Over the weekend when I wasn’t watching the Tribe sweep the Orioles, I was checking out the NBA playoffs. I saw on Twitter that some of the rest of you were doing the same and it got me thinking. There were many theories about how to root in the playoffs in order to best represent the interests of Cavs fans. Obviously, rooting against the Heat is an easy one and we can get that one out of the way early. After that, it gets a lot more difficult.
I saw some people rooting for the Oklahoma City Thunder. That makes sense because the Thunder have an amazing budding superstar named Kevin Durant who is easy to get behind. This is a guy that announced his extension with his current club on Twitter. This is a guy who went through the building process with his club and wants to be the glue that holds it all together as they strive toward the ultimate NBA prize. You think Cavaliers fans can get behind something like that?
Only problem is he plays for a franchise that ripped the basketball heart out of the city of Seattle. Many will try to claim that it is the city’s fault or whatever, but they said the same things about Michael White and the Browns. The Sonics fans lost, regardless of who was to blame.
I saw some fans rooting for the Celtics because they are a team that can possibly knock off the Heat. It is a sound theory and we have grown all too accustomed to seeing the Boston Celtics drive far into the playoffs. What, exactly, would we be celebrating with a Celtics victory though? That team was built through trades, particularly one that turned the Timberwolves into an irrelevant team. Since that trade – that also included cash considerations – the Wolves haven’t won more than 32 games. The team also hasn’t won more than 20 games in the last two seasons.
It is impossible to dismiss their own hand in their misery between “General Managers” Kevin McHale and David Kahn, but still. Boston used big market power to rope in some guys in a coup by Danny Ainge. In Cleveland, I am not really in the mood to celebrate any team executives and their “coups” right now, if you know what I mean.
Speaking of that, I won’t even go into the New York Knicks. Some people want to give Carmelo Anthony credit for telling the Nuggets and letting them trade him, but I am over that line of thinking. I think of it like congratulating one bank robber over another because the one didn’t shoot the teller.
I saw some people who wanted to root for the Spurs, but couldn’t bring themselves to do it because it would be a wholly low-rated NBA playoffs with them involved. Explain to me again when sports fans became junior TV execs? Either you like the sport of basketball, or you don’t. If you really loved the sport of basketball, you wouldn’t spend so much time rooting for major markets to blow up the TV numbers. You would hope that David Stern and company can make it market neutral like the NFL. Well, unless you are a big market fan. Watch and see which bloggers talk about TV ratings and you’ll find a not-so-impartial journalist.
In the end, I don’t really know what to tell you. I tried to wade through it and come up with some kind of fake rule that would allow me to go all in with some other team, but I can’t. I am a Cavaliers fan and if they aren’t in it, then my interest quite limited. I’ll keep a small eye on it as a way of hoping the Heat gets knocked out, but even that doesn’t really have me fired up.
So, are you even watching? If so, do you care about any team in particular?