Almost There

I have begrudgingly begun to accept the fact that LeBron James is on the verge of actually winning an NBA Championship ring.  To be completely candid with you, I hate the simple thought of it.  The thing that really irks me about this practically imminent world of the existence is that I (and I think I’m in the majority… somewhere around a 65/35 split) was so sure it was going to happen differently.

About midway through the 4th quarter of Game 7, I knew the Heat were going to be playing in the Finals against OKC.  The Celtics finally just broke.  All engines firing, full-steam ahead.  Boom.  Over.  But I thought I had an ace up my sleeve.  After the first two incredible rounds and then the dismantling of the Spurs, I thought OKC was sure to bring the thunder to South Beach.  Bonus pun.

Instead, LBJ has been lighting up the court and is on his way to a ring.  But it’s not enough to suddenly admit that he’s great.  Sorry, I’m still not selling yet. Continue reading

NBA Finals? More like NBA JAM.

If you haven’t noticed, I took a mini hiatus after my beloved Boston Celtics broke down in the biggest Game 7 of them all**.  I needed time to digest. Time to recover. Time to find my own closure. More on that later.

**Fan’s perspective. Any Game 7, involving a team you are invested in, automatically becomes “the biggest Game 7 of all”. It’s chronological too—this most recent NBA Game 7 is somehow bigger than that Yankees-Red Sox Game 7 of a few years ago.

This piece… it’s all about the NBA Finals. The “other” matchup. Continue reading

Who Should Be On Team USA 2012?

Not too long ago, I wrote a well-received article on Team USA basketball.  I talked about the different team forms submitted by the United States to international tournaments since pros were allowed in 1992.  I tried to give some examples of the good times and I touched on the bad times.

It occurred to me: I never offered my rendition of a problem-solver.  So I’m going to follow up that piece with this one—(my prospective) 2012 Team USA.

I have a better name for this iteration too.  Let’s call it the “Fantasy Team”. Continue reading

GTFOH (for the first time)

Hell yeah!  Any readers out there that know me as a Celtics fan knew this was coming with 1:51 left in OT.

Talk all you want about how Dwayne Wade missed a wide open 3 to win it.  Or about how if he had leaned into Marquis Daniels, he draws the foul and gets a chance to win it.  I don’t care.

Because you know who DIDN’T take the last shot?  LeBron James.  Because he was sitting on the bench (or badly passing to Udonis Haslem AGAIN).  Interesting strategy by LeBron–shy away from all that last-shot controversy by fouling out.

Btw, the Heat are 1-for-11 in game-winning shots with less than 24 ticks in the past two playoffs.  James and Wade are 0-7.

…Oh, and the best part?  He fouled out on the same type of play that he suckered KG into a few moments before.  And drew a foul on that one too!  IDIOT!

Take your tissues to South Beach.

Cronise’s Surmises

Too much sports action for this guy. His brain has overflowed.

The most furious sports flurry of the year is just about over.  I think the spring-to-summer transitional period  is the most interesting time of the year.  For weather and sports.  You’ve got the NFL draft hype and fallout.  The final stretch for the NBA season and the major part of the playoffs.  The preseason baseball talk… followed by the first few weeks where anything included in the preseason talk has been the complete opposite. Continue reading

Maybe Andrew Luck Isn’t #1…

I don’t care about the NFL Draft.

It’s not like I’m not a football fan.  I AM a football fan.  And that’s the problem.  First of all, I’m a Falcons fan.  We’re not going to draft Andrew Luck or RGIII.  We’re not getting Trent Richardson or Morris Claiborne.  Justin Blackmon, Ryan Tannehill, Quinton Coples, or Stephon Gilmore?  Not coming to the ATL.  Unless there’s a draft day trade, we don’t even have a pick until the second round (#55). Continue reading