So it seems like the Los Angeles Lakers are interested in Chris Paul and Dwight Howard. Let’s just say it works cap-wise, how the heck would New Orleans and Orlando basically hand the Lakers the Championship. The Lakers starting lineup would be Chris Paul at the point, Kobe at the 2, Ron Artest at the small forward, Dwight Howard in the middle and Derrick Caracter at power forward? In essence, the Lakers are going all in with this move, if it happens. I do like trading away Andrew Bynum. He’s had knee problems for a while and I don’t think he likes being a 4th option. I’d love to see how he is when he’s the man. Although I’d miss Pau Gasol, getting Howard will give the Lakers a physical presence in the paint. As for L.O., consistency has always been a problem for Lamar. Double-double one game, M.I.A. the next. Getting Chris Paul will finally give the Lakers a true point guard, one they haven’t had since Magic. I can see the Dwight Howard trade happening but not Chris Paul. Paul has made it obviosu that he wants to go to NY to play with Carmelo and Amare. Paul is not an LA guy. He’s East Coast. If the Lakers made this move, it would be the sickest every. Better than the Shaq signing, better than the Pau Gasol. Anyway, Lakers better be good if they want Santa to give them title hopes for the next 5 years…
Shaquille O’Neil put the Orlando Magic on the map. He brought prominence back to the Los Angeles Lakers. He popped Dwayne Wade’s cherry in Miami. With that said, the last few years of his career were plagued with injuries, mostly from his weight and lack of conditioning. Sad to say, if Shaq wasn’t going to take care of his body, he should’ve retired years ago. That seems to be the classic trend with superstars in sports, hanging around 1 year too long. Going back to Shaq’s career, he got swept out of the finals twice in Orlando. Those were the days that Hakeem Olaujuwon used to dominate the paint. It took a couple years for him to get his act together in LA, but when he finally did, he netted 3 Championships in a row and a sad finals defeat at the hands of the Detroit Pistons. If the Kobe-Shaq fued never blew up, both these guys would’ve had a little more hardware hanging on their mantle. As for the run in Miami, we all know it driven by vengeance. The spite that brewed inside of him after the Lakers chose, I mean traded him away of Lamar Odom and some scraps. The bottom line is, Shaq was one of the most dominant big men in the league. Not by skill, but by brute force. He was too strong, too big for the league. His only move was the dunk. With that said, he was still unstoppable. All three of these teams should, must retire his jersey. Send the big guy off in style. He deserves it, he put them either on or back on the map. We’re gonna miss you big fella. The last of the true centers is gone.
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.
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.
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!!!
Chicago v. Cleveland: I love watching the Bulls play. Derek Rose is awesome. Unfortunately, they have no chance against the Cavs. Lebron is on a mission this year. There is noone that is going to stop this team. I don’t care what other 4 players are on the court with him. Cavs in 4, bring out the brooms. Not this year Rose, you’re gonna need to make a big off-season signing (hint hint: Bosh).
Milwaukee v. Atlanta: I don’t even know how the Bucks got into the playoffs. I know about that kid Brandon Jennings (good move playing in Europe for 1 year). I also know they’ve lost Bogut for the year. The Jennings/Salmons combo is solid, but not good enough. Who’s going to step up for the Bucks? Atlanta is gonna roll over these guys in 4. Might be the easiest first round matchup in the playoffs. I don’t even think I need to go into the strengths of this team, but I’ll name a few just for kicks: J. Johnson, Horford, J. Smith, Bibby, Jamal Crawford, Mo Evans.
Miami v. Boston: I’m not sure who I hate more, Boston or Denver. Since they won 2 years ago, Kevin Garnett has turned from a role model into a thug. Paul Pierce has game, I can’t even hate on him. Ray Allen is a has been that has 2 things going for him, his FT% and his steaky 3 pointers. D-Wade might be playing his last series as a Heat. Beasley’s the only other Heat I can name and frankly, he’s not getting it done either. Can’t wait to see what happens to Dwayne in the offseason… Boston in 5.
Charlotte v. Orlando: Interesting match-up here. On one hand, you have the reigning Eastern Conference Champs, big Dwight Howard, healthy Jameer Nelson, improving J.J. Reddick, and two key offseason pickups in Matt Barnes and Vince Carter. I actually think Barnes’ presence on the court is more vital than Vince’s. Kudos for the Bobcats for making the playoffs. Stephen Jackson has turned this team around. Gerald Wallace has always been a box-score filler. He his one of the best defenders in the league and one of the hardest guys to guard. Depth will be a problem for this team as well. They will give Orlando a run for their money but the Magic should pull this off in 5.
Plan the parade… this one’s in the bag. If there was one team I thought could knock off the Cavs in the East it was the Orlando Magic. Well today, they beat the Cavaliers… barely, 98-92. No Lebron James, no Shaq, no Anthony Parker. The Magic on the other hand, a full squad. What a pathetic win for the Magic. If you can’t send a post season message and demolish the Cavs, then you got problems. The Orlando Magic don’t stand a chance against the Clevaland Cavaliers WITH a healthy Lebron James. Forget Shaq, forget Parker. The Cavs don’t need ’em. As long as Lebron is 80%, we’re gonna witness the King and his ring. I did think the Lakers would have a chance to knock them off but the way they’ve been playing lately… ugh!!!! They lost to their arch-nemesis Portland Trail Blazers at Staples. Lakers bench, once again playing the role of Harry Houdini and disappearing, going 3-15 for a whoppin 8 points. This team ain’t going anywhere until they get some production off that bench. Even Kobe’s not the same, going 8-23. That finger is hurting more than we are led to believe. Until something dramatic happens in the West like the Lakers do a 180 turn or the Nuggets mature, we’re gonna see Shaq and Bron Bron get a ring. And you know what, this might be the first time I’ve said this out loud, I’m not bothered by it. They’re the best team. They’re taking care of business. They deserve it.
Let me get this straight, the Cleveland Cavaliers get Antawn Jamison from the Wizards and Sebastian Telfair from the Clippers… The Washingotn Wizards get Al Thornton from the Clippers and Zydrunas Ilgauskus from the Cavs and the Clippers get (drumroll please) Drew Gooden? The ONLY rationale that can justify this trade from the Clippers’ point of view is freeing up cap space for the big offseason spending spree. The problem with that is that noone wants to come to the Clips nor do the Clippers ever drop big money on franchise-changing free agents. Not sure if this is what Cleveland needs either. Jamison is averaging 20ppg and 9 rpg this year and can take the pressure off Lebron but the Cavs are doing fine. They have the best record in the league and have won 13 in a row. My guess is that Cavs management is trying to keep Lebron past this year. If Jamison is what Lebron wants… then so be it. A ring for the King, right Shaq?
King James and his faithful followers have become an unstoppable force in the NBA. No Delonte West, no Mo Williams, no problem. These Cavs are winning every time I look at the box scores. My question to you, fellow audience, is the hell is going to stop Lebron James? It’s not going to be Ron Artest… It’s not going to be Paul Pierce and I’m pretty sure it’s not gong to be Anyone from the Nuggets. The worst part, what the hell is gonna happen next year? Or the year after? The King is averaging ROYAL numbers, 30 ppg, 7 rpg, 8 apg. The funny thing is that he has no true supporting cast. No Pippen to his Jordan, no Gasol to his Kobe, no Abdul-Jabbar to his Magic (I could go on forever). Don’t give me an old Shaq or a broken down Ilgauskas. No one on the Cavs would start on 80% of teams in the league. I’m picking the Cavs to win the NBA Championship this year AS LONG AS Lebron does not get injured. You can replace anyone else on his team with a chair and the King will prevail. It’s just too bad that Shaq is gonna pick up another ring… dare I say… from the King.
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.