This year’s NBA championship series between Miami and San Antonio could well be among the top championship series ever.
The Heat won the seven-game affair by never dying, though there were several occasions the state-based team could have folded.
LeBron James again proved he’s the best player on the planet and Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh are definitely among the league’s elite players.
Players like Ray Allen, Mike Miller and Shane Battier also seemed to step up at the right time during the series and the Heat were repeat champions.
They could well be a three-peat bunch next year.
As for the Spurs, age may be catching up with the team that was looking for its fifth ring in the Tim Duncan era.
Duncan, 37, is one of the most consistent players to ever play the game. Teammate Manu Ginobilli, a flamboyant whiz, is 36 and time is beginning to take its toil on his play.
Sparkplug guard Tony Parker is just 31. He, however, might have to change his game whenever Duncan and Ginobilli hang it up, which may be sooner than later.
Personally, I was pulling for the Spurs to win that fifth championship. To be honest, the best team won.
COLLEGE WORLD SERIES
One more win for the Bruins and they, as much as I can tell, will join California as a NCAA Division 1 school that won a championship in the three major sports – footaball, basketball and baseball.
UCLA took a 1-0 lead in the CWS with a 3-1 win over Mississippi State.
UCLA, of course, was a basketball power in the John Wooden-era and the Bruins shared a National Championship with Ohio State in football in 1954. Another win at Omaha would allow them to join the California Bears with the three-sport distinction.
The Bears won a baseball championship in 1947 and 1957, a basketball championship in 1959, and football titles in 1920, ‘21 and ‘22.
Florida, Alabama, LSU and Georgia are SEC teams with titles in two sports.
State school Miami also has national titles in two sports.
Other two-sport champion schools are Texas, Ohio State, Southern Cal, Oklahoma, Syracuse, Arizona, Michigan and Michigan State.
There may be more two-sport champion schools. At press time UCLA has the best chance to join California as a school with titles in the three sports.