03 December 2010
I watched the lighting of the Christmas Tree in Rockefeller Center the other day. I watch it every year, as it helps me get ready for the Christmas season. Al Roker was one of the hosts, like he was for the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade, and I have got to tell you - the man is obsessed with weather.
I know that it is his job and all, but he is absolutely enthralled with any type of weather. You can just tell how it gets him so excited. You have to kind of admire that about him, at least to a certain degree.
To me, weather is not quite as relevant. As long as it doesn't affect my television reception, it is more or less a wash. Now, don't get me wrong. I do root for certain types of weather, depending on the time of year. I like warm, dry, sunny days in July, while I do find myself pulling for a little snow to fall on December 24th into the 25th. Although, that is the only time I need to see that type of precipitation.
But after watching Roker twice in the last week, maybe we should all be more excited about weather. After all, it can truly be amazing to watch Mother Nature and witness all of her various capabilities. With that being said, I wanted to learn a little more about the weather. For now, I decided to keep things simple. I thought that since we are getting into some key NBA games, I felt it would be a great time to learn about some of the differences between Thunder and Heat. In this instance, most notably the Thunder in Oklahoma City, and the Heat in Miami.
Being in different parts of the country clearly guarantees the two types would not be similar. But when you break things down from a basketball perspective, the differences are astronomical. If you don't believe me, take a look for yourself:
The Thunder have great fans who show up every night to root for their team. The Heat actually had to post a message on their website instructing people on how to be good fans. If you don't believe me, search for the article. It happened. You can't make up this stuff!
The Thunder are led by a superstar who is respected by everyone in the game. The Heat are led by a superstar who has become public enemy number one in the NBA. That says a lot, in the simple fact that it takes a lot to surpass Kobe Bryant on that list. Very impressive, King.
The Thunder develop their talent through the draft with sound, intelligent selections. The Heat trade away their draft in order to buy all of the marquee free agents. How are you all enjoying that 12-8 record right now in South Beach? Oh, that's right. No one down there really cares all that much.
The Thunder take care of business against all types of teams - both the good and the bad. The Heat are like the school ground bullies - they beat up on the weak, yet always seem to come up short against the big boys of the NBA.
The Thunder players and fans all love their coach. The Heat players throw shoulder blocks into their coach while their fans are still saying "Erik who?"
The Thunder work on getting the right unselfish players for their system. The Heat work on getting the right system for their selfish players. Check the standings to see which one is more successful.
Finally, and perhaps most importantly, the Thunder are 13-6 and on their way up in the NBA. The Heat are 12-8, can't beat any winning teams, are fighting in house, holding closed door meetings, questioning their coach and bringing in negative media attention on a weekly basis.
I guess that is what Roker would refer to as a great forecast in Oklahoma City. In Miami, it seems to be getting dark, gloomy and dismal.
* Make sure to follow Kelley on Twitter @RobKelley24 - you may not see quite as many Al Roker reference, but you will find plenty on the OKC Thunder!
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