Posted on: December 11, 2011 12:37 am
For those of you who may not know who Otis Smith is.....he is the GM of the Orlando Magic. He runs the team of who comes in and out of the team. In any case, of all the moves he could have made.....Big Baby for Brandon Bass? Are you kidding me? You had how long to figure out how to keep Howard around with various moves and this is the best you can do? Take in a player who is nothing more than a bench player who is now overpaid. Bass was a nice trade asset to use to get some good players around Dwight Howard. Instead you trade a young stud away for an overpaid bench player? Why not trade Dwight Howard for Scalabrine while you are at it? Why not trade Nelson and whoever for a point guard like Steve Nash who wants to compete for a championship? He is great offenisvely and solid pick and roll player. Why not? I mean....I can think of a lot better scenarios than crappy deals that will hurt the Magic in the long run.
Posted on: April 14, 2011 10:55 pm
I was wondering what other posters would say which is the reason why I ask the question. To me honestly, LA is going to win title #6 even though I don't want them to. In any case, what team/teams do you believe can beat the Lakers in a 7 game series? I'm talking just West teams by the way. Not EAST teams! To me....I believe only 3 that has the potential to beat the Lakers. The three I give the best chance in the West is the Thunder. Thunder, I have been outspoken about how high I've been on the team. I believe OKC will be playing LA in the Western Conference Finals. Of course the Spurs with all their experience, home court, ect. This may surprise and it may not, but I believe the Blazers could take it to LA. The team is so under-rated. That trade they made for Wallace was a good one. It was overshadowed by the Melo deal. I liked the trade at the deadline Blazers made. If Roy is healthy, I believe the Blazers could beat the Lakers. Well of course, them are the three I give the best chance to beat LA in a 7 game series -Eastern conference teams. What do you think?
Posted on: February 28, 2011 7:29 pm
Since it is halfway into the season and basically six weeks left til the playoffs. I figured everybody should make a bold prediction. My bold prediction is probably the boldest one of them all!!
The NBA Finals will not feature any of the following teams "Spurs, Boston, Miami, nor the LA Lakers"
Posted on: February 17, 2011 4:12 pm
Made this simply because a lot of folks have different opinions on this. Not expecting everyone to agree with me. Just for fun here.
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Posted on: November 8, 2010 11:55 am
Shoulda did this sooner, but really didn't have the time. In any case here is my 2010-11 Western Conference playoff seed predictions!!
1.LA Lakers-Best bench and arguably the best starting five in the league. They are more motivated than ever to make history. 12 NBA titles for Phil Jackson along with a 4th three peat of his coaching career. Kobe going for his sixth ring to tie in some fans opinions the best player to ever play the game Michael Jordan. LA Lakers to tie with most NBA championships won by a team with Boston at 17. So much history not to bank the number 1 seed. They are playing too well right now without Kobe being 100%. Which more than not now days he is injured. Bynum 100% won't matter!
2.OKC Thunder-To me the biggest threat to the reigning NBA champs to get back to the Finals. With Durant being consistant along with being so young I figure this team will be a force in the West and in the NBA years to come after Kobe hangs up his sneakers. The team plays some great defense and they are so unselfish. Maybe because they are young team, but I see great things with this team. I predict they face LA no matter if they are number 2 sometime in the playoffs.
3.New Orleans Hornets-I wouldn't have predicted them to be this high in my predictions til I saw them play....I did predict playoffs o on some post before the season began. If Paul is healthy I don't see why not. Okafor has got to stay consistant and play at the high level he has thus far in the season. Very impressed by his play thus far. Paul is my pick for MVP. Will he be in NO next year? It probably depends on their success in the playoffs.
4.Phoenix Suns-Very good ball team despite the departure of Amare. With Steve Nash playing at the high level as he is year after year I think they have a good chance of giving the Lakers a run like they did last year. Don't think they will knock them out of the playoffs, but will certainly make it a series.
5.SA Spurs-the team may be old, but they have the experience in the playoffs and winning championships. Jefferson acquistion didn't work out as well as one thought. In any case they are still a great basketball team that will have some success in the playoffs. Staying healthy will be key for this team. It could hurt their seed, but they are no push over by any means.
6.Dallas Mavericks-I think they are a bit over-rated. They were the top pick to upset the Lakers last season and of course it didn't happen. Don't think they will make a run in the playoffs. I rather believe they will end up with a disappointing season.
7.Portland Trailblazers-Very good ball team with Roy leading the way. Camby stays healthy I don't see why they can't make the playoffs. Like this young fast paced team.
8.Golden State Warriors-The surprise team to make the playoffs!! Curry and Ellis is a good combo. I figure Melo will be traded and an injury to a Jazz player will end their playoff chances. That is why Warriors will make the playoffs.
That is my 2010-11 Western Conference playoff seed predictions!! What are your predictions?
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Posted on: November 6, 2010 1:04 pm
The LA Lakers!! Being unbiased here........they are without question the best team in the NBA right now. Won 2 consecutive championships and going for a 3peat this year. How can you argue with that?
Until they are dethroned in June they are the best team in the NBA. I liked the additions and subtractions they made during the off-season as well. Steve Blake for Jordan Farmar.....they definately won on that deal. Matt Barnes for Adam Morrison......without question a plus. Love the addition of former Mountaineer in Ebanks. He is a great player. Did great things for WVU. Wish him well going forward.
Their bench is impressive!!
I predict a 3peat by beating the Miami Heat.
Posted on: November 2, 2010 4:03 pm
1.LA Lakers-starting 5 is arguably the best in the league today. Reigning NBA champs going for a 3peat. Bench is very strong this year.
2.Boston Celtics-starting 5 looks very strong......arguably the best starting 5 as well. Bench is still at question at this point. At least at the shooting guard/sf position. Like the additions of Shaq and Jermaine during the off-season. Perkins will be returning in February I believe.
3.OKC Thunder-Very good young and talented team. One of the favs to knock off LA. To me they are the best team in the West with the exception of the Lakers of course. Durant is one of the top candidates to win the MVP.
4.Miami Heat-2 superstars and the rest of role players. Medias fav to win the NBA championship.
5.Orlando Magic-Despite the loss to Miami I believe they can get back to form. Hopefully make a trade before the deadline. Hoping for Melo. Need a consistant scorer. Wouldn't be sad with CP3 either. Dwight Howard is improving his offensive game. Dominant on the defensive end looking for his 3rd straight defensive player of the year award.
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Posted on: November 2, 2010 2:59 pm
NBA champions: Magic
NBA Finals: Lakers vs Magic
MVP: Dwight Howard, Magic
Coah Of the Year: Stan Van Gundy, Magic
Defensive player of the year: Dwight Howard, Magic
R.O.Y: Evan Turner, 76ers
Sixth Man: Michael Pietrus, Magic
Most Improved: Vince Carter, Magic
Most Overrated team: Heat
Most Underrated: Bucks
Most Disappointing Team: Mavs
Pacific Divison champion: Lakers
Northwest Division champion: Thunder
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