After a playoff season that felt as long as a Westerosi winter, the NBA Finals are finally upon us. The Cavaliers and Warriors will be suiting up for the final show, which begins tomorrow night.
As much as we at Sports Are From Venus would have loved to see the Celtics go on to the next round (RIP), nobody is shocked at the outcome. This will mark the eighth consecutive Finals series featuring LeBron James on the court, where he’s appeared in every championship series since 2011. In light of this, today’s pop culture roundup will address the things that were on our collective radar the last time King James was absent from the championship.
The last time Lebron didn’t play in the finals…
The iPad Was Brand Spanking New
In January 2010, Apple CEO Steve Jobs announced something new on the tech horizon: the original iPad.
Rumors had already been swirling that Apple would be announcing the production of a tablet many thought would be dubbed the iTablet or the iSlate. With the introduction of the iPad into the tech market, a design precedent was established that still remains largely the same. Eight versions of the iPad later, the home button and basic interface look the same as they did the last time Lebron sat out the NBA finals.
There Were Only Three Marvel Movies
Back in the olden times of 2010, the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) was considerably smaller than it is today.
Here’s a list of the Marvel movies that had been made at the time of Lebron’s last early exit:
- Iron Man
- The Incredible Hulk
- Iron Man 2 (came out in 2010)
And a list of the Marvel movies that have been made since:
- Captain America: The First Avenger
- The Avengers
- Iron Man 3
- Thor: The Dark World
- Captain America: The Winter Soldier
- Guardians of the Galaxy 1 & 2
- Avengers: Age of Ultron
- Captain America: Civil War
- Dr. Strange
- Spider-Man: Homecoming
- Thor: Ragnarok
- Black Panther
- Avengers: Infinity War
One Direction Was Just Forming
This is a weird one, but the last time Lebron didn’t play in the NBA finals, One Direction was just being assembled on the X Factor.
The cheery boy band was assembled from the ashes of the “Boys” category of the British talent show in 2010. They went on to release five albums before going on an indefinite hiatus and embarking on successful solo careers. Since the Lakers and Celtics faced off eight years ago, the guys of One Direction had time to reach a frenzied level of pop star fame, sell out massive arena tours, date superstars (hello Taylor Swift and Gigi Hadid), break up, and establish their own careers.
Drake Was Releasing His Debut Album
Speaking of musicians we didn’t know yet, Drake was still that kid from Degrassi. His debut studio album Thank Me Later didn’t hit shelves until June of 2010. Since then, he’s released seven albums and mixtapes, won two Grammy awards, and broke multiple Billboard records.
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