Finally, after far too many days without basketball, the NBA Finals ... are still a couple days away.
Fine, that's true, but we're drawing ever closer to Game 1 on Thursday, as the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers meet for the third straight time to try to claim the NBA championship.
Unless you're already a fan of one of these two franchises, you might be sick and tired of the lack of parity in the Association. Look on the bright side, though — the 2017 NBA Finals feature two of the greatest teams in modern history and some of the best players ever to step foot on the court.
So as you get ready for Cavs-Warriors III, here are five reasons you should pick Cleveland as your favorite NBA team for the month of June. (We'll be back on Wednesday with five reasons to pick Golden State, in case you're not much of a LeBron fan.)
We're witnessing history
Whether LeBron can lead the Cavaliers to a stunning upset or not, he's playing basketball at the very highest level — as evidenced by all of the "MJ or LeBron?" takes you can find here on FOX Sports or anywhere else in the wide world of sports.
This is the kind of performance we'll herald for generations, and we have the privilege of living in the moment. So the best way to appreciate LeBron is to become a diehard fan of his and the Cavs for the next two weeks.
Now, if you're going to be a Cleveland supporter, you'll need to work up an appropriate amount of disdain for the Warriors, so ...
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The Warriors can be absolutely insufferable
When Draymond Green is busy yelling at everyone, friend and foe alike, Stephen Curry is throwing mouthguards, Klay Thompson is asking if people's feelings are hurt, Kevin Durant is joining the team instead of trying to beat it, and Golden State fans are busy telling you how great the Warriors are, the last thing anyone wants to do is appreciate Golden State's magnificence.
We get it. You're awesome — and no one cares outside of the Bay.
Kyrie Irving is the most fun playoff player in the NBA
The postseason comes down to one questiom: can you get buckets?
Irving is the master of bucketry — a clutch assassin who breaks ankles, roasts nets, and hurls daggers from downtown.
During the regular season, his nonstop dribbling can make you want to pull your hair out; in the playoffs, it's the stuff of legend. Rooting for the Cavs means you get to pull for Irving to be the best point guard in the series, just like he was in the 2016 Finals.
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A Cavaliers win could create chaos
2017 free agency is shaping up as a pretty boring affair, other than the chance that Gordon Hayward heads to Boston or the Clippers fall apart.
A Cleveland win could change all that, though. There's the microscopic possibility Durant would decide Golden State's not the right fit and head off in search of a ring elsewhere, yet that's only going to happen if the Cavaliers pull off a shocking sweep.
If Golden State comes up short, however, free agents might conclude the Warriors are vulnerable — especially if they have to gut their remaining depth to pay everyone this offseason — setting the stage for the creation of even more superteams in the Western Conference.
When in doubt, always root for chaos.
It's always more fun to root for the underdog
And how often can you cheer for both LeBron James and the underdog?
Las Vegas has the Warriors listed as -240 series favorites on the cusp of Game 1, which is a pretty hefty margin (despite a significant drop from their -400 peak a couple weeks ago). Putting your money, figurative or literal, on Cleveland to pull off the upset probably means you're going to lose.
But if "your team" wins, the victory will be even sweeter, because you'll know it came at the expense of the NBA's greatest superteam.
Or, you can side with those tech nerds from Silicon Valley against the rest of these real, blue-collar United Basketball States. The choice is yours, friend.