“Fear can hold you prisoner. Hope can set you free.”—Shawshank Redemption
Amar wrote a great post on The Hype surrounding NBA Teams and the OKC Thunder. If you missed it check it out. http://www.slcdunk.com/2010/10/21/1766146/rumbles-of-thunder-dont-believe-the-hype#storyjump
A response to Hype-
Hype is just Excitement mixed with Hope.
First off- Kevin Durant is a once in a generation talent. That is why his team gets the hype. Durant could be playing with 4 guys in my rec league and his team would get hype. The truth is anytime there is a player that is that good that young we tend to put the hype behind them. Amar listed some teams that got hype that didn’t do anything, but come on, hype isn’t batting 0 for 5. There was a lot of hype when Larry Bird got drafted when he was still in college for another year. There was a lot of hype when a 6’9” rookie point guard got drafted to play alongside the leagues best center. I think both Bird and Magic delivered on the hype that they got. When Dr. J joined the Sixers there was a lot of hype. Jordan’s teams got tons of hype even though they had never got passed The Bad Boys. When Jordan returned from baseball there was hype. When Tim Duncan joined forces with David Robinson there was a lot of hype. When Shaq came to LA there was hype. When Phil joined Kobe and Shaq in LA there was more hype. When Shaq joined D-Wade there was hype. When KG and Ray Ray joined Paul P in Boston there was hype. When Pau joined Kobe and Phil in LA there was hype. All of those teams had the hype and won championships. Was there hype when Ewing went to NY? Yes. Was there also hype when Barkley went to Phoenix? Yes. Was there hype when Barkley and Pippen went to Houston? Yes. Was there hype when Grant Hill and T-Mac joined up in Orlando? Yes. So it isn’t cut and dry that hype means that a team is a future champ or a failure. Have teams been over-hyped? Yes. Have championship teams been under the radar? Yes.
“Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies.”—Andy Dufresne, Shawshank Redemption.
The truth is whenever there is a possible changing of the guard, there is hype. I know that it is frustrating when the Jazz are just always good, and everybody knows it and expects it. When we are a small market team that never gets the attention that we have earned, it is really frustrating. I get that. But why be mad when the league is exciting and full of possibility. That is what brings the hype, excitement and hope. Hope we will see something great and the excitement of finding someone or team that we feel can deliver on that hope. We may be seeing something in Durant that we have never seen before. The Jazz running team basketball can come across to the national media like the Bare Naked Ladies song, “Woo hoo hoo its all been done before.” So from a national prospective the Jazz don’t have the hype of the Thunder, because we don’t have anyone that appears to be as exciting as Durant. Locally though, this is the most hyped Jazz team in a long time. This is the most hyped I have been for our team since the late 90s, And that hype has made me have a whole lot of hope. I think that all hope and or hype surrounding the NBA this year is great. I just hope it lives up to the hype.
To borrow a few lines from Red in the Shawshank Redemption with Jazz fan editing in bold:
When thinking about the Jazz this year, “I find I'm so excited I can barely sit still or hold a thought in my head. I think it is the excitement only a Jazz fan can feel, a Jazz fan at the start of a long journey whose conclusion is uncertain. I hope Al can destroy defenses across the West. I hope to see -my team hoist a trophy in their hands, and shake the NBA’s landscape. I hope to make that team in the Pacific division as blue as they have been in my dreams. I hope.”