The NBA Playoffs: Not The Same Without Your Favorite Team

Yama HazheerCorrespondent IIMay 5, 2009

CHICAGO - FEBRUARY 28:  Jason Richardson #23 of the Golden State Warriors looks on from the bench in the final minutes of the Warriors 113-83 loss to the Chicago Bulls February 28, 2007 at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Normally around this time of the NBA season, I would be more excited than usual. I would watch the NBA playoff games with my friends, be active in game threads on the forums I visit, and just produce more and more articles. This time around, I have not had the same feel as I have in the previous years.

Maybe it's because my Golden State Warriors left a sour taste in my mouth after going through such a horrendous season. Or maybe it's because my second favorite team, the New Jersey Nets, actually had a decent shot at the playoffs, but injures and poor play from my favorite player, Vince Carter, was the shot in the leg for them.

Right now I am interested in a draft class many are calling "weak." I am hoping dearly for the Warriors to draft Tyreke Evans, but knowing the past few moves of our front office, I know they will do something to make the organization look hideous and an embarrassment to fans across the globe.

The first round series with the Boston Celtics and Chicago Bulls was great, maybe even the best off all time, but it still did not give me the same enjoyment as watching the underdog Warriors knock off the No. 1 seeded Dallas Mavericks. Ah, those were the days of being the NBA's favorite underdogs and the story of the year.

Back to the playoffs, I think the reason I don't find the playoffs as exciting is because I don't have a team that I could really root for. Last season, I hated the Boston Celtics and still do, and the Los Angeles Lakers were the team I was supporting, just because I wanted to see Kobe Bryant win a ring without Shaq, so the media would get off his jock about it. It did not happen.

This season, I am not supporting the Lakers as much. I do not care who wins the title this year, but I do want to see one matchup that almost any fan of the NBA or just a casul viewer would want to see; Lebron James' Cleveland Cavaliers versus Kobe Bryant's Los Angeles Lakers.

The two best players in the world going at it would make ratings go so high that even David Stern would crack a smile.

This year, I do not care who wins the championship. I just want to see fun, exciting games throughout the rest of the post-season, not one sided blowouts. We have seen too many of those so far in these playoffs.

To people who have their teams out of the playoffs, don't get too down. Enjoy these games, stay true to your team no matter what, and always believe in your team, whether it's a chance at the No. 1 pick or the NBA championship.

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