Once in a decade, maybe once in a quarter of a century, we get to witness a special NBA Finals series. I'm not looking at history and studying the individual series' throughout history, but I cannot think of a more thrilling, enthralling championship series in my lifetime.
Being a fan is a fun thing, but also an incredibly painful and worrisome thing if you happen to be very attached to the results of what a professional team you are in no way affiliated with does on the court. I have honestly grown away from being a fanatic in that sense. I wanted to watch some great basketball in the series, and I was treated to just that, and the fact that the Heat won is only the cherry on top.
This doesn't mean I didn't wince, and smile, and curse at the television, and tweet jokes, and laugh, and display every emotion imaginable in this series.
One of those emotions is extreme admiration for the tremendous basketball we were just shown in the 2013 NBA Finals. The San Antonio Spurs and Miami Heat are so incredibly good at basketball, the coaching staff's are so incredibly adept at making in and in-between game adjustments and preparing teams, that we just probably witnessed something we may not see for a long time.
LeBron James, with perception and legacy hanging in the balance of the fickle opinions of gasbag analysts and the fans that worship them, drained jumper after jumper on his way to his second consecutive NBA Finals MVP award in game seven.
Dwyane Wade, who by all accounts has dealt with a deep right knee bruise that has zapped his explosiveness and lift, found a shooting rhythm en route to an 11-for-21 performance that led to 23 points.
Chris Bosh, who has emerged as a very good defensive player, scored zero points in a title clinching victory, but proved enough on the other side of the floor to close the game.
The Shane Battier explosions and the Mike Miller storms of 3-pointers, the timely Mario Chalmers drives and the 'Birdman' Andersen put backs were all a part of the series as you expect. And this team, one that won 66 games in the regular year and just won a title, would have not been remembered the game had Kawhi Leonard made one more free throw in game six of the series and put an improbably Heat comeback out of reach.
The fine line between the win and loss results would make this all a different story, and Miami happens to be on the good side of this story, for now.
I'll certainly enjoy it, but if San Antonio won this series because a few balls bounced the other way, it wouldn't invalidate the Heat.
Thankfully, I won't have to rationalize the series through the lens of being a basketball fan first, and can enjoy both, since my team won as well.
So before the 2013-14 season begins and whispers creep in about trading Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade's decline, LeBron James' free agency and everything else as soon as Miami endures a moderate losing streak, we get the fortune of being fans of a championship team.
A two-time championship team.