A source close to the situation says the Cavs have fired Mike Brown. The Cavaliers had a midnight deadline Sunday night to fire the coach or pay him his full $4.5 million salary for next season. Cleveland may be the only NBA team/city desperate enough to hire Calipari to try and keep LeBron. We’ll see…
According to multiple Internet rumors, Gloria James, the mother of Lebron James, is pushing her son to sign with the New York Knicks because they have several players she “would totally do.”
Elin Woods may finally be ready to take her boatload of cash and hit the road. The NYDN reports that she’s asking for $750 Million and no “confidentiality clause” (ie. book deal killer) in her divorce with El Tigre. I realize Tiger’s no Saint, but what in the world has that woman done to earn $750 Million? Ridiculous.
Tour de France temporary champ Floyd Landis has admitted that he used PED’s, while also throwing half the sport under the bus. Lance Armstrong figures prominently in his accusations. Much like Jose Conseco, it’s hard to believe you when your life’s in the crapper.
The Lakers beat the Suns last night to join Boston with a 2-0 series lead. It’s getting anti-climatic at this point.
Celtic Marquis Daniels step-dad was tased and arrested in Orlando during Game 2. Can we please lay off the tasing people at sporting events trend?
In what was obviously an eventful Game 2, there was also a strange altercation between NBA ref Joe DeRosa and a fan in the crowd. Fan heckles ref, ref throws fan basketball, fan throws ball back, ref throws fan out.
The UNC Tarheels were ON A BOAT and someone forgot to delete the pics. Ol’ Roy can’t be pleased with the PR hit, but you have to think all the T & A and drunken debauchery is bound to help recruiting.
The Wizards secured the #1 pick in the NBA Draft Lottery last night despite having only a 10.3% chance. If you’re John Wall, you may be hoping that Washington is dumb enough to take Evan Turner, so you can avoid that black-hole. The 76ers, Nets, T-Wolves, and Kings rounded out the top 5.
“So… Luke and Leia are related now? That’s not weird at all…”
Contrary to a report published by the Chicago Tribune, the Bulls deny being contacted, or being interested, in a Calipari and LeBron package deal. I think a lot of incorrect assumptions are being made in an attempt to create drama that’s just not there. Calipari won’t be at Kentucky forever, but nothing outside of message board worthy drivel says he’s leaving this year. Sometimes where there’s smoke, there’s a giant pile of crap.
The Lakers lead throughout in a relatively easy victory over Los Suns in Game 1 of the West Finals. You’ve got to think LA is the favorite to win it all at this point.
If you’re looking for a place to take a dump on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, I suggest you do it on Chris Berman.
I, admittedly, dropped the ball yesterday in not previewing game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals in which the Celtics held on to beat the Magic. I vow to not let that happen again (or so I hope).
Without further ado, let’s begin looking at the Western Conference Finals which starts tonight.
The top-seeded Los Angeles Lakers are hosting the Phoenix Suns. LA is also looking to advance to its third straight NBA Finals appearance. Phoenix, on the other hand, is searching for a way to get veteran PG Steve Nash a ring before it is too late.
Los Angeles Lakers
Points – Bryant 26.9
Rebounds – Gasol 13.1
Assists – Bryant 4.9
Points – Richardson 21.9
Rebounds – Stoudemire 7.0
Assists – Nash 9.0
Both teams have experienced a long lay-off after dismantling their second round opponents. The extended rest has had good and bad consequences. For both teams, it has allowed superstar players to get needed recovery from the bumps and bruises of playoff basketball. It has also diminished momentum, which can be tough to recover. However, both teams are comprised of veteran players so the break seems to hold more positives than negatives.
The Lakers are favored in the series, but to immediately count out the Suns after their bounce-back season would be shortsighted. However, I’m picking a Laker victory in game 1. The home crowd will help the rested Lakers to victory.
The Celtics outlast the Magic to take Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals. I’m starting to wonder if the Celtics might have one more title run left in them.
Lookin’ at Lucky rebounds from his dismal Kentucky Derby performance to win the Preakness. His victory was a loss for the horse racing industry as a whole, though, as yet another Triple Crown bid has been vanquished. 1978 is a long time ago…
After the Game 5 debacle, national sports writers roasted King James for his performance in Cleveland after the 32 point beat-down. They asked questions: Was that LeBron’s last game in Cleveland? Does he have the desire to win? One particular article even mentioned LeBron’s growing role in college recruiting as a sign that his mind is not completely right.
Cleveland wants a ring, LeBron.
Whatever it may be, we can all agree that the Cavs, and James in particular, sucked in Game 5. They didn’t make shots, they still didn’t have an answer for Rajon Rondo, and they played no defense whatsoever.
Now, they face elimination. They face a second round exit as a number one seed that would surely mark the end of Mike Brown’s tenure. It might prompt trades and anything else seen as necessary to keep LeBron. And it might just mean the end of LeBron in Cleveland.
Boston’s veteran players know how to finish a series at home, and they know the importance of not going back to Cleveland for the all-deciding Game 7. They will bring their A game tonight. The real question is: will LeBron bring his?
It’s not a question of talent. It’s desire and the will to win. It’s time for James to put the entire city on his back tonight and win. He’s done it before (25 straight points against Detroit a few years back). Can he do it again? Otherwise, his time in Cleveland will be remembered as such: when his team was number one, LeBron failed to reach the NBA Finals.