YEP, we’re back. Not since the 3rd of June have we actually posted a podcast and you know what, it feels good to be back. So we kicked off the dust and got back to it. We talked about the Olympics closing up and Team USA basketball. We only just touched on football, but I can promise, this will be a fun football season. Well, thanks for tuning back in, and we’ll get back to a regular schedule at some point.
Kellan – It is currently an hour and a half until the draft officially starts, but I thought that I’d get some thoughts out there before this happens. I’m going to try and be fair in my coverage of the draft, but will probably end up talking mostly about the Blazers and the Warriors, so fair warning. And I guess I’ll start with what these two teams need to do. For the Blazers I think that they trade every pick they have as well Jarrett Jack to the Nets for Devin Harris. The Nets will have put themselves into a position to use those picks or leverage them. It would help them clear cap space for the Lebron shoot-out that people have been anticipating for so many years. And with Jason Kidd gone and now Richard Jefferson being swapped for “ChairMan” Yi and Bobby Simmons it looks like the Nets are in rebuilding mode which means that they can stockpile young talent and let them develop. And then the Blazers get Devin Harris and go on to be a dominant team for nearly a decade. C’mon Nets, make the trade.
Kellan – Well bayareasportsguru I’m pretty excited to see what the Warriors do as well. I think that you’re right that the best move they can make would probably to trade and get another piece that can start contributing immediately. I don’t think that any of the players projected to go at 14 will be able to make meaningful contributions early on. With the Warriors having won 48 games last year all that they need is a little extra something to get them into the playoffs. I would like a trade with Detroit, but before being totally sold on it I’d have to see who the Warriors would be losing.
Kellan – So the beginning of the draft is only minutes away. Will Chicago shock the world and take Beasley over Rose? Or will they do what everyone things and go with the hometown hero? Can Pat Riley pass on Beasley and go with OJ Mayo? We will soon find this all out. I do like that the NBA draft happens all at once, instead of having it take an entire weekend like the NFL.
Kellan – So Rose goes with the first pick in the Draft. Now what is Chicago going to do with all of those guards? Hmm, maybe they’ll sent one to Portland for Martell Webster or Travis Outlaw?
Kellan – And the second goes to Michael Beasley. Pat Riley just proved that he does do a better job when he has just one. On the ESPN live chat everyone thinks that the Timberwolves go with OJ Mayo for this pick, but I’ve heard that Kevin McHale is a huge Kevin Love fan. I think it’d be great to see Kevin Love as the number 3 pick.
Getting ready for tip-off. My thoughts are that LA will win this game and then lose game 6 against Boston. I know you aren’t supposed to think a series is over until it’s actually over, but I just have a feeling that the Lakers are on the ropes. If Boston can play well they can just finish things off and Boston can begin celebrating. I know I originally though the Lakers would win, but in my defense I didn’t see them collapsing in games so easily. Although I can also see Kobe going for 50 in this game and doing whatever it takes to not let the series end on his home court. I already won the bet with Jeff that Paul Pierce would outscore Kobe in one game, and I don’t see it happening again (no matter how the rest of the series goes).
If I see Sam Cassell appear before Eddie House again I might just flip out. I can’t believe a Doc Rivers coached team will probably win the title. That guy lucked into job security. If Garnett had not been traded to the Celtics that guy would’ve been gone by the All-Star break. They’re singing the National Anthem, so I’ll be back after some game action.
Kobe Bryant takes a three, he makes it. I am not impressed. He’s not that good at three pointers. Although since he’s already taken one and made it maybe it will help his teammates’ confidence.
I thought it was funny when Paul Pierce fell down on their opening play and got a travel. He looked at his teammate like he’d somehow wronged Pierce’s mother. Hilarious.
Derek Fisher gets a three. Maybe I was right about Kobe helping the other shooters confidence.
How has nobody dunked yet? And why does Garnett keep shooting from so from so far away? I know he has a good jumper, but I could have sworn he was a post player. Rondo gave up an easy lay-up and passed it to Paul Pierce for a missed three. Good move buddy.
Gasol is playing very well. That’s a nice difference from the last couple of games.
Kobe with another three. The Lakers with a large lead in the first quarter. Didn’t this happen on Thursday? Can the Lakers stave off their inevitable collapse until it’s too late for the Celtics to come back? Or did Boston just decide that they want to win in Boston so they’d let the Lakers win this game? I think Boston is too competitive for that, but maybe Doc Rivers is up to something. I just don’t trust that guy.
Can Lamar Odom, Pau Gasol, and Kobe Bryant all have good games on the same night? I don’t know but Kobe just hit another three. This is ridiculous. On the other end Eddie House did get into the game before Cassell and immediately hit a three. Way to go Doc, only took until game five of the Finals to figure out that you should play House before Cassell.
Kobe now has four threes. I apologize to him for the many mean things I’ve said about his three point shooting. He’s on par for like a 70 point game at this point. Wouldn’t that steal a lot of the fire of the last game being an instant classic?
The Lakers are playing out of their minds. But still after game 4 can any Lakers fan be feeling that great about the game? Although it can’t happen two games in a row can it?
Does anybody cause all sound to be bleeped out more often than Kevin Garnett? I know he’s intense, but he does realize that children are watching right?
So there was a mix-up and the laptop was forgotten for game 4. So I thought that I’d just give my thougths on the game. The Lakers played an amazing first half. Boston played an even better second half. The Lakers came out of the half and just looked like they weren’t trying anymore. Could somebody please talk to Kobe and tell him to quit taking three point shots because it’s definitely not his strong point (get to the rim, that’s what you do best).
I do like that they’re going to show the game today on ESPN Classic, because it was that good a game. The bar that we went to definitely had more Boston fans than LA fans. It made the first half more fun for me (it’s funny how every call is a bad call when it’s against your team.) The ref’s did an excellent job of being close to a non-factor. And in light of the Donaghy allegations it was just what they needed to do. Were they perfect? No, but neither team can whine about the officiating because it was purely about who was playing better.
Lamar Odom came out of the gate and played crazy. And how about that Trevor Ariza? He’ll find a good spot on a team as a role player, I just doubt it’s going to be the Lakers. I’m pretty certain that Gasol needs to hit the weight room because he’s been thrown around all series by the Celtics big men.
At least Kobe played terribly and people can stop thinking he’s Michael Jordan. We all knew he wasn’t. On a better note Paul Pierce outscored Kobe so Jeff lost our bet. That’s one more dollar to me.
I’m not even sure how it happened in the second half (well, outside of the Lakers just taking a bunch of terrible shots) that the Celtics got back in the game. Some people are crediting Doc Rivers, but I refuse to do that. He finally did what he was supposed to do. Nothing special, just what his job description is. I wonder if Phil jackson is going to retire from the embarrassment of losing to a Doc Rivers team? At least Sam Cassell didn’t play too much. He still took some terrible shots, but what you gonna do? If you’re Doc Rivers apparently keep him in longer than you should. I’m excited for Game 5 to see how long it takes Doc to realize that Eddie House should be in instead of Cassell.
Oh well, I’ll be back for Game 5.
Jeff – Ok, so this roundtable formatt seemed to work last time so we’re back today doing it again. The third game in the 2008 NBA Finals just started and the Lakers are behind in the series by two games. We were just talking about this being the first game in LA and just how much the seats cost. For floor seat to the game you are looking at 21.000 dollars, if you want second row it’s costing you 16.000. As a big sports fan myself, I can not see an game worth that kind of cash. Superbowl tickets are cheaper. I’m just a little floored.
As for the game, we’re currently looking at 9-7 Lakers with 5:31 left. Both teams are shooting terribly right now and I’m afraid this maybe a long game.
Kellan – Kobe looks real good tonight, athough he’s only 3-6 from the line. Gotta hit your free throws in big games. I like the fact that Kobe’s guarding Rondo. Good move Coach Jackson. One more thing, Radmonovic is playing terribly. He needs to step it up.
Jeff – At this point in the game I’m really thinking my bet of Pierce not outscoring Kobe is going to be safe for one more game. Kobe is sitting at 17 points right now, and Pierce has yet to score. The game is now at 40-29 Lakers with 4 minutes left in the first half.
Still Jeff – Ok, it’s the half and Kobe is at 19 points for this game. He’s leading all players, yet is pissed he’s missed five field goals. I’m going to make Kellan type now, I’m going outside.
Kellan – Actually Kobe is upset about his five missed free throws. Garnett is shooting terribly. Why does he keep taking shots from beyond twenty feet? Isn’t he a post player? Vujacic is playing very well. He’s doing exactly what he needs to do to keep the Lakers successful. The Lakers are looking good to be able to keep ahead in this game. Although the second half is another beast. What if Pierce starts hitting shots? What if Garnett hits shots? It seems like Boston is being plagued by what was wrong with the Lakers in the first two games, poor shot selection.
We’re going to try something new today. Me and my buddies are going to take turns writing throughout the game and see what happens. There’ll be commentary as well as links to random sites and probably some videos.
Kellan – Alright, I’m excited to see how this game goes. I think Kobe will take better shots this game. If he does I’m pretty sure the other Lakers will do better as well. Boston needs to make sure that the Lakers score less than 100. And Paul Pierce is going to need to play well. Hopefully he doesn’t hurt himself in the process. But as I said in a previous post, go Lakers.
Jeff – Ok, first of all, I would like to point out that Kellan did bet me that Pierce would out score Kobe in at least one game this series. I realize that bet may have been bad, but I’m glad Kellan’s on my side. And I also want to give a quick little nod…
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Jeff – By the way the games is on now and we’re looking at 15-12 Lakers. I would like to point out that Nick is the only one cheering for Boston.
Kellan – Games all tied up. Paul Pierce is playing well, but his movement does seem limited. I was quite impressed with the dunk that Pau Gasol threw down mid-way through the first. Just a nice move. Garnett is just an excellent player. He drove in and threw in a lay-up with three guys in the way. This is turning into a pretty good game.
The Lakers are surprisingly likable. When did this happen? About the point that Andrew Bynum proved himself on the court and the entire team took a collective breath of relief as Kobe finally stopped whining about his situation. They became less likable after the Gasol trade, but that’s beside the point. Kobe was no longer just a villain. He was that character on a show that you hate because they just seemed filled with hate, but then the show spends some time developing the character and you find out that not only are they you’re favorite character on the show, but you think that their prior hate filled acts are now totally justified (See Ben on Lost, Rebecca on GREEK, or Marissa’s mom on The OC). So after Kobe settled down and the rest of the team settled down it finally looked like the Lakers were having fun.
(As an aside I was born in 1982 and I don’t think that I’ve EVER seen a Lakers game where the players looked like they were enjoying themselves until this year, it was normally misery or a sense of entitlement that I saw on the players faces throughout the year, it’s nice that they’ve finally decided to smile.
The Lakers are a fast-paced team. I’m normally in the “let’s just hope for a good game” category. After watching the Celtics and Cavaliers play seven games I wanted Mike D’Antoni to swap brains with Doc Rivers. But I’ll get to Doc Rivers more later. But those games were for the most part terrible. Nearing unwatchable, like what people used to say about the Spurs and Detroit, except I think it was worse. In fact I watched a WNBA game that week and didn’t think it was that bad because they were doing ALL of the same things that Cleveland and Boston were doing. The Lakers, on the other hand, like to score points. They were third in offense during the season, and obviously have kept it up pretty well in the post-season. There were multiple times during the night where I jumped up and shouted at an amazing play, but they were almost all because of some thing the Lakers were doing (Garnett did have some nice dunks, though).
I think my dislike of Doc Rivers is beginning to border on hate. I read an article today about how Doc Rivers outcoached Phil Jackson. I had to leave the building and calm down. Let it go, Cassell is done. Why do you keep playing him when any of his shots even going in feels like some sort of bonus. I used to love Cassell as a player, but it just seems like he’s on his last legs. I am constantly befuddled by who Doc Rivers substitutes in and out of the game. It’s like he’s played NB2K8 and just let’s the computer do whatever it wants. I’m going to move on from this one because I can’t think about it clearly enough to give any good evidence, but next game just watch and revel in the fact that the Celtics are in the finals despite Doc Rivers not because of him.
I’m not a big fan of Ray Allen. Don’t know why. I think it just seems that he was hyped way beyond his ability.
And one last reason that I can’t root for the Celtics. The smugness of the “Greatest Team Ever” and all of the Boston fans because of the Patriots. And winning the world series. And getting Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen in the same sports year. Hey Boston you want to share a bit of the sports glory with the rest of the country? Luckily Tyree caught a pass that gut-punched the Boston area so that the smugness of football season didn’t carry over too much into basketball.
So there it is. The reasons I’m rooting for the Lakers. Although, it could all change by game 2.