At the end of the 3rd quarter of Indiana’s Game 2 victory over Miami, LeBron James went over to fellow superstar Paul George and paid his respects through a simple high-five. Although many consider such an action dignifying and even a bit humble, it has no place in playoff basketball.
During the height of the sport in the 1980s, one would never dream to see bitter competitors–and newly-established Eastern Conference rivals–exchange pleasantries within the span of a game. And that just pertains to regular season action. Such an action as ‘high-fiving’ an opposing player would be even more reprehensible in the postseason, as the increase in passion and intensity would only give way to more animosity between the two teams.
Now I’m not saying today’s basketball should aim to replicate that of the 1980s. Just keep in mind that that era was in fact regarded as the greatest in the sport, when basketball’s popularity–and most importantly quality of play on the court–skyrocketed through the roof. It would seem natural to abide by the style and mindset of 1980s basketball, if to properly follow the model of success the era brought.