Photo courtesy of zimbio.com. With yesterday’s Serge Ibaka contract extension, the Oklahoma City Thunder youth movement continues.
By Josh Kramer
Most of the attention regarding the Western Conference this off-season has been focused on the newly revamped Los Angeles Lakers. Rightfully so. In adding two-time MVP Steve Nash and the best center in the NBA, it appears Kobe has the pieces in place to nab #6. But who won the Western Conference championship last year though? Who went to the Western Conference finals the year before? Oh yeah, that team out of Oklahoma City. With yesterday’s four-year contract extension of 22-year-old swat team captain Serge Ibaka, the youth movement continues on in OKC.
In this day and age defined by free agency, blockbuster deals, and unhappy players, core groups rarely stay together for an extended period of time. Oklahoma City is looking to defy the odds and build a dynasty out of a group of guys that they drafted, molded, and groomed. Continue reading
Photo courtesy of clippers.topbuzz.com. Chris Paul (left) and Blake Griffin (right) are two of the main reasons why the Clippers currently find themselves in the Western Conference Semifinals. Can they advance to the Western Conference Finals for the first time in franchise history?
By Josh Kramer
The opening round brought the city of Los Angeles to a fever pitch. Round two will bring heartbreak. In a little over a week, people will be referring to Los Angeles as “Heartbreak City,” rather than “Basketball Central.” Even if you are not a fan of the Lakers or the Clippers, you have to admit that an all LA Western Conference Finals showdown would be special. “Lob City” versus the Kobe Bryant Show. What could be better than that?
Unfortunately, I am going to go out on a limb and say that it isn’t going to happen. This is not the same Lakers team that made three consecutive finals appearances from 2008 to 2010. They are full of flaws, lacking the effort and determination to lay it all on the line every night. The Clippers are not only tired and injury riddled, they are overmatched against a very experienced and well coached San Antonio team. Gregg Popovich is arguably the best in the business for a reason.
Kobe Bryant will have to play out of this world for LA to stretch this series more than five games. The Nuggets made the Lakers look like they were standing still at times during the opening round. What do you think the Thunder are going to do? Not to mention the Thunder are much bigger inside than the Nuggets with Ibaka and a now healthy Perkins. I tip my hat to the Clippers on taking down a very good Grizzlies team. But the Spurs are even better than Memphis. Plus, both of the star players on the Clippers are currently struggling with various injuries.
It has been a great year for Los Angeles in terms of NBA basketball. As a consolation prize though, the Kings appear unstoppable in terms of the NHL and the Dodgers currently boast the best record in the National League. In terms of basketball though, Los Angeles should start thinking about the 2012/2013 season. Continue reading
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Tagged Drew Brees, Gregg Popovich, Kendrick Perkins, Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Dodgers, Los Angeles Kings, Los Angeles Lakers, Mike Krzyzewski, Milwaukee Brewers, MLB, Oklahoma City Thunder, Ryan Braun, San Antonio Spurs, Serge Ibaka, Shyam Das, Wes Welker
Dirk Nowitzki (pictured above) has been nothing short of phenomenal in this year's playoffs. Can the future first ballot Hall of Famer get the Mavericks back to the NBA Finals?
The matchup to decide the Wild Wild West will finally get underway tonight. No I am not referring to the NHL’s crazy Western Conference. I am talking about the extraordinarily deep NBA Western Conference. It is a 3/4 matchup. Not too many people predicted these 2 to square off for a trip to the Finals. And that is fine. It still a great all around matchup. Continue reading
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Tagged Atlanta Braves, Daequan Cook, Dallas Mavericks, Dirk Nowitzki, Eric Maynor, James Harden, Jason Kidd, JJ Barea, Kendrick Perkins, Kevin Durant, Los Angeles Lakers, Mark Cuban, NBA, NHL, Nick Collison, Russell Westbrook, Serge Ibaka, Western Conference Finals
According to our very own Wesley Kaminsky, Lebron James (pictured above) appears to finally have the look of a champion.
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Don’t look now, but we are just one game away from both the Lakers and Celtics being eliminated in the second round of the playoffs. When the playoffs begun, many people had these two teams meeting up in the championship for the third time in four years, assuming it would be too difficult to knock off either of these teams in a seven game series. I was not one of those people, seeing as I didn’t make playoff predictions, because of two reasons. The first being that being a die-hard Bulls fan, I know that my favoritism of the Bulls would be evident, and I would think of a million reasons as to why they could not lose in the playoffs. The second reason I did not fill one out was because I really had no idea, and wanted to save myself the embarrassment following a March Madness bracket that I never want to look at again.Anyway, enough about that. Time to get to the action that took place on Monday night, with the Heat taking a commanding 3-1 lead over the Eastern conference champion Celtics. Continue reading
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Tagged Boston Celtics, Chicago Bulls, Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade, Kendrick Perkins, Kevin Garnett, Lebron James, Los Angeles Lakers, March Madness, Miami Heat, NBA, NBA Playoffs, Paul Pierce, Rajon Rondo, Wesley Kaminsky
Regardless of your opinion on Memphis power forward Zach Randolph (pictured above) off the court, you have to give the man props on his playoff performance thus far.
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? Continue reading
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Tagged Boston Celtics, Carson Palmer, CBA, Donovan McNabb, Eastern Conference, Greg Oden, Kendrick Perkins, Kevin Durant, Kevin Kolb, Lebron James, Los Angeles Lakers, Memphis Grizzlies, Miami Heat, Mike Brown, Mike Conley, NBA Playoffs, NFL Draft, Oklahoma City Thunder, Russell Westbrook, San Antonio Spurs, Western Conference, Zach Randolph