“History is written by the victors.” In a way, this truism also holds true for sports. History will always be kind to the victors and cruel on the losers, as the recent NBA Championship has demonstrated.
Like 2 majestic prizefighters duking it out in the center of the bloodied ring, the Lakers and the Heat size each other up once more. The Heat is bruised and battered, having absorbed tremendous punishment from its oversized foe in 3 of the first 4 rounds of this 7-round classic. After losing the last-minute slugfest in Round 4, the Heat stood eyeball-to-eyeball with the Lakers once again in the dying seconds of Round 5. Would they bend a knee to the mighty Lakers?
Rondo is perfect fit for a Laker team that is without a legit point guard. Lebron may have taken over the starting PG role this year, but he is still a work in progress. Lebron will take time before he imbibes the role completely, if he ever does. And it is Rondo who must provide the leadership role as seen from the eyes of a seasoned point laureate.
The 16 playoff spots have been filled. It’s on to the NBA playoffs. Will it be the Lakers? Or will it be the Bucks this time? Will the Clippers be able to mount a challenge? Will the defending Raptors work their magic once again? Who you got?
This year’s NBA playoffs will be very demanding and very unpredictable. At the start of the season, we saw new line-ups with new star alignments. Then we saw the season shaken hard by the corona crisis. Coming back, the season was shortened, and the restart games confined to a single site, taking away the traditional homecourt advantage for the regular season race leaders, which brings forth a new dynamic to the game.
The greatest take-away from the resumption of the games is no longer about basketball. Its meaning, its very significance has transcended the game itself. The NBA has demonstrated it is capable of becoming bigger than basketball. More than the entertainment value it provides, the Restart offers a venue to promote safety protocols amid this pandemic. It provides a vehicle to promote social reforms. It provides an inspiration to the world, that by standing together, we can overcome all adversities.