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2012 NBA Playoff Predictions: Will The King Get A Ring?

Seeing red at the United Center, the home of the Chicago Bulls.

I know it’s unfair to post these picks after six of the eight first round series have already tipped off, but I still wanted to get my prognostications out there. I have the benefit of knowing the awful, depressing, monumental, history-changing news that Derrick Rose will miss the rest of the NBA playoffs with a torn ACL. Pardon me while I cry… Here are my picks:

Eastern Conference

FIRST ROUND

Bulls over 76ers in 6

Heat over Knicks in 4

Pacers over Magic in 6

Celtics over Hawks in 7

SEMIFINALS

Bulls over Celtics in 7

Heat over Pacers in 6

FINALS

Heat over Bulls in 5

Western Conference

FIRST ROUND

Spurs over Jazz in 5

Thunder over Mavericks in 5

Lakers over Nuggets in 5

Grizzlies over Clippers in 7

SEMIFINALS

Spurs over Grizzlies in 7

Thunder over Lakers in 6

FINALS

Thunder over Spurs in 6

NBA FINALS

Heat over Thunder in 6

Finals MVP: LeBron James

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2/6 Photo of the Day – I Think They Made The Right Choice

I stumbled upon this link tonight while searching for some information on Omer Asik. The banner is down right scary.

I had forgotten that Derrick Rose vs Michael Beasley was actually a debate at one point. Not only that, I think Beasley was the presumed No. 1 pick for most of the college basketball season. Beasley started off hot for K-State while Rose struggled a little bit at the beginning of his Memphis career.

I really don’t want to think of what the Bulls would be right now if they had drafted Beasley over Rose, or if the ping pong balls had not bounced in their favor.

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Better Late Than Never: My 2011-2012 NBA Predictions

I had kind of been neglecting my blog the last few weeks amidst the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. I promise to get back to posting more in the new year, and I’ll start my finally posting my picks for the NBA season, even if the season is already a week old. So without further ado, here are my picks:

FINAL STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE

1. Heat

2. Bulls

3. Pacers

4. Celtics

5. Magic

6. Knicks

7. Hawks

8. Bucks

WESTERN CONFERENCE FINAL STANDINGS

1. Thunder

2. Nuggets

3. Spurs

4. Clippers

5. Lakers

6. Blazers

7. Mavericks

8. Grizzlies

PLAYOFFS

FIRST ROUND

Heat over Bucks in 4

Bulls over Hawks in 5

Knicks over Pacers in 7

Celtics over Magic in 7

Thunder over Grizzlies in 6

Nuggets over Mavericks in 7

Blazers over Spurs in 6

Clippers over Lakers in 7

The Western Conference playoffs could be outstanding. I love these potential series, how awesome would an all-Los Angeles playoff match-up be? And a Thunder-Grizz re-match in the first round? Yes, please. I think the Nuggets have the depth to excel in the shorten, compressed season, but how will they their talent translate to the playoffs? A re-match with the defending champs would be a tough, early test.

CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS

Heat over Celtics in 5

Bulls over Knicks in 7

Thunder over Clippers in 6

Nuggets over Blazers in 7

Thunder/Clippers, please happen. Blake comes home to OKC to battle KD. CP3 vs Westbrook. DeAndre Jordan vs Serge Ibaka. Yes. Please. And a good, old-fashioned Bulls/Knicks series? Love it.

CONFERENCE FINALS

Heat over Bulls in 6

Thunder over Nuggets in 5

NBA FINALS

Heat over Thunder in 6

Yep, we can all stop saying our lame LeBron doesn’t have any rings jokes. If LeBron and the Heat do win the title in 2012, LBJ will win his first ring in his ninth NBA season, at age 27. For comparison’s sake, Michael Jordan won his first championship in his seventh NBA season, at age 27…

AWARDS

MVP: Kevin Durant, OKC

KD leads the Thunder to the number one seed in the Western Conference and wins his first MVP award.

Rookie of the Year: Brandon Knight, DET

This is a tough call. There are a number of guys I could see taking home the award, including Kyrie Irving, Derrick Williams, Ricky Rubio and Jon Leuer (just kidding… although he’s off to a solid start). Knight isn’t surrounded by much talent in Detroit, so I think he’ll have a solid chance of being the team’s featured player.

Sixth Man of the year: James Harden, OKC

I’m not really sure why Harden isn’t a starter, but he should average over 20 points a game this season as the Thunder roll to the one seed in the West.

Defensive Player of the Year: Dwight Howard, ORL

It’s really hard to pick against Dwight, he’s such a force in the paint. So, I won’t.

Coach of the Year: George Karl, DEN

Like I said earlier, I think the Nuggets are built to win a lot of games in this shortened, compressed schedule. I think Denver will earn the second seed in the West thanks to their ten or eleven deep rotation. 

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This Date in History : June 12, 1991 – The Bulls Begin Their Run

I’m one day late on this, but anything related to Michael Jordan and the 1990’s Bulls is worth the wait.

20 years ago yesterday, I was about eight weeks from my 2nd birthday and the Chicago Bulls defeated the Los Angeles Lakers in the 1991 Finals for the team’s first NBA title.

Michael Jordan was 27 at the time of his first title. LeBron James, vilified by everybody for still being ringless, is currently 26. Perhaps we’re all being a little too tough on LeBron at the moment. But what the hell, its pretty fun giving shit to someone as naracisstic and self-unaware as LeBron.

Here is the signature play of the 1991 Finals, MJ’s famous switch-hands in mid flight layup from Game 2:

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Yes We Did…Create The Most Ridiculous Spectacle Ever!

With the Heat’s game 6 loss last night, this video will forever remain hilarious. The only way this video can get any funnier is if Chris Bosh is traded this summer.

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Congrats Dirk, You Deserve It.

Drink it up Dirk.

That Dude Dirk waves goodbye to Charles Barkley, Patrick Ewing, Karl Malone, Ernie Banks, Dan Marino and all the other great athletes who never won a title.

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Goodbye Shaq

One of the most dominant players in NBA history called it quits today. It was tough watching Shaq limb around in the Celtics’ second round series against the Heat, but I’ll always remember the big fella dominating opponents and backboards. Here’s hoping he ends up TV, preferably on TNT with Charles Barkley.

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Best NBA Draft Duos since 1985

ESPN reported on Saturday that the Cleveland Cavaliers were attempting to pull of a three-team trade that would net them the 2nd overall pick in the upcoming NBA Draft. If the trade goes through, the Cavs would have the first two picks of draft, which they would reportedly use to select Duke point guard Kyrie Irving and Arizona forward Derrick Williams. It doesn’t sound like the trade will actually happen, but the speculation got me thinking, if you could pick pick a duo from any draft of the past 25 years, which draft would you pick? So, I made a list. I didn’t just take the 1st and 2nd picks of each draft, I did some revisionist history to find the best duos from each draft regardless of where the players were selected. Here are the top 10 draft duos:

10. 2001: Pau Gasol (3rd pick) and Joe Johnson (10th pick)

Gasol and Johnson, both multiple time all-stars with excellent offensive skills, would make a solid inside-outside duo to build a team around. While LeBron, D-Wade and Chris Bosh headlined the epic 2010 free agent class, Johnson actually came out the richest. Johnson signed a max contract with the Hawks, while James, Wade and Bosh all took pay cuts to join forces on South Beach.

Also in the 2001 Draft: Gerald Wallace (25th), Zach Randolph (19th), Tony Parker (28th), Gilbert Arenas (30th)

9. 1995: Kevin Garnett (5th) and Jerry Stackhouse (3rd)

Kevin Garnett, a future hall-of-famer and one of the best defensive players in NBA history, was a no-brainer selection. Stackhouse was a tougher choice. Michael Finley and Rasheed Wallace would have been solid selections as well. Garnett and Wallace, teammates on the 2010 Celtics, would have been a tenacious defensive pair in their primes. However, Stackhouse’s scoring ability makes him the better choice to pair with Garnett.

Also in the 1995 Draft: Wallace (4th) and Finley (21st)

8. 1994: Jason Kidd (2nd) and Glenn Robinson (1st)

Kidd is one of the best point guards of all time, who is still dishing it out with the Mavs, and Robinson was one of the best power forwards in the NBA during his prime. Picking Robinson over Grant Hill was a tough decision. Hill battled injuries for a good part of his career, but he’s still playing for the Suns, while Robinson has been retired for six years.

Also in the 1994 Finals: Hill (3rd), and Juwon Howard (5th)

7. 1997: Tim Duncan (1st) and Tracy McGrady (9th)

Tim Duncan, an MVP, three time Champion and future hall-of-famer, is  simply one of the best players in NBA history. McGrady, a winner of multiple scoring crowns, was a dominant force in his prime. Unfortunately, his prime was cut short due to injuries, but that doesn’t diminish how much talent he had.

Also in the 1997 Draft: Chauncey Billups (3rd) and Stephen Jackson (43rd)

6. 1992: Shaquille O’Neal (1st) and Alonzo Mourning (2nd)

You might not choose to draft two centers in the same draft, but Shaq and Mourning would form one monstrous set of twin towers, on par with other great sets of big men like Tim Duncan/David Robinson and Hakeem Olajuwon/Ralph Sampson.

Also in the 1992 Draft: Christian Laettner (3rd), Latrell Sprewell (24th)

5. 1998: Dirk Nowitzki (9th) and Paul Pierce (10th)

Dirk and Pierce, two future hall-of-famers, would make for one high scoring forward pair. Pierce already has a ring, and hopefully, Dirk gets his in a week or two.

Also in the 1998 Draft: Antawn Jamison (4th), Vince Carter (5th) and Rashard Lewis (32nd)

4. 1996: Kobe Bryant (13th) and Steve Nash (16th)

1996 was one of the deepest drafts in NBA history, featuring three future NBA MVPs. Bryant and Nash would make for the best duo, although a combination featuring Allen Iverson or Ray Allen wouldn’t be too shabby.

Also in the 1996 Draft: Iverson (1st), Allen (5th), Stephon Marbury (4th), Antoine Walker (6th), Ben Wallace (Undrafted)

3. 2003: LeBron James (1st) and Dwyane Wade (5th)

As a Bulls fan, it pains me to say this, but when it’s all said and done, this could be the best duo in basketball history. Scottie Pippen probably agrees with me. Right now, before they’ve won a ring together, this duo is third. The 2003 Draft was stacked Carmelo Anthony went 3rd and the third Heatle, Chris Bosh, went 4th.

Also in the 2003 Draft: Anthony (3rd), Bosh (4th), Chris Kaman (6th) and David West (18th)

2. 1987: David Robinson (1st) and Scottie Pippen (5th)

Two members of the Dream Team and hall-of-fame. Maybe Pippen and Robinson wouldn’t have been quite the duo that Pippen and Jordan were, but the two would have been a force.

Also in the 1987 Draft: Reggie Miller (11th), Kevin Johnson (7th), Horace Grant (10th), and Mark Jackson (18th)

1. 1 1985: Patrick Ewing (1st) and Karl Malone (13th)

These two hall-of-famers would have made one hell of a front court. Maybe if Ewing and Malone had
played together these two wouldn’t belong in the “best players to not win a championship” club.

Also in the 1985 Draft: Chris Mullin (7th), Joe Dumars (18th)

Just missed the cut: 2002 (Amare Stoudemire and Yao Ming), 1989 (Shawn Kemp and Tim Hardaway), 2007 (Kevin Durant and Al Horford), 1993 (Chris Webber and Allan Houston), and 2008 (Derrick Rose and Kevin Love)

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