Can Dirk Nowitzki and the Mavericks overcome the Heat?
Well, well, well….what do we have here? A finals filled with historic storylines. The Miami Heat & Dallas Mavericks will tip-off on Tuesday night in Game 1 of the 2011 NBA Finals. Will Dirk be able to match up with LeBron and D-Wade in this rematch from 2006? Miami won that series in 6 and my personal prediction is that the Miami Heat will take this one with LeBron James as Finals MVP. I really hope that my personal prediction is incorrect! As much as I would like Dallas to win, I just don’t think they have the firepower to compete with the Big 3. Notice…I said Big 3. Chris Bosh has been an instrumental part of the playoff run for Miami. He absolutely destroyed Chicago, averaging over 24 ppg for the series.
The Big 3 (Bosh, James, Wade) are 4 wins away from their goal...is this the year?
All season long, I have watched this team go through successful stretches and media scrutiny. With the bullseye on their back, they ran past Philly in 5,crushed Boston in 5, and finish Chicago in 5 as well. With 4 wins standing between LBJ and his first ring, I’m sure he will aim to finish strong. Dallas, on the other hand, has it’s share of doubters. From the start of the postseason, Portland was predicted to knock off the 2nd seed Mavericks. Despite blowing a 23 point lead against the Blazers in-game 4 of that series, Dallas rallied to overcome their nemesis in 6 games. That’s when the magic started for them: Dallas swept the defending back to back champion LA Lakers and ran past the Thunder in 5 games. If the Mavs can continue to shoot red-hot on the perimeter, they have a shot at the series. Guys, tell me what your prediction is and who will be MVP? I will give periodic updates as the series progresses along with a special surprise to the person who predicts the series winner , length of games and MVP.
Kobe Bryant & Lamar Odom (above) have their work cut out this summer.
Well, I see that the Los Angeles Lakers have a new coach in town. Mike Brown (formally of the Cleveland Cavaliers) has joined the team for approximately $5 million per year. I must say that Brown wasn’t my first choice, but he has an astounding reputation for being one of the elite defensive coaches in the NBA. This was a gaping hole in the Lakers clog this year towards a three-peat. Rumor has it that superstar Kobe Bryant had absolutely no say in this choice. Uh-oh….
Mike Brown was named LA Lakers new head honcho...
Brown certainly has his work cut out for him this year. What happens with Gasol or Bynum? Insiders say that Bynum might be forced Orlando in a swap for Dwight Howard. Does he keep Gasol and his estimated $16 million per year in tact? Will the franchise continue to build around Kobe and his three years, $80 million? What about versatile wingman Lamar Odom? Odom has all of the capability to be a primetime starter in this league. Finally, how does he address the point guard situation and the pitiful bench that disappointed all year? Some sources have Josh Smith and Kirk Hinrich coming west in exchange for Ron Artest and Bynum. Could this be true?
My opinion is that Brown will do a decent job as coach. Although this is still Kobe’s team, Brown will force them to have a focus on the defensive end that we haven’t seen in years. Somehow, the Lakers have to become younger and more athletic in the next three months. What will be done next remains to be seen…
Just my $.02,
Sorry I’m so late with posting the Braxton Family Value update…
So it’s becoming evident, that Tamar’s idiocy and loud talk has become a central focus of the Braxton Family Values. Originally, I thought most of the focus would be on Toni’s revamped career but with Tamar’s continued antics, I’m sure the reality show producers are intentionally focusing on her. We all know, that these shows only showcase that which is highly dramatic and often down right stupid. It typically garners the most viewership and ratings which equal $$$. (Guess that speaks to our intelligence as a culture huh… Another post for another day).
Anyway, on the last episode, Tamar and Traci argued an entire show about what seemed to be nothing. Tamar didn’t like Traci’s comment about her relatively new marriage and the fact that she and Vincent are still in the honeymoon phase. Traci didn’t like that Tamar called her disrespectful. She revealed that she feels the other sisters look down on her. She immediately began a barrage of insults and obscenities (mainly directed toward Tamar). They were actually kind of weird how she kept walking down the hall cursing at nothing. All in all, by the end of the show, they agreed to mend their relationship and move on (DUH!)
Another point of discussion during the episode, was Toni’s move to Los Angeles. Who just up and decides to relocate their entire family? I guess famous people do. I also found it interesting that she’s Lease Purchasing her home rather than buying it outright. I’m assuming there are stimulations to her bankruptcy that limit the spending of funds and securing financing.
Well until next time… XOXOXO, Janel
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