Photo courtesy of youvalley.com. Shaquille O'Neal (pictured above) is already making his voice heard from the broadcast booth as expected.
By Nick Craddock
Shaquille O’Neal may have retired, but he’s still making headlines off the court. In a TV gig as an NBA analyst for Turner Sports, Shaq gave viewers their daily dose of scrutiny directed at the oft-vilified Miami Heat.
Chris Bosh, considered by many to be the weakest (and, on occasion, weeping) link of the Miami’s “Big Three,” found himself in O’Neal’s crosshairs; Shaq Fu questioned whether Miami had a “Big Three,” but instead only a “Big Two” — LeBron James and Dwayne Wade.
Evidently, this was a gibe at Bosh, and, well, I’m siding with the Diesel in this debate. Continue reading
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Tagged Boston Celtics, Chris Bosh, Cleveland Cavaliers, Detroit Pistons, Dwayne Wade, Eastern Conference, Lebron James, Miami Heat, New York Knicks, Nick Craddock, Shaquille O'Neal, Toronto Raptors, Turner Sports, Western Conference
Sunday afternoon will be a big day for the Oklahoma City Thunder as they look to advance to their first conference finals since 1996 (they were the SuperSonics then). Expect Kevin Durant (pictured above) to play a large role.
The Memphis Grizzlies continue to shock the world with their never say die mentality. They went into halftime staring elimination in the face. Memphis had the look of a deer in headlights. Down by 10 with 24 minutes of basketball to go. Randolph, Mayo, Conley and Co decided that the ball was not going to strike midnight yet on the current Memphis magical ride. And they made sure it didn’t. Continue reading
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Tagged Conference Finals, Dallas Mavericks, Kevin Durant, Memphis Grizzlies, Mike Conley Jr., NBA, NBA Finals, New York Knicks, O.J. Mayo, Oklahoma City Thunder, Seattle SuperSonics, Western Conference, Zach Randolph
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
Dwight Howard (pictured above) has put on 2 consecutive Superman like performances in the early going of the postseason. Can he continue on his recent tear and lead the Magic back to the NBA Finals?
It appears Superman has officially landed in Florida. And no I am not talking about Clark Kent or any of the Miami Heat terrific trifecta. I am talking about none other than the man people have referred to as “Superman” for years now. Continue reading
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Tagged Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics, Chicago Bulls, Dwight Howard, Eastern Conference, Kobe Bryant, Miami Heat, Michael Jordan, NBA, NBA Finals, NBA Playoffs, Orlando Magic, Stan Van Gundy, Western Conference
Allan Houston (pictured above) played a key role in helping lead the 8th seeded New York Knicks to the 1999 NBA Finals. Do not expect the Memphis Grizzlies, despite a big time win today, to roll all the way to the Finals. But the Western Conferences 5 through 8 teams are pretty solid.
2 shockers already on this first Sunday of the NBA Playoffs. The top 2 seeds in the Western Conference went down at home. Could the Spurs and Lakers legitimately lose these series and turn the NBA Playoffs into April/May Madness? It would be totally awesome with a capital A, but it will not happen. Continue reading
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Tagged Allan Houston, Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics, Butler Bulldogs, Carmelo Anthony, Chicago Bulls, Chris Paul, Denver Nuggets, Eastern Conference, Indiana Pacers, Los Angeles Lakers, March Madness, Memphis Grizzlies, NBA, NBA Finals, New Orleans Hornets, New York Knicks, Oklahoma City Thunder, Orlando Magic, Philadelphia 76ers, Portland Trailblazers, Reggie Miller, San Antonio Spurs, VCU Rams, Western Conference
As I predicted in the preseason, I am taking Kobe, Phil, and the Lakers to complete the 3-peat with another amazing playoff run. Will this be the end of the line for Phil Jackson?
The grueling 82 game regular season is finally over and playoff time is upon us. Most casual fans do not invest a heavy interest in the regular season, but come playoff time, the NBA takes center stage. There is no questioning the effort of these amazing basketball players at this time of year. It is all or nothing. This is where the men are separated from the boys. As promised, I am going to provide my predictions on how this year’s postseason will play out. Continue reading
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Tagged Andre Iguodala, Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics, Chauncey Billups, Chicago Bulls, Dallas Mavericks, Danny Granger, Denver Nuggets, Derrick Rose, Dino Gallinari, Dwight Howard, Eastern Conference, Elton Brand, George Karl, Hedo Turkoglu, Indiana Pacers, Jameer Nelson, Kevin Durant, Kobe Bryant, Lamarcus Aldridge, Lebron James, Los Angeles Lakers, Manu Ginobli, Memphis Grizzlies, Miami Heat, Michael Jordan, NBA Championship, NBA Playoffs, New Orleans Hornets, New York Knicks, Oklahoma City Thunder, Orlando Magic, Phil Jackson, Philadelphia 76ers, Portland Trailblazers, Roy Hibbert, Russell Westbrook, San Antonio Spurs, Wesley Matthews, Western Conference, Zach Randolph
The loss of San Antonio's leader, Tim Duncan (pictured above) could allow the Lakers to catch the Spurs for the 1 seed in the West. Either way, San Antonio will not make a deep run in the playoffs without the rock of their franchise at full strength.
Over the past couple of weeks, it has become very easy to forget about all other sports outside of NCAA Basketball. This year’s version of March Madness has been absolutely phenomenal, and we are all extremely excited to see what happens in Houston this weekend. Today though, Major League Baseball has opened up in a big way. 6 games will be played when all is said and done. Granted the weather is still in the 30s in Cincinnati, where the Reds are currently taking on the Brewers.
People need to realize though that College Basketball is not the only game in town. The NBA season is coming down to the final stretch before the playoffs, with much left to be decided. Plus, tonight features two mega matchups. So after you watch your respective MLB teams open up the season, tune in to one of the two insanely good matchups the NBA has this evening. Sorry to my Giants and Dodgers fans. As the only night game, you will have to make a decision, but for the rest of the country, watching the NBA Action is a no brainer. Continue reading
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Tagged Boston Celtics, Cincinnati Reds, Dallas Mavericks, Dirk Nowitzki, Eastern Conference, Final Four, Kobe Bryant, Lebron James, Los Angeles Lakers, March Madness, MLB, MVP, NBA, NBA Finals, NCAA Basketball, Opening Day, Phil Jackson, San Antonio Spurs, Staples Center, Tim Duncan, Western Conference