This NBA season started with LeBron James in a happy place, a Samsung commercial showing James tooling around Miami with his boyz looking utterly content, pleased with himself and unburdened by expectations.
King James conquered the NBA's game of thrones. And like King Joffrey, LeBron could not contain his glee. He opened the new season flouting the goodness of his life rather than touting his resolve to conquer again.
At this moment, this best-of-7 Finals series between the Heat and the Spurs is a reminder of familiar adages that apply to happiness and expectations. 1. Happiness is a journey, not a destination; 2. Happiness is based on expectations.
ESPN microphones caught San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich exhorting his team thusly: "It's the NBA Finals; it's supposed to be hard."
The Spurs expected this, a knockdown, drag-out, roller-coaster series that would require Duncan, Parker, Ginobili and everyone else to search their souls and dig deeper than they ever imagined. The Hea...