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Jordan-Crawford-x-Carmelo-AnthonyCeltics player Jordan Crawford found himself in the middle of a controversy when he allegedly told Carmelo Anthony, “That motherfucker fucked your wife,” and the end of last night’s playoff game. I say “allegedly” only because to video of him mouthing off to Anthony after the Celtics’ 92-86 victory leaves a little ambiguity. Not much, but a little.

Anthony’s wife, La La Anthony, has chimed in on Instagram, saying, “Try again. You on the bench for a reason.” Presumably, this was directed towards Crawford. Deadspin.com has a nice report you should check out, with the video.

To his credit, Crawford has stuck to his story. He even tweeted out this earlier today:

See? He would never do something like that. Even though he was caught on camera doing just that.

It remains to be seen if this verbal scrum will be a distraction to Anthony and the Knicks and negatively impact their game or if it will energize them and help them close out Boston in Game 6. Given Carmelo Anthony’s history, I’d it can go either way.

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I know this is coming a bit late but better late than never.

 

Chicago Bulls vs. Philadelphia 76ers

I’m actually watching Game 1 of this series as I write this. I don’t see how the Sixers can hang with the Bulls. Chicago has the best record in the East and while I’m still a bit concerned about Derrick Rose’s ability to stay healthy I think the rest of the team will step up when needed. I got the Bulls winning in 5 games.

Miami Heat vs. New York Knicks

I can’t imagine anybody outside of New York City thinking the Knicks have any chance against the Heat.  New York is an okay team but they still are not a championship caliber team. I know Knicks fans don’t want to hear that but it’s the truth. Nothing less than a championship will suffice for the Heat. If they don’t get it, this season will be a failure. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Knicks get swept but I got the Heat in 5 games.

Orlando Magic vs. Indiana Pacers

The Magic are is such disarray I don’t see how they can get past the Pacers. Dwight Howard did all he could to destroy the team but they made the playoffs anyway.  And now he’s not even playing. The Pacers are no joke they are going to be contenders going forward. I got the Pacers in 4 games.

Boston Celtics vs. Atlanta Hawks

The Celtics may be old and their window to win another championship has certainly closed but they can win this series. The Hawks always seem to be content with just making the playoffs so I don’t think they are going to move into the second round. It’s going to be a close series but I have the Celtics winning in 6 games.

UPDATE: 02-23-11 – As of this evening GlobalGrind.com has refused to publish this article. This is an article that THEY ASKED ME TO WRITE. Their official reason is that the article may be too critical of Carmelo Anthony and he is a “friend of the site.” They do not want to upset him. I have a phone call scheduled tomorrow morning with the president of Global Grind to try to work this out. Stay tuned.

America’s long national nightmare is over. Carmelo Anthony has finally been traded to the New York Knicks.

We can now all get back to our lives.

I have to say I was pretty shocked at all the attention that has been paid to this particular trade. This trade seemed to go on longer than the Summer of LeBron last year.

During the final hour of this drama I was Tweeting like crazy (some of it was because of the trade and some of it was because I survived the Great Uber Outage of 2011 and finally got the new version of UberSocial on my BlackBerry). Looking back on those Tweets I realize they raised all the questions that needed answering regarding this “mega trade.”

These are my running Tweets (in bold) with commentary.

“If Melo could help a team win a championship the Lakers would have shipped out Bynum two months ago.” Everyone knows the Lakers are desperately trying to ThreePeat this year. Everyone except for the Lakers players, who are not playing with any sense of urgency at all. But that’s another story. For a couple of days there were heavy rumors going around that the Lakers were in the running for Melo and were thinking of trading Andrew Bynum to the Nuggets. If Carmelo was the missing piece to the Lakers championship dreams they would have spared no expense to get him. Here is an interesting stat for all of you Knick fans; The Denver Nuggets have won exactly TWO playoff series the whole time Melo has been there. Do you really think he is the missing piece to a Knicks Championship? Really?

“Congrats Knick fans! U now have The (sort of) Big Two!” In the era of The Big Three, the Knicks now have TWO “superstars.” I put superstars in quotes because I’m still not sold on Amare Stoudemire as a bona fide Superstar like LeBron James or Kobe Bryant or even a Tim Duncan. Now, some of you may argue that Chauncey Billups is the third member of the Knicks’ Big Three. That may have been true five years ago but Billups is now approximately 107 years old in NBA years.

“The Nuggets GM should be wearing a ski mask cuz he straight robbed the Knicks!” This may have been a little bit of hyperbole but at first glance it seems like the Knicks gave up way too much. Here are the particulars of the trade: the Nuggets get Wilson Chandler, Raymond Felton, Danilo Gallinari, a first round draft pick, two second round picks and $3 million in cash. The Knicks get Melo, Billups, Shelden Williams, Anthony Carter and Renaldo Balkman. I want you to look at that and tell me it doesn’t seem one sided to you.

“Seriously, though, it IS important to the NBA that the Knicks be relevant again. Plus NY fans are so lovable.” This really is important. David Stern and the NBA have been desperate to have basketball be important in New York again. When was the last time anyone was talking about the Knicks? Exactly.

“Does the Melo trade REALLY change the complexion of the Eastern Conference? Hmmmmmmm. . .” This is also a very important question to answer. Because while Melo definitely makes the Knicks a better team, he doesn’t make them a contender. Are these Knicks going to beat the Boston Celtics in a seven game series? Of course not. Can the beat the Miami Heat? No way. How about the Orlando Magic? Probably not. The Chicago Bulls? I doubt it. It would be a good series, though. So this trade makes the Knicks arguably the fifth best team in the Eastern Conference. I know some of you will say, “Hey, we could still get Chris Paul next year.” True. But that’s next year.

My advice to all you Knick fans is to just enjoy your team this year, expect a first round exit from the playoffs and hope to get a legitimate third member for your Big Three next year. Then we can talk.

I’ve been away for awhile. I was on a well deserved mini vacation and my sister decided to have her first child last Saturday. So, I’m an uncle once again. (You can see little Noah here.)

I’ve still been following the sports happenings though. And one of the trends that I see has me a little perplexed. The reaction to the reloaded Miami Heat has been crazy. They have simultaneously become the Most Loved and Most Hated Team in the NBA. And the people that love them REALLY love them. They are even using the term “Dynasty” to describe a team that, to my knowledge hasn’t even practiced together yet. Some people are musing about where this team fits in with the All Time Great NBA teams.

So where do they rank?

The short answer: They don’t.

The Long Answer: is quite a bit longer. How about we let these guys play at least ONE GAME before we start to put them in the same category as the Celtics, the Lakers, the Bull and the Spurs? And as far as the “Heat Dynasty” goes, one championship back in 2006 does not make a dynasty.

I’ve been hearing things like “LeBron plus D Wade and Chris Bosh equals 20 Championships!” I love the optimism but something tells me that LeBron is not going to play for 27 years. I really didn’t understand the hype surrounding this team.

And then I realized what this really is. It’s a shortcut to a title. People get tired of putting in the work and want a shortcut. LeBron James got tired of putting in a WHOLE LOT of work and not getting any rings. So he took a shortcut. And there may not be anything wrong with that. That is there wouldn’t be if the whole sports media (and many fans) had not already dubbed him “The Greatest Ever.” I can see ESPN spinning his defection from Cleveland to Dwayne Wade’s team on a daily basis. They have even gone so far as to call out Michael Jordan. The argument goes like this: “Hey, Jordan had Pippen when he won his titles. He couldn’t do it by himself.” True, but Jordan didn’t go play with Pippen. Or Toni Kukoc, or Dennis Rodman. They came to him. They wanted to play with the best player in the league.

I think Jordan summed it up best recently when he said that while he would never have done what LeBron did, he understands that things are different now. Aside from a very few players in all of sports no one has that same drive and will to win that Jordan and Magic Johnson or Larry Bird had.

We live in a different time. Our whole culture is about shortcuts. American Idol, The Jersey Shore, the Bachelor; it’s about being famous for being famous. It’s about getting from point A to point B in the shortest time possible. And with the least amount of work.

So when Noah gets old enough to understand I plan to show him plenty of videos of Magic and Bird, Jordan and Kobe. Hopefully he will take away those lessons of hard work and having the will to be the best you possibly can be.

And if that doesn’t work I’ll throw some funny videos of him on YouTube and see if he can get an acting job from that.

I was going to hold off on this post but I can’t any longer. I’m just too angry.

As we all know, The Los Angeles Lakers beat the Boston Celtics in Game 1 of the NBA Finals Thursday night. And it was a pretty convincing victory. The Lakers were up by as many as 20 points and wound up winning by 13. It was a pretty domination performance.

By Friday morning the Laker Hating was in full effect. Mike Green of “Mike and Mike in the Morning” was the biggest Hater of them all. “Let me tell you why the Lakers are in trouble for Game 2,” he said. Now call me crazy but I thought the Lakers had just won game 1. How could they be in trouble? According to Green, the Lakers troubles all stem from “ego.” The Lakers’ ego (and Kobe’s in particular) is what caused them to play so well. His theory was that Kobe was tired of hearing about LeBron James during the playoffs and the Lakers were tired of hearing how the Celtics were tougher than they were. Now they were going to hear how great they are and believe all they have to do is show up to win Game 2. He also went on the say how the Celtics were going to hear this, too. “That’s a team with a lot of pride and they’re going to show up for Game 2,” he said.

This is the most ridiculous theory I have ever heard. And if the Celtics have so much pride, why didn’t they show up for Game 1?

Could it possibly be that the Lakers are just a better team than the Celtics?

Before Game 1 Jon Barry stated that the Lakers have been playing “flag football” during the Western Conference Playoffs and now, in the Finals against Boston, they were going to be playing “tackle football.”

“The Lakers have not seen a team like the Boston Celtics,” he said.

I submit to you that the Celtics have not seen a team like the Lakers in the playoffs. The Miami Heat and the Cleveland Cavaliers are very one dimensional teams. Dwayne Wade and LeBron cannot carry those teams to the Finals. And it’s pretty easy to beat a team when they all give up the way the Cavs did against Boston. The Orlando Magic was a better team but even they kind of gave up.

So, as we head into Game 2 I think we will see more of the same. Kobe will get his 30-5-5. Ron Artest will continue to frustrate Paul Pierce. Pau Gasol will get his double-doubles and Andrew Bynum will continue to play solid in his 20-25 minutes per game. Look for Lamar Odom to step up and have a better game and the Laker bench will continue to play even with the Celtic bench.

The Lakers will win Game 2 in pretty much the same fashion as they won Game 1.

I can’t wait to hear how the Lakers are doomed to lose three in a row once they get to Boston come Monday morning.

Fuck Boston!

Lakers in 6.

Done and done.