Twenty-five Finals questions

Twenty-five Finals questions


Twenty-five Finals questions

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1. Did Jeff Van Gundy really say during a Celtics-Heat game that there should be a "statute of limitations on stupidity" when speaking of LeBron's The Decision?

2. Why do they keep bringing up old stuff? The Decision was a long time ago. Are people really still mad about that?

3. If LeBron would have had The Decision and chose to go back to Cleveland, would people still be mad at him?

4. Do people know that LeBron took $2.5 million from the proceeds of The Decision and donated it to the Boys & Girls Club?

5. Denzel Washington, who is the national spokesperson of the Boys & Girls Club, presented him with an award for his continuous support of the organization. The night James received the award he told the crowd: "I know I get a lot of headlines for what I do, but being around these kids these last two days and hearing their stories, I can really relate to them. I was one of those underprivileged kids where people thought we were a statistic and didn't have a way out and would fall into the traps of life and our surroundings. For these kids to have a way out, that's amazing and I'm happy to be a part of it."

Does this fact not change the way people view the events of The Decision even a little bit?

6. Is LeBron in a no-win situation? If they win and he doesn't take the last shot, he will be criticized for not being the closer? If he wins and scores 30 he will be criticized for not scoring 40? And if they lose no matter what, it's all his fault?

7. Is getting a tattoo of The Chosen One on your back considered sacreligious? Is calling yourself J Hova sacreligious?

8. What would a healthy Chicago Bulls have done in the playoffs this year?

9. Does it appear that the media set this up as the "goodness" of Kevin Durant vs. the "evilness" of LeBron James? Does this have a few similarities of how the media portrayed the boxing matches Mike Tyson vs. Evander Holyfield or George Foreman vs. Muhammad Ali?

10. From Kevin Powell in fantastic blog called The Hate That LeBron Haters Produced: "We never – never – hear of any personal indiscretions by LeBron James: no run-ins with the police, no rape or sexual assault charges, no allegations of domestic violence, no guns, no fights, no driving while drunk. Instead James is going to marry his high school sweetheart and mother of their two children. And James never fails to mention his unyielding love for his mother and what she did for him."

Take away The Decision and The Chosen One tattoo and isn't LeBron James just as clean cut as Kevin Durant? So why is he demonized as if he is a menace to society?

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11. Are they setting up Kevin Durant as being the new "Angel" of the sports world, just as they did with Kobe and Tiger and MJ and are now doing with Tim Tebow? Then, once everyone discovers that he is in fact human and is not perfect, they will then tear him to shreds just as they have with every other player they put on an unfair pedestal? Completely character assassination for not living up to the unfair expectations that the media put on him?

12. Is Skip Bayless the biggest hater on planet Earth?

13. Is anyone more dramatic than Stephen A. Smith?

14. Why was Skip Bayless trying so hard to get Kevin Durant's mom to talk bad about Russell Westbrook on his and Stephen A Smith's show First Take? People just love controversy, don't they?

15. Again from Kevin Powell:

"LeBron James’ statistical averages through his first nine seasons are up there with the best of them: 27.6 points per game, 6.8 assists per game, and 7.2 rebounds per game. Compare that with NBA Hall of Famers like Magic Johnson (19.5 points per game, 11.2 assists per game, 7.2 rebounds per game), Larry Bird (24.3 points per game, 6.3 assists per game, and 10.0 rebounds per game), and Michael Jordan (30.1 points per game, 5.3 assists per game, and 6.2 rebounds per game)."

I'm not usually a stats guy, but these are obvious facts. Why so many simply refuse to give him credit or put him on the level of these players? If he wins a championship and still boasts these numbers, will that silence his critics?

16. If he doesn't win "not 1, not 2, not 3, not 4, not 5, not 6, not 7" but ends up with zero rings, will he be put in the category of the NBA's ringless royalty like Patrick Ewing, Charles Barkley, Dominique Wilkins, Karl Malone, and many more, or will he simply be a failure?

17. Does it seem like during games the camera shows the Oklahoma City Thunder crowd a lot more than they show other crowds?

18. How's that when Dwyane Wade has a bad game he pretty much gets a pass, but if LeBron plays well but not spectacular the media is all over him?

19. Ever since the 2-3-2 format was instilled for the NBA Finals back in 1985, the teams who went up 2-1 are 20-2 when it comes to winning the championship. Isn't it interesting that one of the only cases where the team that was up 2-1 and didn't go on to win was… wait for it… Miami last year when Dallas came back on them? Will history repeat itself in back-to-back years?

20. LeBron James had never scored more than 25 points in an NBA Finals game. In this series he has scored 30, 32 and 29. Can anyone argue that he has stepped it up at least statistically speaking?

21. It looked to me like Kevin Durant was fouled on that last play of Game 2. Was it a missed call or just a good no call?

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22. Not to say I told you so, but I did call it a few years ago that the Oklahoma City Thunder were going to be the team of the future

23. Not to bust everyone's bubble but what's going to happen when Serge Ibaka and James Harden's contracts are up? Do the new CBA rules make it virtually impossible for them to keep the entire team intact?

Will we see a situation like Dallas last year where because of the new rules of the CBA they are not able to re-sign major components of their team and go from a powerhouse that dominated the playoffs to a team that struggles to stay above water?

24. Will fans then see why the Players Association was fighting so hard to keep David Stern from creating a system that didn't give teams the freedom to retain their core players and build something special? With the new rules, teams will always have to eventually be broken up. Maybe some people think that's a good thing?

25. So Abraham Lincoln used to kill vampires? Guess we can add that to all the other lies like he freed the slaves because he felt it was "morally wrong". Or that the Civil War was even about the actual freeing of the slaves. Or that Abraham Lincoln didn't believe that Black People were 3/5ths of a human being like most of his peers at that time? They have been showing this commercial over and over for the entire playoffs and even more during the commercial breaks in the Thunder-Heat series, so I had to ask that.

Bonus question: After public outcry, adidas has decided to pull a slave edition sneaker. Would they have dared to put a concentration camp edition adidas with little barbed wire around the top or Hitler mustaches on the side? I am glad we did not stand by and let them disrespect our ancestors. But my question is, how could they possibly think that this would be acceptable in the first place?

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