We have some good news here to report at Blended Entertainment. As of right now, the NBA is back! After a marathon night of negotiations tallying over 15 hours ending late last night, the two sides reached a verbal tentative agreement to end the lockout and start the season by Christmas Day. For the season to officially begin, a handful of players must end their pending lawsuits against the NBA, go through some other litigation procedures, and reform a new player’s union. If all of this goes through, the players and owners must then ratify the agreement with a majority vote from both sides. Sources including sportswriters, Chris Broussard and David Aldridge have confirmed that the proposed 66 game schedule should not be in jeopardy and that the two sides will vote in favor of the new agreement. Stay tuned to Blended Entertainment for more news regarding this ongoing process.
Earlier today, Shaquille O’Neal posted a video on his twitter account stating that he was retiring. He even created his own hashtag, #ShaqRetires which is currently the number two trending topic in the United States. Shaq is one of the most dominant players in NBA history and I must say that it was sad to see him go out the way he did this season. I wish him the best and hopefully more t.v time because his personality is one of a kind. His presence will be missed.
Here is a link to Shaq’s retirement video: http://www.tout.com/9944wo
Check out a couple of other Shaq videos below.
There are two playoff series that could end in a sweep today. The Miami Heat and the Boston Celtics could both be in the next round after today. Either way, if they both move on then they will be playing each other. No team in the NBA down 3-0 has never ever came back to win the series. So get your brooms ready on this Easter Sunday.
The key for Miami to win
- The Big 3. Lebron has been averaging just about 25 PPG while both Wade and Bosh have been pouring in 21 PPG. These three are high octane scorers from all over the court and they set the tempo on both ends.
The Key for Boston to win
- If Amare does not suit up, that is a big blow to Knicks. Already down 3-0 in the series, all it takes is for the Celts to get great shooting out of Pierce and Allen along with strong post play from Garnett.
I’ll start off my 2011 campaign with my predictions for the NBA Playoffs. By the time this article is published, there will already be two days of basketball played. With that being said, I am predicting every round separately, including the Finals. So without further ado here are my predictions starting with the Eastern Conference.
1. Chicago Bulls
8. Indiana Pacers
My Winner- Chicago
Expect MVP candidate Derrick Rose to shine in this series. I honestly believe that Indiana can match up and win two games but the Bulls will take this in six.
4. Orlando Magics
5. Atlanta Hawks
My Winner- Atlanta
I just can not take the Orlando Magics seriously. I can not take Dwight Howard seriously. He is the best center in the league and I want him to take control and be aggressive. It seems he has done that and received many techs this season but something is missing. Develop a jump shot Dwight. The Hawks have the individual pieces to lead through Orlando in five games.
3. Boston Celtics
6. New York Knicks
My Winner- Boston
Home-town pick here. They lost a lot of luster since trading Perkins but I expect them to take care of the Knicks in five games.
2. Miami Heat
7. Philadelphia 76ers
My Winner- Miami
I would love if the Doug Collin’s 76ers push Miami to seven games but all I see is a sweep. Miami will wear Philly down throughout the first couple of games.