Daily Archives: December 12, 2009

“The Lake Show”

The Lakers once again wowed the crowd with their 11th straight victory last evening.  The Lake Show is back and look poised to repeat as NBA champions.  This team since the return of Gasol has easily looked like the most dominant team in the League night in and night out.  With a record of 18 and 3, they are on top of the NBA.  They did have a minor setback though last evening with Kobe Bryant fracturing the index finger on his shooting hand.

Bryant has looked like an MVP all season with stellar numbers and leadership.  He is averaging 28.4 points a game and over 4 assists.  The guy can do it all, not to mention that he has a stellar supporting cast this season.  I think a lot of the Laker success this season must be attributed to the great growth and maturity in Andrew Bynum’s game.  The talent was always there, but now there are numbers to back it up.  Not sure what Bynum did in the offseason, but he has turned into an all-star caliber player.  Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum are one of the most lethal frontcourt combos in the league and each is averaging over 17 points and 9 boards a game.  Not to mention the lock down defender Ron Artest is averaging  over 12 a game.

So the injury on Bryant’s hand may slow down the superstar for a few weeks.  This will not stop the Lake Show train from continuing its terror.  The supporting cast is so strong, that they can afford less scoring from Bryant and still grind games out.  This team is full of guys who have been through the fire and know how to win.  Do not be surprised if the Lakers roll up this win streak to 15 or 16 before it ends.

So my question for you all today is how many games can this Laker’s team win?  Can they hit the 70 mark?

Stay tuned for the next edition of Sportskraze.



“Remember the Orangemen?”

Do any of you guys remember that team that went down to the lowly Division 2 LeMoyne Dolphins?  If you do, the team that showed up that night is a mere afterthought.  In my opinion, outside of Kansas, this team has put on the best start to the season out of anyone.  They have defeated tough opponents and won handily every game.

I think I remember in a prior edition of this blog saying that the loss to LeMoyne meant nothing and that the Orangemen would still be a top 25 team that made it into the tourney easy.  I think I may of even underestimated the ability of Boeheim’s squad at that time.  I mean who really knew?

This Syracuse team, which was supposed to be somewhat down for a typical Boeheim team seems to be a big time Final Four contender.  They are playing outstanding defense in the typical Boeheim 2-3 zone and they are scoring with an ease and authority.  Four players are averaging double digits on this team with their fifth leading scorer averaging 9.8 a game.  Their attack is extremely balanced and fun to watch.  Boeheim is showing with this team that you do not need to bring in multiple super froshes to have a contender.  Jim is doing things the old-fashioned way and actually developing players into his system rather than riding the coat tails of a one and done guy.  Yes, freshman Brandon Triche has been solid, but the majority of the contributors are seasoned vets who are flourishing in the wonderful Boeheim system.

The Big East looks amazing and Syracuse has vaulted themself into being a prime contender in this conference.  Early on, there is no doubt that the Big East is on top of the College Basketball world with 6 teams in the top 20 in the country.  Now this could all change as the season progresses, but right now, the Big East looks as dominate as it has the past few years.

The Orangemen look very fierce and look poised to make a Final Four run.  With three powder puff games before Big East play starts, Syracuse will be 12 and 0 when Big East play tips off.  Watch out for the Boeheim 2-3 and the balanced play of the Syracuse Orangemen.

So my question for you all is are the Orangemen forreal and who wins the Big East this year?

Stay tuned for the next edition of Sportskraze.