NBA Finals, NHL Final

As sports fans know getting to the Championship round of any sport is difficult and we’re supposed to see “the 2 best teams” play for the Championship. Far too many times these series never come close to living up to the “2 best teams”. This year was pretty darn special for the NBA and NHL as they obviously had their respective sport’s 2 best teams playing for the Championship. These weren’t good series’ either, they were great, nail-biting, series’.

The Heat vs. Spurs was an epic series. With each team trading blowout wins and three very close, very tight, and very good games. Game 5 Manu Ginobli  had a turn back the clock type of performance for the Spurs. Game 6 was one for ESPN Classic. The Spurs up 5 with 28 seconds left. LeBron James knocks down a 3. Kawhi Leonard gets fouled with 19 seconds and has 2 free throws. Leonard missed the first and hit the second. The Spurs put Tim Duncan on the bench so they could guard against the 3. Well LeBron James jacked up a 3 from the top of the key hit iron. Chris Bosh grabbed the rebound threw to Ray Allen, the league’s all time best 3 point shooter, who drained a 3 with 5.2 seconds left in the 4th quarter. TIE GAME. The Heat went on to win the game in overtime. Game 7 was close and had its swings of momentum as well but in the end San Antonio’s turnover’s and missed shots became too much to overcome and the Heat won their second Championship in consecutive seasons. Really a great series and it was topped off with Spurs players genuinely congratulating the Heat players. Which should be the case but in the NBA the losing team very rarely does anything except go straight to the locker room.

The NHL Final had pretty much the same feel the Chicago Blackhawks were the best team in the league the entire season and the Bruins were right up there too. Seemingly every game could have gone either way. In the end, down a goal, in Boston, with a minute and 16 seconds left Bryan Bickell tied the game. Then in a blink of an eye, 45 seconds, Dave Bolland beat Tuukka Rask for the game winning and ultimately Championship winning goal.

Two of the best Finals series that have been played in a long, long time and of course it came in the same span of 15 days. Here’s hoping to seeing many more great Championship series in the future.

 

 

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LeBron James- The Greatness and The Scrutiny

LeBron James and the Miami Heat won their 2nd NBA Championship last night, back to back I might add and have made the NBA Finals in all 3 of his year’s in Miami. LeBron has a lot of fans and he has a lot of people who want to see him not win, to see him fail. He is a great player and anybody who says otherwise has an agenda, PERIOD.

Now he has done things that were pretty stupid no doubt. “The Decision”, the hype show he and fellow teammates Chris Bosh and Dwayne Wade had, choosing to go to Miami in the first place all pretty bad choices. I say choosing to play in Miami because it has no real heritage among the NBA landscape. New York, Boston, LA, Chicago, these are die-hard fans of the sport and support even the worse teams their respective cities have fielded in the past. Miami before James and Bosh were drawing maybe 10,000 people a game. Now it’s just a “cool’ thing to do. Go watch the Heat then head to a nightclub or whatever. Had James chosen a city with a well established fan base such as Chicago I believe he would not have received half the criticism and scrutiny he has. Ultimately that’s neither here nor there, he choose Miami and the criticism has come.

Do I like his flopping or crying for a foul on every possession? No I don’t but it’s the whole league doing it not just him. Yes it’s very irritating and something the league most definitely has to crack the whip on.

The media outlets criticize his game a lot. He doesn’t have Micheal’s “killer instinct”, he’s far too passive, and on and on. What we are seeing is a humble kid who likes to get his teammates involved and let them shine too. He has been this way since his high school days. Is that so bad in the selfish world we live in?

We are seeing GREATNESS people. A different kind of greatness than Michael Jordan or Kobe Bryant. This young man could put up a triple double EVERY single night if he was so inclined to do so. He’s not. He could score 45 a game if he wanted to. He doesn’t. We just watched LeBron James a 6’9” Power Forward guard Tony Parker a slick and skilled 6’1” point guard and shut him down. That’s the greatness of LeBron James. Do you think Kobe or Michael could guard and shut down a top Power Forward ? Not a chance. LeBron can guard any player on the court with the exception of a Center. Who else throughout NBA/ABA history can you say that about? Nobody.

So while you want to diss his game you really can’t. He can score at will, he can defend anyone, he can pass like Magic Johnson, and he can close out games. Give the guy his props and let him live and enjoy his amazing talents.

 

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If this doesn't remind you of a kid on Christmas I don't know what would

If this doesn’t remind you of a kid on Christmas I don’t know what would

Shut Parker down

Shut Parker down

NBA Flopping-How To Get Rid of It

So flopping in the NBA has been the big thing the past few seasons but this year, especially this post season, it has gotten to a place where it makes the game hard to watch and respect. When you have Lebron James getting bumped/pushed by a little 6ft 190lb point guard and all of a sudden James, 6’9″ 270lb, is on the floor it’s reached ridiculous heights.

The WWE may have more legitimacy than the NBA at this point. It’s not just James either it’s a league wide epidemic and the only way to stop this nonsense is to hand out suspensions. Do you think Lebron James cares about being fined $7,500? Not a chance. Would him not playing a game or two get his attention? You’re darn right it would and you start with James and the bigger names to show the rest of the NBA that status and popularity has nothing to do with it. It is most definitely a situation that has to be handled this off season.

Let me know your suggestions does the league need to hand out suspensions or heavier fines? What would you do to take care of this problem.

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