In the few moments we have between analyzing the bone density of post players from parts unknown, and parsing out the travel intineraries of the dead-coach-and-gm-walking, it might be nice to discuss actual basketball games that are taking place right now on your TV.
Being a Wolves' fan means you develop a keen sense of which other team to root for or against in the playoffs, since your favorite squad has been mathematically eliminated sometime around Thanksgiving.
My personal process has been as such: I (like most everybody) like OKC and the Bulls. But Chicago has already piled up a few championships, and probably will get some more in the future. OKC is nothing but likeable, almost to the point of envy, and could soon turn to jealousy. Plus, the whole "Seattle" thing. So, good luck, but they're out.
Speaking of "envy," it wasn't too many months ago that people were lumping the Wolves and Memphis in the same group of forgettable, ineptly-managed small-market teams. That group is now officially smaller by one, and I'm not sure I can take watching a former member of our motley group of lower leaguers parade down Beale Street with an NBA trophy, while the Wolves wait for a Spanish post-adolescent who may or may not even be good.
The Lakers and Celtics have had more championships than most of the other NBA teams combined, as any of their many douchey fans will be quick to tell you. Enough, already. KG and Kobe are also both icky.
That leaves Dallas, and I was little surprised at how elated I was to see them go up 2-0 on the Lakers at L.A. Yes, Mark Cuban. But Dirk's a noble warrior, they were jobbed and robbed against Miami, and I can think of no team that David Stern would rather not win the championship. So that settles it!
Got any teams you like or dislike, or interesting observations in general about the playoffs so far?