Over the past 24 hours, lots of news has happened both inside and outside of the sporting realm. Here are the main sporting items that have been on my mind.
Zach Randolph: Looking Like A Hall of Famer?
As much as it pains me to say, Zach Randolph may be playing better than any other player still standing in this year’s postseason. The guy has been in the League for about a decade now. He has played for 4 different teams during his time in the NBA and never really has seemed to find the right fit. The guy constantly has had issues with coaches, fellow teammates, the media, etc. Well those issues appear to be over. This man has the look of the best power forward in the game. And believe me, the NBA is not lacking in talent at the power forward spot. Sure the guy had a great regular season. But he has been absolutely lights out in the postseason dropping 23.3 points per game to go with 9.2 boards per contest. In addition he is shooting over 50% from the floor.
Yesterday was a prime example of the terror this guy can wreak on any given night when he is in the zone. I guess the real question now I pose for you is, “Are the Grizzlies a title contender?” And I will give you a simple answer. No. But they definitely are a team that could be very dangerous in the future. Memphis is hot right now. They knocked off the top seeded team in the West with relative ease despite some bad luck in Game 5.
I am going to make a bold statement here. They faced a beat up and aging San Antonio squad that was dwindling down the stretch and only kept the 1 seed due to LA stumbling at the regular season finish. Now Memphis is a very good team. But they will not be able to take down the Thunder in a 7 game set. I know that Randolph is getting the majority of the attention, but make sure not to overlook the emergence of PG Mike Conley. Quietly, the former sidekick to Mr. Greg Oden has turned into a heck of a player.
In summary, I really like this Memphis squad. I think they are a very talented and a fun team to watch. But I do not see them possessing quite enough to take down OKC in a 7 game series. There will be too much Durant/Westbrook Thunder in the end.
Do not grab your popcorn. Grab your protective armor and strap in for what is going to be a war. Boston and Miami have been the 2 favorites to come out of the East all year long. Ever since the “Decision” came to fruition, people wanted this matchup. Well they got it. And though Boston will continue to miss the physical presence of Kendrick Perkins, they will be up to the task in this series.
I realize the Heat won Game 1 somewhat handily. But the playoffs are best of 7 for a reason. No series is over after Game 1. This game had 45 fouls, 29 turnovers, and an ejection. You better believe that it is going to get even crazier as the series gets going. I don’t know about you though, but I will take the experience of the C’s to understand not only how to play an extremely physical series, but how to win one. Lebron James has fizzled under playoff physicality in the past. I am not sure if he is quite ready to handle it for 7 games in the present.
This will be a series to remember.
What About the Quarterbacks?
I enjoyed watching the Draft this past weekend as much as anybody, but there was one thing that lingered in my mind during the entire 7 rounds. What about guys like Kevin Kolb, Donovan McNabb, and dare I say Carson Palmer? This was their chance for a new beginning. Historically, draft night is a primetime for trades to occur.
Due to the current circumstances the League finds itself in, there were no player trades in the cards on this night (nobody was able to). The longer the CBA issues drag on, the less likely guys are to find a new home where they will have the opportunity to start next season. Kolb has no shot of starting over Vick in Philly. Donovan McNabb is not a good fit in Washington. And as for #9 (Palmer), there is really no hope. Even if the current CBA situation was not transpiring, Mike Brown, AKA, “the man who has never heard the word compromise,” AKA, “the man who has never heard the word negotiation,” AKA, the man who is the “Worst Owner in all of Professional Sports,” would not trade Carson anyways. So I guess it does not really matter for Carson. But as for Kolb and McNabb, I feel bad for them.
Just some “Food for Thought.”
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