No one would have imagined how this season – and these playoff games – would go. In a big way, injuries have influenced how the match-ups would shape up. But it is the arrival of young guys who have been in the league barely 6 years and under who are making their presence felt. There’s Doncic, Young, Mitchell, Booker, the Nuggets’ Jokic and Michael Porter Jr, and the Sixers’ Embiid and Ben Simmons. Not to mention the likes of Jayson Tatum, Ja Morant, Zion Williamson and LaMelo Ball. The assault on the elder citizens in the hardcourt is unfolding right before our eyes. The NBA is getting younger, stronger and more intelligent. The sport itself is evolving. Indeed, the changing of the guards is now at hand.
In the end, good karma rewarded them with the biggest prize. The Los Angeles Lakers finally nailed their 17th title, tying them with the oft-regarded gurus of basketball, the Boston Celtics, for the most number of titles in the NBA. This season, both teams experienced what positivity and good karma can do for a team. The same good karma that sent the underdog teams of the Miami Heat and the Denver Nuggets to overachieve in this memorable playoffs. Which team will carry on with the valuable lesson? Whosoever imbibes this lesson well will have a great head-start for next year’s race for the crown.