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Monday, June 13, 2011

Congratulations to the Dallas Mavericks!

Boy, this has been a fun series to watch! In fact the whole playoffs have been great. And isn't it even better to see Miami lose? And be humiliated on their own court. With so many people rooting against Miami since The Decision, Dallas became America's team and they came through! Now we can luxuriate in national criticism of LeBron and his embarrassing performances in the fourth quarter as well as praise for the Dallas players. We were all witnesses to his humiliation. I'm looking forward to reading and watching all of it.

And so LeBron had this comment for fans who were rooting against him.
“All the people that were rooting me on to fail, at the end of the day they have to wake up tomorrow and have the same life they had before,” James said. “They have the same personal problems they had to today. I’m going to continue to live the way I want to live and continue to do the things that I want with me and my family and be happy with that.”
How true. But the same would have been true if he'd won a ring. If you follow his logic, there would be no reason for any fan to care about any team. We will all have the same personal problems once the game is over. We could all decide not to care, not to buy his sneakers or tickets to the game and not to watch on TV. Then he just becomes a tall guy with only a high school education. He can go home to his millions and pray that people will still care about sports despite his advice.

But now that we've had this great series end, besides the draft, all we have left are irritating stories about the lockout. Bill Simmons is exactly right - "Basketball is at its peak right now — too bad it's about to fall off a cliff." Now if only all these millionaires can work out their problems and make sure that fans don't lose their interest in the sport that pays their bills.

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