I will tell you a secret. It has been for this night that I have patiently waited since “The News” broke last summer. A chance for a new beginning of sorts…through cosmic means. It is on this night wherein which we will find if there exists true justice in the basketball world. It is on this coming hour that we will discover the true nature of the Gods – whether they be cruel or benevolent in their bounty.
For truly, has any franchise suffered more? Have any fans endured more wrath than you who stand beside me? The Houston Rockets should not be punished for ingenuity, with Morey making the most of a bad situation, but killing our odds [at the top pick.]
If there truly exists some justice and order, tonight the Basketball Gods will smile upon us and grant us glad tiding.
Or if you don’t believe in a God, send out some good feelings in whatever manner you deem fitting, because tomorrow is the NBA Draft Lottery and we will know the Houston Rockets’ fate literally within 3 minutes of commencement.
I hate stating the obvious, and it’s been beaten to beyond cliche in the last few years, but the state of big man play right now in the NBA is utterly embarrassing, as evidenced by this afternoon’s Game 1 between the Magic and Celtics. I can’t really even fathom Kendrick Perkins attempting to guard Hakeem Olajuwon with single coverage, and holding him to 3-10 shooting like he did with the league’s current best big man.
In salute to the days of true post play, I present:
You rarely see any athlete take the kind of criticism LeBron has over the past few days. I’m having trouble thinking of another instance where someone has had such a brilliant start to his career and had every part of his game and psychological makeup questioned.
There’s nothing wrong with questioning someone’s play after a bad game, but people have attacked his heart, desire, and even basketball IQ in the blogosphere. Supposedly he doesn’t have a “killer instinct” despite the fact that he has single-handedly destroyed many teams in the playoffs previously.
All this, and we still don’t have any real information on the seriousness of his injury.
I don’t know if people are just jealous of his success, like to act like know-it-alls, or just get some weird enjoyment at being able to tear someone down behind the anonymity of the internet. But it’s kind of gross.
Naturally, I want to use this space to opine on the current buzz, so we have a lot to cover today. I will be all over the place so I apologize beforehand.