Did you watch the NBA Finals, last week? I did.
And if you did not watch the actual games, you might take a look at the results and assumed that what transpired was exactly what everyone expected, going into the series: The Warriors were far too superior, and the Cavs had no chance whatsoever
Well, of course, you would be gravely mistaken.
The first thing to take away from this series was that th ere are no forgone conclusions in sports. Or even in life, for that matter.
But it was the second thing I learned that really resonated with me: Not every loss is the same.
See, it is one thing to play badly and lose. That happens to the best of us. Sometimes the opponent is just too strong, and sometimes we just have a bad day. It happens, and it is okay. You can still come back, play better, and hope to win.
But there are times when you clearly have a historically great game against a historically great team and you drag your historically mediocre crew to within inches of victory, and what happens?
You have one teammate missing a clutch free throw, another who has no idea of the score, and a head coach who does not know you have a time out left.
I believe this response sum up your feelings perfectly.
No wonder it ended up being the meme of the week.
When you do everything you need to, in order to win, but you still fall short, what do you do? What can you do? How can you not break from a loss like this?
Cleveland did. They showed no fight for the rest of the series. And now that the season is over, and LeBron is, in all probability, going to walk away the first chance he gets, it is highly likely that they will never fully recover.
And LeBron? Well, he might take a moment, but I think he will be just fine.