Posted by Sean Doyle, May 1st, 2010Photo Courtesy of SLAM Online.
Last night, the World Champion Lakers knocked off the young, upstart O.K.C. Thunder in game 6 of the opening round of the Western Conference playoffs. Had it not been for the expert hands of All-Star big man Pau Gasol, who rebounded and laid up a Kobe miss with .5 seconds on the clock, then we'd be talking about a decisive game seven. Think about that for a second. When the sun rose on the 09-10 NBA season few, if any (none), had the the Thunder in the playoffs. Hell, most had Oklahoma ticketed for another sad trip to the Secaucus draft lottery. But the young core of Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, and James Harden nearly broke the the Lake-show in half and with a stunning combination of athleticism, sheer will, and stone cold moxy. The Oklahoma crowd whose persistent roar nearly deafened JVG, proved once and for all that OKC is a big sports town. Now to Durant. No star in the Association not named Lebron has a brighter future than he. On that note, I'm going drop something a little shocking here....I fully believe the Thunder will be in the NBA Finals next year. So yes, the future is him.