Saturday, June 26, 2010

Warriors Face Changes This Summer

"Their season ended just a month and a half ago, but it already looks like big things could be on the horizon for the Golden State Warriors.

It's been made quite public that the Warriors are currently for sale, and should have new ownership by the end of the summer. Most Warrior fans are hoping that the wealthy and business savvy Larry Ellison gets hold of the organization. It's the general consensus that Ellison would put his magic touch on the team and turn around a franchise that has been one worst in the NBA over the last 15 years. Only one playoff appearance in that span will make a fan base a little desperate though. Whoever the new owner is will be entering a rocky situation to say the least. The W's have a lot of talent on their roster (when everyone is healthy) and they should be in a better situation then they are right now...."

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Lakers Force Game 7: Just when you thought the Lakers were down and out, Kobe Bryant showed why he is Kobe Bryant, popping off for a game high 26 points, 11 boards and 3 assists. Pau Gasol also was also his quietly effective self, pitching in 17 points, 13 boards and 9 assists, missing a triple-double by that 1 assist. The only guy on the Celtics who actually showed up and treated it like an NBA Finals game was Ray Allen, who went 7-14 from the field, good for 19 points. Now, the 2010 NBA champion will be decided on Thursday night in Los Angeles and I think we're in for a really good basketball game. I can see this game going into overtime, and since it's in LA, I think it definitely gives the Lake Show a slight edge. The wild card for the Lakers will be Andrew Bynum, who's really struggled in the last 3 games and been basically irrelevant offensively. If he plays like he did in game 2 (21 points, 7 blocks and 6 rebounds) then the Lakers should be fine. The Lakers have the momentum though after their huge win Tuesday night, and going home, they are going to be tough to handle. I think the Lakers will be the NBA's champion for 2010.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Lakers vs Celtics: retribution

David Stern and that national TV network giggle with glee to see the major market matchup that is Celtics versus Lakers. The Suns didn't have enough size and the Magic wilted under the pressure. Here we are, presented with a classic matchup. It's a story of retribution. The Celtics physically beat the Lakers, talked smack the whole time, and now everyone is now aware of how the poor Lakers were harassed on the team bus as they waited to depart for the hotel (I also heard there was no Kleenex on that bus to dry the alligator tears). Remember Paul Pierce's comments after the finals back in July of 2008? Pierce took a shot a Kobe saying that Kobe was not the best player in the world, as he thought himself to hold the title.
These things fuel the Lakers as much as crumpled newspaper does a forest fire. Kobe looks like his usual self, unstoppable. The Lakers will also have Bynum and Artest to body up Boston's bigs. The Celtics bench looked thin, until Nate Robinson stepped in to give the C's energy and scoring. The Lakers dusted off Sasha Vujacic in the last few games of the conference finals to counter the Suns bench energy. Perhaps Phil Jackson can get some three point shooting out of Vujacic if the Celtics try to copy cat the Suns zone.

In a drawn out NBA playoffs, this is the best possible match up. There is no apparent favorite. One could argue the Lakers have the advantage with home court and Kobe Bryant on fire, but the Celtics have beat the Heat, Magic, and Cavs to earn their place in the finals. Tough call, but I'll take the Lakers in 6 games. Kobe will dance on that leprechaun at the Garden and show Paul Pierce that number 24 is still the best player in the world.