Good Day World!
East meets West.
Brawn meets Speed.
Today is Game 1 of the NBA Finals, and the Golden State Warriors are heavy favorites to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Golden State coach Steve Kerr has done a masterful job of guiding his team to the Big Game.
The last time Golden State won an NBA Championship was in the 1974-75 season. Many consider that win the biggest upset in NBA history. They utterly annihilated the heavily favored Washington Bullets in a four-game sweep.
That team was coached by former Warrior Al Attles, and led on the court by Rick Barry, Jamaal Wilkes and Phil Smith. So little was felt of the team's chances in the playoffs, even by their home fans, that the Coliseum Arena scheduled other events during the dates of the NBA playoffs!
As a result, the Warriors did not play their championship series playoff games in Oakland; rather, they played at the Cow Palace in Daly City.
Now the Warriors are considered the favorites (quite a turnabout) in the best-of-seven series to take the trophy.
The Cleveland Cavaliers HAVE NEVER WON an NBA championship.
Their star, LeBron James has enjoyed winning championships in Miami. His return to his hometown of Cleveland this season has been magic.
If there was ever an underdog – the Cavs fit the bill. They lost their other big star Kevin Love for the season. They’re playing a team that has dominated it’s opponents thus far in the playoffs.
The Warriors look unbeatable.
My playoff pick (I’m a Laker fan) is Golden State.
I got married the year (1974-75) that the Warriors won it all. Seeing how my team isn’t in the playoffs, I have to pick one of these two teams.
Part of me feels a little guilty about not picking Cleveland. I was born in Ohio. They’ve never won before, and I usually love underdogs. Both good reasons to consider the Cavs.
But the die is cast. Go Golden State!
Time for me to walk on down the road…