The NBA season has been ridiculous filled with player beef, basketball twitter arguments over who is the Rookie of the Year (I’m with both of them having it because at the end of the day, it is kinda meaningless considering Michael Carter-Williams won it) and Kevin Durant calling most writers “Blog Boyz” because some of them probably can’t even make a layup with their opposite hands, which led to some dudes crying because they took what Durant said personal, which means he was probably right. What a time to be alive (Am I a blog boy? I can shoot with both hands, run an actual offense, shoot a high percentage from three, and dunk a basketball…. somebody get me connected with Kevin Durant).
The NBA Playoffs aka the NBA’s second SZN begins on Saturday afternoon. I love the playoffs. I grew up a basketball junkie, where the only thing we would do in my household would watch basketball from late October – Mid June every year (Mom, I know you’re reading this. I love you. Please send my golf clubs next week). The playoffs provide a different type of feel. Everything is high from the pressure, the emotions and the intensity. You see the game’s best players rise up to their best and some falter within it. That’s what makes the playoffs so great.
I have a scale that’s ranked from 1 through 5 in terms of watchability – 1 = I’m not watching this, and 5 = I’ll watch this regardless of where I’m at. Let’s begin with the Eastern Conference. Part two will be the Western Conference.
Andrew Bynum got traded from the Los Angeles Lakers and well…………. yeah. Let’s just say that Andrew doesn’t really care about life anymore. Sad, isn’t it? That Andrew Bynum doesn’t really care about life no more. Bynum is supposed to be out 5 more weeks, but the way his knees are, he might be out longer. Like Greg Oden style. Mitch Kupchak, thank you for stealing #TheWhite Howard. The Lakers could have this problem child on their roster, and imagine the storylines if he was. Last year was bad enough when Andrew Bynum said “YOLO” and shot a three pointer. It was also bad how he was laughing after losing game 2 in the Western Conference Semis. It was bad when he said closeout games were easy, then proceeded to shoot a decent 5-8 from the field, and having 16 points, but having failure to play defense on Javele McGee in crunch time. Amazing. We’re very lucky here, Laker fans. As bad as most of you are, you have to admit that Andrew Bynum and his “potential” is basically gone. Be happy we got it in his last year in LA. As for Sixer fans……….
Carolina basketball is tonight, and I think I’m gonna do a time lapse blog on the game. I have to finish up some last minute homework, but it should be over by tonight (8 PM tip out west). Carolina has issues. Marcus Paige, who’s a freshman point guard isn’t ready to score yet. (He’s better than people think, and better than a team who’s in the top.. let me chill before folks get uneasy). Lack of shooting from the wings, and undersized. But, James Michael McAdoo is ballin out of his mind right now, which I expect. Carolina’s defense hasn’t been bad this year. In fact, it’s been good enough right now even though they haven’t played anyone.
Do I think Carolina will lose? I don’t think so, but it’ll be close. Paige’s first road game comes at a good time because it’s early in the season (and with trips to Indiana, and other ACC venues, this is good), and it’s a measuring stick game to see what type of team Carolina has this year. Long Beach State only scored 44 points on USC, and USC is decent at hoops, they don’t have the type of athletes that Carolina has. We’ll see though. Should be interesting.
Speaking of USC. Big game tomorrow. They PLAY for the bell tomorrow against UCLA in a game that means the direction USC football could head in the next 2-3 years. If USC wins this game, it’ll save their season which has been somewhat of a disappointment. I mean, Marqise Lee has established himself as the best player in college football but, there are some bad things too. The homie Matt Barkley has played average, which isn’t a knock to him, but he’s made throws this season that he hasn’t made since his freshman year. Lane Kiffin phased out Robert Woods, which pisses me off (#FreeRobertWoods) than his X’s and O’s this year. Kiffin is the dude. He did go 10-2 last year, but this team is better than its 7-3 record, and even he knows that. The defense, which ended the season last year ballin’, has been very average this year, a sign that Monte Kiffin needs to retire and USC needs a new scheme.
If USC loses to UCLA tomorrow afternoon, a lot of things will change in the USC Program. Yeah, the sanctions are gonna be there for another couple of years, but still. I’m not saying the younger Kiffin needs to be let go (two losses were on him), but at least think about changing the scheme on defense. If USC loses tomorrow, their run of dominance is over in the city is over. I mean, face it USC fans: With the scholarship reductions and sanctions, it’ll be a tough hill to climb for SC if they lose, and possibly get some recruits next year in the area.
Enjoy the weekend slate of football and basketball everyone.