Tuesday, June 29, 2010
With so many superstar free agents on the market, it’s frightening to think how talented some NBA teams will be next year. The scouting reports for opposing teams will be a nightmare once this 2010 Free agency period is done. The thought that one team could have the trio of Lebron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh is mind-boggling. These three superstars may be the biggest names out of the pool, but there are many other all-stars out there that range from Dirk Nowitzki to Carlos Boozer.
King James may be the best free agent, but he knows from 1st hand experience that he can’t do it alone. Whichever team he decides to play for, he will need role players and a dominant #2 player unlike Mo Williams in Cleveland. Money should be the least of Lebron’s worries as he needs to win a ring if he wants to take the throne from Kobe and solidify his career. Lebron hasn't even reached his peak yet which is spine-chilling, but in order to be a king you need a RING.
A new story will come out everyday that will claim that a superstar is leaning towards one team or another, but we will not now where these NBA icons will go until they sign on the dotted line. Verbal confirmation to a team is meaningless as these players are meeting with several different teams a week that are explaining why they’re city is the best choice.
Negotiations with NBA free agents start Thursday, July 1, 2010 and actual signings can begin a week later.
Just when tennis fans were anticipating a prospective Wimbledon finals match with the Williams’ sisters, the script was flipped. Venus Williams took a surprising loss in straight sets (6-2, 6-3) this afternoon to the unseeded, Tsventana Pironkova. Williams’ loss to the 82nd ranked player ended her hopes of winning a landmark 200th major game and 6th Wimbledon title. Pironkova’s win not only helped her advance to the next round vs. Vera Zvonareva, but made her the 1st Bulgarian to reach the semifinal in Open Era.
Saturday, June 26, 2010
Tune into ABC at 2:30 as the USA faces Ghana in the quarterfinals round. The winner will play Uruguay who beat South Korea, 2-1, today. The U.S. have an opportunity to do something really special this afternoon and can prolong their stay in the World Cup with a win.
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
In recent reports, Steve Smith of the Carolina Panthers broke his arm during a flag football game. Smith is expected to be ready to suit up for the season opener against the New York Giants, but this is still a devastating blow to the Panthers.
This is now the second time in six months that Smith has broken his left arm. Being a top wide receiver in the league and one of the main scoring options for the Panthers, Smith needs to be healthy for the team to win. Smith’s injury may not just affect his performance on the gridiron, but the quarterback’s as well. With an inexperienced quarterback in Matt Moore and recently drafted Notre Dame QB, Jimmy Clausen, the Panthers need Smith at training camp in order to develop chemistry. The Panthers already lack in depth at receiver, so Smith will be deeply missed at the start of training camp.
Carolina still has the explosive duo of Jonathan Stewart and DeAngelo Williams running the ball, but you can’t be one-dimensional in this league. The NFL has evolved since created and a majority of the teams in the league primary option is air rather than ground. Even though the Panthers were a run first team, Smith still added that diversion factor. Smith is a stud receiver, so I’m not going to doubt what his performance will be, but it doesn’t look too good so far. Hopefully, the Panthers will be able to improve from a .500 season last year.
Sunday, June 20, 2010
When looking at superstars in the NBA, there are many of them that work hard night in and out, but how many of them actually dedicate their whole lives to the game? Who Eats, Sleeps, and Breathes Basketball? There are only a handful of them and at the top of that list is the 2010 NBA Finals MVP, Kobe Bryant. Regardless of what analysts and spectators think, Kobe Bryant is the best basketball player in our league, NOT Lebron James.
During the regular season, everyone looks at the Cleveland Cavaliers’ success and is kick to jump on the bandwagon because they “appear” to be the best team because of their record. Then when the playoffs start, these same people are the critics who say that Lebron has no supporting cast and the whole team is an Achilles heel. Throughout all this Kobe is calm, cool, and collected and disregards all the hype because he knows the regular season means nothing when compared to the playoffs. Lebron’s stats will always be eye-popping in the regular season, but if he doesn’t get a ring, his career will never be complete. He still has a lot of time being only 25 years old and already one of the faces of the league.
Winning his 5th ring and 2nd Finals MVP has definitely taken a lot of pressure off of Kobe who has a big burden on his back ever since Shaquille O’neal left the Lakers. Winning back-to-back championships without the Big Aristotle has quieted those who didn’t think that Kobe could win without him. Kobe loves to prove haters wrong and really does feed off of people who think he can’t do something. His passion to be the best doesn’t stop and that’s what makes him one of the best all-time.
Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers not only earned the 2010 NBA Championship, but deserved it. At the end of the day, they won and that’s all that matters. When tested, they passed and when someone tried to stop them, they kept moving. The 2011-2012 NBA season will definitely be exciting with all the free agency acquisitions that have yet to be determined and the in coming rookie class (Blake Griffin is still a rookie). In the end, no matter what moves are mad in the off-season, The Los Angles Lakers are still the Champions. Until someone takes that from them, they will look to three-peat and solidify themselves as a Dynasty.
Friday, June 18, 2010
I just wanted to thank all my followers and fans that have supported my blog so far. As you can see, there have been some recent changes, but I think the new display fits the blog better. This blog wont be a short term thing as I'll continue to write daily, so please check the website frequently if you can. Enjoy and please don't forget to comment. Thank you again and have a good day!
Upcoming blogs: Lebron's Free Agency, John Walls, and Kobe vs. Jordan.
P.S. Did anyone see how depressed Terrell Owens looked last night at the NBA Finals Game 7. Maybe he won't get signed. O well, life's tough, wear a helmet.
Thursday, June 17, 2010
It doesn’t get any better than this: Game 7, Winner takes all, Bragging RIGHTS, Green or Gold, Who’s your pick?! Will Kobe Bryant get his 5th ring and establish him self as the greatest ever in the game or will he still remain in Michael Jordan’s shadow? Will the Big 3 still be playing together after this year or will Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen retire while on top if they win? The only thing we will know for sure after tonight is who will host the trophy as the 2010 NBA Champion.
Despite the devastating loss of Kendrick Perkins, the Boston Celtics should have nothing to fear. Besides Game 6, the Celtics have played mediocre throughout this series and still were close to winning each game. The Los Angeles Lakers put the dagger in them in Game 6, but other than this game, the Lakers’ wins haven’t been convincing. Candidly, I think that neither team has reached their full potential this series, especially Boston. The Lakers played a flawless game in Game 6 and the score showed this, but I would like to see one game when both teams are both at their best. This series has been a joy to watch, but I expected so much more. Many thought maybe this historic rivalry could be renewed, guess we were wrong.
I understand that some of the Boston players are old, but I’ve seen them play much better through these playoffs. Maybe they sabotaged this whole series to win in Game 7 in L.A. on purpose? Maybe, lol? Whichever describes their funk, they need to play like they did against Cleveland and Orlando. Then maybe, they can be successful in obtaining a championship.
As for Kobe and the Lakers, his teammates need to play like Game 6. Kobe has made tough shots every game and won’t stop; he eats, breathes, and sleeps this type of pressure. He accepts all challenges thrown at him and oooo, does he answer! Regardless of Kobe’s performance tonight, Gasol, Odom, Artest, Fisher, and the rest of the team will be key. Kobe can’t do it by himself, he needs players not spectators.
Tip off begins in a couple of hours and I don’t know who’s going to show up. Maybe Rondo will actually shoot some jump shots and lead Bean town to a win. Maybe Kobe will put up 50 and put the team on his back. I guess we’ll have to wait until 9. Big Stage, Big Lights, Millions watching, but there can only be 1 Champion!
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
You would think for someone that stated they would be the next African-American quarterback to win a SuperBowl, they would be focused on reaching that goal? Wrong! Instead, Tennessee Titans quarterback, Vince Young, was out at a Dallas strip club where he received a misdemeanor assault citation. Young proceeded to push (some sources say he threw a punch) the owner of the club who taunted him with an upside down Texas Longhorns sign. Regardless if the owner did that or even “flipped the bird to him”, Young should have never reacted the way he did. When you’re a professional athlete, whether popular or not (popular in this case), you must carry yourself a certain way and have a positive image in the media and public. There was no need for Young to use his hands and now he must face the consequences.
Young mentioned that he hopes that NFL commissioner, Roger Goodell, doesn’t come down to hard on him, but we know that’s not realistic. Goodell isn’t notorious for being lenient and having sympathy for his athletes, just ask Pacman Jones. My motto for when Goodell makes a decision on players is: “Expect the unexpected.” Many players have suffered greatly from their off field incidents and have been suspended for numerous games and fined for hefty amounts.
Young still has yet to reach his full potential as his collegiate career has been far better than his professional. Whatever the repercussions may be, I hope this is used as motivation for Vince to reach his goal rather than bring him down…Suit up Kerry Collins.
Monday, June 14, 2010
Besides being on the brink of elimination, the Los Angeles Lakers have some other things to worry about. Despite the superb performance from Kobe Bryant scoring 38 points, his supporting cast was nowhere to be found. The next leading scorer was Pau Gasol with a mere 12 points. Fisher, Artest, and Odom were nonexistent throughout. The Lakers combined scored only 10 more points than Kobe which is completely unacceptable. The Boston Celtics tried their best to contain Kobe who was forcing and making tough shots all night from around the perimeter. If Kobe is to score this much attempting 27 shots, can the Lakers even have a chance of winning?
Game 5 was the best game that the Boston Celtics starters played together throughout the NBA Finals. Garnett filled up the box score in all categories, Rondo was penetrating and dishing, and Paul Pierce played like vintage Pierce from the 2008 Finals. Although it wasn’t Ray Allen’s best game, he finished in double digits and it’s a good finish compared to his horrific performance in Game 3 (0-13 to be exact). The Celtics are definitely in the driver seat being up by 1 game, but they’re going to the Staples center which isn’t the easiest arena to close out a NBA finals let alone win a game.
Phil Jackson’s record of being undefeated when winning the 1st game of a playoff game will be put to the true test as over 70% of the teams winning Game 5 go on to win the series. In addition to that, the Celtics are 11-0 all-time when up 3-2. I don’t know if Game 6 will be a repeat of 2008 when the Lakers were blown out, but I’m sure that Kobe will have his team ready to play on Thursday, not just him!
Friday, June 11, 2010
As “Big Baby” Glen Davis led the Boston Celtics to a crucial Game 4 victory, many seem to wonder how long it will take for the Celtics’ superstars to come alive again. In my opinion, I don’t think that Boston can rely on the bench play of Davis, Nat Robinson, Tony Allen, and Rasheed Wallace alone to win this series. In order for them to stop the Los Angeles Lakers from repeating, Rajon Rondo and the Big 3 need to lead the team. The Celtics can’t have half of this as Rondo and Allen played well in Game 3; they need all of them to add their contributions.
The scary thing in this series is how close Boston is every game, without any sign of their veterans playing well. Imagine if Paul Pierce was playing like the 2008 NBA Finals MVP, Kevin Garnet was a monster on offense and defense, Ray Allen was lights out, and Rondo was putting up triple doubles….If this were happening, I guarantee the Lakers would be getting blown out! The Celtics stars don’t have to play like this every game, but any sign of it and it’s a given victory. The Lakers should be shocked as good as they are or supposed to be that the Celtics are still pushing them to the edge every game with the Celtics playing mediocre. Or are the Celtics just that good? Whatever it may be, some changes must be made. Coach, Phil Jackson, may have had no comment regarding the play of Robinson and Davis in Game 4, but he’ll be vocal about at the Lakers next practice.
If Boston thought that Game 4 was key win, Game 5 is even bigger. The Celtics can’t keep thinking they’re going to get by playing sub par. Kobe Bryant can only do so much for the Lakers, but you can’t forget that he’s the best player on the court and one of the best all-time. Kobe may just have to have a 40 + point game to wake up the Celtics, but if he does, it just may be too late for Boston.
Thursday, June 10, 2010
With the 2010 FIFA World Cup less than 24 hours away, I can hardly wait. The anticipation and adrenaline for this world wide event is indescribable. The curtain will rise on Friday as all predictions will be put to the test when the 1st World Cup on African soil kicks off.
This month-long tournament will be full of upsets, enthusiasm, pride, and honor as we will see the top players from each country fight for the same goal in mind: FIFA World Cup trophy! There will only be one champion crowned on July 11th, but until then, let the games begin.
If the posters, gossip, and commercials haven’t caught your attention by now, I don’t know what will. The World Cup takes place every 4 years and many viewers and fans have been waiting for this since ’06. You can watch the NBA Finals alone or watch both like me, but trust me when I say this: No sports event from now till JULY 11th will overshadow the World Cup (key word- WORLD). Not even Queen James’ free agency decision. lol
Note: U.S. vs. England on Sat. June 12th
This commercial is amazing in itself: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=idLG6jh23yE
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Despite of all the hype and predictions surrounded around the young 21-year old, Stephen Strasburg, the most important question was if he could live up to the hype? Is 14 strikeouts and a win enough? I think so as Strasburg had the Pittsburgh Pirates swinging all over the plate in his MLB debut. Strasburg’s 14 K’s were the third-most all time by any pitcher in the history in a big league debut. Strasburg pitched for seven innings as the Nationals defeated the Pirates 5-2 yesterday. Some analysts are already mentioning that he could be the best all time, but I wouldn’t go that far. Stephen’s 1st game was phenomenal from start to finish, but lets remember that it was only one game.
If National fans thought that Strasburg could be the savior to their organization, this game definitely ended all doubts. The Nationals, who are tied for last in their division, seem to have hope again. With many games left in the season, this is could be what their team needed. I’m not saying that the Nationals are going to automatically win the division because of one player, but this could help re-energize the team to play better.
Stephen got all his butterflies out and certainly showed he’s ready for the majors, but it’s only going to get harder from here. I can’t say where the bar is set for him, but I know it’s pretty high as he has been named the “Lebron James of baseball.” Strasburg has so much expected of him, but fans and critics must understand he’s young and will have to mature. Don’t start making predictions of which next pitcher he’s going to be; let him finish a season first or even two games at that. Hold your horses! This isn’t the Triple A and Double A which he dominated; it’s the BIG LEAGUES. He won’t face the Pirates every night and give up no walks. He might just give up some shocking home-runs here and there as he gave up one 2-run bomber yesterday (his only mistake). We’ll see how dominant the young pitcher is as time progresses.
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
For the fifth time in his career, Rafael Nadal was able to win the French Open and get payback against Robin Soderling, who eliminated him from the 4th round last year. Nadal beat Soderling in straight sets this past Sunday giving him his 38th victory of the year. Nadal was also able to regain the world’s #1 ranking, which brings up my question: Is he better than Roger Federer?
Federer and Nadal have had some memorable tennis matches and whenever the two meet, it always has fans on the edge of their seats. Nadal leads their head-to-head series 14-7, but does this record give him enough credibility to be the best? Nadal, who is much younger than Federer, is also beating Roger in every finals category of their head-to-head match-ups except Masters Cup (0-2). As you can see the numbers definitely favor Nadal from top to bottom.
In Federer’s defense, Nadal is basically unbeatable on clay, which is where most of there match-ups have taken place (12). On grass courts, where Federer is best at, he holds the edge (2-1) and both individuals are tied on hard courts. Would Federer have the advantage and better record if those match-ups were played on grass? Maybe he would, but for now we can only go off facts.
The cliché “Men lie, women lie, numbers don’t”, isn’t true for everything. When you take a closer look at these two great tennis players, it isn’t that clear cut who the better individual is. Tennis analyst and even other great tennis players have stated Federer to be the greatest all time. But how could he be the greatest ever, if he may not even be the best in his era?
Monday, June 7, 2010
As ABC analyst and former NBA player, Mark Jackson, would say, “Hand Down, Man Down.” This was the story in the 1st half of Game 2 of the 2010 NBA Finals as the Boston Celtics, Ray Allen, couldn’t be stopped. The Los Angeles Lakers threw several different defenders at Allen, but none could stop one of the prettiest jump shooters in the league. The Lakers tried to trail screens and even cheat and jump over them at times, but Allen read them perfectly each time as he made seven 3-point shots in the 1st half alone, which surpassed the teams amount in Game 1. Allen ended the game with eight 3-point shots setting the new NBA Finals record and led the Celtics with 32 points.
The Celtics’ offense was in rhythm and had a lot of shots falling for them in the 1st half, but got extremely sloppy with turnovers towards the end which allowed the Lakers to climb back into the game. Coming into the 3rd quarter, the Lakers used that momentum and tied the game back up, coming back from down 14 at one point in the 1st half.
The Lakers seemed they were going to pull away as the Celtics were falling apart on defense and then the Rajon Rondo we’ve seen throughout the playoffs played like himself again. Rondo, who ended with a triple double, was all over the place in the 4th quarter. Rondo wasn’t just dismantling the Lakers with his passing, but by scoring and more importantly: rebounding. Rondo feared none at his size as he took the ball straight into the teeth of the defense and had key defensive plays which caused turnovers for the Lakers.
Boston played a good game despite their star players, Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce, combining for only 16 points. Kevin Garnett has been in a funk lately and it’s affected his team as they’ve been getting killed on the boards. The Celtics will need the heart and soul of their team to break out in Game 3, as the Lakers will look to make adjustments to contain Ray Allen from having another shooting display.
The Lakers, Kobe Bryant, had a quiet twenty-one and was limited due to foul trouble throughout the game. Some other players stepped up in his behalf such as Andrew Bynum, who ended w/ 21, but it wasn’t enough for the Lakers to take Game 2. I’m sure that Phil Jackson will go back to the drawing board and make necessary changes as the Lakers could have played better on both sides of the ball. The scary thing about this series is both teams haven’t played too their full potential. Look for an epic battle that will come down to the wire in Game 3.
Friday, June 4, 2010
Finally!!! If you didn't know, I'll be the first to tell you about Michael Jordan being on the cover of NBA 2K11, which comes out sometime in October. I guess now we'll actually be able to play with one of the greatest all time instead of that guy in the old NBA Live games that played for the Chicago Bulls and made every shot he took named "Player" hahaha. I'm expecting a perfect rating for #23 or maybe they'll give him a 95, sike! Hall of Famer,6 NBA Championships (Two 3-peats), 5 NBA MVP's, 9 All-Defense First Team Selections, should I keep going....= 99 Rating
There are many words that can describe the play and effort of the Boston Celtics in Game 1 of the 2010 NBA Finals, but none better than soft (s-o-f-captial T….SofTTTTTTTTTT). If Game 1 was a sign of how the Celtics will play throughout the finals, they might as well give the hardware over to the Los Angeles Lakers and I’ll watch Lebron James on Larry King or Jimmy Kimmel. I highly doubt Game 2 will have the same outcome regarding the effort on Boston’s behalf and I look for both teams to play much better. Phil Jackson and the Lakers may be 47-0 when winning Game 1, but trust me; this series is far from over. Records are meant to be broken!
Even though the Lakers dominated the Celtics in every category, the Celtics were never really out the game. This 13-point win against the Celtics isn’t as powerful and decisive to me as it is to others. Even though cliché, the Lakers did what they were supposed to do, which is win at home. Game 1 does give the Lakers a lot of confidence heading into Game 2, but they shouldn’t get too cocky or laid back yet. Don’t forget, this is the same team, if not better than 2008 NBA Champion Boston Celtics, which came back from a 24-point deficit in Game 5 of the 2008 NBA Finals.
It hurts me to even write this being a fan of Kevin Garnett, but he was the main catalyst of Boston playing soft. Garnett, known for his energy and enthusiasm, was non-existent last night and played as if it were an exhibition game. The Lakers, Pau Gasol, who I mentioned before in a previous blog had something to prove, destroyed and out-rebounded Garnett and the Celtics’ front-court combined. Gasol ended with 23 and 14 and will need to keep playing with this same intensity in pursuit of a repeat.
Kobe Bryant also played exceptionally well w/ 30 points, 7 boards, and 6 dimes. Kobe wasn’t really tested too much on defense due to Ray Allen’s foul trouble, but I’m sure the Celtics will adjust in Game 2.
Something that I would pay closer attention to as more games are played is the referee’s. This historic rivalry puts a lot of pressure on them as I saw numerous questionable or superstar calls in Game 1. I understand that they are trying to prevent any fights or quarrels from happening between each team, but they have to let them play as well. Obviously, easier said than done. Both Boston and L.A. are known for being physical, so something is bound to happen especially when you’re fighting for an NBA championship. (Hopefully not an Indiana and Detroit sequel) You can only prevent so much…
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
The Los Angeles Lakers', Kobe Bryant, may say he doesn’t care if the Boston Celtics are in the championship or not, but this is something he’s been waiting for. I’m pretty sure that many of his teammates feel the same way, as they lost in 6 games in 2008 Finals and were embarrassed in the final game, losing 131–92. This isn’t a rubber match as both teams are not the same from ’08, but payback if the Lakers are successful at winning, which they’ve only done twice on the big stage in 11 attempts vs. the Boston Celtics all-time, none with Bryant though.
The Lakers' matchups against the Celtics favor them especially with the addition of Ron Artest, who wasn’t on the team in ’08. Everyone knows that Kobe will show up and do what he does best, but he isn’t the main focus for Boston to worry about. The Lakers big men are: Pau Gasol, Andrew Bynum, Lamar Odom, and Ron Artest.
Gasol has something to prove as he was abused by the Celtics big men (Leon Powe, P.J. Brown, Kendrick Perkins, and Kevin Garnett) last time in the finals. When Gasol and Bryant are rolling, it’s pretty hard to stop the Lakers.
Andrew Bynum, even though young and still learning, needs to play big. He can easily dunk on and shot over all the Celtics players. If he can just provide a little bit over 10 points per game and be a defensive presence, The Lakers would benefit so much more. He may be limited with the recent draining of his knee.
Lamar Odom is key when coming off the bench because of his versatility and size, especially with the poor performance of Bynum lately. Odom can easily start, but is even more deadly when coming off the bench. If Odom can have games as he did in game 1 vs. Phoenix, then the Lakers may be on their way to a repeat.
Last but not least, is Ron Artest, who I think is better than Trevor Ariza. Artest is such an impeccable defender as Kobe would know from first hand experience. It will be his job to hold Paul Pierce and/or Ray Allen in check. The thing that many forget about Artest is that he can score. He was even looked at as a primary option besides Aaron Brooks when playing for the Houston Rockets. If Artest can do both of these, the Lakers can’t ask for anything more from him.
Only time will tell how the 12th match-up between the Lakers and Celtics for the NBA Finals will play out. The Los Angeles Lakers are looking for their 16th Championship and fear no one that stands in their way. They still are the defending champions and pay back is a ….. Ya, you know the rest. There is no rivalry in the NBA better than these two and what better stage to play on than the NBA Championship.