Yesterday I was watching “Around the Horn”, and this question was posed to the panel:
“Who is more of a lock to reach the NBA Finals—the Lakers or Cavs?”
First of all, that is a pretty dumb question. How can one team be more of a “lock” than another?
You’re either a lock, or you’re not. A better question would’ve have just asked who they think has a better chance to win their respective conference.
Whatever, that’s not even the stupidest part of the segment.
That honor would go to Mr. Gene Wojiciewski, an ESPN columnist.
He said the Lakers were “lockier” (he didn’t actually say that) because they have proven this season that they can win without Kobe Bryant, and the Cavs haven’t proven they can win without LeBron James.
On a related note, LeBron has played in every game this season, so that hasn’t been an issue. He went on to say that the “Cavs are one high ankle sprain from going into a freefall”.
You know what Gene? I’m one winning lottery ticket away from being a multi millionaire. I’m one mansion away from living in a mansion.
There are plenty of asinine things said on that show, but that really has to rank up there. Somehow Kobe having a broken index finger, a sprained left ankle, and countless other nicks and bruises makes the Lakers more likely to come out of the West than a Cavs team with a healthy LeBron to come out of the East.
He then went on to say that he still doesn’t know if the Cavs can get by the Celtics and Magic. Even though the Celtics are 12-13 in their last 25, have health issues, might trade for Nate Robinson, and are old.
He also didn’t mention the Cavs have beat the Magic in both matchups this season.
Does this make sense to anybody else?