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A funny thing happened Saturday night: I turned on the TV and there wasn’t an NBA game. Does that mean the Finals are over? Fury and I couldn’t stand to watch after the Hollywood Heat took a 3-games-to-1 lead in the series.

OK, maybe we did watch. We just wish we hadn’t … or that the outcome had been different. Then again, perhaps I’m speaking out of turn. We’re about to find out as TV and Fury rehash the end of the NBA season.


The TVFury podcast is back … again. At some point, it’ll just be here all the time. But, for now, it sort of comes and goes as it pleases. So temperamental, the pod.

Anywho, we’re all about NBA face offs today, namely the delightfully awkward David Stern-Jim Rome conversation and Game 1 of the Thunder vs. the Heat. (Will this be forever knows as the weather finals?)

Enough patter. Here’s the link.



In my alternate universe the Lakers are preparing to host the Celtics tonight in Game 1 of the NBA Finals. It’s the third meeting in five years for the two teams, the two most storied franchises in the league. Both teams own a title. Seven games to break the tie, even if the Celtics still hold a decisive edge on the big board.

Fortunately this year, the real championship should be even better than my fake Finals. While I would have loved another Lakers-Celtics matchup, it also would have been a bit tired, just like the players on the teams. The Thunder rolled through the Lakers, and the Heat outlasted a Celtics team that seemed to age 10 years with every minute that went by in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals. These are certainly the two best teams. Many people predicted these Finals before the season started, before the lockout even ended. The Spurs became favorites for awhile but the Thunder were always there, toying with the best record in the West before finally pulling away in the WCF. And the Heat will be favorites in the East until either LeBron James or Dwyane Wade leaves the other behind in free agency.

Hopefully this series lives up to the hype, because we might see it several more times in the next few years.


An awful post deserves an hackneyed headline. There. You’ve been warned …

The San Antonio Spurs make me feel bad about myself. And, yes, I’m aware that statement projects the emotional maturity of a 6-year-old.

What I mean is this: The Spurs have won 20 games in a row, including the first 10 of the ongoing NBA playoffs. It’s one of the best runs in recent years if not league history. They’re not pretty much killing it (#pmki), they’re entirely killing it and not trying to cover it up. (more…)

When I was a kid and the Lakers’ season ended in defeat it was all over the moment CBS cut away from its coverage. The next day – or two days later, depending on how late the game ended – I would read an 800-word AP wrapup in the Mankato Free Press or Star Tribune. And that was it.

I was a little kid and alone and upset. My dad taunted me while my mom admonished him and comforted me. When the Lakers lost to the 76ers in a sweep in the 1983 Finals, I sat in a chair and spun in circles and cried while Moses Malone and Julius Erving celebrated. Why did Worthy have to break his leg before the playoffs? In 1984 I just went to bed after the Celtics took Game 7, in a series the Lakers handed to the dreaded men in green. Why didn’t Magic get a shot off in the final seconds of Game 2?