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Husker Du was an anomaly when they signed to SST Records in the early 80s. Aside from the fact that Husker Du was from Minnesota and SST Records primarily signed West Coast bands like the Minutemen and Black Flag, the band stood out from the label’s ranks because Husker Du played as fast and as loudly as possible while working in pop hooks, melodies and more introspective lyrics. The band’s album, “New Day Rising” may have set the foundation for alternative rock.
What does Husker Du have to do with the 2011 Playoffs? Well, if you’re willing to make the leap: it’s easy to compare the fast and aggressive guitar work of Bob Mould to the play of Derrick Rose and Russell Westbrook. Sometimes Rose and Westbrook may not make the prettiest or most responsible plays, but Mould’s guitar work was full of distortion. If you’re willing to make another leap, the 2011 playoff has the potential to be the dawn of the new era in the NBA, or if you will, a New Day Rising.
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I may seem impatient, but in a post Odd Future environment where patience isn’t necessarily a virtue, I can not wait any longer. I’ve seen the future of the NBA and I want it now. I want to see the Chicago Bulls meet the Oklahoma City Thunder in the NBA Finals. I want to watch Rose and Westbrook attempt to out duel each other. I want to see Serge Ibaka block a Kyle Krover jumper. I need the Bulls to meet the Thunder for the sake of the Association. We need the Bulls and the Thunders in the Finals, for the sake of the league.
The last few years, the league has been standing in the shadows of the Class of 2003. LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh, and Dwyane Wade. These four players were suppose to usher in the new era. These guys were supposed to be the ones battling each other in the finals, but it never quite happened. Yes, LeBron James is a dominant force of nature, but that domination seems to take a back seat whenever the playoffs rolls around. Carmelo Anthony has been mostly a great offensive player and well, Chris Bosh is Chris Bosh. Wade has won the big dance once, but it wouldn’t be great if we just pass by the class of 2003 and just leave them to join the ranks of Karl Malone and Charles Barkley?
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The LeBron James era in the NBA obviously put more emphasis on the individual and the individual performance. Games on television are marketed as “LeBron James and the Heat faces off with Kobe Bryant and the Lakers,” it’s not the Heat VS the Lakers and we’re force to accept a rivalry between two teams that never had and will never have a rivalry. A Bulls-Thunder final would one allow a rivalry to form organically and perhaps, I’m being too optimistic, mark a return of teams winning titles in the league.
Yes, there are superstars on both the Bulls and Thunder, but we’re still at that point where we think of them as apart of a team. When Durant was on the cover of Sports Illustrated, Durant wanted Thabo Sefolosha and then teammate Nenad Krstic on the cover with them. It’s been said far too many times, but Durant is the anti LeBron and it’s just time to move on from LeBron and Melo and their promise and potential and focus on the good and fun and players that play like they’re on a team.
Bulls and Thunder split their season series, but the two teams have changed dramatically since their last match up (December 6th). The Thunder have gotten tougher with the addition of Kendrick Perkins and the Bulls’ front court of Joakim Noah and Carlos Boozer have logged a few more minutes together. So, who knows could win the series, but just imagine what a series it would be!
This isn’t much of a playoff preview, but a Hail Mary prayer to the Based Basketball Gods. We need the Thunder and the Bulls in the finals because it’ll be awesome match up.