Friday, June 21, 2013

Putting a Ribbon on the 2012-13 NBA Season

With Miami’s thrilling wins in Games 6 and 7 of the NBA Finals, the Heat repeated as champions June 20. For many NBA fans, it was their worst nightmare come true.

While no one can deny the on-court talents of one LeBron James, he is one of if not the most polarizing figures in the NBA. That said, James captured back-to-back NBA Finals MVP awards, further cementing his legacy, a legacy which one day will land him in the Hall of Fame.

Meantime, Tim Duncan and the Spurs were left to think of what could have been.

The Spurs, who were seconds away in Game 6 from winning their fifth NBA title, essentially opened the door for the Heat to climb back in the series, something Miami was all too happy to do.
Not long after the heartbreaking Game 7, Duncan was asked by reporters if he planned on coming back for the 2013-14 season, to which he noted he planned on honoring the final year of his contract. As one of the two greatest power forwards to ever play the game (Karl Malone), Duncan is a pure joy to watch on the court.

With the Finals now in the history books, here are a few other thoughts on what was the 2012-13 NBA season, just a year removed from the lockout-shortened campaign of 2011-12:

* There are still too many teams in the league - I think I speak for others when I say that contraction would be just fine in order to increase the talent level. Folding teams in Charlotte, Minnesota, Orlando, Toronto and Sacramento (the NBA recently denied the Kings a move to Seattle) would be a good start.

* Celtics and Lakers need major revamping - The two greatest franchises in NBA history definitely are in need of retooling. The former has reportedly been in discussions with the L.A. Clippers over possible deals, among which would have the Celtics sending head coach Doc Rivers and future Hall-of-Famer Kevin Garnett to the West Coast. Meantime, the latter has also been mentioned in some trade talks, the possibility being Dwight Howard goes crosstown to the Clips for Blake Griffin and Eric Bledsoe. Rather hard to imagine either scenario playing out, but then again this is the NBA.

* Some teams seem destined for mediocrity - While they are far from the bottom feeders of the league, teams such as Atlanta, Houston, Milwaukee, Brooklyn, Denver etc. are not ready by any means to join the handful of elite teams. These teams seem to make the playoffs here and there, then get bounced rather quickly (Brooklyn did go seven games with Chicago this season).

* Stephen Curry thrilled all of us - Even though the Golden State Warriors were bounced by eventual Western Conference champ San Antonio in the second round (4 games to 2), Curry and his fellow cast of Warriors were thrilling to watch. There is not a more exciting guy to watch with the ball when he elevates for a jump shot than the former Davidson product. If Curry can stay healthy, and if the Warriors can add a player or two to the mix, Golden State could challenge in the Western Conference for years to come.

* The league needs a healthy Kobe Bryant next season - Lastly, whether you love him or loathe him, Kobe Bryant puts people in the seats and in front of their TV’s. That said, Laker fans and fans of the game in general should hope that one of the greats to ever play the game recovers from his torn achilles surgery in time to start or play early in the 2013-14 season. Bryant is not only vital to any potential success the Lakers may have, he’s still one of  the elite players the game has. Something about these playoffs just did not seem right without number 24 out there on the court.

So, what was your take on the 2012-13 NBA season?

About the Author: Dave Thomas writes about a variety of topics, including small business, marketing, sports, and daily reputation.

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