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Saturday, April 29, 2006

NBA Playoff Basketball So Far

As you might imagine, She and I have been watching the NBA Playoffs with intense interest. I'm not sure what She thinks--beyond the belief the Spurs will meet the Pistons in The Finals. Is there anyone on the planet who truly believes otherwise?

  • - I have no respect for Kobe Bryant. On the other hand, if he is able to grow up and play team basketball, the Lakers will be a force to be reckoned with. If Kobe figures out he can make his teammates better, and, as a result, he'll be better, most bets are off. The Lakers will be in the Finals again. I don't believe it will be this year, but next year will be a scary year.
  • - Rasho's first three pointer of the year came at a very opportune time last night. I loved it!
  • - Spurs-style basketball is spreading. This will be a good thing for the league. As Spurs players and front office folks move to other teams and bring what they've learned about success, we'll be seeing more character-based and team-playing basketball. I'm sure I'm missing something, but the Dallas Mavericks and first-year coach Avery Johnson are a key example. The Cleveland Cavaliers are coming along. LeBron has more maturing to do, and he's not as fortunate to have as experienced a coaching staff as Tony Parker and the Spurs are, so they'll have to learn things the hard way.
  • - The Miami Heat show all the signs of a team intent on imploding. They've been losing their cool way too often.
  • - Great move by George Karl to suspend Kenyon Martin indefinitely.
  • - Great finish by Sacramento last night. But several of their players have anger management issues. See Miami and losing your cool.
  • - Good work Clippers.
  • - Will Memphis get a playoff win? I hope so. The Mavs are still going to win that series.
Keep watching. This is a good Playoffs so far.