As we head into October we are used to celebrating the greatest month of the year (IMHO). The changing of the leaves, the return of “sweatuh weathuh”, and the return of the NBA. But seeing as how 2020 has been the year of living in the upside-down the script has been flipped and we are now anxiously awaiting the start of the NBA Finals and the end of their season. So break out your favorite basketball hoodie and get cozy for the next 10-14 days.
The Battle of the Fan Bases
This years Finals matchup features two of the most ANNOYING… I’m sorry… I meant AVID fan bases in the sport, as the Lakers and the Heat take the court against each other Wednesday night. Although their fan bases may be insufferable to most of the basketball community both teams have redemption stories that are worth following and eventually celebrating this year.
First, they gave up seeing their families for months when they entered the bubble in Orlando at the end of July. Then they stood up on the front lines in the fight for social justice. And finally, they’ve played some of the most entertaining basketball we’ve seen in recent memory.
Big Name Battles
Jimmy Butler is back to wearing red, black, and white, but the colors that he originally put on in Chicago almost a decade ago seem to compliment him more in Florida. He’s been the leader that Miami’s unique cast of characters needed to slash their way through the Eastern Conference and all the way to a meeting with LeBron and the Lakers and a chance to win his first championship.
On the other side of the ball, LeBron James is leading a perennial favorite in the Lakers in his 10th NBA Finals appearance. He’s also looking to win a ring with his 3rd team and become one of only a few players to accomplish that feat. But make no bones about it this year’s ring would belong to the Lakers legend that is no longer with us. You can hate the Lakers all you (and I) want to but this could be the one year that basketball fans recognize that a championship would be the fitting final to celebrate both Kobe and Gigi and how much they touched people around the world.
No matter who you root for in this year’s NBA Finals, you can feel good knowing that against big obstacles whoever comes out victorious this year will have been fighting for something bigger than just themselves.
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