There's something notably missing from this year's NBA Finals — a villain.
LeBron James made nice with the people of Cleveland, casually flicking away four years of ill will from his hometown team and scads of NBA followers who detested the way he arrived in Miami.
Dwight Howard haters had to lay down their resentment after Golden State eliminated Houston.
Matt Barnes, enemy of the state? Hardly. The Clippers couldn't even make it past the second round (yet again).
No one can boo and hiss at Kobe Bryant, who handed the villain torch to James a few years back and, let's be direct, hasn't appeared in an NBA Finals since 2010.
Celtics cynics? Sorry,...