We're not gonna lie. BC Magazine and its subsidiaries all have a heavy Cleveland bias. Which means we're all sort of hoping the Cavaliers pulled off the unthinkable in the NBA Finals against the rather thinkable San Antonio Spurs. Oddly enough, rational thought prevailed.
When the Spurs capped off their ho-hum sweep of the Cavaliers Thursday night by the score of 83-82, instinct told me to write this from a Lake Erie perspective. After all, 22-year-old LeBron James is the most fascinating story of the past two months.
But James will have his moments in the future. This moment belongs to the monochromatic Spurs.
Somehow, a major American sports team has claimed four championships in a 10-year span, yet not one player on the team has any kind of celebrity status, and — most impressively — there really is no hatred toward this team, much like there was with the New York Yankees and Dallas Cowboys of the 1990s. Their uninspiring style of basketball is in itself inspiring.
Teenage kids go on the playground pretending to be Michael Jordan or Kobe Bryant. (Or LeBron James!) I don't think a lot of their friends, unless they live in San Antonio, will pretend they're Tim Duncan or Tony Parker. But somewhere, a fledgling coach is in his office pretending they're Gregg Popovich. The Spurs coach is now the proud owner of four NBA championship rings.
And to throw in a baseball term, they've hit for the NBA Finals cycle. They've won a championship every way possible: in four games, five games ('99 vs. Knicks), six games ('03 vs. Nets), and seven games ('05 vs. Pistons). So with this rational thought, we have to sit down as a nation of fans and deduce that the Spurs, who simply demoralized all our hopes and dreams, are the most dynamic dynasty today, for they'll play whatever style of basketball to win ball games.
Maybe in 20 years we'll look back on the Spurs dynasty in a sort of Lenny Bruce fashion, in that they were so ahead or their time in terms of team philosophy, that we didn't appreciate them enough. But it's okay, Cleveland — in 20 years we'll also have good things to say about the Cavaliers.