Between the end of Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Saturday night and the start of tonight’s Game 1 of the NBA Finals, sports writers are going bonkers trying to establish the best storylines that they can hammer into the ground over the next one or two weeks (hopefully two). The easiest storyline, of course, is “You’re not allowed to like this team because ______” and depending on the writer, the reason is either “LeBron’s Decision” or “Clay Bennett’s theft”.
That’s the common denominator narrative for the 2012 NBA Finals – you’re either pulling for the villains in Miami, or you’re pulling for the villain in Oklahoma City. After all, there’s nothing worse than a guy who hosted his own 1-hour special to tell his hometown that he was leaving than a guy who purchased a team and moved it to another city, or vice versa. Whichever person you choose to cheer for makes you wrong, according to some sports writer.
And that’s obviously not fair. As sports fans, we should be able to cheer for whomever we want, without having to explain ourselves. But if these media bullies are causing you to second-guess your bandwagon loyalty for the NBA championship series, then I’ve created a handy flowchart to help you decide which team you’re actually allowed to cheer for.
(For a larger version for your rodent eyeballs, click here.)