Have we seen the 2015 NBA Finals before?

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — They say everything old is new again. Perhaps that applies to the NBA as well? A YouTube user took the audio from NBC’s coverage of the 2001 Finals, when Allen Iverson and the Sixers took on Shaq and Kobe and the Lakers and applied that to some visuals of this year’s Finals. I guess the David/Goliath storyline is applicable to many situations, including LeBron James and Stephen Curry

VIDEO: 2015 vs 2001 Finals

(via SLAM)


  1. TheTruth says:

    wow that brings me back

  2. NBA on NBC says:

    Gosh, I miss that song.

  3. I don’t see this as the same, at all. They act like Cleveland is the favorite, and theyr’e not. Lebron isn’t Goliath, and Curry isn’t David. We’re talking about one of the best teams in NBA history (Warriors), according to an ESPN study comparing records and whatnot. If anything, Cleveland is David and the Warriors are Goliath, given that Curry is the current MVP, they have homecourt advantage, they dominated throughout the year, ending with the best record in the league, have faced tougher competition than Cleveland and still come out with barely a scratch, and Cleveland essentially only has Lebron. No Love, Irving is injured, and they have no other real superstars on that team. This team has been battling it out since the first game of the season, and frankly its been a miracle (together with a lot of luck) that they have even gotten this far. For a team that is battling injuries, has been scrutinized like no other team this year, together with everything that I have just mentioned, its clear that Cleveland is the underdog, here.

    • ohoi says:

      what makes u say Cleveland reaching the finals is luck/a miracle?

    • Usiku says:

      Matchups, moments, mistakes, momentum and maturity is the short-version of the dynamics that will shift from side-to-side and determine the outcome.

    • Kelvin_The_Great says:

      Dude calm down before you get a heart attack. Do you even know the story of David/Goliath? Stop contradicting yourself. First off, David won Goliath. So according to the video Lebron’s Cleveland is going to lose (hence Goliath/David). Big Lebron 6’8 (Goliath) will be defeated by small Curry 6’3 (David). I think this is more like the 2007 Finals with Spurs replaced this time by Warriors. However a lot different because:
      1.) Lebron is more matured and knows how to win.
      2.) 50% injured Kyrie is better 80% of current NBA players. Lebron never had that luxury in 2007.
      3.) Believe it or not experience will play a huge factor here. Splash brothers have never been to the finals before and we have a guy in the name of Lebron who have been there 6 times and knows how to overcome challenges in tight game situations.

    • mdccur says:

      @mabogliomelendez: “We’re talking about one of the best teams in NBA history (Warriors)”That’s a pretty bold statement, taking into account that they haven’t won anything yet. Yes they’re winning and they are the favorites, but a claim like that is made, they have to have the crown. Say Cleveland wins, they’ll be labled the biggest let down. Is this soley based on the regular season?

  4. Drago says:

    No comparison whatsoever IMO it’s more like 2007 Golden state is like the Spurs.

    • Keep It Moving says:

      Couldn’t have said it any better, I’ll make a toast to this before tip-off.

  5. 741 says:

    you realize that david wins, right?

  6. Wait a minute people think the Cavs are Goliath?

    I’m a Cavs fan, I want us to win but I’ll be happy if we at least make it to 6 games ^^

    I just don’t want us to get swept.

  7. Long John says:

    MJ > Kobe > James

  8. Nikron says:

    No one in the Warriors can cover James, last time Greeen Defended him, James had 42 points. So it is Goliath, and once Bogut gets in foul Trouble from Thompson’s offensive rebounding, James will walk over the warriors either scoring himself or dishing it out for 3s. Yeah Warriors are a great team who can score and distribute the ball. But as witnessed in previous seasons, only teams with great Lebron stoppers like Leonard, George, Butler or even Pierece, could pose a threat.

  9. Aster says:

    I agree with mabogliomelendez. I would only add that Cleveland has a chance here, with Lebron better than ever and those unlikely heroes they produced in this year’s playoffs.

  10. Gio says:

    Did Goliath win over David,literally?!!!

  11. Gio says:

    David of course is real winner ahahahahah….

  12. SQ says:

    So rude of nba.com to even allow this article to be here.

    No one is a winner till the end of the line.

    Shame on them.

    Let the ball do the talking after the games.
    Shame that american media have to sing the same tune with the pressure behind them.

    Any one who take notice, will realise there seem to be a media bias towards Mr Lebron.

    Articles like this are filling up the NBA.com and I wonder why. Perhaps it is time for nba.com to be more professional.

  13. Bobson says:

    WHAT!?!?!? Hahahahah

    Absolutely not!!

    This is nothing like it.

  14. issa says:

    waaaaaaw are they for real….. i think the warriors will sweep the final with Lebrons jersey

  15. Kedrick says:

    This is a poor analogy because David beat Goliath in the ancient text, and Iverson lost to the Lakers in the 2001 finals. Also, in no way are the Warriors the underdogs.

  16. nbafan says:

    First thing is first, just because warriors are the proverbial david and cavs the proverbial goliath doesn’t mean warriors are going to win, nor nba.com suggesting that. David won because he had more faith and more heart. The story is saying no matter the size the obstacle, if you have the faith heart and dedication to win, you will.

  17. skyler says:

    I Agree with @mabogliomelendez because the Warriors if anything are the better competitors by far so why do they make it seem like the cavs are the better team. if anything this is goliath vs goliath

  18. KJV says:

    David Defeated Goliath. This won’t be any different.

  19. Will Sivart says:

    The closest comparison I can draw is 1993; Phoenix Suns and MVP Charles Barkley vs Michale Jordan and the Mighty Bulls. Clevland appears to be unbeatable right now and LeBron is ticking no mater which lineup he plays with. Golden State is in the role of Phoenix, they are lead by the league’s MVP but he has to over come the best player on the planet. If Golden State hopes to shake this comparison they must defeat Clevland but a lost will play out just like the 1993 NBA Finals.