Two NBA Finals stories no one really talked about
We all know the stories that captivated us during the NBA Finals: Lebron, Steph Curry, “Delly,” etc. However, I think two of the more fascinating stories to come out of this finals really had nothing to do with the games:
- How bad must have former Golden State Warriors Coach, Mark Jackson felt while announcing all six Finals games on ABC and watching his former team win the world championship with basically the same roster he had just a year ago. The reports are that Mark Jackson was just a hard guy to be around. Mark Jackson dismissal. Steve Kerr comes in as a rookie head coach and takes essentially the same roster Mark Jackson had and wins the whole thing. Either Kerr is unbelieveable (which many think he is) or Jackson is just a terrible guy to be around, which prevented him from getting the most out of his players. I thought it must have been humiliating for Mark Jackson to see all this unfold. I will give him credit for staying professional with the broadcast.
Andrew Wiggins/Kevin Love
- How silly does GM/Head Coach/Star Player Lebron James’s trade of #1 pick Andrew Wiggins to Minnesota for Kevin Love look right now? I know, I know – Kevin Love swears he’s coming back to the Cavaliers and not bolting for the Lakers. And Kyrie Irving will be healthy again next year and the Cavs “Big 3” will be back and dominating. That’s all fine and good if that pans out. As it stands right now though – Lebron basically shipped away a sure-fire future superstar for a guy that never fully got into a groove with the Cavs this year, and his absence in the Finals due to injury contributed to the Cavs losing. Anyone doubt the Cavs still would have made the finals this year with Wiggins instead of Love. I know you can’t control injuries but now that the Cavs have not won it all, it seems like shipping Wiggins away was too high a price to pay for a 2nd place finish.
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