NBA / Oct 28, 2008 / 8:03 pm

The Greatest Night Of the Year

Paul PiercePierce will have to put emotion behind him

Of all of the most beautiful things in the world – Megan Fox, a Stockton/Malone pick-and-roll, Vida Guerra‘s better half to name a few – there is one that we can only enjoy once a year. Charles Barkley‘s fleece suit. No, in all seriousness, the National Holiday that is opening night in the NBA.

* TNT broke out all the stops during their pre-game intro to the Celtics/Cavs, as they got two of the greatest Americans to talk about what a championship means: Jerry Rice, Jim Brown. There were some others mixed in there too – AI, Kobe, and for no good reason at all, T.O. Even though I’m a Birds fan, I’m not the only one who could have done without the human cancer.

* How hard will it be for the Celtics to put that ring ceremony behind them? Bill Russell might have done that 10 times, but he didn’t have that ridiculous 378-diamond studded paperweight hanging on his hand.

* James Posey did not come back for the ceremony, which left only two players from last year wearing suits: Sam Cassell and Scot Pollard. Pollard looked like he stepped off the set of a vampire movie to grab his ring.

* Watching Paul Pierce humbly shed a tear when he first received the Larry O’Brien trophy from the Celtics’ legends, and then again when his name was called last to receive the championship ring is simply what sports is all about. Plus, the Forrest Gump music took my emotion to the next level.

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  • Shea O’Donnell

    Let’s Go Sixers.

  • Tangman

    What?! Since when is Wayne Gretzky American?

  • Brown

    Wayne Gretzky is Canadian. Big-time mistake on that one.

  • Shea O’Donnell

    lol Dime was all over fixing that.

  • fallinup

    Ahhhhh…the season is here. I am whole again.

  • R.ELI

    that music reminded you of Forrest Gump too?

  • srb

    my f’n brother was supposed to tape the ceremony because i’m working tonight. he did not tape it. i will punch him in his sleep when i have the chance.

  • http://www.myspace.com/carli_borikua4life QuEsT???

    damn i missed it, i went like 100mph from school to my house and i still missed it .

  • Flo rida evans

    T.O. ‘human cancer’?That would make Stephon Marbury ‘human leprosy’.

  • MSkittle

    Let’s not forget to mention how awesome the NBA TV preview show was. C Webb and Payton in the Studio? Legendary

  • Marcello

    srb’s comment will et me thru the day. hilarious