It's FANTASTIC! - 05/04/14

I'll admit, I'm not an NBA fan.  Haven't really been since Magic, Michael, Larry and the Bad Boys were doing their thing.  Back then, the league's slogan was "NBA Action: It's Fantastic!".  And it was. 

Since then, the NBA has struggled to capture many of the casual fan's attention.  At least mine.  I've just never really gotten into Shaq, or Kobe, or even LeBron.  But this year's playoffs have been sensational.  Nearly impossible NOT to watch. 

There's Damon Lillard draining a 30-footer to catapult Portland past Houston.  Paul Pierce blocking Kyle Lowery's potential game and series winning shot, giving New Jersey the win against Toronto.  I stayed up til after 1am last night for Game-7 of the Clippers-Warriors series.  I haven't watched an entire NBA game in probably a decade, let alone stayed up past midnight to do it.  I had no idea who at least half the players were on each team's roster.  Did you know that J.J. Redick is a Clipper?  Or Jermaine O'Neal is a Warrior?  I sure didn't!

Speaking of Game-7's, there have already been five of them.  And we're only in the first round!  That ties the most in NBA playoff history.  Amazing.

In addition to what's happening on the floor, there's also been the whole Donald Sterling drama.  For better or for worse, that's put the league in the spotlight as well.  And made the Los Angeles Clippers, Sterling's team, one you either love or hate.  Either way, it's a great storyline.

Who knows what will happen from here on out.  There's still another month of post-season hoops to go (WAY TOO long, in my opinion).  And yes, there's a good chance that LeBron and the Heat will hoist the trophy again when it's all said and done. Which would be completely anti-climatic to me.  But to this point, the NBA Playoffs have been FANTASTIC.

  

 

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