The Spurs are crisp on both ends of the floor and that's why they are hard to beat. The ball movement is swift and guys are knocking down their shots. On D, the rotations are quick and LeBron is having a hard time making his plays. Coach Spo may want to consider putting Allen in the starting lineup instead of Chalmers to help the Heat get off to a better start. Let D-Wade run the point and use that extra shooter to spread the floor. Then LeBron can go to work.
Down 3-1 in the Finals, one has to wonder if LeBron can maintain his focus on trying to make a comeback. Or is he going to check out and call it a season mentally to start thinking about opting out and trying to pair with Melo? Not sure that bringing Melo to Miami is going to help things overall. He and LBJ play the same position and with only one ball to go around among the Big 4, I don't think this move makes sense. And there would certainly be no championship with that group unless/until Melo started playing some D.
Jay, your favorite ref, Mr. Joey Crawford, will be on the court tonight as one of the officials.
Leonard is probably the most underrated player in the NBA. On a small-market team highlighted by Parker/Duncan/Ginobili, Leonard easily flies under the radar. He does so many things well for that team though. And he stepped up big offensively in Game 3. He was in foul trouble in Game 2 (most of them bogus calls), and that helped LeBron and Co. make their push. So if Leonard can stay on the floor in Game 4 to contain LeBron, the rest of the Heat will need to find their spots and knock down shots early and often. Oh, and play better D too.
Fun Game 2. LeBron ditched the leg warmers and took a yoga class in the morning of the game. It must have helped. And he made sure to keep himself hydrated well enough to stay on top of his game and avoid the cramps. LeBron played well, Wade flopped well, and Chalmers elbowed well. Stay classy, Miami.
And Chris Bosh is questionable for Game 3 as he is due to hatch a dinosaur egg any day now. Once a Raptor, always a raptor.
Rafa and Fed are the two best tennis players of all time, no question. The discussion for #1 between those two gets a bit more interesting with each additional slam won by Rafa. But when both of their careers are over, I think Rafa will be considered the greatest ever by the majority of tennis fans.
Rushmore of tennis players is Fed, Nadal, Borg, and either Laver or Sampras. Can't decide on the last one.
So Sterling has agreed to bow out. Makes me think there's some sort of under-the-table deal from the NBA of some kind. I highly doubt the NBA will ever get that $2.5 million. So maybe they'll agree to not pursue that (not that it really matters anyway). Or maybe Sterling can secretly attend NBA games again after some time (albeit in a private luxury box). Either way, glad to see that the owners' vote never happened over this. Would have been a terrible precedent for all of sports.
Kaep is getting a deal much higher than what I think he's worth. But I do think he's a top 10 QB right now. Who are your top 10 and where does Kaep fall? Top 15 at least?
My top 10 (in no order) are Peyton, Eli, Brees, Rodgers, Brady, Kaep, Wilson, Big Ben, Luck, and Flacco. Next 5 are Newton, Stafford, Romo, Rivers, and Ryan.
This Finals is tough to pick. Both teams are playing really well, but I think the Spurs will be hungrier. Spurs in 7.
MT, true, but the federal and state dollar contributions have nothing to do with the amount of Saban's salary. If he were paid the same as the professors, the same federal and state dollars would be flowing in (rightly or wrongly) to keep the lights on. To me, it'd be a bigger deal if the coach got top dollar and his school's athletics program was running in the red and taxpayer money had to be spent to bail them out year after year. But Alabama is well into the black; not that that couldn't change, but maybe by retaining Saban, it lessens the chance that the powerhouse will crumble anytime soon.
[Monson said that he took into account Brady’s relatively ineffective receiving corps and offensive line in his analysis, but said his decline was inevitable regardless of the players he was surrounded by. “I think the receivers definitely doesn’t help,” Monson said. “When you have a receiving corps that’s depleted, you’re obviously going to struggle more. But I think the point I was trying to make was that Brady’s decline has been in action for a while now and all the receivers did was make it look worse than it would’ve done already.]
I happen to agree. He may indeed be a top-5 QB of all time, but that doesn't have to mean that he's a top-5 QB in the league right now. I would easily take both Mannings, Rodgers, Brees, Luck, Humpty, and Wilson ahead of him right now.
And this is a great move by PFF no matter if they are right or wrong about this. I had never heard of them before today and their exposure from this is invaluable.
I also disagree with Horace Grant on Miami's chances against the Bulls. It would have been a good matchup. I was equally as surprised to hear Georgia's b-ball coach say last year that the Heat would have no chance against the '80s Lakers.
Saban's salary seems too high at first, but if the market dictates it, then he's worth it. I have no problem with him making that kind of money to coach football so long as public taxpayer money is not involved directly or indirectly. And Alabama's athletics are well into the black so it's hard to say that it's a bad move for the school.
[This is about concussions and the first judge found that the NFL did try to conceal the long-term information about concussions, why else would they look to be settling for 3/4 of a billion (a number the court said was not high enough).]
Great point. But I wonder that even if the NFL had not withheld any of that info, would the players have acted any differently? Would they be any less inclined to "be tough" and get back on the field to chase their dreams? Suffering the effects of past play, of course they'll tell a judge today that they would have acted differently. But for the most part, I don't think so. Hence the need for the NFL to implement a concussion policy to ensure that the guys playing today make better health-conscious decisions (and lessen the chance that they'll sue the league later in life).
[...but for an industry that is making money faster than it can count it, we see giving back to former players not as an obligation as much as it's good business.]
I do agree with that statement. But you said earlier that the NFL owed a huge debt to its former players (which implies an obligation to pony up to those guys). That I do not agree with.
I had never heard of Lindy's or Athlon either until a couple of years ago. I was at the grocery store with Mrs. Stewwie and while she was going up and down every aisle shopping, I decided to peruse the magazine rack. This was when the college football preview issues were out and I went through every one on the rack. Lindy's and Athlon were in there with some others.
The NBA canceled today's owners' meeting after Shelly Sterling agreed to a sale price with Steve Ballmer. ("What ya'll wanna do, you wanna be a Ballmer, shot caller, brawler...") Sorry, I couldn't resist. Lol.
Agreed that there is a lot riding on this Finals. It'd be nice to see Duncan win another one. No surprise to me that so many across the country are cheering for the Spurs in this one. But it might have less to do with liking the Spurs than cheering against LeBron. And if LeBron loses this Finals and leaves to go elsewhere again, he might not have any fans left in the NBA after that. Well, other than his mom and the other 4 Horsemen. And Worldwide Wes.
I disagree that the NFL owes former players anything other than what is specified in the labor agreements. A lot of these lawsuits are frivolous. What were teams supposed to do when a guy got banged up? Make him not play and take away his chance to perform and earn his money? Maybe they should have benched or cut an injured guy in order to protect themselves from a future lawsuit caused from playing through injuries? Not buying it at all. If the players want to include more benefits for retired players in the next labor deal, so be it. But the NFL should feel no obligation to throw money at former players simply because it's become a very popular game.
Lol on that first paragraph in your answer to my question.
Agreed on your answers, though I think Paul George will also become a hall of famer. It's still way early of course, but I think he'll end up having a great career.
On No. 3, LeBron stuck his arm out and George sold the call with his fall. I'm not sure why LeBron stuck his arm out at all when his subsequent move was taking the ball behind his back to sidestep George anyway. Seeing it live, this seemed like a fair foul call. But if LeBron had kept his arm to himself, there should have been no call on this play regardless of whether or not George still fell.
On No. 5, LeBron and Stephenson were indeed both grabbing each other at first, but then it appeared that Bron took down Stephenson (regardless of whether or not it was intentional). That said, I was honestly surprised they made a foul call because there's always a scramble like that for a loose ball. But it's hard to say it was a bad call when Bron did cause Stephenson to hit the floor and lose a chance to get to the ball.
Fair point that LeBron gets less respect than MJ did. But then again, the NBA tried to start making a better effort of eliminating superstar calls a few years back. So when LeBron has nights where he doesn't get the benefit of the doubt (like last night), it's hard to complain. But to be fair, in either Game 2 or 3 (can't remember which), I thought LeBron did get away with 2 or 3 calls that could have easily gone against him. So it goes.