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Forecasting the next decade of the NBA

Before the Finals started I did a little research looking at the past NBA champions and runner-ups. I basically came to the conclusion that the Dallas Mavericks could not beat the Miami Heat this year. The Heat’s big three were all in their primes and Dallas was simply older than any other team that won the title.

The only thing I could see that could explain Dallas winning the series in a historical context was that Dirk Nowitzki really was one of the greatest 15 or 20 players to ever play in the league and despite being in his 12th season was still in his prime and thus a worthy star to single-handedly lead this team to a title.

Now the Mavericks did win this series with great “team” basketball, as everyone likes to say, but at the end of the day when people look back at the record books and the teams that won it all, this Dallas team will stand out and be remembered for having one unbelievable star player.

When I looked back at all of the NBA champions since 1980, it was never surprising who won and why they did. Everything made sense. At the end of the day, you needed to have one of ten different players to even have a chance: Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Larry Bird, Moses Malone, Isiah Thomas, Michael Jordan, Hakeem Olajuwon, Tim Duncan, Shaquille O’Neal, Kobe Bryant. And now Dirk is on that list. He and Moses are the only ones I put on that list who only won a single title. Dirk could have easily won two and Moses was a top 12 player of all-time and deserving. Read the rest of this entry »


Trying to understand LeBron

LeBron James had the most inexcusable performance in the history of the NBA last night. He scored 8 points on 3-of-11 shooting in an 86-83 loss to the Dallas Mavericks in Game 4 of the NBA Finals. The series is now tied at 2-2 but now LeBron has put himself in a no-win situation.

Before the season started all of the criticism of LeBron was well deserved and aimed appropriately. At least the real criticisms like he was taking the easy way out by going to play with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh and the way he handled the whole “Decision.” As the season went on, people started to forget about why we really criticized LeBron. The Heat struggled and weren’t dominant so the focus shifted to simply this season, as it probably should. Heat and LeBron supporters started making their case for how LeBron and Miami would shut up the haters by winning a championship this season despite their struggles and everything before the season started. Well, that’s not what it’s about, not at all.

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Why the Bulls can beat the Heat

I know, Game 1 already happened and it’s much easier to write how Chicago can beat Miami after they already captured the first game and are in great position to do so. But there are still many doubters and still many who think that Miami should have no problem coming back. Like they were just hung over from Boston and didn’t show up and that’s okay because they’ll turn the switch and start playing hard all of a sudden (my main issue with watching this team all year).

First off, Chicago is better than Boston this year. There’s a reason they finished the regular season strong and with the best record in the NBA while Boston stumbled to the finish line. Both teams are built similarly and have similar philosophies. People seemed to assume Boston may have been better because of their history the past three seasons, how they handled Miami earlier in the regular season, and their track record of going to another level once the playoffs started.

Well, Boston looked and played old in the second around against the Heat. A lot of people then got to thinking that since Miami and LeBron got past Boston, a team that seemed like a huge hurdle, that they were now destined for a title. The team actually seemed to think this too with their celebrating after the Game 5 win and noticeable lack of effort and urgency in Game 1 at Chicago.
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NBA Dunk Contest: something needs to be done fast

I missed the dunk contest for the first time since I remember dunk contests but I guess I didn’t miss much. Everyone has a fix for All-Star Weekend and how to make the dunk contest more relevant so here’s three options I feel the NBA should entertain:

1. Star Power

This is a pretty obvious one but it is the most important. Nothing would be more entertaining than a LeBron-Wade showdown in the dunk contest final.

That’s a fact.

They would both be spectacular in the contest but it wouldn’t even really matter. With lesser-name guys it’s all about the dunk and how crazy it is and it’s originality.

That wouldn’t matter nearly as much if the stars competed in the contest. It would just be about which star had the better dunk. If LeBron brought back some dunks that Michael did in the 80’s, we would be fine with it. But when a guy like DeMar DeRozan does it, we’re pissed because we’ve seen it already.

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I saw MJ in person; a top 5 moment in my life

It’s been awhile since my last post. I got a little bored with this blog, plus school started so I’ve been busy. But I want to switch things up a little. Instead of writing articles in the third person all the time, I’m going to start doing more first person and blog-type posts. I’m going to be writing shorter posts but hopefully updating more frequently.

To go all the way with the transformation I’ve changed the title of the blog and appearance to give it a new feel. The title, “I wish I was Dan Patrick”, is really the best way to sum up my life in six words or less so it’s a good fit.

So let’s dive right into my new and improved sports blog (yayy!).

The Super Bowl is less than a week away now and I can’t remember a matchup that I was ever more excited for. I remember wondering a few months ago how perfect a Saints-Colts Super Bowl would be and we got it. But I don’t want to get into breaking down anything in the game and I’m going to hold off on giving my pick until Friday or Saturday.

One of my most popular posts on this blog had been about UCF Basketball. Well, they couldn’t be doing any worse than they are right now. It’s just ugly and I’m beginning to think that this team is just plain terrible. If not for having Keith Clanton and the possible Michael Jordan (for some reason I’m deciding to provide links to every former NBA player I mention) sighting at every home game, I would have zero interest in this team.

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