And with the #1 pick, the Los Angeles Clippers take…any hopes of winning. Thanks for coming Blake Griffin. This is the cellar of the NBA, this is the Clippers. Don’t worry about those other guys across the hall, we don’t mingle with them. I can’t help but feel sorry for college studs that go to NBA teams that don’t care. Blake Griffin is gonna learn that losing isn’t easy in the NBA, even if you’re getting paid. The Clippers are stacked (in a bad way) at the PF and C positions. They’ve got mercenaries Marcus Camby, Zach Randolph, veteran Chris Kamaan who all demand big minutes. Al Thornton hasn’t seen a shot he doesn’t like. Baron Davis plays like a 50 year old. If the Clippers are interested in saving Griffin’s career and possibly the name of the franchise, they’d should start making some serious moves. Starting with getting rid of B-Diddy, Camby and Randolph and build around Eric Gordon and Griffin. I know that’s a mouthful but they never should’ve taken on these contracts. Baron and Camby have no heard. Randolph is a cancer. I like point guard Mike Taylor, but only as a back-up. He’s a good spark-plug off the bench. Fred Jones needs to go. He’s a little to “streets” for me. Steve Novak can straight out shoot. Oh yeah, get rid of Mike Dunleavy. Mr. Coach/GM just doesn’t mesh. He just omits fumes of loserness. Getting back to Griffin, it’ll be interesting to see if he can dominate in the bigs. Gives me a reason to watch Clipper games, at least for a couple of weeks.
Looks like Yao Ming is on the brink of another season-ending injury. Except this time, it’s in the off-season and the season it’s threatening is next year. Not a few weeks, not a few months, the entire season and maybe even his career. So the question to you my fellow readers is, “IS YAO MING WORTH IT?” First of all, we know he can play. Let’s put that aside. The main question is durability. He hasn’t played close to a complete season in four years. This past season, he came close but broke his foot in the playoffs against the Lakers, vaporizing any chance his team had to win the series. Now his foot is worse off than the Rockets thought. I don’t know, look at the 2002 draft where Ming was taken 1st. Here are some notables that some might take over him, Amare Stoudamire (9), Tayshaun Prince (23), Carlos Boozer (34) and Luis Scola (55). I did leave out Caron Butler who I think is very underrated. I’m not saying Yao wasn’t worth the #1 pick but c’mon, for the money he’s getting, you gotta shape up or something. I know that his size gives him trouble and I’m not faulting Yao for it but maybe the Rockets need to think about resting him MORE during the regular season to preserve him for when it counts. Makes some NBA teams think twice about drafting bigs. The league is shifting into a guard oriented league. The shelf-life for big men is 3-5 years then goodbye. I’m thinking Yao needs to lift some weights or something. I don’t know. Reminds me of Grant Hill about 10 years ago; could’ve, should’ve, would’ve… Maybe they should keep him from playing in the Olympics. Those wheels are getting worn out pretty fast.
If’s official folks, the Big Shaqtus is heading to the Big Nowhere. Mr. Orland-Los Angeles-Miami-Phoenix is going to experience the cold winters of Cleveland, Ohio to play with the King, Lebron James. Will this make Cleveland an instant favorite to win the title? Only if the Lakers don’t sign Ariza AND Odom. Oh yeah, those pesky Celtics and Magic might have something to say something about who’s the favorite. And not to be outdone, the Magic traded and got Vince Carter. Getting back to Shaq, I’m of the belief that this trade doesn’t help the Cavs as much as people think it does. The last thing the Cavs need is to slow down their game. If you recall, they were getting killed by Turkoglu and Lewis of the Magic. Not sure Shaq can defend these guys. Remember what happened to the run and gun Suns when they added Shaq? Now they’re just an 8th seed team at best. As for the Cavs, they didn’t get worse, but let’s see how long it will take before the Big Shaqoff starts bitching about not getting the ball. I’ll give it to him, he’s got a knack for latching onto the best (see Kobe, Wade, Stoudamire/Nash, and now the King). I just hope he doesn’t pick up a fifth ring. That’s gonna hurt. As for the Cavs, anything less than a Championship (not just an appearance) is a failure. By the way, now that he’s teamed up with the King, doesn’t that make Shaq…the “Queen.” Them Sacramento Queens Kings might have something to say about that.
Never before has a person gone from the penthouse to the outhouse so quickly. Ladies and gentlemen, let me introduce you to Sameul Sosa, formerly of the Chicago Cubs. Remember when this guy was going toe to toe with Mark McGuire for the home run title? I do, it was the biggest thing in sports, 1998 if I recall correctly. Everyone in America would watch every Cubs and Cardinals game. That was an amazing summer for sports and MLB. What steroids? The thought never crossed anyone’s mind. Fastforward a few years later and Sammy’s testimony in front of Congress…”no habla ingles.” That’s “I don’t speak English” for you layman. That’s when Sosa’s attorney, a.k.a. interpreter, told Congress that he never took, touched or even saw any steroids. Must’ve lost something in translation. Fastforward to last week, where Sammy was quoted in saying that he’s looking forward to being inducted into the Hall of Fame. ARGH? Fastforward to yesterday where it leaked out that Sosa was one of the 2003 steroid users. Fastforward to sometime in the future when Sosa gets indicted for perjury. Fastforward a little more when the steroids wear off and Sosa looks like the black, sorry Dominican, Hulk Hogan. And finally, I leave you with this image, a much older Sosa sitting by the phone, waiting for a call from the Hall that’s never gonna come. I’d like to say he got what he deserved, but he wasn’t deserving of the millions of dollars he made whil conning everyone in the world.
I’m throwing it out there. What are you gonna do about it? At some point during the game, I think Kobe mouthed to the camera, “Shaq, tell me how my ass tastes.” Everyone can rest now by the way, Shaq has tweeted congrats to Kobe. WHO CARES? Stay out of it. This ain’t about you big man so stop trying to make it such. Kobe Bryant, ring #4. Took this soft, scraggly group of Lakers to the top after getting embarrassed by the Celts last year. Why isn’t this guy MVP? Oh yeah, because Lebron is money during the regular season when it doesn’t matter. Most Valuable Player to me means the best in the show. Is there any doubt that Kobe is that? That’s why MVP votes need to be cast after the playoffs. I’m not going to start spewing his playoff stats, because it’s what he does when it counts that matters. Everyone in the world knows this guy is clutch. Best player in basketball. Best Laker of all time (sorry Magic). Best player ever. Best of all, he’s still got a couple more years at this level. Sorry rest of the country, can someone say R-E-P-E-A-T?!?!?
No catchy titles, just the truth. The Los Angeles Lakers are the World Champions. Congrats to Phil Jackson for getting his 10th ring and passing Red Auerbach for the # of coaching championships. Congrats to Kobe for finally winning without Shaq. Congrats to the Lakers bench for not doing shit (except Lamar Odom). Congrats to Derek Fisher, because if he didn’t hit those threes in game 5, I was gonna wring his neck. The Magic on the other hand, you live by the 3, you die by the 3. That’s it. Nothing you can do about it. If they only had a dominant big man… hmmmmm… I do believe Stan Van Gundy is a decent coach. He did however make a big mistake by putting Jameer Nelson back into the rotation and f-ing up Rafer’s confidence and the team chemistry. At least wait until your team loses a game in the final. Then you can use the guy as a motivational tool. Oh well, could’ve, would’ve, should’ve. I’m not going to back seat drive this car. Time to plan the Lakers parade and find an excuse to get out of work. I wonder if Mbenga will do the Mark Madsen dance. I LOVE LA!!!
Derek Fisher’s night went from turnign the ball over which led to a Michael Pietrus 3-point play to a a 3-pointer to send the game to OT and then a dagger from range to ice it. Biggest shot I’ve seen in ages. I’m not giving this guy the MVP of the series after a horrendous playoffs but MMMMAAAAADDDD props for shooting after missing so many. Big mistake by Stan Van Gundy for not fouling Fisher when he got the ball. Big mistake not fouling Ariza. Big mistake with the full court press allowing the Lakers to break it and hit the 3-pointer. Big mistake Dwight Howard missing 2 freethrows that could have essentially iced the game. Big mistake for Hedo Turkyglue talking smack and missing 4 freethrows in the 4th quarter. Big mistake EVER bringing Jameer Nelson back AND giving him quality minutes. So many mistakes by the Magic, so many opportunities given to the Lakers that they capitalized on. That’s the difference between a good team and a bad team. I’d love to see Rafer Alston’s reaction after the game. I do feel bad for Dwight though, wish it wasn’t him that missed the 2 freethrows, cuz he is one of the few good guys in the league. Michael Pietrus, on the other hand, thug-life came out after hacking Gasol. Classless play, the league should definitely suspend him for the next game. Finally, a dis to John Barry for blaming that last play on Gasol for going up for the dunk. Screw that, you play to win. This is a series, you have to send a message. Gasol should have knocked out Pietrus. Smart move though for not starting too much shit and getting himself suspended.
Who? What? When? What the hell’s going on here? Two finals games in a row, four consecutive playoffs performances in double digits, by Lamar Odom of the Lakers? That’s right folks, its a contract year for L.O. as he becomes a free agent at the end of the year and looking to cash in HUGE, unless he resigns with the Lakers where he might have to give a hometown discount. I don’t really care about the motivation factor, as long as the Lakers win the Championship but I do wonder why these guys can’t show up every game, especially given the amount of money they make. And it’s not just Lamar, this type of inconsistent play is prevalant league-wide. Back to the game though and the Lakers’ victory, looks like the Magic missed their best chance of evening out the series but Courtney Lee’s missed alley-lay up was nowhere close. That’s gonna be eating him all off-season. Nice game for Rashard Lewis and his $118 million contract, I’m glad that he’s proving that he’s worth it, somewhat… Going back to Orlando for 3 in a row, what are the chances that the Magic sweep. None? Look at the Lakers’ track record: best road record in the league; playoff victories in Utah, Denver, and Houston. I’m thinking it too, Magic are done. But they should be happy to be there. Noone gave them a chance to go deep in the playoffs and well, a finals appearance makes the season a success. I’m pretty sure they won’t be there next year but that’s another post for another day. I said Lakers in 6 before the season started, looking solid so far.
Wow! Talks about a Magical performance. The Lakers put down a royal ass-whooping last night against the Magic. I’m a firm believe of “you live by the three, you die by the three” and that’s exactly wh at the Magic did… died that is, 8 for 23 from distance. All week, everyone’s been talking about how the Lakers are gonna have problems matching up against the quicks of the Magic. What about the bigs of the Lakers? I’ll take size over speed ANY day. Who’s gonna guard Gasol when Bynum’s in? Who’s gonna guard Odom when Gasol’s in? Forget Kobe, he’s unstoppable. By the way, BIG MISTAKE giving Jameer Nelson those minutes. You don’t think it’s affecting Rafer Alston’s play? If you don’t, then you don’t believe in team chemistry. I’m gonna give some love right now to someone I’ve been hating on for ages… LUKE WALTON. He’s not longer the worst player in the league, let alone the Lakers. That title goes to Sasha and Jordan Farmar, who combined yesterday for 0 points in 18 minutes of play. I think the last Lakers solid point guard was Magic. Not that it matters right now anyway becasue the way the Lakers are playing, they can take on the Magic 4 on 5. P.S. not into the Kobe gritty teeth look.