It’s got to be…Wrong
At least we didn’t run that Mike Brown feature.
by Ben Osborne
If you care about SLAM and SLAMonline (and why wouldn’t you?), then you read read this on-sale post I did and/or saw it by way of my 6th Man column in the mag.
And you know what it was about: all the reasons that unlike Dirk and Shaq in ’07, this year’s attempt at getting the eventual Finalists on the same cover was going to work. Whoops. Again.
(Speaking of Shaq, isn’t this his absolute worst-case Finals? Either Stan Van Gundy and Dwight Howard—arguably the two biggest targets of his attacks this past season—win it all, or Kobe—inarguably the biggest target of his attacks ever—wins a ring without Shaq. I mean, the Diesel’s legacy is plenty secure, but this cannot feel good to him. The only solution will be for the Cavs to acquire him, like they should have at the All-Star Break, and then have him vanquish the Magic and Lakers a year from now.)
Lang posted many of the things I feel about this year’s Finals earlier today (no surprise; we worked together on building the LeBron-Kobe cover in the first place and then commiserated painfully throughout the series by text messages and MogoTXT while he was also Twittering his analysis all series long as well). Heading into the Playoffs I picked the Lakers over the Cavs, and by the time the first two rounds were over, I was—like many people—more worried about the likelihood of the Lakers reaching that dream Finals match-up than the Cavs.
Instead, the Magic made me look dumb, too. Look, I have beef with Mike Brown, Danny Ferry and the Cavs roster as well, but I thought the Magic earned the series win more than the Cavs lost it. SVG is as solid with the strategy as he is annoying with the screeching, he’s got a big and versatile team that shot the ball very well and Dwight grew up before our eyes. I tip my hat to them and look forward to watching Games 3, 4 and 5 in person next week in O-Town. My prediction? Lakers in 6, but how can I or anyone else be that shocked if the Magic pull out one more round? I learned my gambling lessons a long time ago, so I’m not touching this no matter how appealing it looks, but my newspaper has the Magic at +$240 for the series? That has got to be the smartest play around.
Anyway, guess this is the cover we should have done: