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Lakers -vs- Nuggets game 2

1 May, 2012

After he heard MyBetterHalf and I say, “boo Lakers”, MrGrunty was cheering for the Lakers. Yelling, “Don’t steal it Nuggets!” and “Pass it to your friend,” when LA had the ball. Maybe he’s being contrary, maybe it’s because he knows some of the players, because I pick up the childrens, and lifting them over my head, “Kobe is this tall… Paul Gasol is this tall”.

MsSqueaky was also cheering for LA for a minute.

MrCuddles added, “I love basketball” when  I asked if we could watch it.

Of course LA won.

NBA 2011

16 December, 2011

OK…so, this post has been a long time coming, because for some unknown reason it is important to me, I feel strongly about it, and I want it to be perfect. Well…that ain’t gonna happen, so I best just put pixels to screen and years later, I can read about how insane I was being emotionally invested in a sport that I can not play.

First, the NBA needs villains. Summer of 2010, Lebron James did a good job at becoming a villain in his inept handling of leaving Cleveland. Now, I do admire that he said, “I want to win” and he took a pay cut. Unlike, say A-Rod. I really don’t have a problem with these freaks of nature getting multi-millions to play a game, because there are billions made off of their entertaining us, and it’s only right that they get a portion of the riches. But back to villains, I was a bit disappointed in the whole Miami Heat team during game six of the 2011 NBA finals. Last five minutes, all the sudden Dallas is pulling down offensive rebounds, which is something Dallas could hardly do the entire series. It seems that the Heat, collectively, gave up. Villains don’t give up. That’s not the way the narrative is supposed to work.

Second, during the lock out, I was totally in favor of the players. I’ll break it down bullet point, since, well…I’m lazy.

  • People buy tickets to see the players.
  • Owners do what? Most don’t even own the building their team plays in. Often, when they are losing money, they will blame the facilities, and ask the city to build them a new arena.
  • 57% BRI… if income is less than the salary, then the players got less income. Players could only get 57% of income, no matter what their salary was.
  • The players, the product… are not easily replaced. These guys are one-in-ten-million talents.
  • As Malcom Gladwell so eloquently said, “Pro sports teams are a lot like works of art.”  It’s not about making money, it’s about owning something really cool, and really rare.
  • The whole Seattle Sonics fiasco, where Mr-Starbucks-Coffee, who taught the world to buy a $4 cup of mediocre coffee, says, “I’m losing money” five years after he promised Seattle “we’ll be champions in five years”. And what does he do, sells the Sonics, and pockets tens of millions of profits, even after yearly losses. No wonder he’s a billionaire.
  • The OKC Thunder…you know, the team that used to be in Seattle…they’re doing great, they have smart management, they’re in a small market and they can compete, they have a low payroll. What we could have had!!
  • During the lockout, what were the players doing? They were connecting with fans, playing charity games, getting the NBA-entertainment product out and building the NBA brand, all while not being paid by the NBA. I’m really impressed with how few idiotic statements the players made during the lockout.
  • Owners claimed, “we losing money”. Players Union said, “show us the books.” Owners never showed the books.

Of all the lockout issues, the only one I cared about was the BRI. I honestly believe the players should have 57% of basketball related revenue. I don’t care about length of contract. I don’t care about salary caps. I don’t care about luxury tax.

Well, it does feel a bit cathartic to get this off my chest.

I guess I should now get around to watching those dozen games from 2011 playoffs that are on the DVR…  Srsly, I still don’t know how Dallas got past LA.

Chicago Bulls -v- Atlanta game 5

17 July, 2011

It was an alright game. Considering there might not be a 2011-12 NBA season, I’m glad I have a few more games recorded to hold me over. And no, I do not play on watching college basketball.

Dallas -vs- Miami game 5

9 June, 2011

OK, I knew the final score before I started watching. But I was still kinda surprised.

When I got home, it was third quarter, and my family was watching the game. MrGrunty likes Dirk, and kept asking, “where’s Dirk?” or yelling “Yay, Dirk!”  It’s because Dirk is #41, just like the bus we take downtown.

First quarter – Dallas looked good. But then, at the end, once again Chalmers from mid-court hits one at the buzzer. (Wade got injured, maybe that had the necessary impact on the game,…just slowed Wade down enough.)

2nd Quarter I got what I was expecting, at six minutes left

  • Miami up by four
  • Dallas turnover
  • Miami miss, but gets the rebound
  • Dallas fouls

But somehow, Dallas got the momentum, kept it, and went on to a decisive win. So much for my prediction of Miami winning in six games. But then again, I never would have predicted Dallas sweeping LA.

I am amused that folks in the media are all “what happened to LeBron?” after game 4. Judging his worth by one game. That game was an outlier, Lebron is one of the best in the world right now, and if we had a magic time machine, I think we could see LeBron and Jordon would be a lot closer in a game of one on one than people give credit. Jordon and his colleagues raised the standards of excellence. And, the talent pool available to the NBA is greater now, because the world as a whole has gotten a lot better. I wonder if they will question his worth after tonight’s tripple-double.

Miami -vs- Dallas game 3

5 June, 2011

Amazing things from first quarter, notice, all by Miami.

  • Wade, drives in the paint, dribbles behind his back, cuts between two seven footers, and gets the basket
  • LeBron, jumps up, as he’s elevating, he has to duck his head from get swiped by Kidd and Marion, and then finishes with a monster dunk
  • Chalmers, hits the 3 point from half court at the buzzer

Dallas clawed their way back to tie the game with 7 minutes left. Kidd displayed some great rebounding. Dirk had some nice shots, but I wasn’t surprised that the Heat won. LeBron & Wade are making crisp passes out of a double-team, and the recipient is smart enough to pass to a wide open shooter. Still, Dallas mistakes lead to dunks by LeBron and Wade.

Once Miami learns how to put the strangle on, and keep a double digit lead, they will be unbeatable.

Dallas -vs- Miami game 2

2 June, 2011

Dallas got lucky tonight. Yes, they had a big lead, but lost it. And somehow, Miami lost focus for the last two minutes and Dallas got the win.

All I remember was Dallas would make a mistake, and either Wade or LeBron would then get a slam dunk and get the fans all riled up.

I predict Miami will win in six games.

(I have to say, I am very happy not to be seeing actors at a Laker’s game this June.)

Dallas -vs- Miami, game 1

31 May, 2011

I don’t know why I am emotionally invested in the outcome of this series.

I feel that Miami will will.

bummer.

Dallas -v- OKC, game 5

25 May, 2011

This evening, we turned on the last few minutes, and I rallied the childrens to sing “here we go Dallas, here we go”. MrGrunty & MsSqueaky thought that was fun. They were asking who the players are, and when I pointed out Dirk, they thought that was an interesting game. When Nowitzki made a basket I said, “Yay, Dirk!” and MsSqueaky copied me, “Yay, Dirk”. MrGrunty said, “I wanna see Dirk do it again!”

Later, I pointed out that Dirk was wearing a four – one jersey. MrG exclaimed, “Papa, we ride the 41 bus to down-town!”

Mavs – vs – Thunder game 4

24 May, 2011

I like the playoff atmosphere, all the fans wearing home team colors. Though, I am amused that when the home team color matches the visitors jersey. I loved the crowd chanting “O.K.C”, someone said it was similar to Duke fans.

Wow, Thunder made first nine shots, they seemed to have control, up by 15 points with only 5:05 left in the game. Up by 10, with only 2:30 to go. And Mavs sent it into overtime and win. Exciting. Wow, that Dirk guy is pretty good.

Bulls -vs- Heat, game 3

23 May, 2011

So, how good is Chris Bosh? He was good enough to be the main man on a bad team, but what does that mean? Do you even get guarded decently when your team is losing constantly? If you’re good, can’t you make your teammates better?

Last night, I saw a few amazing plays by Wade & Lebron, but I saw Bosh make lots of points. Nothing spectacular, just a lot of shots, that were contested, he was never wide open. Was it because the Bulls were focused on guarding LeBron & Wade, and that left Bosh free to make a lot of points?  Well, good for him, I think this is the first time this season he actually feels good about his game.

Alright Bulls, play team defense in game 4. And maybe not have 24 second violations, seriously, that’s an amateur mistake.