Celtics “Grilled” In the Miami Heat
Lebron James comes up big against Boston Celtics. Only Kevin Garnett of the Celtics showed up and withstood the south beach Heat. The Celtics certainly got grilled in the Miami Heat. For Game 2 the Celtics have to focus on playing basketball ann then they won’t have to worry about the referees. It is clear that the fix is in for Miami Heat and OKC to go the NBA finals 2012. If the San Antonio Spurs and the Boston Celtics play their game no matter how they are cheated they will be fine.
Boston played a game 7 in the previous round while the Heat was rested. The Celtics are more mature, so Boston has to slow it down. Is the fix in for the Heat to get all the calls and get to the finals? What are your thoughts? Does Boston even the series tomorrow? If they go down 0-2 they will be done. Please share your comments and thoughts. Are you still following the NBA playoffs?
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The King Is Coming Back
Lebron James played great in Cleveland as he always does. I don’t know if he saw Betty White but it seems to me they are both Hot In Cleveland. Anyway, on a serious note, Lebron managed to capture the spotlight a little from Jeremy Lin of the New York Knicks and made headline news by saying he would not rule out going back to play for Cleveland. His sentiments are genuine because what Lebron is learning is that if the grass is greener on the other side the water bill is higher too.
The Grass Might Be Greener But the Water bill Is Higher
It is an object lesson that we all learn later rather then sooner. Lebron is realizing that what he was looking for was right where he was and traveling all the way to South Beach was not the answer because he could not get away from himself. It is possible he will win a title in Miami before his two year opt out clause kicks in, but now he has just put added pressure on himself and his Miami Heat team mates by saying he is keeping his options open.
Lebron’s Return to Cleveland
When you want to keep your options open you do not burn your bridges behind you. If Lebron James and the Miami Heat don’t win people will say it’s because he is not happy in Miami. I don’t know the young man, but from what I see of him, he craves a type of approval that he is not getting in the house that Dwayne Wade built.
Don’t Burn Your Bridges Too Soon
Many times in life we get discontented with our lives because we do not think the pieces of the puzzle are falling into place quickly enough. As a result, we think we must get up and leave. Many times we leave in our discontent and as a result we burn our bridges and hurt people in the process. There is no doubt that the kind of money the Cleveland Cavaliers lost initially and are losing now, they could recover if he returns. At this moment in time we just have to wait and see.
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Kobe Bryant Toppled
Kobe Bryant No Longer Number One
Kobe Bryant reigned as the number one most popular sports athlete for a long time. Now it is over. Even with the case of rape against him he managed to bounce back in the public’s image. A new list is out and to my surprise Kobe is tied at number 3 with Michael Jordan who retired from the game of basketball for more that five years. That just shows the magnitude and star power of MJ.
Well, according to this article, Derek Jeter is now the number 1 most popular sports athlete. Derek Jeter is a class act for sports. He is not just a New York Yankee sports icon, but he is a super hero. Sure he is slowing down a little, but who is still doing at 37 what they did at 17 and 27?
The issue though is how Lebron James is not in the top ten and how Kobe has lost a step or two. Does it have anything to do with Kobe and the Lakers not making it to the NBA championship as defending champions? Does Lebron James’ fall has to do with the way he left the Cleveland Cavaliers standing at the altar of basketball? I think so. What do you think?
NBA Summer of Discontent
After witnessing one of the best NBA season it would be a shame for the NBA to lock out the players and go on a hiatus.
This is as a result of a breakdown of negotiations between the players union and the NBA team owners reaching a collective bargaining agreement. According to Forbes Magazine 20 of the 28 NBA teams are losing money. It is hard to imagine that with full arenas and a sport at the peak of its popularity, so many teams are not making money. Owners want to reduce the length of rookie contracts, reduce the revenue sharing, amongst other things. That means this morning at 12:01am the players are locked out of the NBA facilities.
It is official, the NBA is on lockout. Players cannot enter the facilities to do any workout. Now we have the NBA and the NFL both in lockouts. It should not come as a surprise that so many teams are losing money. Some of the teams not making the playoffs are paying players $10 -$12 million dollars a year. If they are not getting into the playoffs year after year, how can they generate any money. The NBA is full of over-priced athletes who do not understand that the fans are responsible for their extravagant lifestyles. Now, I am all for everybody getting good money for their talents, but how many fans are making even a million in a year.
The NBA system is broken and needs to be fixed. Imagine that television ratings of NBA games were at their highest this season, jerseys and other products are selling, and attendance at arenas are up. So, what is the problem? Consider the fact that Greg Odem was drafted number one five years ago and has only played 82 games. Yet, the Portland Trailblazers just agreed to an 8.5 million contract to keep him. How ridiculous that is for the Portland Trailblazers? Few teams have more than one superstar. If all the superstars want to go play on one team in a big city, what will happen to teams in small cities? Maybe this is a wake up call the likes if Lebron James who can live a life of luxury while ordinary fans continue to live their “troubled” lives. Let’s see when this will all end.
The NBA Draft is tonight and with a possible lock out of the players by the owners, teams might be willing to focus on the draft rather than trading for players with huge contracts. There are many good free agents on the market. One is Dwight Howard of the Orlando Magic. My question is after the letdown of Lebron James and the Miami Heat, should Pat Riley trade Lebron James for Dwight Howard if such an offer were made?
It is an interesting if not indecent proposal. Afterall, Lebron did not resign with the Cleveland Cavaliers because he wanted to “take his talents to South Beach” and play for the Miami Heat. Clearly, Miami Heat lacks a true big man who can throw it down. If Dwight Howard takes his Magic Show to South Beach, Pat Rilesy would have to give up somebody. Wade and James play the same position, so if the experiment of summer 2010 failed, should the Heat trade somebody for Dwight Howard? I don’t think it will happen, but it is food for thought. The Heat will have to do something. Bosh and James can no longer shy away from championship games. That’s why they play the game of basketball.
Dwight Howard is not afraid of the bright lights of the fourth quarter. He understands that it pays to finish strong. When you watch athletics, many times you see an athlete with a burst of speed who manages to beat out the runner who led from the start. That’s finishing strong.
Dwight Howard could help Miami or stay in Orlando and hope he still has some magic after 12-15 years with no ring. The East has gotten very strong and there is no guarantees for any team next season. The Heat might win seven or more championships in the next decade, but so could Dallas Mavericks, Boston, Los Angeles Lakers, Oklahoma City Thunder, and the Chicago Bulls. So, tonight is gonna be a good night. Tonight is gonna be a good good night.