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Golden State Warriors Champs: The Morning After, So Where is LeBron Going?

Golden State Warriors Champs: The Morning After, So Where is LeBron Going?

                Klay Thompson celebrated winning a championship by googling himself.  “Swaggy P” became a national treasure.  Kevin Durant won finals MVP, Steph Curry won his 3rd NBA Championship.  Is a great day to be a Warriors fans.  So much champagne in Cleveland.  The brooms came out, everybody took pictures, everybody laughed, there was rejoice and is over.  Where is LeBron going?

I couldn’t have been the only person to receive more alerts/notifications regarding LeBron James and the Cleveland situation than the Warriors celebration.  The Warriors won the championship followed by LeBron James played with a broken hand after pushing (not JR nor Hill) a blackboard after game 1.  KD wins 2nd straight finals MVP – Tyron Lue intends to play for the Cavaliers next year (because honestly he didn’t do very much coaching).

It was a f*cking sweep, it was sloppy and dirty but still a sweep.  It had nothing to do with super teams it was just sloppy basketball, at least for the first 3 games.  I was one of many who did not watch game 4 and I don’t regret it (I binge watched “The Flash” #SorryNotSorry).  The (rigged) NBA did so much to build story lines that the big finale of the “Warriors Sweeping Away the Championship” just kind of fell short.  Blame it on all who had a descent amount of basketball knowledge and common sense to see that the Warriors were the clear champs.  Really, throughout the season, we just all hoped to see something different.

Warriors win championship gets crickets and maybe a high five.  So now let’s look at the odds of winning it next year Houston at number 2, to me, probably because they also factor in as the favorite for LeBron’s summer destination.  Boston at the four is the best line, which will hopefully no disappoint, of all them.  And for Atlanta Hawks fans you still got a chance, but the tanking role is more likely.

So where is LeBron going, after his broken hands heals? Because it seems like unless we are residents of the Bay Area and are attending the parade, that question is our number 1 concern.  Personally, I like New York, San Antonio and the Cleveland.  I don’t think that when it comes to LeBron “cap space” or money is a factor for a team, because most teams are willing to get rid of their kitchen sinks for him.

Note: I don’t think anybody would have blamed LeBron if he punched JR. Could even go down as self-defense.  He was defending his title chances as JR was trying to steal it from him.  Also, NBA 2K learned from their last years mistake and only put LeBron’ face on the cover, super smooth.

Lastly, is it weird thinking of Swaggy P as NBA championship and realized that Chris Paul may never get one?? Nonsense Right??

 

NBA Finals: Winning doesn’t make the Warriors fun to watch, they suck! Why is LeBron James so relax?

NBA Finals: Winning doesn’t make the Warriors fun to watch, they suck! Why is LeBron James so relax?

The Warriors have not played to their full capability and yea they are winning, but it suck to watch them.  Wins are wins but they haven’t really being fun to watch.  For the Cavalier game 1 it was tough loss due to miss free throw and a “shaqtin-a-fool” play; Game 2, Steph Curry was on fire and just couldn’t be stopped; Game 3, the Cavaliers didn’t take advantage of a struggling Curry and let Kevin Durant do whatever he want it. The Cavaliers are 0-3 in the NBA finals and LEBRON JAMES IS WAY TOO RELAX.

Cavaliers Vs Warriors really displays how too much of a good thing is bad for all of us.  If the NBA is rigged, am please begging them to make it look more exciting, cause it seem like they ran out of story lines.  The Warriors are really hard to watch, this is not the team that use to move the ball so well that even the opposing team lost count of the number of passes per possession.

durant-warriorsThe Warriors have 2 plays that they run 1) Kevin Durant ISO 2) Curry drives – Passes to the forward on the corner – runs towards that same corner, forward screens for Curry for a corner 3. Bonus: Draymond Green Alley hoops to Insert Centers Name/Role players here. LEBRON JAMES IS WAY TOO RELAX.

Every shot that JR Smiths takes should subtract one minute from him and be giving to a bench player.  Cavaliers (or James) destroy Rodney Hood’s year especially when you notice how better Jae Crowder look after leaving Cleveland.  Honestly, nobody cares about Kevin Love that’s it #SorryNotSorry. LEBRON JAMES IS WAY TOO RELAX.

Is becoming obvious, that the Warriors are not fun to watch play basketball.  While the Cavaliers are doing everything they can to make sure they don’t win.  If you watch game 3, can you tell me how many opportunities did you see the Cavaliers blow while been down by 3 or tied? Did you notice how sloppy the Warriors play? And even as KD couldn’t be stopped the only thing that came to mind how he can’t finish a game.

KD so called dagger from 35 feet seem to be more hyped up by the announcers, interviewers or even his after shot reaction.  Seriously, is not like KD was going against a top defender, the whole game he had been doing whatever he want it.  KD was feeling it all of game 3, 35 feet why not, makes it “great shot” if he had missed just another “heat check”.  Curry 1-10 shooting night with his only shot coming in 4th that was the real dagger.

WHY IS LEBRON JAMES SO RELAX?

The NBA playoffs haven’t been that much fun to watch, maybe that’s why the (rigged) NBA is giving the fans a sweep but really is just to end it all. LEBRON JAMES IS WAY TOO RELAX.  Where was this Cavaliers team against the Boston Celtics?

Lebron James is way too relax for a guy who is down 3 games in the NBA finals.  Is like he is on auto pilot and doesn’t care.  He knows his legacy won’t be affected, because individually he is putting up career numbers.  10 years away from now, analyst will look at those numbers and say “wow James was a monster” without thinking how Rodney Hood went from averaging 17 points to not playing.  The point is James does not care at all in this series nor for this team.  At the end of the day, he might or might not be the goat but is still on excuse to make it to the NBA finals and just be completely relax and fine with whatever is happening.

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Game 1: Warriors win in overtime! Welcome To The NBA Finals!!

Game 1: Warriors win in overtime! Welcome To The NBA Finals!!

The realization that LeBron James doesn’t just have the worse coach in the NBA history but also has to deal with some of the worse plays from his teammates.  JR Smith’ reasoning for running out the clock was because there were up by 1 point, which later he contradicted himself.  Cavaliers GMs must have felt that the 13,760,000-salary paid (according to ESPN) was money well spend it on a guy with minimal situation awareness on the biggest stage.  Unfortunately, for LeBron James it seems that he must take on the Warriors while also dealing with the inability to trust his teammates when it counts.

The Warriors score 17 points in overtime to destroy Lebron and the Cleveland Cavaliers in game 1 of the NBA finals.  Steph Curry showed how calmed and deadly he can be in the biggest stage showing how he really is the leader of the team.  Steph Curry dominance of the game completely made me forgot that Kevin Durant even played for the Warriors.  Even though KD score 26 points, Curry was the go to guy when the pressure kicked in.a16e2d5ff425774fcc346514123bcb92

For JR Smith and the Cavaliers, the only memory will be him running the clock out.  Instead of remembering JR Smith making a great effort to get the offensive rebound, Hill missing a free throw or how Jordan Clarkson went 2-9.  Overall the Cavaliers played a great game and at the end of the day it was just one game in a very long series.  Without a doubt JR Smith and the rest of the team will come out harder next game because honestly nobody wants to be nor pull a JR Smith.

Lastly, that was the most interesting game of the NBA playoffs this season.  Both teams went toe to toe proving that they were the best teams, and both deserve to be in the finals.  It was impressive how both team showed their unselfishness with every player that played score, either by design or chance.  Cavaliers vs Warriors volume 4 seems to be just getting started, it was destined to happen, and it will only get better from now on.

Next game will be on Sunday June 3rd, we will be watching.

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Reaction to the “Westbrook effect”

Do you have any idea how misleading that is? First of all, Harden was traded away from Kevin Durant as well. Dion, Ibaka, Reggie Jackson went away from KD as well, let’s not ignore that. Also, OBVIOUSLY 90% of them will have better stats on their new team since their usage rate, minutes played, and role changed. Let’s not forget Durant won MVP with Russ, was a top 2 player in the world and won  SCORING TITLES in OKC, so for anyone to think Westbrook held Durant back is misinformed or just a plain hater.  Oladipo went from a 2nd option to a future legend into a 1st option so his Ppg average should increase as well as his field goal attempts.

If we want to use the logic of this so called “effect” then the Chris Paul effect is a thing then. Eric Bledsoe nearly doubled his Ppg average his first season away from the Clippers, also JJ Redick is having a career year offensively on the first year away from Clippers (and Chris Paul). Darren Collison went from 11.1 Ppg to 16.4 Ppg once he left the Clippers. Reggie Evans as a Clipper averaged about 2 Ppg and 5 Rebs a game, on his first year away from the Clippers he averaged 4.5 Ppg and 11 Rebs per game. See how easy it is to make the “Point god” look bad when showing cherry picked info? Heck we can even point out Harrison Barnes went from 11.7 Ppg to 19.2 Ppg in his first season leaving Stephen Curry. Does that mean Curry makes role players like Barnes worse? No.

I’m not saying Westbrook can turn role players to elite players but to blame Russ for those players like Reggie Jackson not putting up the same stats they did elsewhere is what Stephen A Smith would as blasphemous.

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Is Terry Rozier the next James Harden??

Is Terry Rozier the next James Harden??

Written by Francis S Estepan.  April 20th, 2018.

As humans we are always looking for the next big thing.  In the NBA Who will be the next MJ? Kobe? Shaq? LeBron James is still playing the game and already we are looking for who is going to one-up him? Ben Simmons? Giannis?  So here is a nonsense theory for case for Terry Rozier v James Harden.

Rozier currently holding the starting position for the Boston Celtics as they faced Milwaukee Bucks.  Rozier is a 6-2 lengthy sophomore guard that seems to shine whenever Brad Stevens calls his name (or Kyrie Irving is missing more time).  When looking at his numbers the first thing that comes to mind is how his numbers for the season are so low.  Now look at his post season numbers and you can see a different monster giving the minutes and the shots.

f                Be mindful that last year he was a ball dominant guard Isaiah Thomas and this year another one in Kyrie Irving.  17-18 Playoff comes his number has officially been called and he is producing at an unbelievable rate 23 Ppg, 5.5 Ast, 3.5 Rebounds while taking care of the ball.  His minutes have double from the years before and he doesn’t seem to be letting fatigue slow him down.

James Harden was drafted by the Oklahoma City Thunder and didn’t get his first start tilt his sophomore year.  Fast forward some years he is the face of the Houston Rockets, making the Thunder look like they gave up gold for beach sand.  Looking at the playoff numbers Harden 3rd season was where he came alive in the playoffs.  (Rozier is on his 3rd year, look back at his numbers).

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Rozier had a triple double in his first NBA start, that may have been a sign, some may have seen as a fluke. Brad Stevens didn’t seem too worry with Kyrie latest injury, he seem to have been prepare with an insurance policy that came with the Terry Rozier premium.  The postseason is where players are made or broken? Where players earn their statuses for years to come? Vintage Rondo, Father time/Wade, Manu Ginobili.

Harden and Rozier ability to score when the stage is big could be what draws them closer in comparison.  Put the numbers aside and you can find the similarity in their situations.  Could it have been guaranteed that Harden would have become as dominant alongside Westbrook and Durant? Have we seen what Rozier is fully capable off?

Right now Terry Rozier is no James Harden. Should teams start throwing money bags at him, that’s above my pay grade.  No team is going to sit a Kyrie Irving for a Terry Rozier.  But not all teams have a Kyrie or a Harden.  If Rozier talent is truly there, he shouldn’t let it go to waste being a backup.  Teams in the NBA are always looking to build a solid foundation.  It worked out well for Houston.

Do you think Terry Rozier the next James Harden??

(Side note: Bledsoe comments regarding not knowing who Rozier is.  Any player that hits a clutch shot, has a great game against you or is between you and the next round? You know who he is. If Jrue Holiday remembers how hard Rajon Rondo plays in the playoffs from a series years ago, am sure Bledsoe remembers put him on wheels than a week ago) #BledsoeSalty