The NBA Finals begin tomorrow night with the Miami Heat taking on the Dallas Mavericks. My heart’s with Dallas, but my head is leaning towards Miami.
It’d be great to see Dirk finally take home a ring, but a one-man team is going to have its work cut out for itself in a seven game series. Not that I don’t think highly of Kidd, Chandler, et. al., but the Big Three are The Big Three for a reason, and they’ve managed to live up to the hype thus far during these playoffs.
Former Hawks superstar Dominique Wilkins appeared less impressed with the potential of the Wade-Bosh-James trio, however, and had actually picked the Bulls over the Heat:
â€œ(The Heat) has two superstars and a very good player in Chris Bosh, but theyâ€™re not that strong on their bench so I think it will be tough for them to beat Chicago.”
[Sidenote: I think poor Chris Bosh might forever be relegated to his place in the shadows of Wade and LeBron.]
And Wilkins probably would be against contraction in the NBA, preferring that superstars play against rather than with one another:
â€œWe didnâ€™t want to play with one another. We wanted to kick each otherâ€™s butt. Basically, thatâ€™s the way it was. I didnâ€™t want to team up with (Larry) Bird or team up with Magic (Johnson) or (Michael) Jordan. I wanted to play against those guys.â€
So we’ll soon see if Dirk and Wilkins-style basketball can overcome the Heat and this new-fangled contraction trend.