Watch this real quick, and then meet us down below.
You’re probably wondering why we’re showing something that caused a two week period of severe depression in a younger version of us. (That’s a long time for a kid with no other problems.)
To answer that question, we direct you to this post from our friends at Detroit Bad Boys titled “This is LBJ’s 1989″. It’s from last week – here’s the important part.
This is LeBron James’ coming out party. He is taking his game to the next level. He will be the next great superstar for at least the next decade, if not two.
But this is LBJ’s 1989. And that season ended pretty nicely for the Pistons the first time around.
What they’ve forgotten is the other thing that happened in 1989 before MJ lost to those Pistons – the thing you just watched up there. What’s significant about The Shot today?
The Cavs had gone 6-0 against the Bulls that year, dominating them during the regular season. While Michael was destined for greatness, he wasn’t “Michael” yet, and Chicago wasn’t favored to win. Remember, this was back when Magic Johnson had already dubbed the Cavs the “team of the ’90s” – their future was all but guaransheed.
The series was rougher than expected, though. In fact, the Cavs had to win Game 4 on the road to force a Game 5 back home. Who were these Bulls? MJ was gonna put up numbers, sure – but this team was supposed to roll over like they did all year for Mark Price’s troops. Sound familiar yet?
See…in reality, these Pistons might be LeBron’s Cavs, and if it’s 1989, his Pistons might actually be the Heat, who have his Larry Bird, but only if he’s gonna be part Magic Johnson, which make some sense, since he’s like Magic and Michael combined skill-wise. It’s not a perfect analogy, nor can you understand it in under five reads. Whatever – they brought it up, albeit perhaps from the incorrect angle. (Who gets to be LeBron’s Craig Ehlo, btw?)
Everyone said LeBron would get Cleveland one game just by virtue of having one of those completely dominant games.
He ain’t gotten that one yet, and with the way these games have gone, he’ll be all set up to create an iconic moment for some kid in Detroit to anguish over for the next two weeks. (Not that that particular kid doesn’t have enough problems on the horizon.)
In the final leg of preparation, let’s dive into the
razor thin deep, storied Cavalier history and get prepared with a little musical inspiration.
Then, when it’s all over, let’s go enjoy the gift of becoming Witness to LeBron v Wade I.
(Special Note to YAYsports! readers: We’re totally going to come back later and erase this shit if we blow the called shot for the second game in a row. Just so you know.)
Would’ve been nice if someone else had shown up on the offensive end today. Detroit smothered LBJ in the second half.