The NBA Finals begin
tonight tomorrow (Note: I though today was Thursday. Gotta stop drinking at work) in Boston, and we're not particularly excited, but we're not totally apathetic, either. Ape and I — like most two-bit prognosticators — think the Lakers will take it in five. To round out the With Leather staff predictions, 289 responded to my inquiry thusly: "The NBA blows." Duly noted.
For those of you who don't hail from either Boston, Los Angeles, or a family of pussies that allowed its children to become bandwagon twats, you may be undecided in your rooting interests, so here's a quick breakdown in determining for whom you're going to cheer. C'monnnnnn METEOR!
BOSTON CELTICS – Pros: Core group of Ray Allen, Paul Pierce, and Kevin Garnett are all "nice guys" who "deserve" a championship, whatever that means. They play tough, defense-first basketball without being Detroit Bad Boys-dirty. Kelly green much easier on the eyes than yellow and purple. Cons: A team assembled by Danny Ainge and coached by Doc Rivers would be an insult to innumerable people who are actually good at their jobs. A-list poseurs sit courtside. Douchebag fans only like the team when it wins.
LOS ANGELES LAKERS — Pros: Kobe Bryant is the best basketball player since Michael Jordan, and like Jordan he's attained a mystique where it's possible to cheer for him even though he's a cold, calculating asshole. Technically, they're underdogs. They play a more exciting, pass-happy style of basketball. Cons: Kobe Bryant is a cold, calculating asshole who doesn't deserve a free pass after the Colorado rape case. L.A. is a smoggy hellhole filled with vapid selfish douches. Phil Jackson doesn't deserve to beat Red Auerbach's record. A-list poseurs sit courtside. Douchebag fans only like the team when it wins.
Your picks and vitriol in the comments, please.