Hey y'all. I hope those of you that celebrate Christmas had a wonderful time. I did. The kids woke up and opened up their presents. They were so excited it was out of control. The opposite side of the disgusting consumerism that represents Christmas in our capitalist nation is that parents buy gifts for their kids because they love to see them smile. My kids definitely smiled. Until my four year old realized that he didn't get a wolverine claw and then he was upset. That's the flip side. Afterwards we went to see Alvin and the Chipmunks. It was the worst movie I've ever seen. Seriously. Don't see it. It's aweful, the most aweful. It's been a tradition in my family since I was a kid to see a movie on Christmas. It will be much better when the kids are big enough to see something that doesn't include singing chipmunks. It's going to be great.
And back to the best of...
So for this one post I will deviate from radical politics to offer a category that is not radical nor political.
Best Basketball Team of the Decade: The Los Angeles Lakers
If you have been reading this blog you know that I write about sports from time to time, offering a radical perspective. There is nothing radical about the Los Angeles Lakers except that they play "the holy game". If you don't know why basketball is "the holy game", I'll have to explain it to you another time. I can say that the players play the game because it has been their destiny and it makes them lots of money and the owners just like to make lots of money.
The Lakers are like the New York Yankees of basketball. They spend lots of money on the best players and they win lots of championships. (For full disclosure, the Lakers have been my favorite basketball team since I was six years old.) I've chosen to write about them today because there has been some debate about who the best basketball team of the decade is...
The team of the decade is indisputably the Los Angeles Lakers. ESPN analyst Marc Stein, mistakenly picked the San Antonio Spurs. Sports Illustrated on the other hand, ranks the Los Angeles Lakers as the best sports franchise of the decade. How could the Lakers go from being the second best basketball team to the best sports franchise of the decade? They can't. That's why Stein is wrong, but let's look at the facts.
The Lakers won four NBA titles and the Spurs won three. That should settle the debate. But the Spurs were more consistent this decade winning at least 50 games (out of 82) every season. The Lakers had one terrible year (34 wins) and two mediocre years (42 and 45 wins). And if the award was the most consistent team of the decade, I would begrudgingly give the award to the Spurs. But it's not. The Lakers started the decade by winning 67 games and the NBA championship and closed the decade winning 65 games and the championship. The most games the Spurs ever won in the decade was 63. Additionally the Lakers played in the NBA finals 2 other times and lost. That means the Lakers have 6 NBA finals appearances and four championships (rings) compared to San Antonio's 3 appearances and 3 rings. What that tells us is that the Lakers excelled at the highest level more often than the Spurs and that is the most important marker for selecting the best team.
And to Marc Stein: "I'm right and your wrong."
But don't worry I'm not quitting my day job.