Topic: NBA Finals

June 24, 2013

LeBron James and the Heat are great enough to win multiple NBA Championships. But greatness isn't the most important thing, and it will take more than that to continue dominating a rapidly changing game.

June 20, 2013

It will be a long time before we see a basketball game to top Game Six of the NBA Finals. Luckily, we won't have to wait that long to see Game Seven, and one more chance to see something astonishing.

June 19, 2013

The 2003 New Jersey Nets were one of the more doomed NBA Finalists in recent memory. A decade later, they look like one of the more interesting teams of their era. How did such a boring team get so retroactively fascinating?

June 6, 2013

Neil Gaiman once wrote that writers are liars. I respectfully disagree. Writers, like most people, are salesmen. Michael Jordan certainly is. He sold the idea that winning could bring happiness, that work was art and mattered more than life itself. The problem is he bought his own sales pitch. We all did.

June 23, 2012

There's no denying LeBron James, if there ever was. So why the incredibly powerful urge to do so? It's not the players, as it turns out. It's the game.

June 19, 2012

Have you ever wanted to know what's going on inside of LeBron James's head during this year's NBA Finals? Or the hopes and dreams of America regarding Magic Johnson and his long-term employment prospects with ESPN? Well, now you can! Using space-age technology (Andrew Kuo) secretly procured by The Classical, we can now peer into men's minds and present our findings to you, the reader. No need to thank us, the look on your faces is thanks enough. 

June 12, 2012

By standard NBA logic, the Oklahoma City Thunder should not be where they are today. In a league where experience is seen as a prerequisite for success, the Thunder have dispatched three veteran-laden West contenders with a young core of four players aged 23 or younger. It’s an accomplishment unprecedented in this era, and the NBA world has bought into the youth movement due to their success. Where that puts the Thunder in the typical NBA championship narrative is unclear.