Going into the 2017 NBA Finals, it was obvious the Golden State Warriors were the better team compared to the Cleveland Cavaliers. However, I did not know that it was going to bother me this much.
Following Sunday’s 132-113 loss, my mind has been nothing but a storage unit for mass hatred. I woke up at 3:30 in the morning, and the first thing I thought of was how much I hated Steph Curry. I hate this Warriors team so much that they’re impacting my sleep. I hate it.
At this point, I have no idea if I’m rooting for the Cavs, or if I’m rooting against the Warriors. Everything the Warriors do drives me one step closer to the edge. I hate them. I hate them because they are cocky assholes, who never get criticism from the media. Every single thing that Steph Curry, Draymond Green, Klay Thompson, and Kevin Durant do is adored to no end by ESPN.
For instance: Steph Curry “crossing up” LeBron James Sunday night. For starters, Curry double dribbled. I’m sure you have seen the video at this point; it was a blatantly obvious double dribble that even LeBron saw. Second, even with the double dribble, Curry never lost LeBron. James stayed with Curry the entire play and played him for a block off the glass. He missed by a split-second. Steph Curry made a lay up, and the world is going insane. Newsflash, America: I can make a lay-up, too. Channing Frye may not have been able to do it Sunday, but that doesn’t mean we should celebrate when someone else does.
Curry had to double dribble, just to be able to score on LeBron.
Stop hyping this play up. pic.twitter.com/6KGsZ6nTsv
— 4 More Wins. (@LeKingJames23) June 5, 2017
Also, Steph Curry is sleeping in the middle of an NBA Finals game. If LeBron James took a nap during the NBA Finals, we would hear non-stop takes about how he doesn’t have the fire, passion, or competitiveness that Michael Jordan did. I wish I was Curry. I wish I could nap during a Finals game because that would mean I was getting some sleep. So far I have gotten, like, an hour of sleep since the Finals started Thursday. Sometimes I forget that I’m not actually on the Cavs, but the Warriors are getting under my skin. Call me mentally weak; if you want. I choose to call myself privileged with no idea of actual real world problems.
Paul Pierce called Kevin Durant the best player in the world last night. Durant, who has played unreal the first two games, is a fantastic talent, but if anyone thinks he is the best player in the world then they shouldn’t be speaking on live television. LeBron James has owned the NBA for the past decade, and he loses his crown as the king once Kevin Durant joins up with the best team in league history and wins two games. Umm…
There has been a lot of criticism of Durant for joining a Warriors team that beat him in the conference finals last year. Last night, though, I saw several people tweet that it was actually LeBron’s fault. LeBron is responsible for this trend because he decided to play with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. James’ team is getting torched in the NBA Finals by Kevin Durant, all while LeBron is tearing the Warriors up, and it’s actually his fault according to real, living, breathing people (or let us hope they are Twitter egg bots). If the Cavs lose this series it will be anybody but LeBron’s fault. If you lose to a team by 19 even though you took 11 more shots than them, I have a feeling it’s not on the shoulders of the guy who went for 29/14/11 on 12-for-18 shooting. Call me crazy, but I just don’t agree.
I am a LeBron homer; there is no debating it. LeBron could kill five people, and I would somehow spin it into a reason for him being the best player of all time. So call me biased. I think we spend too much time criticizing LeBron and not enough time appreciating him. It’s kind of the complete opposite of how Steph Curry gets treated.
Could you imagine if LeBron blew a 3-1 lead in the NBA Finals after he won MVP and his team won 73 games, and then was OK with playing alongside Kevin Durant? He would forever be labeled a shadow. People tried to compare LeBron to Scottie Pippen when he teamed up with Wade, but when Curry does the above, no one mentions a thing. How come there has been no talk of Curry’s competitiveness? Why don’t we discuss how Curry “needs” three of the 15 best players in the league to beat LeBron? We love to burn LeBron for building “superteams,” but if Steph Curry is part of it, it’s fine because you think his daughter is cute.
LeBron complains about a lot of non-calls. He is a whiner, we are all aware. A lot of the time, though, I think it’s warranted. LeBron does get penalized for being so well built, which is stupid. Still, there is no arguing that he complains. But, could you imagine if he complained the way Draymond Green does? If he sprinted down court on every single foul call flailing his arms and yelling “that’s f#@$ing bulls*!@” after blatantly obvious fouls, then we would rip LeBron about how he has no composure. Every time Green is called for a foul he acts like a Kardashian when doctors refuse to add silicon to their curves. When Green knocks someone to the floor and finally gets called for it, he throws a tantrum and we talk about his “passion.” Screw that. He doesn’t play with passion; he’s a baby. He is mentally weak. It’s easy to pretend to be tough when you can afford to be invisible in the Finals because your teammates are going to pick up all your slack.
I’m not denying the Warriors talent – they are incredible. But, I am so sick of them getting a pass for everything. If we are going to criticize LeBron and penalize his legacy for getting beat by a team that many consider to be the best of all time, then we should start criticizing the Warriors for their flaws, and discussing the asterisks on their legacies.
If the Cavs lose and LeBron actively recruits players like Paul George and Gordon Hayward, it’s not fair to call him out for ruining the parity and competitiveness of the NBA. We will praise the Warriors for their greatness, but blame LeBron for his greatness ruining the league. Why? Because he started it? LeBron is in a lose-lose. If he loses to the Warriors and doesn’t try to recruit another star, he will continue to lose to the Warriors. If he loses to the Warriors and recruits another superstar, he will be scrutinized for “not being able to get it done alone.”
Stars like LeBron will always receive criticism, which is fair. It’s just time that we start treating Steph Curry, Draymond Green, and Kevin Durant the same way. If people are going to make arguments that Steph and KD are better than LeBron, they should be held accountable when they fail.
Cavs in six.