Ok… this is my piece in response to Celtic fan Rob’s ‘Celtics in White Hats’…
Just the other day, my *cough-cough* learned *cough-cough* basketball-fan-colleague Rob stated:
“The Eternal Battle of Good and Evil…
Otherwise known as the Celtics and Lakers go at it again! In case you hadn’t guessed, I’m dressing the Celtics in the white hero hats…”
If that’s the analogy you wish to pursue, fine. I guess that puts the Lakers in black.
Just a guess, but my Chuck Norris trumps your George McFly.
And then some.
Aaaaanyway, after that cold bucket of water on “white-vs-black-stereotypes”, let’s explore the points presented in the last bout of fantasy.
1. More options
Umm… huh? anytime you have to list Kendrick Perkins in your list of ‘more options’, you have officially abdicated the argument.
2. Home court advantage
Just ask the Spurs/Jazz how ‘home court’ worked out for them.
3. Offense vs Defense
Hmmm… 15 games to get to the Finals versus 20.
Boston struggled with LeBron James with a very inferior cast around him, now they have a better player (Kobe) with a damn good group around him.
” Look for the Celtics to harass Kobe and keep his points down…” – not what the Celtics did in the two times they played the Lakers. They stayed off him, and cut off his options to drive to the basket.
Which is what the Spurs did.
Gregg Popovich is now sitting back and wondering if that was the right option.
4. Rajon Rondo vs Derek Fisher
“I say he gets it done.” – no, you pray he gets it done. Look at what LA’s faced thus far, and Rondo’s the worst point guard they’ve faced. Simply a fact.
Ummm… old adage: “There is no theory of evolution. Just a list of creatures Chuck Norris has allowed to live.” Rumor is that the Boston Celtics have recently been crossed off.
Kobe Bryant. Simply too much Kobe for Boston to cope with.
Chuck does Kobe v Boston impersonation…
And the biggest difference between the two teams isn’t who’s on court, it’s who’s sitting at the head of the pine.
And that’s the big difference. Phil will have plans. Phil will have counters. Phil will be prepared. Phil will have the players prepared.
When Phil calls a time out, everyone will be quiet and the players will listen to Phil.
With Boston, Doc has prayers. When Doc calls a time-out he will look forlornly to KG. KG will scowl ‘n’ growl, and if we’re lucky, roar. Time-out over. Nice game plan.
Chuck Norris knows. He picks LA in 5. I’m with Chuck. You want to go against Chuck?