Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Saturday, June 18, 2011
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Today begins the 2011-12 season of the National Basketball Association. After the Mavericks made the Big 3 look like, to quote Charles Barkley, “whiny punks” it’s time to start looking to the future. The NBA’s career will finally start to be revitalized because the Eastern Conference will have teams that can compete for the title. In the last decade the eastern conference has only won three out of the last eleven championships. In order for ratings to rise the east needs to rise. With New York, Boston, Chicago, and Washington being the big basketball cities, they will need the teams of these cities to be in playoffs every year. They will also need them competing for championships each year. Thankfully with the trade of Carmelo Anthony to New York it gave the east the power. The Heat has the “Big Three”, Chicago has D-Rose, New York has Melo and Amare, Washington has John Wall, and Boston has the First Big Three. It’s time for them to shine. In order for the east to take the decade, they need a lot of help. Might as well start off with the “Big Three.”
Miami Heat has a great Trio, but that is it. They have no fans, no coach, no point guard, and no center. The heat will need to fix these problems before they win a title. The Heat made it all the way to the finals with great play from the “Big three” but it wasn’t, and never will be, enough. They need to fix the coaching. Erik Spoelstra is a great coach if you want to hear speeches. A person with a Speech Communication degree could coach the Heat, if all they needed to do was give a speech. You need a coach who can direct the “Big Three.” The only coach I see that should get the job is a bald man who coached Patrick Ewing, John Starks, Allan Houston, Charles Oakley, and Larry Johnson. Jeff Van Gundy should take this job and Pat Riley should be talking to him. Jeff Van Gundy coached so many superstars such as: Patrick Ewing, Tracy McGrady, Yao Ming, Steve Francis (Before the meltdown), and Latrell Sprewell. He is the guy to take the Heat and make them a dominant force.
The Heat need to let Mario Chalmers take the point and run the office. He is ready, he needs to prove himself, and he will make them a better team. It took until game 6 for him to finally take the starting position. When the Heat needed shots, he was making his. Mario should’ve never been coming off the bench one of Spoelstra’s many mistakes.
In order to win a championship you need a big man. No team, except the Bulls and Pistons, has won a championship without a Big Man. In the last 20 years it has been the need for a big man like: Shaquille O’neal (LA Lakers 00-02, Heat 06), Tim Duncan (Spurs 99, 03, 05, 07) David Robinson (Spurs 99, 03), Ben Wallace (Pistons 04), Hakeem Olajuwan (Rockets 94, 95) Kevin Garnet (Celtics 08) Andrew Bynum ( LA Lakers 09, 10) and Tyson Chandler (Mavericks 11). YOU NEED A BIG MAN. The heat needs a big man. There will be some centers possibly out in the market this summer they can get for no money at all. Samuel Dalembert is a great defensive center who can play on the offensive side. The Portland Trail Blazers should be smart and release the knee-less Greg Oden. Mr. Oden would be perfect fit for the “Big Three.” He’s as overrated as they are.
These are the second worst fans in the history of sports, next to the Florida Marlins. When you watch game 6 the fans are not even in their seats when tipoff is about to begin. Come on Heat Fans, show some type of passion for your team. Just pathetic.
The heat are close to winning a championship, they just need to work on about five things. Next blog will be about how the New York Knicks can win a championship. Here’s a heads up for you, trade Chauncy Billups, don’t release him.
Saturday, June 4, 2011
Thursday, June 2, 2011
3. Boston Bruins
1. Vancouver Canucks
As I've said many times about the Stanley Cup Playoffs. If you have a great goalie, you will have a chance to win the Stanley Cup. That is true for both of these teams. One was favored to win the Cup at the beginning of the season. The other was near the bottom of their conference to start, but worked their way to the top at the end.
Boston has that can do attitude. Zdeno Chara is a big reason why the Bruins have been so formidable throughout the playoffs. With his presence on defense he doesn't let anyone get by him for easy goals. He is also a force in front of the net on power plays for Boston. Nathan Horton has been a consistent scorer for the Bruins. Being on the big stage isn't getting to Horton at all. Tim Thomas, a Vezina finalist, is the reason why the Bruins are in the Stanley Cup Final. He backed up his guarantee against Tampa Bay in the conference finals. Now if he can keep Boston afloat against the most talented team in the NHL in Vancouver, the Bruins will be hoisting the Cup for the first time since 1972.
The Sedin twins remained quiet during the conference finals. Ryan Kesler is still being the disruptive force on the ice. They are taking advantage of their opponents mistakes. Goalie Roberto Luongo isn't crumbling under the weight of the pressure. Everything is coming together at the right time for Vancouver. But it could all end in the blink of an eye. If Kesler isn't playing at the same level. The Sedin twins remain quiet. Luongo gets cold feet. It could all come crashing down. One thing that will have to change is that the Sedin twins need to be more involved. They are their two best players and they must play up to their MVP like level.
Of course what this series boils down to is which goalie will win it for their team. Tim Thomas has made some iconic saves during these playoffs. Roberto Luongo was benched at one point during the semifinals, but has put that behind him. You can't go wrong with either one right now. I like seeing one of the most iconic franchises in the NHL make it back to the Stanley Cup Finals. However I can't go against my pre-season winner. The Cup will return to Canada.
Canucks in 6 games