NBA Free Agency 2010 – July 5

Fourth of  July weekend is over and let’s review what big fireworks went off in the NBA.  We have two huge contracts offered to two NBA players.  I was hoping it would be LeBron and Wade but my dreams were shattered.  What’s taking LeBron so long?  It time for him to man up and make a decision.  Lebron just remember one thing: NBA Championship, forget what your homies are telling you.

First major contract to look at is Joe Johnson resigning with the Atlanta Hawks for $120 million for 6 years.  I understand the Hawks resigning Joe Johnson but $120 million.  Let get real, he’s not worth it.  I think the Hawks could have offered less and still kept him.  Do I blame Joe Johnson, no way.  They offered him the max and he was very smart to take it. 

The second big contract I want to talk about is Amare Stoudemire signing with the New York Knicks for $100 million over five years.  You have to be kidding me.  This is a huge risk by the Knicks.  Amare is good but I don’t think he is worth $100 million.  I know the Knicks are rebuilding and doing whatever it can to make a move into the playoffs but I think they overpaid for Amare.  I have no doubt signing Amare is step one  to relaunching the franchise but the Knicks need to land superstar Lebron James or it’s all for nothing. I can’t see Wade coming to the Knicks but if he does look out.  Again do I blame Amare for signing with the Knicks for $100 million, no way.

Both Joe Johnson and Amare Stoudemire made a wise decision.  Owners showed them the money and they took it.  Before Lebron make his world shaking decision to change the landscape of the NBA, free agents  such as Joe and Amare were wise to get their share of the pie before it was too late.

Two other players to exit free agency and return to their teams were Paul Pierce with Boston and Dirk Nowitzki with Dallas.  These two players just entered free agency to secure their futures.  I have to say smart move.  Both players signed on for another 4 years with their teams.

One last comment is the LA Lakers signing Steve Blake.  Steve Blake played point guard for both the Blazers and Clippers.  I think this is a great move for the Lakers.  I always believe their weakest position was point guard.  I like Derek Fisher but he is getting old.  Eventually this position has to be addressed and no better time than now to address it.

Sunday NBA Game 7 Predictions

Let start in the East. 

This is what I wanted to warn Orlando about when they started the series.  Don’t go seven game or you’re done.  I believe that Orlando is the better team but game 7 is about playoff experience.  I never imagined that the Boston Celtics team would win three games against Orlando without KG  but they have.  I believe Boston is going to shock Orlando and go to the Eastern Conference Finals.  At least next year, Orlando will have a new coach.   

Now to Game 7 of the LA Lakers and Houston Rockets series.  I have no clue what is wrong with the LA Lakers.  Once Yao Ming went down I thought the series was over.  The Rockets won the next game, then Lakers blows out Houston, and then Houston beats LA again.  Well, at least game 7 is in LA and this means the Lakers are gonna slaughter the Rockets in game 7.  This game won’t even be close.  I have no doubt the Lakers will win this game and  advance to the Western Conference Finals.  Just remember it’s Kobe time.

NBA Playoffs – Round 2 (2009)

April is here and that means NBA Playoffs.

I am not too excited this year about basketball yet.  The first round was alright.  The only series that brought any excitement was the Celtics/Bulls series.  I wished the Bulls had won.  Let’s move to the second round action.

Yesterday we saw game one of the Denver/Dallas series.  I really enjoyed watching Denver beating Dallas.  Dallas is no longer the team they use to be.  The window has  closed for Dallas.  Denver is red hot and will advance to the Western Conference Finals.

The Lakers/ Houston series will be another fun series.  The Lakers will win this series but I think it will take 5 games.  Houston is  really no match for the Lakers but I hope Bynam will step it up this series.  They will need him in this series.  Lakers will make it easily to the next round.

The Cavs/Hawks series I am looking forward to.  I think the Cavs should breeze through this series but Atlanta is a team that will compete with the Cavs.  I will say that the Cavs will win the series in 6 games.  Watch out for Atlanta to make some waves but Lebron and the Cavs will overcome.

The Orlando/Celtics series is another series that I am hoping for total domination by one team, The Orlando Magic.  After the first round, I think that Orlando will struggle against the Celtics.  Orlando must play hard early to finish the series quick.  Don’t let Boston hang around.  I say this series will be close but Orlando will win it in 6 games.  If it goes to seventh game, then Boston will win it.  Orlando do whatever you have to not to take it to a seventh game.

Paul Pierce – “I don’t think Kobe is the best player. I’m the best player.”

“Finals MVP  Paul Pierce who recently spent three days at a ball camp in Madrid, is making, ahem, news about what he said to a Spanish reporter. The money translation, via  RedsArmy: “Q: Is Kobe really the best player in the world? Pierce: I don’t think Kobe is the best player. I’m the best player. There’s a line that separates having confidence and being conceited. I don’t cross that line but I have a lot of confidence in myself.”

  I think one of the reasons Paul Pierce has a right to make this statement is due to the fact that his team under his leadership earned an NBA Championship against Kobe Bryant’s Lakers.

The Boston Celtics not only earned an NBA Championship against the Los Angeles Lakers but they clobbered them in the NBA Finals.  Paul Pierce showed his leadership during this series and with his championship, I think he is the best player in the NBA.

I do not think that any of the players that are in the league currently are at the caliber of Dr. J,  Magic, Bird, or MJ.  I think the closest player to their caliber in regards to the impact on the game is Shaq.

Kobe Bryant is a great one on one player but basketball is a team sport.  Kobe does not know how to make his teammates better and thus, he will never lead a team to an NBA Championship under his leadership.  The only reason Kobe has three championships is because of Shaq.    Kobe reminds me of Scottie Pippen.  Scottie never won a championship without MJ.  HMMMMMMMMMMM.

Boston Celtics Champions- Celtics Demolish the Lakers in Game 6

NOOOOO, Lakers lose another NBA Final to the Boston Celtics.  Championship #17.

YESSSSSS, Kobe hasn’t won a NBA Championship without Shaq.  Thank You Boston :>!!!!!!!

The big three came up big!  Kevin Garnett had a monster night with 26 points, 14 rebounds,  and 4 assists.  Ray Allne also had 26 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists.  NBA Finals MVP Paul Pierce had 17 points, 10 assists, and 7 rebounds.  The scoring did not stop with the big three, this was a night when everyone contributed.  Rondo had 21 points, 7 rebounds, 6 steals, and 8 assists, while Posey had 11 points and House had 9 points.    Overall the Celtics crushed the Lakers by 39 points.

The Lakers did make it to Boston to play but they gave up early.  Kobe had 22 points but he could not make an impact.  Odom had 14 points and Gasol had 11 points.  The only other Lakers in double figures was Jordan Farmar with 12 points.  Forget comparing Kobe to Jordan, MJ would never allow himself to be humiliated like this in the NBA Finals.  Kobe still has not learned how to make the players around him better.  I doubt Kobe will never win another NBA Championship.  If you were  asleep at the end of the third quarter, you missed ballhogging Kobe Bryant turning over the ball three times in a row.

Paul Pierce is the man and deserves to be Finals MVP.  He is the spark plug for this team and I am glad he has won a NBA Championship.  His comeback in game one after what looked like a serious injury, set the tone for the rest of the Finals.  I am also happy to see both Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett winning their first championship.  Ray Allen was always a favorite player of mine was he was in Seattle and I am glad that he made his way to Boston for this championship.  I know Kevin Garnett has been a dominate player all these years and now he has the opportunity to experience an NBA Championship after all those years of hard work.  Boston has built an awesome team and remember they dominated during the regular season against the West and they proved it was no fluke by demolishing the Lakers during the NBA Finals.   

I can’t believe that Doc Rivers outcoached Phil Jackson.  I give the credit to Doc in coaching  but many of the players in Boston learned to put aside their egos for one common goal: the 2008 NBA Championship. 

Congrats to the Celtics for an awesome championship.  This was the second largest margin of victory in a NBA Finals game and the largest margin of victory in a clicher game (131 – 92).  The Celtics definitely leave no doubt they are the best team in the NBA for 2008.

Lakers vs Celtics – Game 5 and still alive

Wow, what a game.  The only thing that was wrong, was the Lakers won instead of the Celtics.  The Lakers played just well enough to win this game.    Kobe ended up with  25 points, 7 rebounds, and 5 steals.  Pau Gasol ended up with 19 points and Lamar had 20 points and 11 rebounds.  Derek Fisher had 15 points and Jordan Farmar had 11 points.  I was not too impressed with this win.  I like the fact that five different players were in double figures but it just felt that the Lakers got lucky to get this win.  The Lakers need to step it up on defense and get excited, show some enthusiasm.  This victory may give them some momentum for the next game but they need to play better defense.

Boston played well but just could not pull of the win.  Paul Pierce had a phenomenal night with 38 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists.  Kevin Garnett had 13 points and 14 rebounds and Ray Allen had 16 points.  Outside of the big three  the only player to come close to double figures was Sam Cassel with 9 points.  The Celtics were just a bit off and I know when they get back home each player will find their sweet spots on the floor.  The tables will turn for Boston in game six.

To be honest, the Lakers don’t look like champions.  They built a 17 point lead in the first quarter and allowed Boston to come back to within 3 points by half time.  Both teams looked tired in the second half and with two minutes to go in the fourth, the Lakers were able to pull away.  I am getting sick of seeing the Lakers players complain every time the referee calls a foul against them.  I think Kobe and Gasol are the worst complainers. 

My fear for the Celtics is injuries.  Perkins did not play tonight but hopefully he will be back for game six on Tuesday.  Pierce and Rondo have had their share of injuries this series but they seem alright.   The Celtics need to finish the Lakers off on Tuesday.  If they don’t, then game seven is anyones game.  Forget history, it will come down to plays harder.

If the Celtics play  the say way on Tuesday as they did tonight,  then I think they will win the series on Tuesday night. Being on their home court, they will get a few more calls to go their way and they will like having the fans cheering them on.   What better place to win the championship but at home.  If the Celtics win,  Paul Pierce should be the MVP of the series. 

Lakers vs Celtics – Game 4 – Don’t Blame Kobe, It was my fault

Well it seemed like an easy victory for the Lakers in the first half.  Itold my wife that there was no way Boston could win.  The series would be tied, all the Lakers had to do was play another quarter and a half of good basketball.  It was time to to put the kids down so I turned off the television.  My princess was asleep and my wife was taking care of our boy, so Iwent downstairs.  I turned on the television and I was excited there was time left in the game.  Then I saw the score, Boston was up by three points with about two minutes left.  NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!  But wait, we have Kobe Bryant and this is no problem for Los Angeles.  As the seconds ticked away, I was a little irritated.  What happened to the Lakers’ fire.  I watched Ray Allen score on a layup, untouched.  The Lakers needed to get a little more emotional.  Never, never let the away team get a lead and if they do then it is time to make them earn every shot.  If they come inside , then foul them and foul them clean and hard.  

Alright, so I am not here to blame any of the players.  I think the Lakers knew I turned off the television and just stop playing as hard.  All kidding aside,  the Lakers need to look at history.  Do the Lakers want to lose another Championship to the dreaded Celtics. 

Kobe your the MVP and it’s time to turn it on.  Kobe this is the time to prove how much better you are than Michael Jordan.  Do what no one has ever done and lead the Lakers back to a championship down one game to three.  This would definitely cement Kobe’s legacy and end the debate if Kobe is better than Michael.  To all the other Lakers, if Kobe is having a hard time scoring, then make your shots.  Do what you get paid for and hit a couple more baskets. 

There are a few other options out there for the Lakers.  Option one bribe a referee.  Hey, why not bribe more than one.  This will guarantee you will have more opportunities at the free throw line.  Option two, have a heart to heart talk with David Stern and maybe he can have a talk with the referees for you.  Convice David Stern that a historic comeback by the Lakers would be good rating for television and the NBA. Option three convince the NBA that the Lakers need an immediate trade for Shaq because the Shaq trade was a mistake and you want a do over on the trade. 

HMMMMM, can Kobe win without Shaq???????????  I guess we will soon find out.

Another question, if Kobe does not win the NBA Finals this year, then what is wrong with this team and what do the Lakers need to do to win it in the future?