The rat race is over, folks.
Kobe goin' first.
I know we all have different levels of dislike for the Los Angeles Lakers, but they won it all this time, so in the spirit of sportsmanship, congratulations. It's painful to think that the Gasols, Vujacics, Odoms, and Morrisons of the world now have their rings, but like everything else hurtful or disappointing, this too, shall pass.
Despite a postseason marred by numerous injuries to key players (ahem... Manu), I must say that this year's playoffs have been somewhat enjoyable, both for the games themselves and our constant banter in the loser threads, FanPosts and FanShots. So, thanks guys :) (and shout-outs to rikiddo for helping with the loser threads, and to Lauri and CapHill for the Round 2 loser threads, which greatly inspired me)
As for our San Antonio Spurs, somewhere along the way we tripped, stumbled, and eventually fell out of the race. We'll be back next season, for sure. In what shape, form, size or state, I don't know. But I guess that's what makes all things Spurs exciting and crazy at the same time, right?
The great Chinese philosopher Confucius once said, "Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall."
The emotional ebb and flow of fandom for me, sometimes, is very difficult to go along with and can be draining, but there is no doubt that riding these waves with the PtR faithful makes everything worth it. Now, we can finally take our respective breaks (graduate school starts for me tomorrow), and for some, continue those magnificent offseason discussions. Remember, as hard as we work here in PtR, Timmeh works even harder for us SA fans.
"In the depths of winter, I discovered in me an invincible summer." - Albert Camus
Keep the faith, boys and girls. And see you around on the interwebs.