I don’t know about the rest of you, but I am pumped about the NBA season which is set to kick off Tuesday night! Maybe it’s because I’m a Lakers homer, but c’mon, you gotta admit Dwight Howard, Steve Nash, Pau Gasol and Kobe Bryant on the same team sounds intriguing? How about the Clippers adding Grant Hill, Odom and Jamaal Crawford? Will Blake’s knee hold up? The scariest move for me was the Heat signing Ray Allen. A consistent shooter on a dangerous team like that. I have them as favorites to win it all. I like what Boston did in picking Jason Terry but it ain’t gonna be enough. Not only are KG and Paul Pierce 1 year older, but they have no depth. I can’t wait for the annual Knicks’ Amare v. Carmelo drama to begin. With Harden gone from OKC (BIG MISTAKE), I can’t see the any legitimate threat for the Lakers in the west. Not even Iguodola in Denver is gonna make a difference. Then again, isn’t it true that every NBA team is 1 injury away from going to the cellar? Look what happened to D-Rose and Chicago. Truth be told, I don’t even think he’s coming back this year. Chicago might end up being a lottery team. Hang on folks, it’s gonna be a bumpy ride!
Miami Heat concluded their season today with a parade in South Beach. Lebron’s first title, and probably not his last. I’m not saying that he’ll get to 7 or 8 rings but my guess is that he’ll end his season with about 4. Dwayne Wade’s on the down of his career. Mike Miller will never play like he did in game 6. Shane Battier still has some fight left in him. Chris Bosh still has it. Mario Chalmers surprised me with his play. Nevertheless, they’re gonna have to face a Derrick Rose and his Bulls, a season Kevin Durant and the Thunder, and dare I say, the Clippers? Okay, wishful thinking with that last one but tell me that with a healthy Chauncey Billups and a Clipper squad that has 1 year under its belt, these guys aren’t gonna make some serious noise next year? Anyway, with the NBA season officially over, time to head into the dog days of summer and the country’s official pastime, baseball. Yawn…
Derrick Rose tore his ACL with just over 1 minute left in Game 1 of their series with the Philadelphia Sixers. At the time Rose went down, the Bulls had the ball and were up by a dozen. There was probably a 97% chance that they were going to win that game. Rose has been injured all year, so I ask myself, “Why wouldn’t coach Thibodeau pull him out?” I know, I’m Monday morning quarterbacking right now, but still The Bulls just went from favorites to win the Championship to a 1st or 2nd round out. Let’s not blame the Bulls coaching staff entirely. I believe the league has to share about 50% of this as well. Had it not been for the lockout, the cramming of all these games in a shortened season, this would’ve never happened. No preseason, no camp, multiple back to back to back games. I mean, this is ridiculous. Same thing happened to Dwight Howard, Al Horford (although he is injury prone), and now Iman Shumpert of the Knicks. Looks like Chicago’s gonna have to wait another year. Take it from this blogger who has torn his ACL in each knee (the most recent 2 yeas ago), it ain’t fun, and rehab’s no walk in the park either. But I’m guessing with the money they have invested in Rose, along with the state of the art facilities and medical staff, Rose should be ready to go by November. As for the playoffs, looks like the Heat are gonna coast to the finals.
It’s time to give credit where it’s due. Derrick Rose is the quickest point guard in the league. Derrick Rose is the best scoring point guard in the league. Derrick Rose is averaging 8.5 assists and 1 steal a game. Dare I say he’s the best point guard in the league? Remember, a point guard has to have that unique ability to score, penetrate, and dish. And oh yeah, some defense wouldn’t be bad. I always liked Steve Nash but he never played defense. I love Rajon Rondo but he’s not enough of an offensive threat.Deron Williams is probably the only comparable guard out there, but he’s got 4 more years of miles on him and I’m pretty sure that Rose is a step quicker. I’ve never seen someone change directions quicker than Rose. Let’s not forget Chris Paul. The epitome of a true point guard. 16 ppg and almost 10 dimes, not bad, but not Rose. One last kid I’m gonna mention is Russell Westbrook. I think him and Rose are gonna be going at it for the next decade. I still think Rose is the cream of the crop. The scary thing is he’s only 23 years old and has years of getting better. We already saw his 3-point shot improve from 22% in his rookie year to 36% this year. His points per game, free throw %, assists, steals, blocks and rebounds are all increasing each yet. I’d like to see his shooting percentage over 45% but he’s pretty much on the border. Enough strokin’ this guy. He’s money. All we gotta do is give him a nickname, ‘cuz “Pooh” ain’t cutting it. P.S. he’s got the prettiest teardrop floater in the league.
How many times can you utilize the 1 handed floater? Derrick Rose single handedly, LITERALLY, beat the the King and his Cleveland Cavaliers tonight. I’ve never seen so many 1 handed floaters from so many different areas; inside/outside, 6ft, 15ft. This guy is sick. I’m gonna love watching this guy for the next 10 years. He has to get a little more aggressive though. He let his team blow a 21 point lead.
I haven’t changed my mind about the series though, the Cavs are still gonna win, in 5 (no sweep though). Other than Rose being ridiculous, I was reminded of another thing tonight… the King can’t be stopped. In fact, I’m going to take it a step further… Lebron James is the best player in the NBA. Not only is he the King, but he’s the God as well. His outside shooting now demands respect. The guy can nail all kinds of threes. I don’t know why they lost this game? Maybe they were bored? Maybe it’s the the mafia? I guarantee you that they (Cavaliers) will win the next game. Cavs’ big men Zydrunas Ilgauskas and Shaq were nowhere to be found. Nice to see Mo Williams having a decent playoffs after his choke job last year. Even with that poor performance from the Cavs, they still had a chance to pull it out at the end. Lebron James went one on one and either scored, assisted, or got fouled every time. He might be able to do this every single possession. This might be that one game where even though they lost, the Cavs can feel pretty good about themselves. I guarantee you that no one in the Cleveland locker room is worried (maybe Mike Brown a little). Props to the Bulls for not quitting… who knows, maybe they pull this off??? NOT!!!
NCAA basketball is back and I for one am really excited about this season. This year, like the last, is going to be dominated by freshmen. I can’t remember a deeper freshman class coming in like this one. On Saturday night you had the two premiere freshman in SoCal, Kevin Love and O.J. Mayo leading their teams. Mayo dropped 32 in his debut, albeit a loss, but showed promise and poise for his first game. Love dropped 22 and 13 as No. 2 UCLA rolled. Watch out for Love, as I stated before, this kid is going to be the second coming of Bill Walton. Over in Memphis you have Derrick Rose almost single handedly leading the No. 3 ranked Tigers to victory. In the Big Ten, Eric Gordon made his debut for Indiana and promptly scored 33 points, the most ever for a Hoosier in his first game. However, the one freshman I’m keeping my eye on is Michael “Beastly” Beasley, the 6’9″ forward/center for Kansas State. In his two games for the Wildcats, Beasley has scored 31 points and 24 rebounds, and 30 points and 14 rebounds respectively. Just keep your eye on this kid, because he won’t be in college for long. The rule that the NBA implemented that a kid has to go to college for at least one year is beneficial to all, especially fans of college basketball. Here’s to an exciting season filled with “Diaper Dandies”, apologies to Dick Vitale.