The Miami Heat were the odds on favorite to be NBA champs. But they lost. The Dallas Mavericks were the unlikely heroes, and they won. But really, outside of Texas, Florida, and of course Cleveland, who really cares? I sure don’t. The point is, people love riding on the bandwagon of whatever team is hot. Who doesn’t love the Patriots/Yankees/USC/Duke/Lakers fans that love all the teams, yet don’t know a bit about their players, except Tom Brady and Kobe Bryant.
Seriously though, I really don’t care that Dallas won. Just as little as I care that Green Bay won the Super Bowl this past year. It’s hard to believe, but I really have no interest in being a “bandwagon fan.” No matter how awful my Tampa-Bay Buccaneers, Arizona Diamondbacks, Phoenix Suns, or ASU Sun Devils are, they all are still my teams and I will support them through thick or thin. That’s what a true sports fan is.
However, I want to leave this NBA season with a thought. The Suns finally have a nice draft pick (13th overall) and it is pivotal that they utilize it correctly. Over the past 10 years, the Suns have drafted, and then subsequently traded numerous players: Nate Robinson, Rajon Rondo, Rudy Fernandez, Luol Deng, and many other NBA starters. The problem is the Suns are just not a good drafting team, and this is the year to change it. I want to hear David Stern come out there and announce: “With the 13th pick in the 2011 NBA Draft, the Phoenix Suns select Tristan Thompson from the University of Texas” and not “Jimmer Fredette from BYU”… I would berate the Suns if they did that; what they need is a developing post up presence, and not another 3-point chucker. Oh well, that’s just a fan’s perspective on that one. Also, Kemba Walker will not be an NBA star… Just saying.
PS…. I would love next year writing about the Suns winning the 2012 NBA Championship!