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(ESPN)   Spurs win title in five, further cementing the narrative that the NBA rigs its playoffs to benefit large-market teams, unlike the Stanley Cup finals where Los Angeles beat New York City   (scores.espn.go.com) divider line 180
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2014-06-16 12:33:34 AM  
Congratulations Not Miami.
 
2014-06-16 12:36:11 AM  
The Coyote is looking out for San Antonio.
 
2014-06-16 12:37:31 AM  
the lesser of two evils...i suppose?
 
2014-06-16 12:38:45 AM  
Thus America Wins!
 
2014-06-16 12:38:53 AM  
 
2014-06-16 12:39:29 AM  
Well I have always liked he Spurs, but with more than 1 million people in the city I wouldn't necessarily call San Antonio a small-market, but I guess it is small compare to New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago.
 
2014-06-16 12:39:56 AM  
It just provides for a bigger narratives

LeBron and the Heat will come back next year to reclaim their title as the best and face Kobe and the Lakers on their quest for redemption.

You will see the money maker of a LeBron v. Kobe Finals eventually. It'll be the biggest money maker
 
2014-06-16 12:41:14 AM  
I like LeBron losing.
 
2014-06-16 12:42:36 AM  

kdawg7736: Well I have always liked he Spurs, but with more than 1 million people in the city I wouldn't necessarily call San Antonio a small-market, but I guess it is small compare to New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago.


It's relatively small. Even in it's own state, it's the smallest-market in a state with 3 teams. But it's a team with a lot of history and perhaps one of the strongest followings not just in Texas but in the NBA as a whole. Kind of like the Cardinals are for the MLB.

Congrats to San Antonio.
 
2014-06-16 12:43:39 AM  

Aar1012: You will see the money maker of a LeBron v. Kobe Finals eventually. It'll be the biggest money maker


Never going to happen.
 
2014-06-16 12:44:40 AM  
Thank you Spurs!

//Bulls fan
 
2014-06-16 12:46:36 AM  

Aar1012: It just provides for a bigger narratives

LeBron and the Heat will come back next year to reclaim their title as the best and face Kobe and the Lakers on their quest for redemption.

You will see the money maker of a LeBron v. Kobe Finals eventually. It'll be the biggest money maker


The Lakers better hurry up, Kobe isn't young anymore.
 
2014-06-16 12:47:13 AM  
My favorite moment was Adam Silver saying that the Miami Heat should hang their heads high.

I only wish he had added "Good job, good effort."
 
2014-06-16 12:48:21 AM  
Oh well Miami, at least you have the....

/nevermind
 
2014-06-16 12:50:40 AM  
Actually now the bandwagon fans in Miami can start to give a damn about the Marlins since they're actually decent this year.
 
2014-06-16 12:56:34 AM  
I think we all agree this knocks LeBron out of the Top 500 players in league history, right?  He's now had five tries to win an NBA championship and hasn't done it.  Meanwhile, Michael Jordan has 23 rings.  That's why Michael was number 23, because when he was growing up, his brother had won 45 NBA championships, and Michael wanted to be half as good as his brother.  That's 68 championship rings in one family, LeBron.  And what do you have to show for it?  Negative seven championships.  Lol.  That's hilarious.  LeBron could win seven championships and he would have zero rings.  When his career is over, he literally has to go to the jeweler, have seven championship rings made, and mail them to Adam Silver.  Lol.  Serves you right, LeBron.  Hundreds of millions of dollars and you can't even get four quarters out of it.  LOL!!!
 
2014-06-16 12:58:21 AM  
San Antonio bent Miami over in this series. It was ugly. Ugly beautiful.

/Still can't believe this is the Spurs' fifth
//Quiet dominance
 
2014-06-16 01:00:47 AM  

kdawg7736: Well I have always liked he Spurs, but with more than 1 million people in the city I wouldn't necessarily call San Antonio a small-market, but I guess it is small compare to New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago.


San Antonio is the 7th largest city in the US, but it has only the 31st largest metro area. So I guess you could go either way on it.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_metropolitan_areas_of_the_Unite d_ States
 
2014-06-16 01:13:39 AM  

Aar1012: It just provides for a bigger narratives

LeBron and the Heat will come back next year to reclaim their title as the best and face Kobe and the Lakers on their quest for redemption.

You will see the money maker of a LeBron v. Kobe Finals eventually. It'll be the biggest money maker


Kobe's unlikely to see the playoffs ever again, much less the finals, unless he buys a ticket.
 
2014-06-16 01:20:27 AM  
i.imgur.com
 
2014-06-16 01:24:22 AM  

mikaloyd: I like LeBron losing.


So do I.
 
2014-06-16 01:33:41 AM  

bluorangefyre: mikaloyd: I like LeBron losing.

So do I.


Ill make that a third.

Though I like watching Miami lose as a whole.
 
2014-06-16 01:47:39 AM  

Snapper Carr: [i.imgur.com image 400x358]


Window seat please.
 
2014-06-16 01:51:41 AM  
Adam Silver's in charge now. He's going with what he calls the Attitude Reality Era. No scripts in the playoffs and the refs have to stay out of the way and not make the game about them. It's a bold strategy, he may even try to get cheers while conducting the first round of the NBA draft.
 
2014-06-16 01:54:58 AM  
pbs.twimg.com
 
2014-06-16 01:58:56 AM  

Aar1012: It just provides for a bigger narratives

LeBron and the Heat will come back next year to reclaim their title as the best and face Kobe and the Lakers on their quest for redemption.

You will see the money maker of a LeBron v. Kobe Finals eventually. It'll be the biggest money maker


Neither one of those teams have enough around their sole superstars to win a title.  Wade is done.
 
2014-06-16 02:11:52 AM  
I thought the refs were fairly unobtrusive all playoffs. Often lousy, but rarely grandstanding or obviously pushing an outcome, other than, surprisingly, saddling Le Ron with fouls to let the Pacers eek out a second victory.

Miami needs to figure themselves out. James is tremendous and he was hellacious this series, only his team is very old and falling apart. It's hard to keep championship challenge years going, and Riley failed to keep it up. Spoelstra must do a better job pulling Bosh and Wade front and center and demanding more of them.

That said, I've been a Spurs fan since the late 80s. I thought the Duncan years were over around 2009 or 2010. Their roster was depleted, Duncan looked old, and they looked done, just treading water. I honestly think, taking off my homer glasses, the way they redefined this team, offensively first, and then built it by scouring bargain bins and reclamation projects, late draft picks, etc., from George Hill and Gary Neal, to Splitter, to Danny Green, to Patty Mills, to Kawhi Leonard, is as worthy of documentaries and awed study in the sports world for years to come.
 
2014-06-16 02:12:17 AM  

kingflower: Thank you Spurs!

//Bulls fan

 
2014-06-16 02:12:58 AM  

Aar1012: It just provides for a bigger narratives

LeBron and the Heat will come back next year to reclaim their title as the best and face Kobe and the Lakers on their quest for redemption.

You will see the money maker of a LeBron v. Kobe Finals eventually. It'll be the biggest money maker


The only LeBron v Kobe you'll ever see is them arguing over who should get the ball
 
2014-06-16 02:18:18 AM  
Wow. Three games decided by 17 or more? Very strange.

/I'm just happy Bosh doesn't get another ring.
//Also glad he's gone.
///NBA champions: Toronto Raptors 2015.
////shut up :-p
 
2014-06-16 02:19:19 AM  
Oh, and congrats Spurs. The front office and players for that team have been doing it right for ages.
 
2014-06-16 02:19:26 AM  
Now Mr. James can apologize to Cleveland now that he's been properly humbled.
 
2014-06-16 02:24:10 AM  

TheManofPA: Adam Silver's in charge now. He's going with what he calls the Attitude Reality Era. No scripts in the playoffs and the refs have to stay out of the way and not make the game about them. It's a bold strategy, he may even try to get cheers while conducting the first round of the NBA draft.


Yup, Stern wasn't there to 'send the memo'...
 
2014-06-16 02:43:32 AM  
People always want to compare LeBron and Jordan. They are are both amazing individual players. But to me, the difference is that MJ made the people around him better. We haven't seen that from LeBron. He will put the team on his back and try to win it alone, but when it come to affecting his teammates, he relies on his coach and GM for that more than MJ did.

That being said, WTF was up with the big 3 sitting down with 4 minutes left? It may have been unwinnable, but aren't players of that caliber supposed to want to leave it all on the court? It's not like they needed to save some gas for the next game...
 
2014-06-16 02:51:08 AM  

rubertidom: People always want to compare LeBron and Jordan. They are are both amazing individual players. But to me, the difference is that MJ made the people around him better. We haven't seen that from LeBron. He will put the team on his back and try to win it alone, but when it come to affecting his teammates, he relies on his coach and GM for that more than MJ did.


That, and Jordan didn't get mistaken for being the Art Modell of Cleveland basketball.  Perhaps he might learn some class from being taken down a notch.
 
2014-06-16 03:00:43 AM  

rubertidom: People always want to compare LeBron and Jordan. They are are both amazing individual players. But to me, the difference is that MJ made the people around him better. We haven't seen that from LeBron. He will put the team on his back and try to win it alone, but when it come to affecting his teammates, he relies on his coach and GM for that more than MJ did.

That being said, WTF was up with the big 3 sitting down with 4 minutes left? It may have been unwinnable, but aren't players of that caliber supposed to want to leave it all on the court? It's not like they needed to save some gas for the next game...


I disagree entirely.

I think LeBron can make more out of less than Jordan could. I could see LeBron going Washington Wizards MJ, but having more success because he can facilitate the ball.

Jordan could win games on his own, and I could see him as the kind of guy who would threaten you if you farked him out of a championship.
 
2014-06-16 03:05:22 AM  
If Jordan had ever claimed "not one, not two, not three" all the way up to "not seven", Jordan would have made sure he didn't look ridiculous at every point after "not one".
 
2014-06-16 03:38:17 AM  
Couldn't be happier for San Antonio or their fans .

/Rockets fan
//What could have been in the second round
 
2014-06-16 03:43:47 AM  
i.imgur.com
 
2014-06-16 06:17:15 AM  
When is football starting?
 
2014-06-16 06:21:12 AM  

DubyaHater: When is football starting?


Iran-Nigeria at noon.
 
2014-06-16 06:28:00 AM  

rubertidom: But to me, the difference is that MJ made the people around him better. We haven't seen that from LeBron.


After this Finals, you could maybe make the argument that LeBron was making his teammates a lot better the past two years than we realized.

Wade (this finals): 34.5 MPG, 15.2 PPG, 2.6 APG, .438 FG%, .333 3p%, 18 turnovers
Bosh: 36.3 MPG, 14 PPG, 5.2 RPG, .385 3p%,
Chalmers and Cole (combined): 7.6 PPG, 4.6 APG. Both of them shot under .333% from the field, both were 1-7 from 3.
 
2014-06-16 06:52:55 AM  
I have a sneaking suspicion that coach Eric Sapolcticeses of Miami is a sociopath, and at the conclusion of last night's game, went home and cut the throats of several kittens, all while smiling, and staring in to space.
 
2014-06-16 07:17:40 AM  

rubertidom: People always want to compare LeBron and Jordan. They are are both amazing individual players. But to me, the difference is that MJ made the people around him better. We haven't seen that from LeBron. He will put the team on his back and try to win it alone, but when it come to affecting his teammates, he relies on his coach and GM for that more than MJ did.

That being said, WTF was up with the big 3 sitting down with 4 minutes left? It may have been unwinnable, but aren't players of that caliber supposed to want to leave it all on the court? It's not like they needed to save some gas for the next game...


If you are going to make an argument like that, at least bring some stats if you want to be taken seriously. Otherwise, this is just a bunch of false nostalgia claptrap. Jordan hated his teammates and didn't waste an ounce of energy helping them. Any benefits they may have had were purely accidental.
 
2014-06-16 07:17:53 AM  

TheManofPA: It's a bold strategy, he may even try to get cheers while conducting the first round of the NBA draft.


He'll have to do something, because the Knicks don't have any picks to provide comic relief.
 
2014-06-16 07:48:32 AM  
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2014-06-16 07:58:07 AM  
Yes.
 
2014-06-16 08:02:25 AM  

Mike_LowELL: I think we all agree this knocks LeBron out of the Top 500 players in league history, right?  He's now had five tries to win an NBA championship and hasn't done it.  Meanwhile, Michael Jordan has 23 rings.  That's why Michael was number 23, because when he was growing up, his brother had won 45 NBA championships, and Michael wanted to be half as good as his brother.  That's 68 championship rings in one family, LeBron.  And what do you have to show for it?  Negative seven championships.  Lol.  That's hilarious.  LeBron could win seven championships and he would have zero rings.  When his career is over, he literally has to go to the jeweler, have seven championship rings made, and mail them to Adam Silver.  Lol.  Serves you right, LeBron.  Hundreds of millions of dollars and you can't even get four quarters out of it.  LOL!!!


Don't ever stop being you.

/it's amusing that Mike in has the most honest perspective on Jordan vs LeBron in the thread
 
2014-06-16 08:03:02 AM  

Gosling: If Jordan had ever claimed "not one, not two, not three" all the way up to "not seven", Jordan would have made sure he didn't look ridiculous at every point after "not one".


Jordan would have beaten Steve Kerr dead to will his team on to 7 so he didnt kill one of them next
 
2014-06-16 08:04:39 AM  

jayhawk88: rubertidom: But to me, the difference is that MJ made the people around him better. We haven't seen that from LeBron.

After this Finals, you could maybe make the argument that LeBron was making his teammates a lot better the past two years than we realized.

Wade (this finals): 34.5 MPG, 15.2 PPG, 2.6 APG, .438 FG%, .333 3p%, 18 turnovers
Bosh: 36.3 MPG, 14 PPG, 5.2 RPG, .385 3p%,
Chalmers and Cole (combined): 7.6 PPG, 4.6 APG. Both of them shot under .333% from the field, both were 1-7 from 3.


less than 1% ? wow that IS terrible.  I'd like to think even I could convert 1% shooting against NBA defenses due to the guy accidentally blocking my shot IN for a change.
 
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