Posts Tagged ‘LA Lakers’

Shaq has finally come to the end, he announced his retirement at his house yesterday bringing a end to a 19 year career in which he established himself as one of the most dominant centers of all time.

He decided to retire after a injury riddled season in Boston. He is old and slightly out of shape now, and I am glad that he chose to retire instead of dragging out an illustrious career like Brett Farve did.

During his years he won 4 NBA Titles, 3 with the Lakers and 1 with the Heat. He was Final’s MVP for all 3 titles he won with the Lakers. He ended up 5th all time on the scoring board despite being a horrific free throw shooter. He dominated whoever defended him, broken backboards happened, he couldn’t be stopped, unless they fouled him. He is one of the 3 best centers of all time, Bill Russell and Wilt Chamberlain are ahead of him, that is prestigious company to be named with.

Shaquille O’Neal’s retirement announcement was done in a way to continue the legacy that he created while he played. He did it at his house, mixing humor with his comments. He was well liked by the media, and known as one of the greatest and funniest personalities to be around.

Even though Shaq could have been better, I would like to say congratulations to one of the Greatest Players of all time, and a good person as well.

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The LA Lakers were swept by Dallas Mavericks ending their chance at a repeat of the NBA Title. They lost Game 4 by 36 points, blown out hard, and two LA Players were ejected. Lamar Odom, was ejected for shoving Dirk Nowitzki in the face and chest, and Andrew Bynum cheap shotted JJ Barea, a 6ft tall guard, by laying him out with his elbow as Barea was 4ft in the air. Bynum walked off the court, not before he took off his jersey, there is a fine expected to come down from the NBA. Here is the video, its a cheap cheap shot.

Thanks again Mr. Bynum for so beautifully ending the Laker Era.

The Heat, a couple nights back, had each of the Big 3 had a 30-10 game. Chris Bosh scored 31, with 12 rebounds, Dwyane Wade had 30 points and 11 rebounds, and Lebron, well he had 33 points and 10 rebounds. That is almost as crazy as this year’s March Madness.

LeBron James Forward LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat dunks against the New Jersey Nets  at American Airlines Arena on November 6, 2010 in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.
Here are some stats from ESPN:

“It’s the first time this season the Heat’s Big 3 have each scored 30 points in the same game. In fact, it’s just the third 30-point game for Bosh this season. Last season, Bosh had 15 such games and the year before he did it 17 times.

From Elias: It’s the 2nd straight game that James, Wade and Bosh have each had at least 20 points and 10 rebounds in the same game. They are the first trio of teammates to hit those marks in consecutive games since Sidney Wicks, Lloyd Neal and John Johnson did it for the Trail Blazers in March 1975.

You can’t make this up. The two games between the Heat and Rockets this season ended with the exact score; the Heat winning 125-119.

From Elias: LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh each had at least 30 points and 10 rebounds in the Heat win. It’s just the 2nd time in NBA history three teammates have reached those marks in a non-overtime game. The only other trio to do it were Oscar Robertson, Wayne Embry and Jack Twyman who did it for the Cincinnati Royals in a loss to the Philadelphia Warriors back on February 3rd, 1961.”

This Heat team, they are good, really good. I would say they are the best. I know, that I go on and on about the Heat, but they are good. Just so you Laker and Bulls fans don’t get to mad at me, I admit that they will give the Heat good competition, but they will lose.

Here is the other deal, Knicks won a couple nights ago. You might think so what, but these Knicks and Carmelo, have had a rough go at it since the trade that brought Carmelo Anthony and Chauncy Billups to New York. Last night, they beat a fairly good team, Orlando Magic, in Overtime. Carmelo went for 39 points, with 30 in the second half. Stoudemire had 20 points, on 10 shots. This was an important game for the Knicks to win, but are they going to be playoff contenders, will they even make the playoffs? Who knows.