Aftermath Mondays: Boston vs. L.A. - This is What The NBA Wanted! Look at What Kimbo Slice Did to Dude's Ear!
Get ready for the Magic-Bird commercials to come out the woodwork. Oh yes, Boston vs. L.A. is just what David Stern and the NBA wanted. The L would have been cursing themselves if San Antonio and Detroit made it. Trust.
But let the throwback marketing begin. I could stomach it, as long as they don't bring back the short shorts. SMH at Andrew Bynum ... those were huggies (sperm stoppers if you will) you were rocking, my dude!
People are actually bringing up the fact that the Celtics swept the season series from the Lakers. Come on, dude! The Lakers didn't have Pau Gasol in both those games and are a much better squad right now. Bad thing to bring up, chief.
SOHH here we go ... The Big Three of Paul Pierce, KG & Ray Allen
Vs. Kobe and the best supporting cast in the L (Word to Pau, D. Fish, Sasha, Turiaf and L.O., L.O.!)
Who do you like in the series!?
Since we're going to be talking about the Finals practically the entire week, I had to bring up Kimbo Slice and what he did on Saturday. Fighting in the first MMA event on network TV, Kimbo wound up with a technical knockout over James Thompson, but it wasn't easy! AYO, Kimbo could have lost! But he's still undefeated. Peep how he turned dude's ear into a UFO and discuss:
Yes, Kimbo won ... but do you think it's only a matter of time before he gets BEAT!? Holla at me, maaaan!
Celtics-Lakers: How The Finals Break Down, Should Kimbo Give Thompson Rematch?
With the Finals just two days away, your boy Ballsy is taking liberty to break it down position by position. Let's get it!
THE STARTING LINEUPS ON PAPER
Derek Fisher vs. Rajon Rondo Rondo will definitely have a step on D. Fish, but Fisher has tons of experience on him and ya just can't teach that. Beside, Fisher (11.7 ppg) is strong enough to defend a younger and quicker player. Finals experience wins. Advantage: Lakers
Kobe Bryant vs. Ray Allen
Aight, SOHH Kobe has a mismatch over everybody in the L, and that includes ahhh youuuuu Ray Allen. Kobe is going to eat Ray Allen alive. Jesus Shuttleworth's best bet is to attack Kobe on the offensive end, but even then there's a problem - Kobe's a helluva defensive player. I think Ray Allen will start the series guarding Kobe, but expect Paul Pierce to takeover that duty. Kobe vs. Pierce - That's what everyone wants to see anyway right!? If it stays Allen on Bryant ... expect a lot of this.
Lamar Odom vs. Paul Pierce
On paper, this could be the most interesting matchup of the Finals. As I said, it could easily wind up Kobe Bryant vs. Paul Pierce, but for now we'll take it as it's going to be Odom guarding Pierce. If it sticks, it's a really interesting matchup. Paul Pierce is one of the best in the L finding his own shot. Dude can pull up from anywhere on the court.
Expect P2 to take L.O. (L.O. L.O. - DEY KNOW) off the dribble and pull up in his mouth at will. But do y'all think Odom's 6-10 frame and long ass arms will limit Pierce!? Possibly, but I say Pierce is too good. Advantage: Celtics
Vladimir Radmanovic vs. Kevin Garnett
Again, this is just on paper. Odom may guard KG, but for now we're going with Radmanovic and KG.
Advantage: Celtics (just sub Radmanovic in the pic).
Pau Gasol vs. Kendrick Perkins Between Kendrick Perkins, Big Baby and KG ... the Celtics should pound the Lakers on the boards all day, like the Jazz did, but that's about it. Unless KG himself guards Pau Gasol, the Lakers are going to have a field day with this matchup. Even if KG guards Pau, POW! is still getting his. Dude is crafty. Viva Espana.
The benches should offset each other, but they're different. The Lakers' bench has straight shooters, shooters, shooters in guys like Jordan Farmar, Sasha Vujacic and Bill Walton's kid. It also has a little muscle in Ronny Turiaf, who will have to go in on those boards.
The C's bench gives you a bit more versatility in vets like Sam Cassell and P.J. Brown, power from Big Baby, a capable shooter with Eddie House and James Posey, who will be counted on to do a little bit of everything, especially DEFEND.
Cassell is due, though. He WILL hit a big shot in this series. Watch.
Then he'll phone home! Advantage: EVEN!
COACHING Doc Rivers has done a good job coaching the C's. After all, we've never heard of ego problems with the Big Three, and Doc has to be given part of the credit for that. He's also pretty sound with his gameplan, but let's be real for a minute. FINALS EXPERIENCE! Phil Jackson got it!
I mean let's not forget, he copped six rings with this guy. Jordan's saying, "These bum-ass ni***s."
And already got three with him. Kobe's saying, "Drop 20 on him and 10 on him!?"
SOHH there's the breakdown, homies! I still say Lakers in 6!
HOW DO YOU SEE THE FINALS BREAKING DOWN? HOLLA AT ME, MAAAAN!
Finally, yesterday I posted this clip of Kimbo Slice damn-near detaching this dude James Thompson's ear.
Well, dude wants a rematch.
SHOULD KIMBO GRANT HIM ONE!?
Ayo, I don't think it would be a bad idea. Thompson did say the refs stopped it too early and Kimbo was gassed, almost completely out of breath. A rematch would give him further training in MMA. I say take it.
But if Thompson ain't careful, Kimbo may detach his mind from spirit, body from soul, they'll have to hold a mass, put his body in a hole ... UGH. Hov!
We Major Wednesdays: How the Lakers Will Win in 6!
We Major Wednesdays: Jordan Had The Shot, So Kobe Will Beat Celtics With Sky Hook Like Magic Did!
My homie John and I were talking about the ESPN Sunday Conversation that Screamin' A Smith (dude's barred from the library) had with Kobe Bryant and we both agreed that even though KB24 didn't want anything to do with the Jordan comparisons (Peep 2:45 of the clip below), we all know in our hearts of hearts that he wants to outdo M.J. and he should want to do that. Kobe sweats MJ ... I don't care what he says in this clip.
SOHH it got us thinking ... what can Kobe do - other than simply lead the Lakers to clinching another NBA championship - to immortalize himself in the game? Then boom, it hit us.
Jordan hit 'The Shot' twice - one on Craig Ehlo in '89 and the other against the Jazz in '98 (before he messed it up by coming back with the Wiz, but all good).
SOHH don't be surprised when Kobe stutter steps from the corner of the three-point line, dribbles across the court and drops the sky hook over three Celtics like Magic did in '87 HaHa.
In all seriousness, Kobe is a surefire Hall of Famer, but he needs a clip like that to add to his all-time archive, when it counts most ... the NBA Finals.
SOHH I ask if Kobe drops the baby sky hook to beat the Celtics and wins his fourth championship, a Finals MVP and Olympic Gold medal, will the Jordan comparisons continue? Furthermore, knowing Kobe's fondness of MJ, do you think he's out to do something out of the ordinary to surpass him!? Holla at me, maaaan!
I say if Kobe wants to surpass M.J. he needs at least 6 rings. Chuuuuch!
Just in case boss man is hovering around you at the j-o-b... here are Ak's lyrics.
Yep, the time for talkin is done
Tonight it's the NBA Finals, Game 1
The dream matchup Lakers vs Celtics
If you ain't hype for this your brain done melted
First the C's took out Detroit's menaces
Best thing, they got it done on they premises
Now they get to face they old nemesis
Like Lakers v Celtics on Sega Genesis
I know y'all youngins dont know that
But for all my old school cats thats a throwback
Magic and Kareem Abdul Jabbar
Bird, Chief and McHale were the rivalries stars
Now they gotta try to knock Kobe outta action
They should send a groupie to his room for a distraction
That'll slow him down from doin his thing
And instead of winnin one he'll hafta buy another ring!
And LAs gonna feel the disaster
When the diggy Doc takes out the Zen Master
But the Lakers are younger and faster
So Paul Pierce and the C's are gonna hafta
Use Celtics Pride, and bully them assholes
Especially Lamar Odom and Pau Gasshole
So right now I need all of my Massholes
To get ya voice ready to chant along with Akro
Beat LA! Yeah pop em in the grill
I even had the crowd chantin that out in Brazil
This is Akrobatik and if you don't know me
I think it's time to look me up homie I'm off this!
Flashback Fridays: Paul Pierce Pulls Willis Reed, Celtics Up 1-0, Will They Make It 2-0?
"When I came down I thought I felt a pop, I thought I tore it," Paul Pierce told the Associated Press. "I couldn't move."
"I thought the worst," Celtics coach Doc Rivers added. "When they carried him off, I just thought it was the knee."
It happened with 6:49 left in the third quarter, when Kendrick Perkins fell into Paul Pierce, making his knee give out. P2 had to be carried off the court and wheelchaired back to the locker room.
But I guess they do call P2 The Truth for a reason because he slowly walked back through the tunnel like Willis Reed did back in the day with the Knicks ... and did work (Peace to Uncle Jerry from Rob & Big).
Turned out that Pierce suffered a sprained knee, but still wound up scoring 11 of his 22 points after he returned in the second half. That's The Truth right there.
KG led the way with 24 points and 13 boards, Ray Allen had 19 and 'Like Sam I Ca' ssel had eight off the bench (told y'all).
SOHH the C's take Game 1 and I wonder if the Lakers are worried. Not concerned, but worried.
I ask because their offense just didn't show up last night, scoring only 37 in the second half and MVP Kobe had a rather quiet 24.
SOHH I ask ... were the Lakers' offensive struggles just a result of a bad night or did it have more to do with the Celtics' defense?
I will say that the Celtics are the more physically tough squad. Point blank. SOHH now it's up to the more finesse Lakers to try to either match that or just finesse 'em to death.
SOHH 1-0 for Pierce and the Celtics.
But can the C's make it 2-0 or will the Lakers tie Sunday!? Holla at me, maaaan!
Aftermath Mondays: Lakers Play Like Doo Doo and Run Out of Time! Would You Start Joba? Fire Willie Randolph?
Maan, have I been wrong about the Finals SOHH far! Simply put: The Celtics are busting the Lakers' ass!
Yea, Kobe nearly brought the Lakers back from 24 down in that fourth quarter, but almost ain't cutting it, G. KB24 wound up with 30, but the C's will take that from him in a win any time.
Right now the C's are killing the Lakers in every aspect of the game. What has been most apparent in Games 1 and 2 is how much more physical and deeper the C's are than the Lakers.
I swear to God that the Lakers could have walked right by Leon Powe before last night and wouldn't have known who the f**k he was. They know now and SOHH do we. The Lakers allowed this guy to look like Dwight Howard out there, dunking and strong arming them. He had 21 points! How does that happen!? The Lakers are too soft up front! Jesus!
Ayo, the Lakers have a world of problems.
They have NO answer for Paul Pierce, who had 28 last night. Yea, I think his knee is ok.
Even if L.A. plays good D on KG and Ray Allen, they're going to get theirs.
Between P.J. Brown, Like Sam I Ca-ssel, Posey and now Shyne Powe ... someone is popping off.
Y'all know I picked the Lakers in 6 before the Finals began. Ya think maybe it's going to wind up the exact opposite with the Celtics taking it in 6? We'll see.
But I must ask, do the Lakers need all three games at home to win this series!? It can be done ... D. Wade and Shaq did it against Dallas (Damn could Kobe use some Diesel. Maybe it's karma for using Diesel. Get it?)
Shifting gears completely ... I haven't talked much baseball at all this year, SOHH let me touch on two hot topics on the diamond. Pardon that they're both relative to New York, Boston George. You have your Celtics (and Red Sox).
Yesterday the Yankees brought Joba along further, having him throw 78 pitches through 4.1 innings. They say he'll throw about 90 next start. Now, some would argue that it's a no brainer moving him into the rotation because there's no point in having him as a reliever if the Yankees are trailing late.
But I gotta ask, Mariano ain't getting
younger and SOHH do you think the Yankees killed themselves by not setting Joba up to eventually close for the next 10 or SOHH years?
Finally, it's getting ugly with the Mets, son. Like the Lakers, they can't do anything right. They dropped their fourth straight to the Padres yesterday.
I like the dude, but think it's time to give Willie the boot!? Holla at me, maaaan!
Should Strahan Have Called It Quits? Y'all Buying Money Mayweather's Retirement? Griffey Jr. Hits 600th HR!
Game 3 of the NBA Finals tonight, but we're breaking away from hoops for a minute. We'll get back to hoops tomorrow, when Kobe and the Lakers have pulled within 2-1.
But today's post is about retirement and greatness. That's because after 15 seasons in the NFL, including seven Pro Bowl selections, Michael Strahan has called it quits.
Strahan officially informed Giants of his decision on Monday and will formally announce his retirement live from Giants Stadium today at 11:30a.m.
Strahan ends his career with 141.5 sacks, including his last one ever, on Tom Brady in the Super Bowl.
Favre gave him a gift with this one. Remember that!?
But considering Strahan finally copped the Super Bowl ring that has eluded him his entire career, I'd say he's a first-ballot Hall of Famer. Y'all agree?
But what's killing me, the Giants and their fans about Strahan's decision to retire is dude could have easily done damage if he would have played another season! Oh, don't believe me? Let me give y'all something to put into perspective. At 36-years-YOUNG, Strahan finished last season with nine sacks, ranking within the Top 20 of last season's sack leaders. Now, tell me dude couldn't have played another season!
Be clear - the G-Men's D is in good hands with Osi Umenyiora and Justin Tuck, but Strahan's presence makes them better. Maybe we're being selfish, though. I mean, Jerome Bettis went out on top after copping a ring with the Steelers and is successful behind the broadcasting booth and Strahan - Gap in the teeth and all - seems headed in that same direction. SOHH, I ain't mad, but I'm mad, ya know.
SOHH I ask y'all: Is Strahan's retirement premature!? How many solid seasons could he have played? How will the Giants do without him!?
And from one retirement to another ... let's rap about Floyd 'Money' Mayweather. Over the weekend, Money called it quits. Now, there's a crazy ass rumor circulating that dude may sign to the UFC for a nine-digit deal, but I don't know about that one Floyd. You might get your ass kicked or your leg broke.
But are y'all buying Mayweather's retirement!? Can he stay away from the sweet science?
Whether Floyd's retirement is final or not remains to be seen (give him six months to a year), but either way him and Strahan get the official Obama dap for a pair of Hall of Fame careers. Chuuuuch!
Aight, as I said yesterday, we haven't been talking about baseball much (but we will), but big up to Ken Griffey Jr., who hit his 600th home run last night. Dude always had the sweetest swing in the game and you never hear about the guy getting in trouble off the diamond. Much respect.
We Major Wednesdays: Kobe Brings LA to 2-1, Crooked Ref Says Kings-Lakers Series in '02 Was Fixed!
Yeaaa, Kobe we see you! Kobe drops 36 points on 12-for-20 shooting from the field, 11-of-18 from the line and just like that the Lakers are within 2-1.
But AYO, if I'm the Celtics I'm not overly concerned about last night!
For starters, Ray Allen had a great game, scoring 25 points. KG had a horrible shooting night from the floor and finished with a quiet 13- point, 12-rebound game. Paul Pierce was in foul trouble ALL night and had six points on 2-for-14 shooting.
SOHH you know KG and especially P2 are due HUGE games and will go in hard Game 4. Sure the Lakers did a good job limiting the C's bench last night (Leon Powe - 1 point, take that!), but they still haven't got Pau Gasol going! If it wasn't for Vujacic's 20 points, LA would be down 3-0 right now.
What's Pau Gasol doing!? Dude only had nine points and just hasn't got any swag this series. The Lakers ARE JUST NOT CONVINCING THE KID! I still think they'll tie it up, but the C's can easily head back to Boston up 3-2 and on the brink of another title.
SOHH I ask, What did y'all think of Game 3? If you're the Celtics are you concerned? Thoughts on Game 4!?
Moving on ... does this dude's picture ring a bell?
Give up!? This is crooked ass ex-ref Tim Donaghy, who admitted to fixing games.
Well the scumbag is back in the news. Ex-NBA ref Donaghy told the feds that two officials fixed the outcome of a playoff series in 2002. Donaghy doesn't name the teams, but talks about a seven-game series and the only series to go seven games in 2002 was the Kings-Lakers Western Conference Finals.
SOHH the game under question is Game 6! Do y'all remember that game, maaan!? I remember watching that game and saying the refs f**king murdered the Kings. I remember my cousin calling me and telling me the exact same thing!
If y'all remember the Kings headed into that Game 6 up 3-2 in the series. The refs then single-handedly decided the outcome of Game 6, whistling the Kings for 31 fouls and allowing the Lakers to outscore them 34-18 at the foul line. Kobe even bloodied Mike Bibby's nose with an elbow right in front of a ref, who called nothing. Hmmm. The Lakers then wrapped up the series in Game 7 and swept the Nets. BULLSH*T!
This video does a great job of highlighting the refs crooked ways!
The funniest thing about this is y'all were posting comments about the NBA being fixed just a week ago on this blog. Yea, Ballsy has some on-point readers!
But how is David Stern going to weasel his way out of this one!? Are you surprised the refs (Allegedly) Fixed This Game!? What other games do you think were fixed!?
David Stern Says Donaghy's Fixing Claims Not True - You Believe Him? Should Giants Pay Plaxico, Trade Shockey!?
Yesterday in clear damage repair mode, NBA Commissioner David Stern held a press conference to say that crooked ex-ref Tim Donaghy's claims that Game 6 of the 2002 Western Conference Finals between the Lakers and Kings was fixed, is just not true.
Here's what Stern told reporters of Donaghy:
"He turned on basically all of his colleagues in an attempt to demonstrate that he is not the only one who engaged in criminal activity. The U.S. attorney's office, the FBI have fully investigated it, and Mr. Donaghy is the only one who is guilty of a crime."
He also went on to describe Donaghy as a, "convicted felon, who really violated the most sacred trust in sports."
All this sure sounds good, but I got to keep it funky ... as much of a scumbucket, crooked, and coniving con that Donaghy is, I believe him! I think his attitude at this point is I was already caught, SOHH why not just f**k everyone over?
And that's what dude is doing. I mean, the Kings were whistled for 31 fouls in that Game 6. Kobe elbowed Mike Bibby right in the f**king nose, right in front of a ref - No call. Sh*t had to be fixed!
SOHH I ask ... Do you believe Donaghy or Stern!? Was Game 6 rigged!?
Moving on and switching gears to football for a minute ...
It seems like the Super Bowl Champion New York Giants have a dilemma. Do they spend all their money re-signing both Plaxico Burress and Jeremy Shockey or will they be forced to sign only one!?
Here's my feelings on it: Plaxico proved his worth last year. If f**king Larry Fitzgerald can cop a $40 million four-year deal, then Plax deserves big money too. That jump ball Eli throws to him is about as effective as any QB-WR weapon in the L. The G-Men can't afford to lose Plax! Re-sign him at any cost!
If the Giants can only afford one, I sign Plax over Shockey. I love Shockey's competitive fire, but let's be clear ... dude has durability issues.
That and Kevin Boss played tight end well for the G-Men and showed he can be an adequate starter.
SOHH I ask: If you're the Giants and can only sign one, do you re-sign Burress or Shockey!?
Flashback Fridays: Celtics Come All The Way Back on Lakers, No Shaq When Kobe Needs Him! Boston MC Akro Says Kobe Sucks!
The Lakers came close to coming back from 24 down in Game 2, but the Celtics actually did it in Game 4 last night.
And just like that the Celtics are up 3-1.
The Big 3 and the rest of the Celtics are just TOO physical for the Lakers, G.
I WAS WRONG! WASN'T THE FIRST TIME, WON'T BE THE LAST! SOMETIMES SPORTS ARE HARD TO CALL, BOY!
The Big 3 combined for 55 points and then Eddie House and James Posey combined for 29. As long as ish like that is happening, the Lakers ain't making it back to Boston. Wow. At this point, real talk, the Big 3 deserve their rings.
I love Kobe, but if dude never f**ked over Shaq like that, the Lakers may actually be tied.
Aight before I bounce, Boston MC Akro is back. Here's his thoughts on Kobe:
Kobe Sucks (and here's why)!
As much fun as this year's NBA Playoffs have been to watch, there is one thing about them that I am looking forward to most: getting Kobe Bryant off my TV screen. Granted, #24 is without question one of the greatest players of all time, but that speaks nothing about his character, on-court or off.
This is a guy who is basically given a pardon by all of his fans for being a selfish-ass clown who only thinks of himself because he's so nasty on the floor. But a closer look at Bryant's personality shows not only a cocky muthafucka (those are the most fun players to watch lose), but also a terrible leader. When things are going great, everyone on his team is his best friend, but let a lull in the Lakers play happen and he's pointing the finger at everyone in yellow, as if he has nothing to do with what's going on.
Kobe, that was YOU who was being frustrated by Paul Pierce all second half long in Game 4. That was YOU who threw that runner brick off the side of the backboard in the 4th quarter of a Finals game while your teammates all watched helplessly, hoping you would dish.
Fun Fact: the Lakers were up 17 at the half and Kobe hadn't made a basket. Fun Fact #2: Kobe tries to be God in the second half, and the squad goes belly-up. Well, all the fancy dribbling and missed fadeaways in the world probably won't help the MVP now. Although, I don't see how someone can be MVP when the team does worse when he starts ego trippin'.
Maybe the Lakers should give more clout to their best TEAM player, Lamar Odom. Shaq shoulda smacked the shit out of KB when Kobe was tryin' to deflect the attention he was getting from his rape case/infedelity by snitchin' on his boys. I wonder if he'll throw his whole team under the bus on Youtube again this summer. After all, they're failing him, right?
Aftermath Mondays: Kobe and Lakers Live Another Day, F You Curt Schilling!
Yea, Kobe has right to do the fist pump (word to Tiger Woods)!
Perhaps Lamar Odom told the Associated Press best, after the Lakers pulled out a 103-98 victory and rejected a celebration on their home court.
"We didn't want to see any champagne popping," Odom said. "It wasn't easy. I wouldn't expect it to be."
Nothing has come easy for the Lakers in this Finals, boy. Again the Lakers went up big early,building a 17-point lead over the Celtics in the first quarter, but the C's came right back.
Paul Pierce wound up with 38, but Kobe pick-pocketed him, ran down to the other end and delivered a decisive two-handed dunk with 37 seconds left to seal the Lakers win. Kobe finished with 25 and L.O. (FINALLY) added 20 in a big game of his own.
(F**K you Curt Schilling. I'm going off on a tangent, but dude's really a piece of sh*t for criticizing Kobe in his blog the other day. Stick to baseball, you bloody-sock-wearing mothaf**ka!)
Still, down 3-2 heading to Boston, is not an easy situation for the Lakers, but don't tell Kobe that. Dude sounds as confident as ever.
"In training camp if you told us, 'We'll give you two games that you have to win to win a world championship,' we would have taken it in a heartbeat," Bryant told the AP."This is a great opportunity for us."
Ok, SOHH do we have a Finals again!? What do the Lakers need to do to force Game 7!? Will Boston end it Tuesday night or will Kobe and the Lakers force a Game 7!? Holla at me, maaaan!
Mets Fire Willie Randolph Overnight - Right Move? Should NL Have DH? Will Boston Clinch Tonight?
Imagine being fired at 3:00 in the morning. That ish would be cooooolllddd-bloooooded. Well, Willie Randolph doesn't have to imagine. The Mets fired him at 3:15a.m. this morning , even though they beat the Angels, 9-6, last night.
Randolph had a 302-253 record in his tenure with the Mets. That's the second-highest winning percentage in franchise history. The first black manager in NY baseball history was set to make $2 million this season and $2.25 in '09. Bench coach Jerry Manuel will take over now.
SOHH WAS IT THE RIGHT MOVE TO FIRE WILLIE!?
On one hand, yes the Mets (34-35) have been severely underachieving, but look around. Teams are down on the whole.
MY THING IS...WILL THE FIRING OF WILLIE MAKE THE METS WIN!?
I'm not SOHH sure.
Moving on, the Yankees lost their ace Chien-Ming Wang till at least September, after he hurt his foot running around the bases Sunday in Houston.
Afterwards, Hank Steinbrenner (The Boss's Son) said the NL is retarded for still having no DH. I agree, man.
WHO THE F WANTS TO SEE A PITCHER BAT? IT'S THE GAYEST THING IN THE WORLD!
Finally ... take a good look at the Celtics' Big 3.
Will they be bathing in champagne tonight!? Make the call, homies. If they do clinch, I hope we get to see KG's wifey.
We Major Wednesdays: Celtics' Title Win in Pictures, Why Kobe Could Never Be Compared to Jordan Again!
Were we watching a Finals game last night!? I mean Game 6 proved that the Celtics deserved to win and the Lakers deserved to lose.
Congrats to KG, Paul Pierce, Ray Allen and the rest of the C's. Y'all did it.
Photos by Matt Stone of the Boston Herald:
Last night's game was over in the second quarter. Jesus Shuttleworth shot the Lakers down. Take that Zenmaster.
Paul Pierce and the Celtics popped champagne like they won a championship ring. Well, because they DID.
SOHH Kevin Garnett finally cops that championship after 10 years in Siberia aka Minnesota. You have to be happy for the Big Ticket, man.
You know they were going to be EAARRRRLY with KG's Wheaties' box too.
Congrats again to the Celtics.
As for Kobe and the Lakers, I think if they add a couple of physical players, they'll be straight again for next season. They'll also have Andrew Bynum back, SOHH they should be straight.
But I can't lie ... after last night's game, I hope I never hear a Kobe-Jordan comparison again in my life. I mean, just like y'all, I'm guilty of comparing the two and I think it's because I'm hoping someone can do close to the kind of ish Jordan was doing.
But Kobe should never and could never be compared to MJ again after last night, G.
(In my best Screamin' A. Smith impersonation): JORDAN WOULD HAVE NEVER LET HIS TEAM LOSE BY THIRRRRTY NIIINE POINTS IN A DECISIVE GAME 6 OF THE FINALS! IF ANYTHING JORDAN'S TEAM WOULD BE UP BY THAT MUCH! KOBE'S GREAT ... JUST NO JORDAN. NOT.EVEN.CLOSE. CASE.CLOSED.
Your thoughts on the Finals and the way the Celtics destroyed the Lakers last night!? Holla at me, maaaan!
With KG, Pierce and Allen Intact, Can Celtics Win Back to Back!?
Yea, they beat them bad. I'm still thinking about that Game 6. It was like some bad pick-up game between an NBA team and college kids. UGLY.
SOHH anyway, today is the Celtics big parade in the mean streets of Boston, the mean streets of Boston.
Afterwards, the Big 3 will get to go home to wifeys like these. Maan, as if the championship ain't enough.
As I (and y'all) seek out a wifey as badd, just think of this for a second - I don't see one reason that the Celtics can't repeat.
Yes, it's early. I mean, we don't know which teams are going to get stronger (Lakers with Bynum) and which are going to get worse (Knicks can't get any worse) in the offseason, but with the Big 3 intact alone ... the Celtics should be good.
Everyone knows the formula to win in the NBA - Pair a Superstar with another superstar or at least star and surround them with a good enough and capable supporting cast. As long as the C's return their key guys off the bench, they'll be straight.
That includes Leon Powe. I wonder how many times Leon is going to get ass saying this line:
"I'm Leon Powe. I scored 21 points off the bench in Game 2 of the 2008 NBA Finals! Let's go to my room."
And I ain't mad!
Again, it's early, but ....
WITH THE BIG 3 INTACT, IS THERE ANY REASON THE CELTICS CAN'T WIN BACK-TO-BACK!?
Flashback Fridays: Celtics Celebrate Title in Parade, Is Big 3 Better Than Bird, DJ and McHale?
Yes, I decided the wrap up the week the way I started it - talking about the Celtics(Jesus knows damn-near five days are enough).
The C's had their championship victory parade down the mean streets of Boston yesterday. Here's the best video I could find of it (you know, where some dude's hand isn't shaking like a leaf).
Even a through and through New York cat like me, has to tip my fitted at the job the Big 3 and the rest of the Celtics did.
KG, Pierce and Jesus Shuttleworth were SOHH good that it sparked this argument amongst the fellas and I.
Which Celtics' Big 3 was better - KG, Allen and Pierce!?
Or Bird, (the late great) D.J. and McHale!?
**NOTE: I realize that Parrish was part of the Big 3 and not DJ, but I included DJ to have a similar comparison by position, feel me? Like Paul Pierce could play the 2 or 3 and same with Bird.
Ray Allen and DJ are both guards. KG and McHale are both power forwards**
The way I see it is, KG would have murked McHale in his prime. I think Paul Pierce is good enough to score up and down the court with Bird, but Larry Legend's passing gives him the slight edge. I know the late great D.J. was more physical than Ray Allen, but athletically Ray might get the nod on him.
Yea, SOHH I think this Big 3 is actually better! What do y'all think!?
Next week, we'll move onto something new! Holla at me, maaaan!
Aftermath Monday: Don't Call Him Pacman Anymore, Legendary Athlete Robbed, WNBA Player Dunks, RIP George Carlin
What up, world!?
Since most of the week is going to be dominated by NBA Draft talk here in SOHH Sports and baseball isn't even 100 games deep yet, I thought today would be a perfect day to rap about all the chicanery going on in the sports world.
Pacman Jones. Ya know the suspended Dallas Cowboys corner, who has been linked to that Las Vegas strip club shooting a minute ago and allegedly all different kinds of buffoonery. Just the mention makes you want to shake your head, right?
How The Knicks Always F Up The Draft, They Could Have Had an All-Star Team By Now! What's Your Sam Bowie Story!?
Maan, it could be depressing being a Knicks' fan sometimes ... especially when the NBA Draft rolls around.
With top prospects such as Derrick Rose, Michael BEASTley, O.J. Mayo and Jerryd Bayless all expected to go within the top five, the Knicks are said to be looking at the Italian kid Danilo Gallinari and Texas' point guard D.J. Augustin. I actually feel good about the Draft with Donnie Walsh running the point instead of Isiah, but damn ... it's the Knicks we're talking about.
The Knicks stay finding ways to f**k up the Draft for arguably the last 20 years (unless you're telling me you really liked Frederic Weis from France)! That's two decades, son!
Here are some of their major f**k ups, starting with the most recent:
2006: Renaldo Balkman, No. 20 overall
Sure, I like Renaldo Balkman. Dude hustles, he's scrappy, but in retrospect the Knicks could have gotten a championship caliber point guard in RAJON RONDO! Ha ... let me stop.
2005: Channing Frye, No. 8 overall
Umm ... I don't know, just a guy named Andrew Bynum was available. Jason Maxiell too.
2003: Michael Sweetney, No. 9 overall
Bad preparation. Knicks could have had David West, ya know Hornets ALL-STAR!
2002: Another Retarded Trade
'02 still hurts my feelings, maan. That Draft, New York traded Marcus Camby, Mark Jackson and the rights to Nene Hilario to Denver for Antonio McDyess and rights to Frank Williams and a second-round pick in 2003.
ASSHOLES! This guy was still on the boards!
Tayshaun Prince too!
2000: Donnell Harvey, No. 22 overall
The Wizards selected DeShawn Stevenson with their next pick. At least would have been entertaining having him go back and forth with LeBron.
1999: Frederic Weis, No. 15 overall
And with the 16th pick in the 1999 NBA Draft, the Chicago Bulls select RON ARTEST! Legend has it that after drafting Weis, New York told him it's no longer interested after this:
I'm going to stop here. This ish is getting depressing, G!
If you're a fellow Knicks fan, ya feel my pain. If not, share your favorite team's Sam Bowie story with the kid! (Sam Bowie to Portland, with Jordan to the Chi next in '84 ... being the biggest Draft f**k up of all time!)
How did your squad f up the Draft!? Holla at me, maaaan!
Tomorrow night's the NBA Draft, where cats' lives change forever ... and cousins come out the woodwork with their hands out. Oh yea, it happens.
SOHH your boy Ballsy has taken liberty to make the official SOHH Sports Mock Draft. Here's how I see the Top 10 picks playing out.
And with the first pick in the 2008 NBA Draft, the Chicago Bulls select:
Derrick Rose out of Memphis. This one to me is a no-brainer. Not only do you make your team instantly better with the best player in the Draft, but dude's SOHH Chi that you thought he was bashful. Chicago can't f**k this up and won't.
And with the second pick in the 2008 NBA Draft, the Miami Heat select:
Michael Beasley out of Kansas State. Rumors keep increasing that the Heat now want O.J. Mayo, but all that gel in Pat Riley's head is just making him craftier. I think he's just saying that to throw teams off. But Mayo and D. Wade in that Miami backcourt would be pure nonsense.
And with the third pick in the 2008 NBA Draft, the Minnesota Timberwolves select:
O.J. Mayo out of USC. O.J. better get a hold of KG's math and ask him how it is living and playing in Minnesota aka Siberia.
And with the fourth pick in the 2008 NBA Draft, the Seattle Sonics select:
Russell Westbrook out of UCLA. Who would have ever thought that Kevin Love wouldn't be the first Bruin taken in the Draft? But Russ' stock has been soaring.
And with the fifth pick in the 2008 NBA Draft, the Memphis Grizzlies select:
Kevin Love out of UCLA. Russell Westbrook should just wait at the podium to get that photo opp everyone is waiting for, with him and his teammate Love.
And with the sixth pick in the 2008 NBA Draft, the New York Knicks select:
Either Texas' D.J. Augustin or Danilo Gallinari from Italy. But intelligence out of the SOHH Sports camp suggests that Donnie Walsh will be making a strong play for 'hold the' Mayo. If they can't move up to snatch Mayo, Augustin would be a nice fit. He's undersized (5-10), but is a pure point guard, who can run in D'Antoni's system.
7 Clippers - Will need to decide between Eric Gordon and Jerryd Bayless
8 Bucks - Joe Alexander, West Va.
9 Bobcats - Brook Lopez, Stanford
10 Nets - If Lopez is still around, Nets take him. If Gallinari falls and Lopez is off the board, Nets take him.
Shoot, I could be wrong on a bunch of these. Projecting the Top 10 of the Draft is a huge cluster f**k, kid!
WHAT'S YOUR TOP 10!? Holla at me, maaaan!
On a sidenote ... by now y'all should have seen this video of Shaq dissing Kobe on this freestyle.
"Kobe, tell me how my ass tastes." UGGHH ... PAUSE!
If not, peep:
Well, this freestyle didn't sit well with the Sherriff's office. They revoked the Diesel's badge. Ha! If Kobe wins next year, he should send a freestyle back!
Draft Madness Begins With Jermaine O'Neal Traded to Toronto For T.J. Ford! Is Toronto Now Among Best in East?
Yes, the Draft is upon us. The madness officially tipped off last night, when the Indiana Pacers agreed to send Jermaine O'Neal to Toronto for T.J. Ford, Rasho Nesterovic and the No. 17 pick in tonight's Draft.
SOHH in addition to unloading on J.O.'s contract (O'Neal is due $21 million this season and $23 million in 2009-10), the Pacers walk away with a capable point guard in Ford (pause) and two picks tonight - 11th and 17th.
Meanwhile, after allowing Dwight 'Superman' Howard to pound them stupidly for three 20-20 games, the Raptors solidify that frontline with Chris Bosh and Jermaine O'Neal. They could put Rasho at the 5 to rebound and TRY to play defense.
But if O'Neal stays healthy, will the Raptors be one of the best teams in the East? Can they make it past the first round!? Holla at me, maaan!
I'm blogging directly after the Draft tonight! Believe me, there's going to be a lot to talk about, G!
Flashback Fridays: Ballsy's Draft Report Card - Somes Teams Did Well, Some F'd Up!
Bulls Select Derrick Rose With No. 1 Pick - A
Thank God da Bulls didn't f**k this one up. It was a no brainer. D. Rose is SOHH Chi that you thought he was bashful. We knew he was the No. 1 pick and Chi-town confirmed it. Ditto for Miami and Michael Beasley. I told y'all Pat Riley was using O.J. Mayo's name to f**k with other teams.
Beside the obvious I also really liked what the Nets and Blazers did. Before the Draft even began, the Nets shipped away Richard Jefferson to Milwaukee for Yi Jianlin aka Huge Asian dude not named Yao and Bobby Simmons earlier today. Now you may be thinking why, but nah, it was smart.
They unloaded on RJ's contract to make room for going after LeBron in 2010. The Pacers did a good job unloading on Jermaine O'Neal's contract too. Then they added 7-footer Roy Hibbert via the Draft. J.O. is still good, but was due over $20 mil this next season alone and more in 2009-10. SMH. Ca$h flow! Remember it's not just King James that will be a free agent in two years. Chris Paul and Dwyane Wade too.
But back to Jerz, they also addressed size by drafting Brook Lopez. Not bad. Now all they need to do is move to Brooklyn already and change their name to the Bridge. Get it? Brooklyn Bridge.
I liked what the Blazers did too, drafting Brandon Rush and then trading him for sharpshooter Jerryd Bayless. And they had yo boy Bayless answering questions about being honored that Larry Bird picked him first for the Pacers. If it weren't for his clean image, Bayless woulda said 'F Bird' after the trade. But pair Bayless with Brandon Roy in the Just Blaaaazers' backcourt, and LaMarcus Aldridge, Outlaw and Greg Oden, who could be Rookie of the Year, in the front, and Portland got a nice lil squad out West. They're making the playoffs, watch.
Props to Seattle for recognizing Russell Westbrook's talent too and being Ballsy enough to cop his services at No. 4.
Moving on from the good to downright questionable - you guessed it, the Knicks. Who else but them to draft a European cat!? You would have thought they learned their lesson with Frederic Weis, who they told don't bother after this:
I can't even give the Knicks a letter grade. I mean, all we know about any European player is they're usually soft on D. SOHH I give the Knicks a ?. This dude Danilo Gallinari sounds like an Italian Borat though and Knicks fans already hate him.
He's 19, but has played against men in Italy. Let's see what he can do, but damn ... Eric Gordon, D.J. Augustin or Bayless all sounded better to me. What NY really needed was Mayo, SOHH they could lobby for LeBron, but wamp wamp again NYC.
Aight, finally and I'm gonna try to keep this last one short ... Minnesota F**ked up royally! They draft Mayo at No. 3 and then trade him to Memphis for Kevin Love in an eight-player deal. No disrespect to K. Love, but Mayo is gonna be an All-Star some day and Love won't, maybe ever. SMH. The Timberwolves did Mayo, derrty, having him wear the cap and all and then trading him. No wonder KG left Siberia. How can Minny treat a dude in glasses like that. Excuse me, spectacles.
Mayo's a star!
WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS AND OPINIONS ON THE DRAFT!? WHO WALKED AWAY WINNERS? WHO F**KED UP!? HOLLA AT ME, MAAAAN!