Why The Miami Heat Will NOT Win The 2014 NBA Championship: By @ProfessorCorria

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        Reservoir; A large or extra supply, a reserve or a place where a great stock of anything is accumulated. The question for the Miami Heat is, how much is left in the tank? Can they keep going to that metaphorical reservoir? Or have they gleaned every ounce of what they possess in their reserve? Wasn’t it supposed to be way easier than this? I mean LeBron James, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh joining forces? They were supposed to cruise to multiple championships, using each other as crutches in order to elongate the prime of their careers. But, as we know, it’s NEVER easy and that is the reason why so many people have begrudgingly come around on LeBron James. We’ve seen his reputation forged and solidified through the playoff fire like iron in a Pittsburgh steel mill. But, how much more does the man have to give? He has to score, run the offense, post up, play the other team’s best player, be the ONLY physical presence that the Miami Heat have, and then go out of his way to make sure Dwayne Wade gets his. He’s already played more REGULAR season minutes then Tracy McGrady did his entire career(30,665), played 5,954 playoff minutes(22nd in NBA history), not to mention the 2004,2008, 2012 Olympics, the 2006 Goodwill Games and the 2007 FIBA championships. The sad part is that picking up Michael Beasley and Greg Oden elicited excitement in Heat “fans”, like either one of them are going to be difference makers in MAY. In the NBA, more so than in any other of the professional sports, once the principals start to decline its OVER, and uh Dwayne Wade is leaking oil.

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            15.9. That was the number of points Dwayne Wade averaged per game in the 2013 playoffs . “Oh but he was hurt, he’ll be stronger and healthier this year”. OK, the soon to be 32 year old shooting guard who has spent most of his 11 pro seasons careening to the rim is suddenly going to be healthy after another 82 game season? If you believe that I have some MySpace and AOL stock shares I would love to sell you. But to be honest, the mental grind that the Heat have endured since the big 3 came together in 2010 has been hellacious, and we tend to underestimate how much that will drag them down as they have to dig deep again in the playoffs this spring. So far this year Miami ranks a rancid 27th in points allowed per possession, and the Heat’s opponents have connected on 37 % on a great deal of 3-pointers. This is what happened during the first 20 or so games of last season because the Miami Heat were not prepared to dial up its Super-aggressive defense early in the season, and opponents, increasingly wise to the need for fluid ball movement against the Heat’s trapping style, sliced them up for open perimeter looks. However, Miami tightened things up when it mattered, unleashing that dreaded “another gear” at high-pressure moments.

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        There’s one MAJOR difference so far this season has been that opponents are terminating Miami at the basket. Which is odd, because the Miami Heat is determined to protect the rim over any other area on the court. Heat adversaries are connecting on nearly 66 %t of their shots in the restricted area, which is the second-worst defensive mark in the league. Last season, Miami never experienced any such prolonged regression in this aspect of defense during its early-season lethargies. However they did display that championship defense in the 4th quarter vs. Clippers when they were blitzing the pick and roll, completely strangling Chris Paul and the Clippers offense.

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Not only are the Heat still an awful rebounding team, but they are getting cooked in transition. Like, borderline humiliated. The Heat have allowed 1.28 points per possession on transition chances, which ranks last in the league (per Synergy Sports). It seems unfathomable, but Wade has often neglected to get back on defense after a miss in order to bitch, hold his face, or argue with officials. The Heat’s collective first step has been below its standards, and it seems as though Mario Chalmers gambles for steals in semi-transition every chance he gets, leaving him flailing in the wrong direction and the Miami Heat completely nude on fast breaks.

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Ahhh yes, the Miami Heat have been so good to us, the basketball loving public, for the past 3 years, but alas the successful experiment has run its course. They’re not going to win the championship this year because they are going to lose the war with attrition, and you can’t expect LeBron James to carry Dwayne Wade AKA “Tony from Blue Chips” again. They wheezed to the finish line last year and there will be no home-court advantage to lean on this time around, the Pacers and Spurs will make sure of that. It’s not so much that those teams are “better” than the Heat, it’s just that there is a lot of luck involved in winning a championship and will “that” rebound bounce their way this year and will they be fully healthy again, for the 4th year in a row? The last team to do so was the 1984-1987 Boston Celtics where a budding Kevin McHale kept the Celtic engine humming as the 2nd option once Cedric Maxwell got injured and subsequently traded. Learn a lesson. I feel like it may be the Pacers time in the Eastern Conference, but the only real question in the NBA this season is: Do the Miami Heat have enough left in the tank to make another NBA finals run. Everything begins and ends with that. Hope you all enjoy the journey, because I’ll be right there enjoying it with you.

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Why Do You Hate LeBron? BY @ProfessorCorria

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“They fear what they don’t understand, hate what they can’t conquer….I guess it’s just that inferior man became a monster”- Nasir Jones

 

Potential; as opposed to the actual, also capable of being or becoming. We’re all born with potential, an impending promise of what we could become if we live up to expectations and explore all the possibilities which are presented by our God given abilities. So what do you do with an individual who has lived up to their perceived potential? Do you celebrate them for achieving all of what society had projected that they would become or do you move the metaphorical goalposts? Do you crown the conquering young man who you’ve watched develop since he was a fledgling novice or do you skewer him for any slight misstep on his path to glory? What do you do when you accomplish your ultimate goal and it’s still not enough? When an individual ascends to the top of the mountain in sports, one of the last few true meritocracies still left in our society, how can you deny them? We fans, the crowd at the Roman Coliseum, project our value system onto our modern day gladiators and get upset if they cannot live up to the ideals that we ourselves couldn’t aspire to. We never respect the gentle or moderate king, we want our athletes and coaches to act like people that we ourselves would never want to be around or work for. We romanticize the Apex predator, glamorize the cutthroat assassin, and celebrate the leaders who act like dictators or tyrants. Pusha- T was correct when he surmised that “being humble gets no respect.”

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            LeBron James time is now. He’s fulfilled the promise of that first Sports Illustrated cover at age 16, and done it all with a smile on his face. Sure it was fun to poke fun at LeBron James and the Miami Heat when they were struggling in their first season with the “big 3”. Of course it was amusing to snicker at LeBron as he writhed and came up small in the 2011 NBA Finals. However, isn’t it just as enthralling and refreshing to watch him blossom into the complete player and leader that we always thought he could be? Something that was very illuminating was an interview with a James contemporary Kevin Durant after his team was eliminated in the 2nd round of the 2013 Western Conference Playoffs. Durant stated, “Of course, the ultimate goal in this league is to win a championship. But I’m never going to say I wasted a year. I’m blessed to even wake up and do something I love every day. So it’s never wasted.” He continued, “I don’t give a damn, I’m going to be who I’m going to be. I’m not Kobe Bryant. I’m not Michael Jordan. I’m not LeBron James. I’m not Magic Johnson. I’m me. I’m not going to ever compromise myself, my integrity and what I believe in for winning some basketball games and winning a championship. That’s just not how I was brought up.” This statement gave me real pause because the words were so powerful and against the grain. Instantly the thought of James crossed my mind, because he had been hinting around these very same sentiments his entire career. He’s not Jordan, he’s not Magic, he’s not Kobe, he’s LeBron James, in the same way that all those players weren’t like those that came before them.

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            Chew on this bit of data for a moment Oscar Robertson averaged a triple-double during the 1962 season, 30.8 PPG, 12.5 RPG and 11.4 APG, on 48% shooting. However in 1962 the average NBA team totaled an average of 152 possessions per game. In comparison, LeBron James 2013 averages of 26.8 PPG, 8 RPG and 7.3 APG on 57% percent shooting have come on 93 possessions per game. When you turn the TV and listen to commentators, some of which are former players, yes we see you “Tragic” Johnson and we didn’t forget the 1984 Finals that you singlehandedly choked away in 3 separate games vs. your biggest rival, cast aspersions on James depending on the half. People act as if they’ve never stumbled, had a setback or fallen short of their goal and they won’t allow the modern day athlete any room to grow. Where is the perspective, where is the fairness, and why are we always in such a rush to judgment. Remember when Kobe couldn’t win a ring without Shaq? Not far enough back for you? How about when Michael Jordan was a selfish gunner who didn’t make his teammates better and would never win a championship being the leading scorer in the league or be as good as his predecessors Larry, Magic and Dr. J? Why must we always do this obstinate dance? We build up the young talent, crush them when they don’t meet our criterions and then sidle up next to them like fawning romantics once they have their breakthrough? Why do we have to constantly crush our emerging Phenom’s with the weight of the successes that their predecessors enjoyed?

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            LeBron James gets it done, just not in the way that you’re used to and it makes you uncomfortable. One game it might be 35, 10 and 12. The very next it might be 24,18, and 7. He might have 20, 8 and 5 the next night, but hound a top 5 player into a 3-19 shooting night. He’s not like a Kobe or Jordan who’s going to come out and drop 55 on you and call you everything but a child of God while doing it. It’s not him. It’s not in his DNA. Like Dan LeBatard say, “He’s a 6-9, 275 pound basketball calculator, making high efficiency decisions in midair.” His role on the court changes game to game, quarter by quarter, minute by minute and sometimes even possession by possession. LeBron’s athletic ability and size alone generate such a seismic disturbance on the court that his mere presence creates a vacuum that his opponents are constantly trying to avoid him. He always makes the right basketball play. Isn’t that what fans of the game always say they want from NBA players, instead of being a self-interested, callus gunner? It seems as though a great deal of young players like Durant, Paul George, Derek Rose, Kyrie Irving and a myriad of others are following his lead and not trying to be like Kobe’s, Jordan’s and Allen Iverson’s of the world. Is there anything wrong with seeing more efficient team basketball? NO?  Then why the strong outpouring of criticism and dare I say “hate” when he struggles through a half? Do you really hate LeBron or is the reflection in the mirror showing you a portrait of your own missed potential.

D-Wade Is Gone….And He’s Not Coming Back: By @ProfessorCorria

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“This isn’t a diss song, it’s just a real song.”- Sean Carter

Success is fleeting. It’s never meant to be permanent or everlasting. All things eventually come to an end. Empires are created only to one day crumble into the rock of which they were first formed, and even we humans with our grand design, all must return to the primordial soup of which we were created. No living organism, creation or enterprise will ever stand the test of time. The only things that live forever cannot be touched or seen, your reputation, your legend, your impact, these are the only things that can truly last forever. This brings us to Dwayne Wade, the other members of the big three and the Miami Heat. When Chris Bosh, Dwayne Wade and LeBron James rose from the stage 1 day after all signing 6 year contracts with the Miami Heat and said they would win 6 or 7 championships the reaction was rapid, but splintered. All of the LeBron James Sycophants and worshipers really believed that this newly formed trio would go on to win a fist full of rings easily, but most people knew better. The fate of this Heat team wouldn’t rest on the greatest physical specimen in the history of sports, rather it would rest on an injury prone 6’4 two guard who had convinced the best player in the NBA to leave the only home he’s ever known and join him in South Beach. Dwayne Wade, James and Chris Bosh were never a seamless fit like the big 3 in Boston, but their talent has overwhelmed their competition to the tune of 3 straight NBA finals appearances. But, for those expecting 3 more consecutive finals appearances with this group should put the Molly Water down and realize that 2013 might be their last Finals trip. Not only have the Heat had the good fortune to see their biggest threat in the west prematurely break their team up, but their conference semi-finals and finals opponents were also decimated by an innumerable amount of injuries. But the biggest reason for skepticism going forward is the unhappiness of Chris Bosh and the physical decline of Dwayne Wade.

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            Dwayne Wade used to be THAT dude. He was a beast going to the rim and you knew he was going to get to the free throw line at least ten times a game as well. In 2006, Wade led the heat to their first ever championship averaging about 35 points a game. Look at him now; does he even resemble that guy anymore? Granted he went to the free throw line a TON in that series in 2006 and Mark Cuban will tell you how the refs gave Miami that series, Wade still turned in an otherworldly performance. After that great 2006 run Wade had two straight years where he missed 31 games each year and you could start to see a little of the tread coming of the tire. To his credit, Wade  did rebound and have his best all-around season, averaging 30.2 points, 7.5 assists, 5 rebounds and a Player Efficiency Rating of 30.4(Career High). But since that season his scoring has dipped year by year 26.6 PPG in 2010, 25.5 PPG in 2011, 22.1 PPG in 2012 and 21.2 PPG in 2013. Do you see where this is going? On a team built around 3 Max-level and 9 mid-level to minimum salaried players the onus falls on the 3 superstars to carry the load. Wasn’t that the entire reason they all “joined forces” in the first place?  In the 2013 playoffs the Heat have been looking like the Miami Cavaliers because of how LeBron has to carry the team on his shoulders. You think he’s sticking around after 2014 to see what the twilight of Wade’s career is going to be like, if were not already watching it?

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            There is a large group of sports fans who see telling the truth as “hate”. If you say something negative about their favorite player then you’re dubbed a “hater”. So it’s someone else’s fault that Wade can’t elevate and finish in traffic anymore? It’s our fault that Wade can beat his man off the dribble or turn the corner anymore? It’s our fault that he hasn’t really added anything new to his game since 2005 and doesn’t have a jumper or post game to fall back on? Dwayne Wade is averaging 14.3 PPG during the playoffs because “he’s just picking his spots?” It’s not that Dwayne Wade is a bad guy or people just hate him, he’s been AWFUL in the playoffs and it’s taking a toll on LeBron James, who looks worn down from carrying the Heat on his back. I’m sure Dwayne Wade is hurt and will need some sort of procedure(s) on his knee once the season ends, and you can turn on First Take and listen to Stephen A. and the Skeletor rant about how now that he’s healthy it will be “Wade’s team” again. So let me get this straight, a 32 year old shooting guard with chronic knee problems is going to come back as good as new? If I wanted to read fairy tales I would crack open a children’s book. The numbers back it up and so does the “eye test”, Dwayne Wade is over the hill, it’s almost time to send him the Glue Factory. This is why people always say enjoy the moment while it lasts, because you never know when your time is up.

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         I’m sure Dwayne Wade will average around 18-20 PPG next year, not hard to do when you have the scariest creature on the planet balling right next to you, and his fans will say “He’s Back!!!” But come playoff time, when he has to deal with the Chicago’s and Indiana’s of the world, he will struggle to score. What Wade is going through happens to all great players at some point or another, whether it happens precipitously or incrementally. The individual that should be paying close attention to this is LeBron James, because he has the chance to opt out of his current deal in 2014 and sign a Max contract with another team, most likely the Cavs or Lakers. But he doesn’t want to stick around in Miami if they’re going to be structured as they are currently constituted, he already said that he is going to where the best Roster can be assembled. Plus, do you think he’s going to want to be carrying around Dwayne wade into his 30’s? SO all you Miami “Fans” should get ready to buy some new hats around July 2014, don’t say the professor didn’t warn you.

NBA Finals Preview by @yeahflanny and @ProfessorCorria

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We here at, The Triangle Offense have been dialed in for the entire NBA Playoffs and today begins the final chapter of the battle for Larry O’Brien trophy. The 2013 NBA Playoffs had a new, fresher look compared to recent years. Perennial powerhouse teams such as the Lakers and Celtics made early exits, while teams like Memphis and Indiana surprised many with their runs to the conference finals. In the end though, the cream rose to the top as arguably the leagues two best teams during the regular season have secured their respective conferences, and will battle for league supremacy.

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The Spurs, who have enjoyed nearly two weeks of rest after sweeping the Grizzlies will travel to Miami to kick off the 2013 Finals. The Heat, coming off a brutal seven game heavyweight fight with the gritty Pacers seem eager to get right back at it and pick up where they left off in game seven against Indiana. Both teams come in playing their best basketball of the postseason, and as a fan of the game, I cannot wait for this series to kick off. Below, both @professorcorria and I give our insight into the series, some story-lines to look for, match-ups we’re salivating over, and our prediction as to who will be raising a banner this fall.

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Tiago Splitter. I’ve thought about who would be the x-factor in this series, and the usual suspects came to mind, Parker, LeBron, Duncan, but I gotta go with Spurs Center, Tiago Splitter. While his stats don’t jump off the paper (10ppg,7rpg,2apg) he is a huge component of the Spurs success this post-season. He has eased the load on Duncan and his presence down low has allowed Duncan to step away from the basket a bit, and play more of a two man game with Parker. Splitter has converted on 58% of his shots from the field this post season, and is a very good passer for a big man. He even scored 18 against the Heat in the regular season. He’ll be matched up against Unonis Haslem, and this match-up should be fun to watch. Haslem has had some huge scoring games this post season and is the enforcer down low for the Heat. This will be finesse vs strength all series, and the man who prevails will give his team a huge edge. Hey Kawhi, it’s OK, nobody can stop that man, and nobody is expecting you too either. LeBron will have his way with Leonard all series, or any Spur for that matter, but if Leonard can somehow give James fits like Paul George did, it could really throw a wrench in this series. I wouldn’t count on it though, LeBron WILL get off. Now, on the other end of the floor I am very intrigued as to who LeBron will primarily guard. After game seven he said that he expects to spend some time on Tony Parker, much like he’s done with elite PG’s in the past. LeBron at the top of the key wreaking havoc and getting out in transition could really hurt San Antonio. Now, could we possibly see LeBron guarding Duncan? Barring a switch on a screen, it’s very unlikely, but man would that be fun. The big fundamental going at the most athletic and intimidating player in the league. Please someone, anyone make that happen. What Wade and Bosh will we see in the Finals? Well, Bosh will be pitted up against the greatest power forward of all time, so I’m not expecting much from him, especially since he hasn’t really been able to put it together all postseason. Wade on the other hand has had some severe lows and some “highs” throughout the playoffs, but overall it’s been tough to even watch. Game seven against Indiana aside, Wade has been downright atrocious, considering what we and even LeBron came to expect from him. If Wade can get to the rim, get out and transition, and make those plays that we cam to expect from “Flash” then I would give the Heat a big advantage. I just don’t see THAT Wade showing up, as I’m just about convinced THAT Dwayne Wade no longer exists.

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I cannot stress enough how excited I am for this series. In the east I never once doubted that Miami would reach the Finals, as LeBron James is the baddest man on the planet. While D Wade is now a shell of his old self, and Bosh looks severely out of sync out there, LeBron is just THAT good, and can will nearly anyone to the Finals as we seen in 2007, when he wasn’t nearly half the player he is today. On the contrary, I actually felt the Memphis Grizzles would not only show up, but beat the Spurs in the Western Conference Finals. Memphis was extremely hot after beating OKC, and I thought they’d give the “seasoned” Spurs fits with their youthful exuberance, boy was I wrong. Timmy D, who surely discovered the fountain of youth this season and his running mate Tony Parker took budding stars Marc Gasol and Mike Conley to school all series long. With those two playing up to their Finals MVP level of the past, and with the mastermind that is “Pop” on the bench, beating the Spurs will be a formidable task, and a task that I don’t believe the Heat will be able to complete. While the Heat have both home court and the best player in the world on their side, I cannot bet against this Spurs team, and their brain-trust, again. I bet against the Spurs last round, and I won’t make that mistake again. This well oiled machine doesn’t look like it’ll breakdown anytime soon, certainly not over the next six or seven games. So, there is it, as much as it hurts me to bet against “The King”, something I rarely do, I’m having a hard time envisioning him beating the Spurs will the little amount of help I expect he’ll get. This series can easily go either way, and many have pegged the Heat as the favorites, and understandably so, but Flanny’s on record as saying, Spurs in 6.

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OK, now that you’ve read Flanny’s analysis let me tie this in a neat bow. The Miami Heat have the best player in this series, which means that if Dwayne Wade is done point shaving and Chris Bosh decides it’s safe to come outside and play the Heat will win. Although the Spurs are a much better and the more well-rounded team than the Indiana Pacers, they are a much easier matchup for the Heat than the Pacers. The spurs have a very nice inside game with Duncan and Splitter, but they won’t be pushing around the Miami Heat like neighborhood bullies like Indiana did. You can be sure that the Miami Heat bigs are very happy that they don’t have to see David West and Roy Hibbert anymore. The key for the Spurs will be trying to corral Miami’s perimeter attack, which will prove much more difficult than containing the Memphis Grizzlies anemic wings and guards. Eric Spolestra is a very good coach but Greg Popavich “does this” and will have his team prepared and in position to win. If Miami does win, they’ll have to work, because the Spurs coaching staff will make it difficult for them to do what they want to do.

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I’m going with Miami in 6, even though conventional wisdom would tell you that the Spurs are going to win, especially because Dwayne Wade has been playing like a young John Bagley during the playoffs. LeBron James came to Miami so he wouldn’t have to carry his team anymore and during most of the playoffs he had to be looking at Dwayne Wade and thinking to himself, “Hmmmm.. I wonder what Mo Williams is doing right now.” They are in the finals, but the Heat are walking a slippery slope, because if they aren’t on point every game, the Spurs will out execute them into the ground. LeBron James has reached the level where I simply don’t bet against him. He truly is the best player we’ve seen since Michael Jordan and he is at the peak of his powers. But, one thing that rings true above all else is that the NBA is a make or miss league. Either you make shots or you don’t and I think the Miami Heat will make a few more corner threes then the Spurs. But I could be wrong, enjoy the finals!

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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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21.) Kendrick Perkins REALLY REALLY REALLY……..REALLY SUCKS.

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TTO x S4TB: The Basketball Talk (Parts 1 & 2)

Recently Professor Corria and I teamed up with the talented gentlemen over at Sorry 4 The Blog to touch upon the numerous story-lines of the 2013 NBA Playoffs, and what’s ahead for NBA hopeful Ricky Ledo. Both parts 1 and 2 have already dropped and can be seen below, and be sure to keep an eye out for remaining videos in the series.