Game 7 in Miami isn't over yet, but the Heat have a commanding 20 point lead late in the game. Looks like a Heat-Spurs series. Who wins?
(EDIT: Heat beat Pacers 99-76 to advance to 3rd straight NBA finals)
It ain't over yet. But I am thinking Spurs in 6.
nothing against Lebron, but 50 minutes of him and 10 minutes of other stuff makes Sportscenter unwatchable.
i hate it because the other 10 are spent recapping what happened at NYJ training camp...
This line of reasoning is so played out at this point. That said, go Spurs.
I'm not insinuating that he's fixing games. The Heat won fair and square; no argument from me. It is, however, probably more financially beneficial for the NBA with the Heat in the finals over the Pacers.
I'm young...but did people doubt the validity of MJ's Bulls during their championship streak? Why can't people just accept that the best player in the NBA--by far--is leading the best team in the NBA--by far--to 2 championships in a row?
The exact same could be said for the Lakers/Kings semi final. That was fixed.
The NBA does not fix games.
Tim Donaghy, however, officiated numerous games of the Lakers Kings 2002 conference finals and that series has largely irrefutable arguments that it was fixed.
Its too bad that happened, because now some fans think that the independent actions of one rogue referee means that the whole league is fixed from the draft lottery to who wins which playoff series to which players get too many foul calls
From another viewpoint, the NBA may not have fixed the games, but they have to take the hit because of it. Tim Donaghy was a ref who was hired by the NBA to do his job, and he did something very wrong. If an employee at a business wrongs a customer, the customer isn't going to just be angry with the employee, he is going to be angry with the employer and the place of business in general. Donaghy is the employee of the NBA, so the NBA is going to have to deal with the problems that came from this. So the NBA may not actually fix games, but they cannot be blameless as well.
If nothing else the NBA was complicit simply because they didn't fire Donaghy on the spot.
Did anyone who watched that game think anything other than fix?
And that was Webber's best shot at a title.
Don't get me started on enveloped kept in freezers and all the other farce that is the NBA
But serious problems with the game there aren't any consequences, and they sweep it under the rug.
I can't comment on the Bulls, as I was too young. But blatantly inconsistent standards of reffing drive people to conspiracy theories of fixation because the alternative is incompetence....
but still miles better than B1G officiating. So there's that.
didn't benefit from getting to avoid the best teams because of other teams injuries(not the Heats fault). Jordan's Bulls would have destroyed LeBron's Heat.
I don't think the Heat are far-and-away the best team in the NBA anymore. I mean, the Pacers were able to outplay them for most of that series.
Honestly, the officiating seemed to favor the Pacers. LeBron fouling out and all of that nonsense.
Everyone in America besides heat ''fans'' should be pulling for San Antonio.
I can't stand the Spurs.
There are bad fans and bandwagon fans everywhere. South Florida is not as sports-crazed as the big Northeast cities or the Midwest, but give it a rest man. The Miami Heat is a pretty damn proud and successful 25-year-old franchise and has always had a strong local fanbase. Yes, idiots like Justin Bieber and Miami bimbos attend some games, but it doesn't justify your condescending comments.
I'll pull for Miami because of comments like this.
Pacers in 4. Don't stop believing!
Drat. The comeback fell 23 points short...
Sorry, to any NBA fans out there, but I can hardly watch it. Not because of the flopping or anything like that, but because I have no interest in any of the teams like I do with college basketball.
Oops, wrong thread.
For anyone unaware, that "Delete" thread had something that was already posted so it's just a post whatever you want thread right now for free points. Go get them while you can!
michigan doing well will always surpass any Detroit acomplishments, but to me the league is way better run than the NFL, and I need a pro winter sport (other than hockey)
you want to talk about a poorly run league look a the NHL...
The NBA might as well be the WNBA to me. Awful product.
Maybe you should watch the Spurs play.
They are more similar to Michigan basketball in style than maybe any team in the NBA.
And while they may not be the best team, they play the smartest brand of basketball and maximize every bit of talent they have.
Also, it sucks that you wont get to watch the rest of Trey Burkes basketball career.
Go Spurs. The Miami Heat are one the best examples of why the highest level of team sports is college
I know what you mean, but I just think you are wrong. The Pat Riley has put together a great team, one superstar, one sidekick, a solid 3rd scoring option and a bunch of shooters to spread the floor. They don't have a great shot blocker but they still play way above average defense (admittedly above average D in the NBA doesn't take anything more than an attempt to show interest on that end of the floor for most of the season) They share the ball and are much more fun to watch than most teams. People may not like the way they came together but blame the media for the hype, not for professionals wanting to put themselves in a better situation to succeed.
There was a time when owners and GMs were relied upon to assemble talent for a team, coaches were relied upon to manage a team, and a players were just there to perform. When superstars like LeBron and Chris Bosh can circumvent that process all to satisfy their need for personal glory, then the game loses something. The NBA resembles the WWE too much for my taste these days and it's unwatchable.
Now get off my lawn.
but just on principle I have to agree college is definitely more team oriented than the professional leagues. I'm sure there are plenty of examples to the contrary either way, but the team aspect is a big reason I spend almost all of my time following college sports as opposed to professional.
and rase you a Detroit Red Wings.
Juwan Howard could get another ring......
Tim Duncan is the best player for the last 15 years and constantly gets overshadowed because he's the epitomy of team first without drawing attention to himself. Another ring cements his legacy.
Duncan is amazing. Best power forward of all time. But LeBron is the best player of the last 15 years. Even if he has only been playing 10 seasons.
there would be no way i would take the spurs, but now, i just cant stand the heat. i think the heat will win, but i really want SA and Tim duncan to solidify themselves as one of the most dominant teams in history
If this San Antonio team played in LA or New York, the amount of nauseating ass-kissing the media would heap upon them would not easily be measured. As it is, San Antonio epitomizes small market and therefore ESPN couldn't give a shit. It's a shame, because Tim Duncan really is one of the greatest players of his generation and gets nowhere the credit that he deserves. Not that he cares, to his credit.
3rd straight to the OP
To be fair, I really don't think he came up with that himself.
I wish I could care about the NBA, but I just don't. I know its ancient history, but I lost a lot of respect for the league after the Malice at the Palace.
Give me a good college basketball game and I'd watch that over the NBA 10 times out of 10.
After the Cincinnati Xavier shit show. Sounds like confirmation bias to me.
Heat in 6
I seriously can't stand the NBA anymore... It's not just the fact that there are super teams these days, but bandwagons and the amount of time the media spends on the Heat just drives me crazy. The fact that the NBA can barely be considered a team sport as well just grinds my gears...