Now that we’ve been without basketball for nearly two months, it’s hard to remember the good times. It’s like when dementors attack in the Potterverse, in that we’re devoid of any positive feelings and unable to imagine a scenario in which we ever smile/have basketball again. It sucks.
And that’s too bad, because when the season ended, everything was gravy. The Dallas Mavericks had just won the championship, which was great. But more important, the Miami Heat had lost, which was something that delighted fans around the globe. It was a triumph of good over evil, just like when Harry Potter (SPOILER ALERT) defeats Lord Voldemort.
But it wasn’t just fans who were happy the Heat lost. Even the NBA was happy about it. Just ask Kevin Love. From Sports Radio Interviews’ transcription of Love’s appearance on WFAN:
Did guys around the league enjoy the fact that the Heat didn’t win the championship?:
“Oh yeah, great amount of joy out of it. Plus, for me, they say nice guys, good guys finish last. But Dallas, they just had a slew of great guys and veterans on their team that made for just a great team. It wasn’t just two, three, four guys on the team, like Miami I kind of felt it was. Around the league, it was kind of a consensus that guys were happy.”
There you have it. Even NBA players like it when the Heat lose. Not just some, but a consensus of guys were happy about it. That’s a lot of multimillion dollar schadenfreude.
Not too surprising though. There were comments throughout the season from NBA players about not liking how the Heat came together, the way they were acting, or how arrogant they were at times. It’s only natural that they’d be happy when a team full of guys that everyone respects (and DeShawn Stevenson) beats a team full of guys that rubbed almost everyone the wrong way. It’s just like when Dolores Umbridge was run out of Hogwarts. Even the centaurs were happy, and they can’t even stand humans.
Or maybe it’s like when Harry Potter caught his first snitch and the crowd went crazy because Gryffindor beat Slytherin. Not sure which of those two fits best, but it’s definitely something Harry Potter.