Did LeBron James throw the 2011 NBA Finals?

Did LeBron James throw the 2011 NBA Finals?

By Kevin Bertalotto.  March 29, 2018.

(Note: Not saying he did or didn’t but promoting the question/theory)

Now this does sound bizarre that a superstar competitor like LeBron would throw a whole Finals series considering he didn’t really gain anything, however after considering everything in play I guarantee you this article will make you think, “maybe.”

Everyone remembers the complete meltdown of “LeCHOKE” in the 2011 NBA Finals, however after reviewing it I believe LeBron low-key tanked it. There is multiple theories to why he would do such a thing.

Didn’t want Wade to be FMVP

052514 heat game story rg 8Sounds crazy but hold on, prior to Game 4 when LeBron had 8 points, Dwyane Wade was averaging 27 ppg, 8.7 rebs, 5 apg over 1 stl and 1 blk a game on 57% shooting. Surely that is FMVP worthy stats compared to Lebrons 20 ppg, 6.7 rebs, 6 asts, 2 stls on 51% shooting. Here’s why he would not allow this to happen. LeBron joining Wade’s Heat  was bad enough so for Wade winning FMVP would only make it worse just like Curry winning FMVP over KD last yr would make it worse for Durant. Now after Game 3 LBJ averaged about 15 8 and 8, 4.7 tovs and shot 44% so maybe after realizing he wouldn’t win FMVP he decided he wouldn’t let a teammate win it over him.

Prove his value

Now although I believe Derrick Rose deserved that MVP award, LeBron likely didn’t so after defeating Rose’s Bulls in 5 in the Eastern Conference Finals, LeBron figured “losing this series will prove how valuable I am” yeah it backlashed on him but doesn’t mean he didn’t think this.

Was asked to

Here’s the craziest theory. LeBron was asked by the then NBA commissioner David Stern to tank it to boost the ratings of next year’s Finals (OKC vs HEAT). Think about it what would make a better story, an experienced trio with a ring vs a young ringless trio or a ringless experienced trio vs a young ringless trio? LeBron being REALLY hungry for that ring and seeking to redeem himself only made the Kevin Durant/Bron matchup even better. So to get LeBron to throw 2011 Finals, they made a deal that the refs would favor Miami the following Finals which as a proud Heat fan I admit the officiating was horrible. OR instead of it being for ratings the next year Finals it was to repay DAL since the 2006 NBA Finals with the Mavericks vs Miami was officiated horribly against the Mavs and Mark Cuban part Mavs owner claimed the league is rigged.

Worth mentioning

Since the 2000 NBA Finals 14 times the champs got the most FTAs and what’s interesting is Miami in the first 3 rounds had more FTs 436-303 which means the Heat averaged 8 more FTAs than their opponent. DAL in their first 3 rounds had 378 FTs-364 which is only about 1 more free throw attempt a game. So keep that in mind Miami had a big difference in FTAs as opposed to DAL. Fast forward to the end and the Mavericks managed to get more free throws 155 to Heat’s 148. Not a big difference but still worth noting since Miami always got way more FTs until the Finals.

Sure all this is just speculation but definitely worth thinking over.


Best Off the Bench PERFORMANCES

10 best off the bench PERFORMANCES since 1984 ( regular season)

Written by Kevin Bertalotto, March 15, 2018.

Every now and then a bench player kills it, but despite a great game, it gets forgotten over time, so let’s go look at the best games off the bench.

    1. On the road against the Denver Nuggets back in 2005, Darius Miles played a very well all around game of 47 points, 12 rebounds, 4 steals, 5 blocks and shot 58%. L
    2. At number two we have the man himself Larry Bird in 1985 who had a double double of 47 points, grabbed 14 rebounds and shot 48%. L
    3. At Memphis, Lou Williams scored 40 points, assisted on 10 shots, stole the ball 4x and shot 12/19. W
    4. In 1994 Nick Anderson dropped 50 points shooting 17/25 against the New Jersey Nets. W
  • Nate Robinson at 5’9 had the heart of a lion, especially during this game against the Atlanta Hawks which he scored 41 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and dished out 8 asts all on 18/24 shooting. Wuntitled


    1. In 32 minutes against the Toronto Raptors, Manu Ginobili finished the game with 36 points, 4 rebounds, assisted on 8 shots, and stole the ball 4x. W
    2. Playing only 30 minutes, J.R. Smith against the Sacramento Kings dropped 45 points on 59% shooting. W
    3. During his last year as a Thunder, James Harden vs the Phoenix Suns had 40 points, collected 7 rebs and stole the ball 4x and shot 71%. W
    4. At Toronto in 2012, Jamal Crawford finished the game with 37, 3, and 11 assists on 52% shooting. W
  • Rodrigue Beaubois of the Dallas Mavericks in just 30 minutes had 40 8 and 3 on 15/22 shooting. W

Who would you pick to come off the bench for your team??

Dear NCAA: So why can’t we pay them (players)?

Dear NCAA: So why can’t we pay them (players)?

Written By Watson Rowe. March 14th, 2018.

Recently, the basketball world was once again awoken to scandal: player incentives.

 This age old battle stretches back decades but has this never ending controversy finally reached it’s climax? Is there now sufficient evidence to support a player pay for play set up in the NCAA? 

I believe so. 

Most players are not on full ride scholarships. And I’m not necessarily talking about walk-ons either. Schools have a limit on how many scholarships they can give out a year, so unless you are like a starter or backup you probably don’t have a full ride. Bear in mind, these guys play like 30-35 games a season spanning from October to March with the potential to play in the NCAA/NIT tournament. 

Their days consist of 3 a day practices/workouts/film review,​ with classes taking up time in between. In addition to that​, they travel maybe 15-20 times a season, give or take, and they have to compete at the highest level possible while exceeding academic requirements.

 And unlike other students, they can’t work a side job and have minimal personal time, as most of it will be consumed with studying or honing their athletic abilities. What little time they do have will probably be spent sleeping, partying, or maybe with a girlfriend. So with all this in mind, they should be at least paid for their play. 

How about these coaches that are getting paid millions to coach these kids? Schools such as Duke, Kansas, Kentucky, and UNC turn out a butt load of one and done players every year, raising a ton of questions. 

Doesn’t that take away from the value of a scholarship? Doesn’t that just put money in the pockets of colleges and universities that they use to simply raise the cost of tuition for the average student? Isn’t that technically exploiting amateur athletes and making money off of their success?

 Like I said their coaches make multimillions a year and the players themselves struggle to pay for their own meal at a dining hall. 

So why can’t we pay them? 


Utah Jazz: Don’t Stop The Jazz Now!!

Utah Jazz: Don’t Stop The Jazz Now!!

By Francis S Estepan.  March 9th, 2018.

The Utah Jazz with a record of 35-30 and only 1 game out of the playoffs.  The LA Clippers are the current holders of the 8th spot after the Denver Nuggets seem to have run out of steam.  P.S. This is about the Utah Jazz making the playoffs.

The Ranking and upcoming 5 games for the bottom of the West are as such

  1. Thunder (W1) – Spurs (3/10), Kings (3/12), Hawks (3/13), Clippers (3/16), Toronto (3/18)
  2. Clippers (L1) – Cavaliers (3/9), Magic (3/10), Bulls (3/13), Rockets (3/15), Thunder (3/16)
  3. Nuggets (L2) – Lakers (3/9), Sacramento (3/11), Lakers (3/13), Detroit (3/15), Memphis (3/17)
  4. Jazz (W4) – Grizzlies (3/9), Pelicans (3/11), Pistons (3/13), Suns (3/15), Kings (3/17)

The Thunder with their big 3, Russell Westbrook, Paul George and Carmelo Anthony, are a team that because of their potential that disregarding the current standings they already have a playoff ticket.  Sitting in 7th spot with 3 former NBA All Stars, this team is scary.  They are not just scary because of the way they matchup with teams like the Warriors, Rockets and the Cavaliers but also how they have struggle to close out weaker team.  The next 5 games 2 teams under 500 and 3 playoff teams.  The Toronto matchup will be an exciting game to watch.

The LA Clipper have somehow some way sneaked into the playoff rankings.  While many are crediting the work that Doc Rivers is doing with his new cast, a lot of could also be due to recent struggles by the Denver Nuggets.  The Nuggets were a team that was on fire a couple weeks ago that edge out the Cavaliers, Spurs and Bucks.  The Clippers don’t have it easy for the upcoming games against the Cavaliers, Rockets and Thunder.  For the Utah Jazz it gets better because the Clippers played Portland and Minnesota.

The Denver Nuggets currently also out of the playoffs.  They seem to have loss some momentum since getting back Paul Millsap back on the line up.  Millsap a former Jazz, was supposed to be the veteran that will lead a young nuggets team.  The Nuggets are a fun team to watch and for how young that team is they are really building something great.  Playoff inexperience will probably will be the death of them anyways if they are able to get back to where they were a couple weeks ago.  Because of how easy the next couple games, the Nuggets could be the biggest threat to the Jazz for a playoff spot.

Finally to the main event.  The Utah Jazz are still alive in the playoff race.  If you enjoy watching teams fight every night like their season is almost over, then watch the Jazz.  Even in the East the Bucks have a comfortable lead over the Pistons that they are not worry if they drop a couple.  The Jazz won 11 games straight before losing to Portland.  Donovan Mitchell is making a case that he should be consider a top rookie.  Ricky Rubio is shooting exceptionally well for a pass first point guard.  Jae Crowder has fit into the scheme very well next to Rudy Gobert.  The only question that surrounds Rudy this season is “what if he hadn’t gone down, how far could this team be?” The Jazz could easily go 4-1 in the next 5 games.  Starting out at the Memphis Tankers who have lost 15 games in a row.  The Jazz just have to keep their intensity and keep letting Joe Ingles go full savage on the lead.

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(To Or Not To) Blame Russell Westbrook

(To Or Not To) Blame Russell Westbrook

By Kevin Bertalotto.  March 9th, 2018.

Don’t just blame Russell Westbrook.

During the Houston Rockets Vs the Oklahoma City Thunder game a few days ago on TNT, they showed us this stat that OKC is 14-2 when Westbrook takes less than 17 shots and 26-27 when he shoots more than 17 shots. This has caused fans to make the claim that losing record is his fault. We’re going to take a look at the 27 losses OKC has had when Russ takes 17+ shots and see if he really is to blame.

Loses to Stats
Milwaukee Bucks by 1( Giannis outta bounds prior to GW) Melo- 5/12 (42%) Russ 40 pts 16/34 (47%)

No Paul George

Sacramento Kings by 8 Melo- 16pts 4/17 (23%) PG13 12pts 4/16 (25%) Russ 20pts 7/21 (33%)
Denver Nuggets by 3 Melo- 10pts 5/11 (45%) PG13 43pts 19/26 (73%) Russ 20 pts 7/18 (38%) 21 asts though
Boston Celtics by 7 Melo- 10pts 3/17 (18%) PG13 25 pts 9/20 (45%) Russ 19pts 7/20(35%)
New Orleans Pelicans by 14 Melo- 13pts 6/17 (35%) PG13 15pts 4/16 (25%) Russ 16pts 7/21 (33%)
San Antonio Spurs by 3 Melo- 20pts 9/17 (53%) PG13 18pts 5/16 (31%) Russ 15pts 5/22 (23%)
Washington Wizards by 6 Melo- 19pts 7/21 (33%) PG13 28pts 8/14 (57%) Russ 13 pts 5/18 (28%)
Denver Nuggets by 8 Melo- 28pts 10/20 (50%) PG13 13pts 6/14 (43%) Russ 13pts 6/22 (27%)
Cleveland Cavaliers by 8 Melo- 24pts 10/22 (45%) PG13 25pts 8/19 (42%) Russ 21pts 7/19 (37%)
Portland Trailblazers by 11 Melo- 19pts 8/17 (47%) PG13 22pts 8/18 (44%) Russ 22 pts 7/20 (30%)
New Orleans Pelicans by 7 Melo- 19pts 7/19 (37%) PG13 26pts 9/17 (53%) Russ 22 (32%) 16 rebs and 12 asts
New York Knicks by 15 Melo- 12pts 5/18 (29%) PG13 18pts 6/14 (43%) Russ 25pts 9/18 (50%)
Portland Trailblazers by 4 (B.S/Questionable Melo ejection in 3rd Q) Melo- 15pts 5/10 (50%) PG13 27pts 10/21 (48%)
Dallas Mavericks by 2 Melo 7/15 (47%) Pg13 6/12 (50%) Russ 38 pts 17/28 (61%)
Minnesota Timberwolves by 16 Melo- 5/19(36%) pg13 5/19 (26%) Russ 38pts 15/23 (65%)
Los Angeles Lakers by 4 Melo- 3/13 10pts (23%) Pg13 10/19 26pts (53%) Russ 36pts 15/25 (60%)
Orlando Magic by 13 Melo- 5/16 (31%) Pg13 7/17 (41%) Russ 37pts 11/23 (48%)
Phoenix Suns by 14 Melo- 14pts 6/14 (43%) PG13 19pts 5/14 (36%) 26pts 11/21 (52%)
Detroit Pistons by 1 Melo- 20pts 9/24 (37%) PG13 16pts 7/17 (41%)27 pts 10/29 (34%)
Houston Rockets by 10 Melo- 8/18 23pts (44%) PG13 7/16 17pts (44%) 32 pts 15/27 (56%)
MIN by 2 (KAT set an illegal screen prior to the Game Winning Shot) Melo- 9/19 23pts (47%) PG13 6/20 14pts (30%) Russ 31 pts 12/24 (50%)
Brooklyn Nets by 5 Melo- 11pts 5/20 (20%) Russ 31pts 10/27 (37%) no Paul George
Portland Trailblazers by 8 PG13- 21pts 8/19 (42%) Russ 31 pts 12/31 (39%) no Melo
Charlotte Hornets by 13 Melo 11pts 5/12 (41%) PG13 20pts 7/14 (50%) Russ 30 pts 10/22 (45%)


Dallas Mavericks by 16 Melo- 16pts 6/12 (50%) PG13 2pts 1/12 (8%)

Russ 28 pts 9/19 (47%)

Minnesota Timberwolves by 3 Melo- 23pts 8/15 (53%) PG13 23pts 8/16 (50%) Russ 27 pts 10/18 (56%)

In the 27 losses Russell Westbrook averages 26, 8.2, 9 asts on 42% shooting.

Melo shot 38%

Paul George shot 36%

So Who Is To Blame?? Russ?? Melo??PG?? Coach?? Leave A Comment…