20 NBA Playoff thoughts with @ProfessorCorria

1.)    LeBron James is the undisputed heavyweight champion of the basketball universe. It’s not even close, it’s not up for debate, and if you think there is a better player you need to put the Molly water down.


2.)    Kevin Durant is the second best player in the world, but he got a small taste of how heavy your head can be when you wear the crown, and it wasn’t pleasant.  He shouldn’t worry about being 2nd for right now, enjoy the journey and your time will come.


3.)    The phrase “du jour” this postseason has been “Rim protection”. If I here Tim Legler or Colin Cowherd say, “Rim Protection”  one more time I’m going to lose my composure.


4.)    Speaking of rim protection, Roy Hibbert has really been a force in the 2013 playoffs, just ask Melo. His presence and basketball IQ have been the difference throughout the playoffs for the Pacers. I urge you to watch him on defense, don’t follow the ball, but just watch Hibbert work on defense off the ball.


5.)   Don’t the playoffs lose a little bit of luster without the Lakers, Bulls and Celtics making deep playoff runs? Kobe, Westbrook, Rondo, Rose and the myriad of injuries that haunted teams in this year’s playoffs have also harmed the product. Yes the NBA is a product for all you “for the love of the game guys” out there.


6.)    This year’s playoffs have reaffirmed for me the notion that Tim Duncan has had a better career and a better player than Shaquille O’Neal. Yes Shaq had a better prime, but Duncan is in year 17 anchoring a team that just won the Western Conference.  He’s never missed the playoffs, never beefed with his co-star and didn’t fall in love with eating sandwiches and get out of shape. Can’t say the same for O’Neal.


7.)    Dwight Howard in LA has been an unmitigated disaster. He needs to leave Los Angeles, and go play for the Houston Rockets. The roster in Houston is similar to the 2009 Orlando Magic, except James Harden is A LOT better than anyone that was on that team.


8.)    Serge Ibaka and Kendrick Perkins especially are stealing money from the Oklahoma City Thunder. $9 million a year for Kendrick Perkins and $12 million a year from Serge Ibaka, dear lord. Perkins is stealing money with no ski mask, gloves or pistol. He sucks so bad that he is the 1st player in the history of the NBA playoffs to have a negative PER.


9.)    Stephen Curry established himself as top 5 PG in the NBA. He had flames coming off his hands during the playoffs and he has a very favorable contract going forward, 4 years $43 million. $5 million less than Serge Ibaka if your keeping score at home.


10.)  We found out the true value of Russell Westbrook, not only his ability, but also his toughness. The Thunder missed his nasty streak and we found out who the true Alpha Male on the Thunder is.


11.) Dwayne Wade………………. Whoa. 14.3PPG? I know LeBron must be giving him the side eye in the Locker Room. He must be thinking to himself, “I came here to play with you and if we lose I’m going to get all the blame and this is how you’re gonna play?”   A note to all D-Wade fan boys: This is who he is now, he might heal from his injury, but you think that a 31 year old 6-4 injury prone shooting guard, who relies heavily on his athletic ability is going to suddenly become who he was in 2011, never mind 2006? OKAY, el oh el.


12.) Paul George is better than Carmelo Anthony. Especially if you count defense, which is 50% of playing basketball right? Never mind that Melo is on a 4 year $85 million dollar deal and Paul George is still on his rookie deal and will soon receive a 4 year $58 million dollar deal. Who would you rather have?


13.) The Memphis Grizzlies front line of Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol did everything but turn Blake Griffin and Deandre Jordan upside down and turn their pockets inside out. Z-Bo gave Blake the Rikers Island “treatment” and Griffin just turtled. Blake Griffin is the most overrated player currently in the NBA, a smaller and softer version of Shawn Kemp.


14.) Greg Popavich is LAWD. Zach Randolph and the Memphis Grizzlies are STILL trying to figure out what the hell happened in the Western Conference Finals. Popavich happened.


15.) The undermanned Chicago Bulls played with a ferocity that made for great theatre in the first two rounds, especially in Game 1 Vs. the Miami Heat. Salute to them, you were a treat to watch.


16.) Tony Parker is better than Chris Paul. Parker killed Paul head-to-head and he showed he has an extra gear that Chris Paul doesn’t have. Not to mention that he can get to the rim, which is EVERYTHING in the playoffs.


17.) Did I mention that Dwayne Wade is washed up? Oh, and he’s a dirty player.


18.) Ricardo Ledo will get drafted in the first round and is one of the most NBA ready players in the draft because he can shoot. Look for the Spurs to role the dice.


19.) For several different reasons the Miami Heat will not make the 2014 NBA finals, so they better win the championship this year.


20.) I don’t know why, but I really like watching Lance Stephenson play. Did I mention he’s from Brooklyn?





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