Nothing helps me pounce out of bed early in the morning like game day during the NBA Playoffs!!
Even more so, an interview with one of my all-time favorite players…who just happens to be a member of the opposing team. Always fun, always kind of intimidating, too.
I’ve been beaming since the Magic’s win in overtime of Game 4. Now with Game 5 tipping off tonight in Orlando, I am like a kid in a candy store…or more accurately, me in a candy store. My God, how I love candy.
Unlike the (far too many) bandwagon fans in Orlando whom I have already told to bite me, I have ALWAYS stood by my boys no matter how bad, or let’s face it, how embarassing a loss they may have endured. Or three losses in the case of this series. Heartbreaking, but alas, Game 5 is here.
Game 4 proved that the Magical flame has been reignited! I do believe it also sparked excitement for fans as well. Sitting downtown on my game day lunch/writing retreat, I can feel the energy in downtown Orlando. Worker bees pass by chatting about tonight’s game, the odds, the good, the bad, and the ugly of games already passed. Business men don blue and white ties, servers sport Magic T-shirts, ‘Go Magic’ signage drapes the city. I love it!
As I ventured off to (a very lucky last minute) interview for ESPN mobile this morning with Kevin Garnett, a.k.a. The Enemy, as I openly referred to him, I noticed even the valet guys are in the spirit of things at the Celtics’ hotel.
Seeing Kevin makes me realize I should have worn heels because I really do feel like a cookie-making Keebler elf next to him in flats. Either way, I have to say that yes, it is difficult to have to remain unbiased writing articles with an opposing team member.
I mean, of COURSE I want the Magic to win. Of COURSE I want my team to advance and smack either Kobe or Amare back to the West Coast…however, when these tallies are so sweet to me during interviews, I feel like a semi-traitor. But I’m a strong cookie-making elf…and I do not falter.
So I wish KG a happy belated birthday and try to inquire about what happened in Game 4…and more importantly what will happen tonight. So how will #5 fare in Game 5?
According to KG, “The team who wants it the most will win.”
“So I guess you didn’t want to win in Game 4 then?” I asked. To which his response was a blank stare, followed by, “Nice french manicure.”
Wow, I thought. Is it really this easy to distract a Celtic? Or was my clever trash talk just too much for KG to handle? Ok, lets be real…neither.
“Good to see you haven’t changed,” he told me. Last time I had to interview KG he claimed I was very sarcastic, but it was something he respected. I said he was sweet, didn’t I?
Last time I told him I liked that he got into fights during the games because it gives me more to write about. He didn’t find that as clever. After thirty minutes or so, our chatter concludes and I thank him for the interview.
I mumble “Go Magic” as we parted ways, to which he shakes his head, throws his hand up and says, “She’s gotta have the last word. Good bye, Marissa!”