Wednesday, June 19, 2013
What if NBA Finals were boxing?
By Dan Rafael
The Miami Heat’s epic win against the San Antonio Spurs in Game 6 of the NBA Finals in overtime on Tuesday night was as exciting as anything I’ve seen in sports in a long time. And it got me thinking -- what if the insanity that often prevails in the boxing business was extended to pro basketball?
If this Heat-Spurs series was boxing:
• There would be no deciding Game 7 because one team would refuse to take random drug tests and the other team would insist on taking most of the money.
• There would be no Game 7 because the Heat would be ordered face the last-place Orlando Magic instead.
• There would be no Game 7 because one team would sign with Top Rank and one team would go with Golden Boy.
• There would be no Game 7 because one team would want it on HBO and one would want to play on Showtime.
• It wouldn't matter who won Game 7 because some sanctioning organization would just give both teams titles, for a small sanctioning fee, of course.
• There would be a Game 7, but it would be on pay-per-view and cost fans $59.95 ($69.95 in HD).
• There would be a Game 7, but not until 2015, when the teams would make a deal to play it. Gotta let it marinate!