These NBA Finals might not be what anyone expected to happen, especially given the Heat’s struggles against the Pacers and the Celtics. But here we are.
The Oklahoma City Thunder seem to have captured the nation’s heart. Watching a small midwestern city with no professional sports team (before the Thunder came to them) celebrate winning the Western Conference last week was a sight to behold. This Thunder team is so young still, and if they win in these Finals then we could be looking at a dynasty in the making.
The Heat, to contrast a bit, have been through quite a journey the last two years. Pat Riley completely blew up the Heat roster two summers ago to have the cap room to sign his own version of “The Big Three”. LeBron James broke every Cavaliers fans’ heart with “the Decision”, and then a few days later the Heat threw what was essentially a championship celebration. Dwyane Wade said they were the best trio to ever play the game of basketball together, and LeBron said they were there to win not 1, not 2, not 3….4, 5, 6, or 7 championships.
Keep in mind this was all before the “Big 3″ had even had one practice together.
The Thunder could not have been built by Sam Presti more differently. They got the #2 pick in the draft and wisely picked Durant. The next two drafts netted them Russell Westbrook, James Harden, and Serge Ibaka. Those moves all turned out pretty well to say the least.
Two teams built in totally different ways, but they are both poised to win now and for the next few years(or decade in the Thunder’s case).
Whether this will be a recurring Finals matchup nobdoy knows yeat, but I will be fine with it if it is. And for now, let us all enjoy the competition of two young and hungry teams with a lot to lose and everything to gain.