2008 NBA Draft

June 26, 2008

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.

Devin Harris

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.

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NBA Finals Game 5

June 15, 2008

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.

Big Three

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?

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NBA Conference Finals Predictions – Kellan

May 20, 2008

Last night the Hornets lost to the Spurs finalizing the final match-ups in the Conference Finals.  The Hornets did an amazing thing this year, they made people realize how good they were and got their attendance to a point where it no longer seems like they’ll have to move from New Orleans.  Chris Paul had a breakout year to become the best point guard in the league.  The Hornets got much needed experience (which really looked to be what San Antonio used to finish the Hornets at home.)  Look out for them next year.

I’m taking San Antonio in 6 over the Lakers.  A lot of people have the Lakers as a favorite, and a Lakers Celtics Finals would be crazy, but I still think the Lakers are a year away.  The Spurs have had a much tougher road to the Conference Finals.  When they played the Suns it only went 5 games, but it was 5 hard fought games.  Plus they didn’t get a rest because the Hornets took down the Mavs in 5 games as well.  Then it took 7 games to put away the Hornets.  I have a feeling that the Lakers will come out big in Game 1, but wil then start having problems in Game 2.  Kobe has been good, but it seems like he’s shifting back into a me-first offensive style.  I guess we’ll just have to wait and see how the games actually play out.

Boston against Detroit should be good times.  The “best team of the regular season” has been anything but in the playoffs.  If not for Paul Pierce having the biggest game of his career (he may have had a better game before, but this was a game 7 shootout with Lebron James) the Celtics could have been sent home.  If a Cleveland player (other than Lebron and Delonte) was able to hit a couple of shots it could have made the difference.  Then it also took the Celtics seven games to beat the Hawks?  I am going to pick Detroit in 6 for this series.  Detroit knows how to keep their composure, and they look like a better team than they were last year.  I don’t see Boston being able to maintain unless Ray Allen is able to make his presence known.  Boston won’t be able to maintain for long if they don’t turn things around.  The Atlanta Hawks and the Cleveland Cavaliers are both teams that should have taken Boston no more than 5 games a piece to beat.  They are currently underachieving by 4 losses at this point (by my reckoning).  I think it may be too late for Boston to turn things around.  Detroit is going to be fresh when they tip off tonight and I think that they have a real chance to steal home-court advantage in one of the first two games.

Again time will tell, but I’m feeling that we may be seeing a Detroit vs. San Antonio Finals again.  David Stern will not be happy, and neither will I.  But then again the Hornets were the last team in contention that I was able to root for.  Now it’s time to root for good games and see which team is truly the best this year.


Episode 23

May 6, 2008

Watch out, we’re on location.  Do’in the podcast from a laptop, watch’in Boston and Cleveland.  At least the podcast was better than the game.

Episode 23


Cleveland vs. Houston – Kellan

February 7, 2008

While waiting for Lost to come on this evening I decided to watch the Cleveland Cavaliers take on the Houston Rockets. I realized that I don’t really like either team. So much so that I root for both of them to make the other one look bad. Partly it is because I feel that Lebron James should somehow be able to be a part of these deals that continue to stack up the West. I mean Houston is 1/2 a game ahead of the Cavaliers in wins. But Cleveland is 4th in the East while Portland and Houston are tied for 9th place in the West.

That is a stacked West that appears to be getting worse. Yes, Miami got Shawn Marion, but Marion will have his first year in while where his team is nowhere near playoff contention. On the other hand Shaq will continue his streak of playing in the playoffs. Is there even one year since his rookie year that his team wasn’t in the playoffs?

Sorry, I got off on a tangent. But why I don’t like Cleveland is because Lebron deserves to be on a multi-superstar team that has a true chance at the Finals. I went to see if there was any possibility (only in fantasy land) that a Lebron James to the Suns trade could happen. Unfortunately they keep that thing updated so I can’t reproduce a Marion for James scenario. Too bad.

Then there is the Rockets. I think it is just Tracy McGrady that I dislike. Although since he bowed out of the All-Star voting I gained a bit more respect. Although the current root of the problem is most likely the fact that they are tied with Portland in the standings Read the rest of this entry »