The last time the Boston Celtics and the Golden State Warriors met in the Finals, the world was a very different place. NBA players still wore Chuck Taylors, nobody had ever golfed on the moon, and the Dubs had not yet become one of the most successful NBA franchises of all time. Those Celtics had already accumulated six championships when they met and defeated the then-San Francisco Warriors in their first and — to that point — only confrontation in the Finals. That’s exactly how many rings the Warriors have today as they prepare to face the Celtics once again, 58 years later.
One thing is all but sure: Whoever wins, the rich will get richer. This is the sort of series that will split a nation by forcing it to confront which charmed and prosperous team they loathe least. It will be a Trojan horse of schadenfreude for the folks who can’t stand either of these wounded squads. At least it’s sure to draw in bonkers ratings, which will delight Adam Silver.