The NBA Finals are set: the San Antonio Spurs and Miami Heat. I really believe the Spurs and Heat are the best the NBA has to offer. Miami is the defending champs and they have the best player in the game today, Lebron James. On the other side, you have the veteran Spurs. While they have some new faces, their core remains intact. Gregg Popovich is the best coach in the game and he is led by his version of the big three: Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, and Manu Ginobili. Together, this group has won four-championships.
Miami is the favorite going into the series and rightfully so. They are the defending champs and have home court advantage in the series. However, I will take the Spurs in six. My reasoning has nothing to do with Lebron James, but his supporting cast especially Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. Throughout the Eastern Conference Finals, Bosh and Wade were no-shows. Chris Bosh clearly has lost his confidence. His play against Indiana in the Eastern Finals was so poor that he actually held a meeting with his teammates to apologize for his poor play. As for Wade, his ailing right knee has prevented him from doing the things he is accustomed to on the floor.
As great as Lebron is, he can’t beat a complete team like San Antonio on his own. And remember, the Spurs went 12-2 in their run through the West. Plus, they have had nine-days to prepare for the Heat. Popovich and his staff are the best at developing a complex game-plan, and his experienced squad knows how to execute. I think Pop’s best trait is his ability to get guys to accept their role. They are the best example of how a team should run from top-down in the league. Enjoy the series NBA fans, this will be basketball played the right way!