn't take a minute to notice how uncomfortable the Spurs are in press conferences. It appears the 6-foot-11 Duncan tries to hide behind the microphone with every question. Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich makes reporters squirm with every lame question they throw at him.
    The Heat on the other hand, they seemingly glow with every question they get. LeBron relishes the spotlight and Chris Bosh loves the media attention.
    If the Heat win the title, the millions of TV viewers will stay glued to their seats for the postgame celebration. If the Spurs somehow pull off a game seven win on the road, which hasn't been done in 35 years, viewers will click over to HGTV faster than you can say "House Hunters" because the Spurs are, well, bland.
    You can put your hands down now, game seven starts shortly.

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