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Updated Tuesday, June 12, 2012 at 10:43 AM

NBA finals are like an Egyptian presidential runoff

Sharon Pian Chan

The NBA finals begin tonight at 6 p.m. between the zombie Sonics — term coined by some clever Twitter user — and the Miami Heat. The rest of the country know the zombie Sonics as the Oklahoma Thunder.

Our editorial writer John B. Saul has already called for a curse on the Thunder.

That was before the Heat made it to the final round. Our choice now is to root for our stolen team or the most entitled team in the NBA, the Miami Heat. That team's marriage between Lebron James, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh was so calculated it makes Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez's relationship look like a chance encounter.

My metaphor — which my husband Danny O'Neil declined to use in his sports column today — is that watching the NBA finals will be like going to the polls in the Egyptian runoff this week. Citizens there get to choose between Ahmed Shafik, the crony of deposed autocrat Hosni Mubarak, or Mohamed Morsi, a member of the Muslim Brotherhood. Here is a New York Times story that lays it out.

Many Egyptian citizens are expected to boycott the runoff election. I will be boycotting the ballers.


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