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There Will Be No ‘Hall Of Fame Debate Tonight’. Tonight Is All About Game 7 Of The NBA Finals!!!!

There Will Be No ‘Hall Of Fame Debate Tonight’.  Tonight Is All About Game 7 Of The NBA Finals!!!!

Sorry guys, I almost never let this happen. But I have to take a night off and watch the Heat and the Spurs tonight.  Game 6 was unreal and I am expecting another great competition tonight.

While I am nowhere near as big of an NBA fan as I once was, I do enjoy the playoff atmosphere a lot.  Personally, for the last 6-7 years I have skipped the lengthy regular season and strictly watch the playoffs.

Tonight will be great!

LETS GO HEAT!!!!

Miami Heat

NBA Finals Prediction

NBA Finals Prediction

Yes this is a baseball and baseball card blog.

And yes, I am what you would certainly call a ‘Baseball Guy’.

But, living in South Florida and being a former NBA Fan-atic, it is very hard to not get swept up with the Miami Heat.

So, while I will still be focusing on baseball, I will also be watching the NBA Finals.

And I thought it was only right to formally state my prediction here for all to see.

Cool?

OK.

I predict that the Miami Heat will win the NBA Championship, 4 games to 1.

Let’s Go Heat!!!!

’30-YOC Top Ten Lists’ – ‘Top Ten Basketball Players Of All-Time’

’30-YOC Top Ten Lists’ – ‘Top Ten Basketball Players Of All-Time’

The NBA has been unavoidable over the last two months.  And if you live in South Florida, there is a lot to be excited about.  We are witnessing NBA history being written in our backyards down here – and if you fail to recognize that, even if just for a split-second, then you have issues.

So, with so much attention getting paid to my second favorite sport, I thought I would take my ‘Top Ten’ lists on a detour this week and present to you my ‘Top Ten NBA Players Of All-Time’.

As you can imagine, I like the history of the sport – and the legends that helped build it.  So while I appreciate West, Russell, Jabbar, and the other guys that helped bring the sport to new heights, they are not on my list.  Instead I will focus on the guys that I loved watching – the guys that represent the NBA to me.

Honorable Mention – Kobe Bryant, Charles Barkley, Shaquille O’Neal, Magic Johnson, Dennis Rodman, Grant Hill, Chris Webber, Steve Nash, Dirk Nowitzki, Dan Majerle, Udonis Haslem, and David Robinson.

And now, I will throw a few chest passes, and a few bounce passes, and a few alley-oops to my ‘Top Ten Basketball Players Of All-time’.

10B – Tim Duncan – Mr. Fundamental.  The guy’s skills were solid from the day that he stepped onto the NBA hardwood.  I guess that fou years of college helped with that.  Still, multiple championships later, Duncan is a reflection of the game that I love.  Too bad that he is a dying breed.

10A – Hakeem Olajuwon – The most gifted big-man that I have ever seen play.  Olajuwon could do it all – score, shoot, play defense, and for a center, he was a heck of a passer. 

9 – Isiah Thomas – I love the little guys that play bigger than their frame.  Thomas was able to dominate games on a regular basis, and he was always the smallest guy on the court.  He may be one of the toughest little men that the sport has ever seen too.

8 – Dwyane Wade – He ia absolutely fun to watch.  And even when he is having an ‘off’ night by his standards, it takes just one shot to get him going.  And when he is not, there is absolutely no more exciting player in the game to watch than D-Wade!!

7 – Scottie Pippen – One of the most well-rounded players from my youth, Pippen could do it all.  And as a ‘second’ option next to MJ, he was fabulous.  His defense was brilliant, and I really enjoyed watching him guard point guards when no other 6-8 guys would even try.

6 – Tim Hardaway – Timmy thrived in big moments, and I saw a lot of them live and in person back in the day.  He played with such a high level of confidence, and when he was battling the Knicks, he was AWESOME!!!

5 – Allen Iverson – Say what you will about his shot selection and field goal percentages, but Iverson was fearless on a basketball court.  And as the competition got bigger and stronger, Iverson’s speed and tenacious style of play kept him at a very high level of play.  And I think he was seriously underrated as a defender too…

4 – Alonzo Mourning – What can I say?  I was so happy for him to win a title in 2006.  Zo was and is still the heart and soul of the franchise.  A tough and incredibly skilled defender, I enjoyed watching Alonzo take his game to the next level when he came to Miami.  He is, and will always represent Miami Heat basketball to me.

3 – Michael Jordan – Not much to say here.  I am happy that I got to live in Chicago from 1989-94 so I could witness the greatness more regularly than the regular fan.  MJ is the best of the best – enough said!!

2 – John Stockton – My definition of a ‘pure point guard’ is #12.  Stockton was as tough as they come – and while he was never relied on for scoring, he was a fantastic shooter and was never afraid to take it into the paint.  And if there was anyone I wanted shooting free throws at the end of a close game it was Stockton.

1 – Karl Malone – One of these days I will have to tell you about when I met Malone in Utah during a Spring Break road trip.  There is nothing that I didn’t like about Malone’s game.  A tough rebounder, and a versatile offensive threat, I am so very proud to call Malone my favorite NBA player of all-time.  As a kid, when everyone’s room was decorated in Jordan, I was the odd-man-out, but I would not have wanted it any other way.  I got to witness and celebrate of the game’s greatest scorers and one hell of a ‘real team player’.

Man, that really took me down memory road…  I still enjoy watching hoops, and I have been re-enthused now with the success and celebrity of the Miami Heat, but nothing will replace the game I spent enjoying during my youth and the players that made me really value the fundamentals of the sport.

Who is your favorite baller?  Come on, give me your lists now too….

Thanks for reading!

Heat In Six!!!

Heat In Six!!!

Just wanted to document my prediction for the NBA Finals.  You read it here first…

Heat In Six!!!

Is South Florida Ready For What Is About To Happen???

Is South Florida Ready For What Is About To Happen???

I have lived in South Florida for almost 85% of my life.

I know the history of South Florida pretty well, and I know the history of South Florida sports extremely well.

What has transpired in the last 24 hours down here has been nothing short of amazing in all aspects.  And while I understand and can sympathize with the emotions that others are dealing with all over the country less than 24 hours removed from LeBron James’ decision to play for the Heat, I cannot help but wear a big grin on my face as I know that I am about to witness incredible basketball for the foreseeable future. 

And while all of these incredible events continue to unfold right in front of my eyes, 1 lingering thought sticks with me – Can Miami, a football town, embrace the sport of basketball and specifically these three incredible players in the same way that they hold Don Shula and Dan Marino in their hearts??

I hate to say it, but I have my doubts.  The last thing that I would want to see is this chapter in the Heat’s history, and the NBA’s for that matter, be given step-child status by a state that only elevates its athletes that wear shoulder pads.

In my lifetime the Miami Dolphins have never won anything.   In fact, I can vividly recall more losing than winning.  Yet this team, and their activities are front and center for 365 days a year. 

Now I am not saying that the South Florida area does not have loyal fans of the other major sports teams, but if you look at the attendance numbers, merchandise sales, and television ratings, it is clear that this region of the state lives and breathes pigskin.

Take the Marlins’ for example.  I have enjoyed 2 World Series titles  by my home team in the last 14 years.  And while the state was a-buzz while the run was happening, it didn’t take hold until the team was well into the playoffs.  Hell, the Marlins have one of the best offensive players in the sport on their roster while also having a Top 5 pitcher on their staff and they fail to bring 15,000 fans to their home games.  Same with the Panthers team that made the Stanley Cup finals more than a decade ago.  And even just a few years ago when the Heat won the title in 2006 – stands were empty for 75% of the year.

But now things are different.  3 players have come together to accomplish one specific goal – WIN.  Win at all costs should be their motto as each of these players took significantly smaller contracts in exchange for the desire to build basketball history together.  And since it seems like South Florida enjoys the aspect of ‘fair-weather’, I see some very big summers ahead for the next half-decade or more.

I cannot wait for the tip-off to the NBA season.  Living where I live, I should have more access to this team and their games than someone who does not live nearby.  It will be very fun and interesting to see how these guys adapt to one another as they merge three of the top ten talents in the league into one machine that has one goal.

Allow me to make a few predictions:

  1. LeBron James will have the #1 selling jersey in 2010-2011
  2. A statue of Pat Riley will be erected outside of the AAA within the next five years
  3. The Miami Heat will win 3-4 NBA championships in the next 5 years
  4. The Miami Heat will be a destination for aging/quality stars that want to win championships before they retire
  5. Alonzo Mourning will have a mentor-type role with the team and will ultimately get all three guys active in his charitable work around Miami
  6. The NBA will grant Miami an All-Star game within the next 3-4 years
  7. Contending teams will build like never before – more dynasties will be created giving the league a few elite teams and a ton of sub-par teams

Are you ready for what is about to unfold?  I hope so – it is going to be unlike anything ANY of us have seen before!!!

Buckle up Miami!!!!

Celebrity First Pitch – Dwyane Wade

 Does it get any better than the Miami Heat’s Dwyane Wade throwing out the first pitch to Marlin’s superstar Hanley Ramirez???  I don’t think so!!!

While I don’t condone the antics of Dwyane Wade in regards to his methods of sending message’s to the Heat’s front office about his future, I do admire his desire to win.  He appears to want to win so badly that he won’t re-sign with our team until they make moves to ensure a potential run at another title.  While this is commendable, it also shows his immaturity as he has been sending quite a few messages through the media outlets around town.  While it won’t tarnish anything he has done on the court, he’s one of the game’s best players, it certainly doesn’t help his public image.

Best of luck to Dwyane and the Heat during the upcoming season – I hope the 2 sides can iron out their differences and focus on making this team a contender again!!!  LET’S GO HEAT!!!