You could say I have roots to a bunch of NBA teams. When growing up, my father was (still is) a Lakers fan from the Magic Johnson days. So, naturally, father like son, I became a Lakers fan. Quickly, Shaq became my favorite player in the entire league. No one could match him. I remember rocking my gold Shaq jersey around my elementary school. The next season though, Shaq was traded to the Miami Heat because of an ongoing battle with his ex-teammate, Kobe Bryant. I cut ties with the Lakers that day and became a Miami Heat fan. If you’re into looking for symbolism and that stuff I guess it could symbolize my sports independence with my father. I became an avid fan of the Heat and slowly Dwyane Wade made his mark on me against the Pistons en route to becoming my favorite player. The Heat would lose in the conference finals to the Pistons in 2005, but came back and won the NBA Finals in 2006. I was ecstatic, but as the years went on my love for the Heat dried up. I began watching great players while Dwyane Wade recovered from injury after injury. Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, Dirk Nowitzki, Kevin Garnett, LeBron James, etc. were all fun players to watch. My liking for an individual team decreased, but my love for the game grew. There were multiple teams that were capable of winning growing up. Not too long ago the Orlando Magic made the NBA Finals when it was either the Cavs or Celtics being picked to represent the East. That’s parity.
I now root on the hometown Knicks, but still enjoy the play of Dwyane Wade and LeBron James, despite them being on the popularly disliked Heat. I don’t share that opinion, but that’s for another post.
But back to my original point that’s shared in the title of this post. Miami losing is good for the NBA. Yes, if the Heat win, the image of the game’s best player has grown even larger. But, I can tell you right now, there’s only one team that I believe can win the NBA title this year with the injury to Westbrook (Even if Westbrook is 100% the Heat might be the only contender in the league). That’s the Heat.
We can make believe the Knicks and Pacers have a shot, but do you honestly see these teams winning four straight games? I don’t and it sounds terrible, but the league lacks parity. The Heat have the Thunder’s number and the Spurs were unable to beat the LeWadeless Heat (The Heat beat San Antonio without LeBron and Wade). t That leaves what teams to beat them?
Well, last night showed us a glimmer of hope. The Bulls probably aren’t going to be able to beat the Heat three more times. Miami probably was just rusty from their long rest after sweeping the Bucks in the first round.
I’m not saying teams have no chance to beat the Heat, but the chances of defeating them four times in a series is slim. Sure, the Mavericks did it, but they needed Miami to choke a 15 point lead away in order to do so. The league needs to somehow stop players from joining one team because right now the league isn’t fair.
Maybe it’s LeBron being LeBron and owning the league like Jordan did in the 90′s. Maybe it’s his much improved supporting cast rather than in his Cleveland days. Or maybe it’s a mixture of both. I don’t know. I just believe Miami losing is good for the NBA and will get fans from around the country to get into the game we love again.