Votes Are In: LBJ Good, Cavs…Not So Much
Posted by disappointmentzone on 23 October 2007
Each year all the GMs in the NBA gather together in a small drafty shack deep in the wilderness of upper Maine to huddle around a single flame rising from the old wingtips of Red Auerbach and divine the future of the league. ESPN publishes the results. Here’s what you need to know.
According to the GMs….
The Spurs will be the NBA Champions even though the Mavs will finish ahead of them in the Southwest Division. The Spurs will beat the Suns in the Western Conference Finals, so once again Phoenix will have to settle for being champions of the Pacific Division and nothing more. Utah is the other division winner in the West, but it’s not clear if they matter at all.
Who will the Spurs beat for the title? Well, take your pick. The Pistons are just as likely to represent the Eastern Conference as the Boston Celtics, though the Celtics have no chance in the Finals whereas the Pistons have a 7% chance of winning it all. Do not attempt to figure out how these teams are equally likely to be in the Finals but only Detroit has a chance to win the Finals. It has to do something with match-ups… or something. Things get even more twisted when you realize that the Pistons won’t even finish atop the Central Division. That honor goes to the Bulls. Accordingly, the Cavs will be in a battle with Milwaukee and Indiana for the third-best record in the Central. Miami and Boston will win their divisions, but they might as well not show up after April.
Finally, LeBron James will be the Most Valuable Player of the league. No, his team won’t repeat as Eastern Conference champions, nor will the play in the Eastern Conference Finals, nor will they win their division, nor will they have home court advantage in the playoffs, nor will they…. You get the picture.
The GMs have spoken.
LeBron James = Good.
The Cleveland Cavaliers = Less Good.