By Sam Rubenstein

We are finally here. The dream has become reality. Lakers and Celtics in the Finals. The series that sells itself. Tradition, big superstar names, Hall of Famers, history, everything in the infinite universe. If there is any downside to this showdown, the only one I can think of is that neither of these teams really feel like a champion yet. The Lakers haven’t been tested at all, other than Utah fighting back to tie them, but I would still say this Lakers team hasn’t faced real playoff adversity yet. The closest thing to adveristy they faced was when Kobe got hurt, but the playoffs go on for so long, he seems completely healed, um except for that he’s doing this with 9 fingers. He’s insane.

As for the Celtics, they’ve faced waaaaaaay too much adversity in these playoffs already. Put it this way, the biggest mismatch in the Finals is Phil Jackson vs. Doc Rivers.

But yes, LAKERS AND CELTICS in The Finals baby! Just like the village elders always ramble on about. I’m a little too young to remember the glory days of the 80’s Finals, but I’ve done my reading, seen the rebroadcasts and endless TV specials about them, and I am excited to have it back in our lives. Plenty of coverage forthcoming. Lang is going to all seven games (if it goes that far), and the three headed monster of Ben, Khalid, and myself will each be attending our share of games.

By the way, game one is Thursday. That’s a long time from now. Welcome to Finals… month.