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Wednesday, June 4, 2008
Friday, May 30, 2008
The Lakers, on the other hand, are a complete team and there is no stopping them. They have the Superstar (Kobe), the Inside Presence (Pao), the rare Do-It-All guy who can actually score (Odom), the Veteran Point Guard who's been there before (D. Fish) and a slew of young guys, who bring energy off the bench, and are just happy to do their part because they still enjoy the "game" of basketball and are all about winning (not money).
Kobe has reached a point in his career where, I honestly believe, he just wants to win. Last night, with a few minutes left in the 4th quarter, Kurt Thomas bullied Lamar Odom for an offensive put back to cut the lead to 2, which infuriated Kobe! Instead of pouting and yelling at Odom, Kobe hit a floater, followed by a ridiculous fade-away (both with 7'0 Tim Duncan right in his grill), followed by a driving lay-up in traffic, which resulted in a Spurs timeout, the game being over, and an ass-ripping of Lamar Odom, during the timeout. I hate to say it (and believe me, I absolutely, positively hate saying what I'm about say), but it reminded me of the "GPE" in his hay-day. If Kobe continues to play with this fire, there is no stopping the Lakers. And for the record, Jordan's supporting cast doesn't even compare to Kobe's.
Thursday, May 29, 2008
The "no call," at the end of game 4, was San Antonio's last chance to make a run at Kobe's Lakers. This series ends tonight. The Spurs know a 3-1 deficit, against the best player in the league, who actually has a supporting cast, is way too much to overcome. They've been there for many years now, and they know when to call it quits.
Kobe goes for 45 and the Lakers win going away...Lakers 104 vs Spurs 90
I had been looking forward to a Celtics-Lakers final for a while now, but after the last two games, I don't think I can watch Rondo and Doc do their best to throw games away anymore. Sitting there and watching last night's game was, quite possibly, the most frustrating experience of my entire life.
Why bring in a NBA veteran point guard who has proven himself time and time again if you're not going to play him? Rondo is, at best, a back-up point guard who can bring some energy off the bench when needed. He's great when the Celtics are up and the Pistons are coasting and there's absolutely no pressure on him, but God forbid if the Pistons happen to play a little defense and turn up the pressure!For those of you who have always wondered exactly what the phrase "looks like a deer in headlights" means, pause the tivo on Rondo's face when the game is on the line and urine is dripping down his thigh.
The worst thing about this whole situation is the infamous Doc Rivers refuses to take him out. If you want him to learn and get better, then take him out and calm him down! It's like Doc is trying to prove that his way is better than the obvious and easy way. Coaching, in the NBA, isn't brain surgery. These guys have been playing ball their whole life and they've seen it all. If a kid isn't performing, take him our and put someone in who will.
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
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This is a "must-win" game for the Lakers. If the Spurs happen to win game 4, and tie the series up, Phil Jackson knows his team is in serious trouble. Hopefully, for the Lakers sake (and every other NBA fan who would rather see a soccer match than watch a Pistons-Spurs final), game 3 was just a hangover game. The Lakers became complacent, which is something Greg Popovich gets opposing teams to do better than any other coach, and left their A-game in L.A. Coach Pop would rather pull his starters with 8 minutes left in the 4th, and allow the opponent to win by 25, instead of grinding one out and keeping it close. He knows the blow-out loss will do two things: 1. embarrass his team, making them focus and play the following game with much more intensity, and 2. get the opponent to relax and become over-confident which is every coach's worst nightmare. He is the master of this practice and Phil Jackson is the Zen-Master, which is why he took a page right out of Pop's book in game 3.
Lakers come out focused and ready to go! Lakers 102 Spurs 95
Sunday, May 25, 2008
Lakers keep it close but the Spurs should pull this one out. Lakers 94 at Spurs 97
The Boston Celtics lead from start to finish last night and finally looked like the Celtics we saw during the regular season. The only problem was, the Pistons exposed the two weaknesses that I pointed out in my first blog last week. What's amazing, is how long it took a team to do just that. These coaches, and their staffs, get paid millions of dollars to study film and figure out a game plan of attack. Until last night, no one (except me, of course) had figured it out! Doc Rivers is the worst "in-game" decision making coach in the league and Rajon Rondo is not a point guard.
With about 4 minutes to go in the third quarter, Flip Saunders decided to try something new (and all it took was a 20 pt deficit). The Pistons ran a basic 1-2-2 half court trap and Rondo looked like he had never seen one of those before. The first time down he dribbled right into the trap and turned the ball over. Next time down he decided to dribble through the trap and attempt to score, only to run over a Piston defender who was waiting to take a charge. It only got worse from there. Time after time, Rondo would dribble into the trap, jump in the air and throw a cross-court rainbow pass, or make some other horrendous decision. The worst part about it was, Doc NEVER changed a thing! He didn't substitute , he didn't call a timeout, he didn't even put anyone in the middle of the court (first thing you learn in junior high basketball is get the ball to the middle of the court), he didn't do anything!
I look for the Pistons to consistently change defenses next game and confuse the crap out of both Doc and his great point guard Rondo (this technique is something high school coaches use because it seems to trick high school point guards and coaches). I can't wait for them too zoom in on Doc's face, when game 4 spiraling out-of-control, because the Pistons decided to run something other than a man-to-man defense. His clueless, but pretending to be upset and focused, look is priceless (see photo).
Friday, May 23, 2008
I'm counting on Kobe to actually play the whole game tonight.If he does, the Lakers should cover pretty easily.
Lakers 102 vs Spurs 91
We all know the GPE, Greatest Player Ever, is obviously Michael Jordan. If you'll notice, there's no mention of BASKETBALL in that definition and obviously there's a reason for this. Michael Jordan was not only the greatest basketball player ever, he was the best player, in any team sport, to ever play. EVER! He's better at basketball than Babe Ruth was at baseball, Joe Montana or Dan Marino were at football, Pele' was at soccer (I can't even believe I'm actually calling that a sport), and Wayne Gretzky was at hockey (ditto to the last parenthesised comment). And that's just a few of the greats. You can name any great player throughout history, and I'll tell you why Michael Jordan was better.
I include only team sports because it's not possible to compare basketball, football or any other team sport to Golf (a skill, not a sport). What Tiger has done and is doing, is extremely impressive, but the skill of golf is no where near as physically demanding as the professional team sports are. For the GPE to consistently be the best player in the league for all those years and win 6 championships, is far more impressive than anything any golfer could ever do!
Thursday, May 22, 2008
I'd love to know who the masochist was that invented the 5-day work week and 2-day weekend, because this is ridiculous! When this man came up with this idea, was there no one around who thought this was the worst possible scenario? I'd settle for a 4-day work week, although I'd much rather flip it completely and go with a 2-day work week and 5-day weekend. But seriously, didn't they ask the infamous "any objections?" question?? If I could go back in time, that's where I'd go. I'd go right to the time and place where they made one of the worst decisions in the history of the modern world and I'd object!!!
My Prediction: Alright so I was wrong about the total and the spread last night, but at least I got the money line right. Celtics, despite Doc, will win a tight one. Celtics 92 vs Pistons 89
Yup, that's right! On my blog, I get to sign whomever I please and I choose Carlos Arroyo. It makes sense to me. He'll be a free agent this summer, and after the Heat choose Beasley (because the Bulls will take Rose), all they need is a point guard who can run and create offense for D. Wade (if he ever comes back), Marion (who can't get a shot for himself), Beasley and Haslem. If you can overlook Arroyo's occasional defensive lapses, you'd consistently put up a 110 points a game which is more than enough to beat any team in the Eastern Conference. The Suns have been doing it with Nash for years! And no, I'm not saying Arroyo is as good as Nash, but he's much better than anything the Heat have right now and he's dying to play. He's a tremendous passer and an extremely unselfish player who would mesh with D. Wade immediately, because he would have no problem getting Wade 25 shots a game.
Let's get this done!
Phil Jackson's teams are 40-0 when winning game 1 of a playoff series.
Well, I have to admit...before last night I thought Lebron was right up there with Kobe and ready to take over in a year or two at the most. I saw something last night that I haven't seen in ten years. Kobe took the first two and a half quarters off, something that the greatest player ever (GPE) would never do, and then decided to play. There is no one else in this league that could do what he did last night, especially at that level, in the Western Conference Finals, against one of the best defensive teams in the league.
Lebron is the closest thing to Kobe, but if he scores 2 pts in a half and ends up going for 30, it's not for lack of effort. Nights like that only happen to Lebron when he's completely off for a half and then all of a sudden his shot begins to fall. His on and off switch is no where near as powerful as Kobe's. Kobe shot only 3 shots in the first half!
It looked like Kobe was just waiting for the game to be completely out of reach so he could prove, once again, why he is the MVP. (For the record, I don't even like Kobe. I think he's an arrogant, immature jack-ass who tries waaaayyyy to hard to look, talk and act like the GPE.) I'm not even sure Kobe cared if the Lakers won or lost, he just wanted to prove to the world that he could take over a game whenever he felt like it, and he did!