Oh-so Le-bored…

12 06 2007

Can King James spur his team to a better result within their (home)court? Or will their more cavalier attitude be the result from two defeats at the hands of San Antonio?

So the San Antonio Death Spur heads implacably towards their 4th championship, one wonders if Lebron has any jedi-tricks up his sleeve… or will the fortunes of the Cleveland Cavaliers plummet just as much as NBA ratings? I think the Cavs’ll salvage a bit of pride, and take a game at home, but the routinely-unexciting Spurs are going to take this in 5.

All in all tho’… a pretty good way to wrap up a season for Mr James. He’s 22, doesn’t really have much around him at the moment (Z was good, but the key is ‘was’. Daniel Gibson’s gonna be pretty good… and Hughes is… injured), and in a few months (Weeks? Days??) we’ll have all forgotten that thus far, San Antonio has monstered them. No answers for Timmy, Manu or Parker. Especially Parker (do you think the Spurs regret not getting J-Kidd oh-so-long ago?). Back to Lebron – guy’s fantastic, but there’s a big difference to the way they were down against the Pistons, and where they find themselves now. They just lost the first two against Detroit… they have never been in the first two games of the NBA ’07 Finals. They won’t be taking a “we-can-beat-’em-we-only-just-lost” feelgood scenario with them back to the Quicken Loans Arena (ugh – hate that name). Lebron’s gotta be happy he’s in the East… where would this team rank in the West? 6th? 7th?

Sigh… almost makes me wish Detroit DID make it.

Now… c’mon Lebron, make me eat my words & make this a series. Wake me up if they do… zzzzZZZ


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Finals? Bah… Bring on the Off-season!!!

6 06 2007


Ok… I know the NBA finals are going to be exciting now. I get that. Lebron “Luke-the-force-is-with-you” James vs the San Antonio “Deathstar” Spurs (who really thinks the good guys are going to win this time?) – great viewing.

But the off-season this year is looking so… interesting! First, the draft. How karmic was it that Boston & Memphis did not get a top 3 choice after two of the most obvious tanking performances I’ve seen by a professional sports team?!! I heard that in the morning on my way to work, and could not stop smiling all day!

We got Portland getting the first pick – and are almost certain to take Greg Oden & take a big step in the turn-around of the franchise once known as the ‘Jail Blazers’. The only alumni left from that group is Zach Randolph, and trade rumours surround him galore. Sure, the rebuilding of Rip City started before now – and the addition of Brandon Roy/LaMarcus Aldridge last year was a coup – but with Greg Oden in the mix, the sights will be set much, much higher. And deservedly so. Exciting times ahead for Portland.

With the losses (all surprisedly so?) of Dallas, Detroit and Phoenix, we can expect at least some retooling to occur within those rosters.

With Flip Saunders expecting to stay with the Pistons , that will probably ensure that fairly significant changes will occur to the roster. Rasheed Wallace has probably received his last technical in a Detroit uniform, Chris Webber’s probably due to retire, and the changes that occur might mean that Chauncey Billups departs too – via free agency.

Even with Mark Cuban declaring unconditional support for Dirk, I’d expect changes in Dallas. Dirk’ll stay, but Jason Terry is destined for somewhere else, Devin Harris deserves to have the ball. The Warriors exposed the deficiencies the Mavericks have at close to the basket – Dirk is simply more touch than brawn, and Eric Dampier’s ever-growing-contract is an elephant for the team to carry. Jerry Stackhouse is a free agent, and it will depend on the offers he gets. But bottom line: Dallas need a big guy, who can provide muscle… and not just talk about it like Dampier.

Phoenix are interesting. But for a hit by Robert Horry…

then maybe the Spurs aren’t in the finals.

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Detroit too cavalier…

3 06 2007


Who woulda thought it? After Lebron James single-handedly demolishes Detroit, Cleveland return home to the place formerly known as the Gund Arena (c’mon… I mean the “Quicken Loans Arena”??? That’s right up with with having “Chico’s Bail Bonds” as a sponsor!), to beat the Detroit Pistons and take their place in the NBA Finals. And who would be the main man, the hero-of-the-hour? LEBRON JAMES! Ummm… Daniel ‘Boobie’ Gibson? With a statline of 31 points & 6 rebounds, Daniel Gibson stepped up when the Pistons Posse ambushed the leader of the James Gang. The first year guard out of Texas was ready to play Frank to Lebron’s Jesse, and the rest is history.

Still, James did his bit. 20 points, 14 rebounds & 8 assists is no shabby day at the office, and it was the pressure that Detroit put on Lebron that allowed Gibson to star. You cannot fault Detroit’s game-plan: no way in hell were they letting Lebron beat them – he’d done so the last game, with very little help from his team. If they were going to lose, someone else had to step up.

Today, Daniel Gibson did.

So now the Spurs… and the NBA have to be happy about this match-up. I can almost hear David Stern’s face cracking a smile. The next-big-thing, the ‘Air Apparent’… versus the Spurs. The San Antonio Spurs, who have recently lived up to the Black & Silver they share with the Oakland Raiders by getting downright dirty. The Golden Child, and his team versus the big, bad Spurs.

The finals just got interesting.

All hail the king…

1 06 2007

Well… given the events of the day, this topic kinda got put on the back-burner. But it does deserve attention, so…


Coming of age, Lebron led the Cleveland Cavaliers to a fantastic victory in The Palace of Auburn Hills. Scoring the last 25 points for the Cavs, Lebron was unstoppable on a night that may well become his signature game for some time to come. And Cleveland was lucky that he was such a force of nature, because other than some middling support from Zydrunas Ilgauskas, the rest of the Cavs were woeful.

Fortunately, the Cavs with Lebron were just a little bit better than the Detroit Pistons, who now find themselves on the brink of elimination against a team that they really, really should be capable of beating.

Chauncey Billups said post game, “We’ve been here before a lot of times…” Well, we keep hearing that, but one more game like this – and the next is back home for the Cleveland Lebrons – and the Fat Lady’s singin’. Detroit have to pull one out of the fire here, and if there’s an Eastern Conference team that can do it, then it’s the Pistons. It will have to be a massive turn-around tho’.

The criticism (and god knows I was critical) of Lebron’s efforts in games 1 & 2 may have been the inspiration for what we’re seeing now. Hell, games 3, 4 & now 5 have been certainly been inspirational. “Lebron doesn’t have it. He’s not a cold-blooded assassin who can take that final shot, and own a game.” All three games post that, Lebron took charge in the final minutes, and won them, almost single-handedly. Well… not strictly true: game 5, he took over way before the final minutes… it seemed he scored at will… and nothing the Pistons threw at him could stop him. Inevitably, we’ll see the Jordan-like comparisons… and on this performance, not entirely inappropriately.

Game 6’s on Saturday promises to be one that should stir some interest away from the train-wreck that the Lakers are giving us… if only for a few hours.