NBA Finals: Heat vs. Thunder

As heartbroken as I am to write this after C’s loss it must be done. But I will say, the Celtics fought hard and I truly hope last night wasn’t the last time us C’s fans see the original “Big 3” play together. I guess that is neither here nor there so let’s move on to what may be one of the best finals match ups in years. Finally, we have the two best players in the world going head to head in a battle to be the World Champions. You may say, “Well every year the best players match up”, wrong! If you look at the past few years in the NBA Finals, usually one of the best players makes it, sometimes neither of them. Last year it was LeBron and Dirk. Dirk was not one of the top two players in the league last year, he dominated the playoffs, but was certainly not top 2. The year before we had Kobe against the Celtics. No one on the Celtics was a top 2 player. And even the year before that, it was the same matchup. This year we get to see THE 2 best players in the world go neck and neck for the final prize.

Kevin Durant vs. LeBron james, arguably one of the best head to head match ups we have seen in a long time. Both teams come out of their respective leagues as the champs, and have been the favorites since the beginning of the season. The Thunder rolled through the West with relative ease. Sweeping the defending champion Mavericks in 4 games, beating Kobe and co. in 5 games, and won the Western Conference in 6 games, coming back from 2 down to take the series. The Heat have had a little tougher road getting through the East. In the first round the beat the utterly pitiful NY Knicks in 5 games (how that wasn’t a sweep is beyond me), they beat Larry Bird’s Pacers in 6 games, and finally beat the C’s in 7. The Thunder haven’t really been scared throughout these playoffs, whereas the Heat had a little scare put into them by the Celtics, having to go into the Garden in Game 6.

OKC has the ability to become a dynasty for years to come. They have all the pieces to help them dominate the NBA for quite a few years. When your best players, Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, are only 23 years old, the future looks extremely bright. Arguably the MVP of the playoffs, Kevin Durant, has been spectacular. Durantula has averaged 28 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists throughout the playoffs, but don’t think he has been doing it by himself. The Thunder’s biggest threat is their depth. They have a loaded bench highlighted by 6th man of the Year, James Harden. It also helps when you have one of the best PG’s in the league as well in Westbrook. At 22 points, 6 assists and 5 rebounds a game, Westbrook is always a threat to do anything on the court. He has scary athleticism when he drives to the bucket and can dunk on anyone. The most important players on the Thunder are neither of those two though, they are Serge Ibaka and James Harden. Harden, who comes off the bench, would start on any other team in the NBA, but because of the lineup the Thunder he has to be the 6th man. He comes in and is an immediate spark. Harden is a matchup problem for most role/bench players that he is usually matched up against. One thing about Harden is that he always goes left. It doesn’t matter if everyone is in his way going left, he is shooting a left handed layup. It’s almost like Rondo never using his left, it’s that constant not using the other hand. Harden helps Durant and Westbrook by spreading out the floor. He has a solid 3-point shot, shooting 45% in the postseason. Ibaka is a whole ‘nother story. Ibaka is going to cause some problems for the Heat because as we all know the Heat can’t shoot the outside shot very well. They rely heavily on attacking the rim and finishing above the rim. Ibaka will make that a tough task, he averages 4 blocks a game and countless changed shots. He will be able to disrupt D-Wade’s drives as well as LeBron’s. Which is something that the Thunder will need to do consistently to help them gain an advantage.

Is it finally time for LBJ to get a ring? Will he finally get that monkey off of his back? I don’t know but I sure know he is going to come in prepared and won’t let what happened last year happen again. LeBron has come into these playoffs with a vengeance. It is crazy to me that people think that he hasn’t been playing well, what are you on meth? LeBron has been averaging 30 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists per game! Those are absurd numbers, yet people are doubting him. In Game 6 against the Celtics, possibly his biggest/most important playoff game he has ever played in, he was Superman like. He had 45, 15, and 5 and shot 73%. Incredible. I am ready to see a LeBron I haven’t seen yet. One that has a little chip on his shoulder, one that truly wants the ring. He won’t do it alone though. With the likes of Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh, LBJ will have help. In Game 7 against the C’s, Bosh was spectacular. Single handily broke the Celtics spirits with his shooting. And Dwayne Wade has been no bum, although he has gotten off to slow starts, Wade has been a force to be reckon with. Countless drives and acrobatic finishes have been in his highlight reel throughout the playoffs. I believe the two biggest keys for the Heat will be two players that are not in the Big 3. Shane Battier and Mario Chalmers. Two outside shooters, who if they are knocking down shots, can kill teams and help lift the Heat. Battier is also one of the best on-ball defenders in the Association, I don’t know if Spoelstra will place him on KD, but Battier will be able to defend James Harden. The Heat matchup well everywhere except for in the paint, hopefully they will be able to make up for that with their on-ball defense.

This series has dramatics written all over it. I envision big shot after big shot, and big play after big play. There are too many stars in this series for it not to happen. The key to the entire series will be the defense of both teams. We all know that both teams can score and score at will. It will be the first team that can buckle down and get stops that will win this series. I love the Thunder in this one and I’d love to see a dynasty in the making. I’m taking the Thunder and LBJ will have to hear it from fans for another year.

  • Thunder in 6

Odds/Numbers for 6/9


727 BOSTON CELTICS 180 179 / 178.5 / 178 178.5 +350
728 MIAMI HEAT -7.5 -07 -8 -05 / -7.5 -05 / -7.5 -8 -450
TV: ESPN, DTV: 206


951 SAN DIEGO PADRES (R) Cashner, A 8.5 8.5 / 8.5u15 / 8.5 8.5o15 +1.5(-170)
952 MILWAUKEE BREWERS (R) Fiers, M -139 -139 -140 -1.5(+150)
TV: FS-San Diego, Wisconsin, DTV: 669, 694, 735, 736
953 CHICAGO CUBS (R) Samardzija, J 8o20 8o20 8o15 +1.5(-170)
954 MINNESOTA TWINS (L) Diamond, S -115 -115 -122 -1.5(+150)
TV: Comcast (Chicago), FS-North, DTV: 665, 668, 721, 722
955 TEXAS RANGERS (R) Feldman, S -103 -103 / -106 / -109 -105 -1.5(+155)
956 SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS (R) Vogelsong, R 8 8 8u20 +1.5(-175)
TV: FS-Southwest, Comcast (Bay), DTV: 676, 696, 724, 725
957 WASHINGTON NATIONALS (L) Gonzalez, G -104 -104 / -120 / -110 -110 -1.5(+145)
958 BOSTON RED SOX (R) Matsuzaka, D 8.5o15 8.5o15 / 8.5o20 8.5o25 +1.5(-165)
BOS-CF-Jacoby Ellsbury-OUT | TV: MASN, NESN, DTV: 628, 640, 727, 728
PHI-CF-Hunter Pence-? | PHI-1B-Ryan Howard-OUT | TV: Comcast (Philadelphia), MASN2, DTV: 641, 725, 726
961 TORONTO BLUE JAYS (R) Hutchison, D 8.5u20 8.5u20 / 8.5u25 8 +1.5(-165)
962 ATLANTA BRAVES (R) Hanson, T -145 -145 -140 -1.5(+152)
TV: SN1, FS-South, DTV: 646, 729, 730
963 DETROIT TIGERS (R) Verlander, J -143 -143 / -141 / -145 -150 -1.5(+118)
964 CINCINNATI REDS (R) Arroyo, B 7.5u15 7.5u15 +1.5(-128)
TV: FS-Detroit, Ohio, DTV: 661, 663, 737, 738
965 LOS ANGELES ANGELS (R) Haren, D -134 -134 / -130 / -140 -145 -1.5(+117)
966 COLORADO ROCKIES (L) Francis, J 9.5 9.5o15 / 9.5o20 / 9.5o25 10o15 +1.5(-127)
TV: FS-West, ROOT (Rocky Mountain), DTV: 683, 692, 731, 732
967 HOUSTON ASTROS (R) Lyles, J 8.5u15 8.5u15 +1.5(-105)
968 CHICAGO WHITE SOX (L) Sale, C -205 -210 / -220 / -230 -240 -1.5(-103)
TV: FS-Houston, WGN (America), DTV: 307, 678, 733, 734
969 NEW YORK METS (R) Gee, D 9.5u20 9.5u20 / 9.5u15 / 9.5 9.5o15 +1.5(-144)
970 NEW YORK YANKEES (R) Hughes, P -150 -150 -155 -1.5(+133)
971 KANSAS CITY ROYALS (R) Mazzaro, V 7.5u20 7.5u20 7o20 +1.5(-168)
972 PITTSBURGH PIRATES (R) Mcdonald, J -155 -155 / -165 -155 -1.5(+155)
973 CLEVELAND INDIANS (R) Masterson, J 8.5o20 9u20 / 9 / 9u15 9 +1.5(-168)
974 ST LOUIS CARDINALS (R) Lohse, K -138 -138 / -136 -145 -1.5(+155)
975 TAMPA BAY RAYS (L) Moore, M 7.5o15 7.5o15 +1.5(-208)
976 MIAMI MARLINS (R) Zambrano, C -135 -131 / -140 / -135 -130 -1.5(+190)
TAM-3B-Evan Longoria-OUT | TV: FOX
977 LOS ANGELES DODGERS (L) Kershaw, C -135 -135 / -133 / -145 -140 -1.5(+129)
978 SEATTLE MARINERS (L) Vargas, J 6.5u15 6.5u15 / 6.5 / 6.5o15 6.5 +1.5(-140)
LAD-CF-Matt Kemp-OUT | TV: FOX
979 OAKLAND ATHLETICS (R) Parker, J 9u20 9o15 / 9u15 / 9 9o15 +1.5(-162)
980 ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS (R) Cahill, T -140 -140 -1.5(+149)
TV: Comcast (California), FS-Arizona, DTV: 686, 698, 739, 740


9 LOS ANGELES KINGS 4.5o10 +104 / +103 / -105 -110 +1.5(-380)
10 NEW JERSEY DEVILS -115 4.5o10 / 4.5o15 4.5 -1.5(+280)
Time-change to 08:20pm EDT | TV: NBC, CBC, RDS

Top 10 Rants in Sports of All-Time

There is honestly nothing better than seeing a coach or player just go bananas on the media after a tough loss or just an outrageous question. These moments create some of the best in sports, and can help create a culture around a player or coach. When you look at most of these coaches and players they seem like calm, collected people. But when they get angry, watch out! They might turn green and you know what happens after that. 

I thought I’d take a look at these moments and rate the top 10 rants of all-time. From baseball to college football, to woman’s college basketball, the list is complete with some of the most hilarious moments of all-time in sports rants. Just looking back at some of these makes me want to become a coach someday. I can see it now: an umpire makes a bad call in my son’s little league game, and I come flying out of the dugout like George Brett and just go Lou Piniella on their ass.

10) Joh McEnroe “You can’t be serious!”

A class act who was always good for one or two rants every time he was on the court. You could make an entire list of his rants and rank them 1-10. One of my favorite outbursts of his is when he made the cameo in Big Daddy. Also check out the hair and headband look, just excellent.

9) Mike Gundy “I’m a Man! I’m 40!”

One of my favorites, not only because of what he says but because it is the most recent on the list. Gundy goes off on the media after they attacked his players in the press earlier that week. I like how he was supporting his players, that definitely got him some brownie points.

8) Herm Edwards “You play to win the game!”

As long as I’ve played sports I was always told that you always try to win. Herm was just reminding us all of that fact. He didn’t like the question from the reporter so Edwards proceeded to explain that winning is why you play football in the first place.

7) Hal McRae “Put that in your pipe and smoke it!”

He was just sick and tired of the reporters dumb questions, I get that. What I didn’t get was why he threw half of his desk across the room, it looked like some pretty nice stuff.

6) John Chaney “I will kill you!”

John Chaney explodes at a press conference with the then-babyfaced, still cheating, John Calipari. Chaney tries to fight through a mob of reporters as he “tries to kill” Calipari. He even goes as far as to threaten to have his players go after Calipari’s.

5) Mike Tyson

Mike Tyson one of the most quotable athletes of all time, even though you couldn’t understand him half the time. Tyson was asked a question but decided to talk about what he wanted to talk about. And when he was asked a second time, he again didn’t care and talked about God knows what. Great stuff.

4) Allen Iverson “Practice?!”

Possibly the greatest sports sound bite in history, ever. Iverson will be know not just for his ability to play basketball, but his ability to talk about not a game, but practice. Any basketball fan will never forget this one.

Another classic NFL coach getting fired up taking questions from the media.

3) Jim Mora “Playoffs?!”

Possibly the most popular out of the bunch, Mora came in a little upset to his press conference that day. Many people today only say “Playoffs” the way Mora does in this video and it never once gets old. Just a gem.

2) Bob Knight fires a chair

Known for his craziness and short fuse, Knight doesn’t disappoint with this one. Apparently, Knight was a little upset with a call the ref had made, so he decided to fire a chair at him while a player from the other team was shooting free throws. Just classic.

1) Phil Wellman loses his skull

This guy is just insane. Should be in a mental asylum or something. He truly went bananas. He brought out all the stops. The coach’s tirade has to go down as one of the most comical displays by anyone in managerial history. I would also like to remind you this is in a minor league baseball game, imagine being there, seeing that, absolutely worth the price of admission.

Who would you take: Kevin Durant or LeBron James?

These 2012 playoffs have been begging NBA fans everywhere to debate this topic, who would you take: KD35 or King James? Both players are currently at the top of the basketball world. But you need to look at what these two players have been able to do this year, it is mind blowing. Every night you know you are going to get some sort of show. Whether it is KD’s scoring ability or the athletic freakiness of LBJ. They both bring different things to the table and both of them have different abilities that they can unleash on anyone at anytime. But, what makes one of them better than the other? Wins? Points? How clutch they may be? (which may take LeBron right out of it) or any other statistical category? I believe it comes down to who you would want on draft day if you were able to start a fantasy franchise.

Picture this: You have just purchased a team that will be located in Boise, Idaho, pretty much the middle of nowhere, where they might not even have basketball courts, but that’s besides the point. You now have control of an NBA franchise in Boise and you have been allowed to take any player you want from any team to become your franchise cornerstone. As you look throughout the entire league you know it boils down to two players, LeBron James or Kevin Durant. As the owner of the Cosmo Kramers (a little Seinfeld reference) you have the ability to take anyone. As LBJ and KD await to see who is picked in the infamous “Green Room”, you sit in your nice comfy chair and take a look at the reasons why you should take either one of these two.

Kevin Durant has been excellent this year. At age 23, he has been able to raise his game to an extremely high level and has not yet reached his potential ceiling. With as young as Durant is, he has all the intangibles that make him a leader. His calm and cool personality make him come off as less competitive, which couldn’t be any farther from the truth. This man is a cold-blooded killer, who can score 10 points on you at any second (Ask the Spurs after he scored 18 straight points in Game 4). What truly makes Durant special are not his numbers on the court but just how much he cares about winning. When your best player cares the most, plays the hardest, works the hardest, pulls for everyone else and doesn’t care about his own numbers, you’re always going to be in good shape. Durant has become the youngest scoring title winner, the next youngest was guess who, Kevin Durant. He has the ability to lead your team in so many ways. He can score, defend, rebound and be unselfish with the ball. I’m not the only one who is saying these things either, the NBA Coach of the Year, Gregg Popovich of the San Antonio Spurs, volunteered the following about Durant: “He’s arguably the greatest player in the world.” He’s pure on a Larry Bird level, just ridiculous. Durant is. LeBron’s not. Durant has averaged 28 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists a game this year, shooting the peach at a 50% clip.

LeBron James gives you something that not many players can, and that’s an all-around game. LeBron has the abilities to score, rebound, pass and defend the opposing teams best player. He gives coaches the ability to place him anywhere on the floor and give him any assignment. LeBron has done just about everything you can do in an NBA career and he is only 27 years of age. He has won 3 MVP’s, Rookie of the Year, and has been an All-NBA and All-Star selection every year since 2005. Those accolades are not what makes him great though, it is the way he plays the game. Like Jordan, LeBron has the ability to affect the game on both sides of the ball. Defensively, he can guard any position, we have been able to see this in the series he is currently in with the Celtics. He has guarded Rajon Rondo, Paul Pierce and even Kevin Garnett, and he was successful guarding all three. He rebounds the ball extremely well, using his athleticism and size to go up and grab boards at their highest point. LeBron is a physical marvel when you look at him. He is a human freight train when he drives to the bucket, no one is going to step in front of the Hulk. LeBron has averaged 27.1 points per a game, just a smidgen under Durant’s 28, with 7.9 boards and 6 assists.

Factually speaking, Durant is a better shooter than LeBron, and statistically speaking he’s a better scorer. He’s a similar rebounder. He doesn’t defend or create at LeBron’s level, but Durant is gaining ground in both spots. Given all that, LeBron’s better, right? It’s close, but he’s better. LeBron’s not just the MVP, though he is, but he’s also the guy you’d take if you were asked, “Who would you build a team around, LeBron or Durant?” I just don’t know if it is that easy of an answer. Durant is more clutch than LeBron. Durant’s a closer, a finisher. While the world was waiting for LeBron to inherit from Kobe Bryant the title of Game’s Best Closer, Durant snuck up and took it. The title’s gone. It doesn’t belong to Kobe anymore, and it might never belong to LeBron. Not while Durant’s around, closing out games and getting better at it. Durant also takes the cake when we move to the mind’s of both players. Mentally Durant is more tough and has the ability to stay composed under pressure. James looks like a 6 year old girl who doesn’t know where her doll is at the end of games. And that makes up a huge difference. That can make you a winner or a loser. We have all watched both of these players play and we know what each of them is.

So you give me the pick of the entire league and you want me to start a team from scratch, I know who I’m taking. As I walk my white envelope up to NBA Commissioner David Stern, I know I have made the right choice. Give me Kevin Durant with my first pick. I’d like to have LeBron, sure. I’d like to have the most talented all-around player in the game.

But I’d rather win.

So with the 1st pick in the new NBA Expansion Draft, the Cosmo Kramers select… Kevin Durant, Small Forward from the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Celtics vs. Heat

Now as we all know I am a big Celtics fan and chose the Celtics in 7 in my last Eastern Conference Final article. I look at this game and what the Celtics were able to do in Boston, and I truly believe the C’s can win not only tonight but this series. I could care less if Bosh is back, I could care less if it’s in Miami, I could care less about what Rondo said (which is supposed to fire up the Heat). All I know is the Celts are going to come ready to play and take this Game 5.

Odds/Numbers for 6/2


713 SAN ANTONIO SPURS 202.5 202 / 202.5 / 202 201.5 +155
714 OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER -4 +02 -3.5 -05 / -3 -05 / -3.5 -05 -3.5 -175
TV: , DTV: 245


901 ATLANTA BRAVES (R) Beachy, B 6.5u20 6.5u20 / 6.5 6.5o15 +1.5(-190) betting closed
902 WASHINGTON NATIONALS (R) Strasburg, S -130 -127 -1.5(+165)
Overnight Pitching Change: Washington – S. Strasburg for G. Gonzalez (L) TV: FS-South, MASN, DTV: 640, 646, 725, 726
903 MIAMI MARLINS (R) Nolasco, R 7.5 7.5 7.5u15 +1.5(-160)
904 PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES (L) Hamels, C -165 -165 / -160 / -150 -153 -1.5(+140)
PHI-1B-Ryan Howard-OUT TV: FS-Florida, Comcast (Philadelphia), DTV: 654, 727, 728
905 ST. LOUIS CARDINALS (R) Lynn, L -135 -130 / -125 / -120 -105 -1.5(+150)
906 NEW YORK METS (R) Dickey, R 7o20 7o20 / 7o25 / 7.5 7.5u15 +1.5(-170)
TV: FS-Midwest, WPIX, DTV: 671, 735, 736
907 LOS ANGELES DODGERS (R) Harang, A 10.5u20 10.5u15 / 10.5 / 10.5o20 10.5o15 +1.5(-155)
908 COLORADO ROCKIES (R) Nicasio, J -135 -135 / -140 -138 -1.5(+135)
LAD-CF-Matt Kemp-OUT TV: FS-Prime Ticket, ROOT (Rocky Mountain), DTV: 683, 693, 729, 730
909 PITTSBURGH PIRATES (L) Bedard, E 7.5u20 7.5u20 / 7.5u15 / 7.5u20 7.5u25 +1.5(-170)
910 MILWAUKEE BREWERS (R) Marcum, S -160 -160 / -155 / -150 -140 -1.5(+150)
MIL-LF-Ryan Braun-quot;?quot; TV: No scheduled television
911 CHICAGO CUBS (R) Garza, M 6.5u20 6.5u20 / 6.5u25 6.5u30 +1.5(-170)
912 SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS (R) Cain, M -165 -165 / -160 -157 -1.5(+150)
913 ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS (R) Hudson, D 6.5 6.5 / 6.5u20 6.5u15 +1.5(-240)
914 SAN DIEGO PADRES (R) Volquez, E -120 -120 -110 -1.5(+200)
915 CINCINNATI REDS (R) Latos, M -120 -120 / -125 -124 -1.5(+125)
916 HOUSTON ASTROS (L) Rodriguez, W 7.5 7.5 / 7.5u15 / 7.5u20 7.5u25 +1.5(-145)
917 BOSTON RED SOX (L) Doubront, F -115 -115 / -120 -108 -1.5(+145)
918 TORONTO BLUE JAYS (R) Drabek, K 10 10 / 10u15 10u20 +1.5(-165)
BOS-CF-Jacoby Ellsbury-OUT TV: NESN, SN1, DTV: 628, 721, 722
919 OAKLAND ATHLETICS (R) Mccarthy, B 8o20 8o20 / 8 8o15 +1.5(-180)
920 KANSAS CITY ROYALS (R) Hochevar, L -115 -115 / -120 -125 -1.5(+160)
TV: Comcast (California), FS-Kansas City, DTV: 672, 698, 723, 724
921 BALTIMORE ORIOLES (L) Matusz, B 8u20 8u25 / 7.5 / 7.5u15 7.5u20 +1.5(-165)
922 TAMPA BAY RAYS (R) Hellickson, J -170 -165 / -160 / -150 -144 -1.5(+145)
TAM-3B-Evan Longoria-OUT TV: MASN2, SunSports, DTV: 641, 653, 733, 734
923 SEATTLE MARINERS (R) Noesi, H 9 9 / 9u20 9u25 +1.5(-155)
924 CHICAGO WHITE SOX (R) Floyd, G -165 -175 / -170 / -160 -144 -1.5(+135)
TV: ROOT (Northwest), WGN (America), DTV: 307, 687, 731, 732
925 NEW YORK YANKEES (R) Kuroda, H -125 -125 -107 -1.5(+140)
926 DETROIT TIGERS (R) Porcello, R 9.5 9.5 9.5u15 +1.5(-160)
Time-change to 07:15pm EDT TV: FOX
927 MINNESOTA TWINS (R) Walters, P 9 9 / 9u15 / 9u20 9u25 +1.5(-170)
928 CLEVELAND INDIANS (R) Tomlin, J -125 -125 / -130 / -140 -136 -1.5(+150)
929 TEXAS RANGERS (R) Darvish, Y -125 7.5u15 7.5u20 -1.5(+155)
930 LOS ANGELES ANGELS (L) Wilson, C 7.5u15 +105 / +100 / -105 -107 +1.5(-175)
TV: FS-Southwest, West, DTV: 676, 692, 737, 738


3 LOS ANGELES KINGS -109 4.5o10 4.5o15 -1.5(+290)
4 NEW JERSEY DEVILS 4.5o10 +101 / -105 / -110 -115 +1.5(-390)

NBA Draft: 1st Round Mock Draft

Round 1 Picks:

  1. New Orleans Hornets
  2. Charlotte Bobcats
  3. Washington Wizards
  4. Cleveland Cavs
  5. Sacramento Kings
  6. Portland Trail Blazers (via Brooklyn Nets)
  7. Golden State Warriors
  8. Toronto Raptors
  9. Detroit Pistons
  10. New Orleans Hornets (via Minnesota Timberwolves)
  11. Portland Trail Blazers
  12. Milwaukee Bucks
  13. Phoenix Suns
  14. Houston Rockets
  15. Philadelphia 76ers
  16. Houston Rockets (via NY Knickerbockers)
  17. Dallas Mavericks
  18. Minnesota Timberwolves (via Utah Jazz)
  19. Orlando Magic
  20. Denver Nuggets
  21. Boston Celtics
  22. Boston Celtics (via L.A. Clippers)
  23. Atlanta Hawks
  24. Cleveland Cavs (via L.A. Lakers)
  25. Memphis Grizzlies
  26. Indiana Pacers
  27. Miami Heat
  28. OKC Thunder
  29. Chicago Bulls
  30. Golden State Warriors (via San Antonio Spurs)
Round 1 Mock:
1) New Orleans Hornets:
Anthony Davis
School: Kentucky

Position: PF/C

Year: Freshman

Vitals: 6’10”, 220 pounds

2011-12 Per-Game Stats: 14.3 points, 10.0 rebounds, 0.9 assists

2) Charlotte Bobcats
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
School: Kentucky

Position: SF

Year: Freshman

Vitals: 6’7″, 232 pounds

2011-12 Per-Game Stats: 11.8 points, 7.6 rebounds, 2.0 assists

3) Washington Wizards

Thomas Robinson

School: Kansas

Position: PF

Year: Junior

Vitals: 6’10”, 237 pounds

2011-12 Per-Game Stats: 17.9 points, 11.8 rebounds, 1.9 assists

4) Cleveland Cavs

Bradley Beal

School: Florida

Position: SG

Year: Freshman

Vitals: 6’3″, 207 pounds

2011-12 Per-Game Stats: 14.6 points, 6.5 rebounds, 2.2 assists

5) Sacramento Kings

Andre Drummond

School: Connecticut

Position: PF/C

Year: Freshman

Vitals: 6’10”, 270 pounds

2011-12 Per-Game Stats: 10.2 points, 7.7 rebounds, 0.5 assists

6) Portland Trail Blazers

Perry Jones III

School: Baylor

Position: PF

Year: Sophomore

Vitals: 6’11”, 235 pounds

2011-12 Per-Game Stats: 14.0 points, 7.7 rebounds, 1.3 assists

7) Golden State Warriors

Harrison Barnes

School: North Carolina

Position: SF

Year: Sophomore

Vitals: 6’8″, 215 pounds

2011-12 Per-Game Stats: 17.4 points, 5.2 rebounds, 1.0 assists

8) Toronto Raptors

Jeremy Lamb

School: Connecticut

Position: SG/SF

Year: Sophomore

Vitals: 6’5″, 180 pounds

2011-12 Per-Game Stats: 17.7 points, 4.9 rebounds, 1.7 assists

9) Detroit Pistons

Jared Sullinger

School: Ohio State

Position: PF

Year: Sophomore

Vitals: 6’9″, 265 pounds

2011-12 Per-Game Stats: 17.6 points, 9.3 rebounds, 1.2 assists

10) New Orleans Hornets

Terrence Jones

School: Kentucky

Position: SF/PF

Year: Sophomore

Vitals: 6’9″, 252 pounds

2011-12 Per-Game Stats: 12.5 points, 7.0 rebounds, 1.3 assists

11) Portland Trail Blazers

Damian Lillard

School: Weber State

Position: PG/SG

Year: Junior

Vitals: 6’3″, 195 pounds

2011-12 Per-Game Stats: 24.5 points, 5.1 rebounds, 4.0 assists

12) Milwaukee Bucks

John Henson

School: North Carolina

Position: PF/C

Year: Junior

Vitals: 6’11”, 220 pounds

2011-12 Per-Game Stats: 13.8 points, 10.1 rebounds, 1.3 assists

13) Phoenix Suns

Kendall Marshall

School: North Carolina

Position: PG

Year: Sophomore

Vitals: 6’4″, 195 pounds

2011-12 Per-Game Stats: 7.8 points, 2.6 rebounds, 9.7 assists

14) Houston Rockets

Meyers Leonard

School: Illinois

Position: C

Year: Sophomore

Vitals: 7’1″, 245 pounds

2011-12 Per-Game Stats: 13.6 points, 8.2 rebounds, 1.3 assists

15) Philadelphia 76ers

Tyler Zeller

School: North Carolina

Position: PF/C

Year: Senior

Vitals: 7’0″, 250 pounds

2011-12 Per-Game Stats: 16.5 points, 9.3 rebounds, 1.0 assists

16) Houston Rockets

Quincy Miller

School: Baylor

Position: SF

Year: Freshman

Vitals: 6’9″, 200 pounds

2011-12 Per-Game Stats: 10.6 points, 4.9 rebounds, 1.4 assists

17) Dallas Mavericks

Dion Waiters

School: Syracuse

Position: PG/SG

Year: Sophomore

Vitals: 6’4″, 215 pounds

2011-12 Per-Game Stats: 12.6 points, 2.3 rebounds, 2.6 assists

18) Minnesota Timberwolves

Terrence Ross

School: Washington

Position: SG/SF

Year: Sophomore

Vitals: 6’6″, 195 pounds

2011-12 Per-Game Stats: 15.3 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.4 assists

19) Orlando Magic

Marquis Teague

School: Kentucky

Position: PG

Year: Freshman

Vitals: 6’2″, 189 pounds

2011-12 Per-Game Stats: 9.4 points, 2.5 rebounds, 4.8 assists

20) Denver Nuggets

Austin Rivers

School: Duke

Position: PG/SG

Year: Freshman

Vitals: 6’4″, 200 pounds

2011-12 Per-Game Stats: 15.4 points, 3.4 rebounds, 2.1 assists

21) Boston Celtics

Arnett Moultrie

School: Mississippi State

Position: PF/C

Year: Junior

Vitals: 6’11”, 230 pounds

2011-12 Per-Game Stats: 15.8 points, 10.6 rebounds, 1.1 assists

22) Boston Celtics

Moe Harkless

School: St. John’s

Position: SG/SF

Year: Freshman

Vitals: 6’8″, 208 pounds

2011-12 Per-Game Stats: 15.3 points, 8.6 rebounds, 1.4 assists

23) Atlanta Hawks

Tony Wroten

School: Washington

Position: PG/SG

Year: Freshman

Vitals: 6’5″, 205 pounds

2011-12 Per-Game Stats: 16.7 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.6 assists

24) Cleveland Cavs

Evan Fournier

Team: Poitiers

Position: Shooting guard/small forward

Age: 19

Vitals: 6’7″, 206 pounds

2011-12 Per-Game Stats: 13.4 points, 3.3 rebounds, 2.2 assists (in Pro A France)

25) Memphis Grizzlies

Tyshawn Taylor

School: Kansas

Position: PG

Year: Senior

Vitals: 6’3″, 185 pounds

2011-12 Per-Game Stats: 17.3 points, 1.9 rebounds, 4.8 assists

26) Indiana Pacers

Royce White

School: Iowa State

Position: No Idea (but really SF/PF)

Year: Sophomore

Vitals: 6’8″, 270 pounds

2011-12 Per-Game Stats: 13.1 points, 9.2 rebounds, 5.1 assists

27) Miami Heat

Fab Melo

School: Syracuse

Position: C

Year: Sophomore

Vitals: 7’0″, 255 pounds

2011-12 Per-Game Stats: 7.8 points, 5.8 rebounds, 0.7 assists

28) OKC Thunder

Jeffery Taylor

School: Vanderbilt

Position: SF

Year: Senior

Vitals: 6’7″, 225 pounds

2011-12 Per-Game Stats: 16.4 points, 5.8 rebounds, 1.8 assists

29) Chicago Bulls

Doron Lamb

School: Kentucky

Position: SG

Year: Sophomore

Vitals: 6’4″, 210 pounds

2011-12 Per-Game Stats: 13.2 points, 2.9 rebounds, 1.6 assists

30) Golden State Warriors

Draymond Green

School: Michigan State

Position: SF/PF

Year: Senior

Vitals: 6’7″, 230 pounds

2011-12 Per-Game Stats: 16.1 points, 10.4 rebounds, 3.6 assists

Odds/Numbers for 6/1


711 MIAMI HEAT 179 179 / 179.5 180 +105
712 BOSTON CELTICS -1.5 -03 -1 -05 / -1 -07 / -1 -1.5 -125
MIA-F-Chris Bosh-OUT TV: ESPN, DTV: 206


951 MIAMI MARLINS (L) Buehrle, M -103 -108 / -105 / -107 -105 +1.5(-213)
952 PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES (R) Kendrick, K 8.5u08 8.5u08 / 8.5u15 8.5 -1.5(+195)
PHI-1B-Ryan Howard-OUT TV: FS-Florida, Comcast (Philadelphia), DTV: 654, 727, 728
953 ATLANTA BRAVES (L) Minor, M 7.5u20 7.5u20 / 7.5u21 / 7.5u20 7.5u15 +1.5(-137)
954 WASHINGTON NATIONALS (R) Strasburg, S -171 -171 / -180 / -175 -170 -1.5(+126)
TV: FS-South, MASN, DTV: 640, 646, 725, 726
955 ST. LOUIS CARDINALS (R) Wainwright, A -103 -103 / -106 / -108 -106 -1.5(+154)
956 NEW YORK METS (L) Santana, J 7o17 7o17 7o20 +1.5(-167)
TV: FS-Midwest, SNY, DTV: 639, 671, 733, 734
957 CINCINNATI REDS (R) Leake, M -116 -116 / -120 -125 -1.5(+136)
958 HOUSTON ASTROS (L) Happ, J 8.5o13 8.5o13 8.5o20 +1.5(-147)
TV: FS-Ohio, Houston, DTV: 661, 678, 735, 736
959 PITTSBURGH PIRATES (R) Correia, K 8o17 8o17 / 8o20 8.5 +1.5(-165)
960 MILWAUKEE BREWERS (L) Wolf, R -130 -132 / -136 / -135 -145 -1.5(+152)
MIL-LF-Ryan Braun-Doubtful TV: ROOT (Pittsburgh), FS-Wisconsin, DTV: 659, 669, 741, 742
961 LOS ANGELES DODGERS (L) Capuano, C -103 9.5o10 9.5o15 +1.5(-195)
962 COLORADO ROCKIES (L) Outman, J 9.5o10 -103 / -106 / -108 -105 -1.5(+179)
LAD-CF-Matt Kemp-OUT TV: FS-Prime Ticket, ROOT (Rocky Mountain), DTV: 683, 693, 743, 744
963 ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS (L) Miley, W 6.5o13 -116 / -125 / -120 -125 -1.5(+139)
964 SAN DIEGO PADRES (L) Richard, C -113 6.5o13 6.5o15 +1.5(-151)
TV: FS-Arizona, San Diego, DTV: 686, 694, 747, 748
965 CHICAGO CUBS (L) Maholm, P 7u23 7u23 / 7u25 / 7u30 7u20 +1.5(-143)
966 SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS (L) Bumgarner, M -155 -155 -165 -1.5(+132)
TV: WGN (America), Comcast (Bay), DTV: 307, 696, 749
967 BOSTON RED SOX (R) Buchholz, C 10u16 10u16 10u20 +1.5(-168)
968 TORONTO BLUE JAYS (R) Alvarez, H -122 -122 -130 -1.5(+155)
BOS-CF-Jacoby Ellsbury-OUT TV: NESN, SN1, DTV: 628, 729, 730
969 NEW YORK YANKEES (L) Sabathia, C -150 -150 / -160 -175 -1.5(+102)
970 DETROIT TIGERS (L) Crosby, C 8.5 8.5 8.5o20 +1.5(-110)
TV: YES, FS-Detroit, DTV: 631, 663, 721, 722
971 MINNESOTA TWINS (R) Pavano, C 8.5o17 8.5o17 8.5o20 +1.5(-153)
972 CLEVELAND INDIANS (R) Lowe, D -140 -140 / -145 -150 -1.5(+141)
TV: FS-North, SportsTime Ohio, DTV: 662, 668, 723, 724
973 BALTIMORE ORIOLES (L) Chen, W 7o21 7o21 7o20 +1.5(-140)
974 TAMPA BAY RAYS (L) Price, D -160 -160 / -170 -165 -1.5(+129)
TAM-3B-Evan Longoria-OUT TV: MASN2, SunSports, DTV: 541, 653, 731, 732
975 OAKLAND ATHLETICS (R) Colon, B 8 8 / 8u15 8u20 +1.5(-159)
976 KANSAS CITY ROYALS (R) Paulino, F -137 -137 / -145 / -150 -145 -1.5(+146)
TV: Comcast (California), FS-Kansas City, DTV: 672, 698, 737, 738
977 SEATTLE MARINERS (R) Hernandez, F 7o14 7o14 / 7o17 7o20 +1.5(-172)
978 CHICAGO WHITE SOX (R) Peavy, J -130 -130 -140 -1.5(+158)
TV: ROOT (Northwest), Comcast (Chicago), DTV: 665, 687, 739, 740
979 TEXAS RANGERS (R) Lewis, C -119 -119 -130 -1.5(+135)
980 LOS ANGELES ANGELS (R) Williams, J 8.5o16 8.5o16 / 8.5o20 8.5o15 +1.5(-146)
TV: TXA21, FS-West, DTV: 692, 745, 746

Mark My Words: June

In order to be a great fantasy owner you must be able to predict and project how well players will do down the road. Owners have to see production before it is performed by players otherwise you might miss out on that player, it might be too late and another owner in your league snatched him before you. Just like last month I have decided to somewhat predict the future. I have put together a handful of things that I believe will happen in the month of June, a lot of statements in which you may be shaking your head now but when we look back on July 1st I will say “I told you so”.

1)      Mark My Words, Los Angeles Angels Outfielder Mike Trout scores more fantasy points than Texas Rangers Outfielder Josh Hamilton in the month of June: Josh Hamilton is having one heck of a season. Hamilton leads almost every statistical category by a large margin. Hamilton also leads the league in fantasy points. This season has been owned by Josh Hamilton, June will be owned by 20 year old youngster Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels. Trout is known as one of the most talented prospects in the league and he has shown off his abilities early on in the big leagues. Trout was the 25th overall pick in the 2009 draft, and ranked the #2 best prospect according to Baseball America. Trout joined the Angels big league club five weeks into the season and has been raking since. He is currently hitting .302 and has 5 homeruns in his short stint with the club. In June 20 year old Mike Trout out performs Josh Hamilton.

2)      Mark My Words, Aroldis Chapman still has a 0.00 ERA: Aroldis Chapman is having a dominant season. A season in which he has yet to allow a single run. He also took complete control of the Cincinnati Reds closer role. Earlier this month I wrote about Chapman’s dominance I’m predicting the left hander continues this magical season and doesn’t allow a run in June either.

3)      Mark My Words, this one is a carry-over from last month to get the sour taste out of my mouth. Former Yankee A.J. Burnett has a lower ERA than Yankee ace C.C. Sabathia in the month of June: I had this same prediction last month and I fell one outing short of this coming true. In A.J. Burnett’s last five starts he has allowed two runs or fewer. During this five game stretch Burnett has a 1.57 ERA and a 3-0 record. I would’ve hit on this prediction last month if it weren’t for Burnett’s first outing against the St. Louis Cardinals where he allowed 12 runs over 2.2 innings. Burnett has had a lot of success as of late and so has his former Yankee teammate C.C. Sabathia. Sabathia has had no problem going deep into games, going at least seven innings in seven of ten outings, and going at least 6 innings in all of them. The Yankee ace had a 2.75 ERA in the month of May but just a 3-2 record to show for it. This month I get my revenge on this prediction when A.J. Burnett out pitches C.C. Sabathia.

4)      Mark My Words, youngster Bryce Harper has more extra base hits than league leader (in that category) Joey Votto: Joey Votto currently leads the league in extra base hits with 30 total. Votto has 8 homeruns and 22 doubles. This season Votto has done more than just get extra base hits for the Cincinnati Reds he has also been getting on base at a great clip. The talented first baseman boasts a .463 on base percentage ranking second in the Major Leagues behind New York Mets 3B David Wright. In June, Bryce Harper will get more extra base hits than Votto however. Harper was called up on April 28thby the Washington Nationals, the 20 year old right fielder has already found himself in the #2 slot in the Nats lineup card. Harper had 13 extra base hits in the month of May (5 doubles, 4 triples, and 4 homeruns).

Bryce Harper is just starting to feel comfortable

A statistic that is extremely impressive for a rookie. I first fell in love with Harper a bit later than everybody else. Of course I knew he was an incredible talent and I knew someday he would be a star in this league but I didn’t care too much about him until I saw him playing against the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday Night Baseball on ESPN. Harper hit a soft blopper to left field and he exploded out of the box thinking double and with his hustle he got there. No other player in the league was stretching that single into a double, most guys would have just jogged down the first baseline. Since then I love the guy, he is always hustling.

5)      Mark My Words, Chicago White Sox pitcher Chris Sale has a lower ERA than Seattle Mariners ace Felix Hernandez in the month of June: I am a proud fantasy owner of Chicago White Sox lefty Chris Sale. Chris Sale is one hell of a pitcher and has unbelievable potential. Sale is currently 6-2 and has a 2.34 ERA in his first season moving from the bullpen to the starting rotation. In early May Sale was dealing with elbow soreness and there was discussions of him possibly moving back to the bullpen but an MRI revealed Sale is healthy. Sale has been dominant in his last two outings combining for 14.1 innings 1 run and only allowing 5 hits while also striking out 21. Tampa Bay Rays slugger Ben Zobrist compared Sale to a young Randy Johnson in one of his tweets after facing the Sox left hander. There was no rhyme or reason to why I have put Sale up against King Felix Hernandez in this prediction other than to prove Sale is becoming an elite pitcher in this league and can out play other elite starting pitchers like Felix Hernandez who is proven.

6)      Mark My Words, Edwin Jackson records more wins in the month of June than teammate Stephen Strasburg: Stephen Strasburg came out of the gates hot for the Washington Nationals, yet has fizzled in his last few starts allowing 4 runs in two out of his last three appearances. He has also failed to make it into the 6th inning in all three of those outings. Strasburg still posts a 2.64 ERA but recent struggles mean other pitchers in the Nationals rotation need to step up. Edwin Jackson is their man. Jackson is having a solid season himself however struggling to get run support from his club, giving him a poor record. Jackson has a 3.17 ERA but a lousy 1-3 record to show for it. Jackson has pitched well in his last 5 starts not allowing more than 3 runs in any of them however his club has lost all 5 games. I’m predicting Jackson continues his own individual success in the month of June and his teammates chime in with some run support.

7)      Mark My Words, Matt Moore has a lower ERA than James Shields in the month of June: Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Matt Moore has been somewhat of a disappointment in the early stages of 2012. Moore is 1-5 with a 4.76 ERA. Moore was a clear rookie of the year candidate coming into 2012 after his postseason appearance against the Texas Rangers where he was successful. Moore has struggled early on, he has struggled getting late into ball games and teams are jumping all over his fast ball. In his last seven starts Moore has gone 6+ innings in only two of them. In his last outing he showed promise, he showed everyone a flash of what we expected all season long. In Moore’s last start he toed the rubber against the Chicago White Sox where he pitched 7 innings allowing only two runs and striking out 10. Moore’s teammate James Shields has been up and down this season. Shields will log innings for you but he does get tattooed sometimes. He currently has a 3.95 ERA but does have a 6-3 record for the Rays. I’m not entirely concerned about Shields giving up a lot of runs as of late however I think things are starting to click for the young lefty Matt Moore and I think we will see what we have all been waiting to see out of Matt Moore.

8)      Mark My Words, Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher James McDonald continues his dominant 2012 season and has an ERA under 2.70 in June: James McDonald of the Pittsburgh Pirates is putting together quite the 2012 campaign. The 27 year old right hander has been dominant all season long. He has yet to allow more than three runs in a single outing all season long. He also has no problem striking guys out, on May 17th he proved that against the Washington Nationals when he struck out 11. Prior to that outing he struck out 8, 7, 10 and 8 in the four games before. McDonald has a 2.20 ERA for the Pirates far lower than expectations. In 2011 McDonald had an ERA of 4.21 however recent mechanical changes has proven success for the Pirate. McDonald continues this success in June when he pitches below a 2.70 ERA.

9)      Mark My Words, Fernando Rodney leads the league in saves at the end of June: How do the Tampa Bay Rays pump out these dominant closers? In his first season with the Rays Fernando Rodney has been rock solid locking down 16 saves. The Rays have a new closer every single season last year it was Kyle Farnsworth the year before that Rafael Soriano, Percival before that. Rodney is getting a lot of chances right now because the Rays are winning games, by the end of June Rodney will catch saves leader Jim Johnson of the Baltimore Orioles.

10)   Mark My Words, the San Antonio Spurs will win the NBA finals and they won’t need a 7th game to do so:Last month I predicted the Miami Heat would still be playing in the playoffs, this month I’m going a little tougher than that by saying the San Antonio Spurs win the NBA title in June and they do it in six games against the Miami Heat. Tony Parker will be your MVP. 

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Were the Cavs serious last night?


I can now see why LeBron James left Cleveland. What a bunch of turds last night. I hope to God, Uncle Drew aka Kyrie Irving, did not come up with the outfits last night. In the era of hipsters, the “Cleveland Crew” did not disappoint. With the typical hipster shades, going with their matching bowties, the Cavs crew was ready for the lottery last night. Not only do I want to talk about what they are wearing, just check out the crew in general. Owner Dan Gilbert, his son Nick GIlbert, with Kyrie Irving, Bernie Kosar, Josh Cribbs and Joe Haden. Bernie Kosar? What in the blue hell was he doing there? Regardless, the Cavs came ready hoping and praying that projected #1 pick, “Mr. Unibrow”, Anthony Davis, fell in their lap. At least the Brooklyn Nets sent Irina Pavlova, they will at least definitely win the award for the most attractive guest

The NBA draft lottery is one of the most exciting and heart-breaking events in sports. It can make or break a team and how they look at their future. It can shatter dreams and it can make dreams come true. I remember 2005 very vividly. The Boston Celtics were projected to get a top 3 pick, as high as #2, where Kevin Durant was going to be sitting awaiting to play in the Celtic green. As the lottery balls were chosen the Celtics ended up with the 5th pick and fans were devastated. A true example of how fans are even affected by the random lottery balls. It ended up working out in the end for the Celtics and #1 pick that year, Greg Oden, has played a total of 82 games in his career. The lottery is as shaky as it gets. Good luck or bad luck, you never know how those balls are going to shoot out of that machine.

Going into last night, the Bobcats seemed to be the favorite to get the #1 pick, and get “Fear the Brow”. Here is a list of the  “Unibrow Odds” going into last night:

Charlotte Bobcats: 25%

Washington Wizards: 19.9%

New Orleans Hornets: 14.8%

Cleveland Cavaliers: 13.8%

Sacramento Kings: 7.6%

Brooklyn Nets: 7.5%

Golden State Warriors: 3.6%

Toronto Raptors: 3.5%

Detroit Pistons: 1.7%

Portland Trail Blazers: 0.8%

Just as I had said going into the lottery, it is a night of heart breaks and dream fulfillers. The Bobcats felt the heart break. Michael Jordan must have been sitting in his seat thinking, “Here we go again”, because Anthony Davis was a franchise-changing player, exactly what the poor, poor Bobcats needed. Instead, they will receive a great player in the draft such as Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, but he is not a game changer like Davis.

The team with the 3rd best chance to win the “Unibrow”, the New Orleans Hornets, won the NBA Lottery last night. The lottery went without any surprise until pick #4 went to the Cleveland Cavs, being punished for their ridiculousness, in the 4th slot. This is a big win for the Hornets as they embark on a new era under new ownership. This is the 2nd time that the Hornets have won the lottery and were given the #1 pick. They chose Larry Johnson out of UNLV in 1991.

Because I am into conspiracy theories and things of that sort, the Hornets winning this lottery begs me to ask this question, was this fixed or setup? Let me tell you why I ask this question before you begin calling me a roody-poo. This summer as well all remember, the N.O. Hornets wanted to deal PG Chris Paul to the L.A. Lakers, in a 3 team deal including the Houston Rockets. The proposed trade would have sent Paul to the Lakers, Pau Gasol to the Rockets and furnished New Orleans with three top-flight NBA players in Kevin Martin, Luis Scola and Lamar Odom as well as playoff-tested guard Goran Dragic and a 2012 first-round pick that Houston had acquired from the Knicks. Not even 24-hours had gone by, by the time David Stern forced the trade to be cancelled. Players were rattled, owners were shocked, and look what happened to Lamar Odom… tough hit. Was this the NBA giving the Hornets what they deserved back? Was this lottery a way to say sorry? Who knows, it was just a question and something I wanted to poke at.

As usual the NBA Lottery left teams smiling, some teams crying, and the Cavs looking like God knows what. As far as the draft goes we will find out what happens and who the teams will choose. Until then let’s enjoy the rest of these playoffs. Go C’s.