Friday, June 29, 2007

NEWS FROM THE DRAFT!



What I loved about this draft were the sleepers from the second round. I like some of the international guys who might stay overseas a little longer. Also, the Blazers did well for themselves all around.



Now let's look at the trades. No KG deal here sorry. The Knicks traded Channing Frye and Steve Francis to the Blazers for Dan Dickau, Fred Jones and Zach Randolph. What a great deal for New York if Zach holds up off the court. I think the Blazers had to unload on a bad story in Randolph but they still got something good in the deal. I would like to see a buyout of Steve Francis so they can have a locker room atmosphere. The Bobcats traded young Brandan Wright to the Golden State Warriors for veteran Jason Richardson and the draft right to Jermareo Davidson. I hate this deal for the Bobcats. They need young on the rise talent instead of already proven gone in a few years talent. Ray Allen and the draft rights to Glen Davis were dealt to Boston for Delonte West, Wally Szczerbiak and the number 5 pick Jeff Green. I like this deal for the Sonics green. You get younger and you add a few proven guys to go along with. The only negative is that contract of Wally Szczerbiak.

Overall, I like the moves by the Knicks, Blazers and Sonics. More on the draft later today.
DRAFT COVERAGE IN THE MORNING!

The draft was very interesting and I love the future for some of the winners in the draft.

What are the Bobcats doing? That's one thing I want to say about the Jason Richardson deal. A young expansion team takes more time to develop unless a huge franchise changing player is available.

In the morning I will talk more on the NBA draft.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

MY DRAFT PREDICTIONS!



Everyone is talking Oden and Durant and I want to bring a new topic to the mix. Why just who's number 1 or who's number 2? How about not putting pressure on these young soon to be superstars. I think everyone should talk about the others, the Conley Jr.'s and players that do the dirty work more than the mainstream stars.



But now that you heard my opinion on that I will put in a quick note about the draft. Number one should be Kevin Durant but it's Oden. Durant is a better individual player but Greg is more proven. I think he wouldn't get rattled as easily as Durant and make other players better before Durant really realizes how vital team work is. Also, ESPN has reported that Oden has been told he will be the number one pick.

Now those fresh out of the oven trade rumors. I like Kevin Garnett going somewhere during the draft or very soon after. The talks of the three team deal with the Suns and Hawks sounds like a great deal all around. More on any developments in the draft on Basketball Notes by Alex.

Monday, June 25, 2007

I'M BACK AND READY TO COVER MORE BASKETBALL NEWS! Now that I have returned from around Kona, Hawaii I will be covering all NBA off season developments. We all know the Spurs won the NBA finals in a sweep (just updating all of you who have been in a hole for a few weeks.) One cool thing that you might not have seen is an amazing drawing of LJ23 on an Etch A Sketch! The video will be posted on the left side of my blog by the time you read this. Check it out because it combines not just one art but two: basketball and drawing real life things on an Etch A Sketch. Kobe and KG seem to be on the move, but I would like to see more things develop in that story before I think it's real. KG and Mamba (KB24) are assumingly stressed. They have all the talent in the world but this is not tennis so they can't do it all by themselves. Stay with Basketball Notes by Alex for more draft coverage and about important news happening in the NBA.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

I AM GOING ON VACATION!

I'm off to Hawaii for a week, so tell me all about the Finals while I'm gone!

Look for a recap of all that happened in the Finals and lots of draft coverage when I get back.

Monday, June 11, 2007

Photo by: D. Clarke Evans
SPURS WIN AGAIN!

The Spurs beat the Cavs 103-92 to take a 2-0 series lead. The Spurs came out strong and LeBron got two fouls early to help them out. Tony Parker was fantastic and the Cavs need to find a way to stop him. Eric Snow was the only one who might be able to slow him down; look for him to play more minutes in game 3.

The good news for the Cavs is that they had a good come back in the 4th quarter to carry over to game 3. They cut the lead to eight at one point on a 30-14 run. I don't know if this is good for the Spurs or the Cavs. Gregg Popovich is going to tell the Spurs everything they need to do better before he gives any praise for good play.

Cleveland has to stop Tony Parker to win a game. Tony gets everyone going it seems and stopping him would give the Cavs less of a running team. Parker gets the Spurs to run. The big three have been hitting the Cavs for lots of points every game; how about making the role players score more? If Robert Horry had 5 blocks and did everything else, you'd much rather lose that way. The magic number here is 50. Don't let the big three score 50. Mike Brown knows he's got a young team and setting goals sounds like a way to get the Cavs back on their game.

Tony Parker swooped through the lane for 30 points and 4 boards. Parker is the MVP in this series so far. He is the Energizer Bunny that gets this team going on both ends. Robert Horry got a drink from the fountain of youth and did everything, finishing with 5 points, 5 blocks, 9 boards and 4 assists. If Horry does that again and the big three score less than 50, the Cavs have a real shot at winning game 3. Tim Duncan quietly almost had a triple double with 23 points, 9 boards and 8 assists. That's Duncan on a quiet night. When all the attention is put on Parker, Duncan still plays solid ball. Now that's a professional.

My prediction for game 3 in Cleveland is a desperation win for the Cavs. They have to win this game if they have any hope of going back to San Antonio. This game will be close and LeBron will have a great game without an air ball from the free throw line. Game 3 will be on ABC Tuesday at 9 pm Eastern time.

Sunday, June 10, 2007

GAME 2 OF NBA FINALS TONIGHT!

Tonight the Cavs and Spurs battle again for the NBA's top honors the championship. Game 2 will air on ABC tonight at 9:00 pm Eastern.

WATCH THE GAME! I saw the unfortunate ratings news and it made me sad. Cleveland has to send a message early that they are playing good offense in the early going. The start is the most important aspect of the game for Cleveland. Win or lose if they go away from the game feeling good I would expect them to win game 3.

My prediction for this game is 50-50 right now. LeBron sounds mentally prepared but the Cavs are young. The Spurs have got the confidence and the experience to go along with a solid game. The safe pick is the Spurs. Like picking stocks, the Cavs are a risk or a speculative pick. I am going safe with the Spurs.

Friday, June 08, 2007

Photo by: Jesse D. Garrabrant
SPURS BEAT CAVS!

The Spurs came out prepared in game 1 of the NBA finals and won the game 85-76. The Spurs came out really strong and the Cavs lost some confidence early. LeBron needed a lot more offensive action to give them a chance to win.

I would like to see Cleveland go after the Spurs top three players, making the other guys score. The Spurs big three combined for 67 points- that's all you need to hear to have an open jaw.

More finals coverage later on today.

Friday, June 01, 2007

LEBRON EXPLODES AND CAVS WIN!

LeBron James had the game of his life and brought the Cavs to victory over the Pistons 109-107 in double overtime. All I can say about LeBron's game last night is WOW! LeBron scored his team's final 25 and 29 of its final 30. He had all the overtime points for the Cavs to go along with that. He did things he's never even done before on the court. Behind the back fade away, went to the right a little more than usual, it was beautiful to see.

I expected more from the Pistons on defense. Everyone knew the ball was going to go to LeBron near the end of the game. They should have loaded up on him more. Chauncey Billups had a chance to tie in the second overtime and came up short because Varejao changed the rotation of the shoot.

I think the Cavs have too much confidence not to win game six. They have LeBron so if they can't score he can put up 25 straight.