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10 Things I Guarantee (Might) Happen this NBA Off-Season

In BSO, ESPN True Hoop on June 23, 2010 at 7:18 pm

After seven incredible games of a highly intensive series, the NBA Finals have now come to an end and the Los Angeles Lakers are your NBA Champions for the second consecutive year.

The buzzer of Game 7 and the wild celebration it set off in Los Angeles after Thursday night signified the end of all basketball games until October. A sombering reality for basketball fans all over the nation.

So like most NBA fans, I was left wondering, well now what? Fortunately for me and you, we are heading into what could be the most landscape changing summer of free agency in NBA history.

While it is impossible to know for sure what free agents such as Lebron James and Dwyane Wade will do once July 1st hits, one can always make some “educated” guesses. With that I present to you 10 things I guarantee will maybe possibly happen this off-season:

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Shaping a Legacy: What Game 7 Means to Kobe Bryant

In BSO, Yard Barker on June 17, 2010 at 1:34 pm

Since Tuesday nights Game 6 win, any discussion surrounding the Lakers in Game 7 tends to revert back to what this game means for Kobe Bryant’s legacy. Although Bryant has already cemented himself as one of the greatest to ever play the game, Game 7 may shape forever how people in the future remember him.

As mentioned in many articles before, Game 7 will affect the legacies and futures of all involved, including Phil Jackson, Doc Rivers, Ron Artest and the Big Three. However none will be scrutinized or praised more depending on the outcome of this game than Kobe.

What will a win tonight do for Bryant’s legacy? What about a loss? Let’s take a look at what’s at stake in the biggest game of Kobe Bean Bryant’s career.

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Missing Persons Alert: Pau Gasol

In BSO on June 14, 2010 at 10:38 am

ALERT! Have you seen this man?

Missing: NBA Champion, 7-footer Pau Gasol of Spain. Last seen at the TD Garden in Boston, MA. Anyone with information please contact the Los Angeles Lakers at:

Staples Center
1111 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA 90015

Dramatic? A little sure, but after consecutive losses to the Celtics in Boston the question has got to be asked, where did Pau Gasol go?

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Debate is Done: Ron Artest is a Better Laker Fit than Trevor Ariza

In BSO, Yard Barker on June 9, 2010 at 2:06 pm

Three games into the NBA Finals and we know a couple things for sure:

– Derek Fisher is still a stone-cold killer when it matters most
– Home-court advantage means absolutely nothing in this series
– Despite his poor offense, Ron Artest is a huge upgrade over Trevor Ariza

The time has finally come to end the debate over who the Lakers would have been better off with starting at small forward. The fact of the matter is despite a drop-off in offensive production, the Lakers are a much better team overall this season than they were during their title run last year.

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Five Reasons for Laker Fans to Relax

In BSO, Yard Barker on June 7, 2010 at 6:54 pm

Update! This article has made it to the front page of Yard Barker, Fox Sports blogging site!

After the Celtics beat the Lakers 103-94 in Game 2 to tie the NBA Finals at a game apiece, the reaction has been shockingly expected. Laker haters everywhere will spend the entire 48 hours in between Game 2 and Game 3 to let everyone know that the Lakers are finished, the Celtics are better, the Lakers are trash, it’s not coming back to LA, blah blah blah.

Laker fans are having the same reactions for the most part. The sky is falling down! Kobe is hurting again! The curse of Boston is rearing its ugly head at us again! Blah blah blah.

The fact of the matter is, while Game 2 was a huge win for the Celtics, the series is far from over. Laker fans need to relax and remember these five reasons that this series is far from over: Read the rest of this entry »

The Only Things That Really Matter About Lakers-Celtics

In BSO on June 7, 2010 at 6:49 pm

The time has finally arrived. Tonight, the Lakers and Celtics kick off what has to be the most anticipated NBA Finals since Michael Jordan and the Bulls met Karl Malone and the Jazz in 1998.

While the NBA Finals have always been an event, the NBA’s dirty little secret is that the best playoff series usually happen before the Finals. The last time there was a Finals this evenly matched was 2005 when the Pistons and the Spurs went seven games. Before that? Go all the way back to that ’98 Jazz-Bulls series.

Finally in 2010, we have an NBA Finals that is completely up in the air. These two teams know and hate each other, they both wanted this rematch, and now we all get to enjoy it. While there have already been thousands of articles of in-depth analysis on this series, breaking down match-ups, offensive/defensive trends, fans, players, the 60’s and 80’s and everything about this rivalry, this series simply breaks down into who dominates the keys to the series. With that being said, here are the top three keys to winning the NBA title and claiming bragging rights in the best rivalry in sports today:

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Lakers-Celtics: The Greatest Rivalry in Sports is Back.

In BSO on June 7, 2010 at 6:47 pm

Lakers.  Celtics.  Los Angeles.  Boston.  “We want Boston!”  “Beat LA!”  Magic and Kareem.  Bird and McHale.  Nostalgia, nostalgia, nostalgia.

Back in 2008, the Lakers and Celtics met in the NBA Finals in what was a throwback for all the basketball fans of the 80’s.  The NBA was thrilled to have the match-up; a year after we had a boring Cavs-Spurs Finals that gave them a sweep and some low ratings, the league was graced with a renewal of the greatest rivalry in all of basketball.

Or so we thought.  The fact of the matter is that while it was a nice story, there wasn’t much animosity between the teams.  With a majority of younger crowds who weren’t around during the glory days, the fan-bases didn’t really have that much of a rivalry with each other, either.  Both teams were just happy to be back in the Finals where they belong, and who they played was just a nice spin on things.

Fast-forward to 2010, and all that has completely changed.  The last two teams to win an NBA title absolutely despise each other.  The fans hate each other even more than the players.  There is a true sense of hatred in this match-up, which has now become the most heated rivalry the NBA has seen since the Heat and Knicks in the late 90’s. Read the rest of this entry »

Super Friends? Star NBA Free Agents to Discuss Future Together

In BSO on June 7, 2010 at 6:44 pm

Forget Agents pitching their superstar free-agent clients, forget GM’s of teams sitting at Lebron or D-Wade or CB4’s doorstep at midnight on July 1st, could the biggest moves this off-season be determined in a players only meeting between the superstars of the greatest free agent class of all time?

According to ESPN, that may be exactly what happens this off-season:

Wade told the Chicago Tribune that he’s not sure when the three players will talk, but they’ve been discussing their futures informally for a while now. Read the rest of this entry »

Beyond the Zone: The Lakers Potentially Fatal Flaws

In BSO on June 7, 2010 at 6:43 pm

Four games into the Western Conference Finals and we finally have a series. The Suns were able to hold home-court in Phoenix and send the series back to Los Angeles tied at two games apiece. What once looked like a series the Lakers were going to sweep has quickly become a best-of-three.

So how did the smaller Suns neutralize the long Lakers? Much credit has been given to the 2-3 zone that Phoenix coach Alvin Gentry has employed, as it has frustrated the Lakers to an extent and forced them into taking plenty of bad shots. But there is much more to these two losses than a simple zone defense. Read the rest of this entry »

Best Free Agent Fit: Chris Bosh

In BSO, Yard Barker on June 7, 2010 at 6:41 pm

July 1, 2010. Depending on who you ask, it is either the beginning of something beautiful or the end of a franchise as we know it. It’s a day that teams have spent two years fantasizing about, two years creating cap-space for, and two years telling their fans that it would be the day they turned their franchise around.

With all the big-name free agents already being eliminated from the playoffs, it’s not too early to look ahead to the possibilities of this summer.

Once that day finally hits, where will Lebron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, Joe Johnson and others be headed? While we can’t predict the future, we can see which teams are the best fit for these free-agents-to-be. This week, we start with Chris Bosh and his new “fave five”. Read the rest of this entry »