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PARTY IN THE CITY WHERE THE HEAT IS ON!

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…

June 26, 2012 Posted by | NFL FOOTBALL | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Dallas Evens Series at 2 A-Piece

The Dallas Mavericks got lucky again.  Sure, they’ve tied the series at 2, but I think we can all agree that the Miami Heat are still in control of this series.  Even if Dallas takes game 5, which I don’t expect them to, the Heat go back home for the last 2 games of the series.  And you can ask the Lakers of last year, home game 6 and 7 mean home team wins. Today’s 4th quarter was an ugly one.  If the Heat didn’t go 2-14 from range, they would’ve easily pulled this one off.  Then again, the Mavs went 4 for 19 so I guess it was a bad shooting day for both teams.  Look for both teams to light up the scoreboard next game. It’s good to see Shawn Marion putting up respectable numbers.  The MVP of this game goes to Tyson Chandler and his 16 rebounds (9 offensive).  Props to Chris Bosh for returning to Toronto form. By the way, if anyone sees Lebron James around, let him know that there’s a finals’ game, if he’d like to come and play, it would be cool. I’m still sticking to Heat in 6 but I wouldn’t mind being wrong on this one. Someone needs to put D-Wade in his place.

June 8, 2011 Posted by | NBA BASKETBALL | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

MIAMI HEAT: COLOR ME UNIMPRESSED

As expected, the Miami Heat closed out the Philadelphia 76ers tonight, in 5 games.  I never thoguht they were going to sweep the series, but I’m shocked as to how close it each game seemed to be. How can a trio of Dwayne Wade, Chris Bosh and Lebron James have so much difficulty with Andre Iguodola,  Jrue Holliday, and Thaddeus Young? I know what the problem with the Heat is… they have no flow.  If it’s not a fast break, they’re f-ed. They have no plays, no halfcourt offense.  I blame it on their coach,I blame i on the youth and inexperience of their coaching staff. Next up, the Boston Celtics. The only thing the Heat have working for them is homecourt advantage. But if there’s one team in the league that could take that in a minute, it’s the Cs.  Watch this series, watch the difference between veteran gamesmanship and youth machismo. Bet you the former prevails. Bet you the Cs get into the heads of the Heat.  It’s gonna be fun.  I’ll take the Celts in 6. I’m cheering for the Heat, but we know the power of the leprechaun.

April 28, 2011 Posted by | NBA BASKETBALL | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

CELTICS OWN THE EAST

If there was any doubt who the best team in the Eastern Conference was, it was put to rest today.  The old-time Celtics handed the Miami Heat their 3rd head to head loss this season. If you told me that Paul Pierce would have 1 point and Ray Allen would shoot 5-14 and the Cs would win, I would’ve laughed you right out of TD Garden.  On top of that, no Shaq?  Well, let me tell you how they pulled it off…RAJON RONDO! Triple-double, instant energy, this kid doesn’t back down from anyone.  I still would like to see what he’d do on a team without a bunch of hall of famers but he’s should be in everyone’s top point guards in the league list.  How about Glen “Big Baby” Davis leading the Cs in scoring, off the bench, with 16? Disappointing game for the Heat… choke city from Lebron for going 1-2 from the line with 12 seconds left and the Heat down by 2. Can someone tell me what happened to Eddie House’s instant offense? I give credit for the Cs for doing what they do.  Right now, they’re my pick to win in it all in June.  I’m not jumping on the bandwagon, I’m just stating the facts.  By the way KG still keeping his thuglife image strong with a cheap-shot pick against Mike Miller.  What happened to the Big Ticket? Someone needs to put him on his ass. Kudos for D-Wade for sticking up for his teammates.

February 14, 2011 Posted by | NBA BASKETBALL | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

MIAMI HEAT: 81-1?

OK, maybe they’re not going to beat the Bulls singe-season win record. Maybe, they’re not even gonna have the best record in the league, but give these guys a break. Sure, the Celtics beat the Heat handily last night.  But hey, it’s the Celtics, and it’s in Boston, and the Lebron/Wade/Bosh combo haven’t played more than 3 minutes together, and….and…and… On a positive note, they waxed the Sixers tonight.  Nothing like a slumpbuster to get you back on track. Dwayne Wade dropped 30. Off night for Lebron.  I’m not sure how these guys are gonna gel but they have some time to do so.  They’re gonna win enough games to get in the playoffs on raw talent alone. Chris Bosh, well, he dropped 15 and grabbed about 7 boards.  I’m not sure that that’s an off night for him. I know he was averaging almost twice those numbers in Toronto but there’s only 1 ball in Miami and he’s 3rd option at best. It’s too early to tell if this is gonna be a success or a failure.  I still expect them to come out of the East.  Boston is just too old.

October 28, 2010 Posted by | NBA BASKETBALL | , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

LEBRON JAMES IS GOING TO THE HEAT!!!

Lebron James has chosen the Heat.  Everyone take a deep breath.  This is GREAT for the NBA.  Sucks for Cleveland.  But let’s all remember that this is a BUSINESS  First of all, he’s getting about $30 million less by going to Miami.  But hey, the guy wants to win and you can’t blame him for that.  I cant hate on the guy for leaving and going to the Heat.  I do respect him for changing, because I would’ve done the same thing.  Who the heck wants to live in Cleveland.  I might have chosen New York over Miami just cause I love NYC.  But the fans that are burning his jersey in Cleveland, GET A LIFE.  Cleveland Owner Dan Gilbert throwing Lebron under the bus is just a bushleague move. 3 hours ago, Gilbert would’ve given his left nut to have Lebron re-sign with the Cavs.  Frankly, he still will. Talk about an angry ex-girlfriend.  This isn’t war.  There was no betrayal, no desertion. Lebron is an ATHLETE, not a soldier.  He plays basketball.  Gilbert is pissed off because his team just loss 50% of its net worth. I do think that Lebron’s 1 hour special was a slap to Cleveland’s face but at the same time, let me remind you that this is a BUSINESS. He probably got paid big bucks for it, and to be honest with you, the guy’s down $30 mill, so he needs to make it up somewhere.  Lebron chose the Heat because he wants to win.  That’s what athletes do, win. He is playing with Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh.  Their point guard Mario Chalmers is going to be one of the most improved players next year because of these additions. They dumped that bum Jermaine O’Neal and traded away Michael Beasley. Don’t hate Lebron for leaving.  You can hate him for quitting on his team during the playoffs.  But don’t hate him for going to a better team, better city, better situation.  I have a gut feeling that we’re going to hear some dirt on Lebron over the next few days.  This kid’s had a super-clean image for the past 7 years.  There have to be some skeletons in his closet. And I’m sure someone in the Cleveland organization is gong to leak some stuff out. Stay tuned, this sage is FAR from over.  By the way, Jim Nance, worst invterviewer ever.

July 9, 2010 Posted by | NBA BASKETBALL | , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Wade Bosh Combo Is a trHEAT; But Might Not Be Enough

So Dwayne Wade is staying in Miami, surprise surprise.  The good news for Wade and the Heat are that they nabbed the 2nd best free agent in the league in Chris Bosh.  It’s a great move for the Heat.  But let me burst this bubble for a second: it’s not enough. Both Wade and Bosh are young and in the prime of the careers, but they’re gonna need some help.  The only other player on the Heat that you would recognize on the street in Michael Beasley, and he’s got a whole mess of off the court problems, let alone he hit a major sophomore slump last year. We all know how horrible Jermaine O’Neal is.  Luckily for him, this Bosh move will send him straight for the bench.  Udonis Haslem is a solid complement but I’m not sure how much of an effect his 15 foot jumpers will have? They do have some potential in Mario Chalmers and Dorrell Wright but I’m not sold on them yet.  Carlos Arroyo is pretty much their most consistent player off the bench.  The Heat have locked in two of the best players in the league for a while but in the east where Lebron, Orlando, and the Celtics reside, they’re going to need a lot more. What are the chances Lebron signs with these guys? 2 out of 3 ain’t bad though.

July 8, 2010 Posted by | NBA BASKETBALL | , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

NBA FREE AGENCY: AND THE WINNER IS…

First day of NBA Free Agency and looks like the Knicks and the Nets got the jump on Lebron with the first meetings with the King. Seems like the Hawks are gonna give Joe Johnson a $120 million, 6 year contract. That’s gotta go up as one of the most ridiculous contracts ever.  I like Joe Johnson, but he’s nothing but a #3 option. This guy can’t lead a team to a Championship.  He didn’t do it with the Suns and hasn’t done it with all that firepower the Hawks have.

I am kinda pumped to see where Lebron is going. I’m gonna be very disappointed if this guy stays in Cleveland.  If I’m Lebron, Chicago or the New York is probably the best situation.  Chicago because they have the best chance in winning if Lebron goes there.  A Derek Rose/Lebron combo would be deadly for the next decade. New York would be a good choice because other than LA, its the best place to live.  I LOVE the city of New York.  Sure the Knicks are in shambles and sure they have a subpar front office. BUT… Lebron on that teams puts ’em straight into the playoffs.  If they re-sign David Lee and 1 more free agent (Stoudamire/Bosh/Boozer) the Knicks will be favorites to come out of the East. I’m not sure of the cap implications, but New York better make something BIG happen.

If I’m Dwayne Wade, I’m leaving Miami too.  Look at Kevin Garnett.  He spent most his life being “loyal” to the Timberwolves and got nowhere.  He finally left, and got 1 ring.  1 ring for possibly one of the greatest power forwards to every play the game is a SHAME.  Dwayne Wade needs to think about going to Chicago too. It’s a great fit for him.  Miami needs A LOT of pieces to become a real contender.

Chris Bosh is one guy who is definitely leaving his team.  This guy’s a stud.  He’s going to make his team an instant playoff contender, and if they are already, a finals favorite.  I see him going to either Miami to play with Bosh or the Knicks.  If I’m Bosh, money’s a secondary issue.  I look to see where Lebron and Wade land.  Teaming up with Lebron is the first choice unless Chicago puts out an offer he can’t refuse.  Playing alongside Wade is cool, but in Miami they’re nothing but a second round playoff bust.

I’m pumped about this offseason.  Hopefully, teams don’t blow their chances of landing someone big by panicking and pissing money away on the wrong talent. No offense to Joe Johnson, but he’s just not the man.  No offense to Darko Milicic, but why the hell would the T-Wolves offer him a 4 yr, 20 million offer?  This kid’s been in the league for 7 years, a #2 pick in the draft, and his best year, averaged 8 points and 5.4 rebounds a game.  This is why the T-Wolves suck.  Not Darko’s fault, just managements fault.  Congrats to Darko for getting his.

P.S. I would love to see Dirk Nowitzki end up somewhere else.  He’s a good players in a bad system.

July 2, 2010 Posted by | NBA BASKETBALL | , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

TEAM KOBE BRINGS HOME THE GOLD

It was close, it was a nail biter, but in the end…U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A! Kobe Bryant, taking over in the fourth quarter and finishing the game off with 20 points and 6 assists and a HUGE 4-point play. Let’s not forget to give props to Spain.  Not only did they fair better than the last time they played the US, but I think they’ve also made people forget the infamous “slanted eyes” photo.  After getting blown away by 37 points the first time these two met, Spain hung on for as long as they could before running out of gas and losing by 11. I’m not sure if it’s better than winning the NBA Title but at least it lasts for 4 years instead of NBA’s 1. Plus, you can honestly claim the title “World Champs.”  I’m still wondering what the role of Carlos Boozer was in this game?

August 24, 2008 Posted by | Oympics | , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment