The NBA season has come to a close and for many of us it's on to the dog days of the MLB season as we wait for football to arrive.
I'm sure the LeBron haters have realized that he winning a ring isn't the end of the world. Besides, right after the Heat won the championship we were all back to our miserable lives while he was celebrating.
Personally, I'm looking forward to the break in the NBA. Not having to deal with ridiculous post game wardrobes and accessories is definitely a step in the right direction for my sanity.
Here are five other things fans won't miss about the NBA:
5. Most Teams Have No Chance of Winning It All
Let's be honest. If you are a fan in Milwaukee, Charlotte, Toronto, Minnesota or Washington, then you know you have no shot of winning the NBA Championship. Regardless of how the league wants to talk about there being parity (there isn't any), or how every team starts with a clean slate, only a few teams can really be excited to make a run for the trophy.
In the last 32 years there have only been nine different franchises winning championships. By comparison, Major League Baseball has had 18 different teams win a ring and the NFL has seen 16.
Most NBA fans predicted the NBA Championship was going to come down to Oklahoma City and Miami.
Unless there is some sort of contraction in the NBA that lessens the amount of teams in the association, this trend will continue for the foreseeable future.
4. LeBron vs. Kobe Debates
You see it everywhere. ESPN.com, FOXSports.com, Yahoo!, and even here. Fans start to discuss something regarding the NBA and it somehow always leads to bickering between who's better; LeBron James or Kobe Bryant?
The conversation can start out as something as obscure as how good of a coach Gregg Popovich is. NBA fans start talking about his coaching which then goes down a path such as this:
Popovich coaching > Tim Duncan > Duncan's four rings > Kobe has one more than Duncan > LeBron would have six if he had Shaq > Kobe is more clutch than LeBron > LeBron......well, you get the picture.
Just come to the conclusion that both players are great and move on.
Professional sports are filled with selfish athletes but they really seem to shine the most in the NBA.
I've reached the point in my NBA fan career that I don't know if I can deal with another season of these guys who walk around with a self-righteous attitude all because they can put a round ball through a basket.
It's no secret that I'm a huge Laker fan. I have been my entire life, but the thought of going through another season of following Andrew Bynum and his selfish attitude gives me a headache just thinking about it.
Russell Westbrook (OKC) is another player who epitomizes the selfish attitude that I see on the court. Every time the man makes a shot he pounds his chest like he just did something important. The Thunder could be down by 15 late in the fourth, but that won't stop Westbrook from telling everyone to "look at me!" after making a three point shot.
Would it kill these guys to just get back on D?
Remember back in the day when Vlade Divac was the only flopper in the NBA? I seem to recall Muggsy Bogues dribbling down court and seeing Divac sprawl back as soon as Bogues made contact.
For those that don't remember, Bogues was a 5'3" point guard best known for his time with the Charlotte Hornets.
When did it become acceptable for a 6'7" forward to launch himself backwards as soon as his man makes contact with him? Seeing these grown men throw themselves to the ground in a purposeful attempt to deceive the referee irks me to no end.
Man up, hold your ground, and play tough defense. Show some respect for yourself.
1. Players Crying After Every Foul
How many fouls do fans witness during the course of any given game? Of those fouls, can you guess how many don't include a player throwing their hands up in dismay? The answer is 2%. Only 2% of the time do players agree that there was a foul. There is no source or proof to go along with that claim, but trust me, that has to be the number.
In many cases you can see on the replay that somebody got hit hard and the person who did the damage still complains as if he was five feet from the play.
I understand there is a game within the game in dealing with the referee's, but c'mon, this is the single most annoying thing about the NBA today.
Remember when the NBA implemented a rule last year that gave an immediate technical foul to anybody who expressed dissatisfaction toward the ref's? What happened to that rule? It only lasted a few weeks. Bring it back!
What did I miss? What is it about the NBA that makes you want to turn a game off no matter how close the score may be?
Joe Chacon is a staff writer for Operation Sports and a featured columnist for Bleacher Report. You can follow him on Twitter @JoeChacon.