I’ve gotten a bunch of inquiries as to why I haven’t written about the NBA Finals. The reason is pretty simple — I find the Lakers-Celtics matchup depressing.
I’m an NBA fan. But I resent the NBA aristocracy, the tendency of just a tiny handful of teams to monopolize all the championships. I thought it was really great in 2006 when the Heat played the Mavericks and we had a proletarian finals. And this year it seemed at various points that we had an excellent chance for an outsider team — Portland, Phoenix, Orlando, Cleveland — to win, or at least to create an exciting matchup in the finals. Then it didn’t happen. And it makes me sad. Here’s to hoping Greg Oden can stay healthy next year, and LeBron James steers clear of Chicago.