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L.A. Pride is a true sports enthusiast. A former youth, and division II assistant basketball coach, who studied the martial arts, he enjoys and follows all sports, even hockey. His quick wit and insight brings a fresh view to the world of sports. You may not always agree with him, but you will enjoy his highly opinionated thoughts.
Is it me…
Or did the Chicago Bulls not read the script? The Chicago Bulls, NBA, are peaking at just the right time with a stripped down roster. The Bulls defeated, the favorite, Brooklyn Nets in the seventh game of the first round of playoffs. This win set up a second round series against the defending, and highly favored champions, the Miami Heat, featuring league MVP LeBron James, Dwayne Wade, and Chris Bosh. The Bulls are playing without Derrick Rose, who has been out the entire year, a torn ACL, Luol Deng, a negative reaction to a spinal tap procedure, and Kirk Hinrich, a calf injury. The starting backcourt is Nate Robinson and Marco Belinelli, not exactly a duo that strikes fear in the opposing team. But guess what, the Bulls won game 1 in Miami, upsetting the Heat and taking away home court advantage. Nate Robinson, who was signed to be the third string point guard has put Chicago on his back and carried the team. He has played with a reckless abandon that defies his statue. At 5’ 9” Nate is playing over his head and has risen to the challenge.
There have been rumblings regarding Rose, and when he will return to the team. Rose, who injured his knee a year ago, has been cleared medically to play and has worked out with the team, but has not yet played in a game, much to the disdain of the Chicago fans. They look at other players playing with injuries, e.g., Joakim Noah who can barely walk on his injured foot, yet he is out there giving it his all. Rose appears to have a mental block when it comes to getting back on the court. How much longer can the Bulls survive without Rose, Hinrich, and Deng remains to be seen, but for now they are doing it. The ghost of Michael Jordan lives on in Chicago! We are predicting a major upset, Bulls in six. Not only did the Bulls stop Miami’s streak, they will kick them out of the playoffs.
The Knicks, the other eastern conference favorite, defeated the Boston Celtics to move into the second round, against the Indiana Pacers. Well the Knicks, quickly showed their true colors and lost game 1 of the second round. The Pacers are a younger quicker version of the Celtics and have the tools to give the Knicks a very difficult time. They are bigger than New York, they hustle, and they play solid tough defense. It doesn’t help that Carmelo Anthony and J.R. Smith have lost their shooting touches. It won’t be such a mellow round for the Knicks unless Carmelo gets it together soon. (The Knicks hosted the Pacers last night. The game ended after we went to press.) Pacers have too much muscle and height for the Knicks. Pacers in five.
Out west the OKC Thunder are playing the Memphis Grizzlies in the second round. The Grizzlies are hungry but are about to be hit by lightning and thunder. With or without Westbrook (knee injury) the Thunder, with Kevin Durant, should have enough for the Grizzlies.
The San Antonio Spurs are hosting the Golden State Warriors, who surprised the Denver Nuggets and took the gold in the first round. The Warriors are another team that hasn’t read the memo and are playing over their heads. Mark Jackson the first year coach of the Warriors is doing it with bells and whistles as he leads this overachieving team through the playoffs. Unfortunately he can’t un-ring the victory bell the Spurs have been ringing all season. Spurs are leading in the series.
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Is it me…
Or did P.J. Carlesimo never have a shot at the Nets coaching job? P.J took over early in the season and did a pretty good job as the head coach. But people are saying his first round exit in the playoffs sealed his fate. NO WAY! P.J. didn’t have a ring or the bling to get the job. Carlesimo is a meat and potatoes guy. The Nets are looking for a big named coach that brings a lot of glitter and shine with him. You figure it out.
Is it me…
Or is Jason Collins seeking a book deal so quickly tarnishing his image? Collins, an NBA player, who announced last week that he is gay, is seeking a book deal to tell his story. It appears that he is striking while the iron is hot and he still has his 15 minutes of fame.
Edited by D. Pride.