I’d like to preface this post by letting everyone know that NBA TV will televise the live USA Basketball team selection on July 7, at 7 p.m est. By now everyone knows how directly or indirectly the NBA lockout has affected the way Team USA will look this summer. There will be no Dwight Howard, Derrick Rose, Chauncey Billups, Chris Bosh, Dwayne Wade, and now rookie Anthony Davis all due to injury or rehabilitation to a prior injury. Recently Lamar Odom dropped his name from consideration. The wear and tear that some of these athletes endured throughout the season and playoff runs increases the likelihood of replacements once all of the training and exhibition games begin. I am very excited for the London Olympics this year. Here are my predicitons for the 2012 Olympic National team:
Reserves: Deron Williams, Russell Westbrook, Eric Gordon, Andre Iguodala, Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Love, and Blake Griffin
For the first time in his glorious career Lebron James will finally get his ring. After certainly being one of the most polarizing figures in sports, Lebron led the Miami Heat to its’ second franchise world championship. Coming out of high school, Lebron was crowned with the moniker “King James” but this is the first time where he’ll actually be sitting atop the throne of the NBA as a champion. This isn’t about how many MVPs he has won, this isn’t about All-Star appearances, this is only a taste of what separates you from the rest. Lebron will no longer be mentioned in the same breath with Charles Barkley, Karl Malone, John Stockton, Patrick Ewing, and other all-time greats who will never know what it feels like to hoist the Larry O’Brien trophy. This is Dwayne Wade’s second time hoisting the trophy with the first being back in 2006.Lebron’s decision to take his talents to South Beach on national television broke a lot of hearts in Cleveland and was met with a level of hate and scrutiny that we may never witness again. Though it all paid off for Lebron, Wade, Bosh, and the rest of the Miami Heat organization, the next step will be if they can repeat.
All of Blended Entertainment’s posts so far today have been related to either a break-up or an engagement. This next one has to do with the man who calls himself “King James”. Lebron James has done something that his naysayers, or anyone for that matter thought he’d never do. In celebration for the New Years, and a belated birthday bash hosted by his teammate Dwayne Wade, Lebron proposed to the mother of his two children. There were about 60 close friends and family members at the party including Dwayne Wade’s girlfriend, Gabrielle Union and Miami Heat teammate Chris Bosh. With Lebron focusing on repairing his image since the debacle his team suffered last season, will 2012 be the year he finally wins a championship? No matter what happens this year in the NBA, he now in a position where he can everlasting union with his Fiance Savannah Brinson. Good luck Lebron and may 2012 be a successful year.
Congratulations to Dirk Nowitzski, Jason Kidd, Jason Terry, and the rest of the Dallas Mavericks for winning the franchise’s first NBA title. Mavs won in six games with a final score of 105-95. Dirk was named as the Finals MVP. Nowitzski struggled but he did it some important shots. He finished with 21 points. The rest of the team carried him through this struggle but as a team, the Mavs dethroned King James, Dwayne Wade, and the Miami Heat. Jason Terry played great basketball and he went to work while Lebron was in the game. Dirk and Kidd are future Hall of Famers and they were deserving of a championship at this stage of their careers. It was a very good series and credit the Miami Heat for hanging in there but obviously the big three weren’t ready. Lebron James was quoted as saying “At the end of the day, all the people that were rooting on me to fail, at the end of the day, they have to wake up tomorrow and have the same life that they had before they woke up today,” he went on to talk about how people will be happy about this failure for days or months but pointed out that they will be back to their personal problems while he and his family will be happy.
Maximized picture of the Larry O'Brien outside the stadium of the last team to come out of the Eastern Conference to win the NBA Finals.
In 2006, Dirk Nowitzski and Jason Terry were apart of a Dallas Mavericks team that went to the NBA Finals. There opponent was led by Dwayne Wade, Shaquille O’Neal, Jason Williams, and Udonis Haslem. The Mavs were up 2-0 in that series before suffering from a mental collapse the rest of the series which allowed the Miami Heat to win their first NBA Championship. Now we fast forward to today where each team has two holdovers from the 2006 Finals. For Dallas, it’s Nowitzki and Terry, and for the Heat it’s Wade and Haslem. It is all about redemption for the Dallas teammates, and on the other side it’s about bringing home another Championship to South Beach. This time around Dirk has a point guard in future Hall of Famer Jason Kidd. He has more veterans such as Shawn Marion, Tyson Chandler, and a guy who is top 5 all-time in three point goals made in NBA history with Peja Stojakovic. Do not also count out the young J.J Barea who at times will probably outscore the entire Miami Heat bench. On the other hand, we have the Heat who have now added Lebron James and Chris Bosh. The new big three garnered so much hate throughout the summer of 2010 and much for the whole season. The expectations were very high and they could be on their way to fulfilling them. The Heat’s bench includes Mario Chalmers, Udonis Haslem, and Mike Miller. The Mavs are the more well-rounded team but a team with Lebron, Wade, and Bosh is expected to win it all as they have all put franchises on their back before coming together before this season started. Will Dirk finally get a ring to minimize his previous playoff failures and push his legacy, or will the trio in Miami reign supreme? Lebron’s decision made headlines last July. In just under five weeks, many analysts and fans will mark the one-year anniversary of “The Decision”. On that day, will fans that hated Lebron rejoice or will they have to come to terms that Lebron is now a winner, a winner of the most coveted prize in basketball?