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Lebron vs. Kobe: Career vs. Career

Friday, February 1st, 2008

By: Jim Vassallo

Sports is an outlet for many people to voice their opinions of players and teams, debate with friends over who is the best player in the history of a specific sport, or which team is the greatest of all time. This is a blog designed partly for the reasons listed above. Now its time for me to put my two cents in regarding a debate that has become pretty heated within the past couple of seasons in the NBA; Lebron vs. Kobe. Not head to head in a game, but head to head in talent, skills, leadership, and career numbers. Lebron vs. Kobe: Who will be remembered more for their accomplishments? Who will be the most successful NBA player out of the two?

In this his 12th season in the league, Bryant has surpassed many of the expectations that fans and his franchise dreamed of when he was drafted right out of Lower Merion High School by the Charlotte Hornets with the 13th overall pick. Bryant never played a game for the Hornets, who traded him to the Lakers for Vlade Divac, the then starting center for Los Angeles. Bryant was also the first guard in league history to be drafted into the NBA right out of high school.

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NBA Draft - Part 3

Thursday, June 28th, 2007

8:31 - Ah, it wouldn’t be a sporting event if I didn’t get to hear “This is our countrrrry!”

8:32 - Sac up, they could really go in any direction here depending on if they’re ready to deal Artest and Bibby. Spencer Hawes… bust city. When you’re 7′1″ and you only average 6.5 rebounds in the PAC-10 we’ve got problems.

8:36 - John Paxson confirms that he plans to keep Noah. Why can’t we talk to Kevin McHale or Danny Ainge, or somebody who’s trying to pull something off. Come on… Paxson says he is still looking for a low-post scorer, so maybe a sign-and-trade or something to get Randolph? Could be interesting…

8:39 - Atlanta back up at 11, you’ve gotta think Acie Law IV… Acie Law IV it is. And the Hawks finally have a PG… Of course he’s not quite Chris Paul or Deron Williams (or even Mike Conley) but I do think he’s better than Speedy Claxson and Tyrone Lue, so for the Hawks, probably an improvement.

8:42 - Philly up at #12… I’d have to guess they’re going after one of the Youngs here. Sal Pal says that Billy King has been working furiously on the phone trying to trade up all night. He also says they’re trying to decide between Al Thornton and someone that we’re not too sure about right now… Interesting. Gotta get somebody to go with Iguodala right here, who’s blossoming into a star.

8:46 -  Thaddeus Young from G-Tech goes… another freshman. Bilas says “he needs to tighten up his ball skills.” That just sounded dirty. Bilas sounds lukewarm on Young, and says that he has plenty of UPPPPside, but isn’t as polished as Thornton.

8:52 - New Orleans is on the clock and you’d have to figure Nick Young is about to go. Billy King is talking, and I’ve never heard anyone say more words while saying absolutely nothing at all. He’s keeping Horford and Law, very uninsightful. Julian Wright finally goes… while they could have used Young, Wright is a really good value here. Good pick.

8:54 - I think Dick Vitale is sedated tonight. He’s been extremely low-key. It’s like a breath of fresh air.

8:56 - Clippers are up. Another team that desperately needs some shooting and could really used Nick Young… also I’m going to mention that it’s almost 9:00 pm EST and almost the end of the lottery, which seems like a great time to be wrapping this blog up… and there goes Al Thornton. Makes sense as he had slipped quite a bit. Good pick for the Clipps, taking the best guy available… and Bilas agrees. With that I’m out of here. If the Timberwolves don’t find a way to move Garnett within the next 2 weeks I’m going to go crazy.

NBA Draft - Part 2

Thursday, June 28th, 2007

8:01 - If you’re a Sonics fan, you’ve gotta love what Sam Presti is doing, right? They luck out and get the 2 pick, assuring them of one of the top 2 players to come out since the LeBron/Melo/Wade class, and then since Ray Allen is aging and it’ll take Durant a couple of years to really get acclimated to the NBA he flips Allen for a Top 5 pick who can develop with him. I don’t know if I love Jeff Green, but I like what Presti’s doing here. Now if he can get something out of Lewis in a sign-and-trade he’ll really be in business.

8:04 - The Bucks select Yi Jianlian even though his Chinese handlers had made it clear to the Milwaukee brass that they did not want Yi going to Milwaukee. Faaaaaantastic. If the Milwaukee Bucks just inadvertently started World War 3, let’s all remember that Stephen A liked the move. Andy Katz assures us that the Bucks organization plans on keeping Yi. Ric Bucher reports that Yi’s people do not think that Milwaukee fits the parameters of where they want Yi to go, and that this will start trade conversations. Wow, there hasn’t been this much controversy since Steve Francis got selected by Vancouver.

8:09 - Yi talking to Stuart Scott with no translator. I’m not sure who I’m having more trouble understanding.

8:11 - Timberwolves on the clock. Trade Garnett to somebody already! Corey Brewer goes. This seems like a “what the heck let’s keep Garnett and make a run at the playoffs” kind of pick. Somebody stick a fork in McHale already. I’m available if they’re looking…

8:14 - Stu Scott’s talking to Corey Brewer right now, and I’m not interested, seriously, you’re telling me you couldn’t get a decent package from the Bulls, Lakers, Celtics, or Suns for Garnett? How about Odom, Bynum, Farmar, the #19 pick and Kwame Brown (for salary purposes) for Garnett and Troy Hudson? Who doesn’t make this deal? By the way, I checked and it works in the trade machine.

8:19 - The Charlotte Bobcats take Brandan Wright. Can’t say I’m a big fan, but if somebody actually lights a fire under this guy he could be really, really good. Jeez, this guy is thin. Sean May needs to take him to the buffet when he gets to Charlotte… Of course I’m sure making millions of dollars in the NBA will motivate him to turn his motor on, right? Stephen A actually makes a good point… the Bobcats need to spend some money this offseason. Bring in Rashard Lewis… resign Gerald Wallace… do something, please.

8:23 - #9 and it’s time for the Bulls, the smart money would be on Noah or Spencer Hawes right here… depends on what’s going on in the trade market too as there have been talks that the Bulls could trade for Zach Randolph from the Blazers. And there goes Noah, he’s a total Bulls guy, but man are they going to have trouble getting offense from a combination of Noah, Tyrus Thomas, and Ben Wallace on the frontline.

NBA Draft - It Starts

Thursday, June 28th, 2007

Tonight is the NBA Draft and there are plenty of subplots to keep us interested. Oden/Durant may have been settled by Ric Bucher earlier today, but we still need to see if the Hawks take the best player available (Al Horford) or if they finally select a PG (Mike Conley), where Yi Jianlian is selected, if the Celtics decide to rebuild or bring in a stop-gap, and especially if Garnett, Jermaine O’Neal, Kobe, or any other big name gets traded. (And yes, I realize this format is a page right out of Bill Simmons’ book, but it’s a good idea, it’s easy to read, and it should be somewhat entertaining. Good stuff.)

7:28 - I’m just tuning in now. I know they were running a 30 minute pre-draft show starting at 7, but if I had to listen to Stephen A Smith yell for 30 minutes about Oden vs. Durant I think my ears may have started to bleed.

7:29 - Ok. I’m officially sick of these Charles Barkley/Dwayne Wade T-Mobile My 5 commercials. Couldn’t they throw a wrench into it and have Durant or Oden show up in a new one and get turned down by both of these guys? Come on. Give me something. I’m begging you.

7:33 - David Stern having some tr…tr…trouble getting through his op…op…opening speech. I think he’s drunk.

7:34 - Blazers are on the clock. And we get a video feed of all their front-office guys clapping and slapping 5 in the Portland war-room. This is anti-climactic.

7:36 - Who’s more grating on basketball viewers Stephen A Smith or Billy Packer? It’s gotta be a coin-flip, right?

7:37 - Oden goes to Portland. SHOCKER! Jay Bilas says that Greg Oden “knows how to win.” Thanks Jay. Stephen A says, there should have been no debate at all because, “You can’t teach 7-feet.” Do I need to rattle off all of the 7-footers who have stunk it up?

7:41 - Seattle proposed a trade… the Celtics have accepted, they’re sending Ray Allen to Boston for the #5, Delonte West, and Wally World. The Celtics will pick Jeff Green for Seattle when it’s their turn. So now the C’s two best players play the same position. Probably a good deal value wise, but still, I’m scratching my head, Pierce must be shifting to the 3 in this scenario. I wonder what the Sports Guy thinks.

7:43 - Durant goes to Seattle. SHOCKER! Durant looking sharp with the contrasting shirt, tie, handkerchief combo. Hey Sam Presti… if you’re interested in sign-and-trading Rashard Lewis for a bunch of expiring contracts I know the Cavs would be more than happy to move a bunch of expiring contracts for him (David Wesley, Ira Newble, Damon Jones) pick up the phone dude.

7:47 - Tirico asks Blazers GM Kevin Pritchard if they really considered picking Durant… what do you think he’s going to say “Of course not!”? Come on…

7:48 - The Hawks are up. This is intriguing. They take Al Horford. It’s another forward, so that’s kind of funny, but a lot like the Detroit Lions picking another WR this year, this pick made a lot of sense for Atlanta. Those who know more than me have Horford rated as the definite #3 player in the draft. This likely means that any Garnett 3-team deals involving the Hawks are toast… by the way, while I’m on this, what in the world are the Timberwolves doing flipping Amare Stoudemire (in proposals) to the Hawks for 2 picks. You keep Amare! He was first team NBA this year! Kevin McHale is crazy! Why in the world would you need a 3rd team in these proposals and not just grab Amare? Jeez-oh-man!

7:52 - Marc Jackson and Stephen A don’t like the Horford pick because of redundancy on the Hawks roster. I wonder if any of these guys have ever heard of the economic theory of sunk cost? Probably not, these guys are dumb.

7:53 - Mike Conley Jr goes to Memphis. Solid pick by Memphis, makes you think Jerry West is still running the ship.

7:55 - Jay Bilas compares Conley to Deron Williams and Chris Paul when they came out of college… of course the difference is Conley is slightly more raw and coming out as a freshman, Williams played 3 and Paul played 2 years collegiately.

7:58 - Boston’s on the clock. Both franchises are confirming the earlier mentioned Ray Allen trade. According to Andy Katz the Celtics will be choosing Jeff Green for Seattle. And here’s the pick, and there goes Green, good reporting by Andy Katz.

San Antonio Basketball Dynasty

Thursday, June 14th, 2007

The San Antonio Spurs are once again the Champions of the NBA as the Spurs defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 83-82 tonight to complete a 4-0 sweep of the Cavs. With the win, the Spurs have now won 3 Championships in the past 5 years and 4 in the past 9 years. No other team in the major sports can brag to have won as many Championships in the past decade as the Spurs appear to truly be a dynasty behind Tim Duncan. The Finals MVP Larry O’Brien trophy was presented by NBA Commisioner David Stern to Spurs PG Tony Parker.

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Blogging the Cavs - Game 3 - Quarter 4

Tuesday, June 12th, 2007

11:03 - No worries NBA Marketing staff, if these defensive battles in the Finals aren’t pumping up the casual fans, I’m sure these incredibly exciting David Blane commercials are doing it… Talk about dry.

11:05 - Here comes the fourth quarter. Nobody can hit a 3. It’s gotta be LeBron-time. He has to take over. JVG is now saying the same thing. This is pretty much the series right here.

11:07 - LeBron TO, Marshall bricks a bad shot from 3, and Barry laces one. Spurs up 8, Cleveland timeout. The difference between Pop and Mike Brown here is the Cavs are unable to create good looks out of timeouts and will force a crappy shot here… either that or LeBron wills one in. We’ll see.

11:09 - Coming out of the timeout a total CF of a play before the ball roles out of bounds, they reset and LeBron bricks a 3… they get it back and Boobie bricks a 3. Not good!

11:11 - Duncan banks one in to go up 10. Someone, anyone drive to the hoop!!! And almost on cue, LeBron flies into the screen takes a pass from Damon Jones on the run and makes a shot as he’s fouled by Duncan.

11:13 - Eric Snow jumping against Duncan. I wonder who will win?

11:14 - Down to a 5 point game, if the Cavs score again Pop definitely calls a TO, but Duncan makes a running scoop shot to quiet the run.

11:17 - 6 minutes left, Finley threads a 3, Cavs down 10 again, Mike Brown timeout. What happened to the sense of urgency in the first quarter? Not good!

11:19 - Finally someone, Pavlovic, hits an open 3 and the Cavs are within 7 again… You know, I really don’t want to think about the Cavs going down 0-3 in this series, but if they do I have a small shred of faith due to the similarities between Boston (with the curse that the media beat into the ground) and Cleveland (with the shot/fumble/drive that the media beats into the ground). Seriously, that’s all I have to hold onto right now.

11:24 - Gooden jumping against Duncan… I wonder who will win?

11:26 - 4 minutes left ABC decides to try a new camera angle. Dear ABC, you suck.

11:27 - Can’t buy a bucket!!!

11:28 - Cavs still down 4, Spurs timeout with 2:20 left. Man, LeBron has had two inside looks that he usually puts down pop in and out on him. If the Spurs score here Cleveland’s in trouble… and we all know how much I’ve been harping on how well the Spurs play coming out of timeouts all night.

11:30 - Coming out of the timeout Manu lobs it to Duncan and he looses it. Bullet dodged.

11:31 - Manu falls on LeBron’s feet as he goes to the hoop and he’ll get shots… He really better make these.

11:32 - LeBron hits them both. Cavs down 2 with 1:55 left!

11:33 - Gooden fouls out with 13 and 12, much better performance from him. Duncan hits both, Cavs down 4 and going with the small lineup.

11:35 - LeBron gets to the hoop. Down 2…

11:35 - Daggers, Parker laces a 3 then Pavlovic answers, 2 point game…

11:36 - With a chance to tie, somehow Varejao takes a spinning scoop layup shot that had about a 1% chance of going. Come on… how can LeBron not be taking that shot? Really, the best shot that could be found there? Seriously? I’m incredulous right now… Somehow Mr. Automatic Manu splits the pair, while I’m complaining, and the Cavs are down 3 with 10 seconds and a chance to tie.

11:38 - Timeout Cavs… if they settle for a LeBron fall-away here I’m going to be really, really angered. Find someone an open shot. I’d be comfortable with Damon Jones, Pavlovic, or Boobie here if they were open.

11:39 - LeBron takes the freebie layup and Manu goes back to the line. This time he hits both as the Cavs call their last timeout, down 3, with 5 seconds, needing a triple to tie… Again, I say find an open shot, no leaning LeBron prayers here. JVG says to watch out for Z who has 3 pt range. If Z takes a 3 here I’m going to lose my lunch.

11:43 - LeBron fires one up from closer to halfcourt than the 3 point line… of course it was because Bowen fouled him and LeBron was trying to get continuation, but the wuss-refs swallowed their whistles… Replay… Yep, all announcers agree that Bowen was TRYING to take a foul as soon as LeBron put the ball on the floor and that it WAS a foul. Thanks refs for blowing the ending. I don’t care if there are 5 seconds left or not, grow a pair and use your whistles.

Blogging the Cavs - Game 3 - Quarter 3

Tuesday, June 12th, 2007

10:33 - In case anyone was wondering ABC ran a feature called “The Misery of Cleveland” during halftime and managed to show “the shot” 3 more times, for a total of 6 so far tonight. They also showed “the drive” “the fumble” and the loss in game 7 of the World Series multiple times. In a related note I won’t be able to blog about the game anymore because I just chucked my television out the window.

10:38 - The Spurs quickly go up four and Mike Brown uses a timeout. The difference between Pop and Mike Brown is when the Cavs came back from timeout Z took a lazy 18-footer. Not a good shot.

10:42 - The Cavs are only down 2 but their offense this quarter sure has looked ugly. I think they might need to start practicing halftime again like they did in the Detroit series… And why not have your big guys try to draw Duncan’s 4th instead of continuously taking 18-footers? Come on.

10:46 - Z has looked much better this game. Tip ins. A couple of jumpers. Rebounds. I’m impressed.

10:47 - Pavlovic jumping against Duncan. I wonder who will win?

10:47 - Pavlovic’s shot isn’t falling at all. He needs to throw a shot fake and drive in 5 feet.

10:48 - And now it’s Gooden’s turn to hit one of those Z-style scoop hook shots. Really, Gooden’s looked much improved as well. Good to see. Classic Pop, the Cavs tie it up and the crowd starts to buzz, so he wastes no time calling a timeout. Really I say Popovich is one of the 5 or so excellent coaches in the NBA. This guy knows how to manage a game.

10:50 - Mike Brown in the last Cavs huddle, “We want this right here, alright? We want the challenge. We want to take it on. That’s why this is a 48 minute game…” Color me un-inspired… I wonder if Spurs fans complained about Pop this much during his first couple of seasons? Maybe there’s like a 3-5 year learning curve for good coaches? Can I hope?

10:53 - Classic Varejao. He just came out of nowhere to take a charge on Manu.

10:55 - Gooden with two straight loose ball fouls on rebounds… Suddenly he’s inching closer to my doghouse.

10:57 - Good things happen when LeBron posts up Bruce Bowen. Whether he gets to the rim, or finds other guys open shots, the Cavs need to keep posting LeBron up.

10:58 - If Pavlovic or Gibson could hit a jumper tonight the Cavs would probably be up like 10… 1-11 from 3 tonight. Ugly.

11:01 - Cavs down 5 at the end of 3. It better be LeBron-time in the 4th quarter if the Cavs want to keep a pulse in this series.

Blogging the Cavs - Game 3 - Quarter 2

Tuesday, June 12th, 2007

9:38 pm - Clear path foul on LeBron James as JVG argues that Boobie Gibson should not be allowed to shoot the free throws… and he’s right… they wiped the points off the board and now LeBron has to shoot them… and LeBron clanks 1 of 2, so if the Cavs lose by a point, let’s remember that it’s JVG’s fault for bringing this to everyone’s attention.

9:41 pm - JVG says he likes what Mike Brown is doing so far playing LeBron the whole game and Boobie Gibson the whole game, and that he needs to play these guys till they drop… Wonder if that philosophy in Houston is what gave T-Mac so many problems finishing out games in the 4th quarter.

9:43 pm - LeBron has looked really good scoring and assisting from the post. The crowd is going crazy with the Cavs up 6 and the Spurs have to spend a timeout. Classic Popovich. Guaranteed he calms his guys down and gets a good possession here.

9:48 pm - And like I predicted, first Manu draws LeBron’s 2nd foul, and then great ball movement leads to a Finley driving, spinning basket.

9:50 pm - Pavlovic is all over the court this game as he grabs a loose ball. He’s looked really good so far.

9:52 pm - Here comes Duncan back with 2 fouls with about 7 minutes left in the 2nd quarter. The Cavs really need to go at him a couple of times and see if they can get number 3 on him.

9:54 pm - And instead of Duncan getting 3, LeBron picks up his 3rd foul. He’s sitting down. Not good.

9:55 pm - And Z draws Duncan’s 3rd on a wild hook shot that rattles in. Duncan and LeBron both in foul trouble? I’m sure the NBA marketing people are loving this.

9:56 pm - First he was John Cougar Mellencamp, than he was John Mellencamp, now he’s jsut the “This is Our Country” guy. The song in that ad has permeated sporting events so much that it’s going to be what today’s youth knows John Mellencamp as.

10:01 pm - Apparently adversity is has been Gregg Popovich’s buzz word in the huddle… They’ve got the best PF of all time, one of the top 5 PGs in the league, one of the best 6th men, going for their 4th title in 9 years, yeah, you guys have faced TONS of adversity.

10:03 pm - Classic Pop, a 20-second timeout followed by a good play and an easy look at the basket.

10:04 pm - The Cavs quickly go up 8. They’ve just been getting to more loose balls and offensive boards tonight than they were in the first two games.

10:10 pm - Horry nails a 3 to tie it, with just over 20 seconds left as the Cavs call a quick timeout. This is going to be really deflating if the Cavs can’t go into the half with a lead after they’ve played so well.

10:12 pm - And the Spurs go into the half up 2 on the strength of a 10-0 run. You know, unless Ernie, Kenny, and Charles show up I can’t make myself watch this awful studio show. I’ll be back after the half.

Blogging the Cavs - Game 3 - Quarter 1

Tuesday, June 12th, 2007

9:01 pm - Crowd looks impressive tonight. The Q is definitely packed and there’s a sea of red and waving towels. If the Cavs can come out hot for the first time in these Finals this crowd could certainly take over… Let’s just pray there are no shot clock problems.

9:06 pm - Gooden with a block and then forces up two ugly looking shots leading to a Tony Parker fast break and a Pavlovic foul… and Parker misses both FTs so no harm really.

9:09 pm - Z doesn’t do a good job getting to the glass on a Gibson miss… I have not been impressed with Z or Gooden this series, if they continue this it’s going to be a recurring theme tonight.

9:10 pm - And as I finish typing that Z tips one 3 times on the glass before getting it to fall, so maybe I’ll have to lay off him for a while.

9:12 pm - But Gooden is still getting abused on both ends of the floor, so there we go.

9:15 pm - I’ve been impressed with how willing Pavlovic has been to drive the ball to the hoop and not just settle for threes. Between LeBron, Pavlovic and Boobie, I’m feeling like the Cleveland backcourt could be pretty solid as they develop over the next couple of years.

9:18 pm - We’re halfway through the 1st and Gooden already has 6 rebounds. Maybe I’ll have to layoff him too.

9:22 pm - You can’t stop Tim Duncan, you can only hope to contain him.

9:24 pm - I love Jeff Van Gundy, I’m sure he’s likely to go back to coaching, but he’s my early favorite as Steve Kerr’s replacement in the TNT booth with Marv Albert and Doug Collins.

9:27 pm - It’s not basketball related but I just read on MSN that Mr. Wizard passed away at the age of 89. Certainly a sad day for science.

9:30 pm - San Antonio looking more like the Cavs at the free throw line tonight. They’re 0-4 at the line.

9:31 pm - Holy Anderson Varejeo, spinning around and hitting a 15-footer. He makes that shot maybe 1 out of every 5 times. Wow. And Andy draws Duncan’s 2nd foul on the other end… this is looking good.

9:33 pm - Cavaliers for the first time finish a quarter with a lead, up 18-16. They’ve certainly been doing it with defense as neither team has shot incredibly well. Should be interesting to see what happens as we head into the 2nd quarter.

Blogging the Cavs - Game 3 - Pregame

Tuesday, June 12th, 2007

This is the first ever NBA Finals Game in Cleveland, Ohio, so I figured it made sense to blog a little bit during the game. I got the idea from the entry I made about The Sports Guy, Bill Simmons earlier today. This is a classic Simmons move, sit on your couch, complain about the announcers and the broadcast, be entertaining, talk about the game a little. This is a Simmons ripoff, I make no apologies, but imitation is supposed to be the highest form of flattery, so… here we go.

8:31 pm - ABC opens up with Journey’s Don’t Stop Believin’… man this song has been popular lately. Family Guy, The Sopranos, now a corny intro for Game 3.

8:32 pm - Uh oh, Cleveland fans are punching themselves in the face as we watch Jordan sink “the shot”, Elway lead “the drive”, and Byner lose “the fumble”… now we quickly cut to “Fly Away” by Lenny Kravitz. Do the execs at ABC know that there has been good music recorded in the last decade? You’d never know it from the songs they pick for intros to stuff like this… I shouldn’t complain we could be listening to that annoying Pussycat Dolls song.

8:34 pm - Michael Wilbon is the only one on the studio show picking the Cavs to win tonight.

8:35 pm - And they just showed Jordan sink “the shot” again… and now again from another angle. We’re 5 minutes into tonight’s coverage and I’ve seen “the shot” 3 times. I think I’m going to be ill. I’m really starting to understand how Red Sox fans used to feel when announcers would constantly bring up “The Curse of Babe Ruth.”

8:40 pm - Daniel Gibson will get the start at the point and Larry Hughes won’t even suit up tonight. Every Cavs fan just breathed a huge sigh of relief.

8:41 pm -  Jon Berry has a really condescending way of presenting his thoughts and analysis. As a Cavs fan I get really tired of his attitude which seems to be Spurs = best team ever, Cavs = dreadful.

8:43 pm - Dan Patrick says that the Cavs are going to try to invent a way to win tonight before plugging a new ABC series, American Inventor. Brilliant segway guys. Brilliant.

8:47 pm - Grant Hill reminds us that Jim Brown, Brian Sipe, and Ozzie Newsome will not be suiting up for the Cavs tonight and that means that they’ll lose. What a schmuck. Jon Berry tells us that LeBron says that the Cavs need to stop one of the big 3, and that he doesn’t think they can do it. Berry picks the Spurs in a “closer” game… At least his pick made sense.

8:50 pm - Thank god we’re done with the crappy studio hosts until halftime and on to player intros. If Larry Hughes were crazy enough to try to Willis Reed one out and start the game guaranteed the Cleveland fans boo him.

8:54 pm - The songs that NBA teams choose to play while the opposition is being introduced crack me up. Tonight the Spurs are being introduced to The Imperial March from Star Wars. Over done.

8:56 pm - Pretty cool introduction for the Cavs done on the video board with clips and stuff. I think the crowd might have cheered Boobie louder than LeBron just because they’re so relieved that Brown has finally been forced to start him.