Paul George shooting over Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. (Credit)
As a New York Knicks fan and a basketball fan, I’m constantly haunted by the 2009 Western Conference Finals. If you don’t remember, that’s the series where Denver nearly stole Game 1 in Los Angeles and then actually won Game 2, leaving everyone involved thinking “holy crap, Carmelo Anthony is making the leap.”
There’s no greater joy for a basketball fan than watching a player make the leap right before your eyes. It’s just so gratifying to watch a player figure it all out and become the player they were always meant to be. It’s the bizarro version of what we saw with LeBron James last summer in that we actually want to see it. For two games in Los Angeles that spring, it looked like it was going to happen for Carmelo.
But, it didn’t. Those two games were a mirage as Kobe Bryant completely took over the series. The Lakers won in six, but I had to reevaluate why the Nuggets were able to keep it so cl...