Monday, August 30, 2010
Saturday, August 28, 2010
Riley made him his successor in 2008 saying: "This game is now about younger coaches who are technologically skilled, innovative and bring fresh new ideas. That's what we feel we are getting with Erik Spoelstra. He's a man that was born to coach." Pat Riley also predicted: "A lot of players want the discipline; they will play [hard] for Spoelstra, because they respect him."
Two years into the Erik Spoelstra experience a super team has been created. Riley had hinted heading into the off-season that he would be open to a return to coaching, but ultimately the decision was to give the young up and coming coach the opportunity to become a legend in his own right.
Personally, I have my doubt about this decision. My impression so far is that the man was born to assistant coach. His in game decisions have left a lot to be desired (do not get me started... maybe on another blog) and inspiring a team full of expiring contracts to play hard seems like a function a school counselor could accomplish. As far as respect goes, I think it is obvious when a player looks at you in disgust and bullies you into a substitution, which way it flows. The innovation that Riley spoke of has not been displayed as of yet, instead he has leaned heavily upon "Heat culture". In other words, more of the same.
I would like to see Spoelstra win coaching matchups throughout the season, because coaching will be key against old dogs like the Celtics and Lakers come playoff time. I don't think Riley would hesitate to upgrade the roster, so why do I get the feeling he is hesitant to upgrade the coaching position? Does Riley believe in him that much? I don't think so.
Pat Riley probably feels, like many of us, that he would win the title and is a tad less confident with Spoelstra leading the troops. One possible problem with Riley as coach is that he has quit on Dwyane Wade twice in his first five seasons, which on its own would have ruined the player/coach dynamic to some degree. Riley is allowing the players the freedom to play hard for Spo, but the players know that if they fail to win their way he will take control of the situation.
Riley would coach again if the players begged him, but otherwise I would pay close attention to Doc Rivers and his expiring contract with Boston. He is a coach that commands respect and has played in the NBA, which LeBron admitted is important to him. That is the type of guy I would want in charge of a potential dynasty, but these players are confident they can win regardless of who is sitting on the bench and who am I to argue? Let's hope they are right or else he could be asking them for ideas next June.
Friday, August 27, 2010
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade and LeBron James. Would you trade that for anything?
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Heat fan wearing LeBron jersey getting kicked out of Cleveland Indians game
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Q: Are the Heat looking at Delonte West? I realize he has some emotional baggage and is suspended for 10 games, but there’s no denying he has been, and can still be, a consistently reliable contributor to a team, especially like the Heat, that needs outside shooting and ballhandling help. — Joseph.
A: Have you not heard the rumors. I would think Delonte West in just the last person that LeBron would want on the Heat.
Q: Ignoring Haslem’s recent legal situation, will he still be a team captain? I have a hard time thinking he’s going to outrank Bosh or LeBron in any kind of team discussion. — Barry.
A: Co-Captians Wade and LeBron
Q: Chris Bosh getting $110 million? I thought the Heat made a mistake paying someone that much to be the third option. And let’s be honest, there was no “Big Three” in this summer’s free-agent class. There was LeBron and D-Wade, and then everybody else. — Mike.
A: He’s the third option on this team, he is a 1st or second option on every other team in the NBA…we’re paying him $110M over 6 years, he could have easily gotten than plus $15M from several other teams….we are lucky he was willing to sign for ONLY $110!
Q: As the Heat stands, we have 15 guaranteed contracts (counting Beverley), plus you allude to Da’Sean Butler partaking in the NBA’s rookie photo shoot, perhaps signaling the team’s intentions to keep him. If so, what gives? Does this mean Hasbrouck has no shot to make team, even if he is better than some others? — Jose.
A: Guarenteed contract means guarenteed money not that they are guarenteed to make the team.
Q: Ira, I’d like to be the first person to come out and say that if the Heat fails to go undefeated in the regular season and playoffs on their way to winning the next four championships, along with Riley personally finding a way to solve the impending lockout problem next season, then this whole free agent process will have been an utter and complete failure. — Ben.
A: I too think some people are purposely trying to create unwarrented pressure on this team…hoping that the intense pressure might be our weakness. I think we will be just fine…and its VERY likely that our first championship won’t come till the 2012-2013 season.
Sunday, August 22, 2010
(jlak on SS blog)do you think they have spo there just to make lebron and wade feel good about themselves?
Will Beasley thrive in Minny? Hes got competition with Love, Johnson and Brewer.
I do not think he will have a breakout year, because they do have other youngsters who they have invested high draft picks on and could keep him from getting the 36 minutes a game he needs to put up All-Star type numbers. I do think he will play a little bit more loose and rediscover some of that Kansas State swagger. Coach Rambis installed the triangle offense which could be good for Michael in the long run, but will also be an adjustment. I actually would like to see Michael play with a point guard like Ricky Rubio, but I'm not sure he is thrilled about playing in the triangle. Those two guys are crucial to Minnesota's rebuilding plan, but I think the main reason they invested draft picks on them was to have some disposable trade assets. Mike has his work cut out for him if he wants Minnesota to be his final NBA home, because this has "flip that draft pick" written all over it.
Saturday, August 21, 2010
Cheap Knock-off of A New Day's Idea Today To Answer Questions
Most Recently Answered Questions
Submitted by Eddy Barrios from Miami, Fl.
Q: I'm a huge Heat fan and as soon as Bron mentioned he was going to retire he's #23 i knew only possible cities were Chicago or Miami. But what do you think of a possible return to the sidelines by Alonzo Mourning? I know he's 40 years old now but 12-18 minutes a night is well enough for this cast? What do you think? Is February an option for return? Eddy BA: Look at Brett Favre, look at Alonzo. Look at Brett Favre, look at Alonzo. I would think a guy like Alonzo could still play in this league. I have heard things about that patellar tendon injury in 2007 that make it sound like it was what forced him into retirement. To me, that is more encouraging than if it were the kidney that concerned him. I expect Alonzo is secretly working on his game and if he feels good, he may report for active duty. I believe you can never have enough talented big men, which is why Juwan Howard's roster spot is justified. If Alonzo can be on your defensive unit, you have just eliminated another weakness on a team that has precious little to expose.
Q: It is time to quit hating and come to a realization that the Miami Heat are arguably the best team in the NBA. The THRINASTY is a bond created from drat day seven years ago, played together in the Olympics, and is a special relationship you will most likely never see in sports again. This is a unique situation where friendship, cap space, and family got this deal done. Riley and Wade thank you. Sit back and enjoy the showA: Preaching to the choir. Next time I will need a question mark somewhere in there so I can do my job, but what the heck, I will sit back and enjoy the show.
Submitted by NELSON MOLINA LOPEZ from BAYAMON PUERTO RICO
Q: very respectfully think that you do not respect the play of Carlos Arroyo on your final analysis or you have it playing in the rotation you know Carlos Arroyo has always had to shut his mouth to people like you who just think that the best players are those that are produced in the United States fortunately in recent years has shown that basketball has grown.A: I think Carlos is the only prototypical point guard on this roster. He should work on his jumpshot if he wants to hold onto his spot long term, because his spot is very coveted. He should be very proud of himself for putting himself in this position after playing in Israel. Miami actually has three other guys who have worked on their game abroad - Big Z is from Lithuania, Joel Anthony and Jamaal Magloire grew up in Canada, Udonis Haslem got ready for NBA duty by spending a year in France's pro league and Pat Beverley has been transitioning into a PG in the Ukrainian and Greek leagues. I don't think Riley believes that the best players are produced in the US, but moreso that an American prospect has one less question mark than an international one. For the purpose of this question, I consider Arroyo to be an American prospect as he played college ball at FIU.
Submitted by NELSON MOLINA LOPEZ from BAYAMON PUERTO RICO
Q: Q: Does Carlos Arroyo have a chance this year? He did better than Chalmers last year and is good for the Latino fan base. This has nothing to do with any fan base; this is about championships. I suspect this season will start like last, with the starting job at point guard being Mario's to lose. But if Carlos has a strong showing at the World Championships with Puerto Rico, I would not be surprised if LeBron and Dwyane take note and perhaps make a note of it with Erik Spoelstra.you think of thisA: Arroyo is your back up point guard. There is nobody like him on the roster and he makes a lot of sense if a true second unit is used. With that said, I expect his minutes could be cut severely from last year as there could be a lot of lineups with LeBron or Dwyane running the offense.
Submitted by james from St Pete, Fla
Q: Charles was a great ball player, but now he is playing a new position and that is the loud mouth EX-Player. Charles I am a fan of yours and I am disappointed with you and your tunnel vision, you value your own opinion to much. you see thats all your talking is, an opinion. charles you are still ok with me even if it does not matter to you. charles do me a favor shut up get off Bron. every great player who has won the NBA title has had Great players playing with them..ie Magic, Mike, Bird, even you tried to hook up with the Dream. charles lets stop the Black on Black crime..A: Barkley was a loud mouth player and has always said how he felt at the moment. If he changes his mind, he will not shy away from admitting as much. In fact, Barkley has moved from the Sixers to the Phoenix Suns where he led Kevin Johnson and Dan Majerle to an NBA Finals. He thinks that is different because he was clearly superior to those two, but he fails to realize that LBJ is so good that he feels superior to his teammates as well. He respects their games, but nobody can convince him LeBron James is not the best player in the world... therefore anybody that plays with him is his supporting cast. The perception that he has joined Wade's team does not intimidate him, because he has seen how Shaq and Wade spent a year and a half saying it was the other guy's team and eventually it no longer mattered... the same will happen here.
Submitted by Anthony from Hialeah, Florida
Q: Hello, Michael Wallace, How will new Heat addition, Mike Miller fit in the Miami Heat's system of playing basketball on the court? Will Haslem return for his 7th season with the Heat? What do you think about the new big three of Lebron James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade on the same Miami Heat team? take care.A: It will be interesting to see if Miller actually cracks the starting lineup as having LeBron at the point, Wade at shooting guard and Miller at small forward could make this the most intimidating starting lineup in the league. In addition to being an excellent shooter, Miller is also a good rebounder and passer. I will always remember Riley talking about the future of basketball in 2003. He said that the game had evolved to a point where you did not need true centers or point guards, just a lot of guys around 6'5" and 6'10" who could really play the game. Welcome to the future guys. True point guards and centers are going to be chess pieces, but the building blocks are those 6'5" - 6'10" ballers. What a change from the Shaq and Zo years.
Submitted by Lebron Hater from LA, CA
Q: Lebum is the only guy in the league that I hope gets an career ending injury...so I don't have to see the stupid faces that he makes..chalk in the air..I wish he would've taken his talents to Europe...enjoy the NBA's most hated player Miami! Come to think of it, the Heat are the Oakland Raiders of the NBA - Finally, Lebum said he's keeping track of all the negative stories and comments people have made - yeah right...he would have to get a computer with 1000 Gigabyte hard drive to store all the negative comments that fans, players, etc. have been saying. And whats he going to because of it? Stop choking in the playoffs - the opposite will happen - Lebum and his management dream team of morons/idiots will never get BIG advertising deals in the future because what BRAND wants to be endorsed by a VILLAIN...Lebum thought he could take 10 Million a year less with Miami and it wouldn't matter because of his endorsement deals...oops - I predict even NIKE drops him when they realize EVERYONE outside of Miami HATES LEBRON JAMES...I will be tossing my Nike B-ball in the trash and buying some Converse - anyone that pays Lebron James money ids getting boycotted by me...As a season ticket holder in LA - I have already given my tickets for Miami's game in LA away...I will not profit or support that BUM or his team...D.Wade and LeBum said the rest of the NBA should thank them for helping them sell tickets...EGO's are out of control - Sorry D.Wade no more T Mobile commercials for you eitherA: If your question was "Should I seek counseling?", then my answer is immediately.
Submitted by Jeffrey L from Sunrise, Florida
Q: What's going on Mike, I've heard your interview on the "Armando & The Amigo Show" and I must admit it was lively to say the least. The guys said that LeBron James would be a "punk" if he did not confront Sir Charles Barkley and I agree to a certain extent. A fight with Barkley has suspension and fine from the NBA written all over it. I know it's the right thing to do if we were on the streets but we're not on the streets anymore Mike. Lebron James is a walking multi-million dollar superstar and Sir Charles Barkley is a Hall of Famer. I highly doubt, LeBron meant that he was going to fight every single person who said something negative about him or the Heat. I'm a true LeBron James fan and I support him no matter what decision he made. I believe that he was just letting his true fans know that he is hearing all of the critics and that he won't let us down during the season. Besides he's not the only one to take mental notes. Michael Jordan took mental notes back in his day, so much so, that the media use to think that he was making them up just to get himself pumped up for the game. I'm not comparing LeBron to Jordan, personally I have always thought of LeBron more Oscar Robertson, Magic Johnson than Michael Jordan. I've always thought of Dwyane Wade as more Jordan-esque than LeBron. What I'm trying to say is would LeBron still be considered a "punk" if he called up Sir Charles Barkley and they talked over their differences. Instead of coming to blows as if they were back on the streets because I state again we're not on the streets Mike. And LeBron isn't trying to jeopardize playing next season let alone his career.A: I think LeBron would just say that he has spoiled a lot of analysts.
Submitted by Jeffrey L from Sunrise, Florida
Q: Do you see LeBron James playing the Magic Johnson role (point guard or point forward)on this team and averaging a triple double?A: Averaging a triple double will be tough this season, but I think he has a legitimate shot at averaging ten assists. LeBron loves to set guys up for easy baskets and these guys will not miss too many easy ones. The rebounds have been increasing every year and I suppose he can make a real run at it. Last year he got really defensive about his ability to be scoring champ every year. If he gets really defensive about his ability to pull down 10 boards a night, he could probably do that too. I would have a really hard time betting against anything that he wants to do when it comes to individual statistics, but I would hope it does not become a meaningless obsession. The stats are a nice reflection of the work put in, but they should not be the ultimate goal. LeBron's stats will be insane and I think it is reasonable to see rebounds and assists to go up while his scoring goes down.
Submitted by Jeffrey L from Sunrise, Florida
Q: Who do you believe will be the leader of this Miami Heat team? And do you believe it will take long for their chemistry to develop? I think it will be co-lead by Dwyane Wade and LeBron James with no problems. And I think Wade and James will be on the same page early on with the rest of the team to follow towards the middle of the season. Besides Wade is quoted saying that he's played with LeBron more than he's played with his own teammates.A: Wade will be the public leader for the first year and a half, but will say great things about LeBron being the best player in the game, which will keep LBJ satisfied. He can share the stage as long as he is still thought to be the best player. In reality they will be co-leading this ship and maybe should be co-captains. Bosh is an excellent player, but there is no need for three captains.
Friday, August 20, 2010
Thursday, August 19, 2010
Fernandez's emphatic slam energizes Spain late in the 2008 Olympic final against the USA
Friday, August 13, 2010
The new version of the popular video game will not be released until October 5th, which is a bit of a disappointment for people like myself who want to get a head start on the season. Quite frankly, I have already made the trades in the 2010 video game and actually sat back and watched the little video game dudes do their thing by putting the game in head coach mode. Coach Spoelstra had Chris Bosh starting the 4th quarter without Wade and James and took over the game, which brought a big smile to my face. I am not sure that would work out unless Bosh gets a quick breather halfway through the quarter, but it is fun to think about the options.
A very enticing option for coach Spoelstra is to keep either Wade or James on the floor at all times, never allowing the opposition a prime opportunity to make a run. However, this screen shot from the video game puts the spotlight back on the starting lineup. If memory serves correctly, Wade has not started at the point guard position since his rookie year and has publically said that he does not want to take Mario's job (prior to re-signing Arroyo, who is actually the incumbent at this point), but there is little doubt that the lineup above presents the team the best chance to win.
If the people at NBA2K11 are correct in their projection, it could push Chalmers from a projected starter all the way down to a reserve role. I do not expect many of you to shed a tear in the process either. Carlos Arroyo would give Mario a serious run for his money due to his being the only true point guard on the roster and you figure Eddie House would have a leg up in the combo guard world. Not to get carried away, but Pat Beverley could be the better option off the bench when the team wants to clamp down on the opposition.
Your guess is as good as mine as to what would happen to the perimeter rotation should Mike Miller enter the starting lineup, but I have a theory that this decision would bump Eddie House and James Jones up in the rotation at the expense of either Arroyo or Chalmers. This would be good news for me, because I am a big fan of the three ball.
For my taste, the starting lineup above is a no brainer and the only thing left to discuss is whether Dwyane or LeBron should get credit for being the starting point guard. Either one would make sense, but I think LeBron James needs it in order to regain his rightful spot in the hearts and minds of his fans. A lot of detractors of his decision would sit back and privately admit to themselves "I get it now".
You see, LeBron is going to play pretty much the same way no matter where he lines up during tipoff, but starting at point guard changes the perception dramatically. Any great point guard would want to have a great perimeter scorer at his side and a low post stud at his disposal, this is something that is easy to understand and digest for most basketball fans. Many LeBron fans feel betrayed by his decision to take "the easy way out", but this move would give them a prime opportunity to change their perspective on the situation and jump on the bandwagon.
While James definitely gains an edge by remembering all of the criticism that he has and will continue to receive, he really does not need or want half of his fan base to jump ship. He knows deep down that everything will be alright once the championships start rolling in, but the more witnesses that he can turn back into believers the more comfortable he will be in his transition. LeBron running the point is something that is bound to turn most cynics into giddy little school children. Magic Johnson was forced into early retirement due to his contraction of HIV and most fans that are old enough to remember it still feel a little bit ripped off about it. LeBron could help heal that wound in the history of the game a little by bringing back that "magic".
Pat Riley already told us the vision was LeBron as Magic Johnson, Dwyane as Kobe Bryant and Chris as Kevin Garnett, so should we really expect to have a below average point guard to get in the way of such a marketable starting lineup? I do not think so, especially when it is the one that makes most basketball sense as well. NBA fans, prepare to be wowed. A Miami Heat team with Mike Miller in the starting lineup will make this team even more invincible.
Thursday, August 12, 2010
That guy does not trust his head around Pat Beverley, watch the video below to find out why
17 mins 5.5 pts 37.7 FG% 20.7 3 pt% 64.5 FT% 1.6 rebs 2.3 asts 2.1stls 0.0 blks 1.5 to 2.0 pf
17 mins 5.6 pts 60.5 FG% 36.4 3 pt% 65.7 FT% 3.4 rebs 2.2 asts 0.8 stls 0.50 blks 0.8 to 0.2 pf
Player one is Brandon Jennings, the way more heralded prospect with a flashy offensive arsenal. Player two is Mr. Beverley, who still lacks confidence in his offensive game, but is described as a coaches dream, because he attacks the loose balls (as evidenced by the high rebounding total) and the rim with regularity (as evidenced by the ridiculously high shooting percentage).
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
It has long been my opinion that LeBron James would win three or more in his career and after winning the last two, I thought back to back to back MVPs were very realistic. However, we all know that MVP voting is a popularity contest and I imagine a lot of voters will be looking for an excuse to vote elsewhere. Dwyane Wade stands to gain a lot of votes usually ear marked for LeBron, not because he deserves them (which he very well may, considering he was snubbed two seasons ago as Palmereinse noted), but because certain members of the media will be trying to create a jealousy storyline between the two superstars. Many expect the presence of both LeBron and Dwyane on one to team to cost each a legitimate shot at winning an MVP trophy under the theory that they took the easy way out by joining forces.
In previewing this season's MVP race I think it should be Miami's trophy to lose using the formula of voting for the best player on the best team. I expect LeBron to have career numbers including 9+ assists per game, which would earn my vote. It would be pretty cynical to give the MVP to someone other than a Heat player if they take the league by storm, but somehow I feel like the odds are heavily against LeBron and Dwyane to take home the honor: 15% for LeBron and 5% for Dwyane would be my guess because one would have to clearly outplay the other beyond a reasonable doubt in order to secure enough votes to usurp the hate campaigns already in progress.
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Predicted standings for Western Conference: 2010-11
|CONF||TEAM||W||L||PCT||10 W||10 L||10 PCT|
| ||Los Angeles Lakers ||62 ||20||.775||57||25||.695|
The Lakers will have a lot to prove this season with LeBron James going down to Miami to join his friends. Expect them to be more focused than ever in pursuit of a 3-peat. The addition of Steve Blake and Matt Barnes have solidified their thin perimeter rotation.
| ||San Antonio Spurs ||54||28 ||.658||50||32||.610|
The Spurs were supposed to contend with the Lakers last season, but they feel quite short of those expectations. They were missing a lot of the role players that were fazed out due to age and Richard Jefferson did not play like a fourth star. Jefferson has been brought back on a long term deal and I expect his play to improve a little. In addition to that we have George Hill's emergence and the addition of 7 foot Brazilian Tiago Splitter. He led his team to a Spanish league title over the heavily favored and European champion FC Barcelona - no small feat. This year, he will relieve a lot of the frontcourt burden from TD, which will result in a boost in the standings for the Spurs and a realistic shot at challenging for an NBA Finals berth.
| ||Dallas Mavericks||52||30||.634||55||27||.671|
The Mavericks have added Tyson Chandler, which was a solid move and Roddy Beaubois should break out this season, but I see the Mavericks as a team caught in the mud. After ten consecutive 50 win seasons, you almost start rooting for them, almost.
| ||Phoenix Suns ||49||33||.598||54||28||.648|
The Suns are going to surprise folks that expect the team to fall out of the playoffs entirely. Steve Nash is the NBA equivalent to the little engine that could. While he has lost Amar'e to the New York Knicks, the team was able to secure the rights to Hedo Turkoglu and Josh Childress thanks to the sign and trade. I expect Hedo to return to his Orlando Magic level and Josh Childress to be the comeback player of the year after a two year sabbatical in Europe. Stat's contributions will not be replaced by any one player, but expect Robin Lopez, Channing Frye and Louis Amundson (assuming he returns) to do an admirable job. Hakim Warrick could provide some scoring off the bench as well, anything is possible with Nash running the show. There is also the emergence of Goran Dragic to account for, these guys are not dead yet.
| ||Denver Nuggets ||47||35||.573||53||29 ||.646|
The Nuggets will be facing turmoil the entire season and as a result will dip a little bit from last year's level. To make matters worse, their two brightest stars, Carmelo Anthony and Nene, may decide to head to greener pastures next season. This will force Denver to strongly consider making some trade deadline maneuvers, but they remain one of the most talented teams in the league so do not expect the off-court problems to sink them too far down the standings.
| ||Utah Jazz||46||36||.561||53||29||.646|
Utah lost Carlos Boozer, but was able to replace him with Al Jefferson. The Jazz also allowed some good role players to walk, but they are armed with Kirilenko's expiring contract to keep them in trade discussions should they require a few upgrades. Also, they could really use a motivated AK-47 to remain a top team in this league. Jerry Sloan does such a great job with his guys that there is almost no chance they miss the cut. Also, Derron Williams is going to make sure his team stays hungry.
| ||Houston Rockets||45||37||.549||42||40||.512|
It is hard to grant the Rockets access into the postseason with the question marks surrounding Yao, but Adelman was able to keep these guys within striking distance last season, so I expect they will gel and get that little push over the top that they desperately need. They have a really underrated supporting cast, so they can go as far as Yao can lead them... the first round of the playoffs?
| ||Portland Trailblazers ||44||38||.537||50||32 ||.610|
Portland could easily take a playoff spot this season. They certainly have the squad to do it. My concern is that this season it will not be as easy to get to 50 wins and they will need a contribution from Greg Oden just to tread water.
| ||New Orleans Hornets||42 ||40||.512||37||45||.451|
Chris Paul is going to get his head back on straight and bring New Orleans back to respectability. They will fight for a playoff spot, but will need some sort of trade to get them over the top in a really tough conference. Perhaps they should suggest a move to the Eastern Conference during the labor talks.
| ||Memphis Grizzlies||41 ||41||.500||40||42||.488|
| OA really underrated side who also seems a move or two away from legitimate playoff contention. Keep an eye on their center position. If Thabeet proves he has a pulse, they may have the best young rotation in the league as the Iranian Haddadi could be primed for a breakout of sorts if he puts together another solid tournament at the World Championships. |
| ||Los Angeles Clippers||35||47||.427||29||53||.354|
The most frustrating team in the league. A healthy Griffin offers them a glimpse of hope, but I am still of the opinion that they should have rolled the dice on Ricky Rubio. For one, he would already be in this league if he would have been picked in the top 2, and secondly this is a team that needs a new identity, something his flashy passing ability would have provided. Even if Griffin makes Clipper fans forget about Elton Brand you get the feeling the team will never completely turn the corner.
| ||Sacramento Kings||30||52||.366||25||57||.305|
The Kings will have a legitimate shot to win back-to-back rookie of the year awards. Demarcus Cousins could be the piece that puts them on track towards being a perennial playoff team, but not quite this year.
| ||Golden State Warriors||29||53||.354||26||56||.317|
The Warriors seem content in inflating their offensive numbers in order to dilute themselves into believing they have a future. However, their failure to challenge for a playoff spot will catch up to them and they will have to fire Nellie this season.
| ||Minn. Timberwolves||20||62||.244||15||67||.183|
The T-Wolves did a nice job in cutting salary by finding a taker for Al Jefferson and using that cash on Darko Milicic and Michael Beasley. The duplication between Jefferson and Love was not working out and they had to change the dynamic. Beasley will be used at both forward spots while Milicic is much more comfortable at the center spot. The move could pay off in the long run, but the transition will not lead to too many victories in the short run. A modest improvement is all that can be expected until something shakes out in the Ricky Rubio saga. Coach Rambis has installed the triangle, which would be a horrible fit for Ricky, so expect Rubio not to play in this league until a trade can be worked out.
Monday, August 9, 2010
First off I just want to say to Cyrus that no matter how much attention u DON'T get, your blogs are great. I mean it seriously. I think everyone who has contributed on this blog at least once has had some really good posts. Something thats from the heart, something that is truly opinionated, and something thats on everybody's minds. Not just smart comebacks on "ask Ira" to be used as blog fodder. That being said, I know its hard, but I hope u keep on writing Cyrus. Its just hard to get everyone over here because we are so use to the other blog, but I know for a fact the reading over here is 100 times better. I am thinking of finding a different way to format things so maybe it will be more inviting to read here. If anybody has any suggestions let me know. Cyrus, keep up the good work, you are doing a great job. B4 u know it the season will be here and ppl will tire of the Heat Haters flooding the blog and come over here to talk pure basketball. If not, at the very least the chat box will be jumping again.
quickly about basketball .................
This whole thing is still not registering. I know I say it a lot but its cause its true. It still hasnt hit home and I think it will still be surreal till at least like the 1st month of the season is over.
If I had one player I would like to see play above and beyond, that would be Pittman. That centers spot scares me. Its not so much because of the players we got, but its how Spo will use them that scares me. I think each guy brings something different to the table, and from a night to night basis, we need to use whos best for each situation. Seems obvious to us, but Spo is such a f*cking moron and so robotic with his rotations, I dont expect him to match up properly. He will still be force feeding UD minutes at center against huge lineups, instead of playing Magloire against the likes of front lines like LA , Portland, and Boston.