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Saturday, June 30, 2012

2012 NBA Draft Diary


Somehow, we salvaged an NBA season out of that lockout. It was good, too. Whether you liked the outcome or not, the storylines - the good guy/bad guy Finals, of LeBron finally winning, the brief Celtics resurgence and the unflappable-until-they-were-flapped Spurs - wrote themselves rather nicely. As soon as that weren't supposed to happen go, that one was pretty good.

Of course, to get to that point, we have to suffer through a lot. The lockout burned and burned badly, a scarring months of indecisiveness and stagnancy that sullied reputations and left thousands out of pocket. Worse still, the party stopped. The NBA and the Players Union refused to give up their seats to pregnant women, gave Chinese burns to school children and punched puppies in the face, so determined were they to ruin everyone's fun. After achieving a great high in the 2010/11 season, the NBA decided it had to hurt itself.

Regardless of what happened in the past, though, we now get to look forward. The NBA Draft of last year had something of a Thelma and Louise feel to it, yet despite driving itself off that cliff, the NBA still lives on. This year's draft will be more of a Disney epic, or a Steve Carell comedy caper. Men and women will fall in love. Anthromorphic animals will smile and embrace and then go on impossibly happy jaunts to soothing walking away music. Everything will resolve itself in the happiest possible way from the most unlikely scenario. And no one will die.

Maybe.

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