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Email Diaries: Cleveland or Boston. Who would you rather face in the NBA Finals?

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With all due respect to Dwight Howard and the Orlando Magic, I want to spend a minute to focus on the two most interesting teams in the Eastern Conference. As a basketball fan, the Celtics-Cavs second round series brings us a level of intrigue and excitement that is suspiciously absent from our current Lakers-Jazz match-up.

It also presents a dilemma for Lakers fans across the nation: Who do we root for?

He seems innocent now… Nothing could be further from the truth.

The Boston Celtics and their deplorable fan-base represent everything wrong with basketball. I hate the Celtics with more vigor that any other sports team in existence. I’m not alone, either. Lakers fans hold more contempt for the Celtics than they do for the Pistons, Jazz,  Blazers, Kings, and Suns combined. From our basketball product to our way of life, Boston and LA simply couldn’t be more different. But that is what makes our rivalry so beautiful. We almost enjoy watching the Boston Celtics lose as much as we enjoy watching the Lakers win.

Almost…

Then we have the Cleveland Cavaliers, a perennial doormat of a franchise. When we think Cleveland basketball, we think of them losing. The Shot. The Shot Part II. Ricky Davis and his “triple double”. Of course all that changed in 2003, when they won the lottery of lotteries and acquired the services of LeBron James. “The Chosen One”, as they call him, is the only man on the planet capable of going toe-to-toe with Lakers’ superstar Kobe Bryant. For a decade Kobe has ruled the court without a rival, but it finally looks like a worthy adversary has arrived.

As a Lakers fan I must admit, this is all a bit unsettling. The Iversons, Carters, McGradys, and Wades have come and gone, with Bryant emerging victorious in every case. The James Gang, however, is another story.

A different animal.

A worthy contender.

The media has crowned him King of the NBA for years, and this year he is supposed to win his first title to prove the coronation wasn’t premature. Everything was on schedule until Game 2 against Boston. Now Lebron has his hands full with the Celtics.

By now most of us have heard the rumors that Lakers fans are actually (gasp) rooting for the Boston Celtics to defeat the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Playoffs. The reason, of course, is because Lakers fans are “afraid” of LeBron and his Cavs. While a small minority may feel that way, it’s certainly not the case for me. In a perfect world, the Boston Celtics and Cleveland Cavaliers would play 7 hard fought games with the winner limping their way into the Eastern Conference Finals.

When I woke up this morning I didn’t care who wins the series, just as long as it isn’t easy.

But all that changed with an email I read from a die-hard Cleveland fan this morning.

Next: Here’s a peak into the conversation that changed everything:

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  • 18titles

    17 titles, about to be 18 after beating the Lakers again this year…show some respect for the greatest franchise in NBA history

  • 18titles

    17 titles, about to be 18 after beating the Lakers again this year…show some respect for the greatest franchise in NBA history

  • Jeff Lambert

    Dear 18titles,

    Nothing gets my blood boiling quite like Celtics fans. Try as I might not to retort, I just can’t help myself.

    First, let me thank you for characterizing my stereotype better than I ever could. You managed to come off as both completely contemptuous and utterly obnoxious in just 23 simple words.

    Congratulations are certainly in order, however, in this case you are completely off base and clearly have trouble counting. Let me see if I can help you straighten things out.

    Of Boston’s seventeen (17) NBA Championships, eleven (11) of them came in the 1950-60s (40-50 years ago) when the league had 14 or fewer teams. Two (2) came between 1974 and 1976 with arguably the most diluted talent pool in NBA history, when players Like Julius Erving, Moses Malone, Rick Barry, George Gervin, Artis Gilmore, Connie Hawkins, Spencer Haywood, Dan Issel and David Thompson were all taking paychecks from the ABA.

    After a great run in the early 1980s, the Celtics managed to stay title-less for the second half of the Bird Era and floundered in mediocrity and irrelevance for nearly two full decades.

    The Lakers, on the other hand, have a history of consistent greatness. They have the most NBA Finals appearances (30), most wins in regular season history (3027), best winning percentage in regular season history (61.9%), most wins in playoff history (413), best winning percentage in playoff history (60.3%), the record for most consecutive games won by a professional sports team (33), 22 Hall of Famers, and the second most NBA Titles in league history (15 and counting).

    I hope my article didn’t insinuate that I don’t have respect for the Celtics. I have a tremendous amount of respect for the Boston Celtics, a proud franchise with a great history of winning.

    It’s the fans who are bothersome, not the franchise. While they are busy making unfounded declarative statements, they fail to look at the big picture.

    I’m sure my rant will undoubtedly bring about a 17 titles argument, a cute 17 > 15 diagram or something of the sort. The sad part is, that’s all you have. And with a vast majority of those titles coming WELL before you or I were ever born, it’s time to grab onto something new.

    I say this because you and I can both feel it slipping from your grasp, as it’s the Lakers, not the Celtics, who are in position to control NBA hardware for the next 5 years.

    Good luck against Orlando. We’ll be waiting.

  • Jeff Lambert

    Dear 18titles,

    Nothing gets my blood boiling quite like Celtics fans. Try as I might not to retort, I just can’t help myself.

    First, let me thank you for characterizing my stereotype better than I ever could. You managed to come off as both completely contemptuous and utterly obnoxious in just 23 simple words.

    Congratulations are certainly in order, however, in this case you are completely off base and clearly have trouble counting. Let me see if I can help you straighten things out.

    Of Boston’s seventeen (17) NBA Championships, eleven (11) of them came in the 1950-60s (40-50 years ago) when the league had 14 or fewer teams. Two (2) came between 1974 and 1976 with arguably the most diluted talent pool in NBA history, when players Like Julius Erving, Moses Malone, Rick Barry, George Gervin, Artis Gilmore, Connie Hawkins, Spencer Haywood, Dan Issel and David Thompson were all taking paychecks from the ABA.

    After a great run in the early 1980s, the Celtics managed to stay title-less for the second half of the Bird Era and floundered in mediocrity and irrelevance for nearly two full decades.

    The Lakers, on the other hand, have a history of consistent greatness. They have the most NBA Finals appearances (30), most wins in regular season history (3027), best winning percentage in regular season history (61.9%), most wins in playoff history (413), best winning percentage in playoff history (60.3%), the record for most consecutive games won by a professional sports team (33), 22 Hall of Famers, and the second most NBA Titles in league history (15 and counting).

    I hope my article didn’t insinuate that I don’t have respect for the Celtics. I have a tremendous amount of respect for the Boston Celtics, a proud franchise with a great history of winning.

    It’s the fans who are bothersome, not the franchise. While they are busy making unfounded declarative statements, they fail to look at the big picture.

    I’m sure my rant will undoubtedly bring about a 17 titles argument, a cute 17 > 15 diagram or something of the sort. The sad part is, that’s all you have. And with a vast majority of those titles coming WELL before you or I were ever born, it’s time to grab onto something new.

    I say this because you and I can both feel it slipping from your grasp, as it’s the Lakers, not the Celtics, who are in position to control NBA hardware for the next 5 years.

    Good luck against Orlando. We’ll be waiting.

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