What a block!
After two games, I have learned a few things about the Spurs and Heat.
The first thing that stood out to me is that this Spurs team is way better than I thought. Even though I got to watch them play against the Warriors, it appears that the extra rest they got before the Finals really did them wonders. They’re smarter with their ball handling and Tony Parker seems to be at another level right now.
The Heat also seem to be very relaxed. Despite their Game 1 loss, they knew that they had a must-win for Sunday. They came out and dominated, setting us up for one great series.
This happened last night. Nazr Mohammed (he’s still playing) grabbed LeBron James to prevent an open court attacked. James then responded by throwing Mohammed down. James received a technical and while he was arguing it, Mohammed shoved James to the floor.
James initiated it by not only throwing Mohammed to the floor, but arguing like he was the victim. Then of course as a reaction to that, Mohammed did something he shouldn’t have done by retaliating.
And there’s the argument for whether or not James flopped or he seriously fell over that much.
Both are wrong here and with the rivalry budding between these two teams, I don’t expect anything less. I’m OK with this really.
LeBron James deserves the MVP award, but I am glad he didn’t win it by unanimous vote.
LeBron James was awarded his fourth MVP title this weekend and he almost made history with a unanimous vote. However, all but one vote went his way. That one vote, made by the Boston Globe’s Gary Washburn, went to Carmelo Anthony.
Throughout the entire year, I expected James to win the MVP. He did everything that made him the best candidate for the award. But the reasoning by Washburn for Anthony made some sense to me.
“I just honestly felt that Carmelo Anthony lifted the Knicks to new heights this season – a No. 2 seed and their first division title in 19 years – with an aging roster, the team’s second-best player [Amar'e Stoudemire] out most of the season and a myriad of other injuries,” Washburn told Yahoo! Sports. “LeBron James is unquestionably the best player in the league, but I felt this season Anthony had more value to his team.”
Comparing the winning streak from the Miami Heat (14 straight wins) and the Chicago Blackhawks’ point streak (19-0-3 record) is difficult. Both are different, yet Stephen A. Smith decided to do it anyway and ended up giving us all kind of misinformation.
In the segment, Smith says that he finds the Blackhawks streak less impressive because of the three ties. The problem here is that the NHL hasn’t had a tie game since 2004. The three “ties” Smith refers to are shootout losses. But the Blackhawks still get a point for getting a game into overtime.
The misinformation is pretty bad. I don’t know why they would allow someone to talk hockey when they know nothing about it. In fact, Smith’s confession that he didn’t know the Blue Jackets existed is equally bad. He’s not the first one to make that mistake, but Smith has no excuse.
Throwbacks now seemed forced.
The Miami Heat have worn these 1990s throwbacks nearly every game since they were first worn a few weeks ago. I guess it’s a good luck charm since they are on this winning streak.
As much as I like them going throwback, it’s a little too much. Sometimes a throwback is appreciated when it’s seen not as frequently. But with the Heat, they are killing the uniqueness of the set. From the bad fonts, ugly dropshadow, imbalanced piping, it was all bad.
And surprisingly, the Bulls decided to match them with their throwback. This was one of my favorites growing up but after viewing it, I don’t think it’s as good as I thought it was. The pinstripes are nice, but I don’t know if it works in today’s basketball. It’s a good uniform for the 1990s, but I am glad it lasted only two seasons then.
I like throwbacks as much as the next person, but too much of a good thing can be harmful. This is that one case and the Heat are abusing it.
Classic 1990s throwbacks.
The other night, we saw the Suns wear their gorgeous black eclipse uniforms and it brought me back to when basketball was so big for me. Tonight, the Bucks will wear their green uniforms. This nostalgia run has got me excited.
As you can see from the above photo, these teams will wear these throwbacks in the upcoming games and I could not be more excited.
Despite the logistical design flaws of big letters, gradients and pointless dropshadows, this was a time in basketball when I really fell in love with the league. Seeing these on the floor one last time is really a great high five for the league.
LeBron James wins the Sportsman of the Year award.
Sports Illustrated named their Sportsman of the Year winner today and it is LeBron James.
This is the criteria for the award: “Annually, the magazine presents the Sportsman of the Year award to the transcendent athlete, coach or team who by virtue of their superior athletic achievement and comportment took us all to a higher place.“
As I think about all the other sports figures that have made news this past year, I start to think about them and wonder if they were more qualified to win this award than James. And the more I think about it, the more I realized that I couldn’t come up with a strong argument for anyone else.
So with James, I content with him winning it.
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Ray Allen is no longer all green.
On Friday, Ray Allen agreed to join the Miami Heat. But the first thing that popped into my head was not the actual team, but Allen’s uniform.
Allen has played for three teams (Milwaukee, Seattle and Boston) in his career and there was one consistency with those teams: they were all green. Granted the Bucks weren’t primarily green, but it was there. And with Allen, he has worn some form of green his entire NBA career. (Too bad he never joined Dallas or Utah.)
Now with the Heat, he will no longer be sporting that color. So visually, I’ll have to get used to Allen in something that’s not green.
(This also proves that I am a weird uniform geek.)
I’m pretty sure that most of the dislike for the Miami Heat is fueled by LeBron James. And that’s a perfectly good reason. James was the ringleader of an offseason of what many fans believe seemed to be an unfair advantage to the NBA.
James had “The Decision” and that was a bad idea. Then the Heat held a celebration party when James and Chris Bosh joined with the team. Then pretty much whatever James did, it was scrutinized. He and the Heat have not been very mature recently.
I didn’t want the Heat to win for all those reasons. But I am trying to be as realistic of a basketball fan as I can and I have to give props to the Heat for what they did. (But I’ll still call them the nWo just because it’s funny to me.)