Nothing is a better vehicle for hope like new beginnings. Clean slates. Level setting. Nothing is better at delivering new beginnings than sport, and no league’s beginnings are more exciting than the NBA.
Tonight is about the promise of better tomorrows, Russell Westbrook’s unrelenting paroxysm against rims, and Giannis Antetokounmpo’s ever-growing potential. Tonight is about the promise of breathtaking feats of athleticism, and those rare performances that take our breath away.
Tonight is about Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, and the defending champion Golden State Warriors – who proved among other things that come this June, your favorite team can be defending champions, too. This time last year, 32 of some of the nation’s most well-respected writers across six major publications made their NBA Finals predictions. Two picked the Warriors, the other 30 didn’t even have the Warriors in the Finals. For all of the coverage on efficiency, the national media shot 6.2 percent from the field last year.
So let tonight be about the promise that nothing is promised. Tonight is about the men who come together knowing that they can accomplish what’s unimaginable to the rest of the world. Tonight is about the promise of slick crossovers, the current future of this rookie class, and the immediate past of one of the more fun MVP races in recent history.
Tonight is about the promise of basketball.
Phillip Barnett featuring Phillip Barnett.