Tom Sorensen

Is April the most beautiful and joyous month on the sports calendar?

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) and NBA playoff basketball help make April perhaps the most joyous month on the sports calendar.
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) and NBA playoff basketball help make April perhaps the most joyous month on the sports calendar. AP

To watch the Golden State Warriors play basketball is to appreciate how beautiful the game can be.

Stephen Curry has earned the right to shoot, as has Klay Thompson, as has Kevin Durant.

Despite all that shooting talent, each player is willing, and extremely able, to give up the ball.

As premier a star as Curry is, he also gave up some of what he does to accommodate the newcomer Durant. Yes, Curry will pop from outside the three-point line on a fast break. If you shot like he does, so would you.

It’s joyous basketball they play. The NBA should never plod, and in the playoffs it rarely does. If you’re good enough to make the postseason, you’re good enough to move the ball.

This is the time of year that the Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James takes off neither games nor plays. Kawhi Leonard is, as is his custom, sensational. And somehow, he is only 25. I’d pay to watch Houston’s James Harden and Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook play one-on-one.

With the NFL draft beckoning, and Major League Baseball finding its rhythm, this is a great time of year to be a sports fan.

Tom Sorensen is a retired Charlotte Observer columnist. Sign up for his newsletter, and follow him on Twitter: @tomsorensen

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