Spurs’ Big Three

by Lorenzo Piccoli

Intense sport day today. First the final match of the European Under-21 Championship in Jerusalem, which replicates that of Euro 2012, although Italy will be looking to avoid a similar 4-0 against Spain. Both sides are unbeaten en route to the final, with Italy conceding just a single goal and Spain none at all. I will support Italy as Spain is just too strong and I dislike their football superpower. En plus, Italian national players and coaches are much more professional than they used to be back in 2010 when it was plainly impossible to support them.

And later in the night match 5 of the NBA finals, with San Antonio Spurs challenging Miami Heats for the title. I will, of course, side with San Antonio Spurs who, after a miraculous ride, now find themselves one victory shy of their fifth NBA championship since 1999. The Spurs are the underdog and I always side for the underdog. But if you need further reasons, then you can read a partisan piece that has been published on today’s Repubblica. The Spurs come from all over the world and among their best players there are celebrities – Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili – who were the acclaimed stars of the team already in 2008, the last time I played NBA Live on my computer. Miami, on the other hand, is a team based on three superstars – LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh – who were supposed to dominate the tournament in 2012 – they lost against the Dallas Mavericks in the finals – and again in 2013 – they are now down 3 to 2.