Saturday, June 03, 2006


What is it about people that they’re looking so hard to be a part of something great that they assign greatness to any event that is even slightly out of the ordinary? For instance, Dwayne Wade’s performance last night in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Pistons is taken to be “Jordanesque” because he was feeling flu-like effects for the past day. Are you nuts? He had a great performance with 14 points and 10 assists in finishing out the Pistons, but it was nothing like Jordan’s 38 points in Game 5 (6?) against the Jazz in the 1998 Finals. Sheesh.

Wade felt sick and needed IV fluids. They give IV fluids to almost anybody who feels anything these days. Wade did not have to be carried off the court by Shaq like Jordan leaned on Pippen at the end of the 1998 game. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not trying to take anything away from Dwayne Wade, but his performance certainly wasn't transcendent. It like everybody wants to be a witness to something special so badly that they’ll take anything above average to be special.

Oh, and the line is: “Miami mended two decades of playoff heartbreak Friday night, reaching its first NBA Finals with a 95-78 rout of Detroit.” Okay, they were an expansion team in 1988 or 1989… They sucked for about five years, then progressively got better with Glen Rice, Rony Seikaly, and Sherman Douglass (how about those names for you?!). Then they had Mourning and Co. Now Shaq and Wade. Great. We call it a progression. It’s not like they’ve had the best players in the NBA and kept losing in the playoffs for the last twenty years…

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