Before getting into any lists, the NBA continues to be the biggest bore in professional sports. Basketball’s very entertaining on it’s surface, and the NBA has done a great job marketing it’s players, but this is a MAJOR PROBLEM for the sport.
You’ve got the cartoonishly stacked Warriors in the West — who have been put together organically outside of Kevin Durant, but he’s kind of the biggest or second biggest piece — and then you have LeBron, who’s been in every championship since Desert Storm.
Four years these two teams have gone head to head. I don’t care about Chris Paul getting hurt or the Celtics choking in Game 7, this is ABSURD. Conversely, you’ve got a group of misfits going against one of the best hockey players EVER, both teams having never won the Stanley Cup, going at it in the NHL.
I wonder which one I’m going to watch…
On the bright side, this does gives us a time to reflect on how annoyingly long this rivalry has lasted:
–The high school graduating class of 2018 has only seen GSW v. LeBron throughout high school.
–Both Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead were in their fifth seasons.
–In the first year of GSW v. LeBron the 5 most popular artists according to Billboard were Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, The Weeknd, Drake and One Direction. As of today, it’s BTS, Post Malone, Drake, Five Finger Death Punch and Imagine Dragons.
–GSW v. LeBron has witnessed:
4 Star Wars movies (The Force Awakens in 2015, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story in 2016, The Last Jedi in 2017 and Solo: A Star Wars Story this year.)
9 Marvel Cinematic Universe movies (Avengers: Age of Ultron – Avengers: Infinity War)
4 Cleveland Browns wins
The rise of the Dab (which was not a real “thing” prior to the first series)
–GSW v. Lebron has lasted longer than:
America’s involvement in WWI (April 6 1917 – November 11 1918)
America’s involvement in WWII (December 7 1941 – September 2 1945)
Zinedine Zidane’s time as Real Madrid’s head coach (2016 – 2018)
The marriages of Carmen Electra +Dennis Rodman (9 days), Kim Kardashian + Kris Humphries (72 days), Kid Rock + Pamela Anderson (122 days), Kenny Chesney + Renee Zellweger (128), Jim Carrey + Lauren Holly (309 days) and Russell Brand + Katie Perry (14 months)
The Roseanne reboot
Mike Francesa’s retirement
–Lastly, in the first year of GSW v. LeBron (2015) we saw these athletes officially retire:
Martin St. Louis
Quite the run. Hopefully someone puts an end to it next year.