The NBA Finals are underway this week and I think basketball fans are in for a treat. The sharp-shooting Warriors, one of the most exciting offensive teams in league history, will take on the Cavaliers, who have the prodigal son, LeBron James, back on their side.
King James kept expectations low when he returned to Cleveland, telling fans that getting back to the top was going to be a process. But despite a shaky start, a two week, mid-season rest for James and injuries to Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving, the team managed to march all the way to the final chapter of the season. As he competes in his fifth consecutive NBA finals, James is once again surrounded by role players who excel in his presence.
On the other bench are the young and inexperienced Warriors, who will be led into the championship ring by rookie head coach Steve Kerr, a retired five-time NBA Champion player. While the Warriors undoubtedly have the talent to be crowned champions, it’s what’s between the ears that may keep them from glory. The biggest challenge Kerr faces is convincing his squad that the championships are just another game.
Personally, I really like the Warriors, but winning the finals would be the happy ending to the story of LeBron James and his return to the city that adores him. My head and my heart are telling me Cleveland will win, hopefully in six games so they can share the title experience with their home fan base.