The NBA playoffs have started so fair weather fans can now start paying attention. We can all agree that the NBA isn’t nowhere near what it was 20-25 years ago, but let’s stop that now. This is the playoffs, where every game counts, and could be a year that we could have a few surprises, with very good series match-ups. There are plenty of reasons why you should watch be watching, and I’ll tell you what a few of them are.
1. The Miami Heat
I will say that I am in no way a Miami Heat fan, but they are the defending champs and the overall favorites to win. It will be interesting seeing what they do this year as not winning a title would be a bigger let down than seeing Showgirls. Yeah, you got to see Jessie Spano’s boobs, but that was the only part worth watching (it could have been a better movie).
It will be fun to watch each team they face bring their best every single night. They’ll have to be as tough and consistent as a strip club bouncer on a night full of 18 year old first timers every single night. They have the best front court and back court in the league and they have the best secret weapon in the game, Mike Miller. If he gets enough Vicodin in him, watch out.
2. Steve Nash’s face
Seriously, I hate to be a dick, but what is up with his face? Steve Nash looks like the love child of Tales From the Crypt’s Crypt Keeper and Mason Verger from the film Hannibal. I could go on and on with this subject, but if you are not familiar with Steve Nash just watch the next Lakers game.
3. Carmello Anthony
I will be the first to admit that for a long time I was not a fan of Mello. He was cocky when he hadn’t really proven himself yet. He was a good player, but seemed to be in it for himself. Then something happened. Maybe Allen Iverson called him from an Obama phone to tell him to what direction his career was going. Maybe his corn rows were too tight. Who knows? But this year has been different. He has played team ball and was a serious contender for the MVP. He has given New York a reason to get excited about Knicks basketball again.
4. The Brooklyn Nets
I don’t know what it is about this team, but they look like one that could be dangerous this post season. Many people are saying that the only team in the East that has any chance of knocking off Miami is the Knicks, but I’m going to disagree. No one should overlook this Brooklyn team. No one.
Deron Williams has been one of the best point guards in the league for years now. He’s been out of the playoffs for the past few years, but if you look at his career playoff stats you’ll see that he is lethal in the post season averaging over 20 points and just under 10 assists per game. He can score quicker than junkie on Intervention and he’s more generous with the rock than Charleton Heston was at donating to the NRA. Brooklyn also has a strong supporting cast and should be fun to watch. They also have Jay Z as an owner (sort of), ’nuff said.
5. Craig Sager
Craig Sager does for suits what Paul Wall does for ice and grills. It’s like Sager’s stuck in between the 70’s and 80’s Studio 54 days minus the copious amounts of blow and orgies. He gives all sports fans hope that we have what it takes to be a sideline reporter. If you need a reason to turn on the
Pacers vs Hawks series (lets get real, that series won’t be on TNT) Heat vs Bucks series then let it be Sager. He most certainly won’t disappoint.
The beauty of the NBA playoffs is that you never know what will happen. Just think if the Knicks and the Heat do meet up. The Spike Lee – LeBron James court side face off is something I want to see. Stephen Curry has the ability to score 80 in a game and Metta World Peace might feel like punching Tim Duncan for no reason at all. For God’s Sakes, the Milwaukee Bucks are in the playoffs for the first time Tony Kukoc played for them. The possibilities are endless this year. It’s not the NBA of yesteryear, but I still love this game.