White Sox hosting the Tigers in what should have been a great season-ending series at the Cell.
Bears trying to go 2-1 with a tough game in Seattle.
Cubs Finishing up final road trip in San Francisco.
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I’ve never been a big Michael Jordan fan. Spending time in the city of Chicago as a New York Knicks fan since 1994 always tainted me. Watching Jordan and the Bulls beat my Knicks countless times during the 1990’s and enduring the Bulls denying Patrick Ewing and the Knicks from winning one NBA title was always so painful for me. I always felt alone in my criticisms of Jordan, especially here in Chicago. In short – Jordan is a cry baby. He always whined when he lost and he never fully appreciated the role his teammates played in bringing 6 championships to the city of Chicago, even going to extreme lengths to get into fights with teammates during practices. Off the court, Jordan was even worse – Jordan was a blatant womanizer who ran up big gambling debts and thought he could play major league baseball because he was such a GREAT athlete. Hah! As an NBA exec, it has gotten even worse for Jordan. We’ve already seen the best of Jordan (back in the 1990’s) and anything he tries to accomplish now will pale in comparison. While I probably do consider Jordan the “Greatest NBA Player of All-Time”, I truly hope he continues to fail in his future NBA endeavors.
Now my real reason for the post on Jordan – I finally found a great article by Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski. He sees Jordan through the same glasses that I do, and it makes me feel less alone in the world. Thank you Adrian – you are my hero. As Jordan put it over the weekend, “There will never be another Michael Jordan.” And I say “Thank God to that.” Cheers MJ…
Michael Jordan was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame on Friday night in Springfield, Massachusetts.
Oh yeah – 3 other guys were inducted on Friday night as well – John Stockton, David Robinson and Jerry Sloan.
NBA League sources have confirmed that the Boston Celtics are willing to consider trades involving either Ray Allen or Rajon Rondo, 2 of the key stars who helped bring an NBA championship back to Boston in 2008. Allen has an expiring $20 million contract at the end of the 2009-2010 NBA season, and the Celtics seem reluctant to give Rondo the lucrative, long-term deal that he seeks. While the 34-year Allen is in the twilight of his career, the 24-year old Rondo has emerged as a big-game player, averaging 11.9 points, 8.2 assists and 5.2 rebounds during the regualr season. Rondo also had 3 triple-doubles in the playoffs this past season.
While Celtics GM Danny Ainge and Pistons GM Joe Dumars never actually spoke about this proposed trade, NBA league sources have reported that low-level executives from the Celtics and Pistons discussed a trade that would have sent Allen and Rondo to the Celtics for Tayshaun Prince, Richard Hamilton and Rodney Stuckey. The trade makes little sense for the Pistons (unloading 3 of their 4 best players for 1 old guy and 1 young guy), and reports have it that the Pistons exec immediately rejected the deal.
It should be interesting to see if the Celtics make a move this off-season. Without Kevin Garnett much of the season, the Celtics weaknesses were exposed as the Chicago Bulls took them to the brink of elimination with a grueling 7-game series in the 1st round of the playoffs. It seems clear that Ainge is trying to make some productive moves now to better his ball club before it’s too late.
The Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Orland Magic 99-86 on Sunday night to capture the 2009 NBA Title. Kobe Bryant scored 30 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and dished out 5 assists and was named the NBA Finals MVP. Bryant also had 2 steals and 4 blocked shots in an all-around great night. The Lakers used a 30-18 edge in the 2nd quarter to pull away for good. The Lakers increased the 10-point halftime lead to 76-61 by the end of the 3rd quarter and the rest was history.
It was a full team effort from the Lakers in the win. Pau Gasol chipped in 14 points and 15 rebounds. Trevor Ariza added 15 points and 5 rebounds and had 2 big three pointers in the 2nd quarter to help extend the Lakers lead. Lamar Odom had another great game off the bench – 17 points and 10 rebounds. And Derrek Fisher had a consistent game – 13 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists. Most importantly, they never let Dwight Howard or the Magic get into a good rhythm at any point during the game.
Howard finished the night with 11 points and 10 rebounds – both low numbers for Howard during the series. Rashard Lewis led the Magic with 18 points and 10 rebounds, while Hedu Turkoglu chipped in 12 points but only 2 rebounds.
The Lakers win put Kobe Bryant and Phil Jackson into new levels in NBA history. For Kobe, it was his 4th title, but 1st on his own without another “true” superstar. Bryant won his 1st 3 titles with Shaquille O’Neal, and by winning this one “on his won”, he sets asides critics who claimed that he couldn’t win a championship where he had to be the leader on his team.
For Phil Jackson, it was his 10th NBA Championship as a head coach, passing Celtics legend Red Auerbach on the all-time list. Pat Riley is the next best coach with 5 championships. Jackson won 6 championships as head coach of the Chicago Bulls teams led by Michael Jordan. As the head coach of the Lakers, Jackson has taken Lakers teams to the NBA finals 6 times, and has now won 4 of them. Especially in this day and age, it is harder and harder to keep teams together and manage the egos that go hand-in-hand with the multi-million dollar super stars in the league. Jackson has found a way to manage that and earn the respect of his players throughout the long NBA grind. Kobe Bryant may have said it best: “He coaches unity and chemistry and togetherness.”
With a nice young nucleus – Kobe, Odom, Gasol, Ariza and Bynum – the Lakers could turn this into an annual thing again with Jackson at the helm. Guess we’ll have to see how it all shakes out next year, but for now, congratulations Phil and Kobe – you deserve it.
The West is all set; the East still has 2 Games 7’s this weekend before we know who the Cleveland Cavaliers and Orlando Magic will face in the next round.
Here’s how the west will play out:
Houston Rockets at Los Angeles Lakers – Monday, May 4th and Wednesday, May 6th at Staples Center. The Lakers won the season series 4-0.
Dallas Mavericks at Denver Nuggets – Sunday, May 3rd and Tuesday, May 5th at Pepsi Center. The Nuggets won the season series 4-0.
In the East, the Cavaliers and Magic have already advanced.
Game 7 of the Chicago Bulls – Boston Celtics series is Saturday night at the TD Banknorth Garden in Boston. If the Celtics win, they will host the Magic on Monday, May 4th. If the Bulls win, the Magic will host the Bulls on Monday, May 4th in Orlando.
Game 7 of the Atlanta Hawks – Miami Heat series is Sunday at the Phillips Arena in Atlanta. The Cleveland Cavaliers will host the winner of that series on Tuesday night at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland.
While I normally think Bill Simmons is pretty funny, you have to take your hometown cap off when you watch Rajon Rondo’s foul on Brad Miller at the end of the 1st OT session in Boston last night. Gimme a break. If you don’t make a play on the ball, it is a flagrant foul, plain and simple. No question about this one. Even thug Jalen Rose thought it was a flagrant foul as he stated on Mike and Mike in the Morning on ESPN Radio. I just hope the Bulls win Thursday night to send this back to Boston for a 7th and deciding game on Saturday night…
In case you missed what had to be the best game this weekend the Bulls beat the Celtics in Chicago.
The Boston Celtics showed why they are the defending NBA Champions – crushing the Chicago Bulls 107-86 at the United Center on Thursday night. The Celtics now have a 2-1 lead in the series.
The 2 teams next face off at 12 noon on Sunday at the United Center.
Meanwhile, the Jazz chipped into the Lakers 2-0 lead with a dramatic 88-86 win over the Lakers on Thursday night. Derron Williams hit a fadeaway jumper with 2.2 seconds left to give the Jazz the win.
The 2 teams next face off at 9 pm on Saturday night in Utah.