HOURS after Game 2 of this year’s NBA finals, I saw an interesting tweet. Someone asked whether winning this year’s title would be enough for LeBron James to earn a jersey retirement from the LA Lakers.
I didn’t bother reading the replies because I’m sure a lot would have said the same thing, “It’s to darn early.”
It’s things like theses -- though, in this case, not his fault -- that earns The King more than his fair share of haters. And ever since the much derided decision, when he bolted Cleveland for Miami, some fans have been quite unforgiving on the King.
It’s too early and I’m not only talking about whether James has done enough to merit a jersey requirement from the Lakers. At 2-0, the Lakers are a step closer to the title and what a treat it would be to come this year, just months after the late Laker legend Kobe Bryant died in a tragedy. But let’s not count the Heat out.
I mean, James has been with LA for just two seasons and the last guy whose jersey the Lakers retired played for 20 years. I’m sure, wherever you sit on the Goat debate, James’ legacy is secure but talking about such things is, for me, too premature.
Sure, I want the Lakers to win, but I also want a series out of this one. I want some closely fought games that go to the buzzer.
Those who worship stats are likely to point out the percentage of teams with 2-0 leads going on to win the title, but I hope for something special, like that 3-1 special LeBron and company pulled out of their hat against the Golden State Warriors three years ago.
How likely is that. Probably not right with the Lakers the prohibitive favorites going into Game 1.
But, like they said, it’s not over until the fat lady sings.
FRENCH OPEN. Rafael Nadal advanced to the round of 16 in the French Open with ease, dropping only five games in 95 minutes against Stefano Travaglia to arrange a meeting with a guy who idolizes the Spaniard so much he named his cat Rafa. Sebastian Korda, the son of 1992 French Open finalist Petr Korda, set a record of sorts for himself by becoming the first guy oustide the top 200 to make the last 16 in 18 years, but I doubt he can stop the Rafa train.
It won’t get any easier for Rafa as he could face US Open champion runner-up Alexander Zverev in the quarterfinals and US Open champion Dominic Thiem in the semis, but I’m hoping the King of Clay advances all the way to the finals and notch another win in the red surface.