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LeBron James…enough said

May 22, 2009

Talk about a finish!
I’ve never been a huge fan of the NBA (mostly because the Milwaukee Bucks are such an incredibly unexciting franchise), but it’s games like tonight’s Cavaliers-Magic matchup that make me tune in during the playoffs, especially in the last two rounds.
My friend and former Badger Herald Sports Editor Aaron Brenner‘s Facebook status now asks “tell me again how college hoops is better than the pros?” following the LeBron game winner.
Personally, I’ve always been one of those that felt college hoops was better. If for no other reason than the fact that referees seem to enforce the rules better and make calls that should be made, like traveling.
Or maybe it was because I just didn’t like the NBA. But when you objectively compare the NBA playoffs to the NCAA Tournament, there’s a clear winner.
The NBA playoffs are longer, more intense and better played than the NCAA Tournament. Case in point: Game 2 of the Cavs-Magic series. The Magic were down more than 20 points in the first half before coming back to take a 2-point lead with one second left.
And despite blowing that lead, LeBron James somehow, someway drilled a game-winning 3-pointer to send the series back to Orlando tied at one game apiece. Had James missed that shot, the Cavs would be looking at a potential sweep at the hands of the Magic.
After dominating the first two rounds of the playoffs, a 4-0 series loss for Cleveland would have been mind-boggling to say the least.
You can’t get that kind of excitement in the NCAA Tournament. The one-and-done system of March Madness eliminates that factor. Sure, games are inherently more crucial if a team’s season can end on one loss, but that also allows for lesser teams to more easily knock off the true heavyweights (see George Mason’s 2006 Final Four bid).
There are a lot more ways to look at this argument, but I just wanted to post a quick reaction to the incredible finish to tonight’s game. Let’s hope both series stay equally exciting.
Consider me sold on the NBA > NCAA argument.
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