Archive for May, 2012

He’s going. He’s staying. He’s going. He’s staying. He wants the coach fired. He doesn’t want the coach fired. He’s going.

This is what we have had to put up with from (the soon-to-be-ex?) Orlando magic center Dwight Howard all season long. And we’re going to have to put up with it all summer, too.

It should come as no surprise that it is being reported that Dwight Howard wants out of Orlando. Again. Keep in mind that the Magic have fired head coach Stan Van Gundy (per Dwight’s request) and GM Otis Smith (probably per Dwight’s request, too). They have done all this just to appease their super diva center. And he’s still not happy.

If the Magic have any sense at all they will trade him as soon as possible. The longer Dwight stays, the more damage he can do to the organization. I have never seen a single player wreak havoc on an organization like this before. And that includes Terrell Owens and Latrell Sprewell.

It’s no secret that Howard desperately wants to play for the Brooklyn Nets. And if the NBA Lottery goes Brooklyn’s way, he may just get his wish.

The scenario goes like this; if the Nets win the Lottery (they have a 7.5% chance) they would trade the #1 pick plus some players to Orlando for Dwight Howard. That would make Brooklyn a contender with the duo of Deron Williams and Howard and the Magic could build around the presumptive #1 pick, Anthony Davis. Everybody wins.

The question is, will the NBA rig the lottery like they (allegedly) did for Michael Jordan and the Washington Wizards back in 2001?

For once I hope the fix is in because I don’t know how much more of the Dwight Howard saga I can take.

I know the NBA Conference Finals have barely started but I want to skip ahead and talk about the NBA Finals.

It seems pretty obvious to me that the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs are going to win their series. I don’t want to disparage the Boston Celtics or the Oklahoma City Thunder by already writing them off but I can’t see it turning out any other way. (Okay, maybe I wanted to disparage the Celtics a little bit.)

LeBron James and Dwyane Wade are playing at such a high level its almost scary. They aren’t getting too much out of the rest of the team but so far they haven’t needed it. They will need it when they meet up with the Spurs in the Finals, though.

And that’s where the problems will start. The Spurs are just too good and too deep to be beaten. The Heat will not be able to keep Tim Duncan out of the paint and no one has had an answer for Manu Ginobili. It also doesn’t hurt that they have one of the best point guards in the league with Tony Parker.

LeBron and DWade will have to score 80 combined points each game if the Heat are to have a chance to beat the Spurs. And I just don’t see that happening. That’s why I’m picking the Spurs to win in 6 games.

I know it seems odd that I’m willing to ignore the Conference Finals happening right now but the Heat and Spurs seem so far ahead of the competition they are bound to meet in the Finals. I hate to spoil the playoff for you but this is what’s going to happen.

After the Los Angeles Lakers got eliminated from this season’s NBA playoffs by the Oklahoma City Thunder many fans, and media, were calling for Coach Mike Brown’s head. That’s nothing new, they have wanted him to be fired all season.

But I’m here to tell you that he deserves another chance. You can’t just get rid of him. Yet.

And here’s why:

1. He’s the new guy. Mike Brown came in with a whole new system this season. Jim Buss made sure that all traces of The Triangle offense were gone. Brown had to bring in a whole mew system and the players weren’t too receptive. They even tried a mutiny and tried to bring The Triangle back. When the Mike Brown System was given a chance it worked. Every time the Lakers went inside to Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum first, good things happened.

2. The Lockout. Mike Brown didn’t have a chance to introduce his system properly because of the lockout. He had to teach it to the players on the fly. Its like trying to change the tires on a NASCAR car while it’s still running on the track. With a proper training camp Brown will be able to teach his system the right way.

3. David Stern. If the trade of Gasol and Lamar Odom for Chris Paul and others had gone through the Lakers would be in he Western Conference Finals instead of being home. That non-trade sent the whole Lakers season into chaos. Just think about what might have been.

4. The Players. The Laker players never really bought in to Mike Brown’s system. Kobe Bryant was very cool to Brown early in the season. Andrew Bynum acted like a petulant little child most of the season and Gasol moped through the playoffs. Brown is going to have to win the players over if he wants to succeed. I think he can do it.

5. Kobe Bryant. I know this is a touchy subject because everybody flies off the handle whenever I criticize Kobe but he set the tone for the whole season when he refused to call Brown after he was hired. Kobe is the leader of this team and the other players will follow him. If Kobe makes nice with Brown, so will everyone else.

So there you have it, Mike Brown deserves another chance for all the above reasons. If the Lakers don’t win a title next year, then you can fire him.

The Miami Heat have fallen behind the Indiana Pacers 2-1 in their playoff series. But with the reaction of fans and media you would think the Heat were on the brink of getting swept.

Dwyane Wade didn’t help the cause when he had one of the worst games of his career and then topped it off with a shouting match with head coach Erik Spoelstra right on the court.

I know the knee jerk reaction is the blame LeBron James for everything but this time I think the blame lies with Wade.

Sure, King James hasn’t really come through in the 4th quarter like everyone wants him to but that’s really not shocking. That’s expected.

What wasn’t expected was Wade to fall apart just when his team needed him most. With Chris Bosh out and the Heat bench not producing at all, its falling on James and Wade to carry the Heat.

But it seems like Wade is melting under the pressure. He’s taking cheap shots at other players, complaining about the Pacers celebrating after their Game 2 win in Miami and now he has a problem with his coach.

I would never have thought that Wade would become a villain. After all, this isn’t the WWE. Sure, you would totally expect Hulk Hogan to join the NWO and turn into “Hollywood” Hogan but nobody saw this coming.

There is already a chorus of fans and media calling for Wade to be traded. If the Heat get bounced out of the playoffs by the Pacers you can be assured that one of the Big 3 will be gone. One thing everyone needs to remember is that Dwyane Wade is the only one who has a championship ring. That ought to count for something.

Los Angeles Lakers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder

This is a hard one for me. As a die hard Lakers fan it’s tough for me to pick against them but I might have to do it this time.

The OKC Thunder are a good team. Really good. If they can play their game they have a great chance of winning this series.

Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook are going to get their points and lead the team. Serge Ibaka is going to be a beast on the defensive end and James Harden will lead the bench and be an all around great player.

A lot has to go right for the Lakers to win this series. Maybe too much.

The bench has to play better. Pau Gasol has to remember that he is seven feet tall and play like it. Andrew Bynum needs to shut up and be ready to play. Metta World Peace needs to play with CONTROLED aggression. And Kobe Bryant has to give up the ball more.

That’s a lot of things that have to go right for the Lakers. That’s why I am picking the Thunder to win in 7 games.

San Antonio Spurs vs. Los Angeles Clippers

The Clippers have been a great story this year. Chris Paul has totally turned that team around and made them a legitimate threat in the playoffs. Unfortunately, they are about to run into a buzz saw named the San Antonio Spurs.

The Spurs are like a steam roller, they’re slow, boring to watch and they absolutely crush everything in their path.

The Clippers will not get the flopping calls against the Spurs like they got against the Grizzlies.

The Spurs may be the best team in the league and I fully expect them to be in the Finals. I have the Spurs winning in 5 games.

It’s an incredibly sad day in sports. Former San Diego Chargers star Junior Seau was found dead in his Oceanside, Ca., home today.  He was 43 years old.

Preliminary reports are that he committed suicide and he has a gunshot wound to the chest.

According to law enforcement sources, Seau’s girlfriend was the one who found him dead in his bed.

Oceanside police are expected to make a statement soon.

Seau is the eighth member of the 1994 Chargers to die at a young age. The others were: Chris Mims, Doug Miller, Shawn Lee, Lewis Bush, Curtis Whitley, David Griggs and Rodney Culver. This has led to many on the internet to start talking about a curse but I seriously doubt that. It is just a sad coincidence that has claimed another life.

(I will update this story throughout the day as more information comes in.)