NBA.com: Hey, Luke Walton here. I’ll be blogging for NBA.com this season and I’m very excited to share some thoughts and insights with you. I’ll be the first to admit, though, that I’m in unchartered waters here. I’ve never blogged before. So, why am I doing it? I like interacting with you, the fans. I welcome your comments and questions. If we can have conversation going back and forth and you’re interested, then that’s cool. It’s awesome that I get to play basketball and at the same time have people that are that interested in what I’m doing in my everyday life. I figured I would give it a shot and see how it worked out.
The Pain of Losing to the Celtics
Losing to the Celtics in the Finals was one of the hardest things that I’ve had to deal with in my basketball career. There are actually three other painful disappointments that instantly come to mind in addition to that Game 6 loss: Game 7 of the Phoenix series in 2006 when we were up 3-1 and then they won three straight on us; my rookie year when we lost to Detroit in the Finals; and my sophomore year of college when we got cheated by the Duke Blue Devils in the National Championship game.
It’s one of those things that you try to let the emotions pass and go out and enjoy your summer, but it’s such a painful process getting that close and ultimately falling short, especially when you work that hard with a group of guys that you feel is talented enough and that you enjoy spending that much time with.