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Los Angeles Lakers Keep Rolling

If you thought that the Lakers just didn’t have enough this year to compete, you weren’t the only one.  Then something happened: they traded for pg in Ramon Sessions, got PF Jordan Hill, dumped the crap off their payroll (i.e. Luke Walton and Jason Kapono) and then willed their way to 3rd place in the West.  Now they’ve beaten the Denver Nuggets twice…handily and are on their way to Denver to steal at least one of the next two games.  The Lakers are the only team with 2 legitimate 7 footers that can go drop 20+ points and grab 10+ boards a game.  We all know about Kobe.  Their only glaring weakness is the bench.  I’m concerned about Ron, I mean Metta World Idiot coming back and ruining their flow. Wish the league suspended him for the entire playoffs. 

May 2, 2012 Posted by | NBA BASKETBALL | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

NBA PLAYOFF PREVIEW: WESTERN CONFERENCE

What was always the more interesting of the 2 conferences is turning out to be a bore.  But before we turn the page on the Western Conference playoffs, here are my picks for the first round:

Memphis Grizzlies v. San Antonio Spurs: The Spurs have amassed the best record in the West and for good reason.  I’m a little concerned with the Ginobli injury but playing against a young and inexperienced Memphis team is the perfect anecdote. With OJ Mayo regressing, I don’t think Rudy Gay and Marc Gasol can lead them past the Spurs for a whole series.  Look for the Grizz to steal a game or 2 but the Spurs should coast through this seriers

New Orleans Hornets v. Los Angeles Lakers: The surging Lakers all of a sudden have run into a wall.  Injuries to Bynum and an irate Bryant, this team looks like the lost their flow.  But let’s not forget, they’re the Lakers, they come with a lot of baggage and drama, but at the end of the day, they’re good, they’re stacked, they’re experienced.  The series with the Hornets might go to 6 but the Lakers should pull it out.

Dallas Mavericks v. Portland Trail Blazers: Can someone say upset special? True the Mavs have Dirk and Terry but is anyone ever afraid of them.  There’s something about Lamarcus Alridge and the Blazers that you don’t wanna mess with.  I’m not saying the Mavs don’t stand a chance, but if they blow home court, I don’t think they’re gonna be able to pull off a win in Portland.

Oklahoma City Thunder v. Denver Nuggets: The Thuggets have been playing better without Carmelo, but it’s time to come back down to reality. The Thunder are legit contenders to win the West and have the best chance to upend the Lakers.  The addition of Perkins (and his big mouth) have given this team a true force in the middle.  Watch for these guys to sweep the Nuggets. Sorry J.R. Smith, you know I hate it when you lose (that’s call online sarcasm).

Enjoy round 1!!!

April 15, 2011 Posted by | NBA BASKETBALL | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Lakers Let One Slip Away… Or Did They?

Just when you thought the Lakers were gonna run the table (sans the loss to the Heat) they go ahead and give up an easy one the Nuggets, at Staples.  The rule is this: the more you let a team hang around, the more they start believing that they can win. I’m mean, there’s no one outside Colorado that would ever pick the Nuggets over the Lakers in a 7 game series but anybody can win 1 game. This definitely hurts the Lakers chances of getting the #1 seed in the Western Conference, but is it a bad thing?  If the Lakers pass the Spurs (which at this point seems like it’s not gonna happen), they’d have to face the Thunder in a 2nd round playoff matchup and then the Spurs. We all know that the only team that scares the Lakers are the Thunder.  If the playoffs start today, the Lakers would face the Mavs in the 2nd round and either the Thunder or the Spurs. So 2nd is not such a bad thing for now.  As for the Nuggets, tell me they’re not a 10x better team without Carmelo??? I’m just saying…

April 4, 2011 Posted by | NBA BASKETBALL | , , , , , | Leave a comment

WESTERN CONFERENCE PLAYOFF PREDICTIONS

Portland v. Phoenix: The Phoenix Suns have been playing like the Suns of old.  Amare Stoudamire finally looks like the beast he was a few years ago.  Steve Nash is still one of the top point guards in the league. They’re facing a depleted Portland team without their star Brandon Roy. Marcus Camby is one of those proven “losers” who will never be on a winning team. I like Batum, LaMarcus and A-Miller but they just don’t have enough firepower without Roy. Neither one of these teams is advancing past the second round anyway.  I’ll take the Suns in 7.

Dallas v. San Antonio: Remember a couple months ago when the Mavericks were streaking, I think they won 13 in a row?  Well, streaks over now.  The Caron Butler hype has died down. It’s the Spurs that are playing the best basketball in the West.  It’s too bad these two teams had to match up in the first round.  While offensively both these teams have the ability to win the game, same ol’ story for the Mavs…no defense, no fundamentals.  Enter the “Big F” himself in Tim Duncan, with the best offseason pickup of the year in Richard Jefferson, and you got a recipe for success.  As long as Tony Parker can play like he used to, and Ginobli continue what he’s doing, the Spurs should take this series in 6, and the only reason it goes that far is ’cause the Mavs have home court advantage.

Utah v. Denver : This is going to be the most interesting match-up in the first round.  I would love to see the Nuggets fail (man do I hate J.R. Smith) but they just have a little more swagger and tougness than the Jazz.  Carmelo Anthony is a bonafide superstar that can take over any game and Mr. Big Shot Billups has been to the promised land and knows hot to get there again. I am concerned however about the depth of the Jazz.  Paul Milsap has been a bust since signing that big offseason contract extension. Boozer and D-Will are solid but there’s no one else that you can rely on (maybe Okur).  Jazz are hurting at shooting guard and small forward, AK-47 is injured.  Kyle Korver can only shoot 3s.  It’s gonna be gritty but the Nuggets should wrap this up in 5.

Oklahoma City v. Lakers: Now on paper, you would take the Lakers in 4.  BUT, the Lakers have taken care of business all year.  They don’t put teams away when they should.  Their bench has been MIA all year.  Kobe’s finger is STILL an issue.  Bynum’s health is still in question. With that said, I do expect a HUGE series from Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom.  Nobody is gonna be able to stop these guys.  The Thunder, on the other hand, have nothing to lose.  Kevin Durant is having an MVP type season. But that’s it.  Russell Westbrook FG% and 3pt% is horrible.  Sure, he can drive and dish and dunk but if he can’t stretch the defense with his outside shooting, they’re gonna have problems.  Plus, with the size the Lakers have, I don’t think the Thunder is going to do much in the paint.  Look for the Lakers to outshine the Thunder, LA in 4 (did I just say that?)

April 16, 2010 Posted by | NBA BASKETBALL | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Nuggets Fall To Knicks… Not Ready Yet

This, folks, is why the Denver Nuggets will not win the NBA Championship this year.  How do you lose to the NY Knicks when you’re the second best team in the Western Conference and arguably the main threat to dethrone the Lakers in the West? Do you not bring your “A” game?  Were the Nuggets looking ahead to their next game against Boston (which it tomorrow btw)?   I can’t even name 5 guys on the Knicks’ squad.  Let me not crucify the Nuggets by themselves.  This happens to many teams, including the Lakers and even the Cavs.  But if you want to be a lock in for the NBA Finals, you have to bring that same intensity every single game. The Boston Celtics did it 2 years ago.  The Lakers did it last year.  There was no doubt that these teams were the best in the league the year they won.  They all had that swagger.  They had that “you can’t hold my jockstrap” attitude.  The Nuggest have the talent, but they’re missing that swag.  Don’t get that confused with being confident.  I’ve never seen a group of guys that are cockier than the Nuggs.  Even their poster child J.R. Smith thinks he could beat Michael Jordan at his prime.  But if these fellas want to make it and win the finals, they have to have beaten teams before they even step on the court…mentally. And that doesn’t mean being mental…

March 24, 2010 Posted by | NBA BASKETBALL | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Ron Artest Is Raw

There is no doubt in my mind that Ron Artest is crazy.  Not bad crazy, but good crazy.  Let me start off by saying that I’m a HUGE fan.  I was and still am very content with the signing of Artest to the Lakers. Now I know he still looks uncomfortable out there playing with the Lakers.  It seems that the guys just hasn’t found his role.  He’ll have one huge game then disappear the next.  On defense, it looks as if he’s lost at times.  He’s not the same lock down defensive player he used to be.  Why add him to the Lakers’ roster, you ask? It was a mistake, you say? Bring back Ariza? Let me tell you what he brings to the table: it’s something called grit, toughness, street cred, something the Lakers seem to have lost this year.  Take for example today’s loss against Denver.  Someone tell Joey Graham of the Nuggets that he doesn’t want to get in the face of Ron Ron.  Artest has instilled so much fear in the league that no one from the Nuggets jumped in to help out Graham or push Artest away when the two got in each other’s faces.  No one even retaliated when Artest facewashed Graham. And don’t forget, these are the same thuggets with Kenyon Martin, J.R. Smith, and the Birdman.  Remember a week ago when the Lakers played the Boston Celtics and Artest got into it with Paul Pierce before the tip-off.  Folks, it’s called a message.  It’s being sent to the rest of the league.  F#@! with the Lakers, F#@! with Artest. Bad loss for the Lakers against Denver tonight, especially at home, especially without Carmelo.  I think the Lakers need to just get Kobe healthy and get Ron some more shots and they’ll be exactly where they want to be for the playoffs.  Forget about homecourt, let’s just fast-forward to the Western Conference Finals against the Nuggets, beat them in 5, then bring on the King.

February 6, 2010 Posted by | NBA BASKETBALL | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Anybody Looking for an ANSWER?

It seems like it was just yesterday that Allen Iverson was pound for pound the best basketball player in the league,  leading his team, the Philadelphia 76ers to the NBA Finals. And now, nobody will touch this guy. First AI goes to Denver and turns that franchise into the laughing stock of the league.  Once he leaves, the Nuggets make a complete 180 degree turn and head to the second round of the playoffs, OUCH! Then AI goes to Detroit, causes a rift with Rip Hamilton, what happens next: first round sweep by the Cavs. This guy is a guarantee future hall of famer, 27 points and 6 assists per game. Let’s give him props for what he’s done in the past.  Unfortunatley, his scoring average has dropped by 10 points last season.  I’m not saying that the Answer doesn’t have anything left in the tank, but he’s gotta change his attitude. Seriously, the Miami Heat want him to come off the bench which he wasn’t down with.  I don’t even think the Clippers want him… the CLIPPERS!!!  Time to go to PRACTICES, WE TALKING ABOUT PRACTICES? AI. You’re not that same kid that was running the show in Philly. Nothing wrong with coming off the bench.  Look at Lamar Odom, you don’t see him bitching, especially with the new BLING he’s got. Time to check that attitude at the door and shut up and play ball. I’m sure some team will sign him, because at the very least, he sells tickets and fills seats. But if this guy wants to win the title, he better start accepting the role he’s asked to play.  KNOW YOUR ROLE AI!

August 20, 2009 Posted by | NBA BASKETBALL | , , , , , | Leave a comment

I Love This Lamar Odom

Nuggets Lakers BasketballWhat a dunk!?!?! How’s your face Birdman?  Sure Lamar Odom pushed off with his off arm but who cares? In the land of dunking, once it’s in your face there’s nothing you can say to taint it.  Now let me give props to the Birdman, he blocked 4 shots including a dunk attempt by Odom in the first half.  The Birdman is one of the few Nuggets that I respect. But when you go up to block so many shots, sometimes you’re gonna get shit on.  And shit on he got.  WOW!  As for the game, I gotta be honest with you, the Lakers are balls.  Their defense is pathetic.  Their big men are weak.  Bynum is a bust.  He can’t board to save his life and most of his shots are junky putbacks and dunks. He had one good move in the first quarter, an up and under, and then that was it.  I would definitely take the Birdman over Bynum, simply based on the Birdman’s talent and energy. Back to the game, the Lakers got lucky this game.  Kobe played like shit.  He kept forcing the ball late in the game until he finally wised up and gave it up to Gasol.  Shannon Brown’s dunk on the Birdman (we won’t talk about that one) was the turning point in the game.  Phil Jackson should give Brown minutes over Sasha and Farmar.  Finally, lovin’ J.R. Smith’s 3-13 performance.  Where u at gangsta? Unfortunately, the Nuggets are gonna wax the Lakers in game 6 and this is going to a game 7 at Staples next Tuesday. Until then, though, enjoy this win LA.  It might be a while before Odom performs like this again.

May 28, 2009 Posted by | NBA BASKETBALL | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

J.R. Smith is a Douchebag

Not much to say here.  I’m watching the Lakers lose to the Denver Nuggets on Monday night and one player seems to bother me time and time again.  You guessed it, J.R. Smith.  Mr. Tatoo Gangsta.  The guys thinks he’s the sickest baller in the world.  It seems that every time he scores, he’s talking shit.  To me, he’s a rich man’s Eddie House. I checked the box scores today, and to his credit, he did drop 24 points. But to my credit, none of them were important shots.  All his buckets were scored while the Nuggets were leading by double digits.  I don’t mind the Denver Nuggets.  I like Billups, Carmelo, and even the Birdman.  But if there’s one reason why I don’t want the Nuggets to win, it’s J.R. Smith. Definitely a starter on the NBA All-Hated Team.  Oh yeah, for all those people that keep doing the wing flap when tthe Birdman enters or leaves the game, STOP. You look like idiots.

May 26, 2009 Posted by | NBA BASKETBALL | , , , , | 15 Comments

You’ve Got A Lot To Learn Mr. Bynum

Nuggets Lakers BasketballThat’s 6’3, 33 year old Chauncy Billups taking it to the hole against 7’0 foot, 22 year old Andrew Bynum. At the end, the Lakers pulled it off in a squeaker.  They were supposed to win.  They were at home.  They just came off a big win against the Rockets.  They won by 2. Not pretty, but they’ll/I’ll/you’ll take it.  Now, I’m listening to sports talk radio today and I heard an interesting postgame interview by Vic “the Brick” with Andrew Bynum.  The Q & A went something like this:

Q: Andrew, it seemed like the Denver Nugget bigs were giving you guys trouble early on in the game, can you explain why?

A: No they weren’t.

Q: Andrew, you guys pulled off the win, it was a tough game, what was the key to the win?

A: The key to the game was me getting more minutes. The team is better off if I’m in the game.

AAARGGGHH??? Scooby snack? Is this guy for real?  This guy’s been the biggest bust since Gred Oden.  Ever since he signed that huge contract extension, the only thing he’s done is drop 45 on a depleted Clippers team and now he’s coming at me with “I’m the man?” 2 for 4 shooting, 6 points and 6 rebounds in 16 minutes of play? D.J. Mbenga could pull in those numbers. Kobe needs to pull this kid aside and smack him around.  This guy hasn’t accomplished anything and has been M.I.A. the entire playoffs. He’s averaging 5.6 ppg, 3.9 rpg, and less than 1 block per game in over 15 minutes of play per game.  Who the F#@! is this guy to mouth off like that.  He needs to shut his mouth and beg Phil to let give him some minutes.  Heck, he’s lucky if the fellas let him rebound during pregame warmups. If this guy wasn’t 7 feet tall, he’d be paying for tickets to the game. In an ideal world, the interview  should’ve gone like this:

Q: Andrew, it seemed like all the Denver Bigs made you their bitches, can you comment on that?

A: Well, I’m overrated and out-of-shape.  I conned Jerry Buss into giving me a contract extension and now I’m sitting pretty. As for the Denver Bigs, they’re just better.  They have more heart and talent.  I’m just a big piece of bleep….

Q: Andrew, can you comment on the game?

A: Well, from my vantage point on the bench, I could tell that if this game went into OT, I would get stuck in heavy traffic on the 110 fwy. As for the game itself, I’m gonna try to give my team 6 hard fouls and not put my foot in my mouth when giving interviews.

May 21, 2009 Posted by | NBA BASKETBALL | , , , , , , | Leave a comment