Wednesday, June 18, 2008

The View from the Tank: Game 6 of the 2008 NBA Finals

It's pretty simple. Tonight made it clear for all to see. The Celtics were, as I've been telling everyone I can since the beginning of this series, by far the more exciting, more compelling, more lovable, and better team. The Lakers were over-hyped, unlikable, callow, cocky, heartless, graceless, and soulless.

Who doesn't feel good for KG? Who doesn't appreciate the Herculean accomplishments of Paul Pierce this season and postseason? Who doesn't appreciate the pure beauty of Ray Allen's game?

Rajon Rondo > Derek Fisher, Sasha Vujacic, and/or Jordan Farmar

Paul Pierce > Kobe Bryant

Kendrick Perkins and Kevin Garnett > Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom

Celtics Bench (Poe, House, Posey, Cassell, Brown) > Supposedly Great and Deep Lakers Bench (Walton, Vujacic, Ariza, Turiaf, Farmar, Mimh)

Doc Rivers > Phil Jackson

Boston Garden fans > Staples Center fans

Celtics > Lakers

KG's heart > the Lakers' collective heart

And, yeah, that interview got me teared up. KG is fucking real. When was the last time, in this era of carefully managed, corporate-friendly sports personalities, that you saw any athlete bear bare his or her soul like that? Yeah, I know KG sells Gatorade and other shit -- but this guy cares deeply about what he's just accomplished, and you can tell this is coming from his heart. And he's got love for everyone who's been with him on the way.

This was the best series I've seen since the 80's. The better team won. Justice was done. Long live KG, Paul Pierce, Ray Allen, Rajon Rondo, Kendrick Perkins, Leon Powe, Eddie House, Sam Cassell, P.J. Brown, Glen Davis, Tony Allen, and James Posey. This is why I still watch sports.


jose said...

"bare his soul." (email me!)

Octopus Grigori said...

Right, thanks. Been watching too much sports.

Amin said...

Yep. I never felt good about a one sided ass whupping before this one. In this case it was worth it just to see the Celtics hugging each other for the last four minutes of the game. Actually, I was happiest for Ray Allen. Seems like a really down to earth person and an extremely hard worker. I'd say the same for Pierce, KG, PJ, and the rest of the team too though. Definitely the more likeable team by a long, long shot. Can't remember the last time I watched an entire Finals series like this one.