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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 »

May Madness: The NBA’s Final Four – Western Conference

In BSO on June 7, 2010 at 6:39 pm

From sixteen to eight and now down to four, the NBA playoffs have whittled the playoff teams down to just the championship contenders. The expected (Lakers, Magic, Cavs…er nevermind on the Cavs) and the unexpected (Suns, Celtics) have gotten us to a Conference Finals that may be one of the most entertaining that we’ve had in years.

In the Eastern Conference, the Magic blitzed through the first two rounds to reach the Conference Finals. Their opponent in the Celtics played a much tougher opponent in Cleveland than Orlando faced in the first two rounds combined, so who has the advantage?

Out West, the Lakers were expected to make their third consecutive Conference Finals, so this is definitely not where they expect the road to end. The Suns were a squad that almost nobody picked to go this far and are a confident group. So who is the favorite, the Lakers with their length or the run and gun Suns?

So what are we going to see in the Finals? A 2009 rematch (Lakers-Magic) or a 2008 rematch (Lakers-Celtics)? Or will the Suns shock the basketball world and get to the Finals? We started with the Eastern Conference pick yesterday, now let’s move out West for the Lakers-Suns.

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May Madness: The NBA’s Final Four – Eastern Conference

In BSO on June 7, 2010 at 6:34 pm

From sixteen to eight and now down to four, the NBA playoffs have whittled the playoff teams down to just the championship contenders. The expected (Lakers, Magic, Cavs…er nevermind on the Cavs) and the unexpected (Suns, Celtics) have gotten us to a Conference Finals that may be one of the most entertaining that we’ve had in years.

In the Eastern Conference, the Magic blitzed through the first two rounds to reach the Conference Finals. Their opponent in the Celtics played a much tougher opponent in Cleveland than Orlando faced in the first two rounds combined, so who has the advantage?

Out West, the Lakers were expected to make their third consecutive Conference Finals, so this is definitely not where they expect the road to end. The Suns were a squad that almost nobody picked to go this far and are a confident group. So who is the favorite, the Lakers with their length or the run and gun Suns?

So what are we going to see in the Finals? A 2009 rematch (Lakers-Magic) or a 2008 rematch (Lakers-Celtics)? Or will the Suns shock the basketball world and get to the Finals? Let’s make some picks, starting with the Eastern Conference today and the Western Conference tomorrow. Read the rest of this entry »

Kobe Bryant: The Real King of the NBA

In BSO on June 7, 2010 at 6:32 pm

Now that we’ve come to our annual Knocking Lebron Out of the Playoffs Day, many people are writing articles on the demise of Lebron, analyzing his no-show in Game 5 and his failure to again carry his team to the Finals.

While there is no debate that Lebron has become the King of the regular season, leading his Cavs to back-to-back 60 win campaigns, the fact of the matter is that yet again, the NBA Finals will be happening and Lebron will not be present.

One man who is still playing and likely to be playing in the Finals for a third straight year and seventh time in his career is Kobe Bryant, who once again is showing us that he is the best player in the league come playoff time, which is the only time of the year that truly matters. Instead of analyzing Lebron like everyone else, it is time to salute Kobe.

Now I know there are going to be Laker Haters jumping up and saying “quit jocking Kobe!” and all that nonsense, but for those of you with actual basketball IQ and not blind hate for anything Lakers/Kobe, read on as we discuss the Real King of the NBA. Read the rest of this entry »

Leading the Pack: Who Is The Best Point Guard in the NBA?

In BSO on June 7, 2010 at 6:30 pm

29-18-13. Before Sunday night those were just a group of numbers that some people may have picked on their lottery tickets. That was until Game 4 of the Cavaliers-Celtics series, otherwise known as Rajon Rondo’s coming out party. The 29 points, 18 rebounds and 13 assists were a rare stat-line, the likes of which we’ve only seen two times in playoff history before Rondo’s effort, and the fact that it came from a 6’1 point guard makes it all the more ridiculous.

That effort by Rondo helped to thrust into the spotlight a very interesting question that was touched on by Charles Barkley and his TNT brethren last week, who is the best point guard in the Association? When pressed for an answer Barkley said Deron Williams, Chris Paul and Derrick Rose. Not a bad trio by any stretch of the imagination, but one that left out two-time MVP Steve Nash and the newly minted Big One, Rondo.

With a sudden influx of star point guards in the NBA, we have to ask, who is the best lead man in the league today? Let’s list the top five candidates, and then this committee of one will decide who the best point in the game is today. This article will kick of a series analyzing the top five of each position in the NBA today. Read the rest of this entry »