I don't usually pay much attention to the NBA. Even when the finals roll around.
It's not that I don't like the brand of basketball, I just don't have a team to root for. I was a big St. Louis Hawks fan as a little kid, and when they moved to Atlanta I was heartbroken. I liked Lenny Wilkins and Sweet Lou Hudson. The Hawks drafted Pete Maravich shortly after they moved to Atlanta. We could have had Pistol Pete here in St. Louis! He probably would have saved professional basketball in our town. Oh well, that's ancient history. I really haven't had a team to feel passionate about since my Hawks moved.
The Celtics had some interesting teams. And the Lakers. And of course the Bulls in the Michael Jordan era. But for the most part, if there was something better on television I'd usually watch it over the NBA finals. This year is different. I've become a Dallas Mavericks fan. Not because I like the Mavs so much, but because I don't want to see Miami win it.
LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh conspired to sign as free agents with the Heat and held that over-the-top news conference/circus act to announce their arrival in Miami. That was enough to make me dislike the Heat. I'd be rooting for anybody to beat them. I don't like the idea that buying a championship is that easy. I have nothing against LeBron. He seems like a nice enough guy. Tries to do and say the right things. Same with Wade and Bosh. All three are good guys. I just want to see their title plan thwarted by the Mavericks. I think it'd be nice to see a team that was picked by nobody at the beginning of the season to rise up and knock off the team everybody had predicted to win it all.