At the beginning of the NBA season, I made some predictions. At the halfway point of the season, I was looking like a genius. I predicted that the Pistons would be better under Flip Saunders than under Larry Brown. I predicted that the Heat would start out as underachievers, that they’d force out Stan Van Gundy and Pat Riley would take over. At the all-star break, I was ready to claim the mantle of Nostradamus. I spoke a little too soon.
I never imagined a team with Jason Williams and Antoine Walker – classic team killers on and off the court – in the starting lineup could win a championship. What I didn’t count on was Dwayne Wade becoming the best player in the game this year and carrying this team on his back past the Pistons and the Mavericks. Wade had a Jordan-like playoffs, averaging 35 points a game and simply becoming unstoppable. He certainly deserved his first championship and first MVP trophy.
The other nice thing about the Heat winning the championship is this: Alonzo Mourning finally got a championship. I don’t care what team you root for, you have to root for this guy, one of the true warriors in NBA history. Always undersized to play center, he became an all-star on sheer will and hard work. On top of that, he came back from a kidney transplant to keep playing professional sports and that’s pretty astonishing. If anyone deserves to get a ring, Alonzo does. So congrats, Miami Heat. And I like my crow served BBQ’d, please.