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.

Comments (8)

  1. Did not know you knew so much about Harry Potter. Did you just see the movie and had Potter on the mind?

  2. Sometimes you just have to talk about Harry Potter with regards to basketball.

  3. Not to mention that every once in a while, a Neville Longbottom deserves a ring. Brian Cardinal was due for a ring.

  4. Kevin love is the benefactor and victim of the NBA’s view of white people: great in front of the camera and in interviews but bad athletically. This guy is getting pleasure from the misfortune of others, lets not label it as anything else, this guy is way too idealized

  5. So, a lot of the NBA celebrated when a team that treated 9 of its players as afterthoughts and began an experiment that suggested you only need 3 players to win did not succeed? I find that hard to believe.

  6. Ironically, Chris Bosh was both on the Heat and in Harry Potter 7. I can’t decide which he defended worse: the paint or Bellatrix LeStrange’s vault.

  7. I think kevin love should focus on getting his team some wins, not running his mouth pretty sure Lebron was a one man show in Cleveland and they made the playoffs. Love … where you at with your team?

  8. Kevin Love is the Patronus Charm we were all waiting for to drive back the doldrums of the Dementor-esque summer. I wish they’d just put the AND1 Mixtape tour series on Netflix already. I think that’d hold me over a bit.

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