If you’re a fan of basketball, you would have a hard time deciding on what to watch on this day April 14, 2016 (April 13, 2016 in the US). Two historic moments will take place and that is the last game of the Golden State Warriors in the regular season which could tie or surpass the win-loss record of the 1995-1996 Chicago Bulls and Kobe Bryant’s last game.
If you’re a baseball fan, there’s nothing that much yet as the 2016 season of the Major League Baseball just got started but if you’re a fan of the Boston Red Sox, it’s David Ortiz’s last season. If you’re a fan of volleyball particularly college volleyball, there’s a whole lot of people graduating in the UAAP (Universities Athletic Association of the Philippines) in each team and the most hyped with those graduating or players playing their final UAAP season are Mika Reyes of the De La Salle University and Alyssa Valdez of the Ateneo de Manila University.
For now we will focus on basketball.
I can’t wait for the Golden State Warriors to win it in their home court so I can write 73-9 all over their printed schedule of their regular season games that I have here at home then maybe if there’s still time to switch channels, watch Kobe Bryant’s last game against the Utah Jazz.
Like what I’ve said before in a post that I dedicated to Kobe Bryant, I am not a fan of him or the Lakers because when the final buzzer sounds for Kobe, win or lose basketball will never ever be the same again.
In a interview of Derek Jeter on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon that I watched on You Tube, his last game with the New York Yankees for him was like attending his own funeral because fans were either sentimental of Jeter as a Yankee because Jeter is the first player in the long history of the Yankees to reach three thousand hits, surpassing Lou Gehrig as the all-time Yankee leader in career hits. Another issue is fans could not let him go. More important is a five time World Series champion.
I only hope that Kobe Bryant does not feel the same way as Jeter.
The one thing amazing about Bryant and Jeter is that they are both praised by His Airness, Michael Jordan. In his last season, Jeter wearing Jordan gear for most of his career was honored with a Jordan ad that fits his exit in the Major League. As for Kobe, Michael not did not just release a set of Jordan shoes from the first pair of Jordans to the latest pair with color ways that fits his mamba personality and Michael Jordan being a big boss in the Charlotte Hornets office, retired the number eight in the Hornets franchise since he was first drafted by Charlotte before getting traded to the Lakers on the day he got drafted in 1996.
With his season coming to a close, we will never know how long it’s going to take for the Lakers become a contender again in the playoffs and with Shaquille O’ Neal getting inducted to the hall of fame soon, I only hope Shaq welcomes Kobe five to ten years from now after this season.
For the Warriors, win number seventy-three win is within reach and with the last game of their regular season going to be played in their home court, the chances for them to surpass the ’95-’96 are high.
The fact that Warriors head coach Steve Kerr was part of the 72-10 lineup is amazing and if the Warriors can get win 73, Steve Kerr is now part of two amazing lineups. If they get win number 73 and do not reach the NBA Finals then become champions their regular season win-loss record will be useless if they don’t put up a fight in the postseason.
As of this writing the number eight spot in the Western Conference has yet to be determined because the Utah Jazz and the Houston Rockets are tied for the last playoff spot at 40-41. If Utah does not win against the Lakers, the Houston Rockets will be number eight to face the Warriors and facing every team in the Western Conference is not a walk in the park if you ask me and in the games Golden State faced other Western Conference, Portland was able to beat the Warriors after the All-Star Weekend. They almost loss to Memphis but none of those matters with the NBA Playoffs fast approaching and the competition in the West will be tougher once the post season starts.
So for basketball fans it will be a bittersweet day. Two games for the ages with a bittersweet season to end with.