The NBA’s newest set of Finals promos is based around legendary Finals moments from current players. This is a nice idea, but also one that severely limits the league’s choices, especially in regard to the four active teams fighting for the right to make it to the final round.
Thumbing their nose at convention, in the wake of highlighting a Dirk Nowitzki one-legged jumper from the 2011 Finals, the league went Kobe Bryant this time around, dunking on Todd MacCulloch during the 2002 Finals:
Sweet dunk, Kobe.
Frankly, I don’t want to be reminded of the 2002 NBA Finals. The Lakers were finishing a bickering end to the team’s three-peat, while taking on a New Jersey Nets team that would have ranked as perhaps the fifth or sixth-best team in the NBA that year. Kobe and Shaquille O’Neal were fantastic that season, but the team’s bench was terrible, and the Nets were given weird credit as this terrifying fast break machine, when really the team produced some of the more boring half-court basketball in the NBA that season.
We eagerly await the next clip of Tim Duncan shooting a solid jump hook over Drew Gooden in the 2007 NBA Finals.