Why the Finals had to end this way

LeBron finally got his ring, the Thunder aren't ready yet and KD's time is coming

Updated: June 28, 2012, 1:12 AM ET
By J.A. Adande | ESPN.com

MIAMI -- It might sound counterintuitive, even now, but if you wanted to preserve The Way Things Are in the NBA you had to want the Oklahoma City Thunder to lose to the Miami Heat in the Finals.

Yes, the Heat were assembled overnight, compared to the Thunder's gradual ascension. But the Heat were the team that paid the painful price of losing in the Finals first. They were the ones who had to endure an offseason (an extended offseason at that) of, as Dwyane Wade put it, "so much pain, ...

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