return of the king

Life is all about stories. From our days as Neanderthals, to our evolution into Homo sapiens, we have survived off learning, telling and sharing stories. It’s in our nature, and if I’m lucky enough, I hope to some day be damn good at telling them. Everyone enjoys a good storyteller, wouldn’t you agree? Speaking of stories, the NBA is in the midst of one of the greatest it has ever told, with the first chapter unfolding this evening at 9:00 pm EST in Oakland, California.

Let me break it down for you.

LeBron James is playing the best basketball of his career. Period. He’s confident, he’s cocky, and he holds a mental edge over a team in the Finals for only the second time in his career (first being the 2012 Thunder — with *cough *cough Kevin Durant).

Second, these two teams do not like each other. In the age of buddy/buddy AAU ball and relationships, the disdain between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors is refreshing to see. As fans, we need this. As players, they need this. And as a professional association, the NBA definitely needs this.

So, no, Cavs vs. Warriors Round III (for the first time ever) is the opposite of a problem for the NBA.

It’s a blessing.

From this:

to this: 

to this:

I think it’s safe to say that these two teams aren’t all too fond of one another.

Currently, we are in the midst of the prime of one of the greatest players of our generation. From Kobe to LeBron, we have been blessed with some incredible athletes with amazing drive and work ethic, while LeBron continues to turn it up a notch as the years progress. In his 14th season, he’s arguably playing his best ball. That, folks, is hard — if not impossible to do. Seven straight Finals. A teammate for the ages in Kyrie Irving (who is only 25), with the cold-blooded killer mentality of the Black Mamba, and a Kevin Love that is playing incredible basketball.

This one should be fun to watch.

Also, as I mentioned earlier, two teams have never met in the NBA Finals three years in a row. We are about to witness the first. Even so, when I talk to some of my friends who are die-hard hockey fans, I am baffled by their response.

“The same two teams meet in the NBA Finals every season.”

I get where they are coming from, but this statement is just not true. A Trilogy has never happened in the history of the National Basketball Association. Ever.

What I think they mean is that it’s always LeBron in the NBA Finals, and that, ladies and gentlemen, is a completely different beast.

A 6' 8" 250 pound one, actually.