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The Cavs loss to the Spurs bodes well for the playoffs.

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The Cavs lost but gave the NBA Champion Spurs all they wanted and more last night. The difference was the familiarity between the players on the floor. For the most part the Spurs have been together since 1900 (OK not quite that long) while the Cavs were playing just their 10th game together. Even so the Cavs were just 1 TO from winning the game.

The strength of the Spurs is their knowledge of what every player will do in each situation. That is why they have so few turnovers. It is also what allows their ball movement.

The Cavs are on the shake down cruise portion of the schedule. Add to the new teammates the fact that both the coach and the systems on both ends of the floor are new and the early season is bound to have ups and downs. The Cavs need to work hardest on the defensive end of the floor keeping the guards out of the lane and protecting the rim better. That will come. The Cavs will only get better and the Spurs will only get older.

In the mean time just enjoy three of the best players in the world on the Cavs. This year there will be no discussion of the NBA 2015 Draft in mid December as has been the case since LeBron James left the team. There will be talk of playoffs in the late spring. That will be a pleasant change for all of the Cavs fans. So   R E L A X          A N D    E N J O Y.

That is what I think. Tell us what you think by commenting here or tweeting me @NNRonDSN.

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LeBron James Opted Out.

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According to ESPN Sports Center, Lebron James’ agent informed the Heat that he will opt out of his contract. This is the biggest case of buyers remorse since somebody at Ford came up with the idea of the Edsel. There are two people that Heat fans can blame for LeBron’s decision—Chris Bosh and Dwayne Wade.

As I have said before during the NBA finals against the Spurs both guys played like manikins in a dress shop. Wade is a has been and Bosh is a never was. If Wade was anything close to healthy he would have helped turn the tide against the Spurs. Bosh was over rated in the draft, over rated when he came to the Heat and is only a star in his own eyes. He disappears during critical parts of the game. When a star needs to step up, he steps back.

The question is where will LeBron choose to go? There is a lot of talk in Cleveland that he might come back to the Cavs. As a former part owner of the team, I would love that. It seems that his wife likes the Akron area better than South Beach. If Momma ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy. While the Cavs have gotten 3 of the last 4 top picks in the draft, it has not been able to get the stability necessary to be an attractive landing spot for LeBron.

The hiring of Mike Brown last off season was a disaster. Mr. Potatohead did very little to make the team better. His lack of leadership contributed to the dysfunction and communication failure of the team. Granted Brown made the defense better but his offense looked like something out of the stone age with Fred Flintstone playing the 3.

I do like the hire of David Blatt. He has won everywhere he has been. He also knows the foreign players better than just about anyone in the US. Not only is he likely to solve the O issues the team has had, he may be able to get a couple of under-rated prospects to sign after the draft.

I agree with my guest last night David Kay basketball guru of walterfootball.com that the chance of LeBron coming to the Cavs is below 10%. But that was before LeBron opted out. There is still a chance he will go back to the Heat.

He had a lot of faith in Heat management but so far has not seen much productivity from it. The biggest problem the Heat have is lack of cap space. Neither Bosh or Wade will opt out because they have very little value on the open market. That means if LeBron resigns it would have to be at a lower salary if he wanted to give the Heat cap room.

There is another possibility to watch for. Once both Bosh and Wade opt in, one or both could be traded. While the players have little value as free agents, the fact that both of their big deals expire in 2015 makes the contract attractive to some teams. We could see one traded before the 2014-15 season.

Other teams that could be attractive for LeBron could be the Bulls, Rockets, or even the Pacers. Rumors have been widely tweeted that LeBron and Carmelo Anthony would like to play together. I don’t get that. Anthony is the Black Hole of the NBA. The ball goes in Carm then goes up. While he would take some of the pressure for scoring off of LeBron’s shoulders, I wonder if Anthony is the “team” guy that LeBron wants to play with.

The Bulls need LeBron and a healthy Derrick Rose to make a charge in the East. The Rockets make some sense but does LeBron want to face the much better Western conference? I doubt it. It would be fun to see LeBron sign with the Pacers. Payback is a bitch and if he does not resign with the Heat, Miami will lean what that really means.

That is what I think. Tell us what you think.

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Is This End of Tim Duncan’s HOF Career?

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Last year when the Spurs were up 3 games to 2 there was talk that if they won the title, Tim Duncan might retire. The Spurs had struggled to get to the game advantage over LeBron James and the Heat. Then when the Heat came back to win Game 6 in San Antonio the Spurs fans dream of another title died. What also died was the talk by others of Duncan retiring. He was not about to go out that way.

This year is totally different. Despite the strength of the Western Conference, the Spurs won home court advantage. When the Heat won game 2 last Sunday on the Spurs’ court things looked bad. Many felt that had James been cramp free in game 1 the series would have been 2-0 for the Heat. But the Spurs did something that no one could have expected. They went to Miami and won both games.

In the history of the finals no team had come back from a 3-1 deficit. The Heat not only failed to come back, they were blown out in the 3rd straight game 2 of which were on their home court.

So with the Spurs win, will Duncan retire? I don’t think so. Their wins in the last 3 games came easily due to the ball movement and team play of the Spurs on both ends of the floor. In his 2nd season Kawhi Leonard frustrated James with his defense and the other Big Two played very very small. They stood around like manikins in a dress shop. Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich has done a great job keeping the older players including Ducan rested.

Even at 39 by next season, I think Duncan will come back. If he does, the Spurs will be a hard out in the playoffs. Even if he retires, the Spurs will be good because they play real team ball.

That is what I think. Tell us what you think.

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The Heat have the LeBron and the Timid 2

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In game 3 of the NBA Finals it was LeBron James vs. the Spurs. It is beginning to look like LeBron is giving up on the Heat and the Timid 2. He had the lead in game 1 when he was struck by cramps. He left and so did Heat. The Spurs took game 1. In games 3 and 4 LeBron was the one and only factor for the Heat. As a result the Heat lost both of the home games. The title will belong to the Spurs and LeBron will be looking for help in the off season.

Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh were taking up space for no particular purpose. On the defensive end both looked like dress shop manikins watching the Spurs pass the ball around. On the offensive end they were trying out for the title role in Invisible Man II. The “white out” became “walk out” a couple of minutes into the 4th quarter.

Some apologists will want to blame the little 9 rather than the big 3. But this series has pointed out the age of Wade and the lack of talent of Bosh. LeBron is on his own and he clearly does not like it.

Wade was a step or more behind all game. Wade shot 28% for the game and several times could not jump high enough to jam the ball. Bosh looked lost. He did not even try to block out on missed shots. It looked like the Heat expected the win on their home floor just by showing up. And that is what they did—just show up. When the Spurs got off to another nice lead in the 1st quarter, the Heat folded. They never made a charge to close the margin.

While the Spurs won game 1 because LeBron went out in the final minutes, they dominated games 3 and 4. The ball movement that was lacking in the game 2 loss was back in both of the wins in Miami. Perhaps the worst sign for the Heat was that the Spurs blew them out with all-everything Tim Duncan scored just 10 points. The rest of the Spurs stepped up and dominated the Heat on both ends of the floor. Kawhi Leonard scored 20 points to lead the Spurs. But his work on D was the the difference. He was on LeBron most of the series. Making LeBron work on the O end has helped the Spurs win. He should be the MVP of the series.

The impact of a loss in this series would be huge. There is a good chance that a coaching change would happen. There will be pressure on LeBron to stay but the only way he will is if the Heat can get more talent on the team. One or maybe 2 of the big 3 will likely be gone. Wade looks done. Bosh is soft. Too often he looks like a 5 year old that let go of his mother’s hand in a crowd. Not only is he standing around but he looks like he has no idea what to do to stop the bleeding.

The Spurs have gutted the offense of the Heat by limiting their turnovers. By the 3rd quarter the Heat O was LeBron on 5. He was 7 for 8 and the rest of Heat went 1 for 9. He may will the team to a win in game 5 but this series is over. So may be his stay in Miami.

That is what I think. Tell us what you think.

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Celtics versus Lakers Rivalry Stands the Test of time

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Last summer, the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers added yet another stunning chapter to the greatest rivalry in National Basketball Association history, as they wrapped up another epic war at the 2010 NBA Finals. This marked the 12th time these two historic franchises have met to decide who is the top dog in all of basketball. The Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant was handed the Finals MVP Award after leading an epic comeback from a 13-point third quarter deficit.

The Latest Chapter

Each team certainly has the adequate talent to carry their team to championship glory, but it was the Lakers who got the better of Boston on this occasion. Bryant led his Los Angeles Lakers, along with fellow stars Ron Artest, Derek Fisher and Pau Gasol over a Celtics bunch that trotted out a starting lineup comprised of Rajon Rondo, Rasheed Wallace, Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce. This was just another in the long line of great matchups between these two bitter rivals, but it was the Lakers who now have the last laugh.

Even after winning the 2010 Championship, if the Lakers want to truly even up this rivalry, they will have to defeat the Celtics six more times for championship titles. That may not be so easy, since this current Celtics team isn’t exactly going away anytime soon. This version of the Celtics franchise may not have guys like Larry Bird, John Havlicek, Bob Cousy or Bill Russell, but this group has enough future Hall-Of-Famers to be highly formidable for at least a few more years. If 2011 has been any indication, the Boston Celtics are more than ready to renew this battle in another NBA Finals war.

The Future of the Rivalry

These two franchises always come back from adversity, so even if one or both were to have a down period, you can be assured that they will come back stronger than ever and keep this rivalry going for as long as the NBA is in existence. Both teams showed their toughness yet again last season, as they each overcame adversity and injuries to rise to the top of their respective conferences.

History

There are numerous great NBA teams that have their own memorable rivalries. This includes battles between the Detroit Pistons and Chicago Bulls, Seattle Supersonics (yes, I know there are no Supersonics anymore, but they were a great rival) and Portland Trailblazers, Dallas Mavericks and San Antonio Spurs, among many others. However, the Celtics vs. the Lakers is on a completely different level. Together, these two franchises have accounted for a whopping thirty championships since the inception of the NBA.

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LeBron could win MVP and Coach of the Year!

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One theory of management is “the level of competence.” That theory says that an organization will promote people based on their ability to do their current job. But at some point they become no longer “promotable” because they are no longer doing an outstanding job. They are in a job one level above their level of competence. Those people should be demoted back to a job that they do well but they almost never are.

I see the Cav’s coach Brown as just such a case. From all reports Brown was a more than competent as associate head coach of the Indiana Pacers and as an assistant coach for the San Antonio Spurs. But he is in my opinion not even close to being competent as head coach.

Science tells us that nature abhors a vacuum. Because Brown is incompetent as head coach there is a power vacuum that out of necessity LeBron James has been forced to fill. As good as James is, it is very difficult to get an overview of the game from the court. He is so focused on doing his job that he is not able to see that the offensive flow of the team is sporadic at best and nonexistent at times.

The lack of competence of Brown has been highlighted by his inability to deal with the changes in the roster from the trades and returning players from injury. In a recent interview he admitted he was struggling to re-integrate Williams into the offense. He seems to have no clue how to integrate Jamison into the offense and what is worse, has not even tried to do it. Brown puts guys on the floor and lets James figure out how to use them.

Mike, here are a few things you might try to see in the tapes of recent games.

1. The offense runs very smoothly when it goes through LeBron and a big man. It doesn’t seem to matter if that is Shaq or Jamison because both are more than capable of scoring or dishing the ball to an open player. That will also save James’ energy and make him more effective later in the game.

2. The Brown O seems to be 4 guys watching LeBron take on the 5 opponents. Both he and Brown need to trust the other guys on the team. This is not the 04-05 team with guys like Drew Gooden, Jeff McInnis, Ira Newble and Robert Traylor around James. We have a team that has veteran starting quality scorers. Both James and Brown need to trust them particularly in the last few minutes of a game. In the 3 game losing streak the Cavs O in the last few minutes was 1 on 5 LeBron against the world.

3. It was nice to see Jamison starting. He has to start with Varejao being the 1st off the bench at PF. Hickson is a great kid but he has to be the 3rd option at that position. It will reduce his minutes but that is the way it needs to be to have this team be competitive against the top teams in the league.

There should be no doubt that this team is the most prepared to compete for a championship that the Cavs have ever had. Mike, get your head out of your hind quarters and start coaching. If you can’t figure out how to get all these stars into the O, find someone that can and let them do it. LeBron has enough on his plate.

That’s what I think. Tell me what you think.

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