Anyone in Reykjavik Watching the NBA Finals?

June 12, 2012|Stephen Markley

Go figure what promises to be the most epic NBA Finals in years--or at least the most anticipated--could potentially conclude while I'm stuck in this godforsaken place where bars are all closed during the games and it takes a satellite connection or something to beam in the Kevin Durant vs. LeBron James finals matchup.

Let me say first that at the beginning of this season I called this matchup (with the Heat winning) and I stand by that. Bulls fans were deluded, Spurs, Lakers, and Celtics fans as well. Having not watched the Celtics-Heat series, I can't claim to know what I'm talking about, but even down 3-2, I was never convinced that the Heat could seriously lose that series.

On the other coast, Oklahoma City, having dispatched the Spurs and fielding (or is it "courting"?) a team of fetuses, could dominate the West for a generation.

That's why the intrigue surrounding this series runs so deep: the Heat were supposed to be the unbeatable monster of the NBA for the rest of the decade until OKC drafted their way to a competitive, perhaps superior team. Though I will root for Durantula et al, in my heart of hearts I think the Heat will take the series in six or seven games. The fact is Wade and LeBron have been there, and Durant, Westbrook and Harden have not. The NBA tends to be a league where you have to learn how to win these grueling, high-pressure series, and the Heat's stars have been in training for a decade while the OKC trifecta has only three-but-really-two years of competitive playoff experience under its collective belt.Now I'll have to tackle the real problem, which is how the hell I'm going to see these first three games. By the time I post this, I'm going to assume tonight is a wash. We just got back from our cross-Iceland road trip, landing late in Reykjavik where everything shuts down at 1 a.m. So here is my request blog-reading people: If anyone by any chance knows anyone in Iceland who stays up till 3 a.m. watching NBA basketball, send them this blog and tell them to Facebook me. My friends and I will bring beer, we'll bring snacks, we'll bring our happy smiles and charming personalities. Just please don't let us miss this series...

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