The LA Lakers were given their championship rings last night on TNT in a 13-minute ceremony. Seemed a little excessive–don’t remember these things running so long in the past–but, whatever, the ratings were big. The ceremony and subsequent game against the Houston Rockets drew a 3.5 rating nationally, up 75% from last year’s Lakers opener. The game was pretty good too, with the Lakers squeezing out a narrow 112-110 victory.
Meanwhile, on the other coast, the Boston Celtics beat LeBron James and his South Beach talents 88-80. The ratings were huge–a 5.6, up 75% from last year’s Cavaliers/Celtics opener. We say the Celtics beat LeBron because no one else on the Heat showed up, playing like absolute garbage. Scarily, the Heat still almost won.