Tag:basketball
Posted on: February 20, 2009 11:03 pm
 

LeBron James is amazing

It's no surprise that there is rampant talk about LeBron James leaving Cleveland when his contract is up and he is able to test the free agent waters. While many Cleveland fans such as myself wonder how much is enough money, as he is certainly comfortable for the rest of his life, I guess he would like to be on the big stage like New York or Brooklyn, should the Nets finally end up moving from New Jersey. Jay-Z, glitz, even more fame, etc. How much is enough? We'll never know, but he must feel there is something a little more that he cannot get making his living in the rust belt.

It's a shame, too. LeBron is the best chance for the sleepy, bankrupt city of Cleveland,which once had the river catch fire, to get a championship in sports. The town would go wild. While basketball is not my favorite sport, there are many who are drawn to the arena each night knowing this could be it. The Cavaliers are not the favorite in the East, as the Boston Celtics are the champs and the best team until someone beats them. The Orlando Magic might even be a little more rounded of a team with the addition of Rafer Alston to an already talented bunch. Only time will tell.

Anyway, LeBron had 47 points after three quarters in Milwaukee and instead of all of the doom and gloom, Cleveland sports fans simply need to live in the present and enjoy what we're seeing. LeBron is perhaps the only superstar in Cleveland sports history. Sure, there has been Manny Ramirez, Kenny Lofton, Bernie Kosar, etc. in the past, but perhaps no one has been bigger than LeBron since maybe Jim Brown. That's saying something...

So enjoy him now. Because he might leave...he might not...but we'll see. For now, enjoy it and let's see if winning a championship this year changes his tune and makes him want to stay. That might be the only thing that prevents him from moving on.

Posted on: May 19, 2008 1:10 am
 

Game 7 - Boston Celtics vs. Cleveland Cavaliers

So a few hours have passed now and I have spackled all of the holes I made punching the drywall in my living room.

The game didn't start off so hot at first, especially when my girlfriend Tonya comes out wearing a green t-shirt, totally oblivious to the fact the Cavaliers were playing the Celtics. I made her march into the bedroom and change into something neutral.

The game got off to a terrible start, as the basket the Cavaliers were shooting at in the first quarter looked like it had a lid on it. Somewhere, Tim Donaghy was smiling. Because he is Irish and likes the Celtics...what were you thinking?

It was a tremendous battle between Paul Pierce and the C's and LeBron James and the Cavaliers. After watching this game, there should be a re-vote for NBA MVP. If you take Kevin Garnett off of the Celtics, they are still a decent team. You take Kobe off of the Lakers, especially after they acquired Pau Gasol, and they are still a solid club. Take Steve Nash off of the Suns and they still make the playoffs. If you took LeBron off of the Cavaliers, they're a lottery team. There is no more valuable player to his team, as the Cavs have a poor supporting cast.

Pierce could not miss. Several times I wished for him to stay down and hoped he would leave the game injured. He killed the Cavs. I also wished several crippling injuries on the officiating crew, including a stabbing in an alley and for the head ref to get caught in the crossfire of a gang shooting.

To be honest I am not the biggest basketball fan in the world. But I want to see my hometown of Cleveland do well. In something. Anything...

It is 44 years and counting since the last major championship in any sport. The Cavs made the NBA Finals last year which was nice...now, if they hope to get back again - and keep LeBron happy - they are going to have to get some sort of a second scoring option that is better than Delonte West and Daniel Gibson. Speaking of the latter, he was out with a separated shoulder and the club still came close.

The Cavaliers never could get over the hump - they threatened several times and one of the keys down the stretch was when Damon Jones missed a wide-open three and the Cavs couldn't hit key free throws. They never led once, although they did get within one in the last two minutes.

So close, but it wasn't meant to be. Congrats to the Celtics - and I truly do hope they beat the Pistons. I hate them. Give the people what they want...Celtics v. Lakers. It will make me feel like I am back in elementary school, too. Well, except for the part where I am drinking and watching the game at the sports bar and gambling on the games...
 
 
 
 
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