This week starts off with plenty to rant about. Lebron walking out on the finals and maybe the Cavs, my pick to win the NBA Championship and why the Penguins still have a shot at Lord Stanley’s cup!
Out of the playoffs and out of class: After getting ousted and upset by the Orlando Magic last week, Lebron James walked off the court without shaking hands with any members of the Magic. The next day he commented on it and said he walked out because he wants to win and he is a competitor. Not so fast Lebron, this move to me shows a lack of class. Your one of the more prominent stars in the NBA and with apologies to Charles Barkley, you are a role model. Everyone wants to win and some more than others, but that does not mean there is not room for sportsmanship. Walking out and not shaking hands is a sign of very poor sportsmanship and an insult to the Orlando Magic and what they have accomplished this season. When Cleveland stomped the Hawks and the Pistons, Lebron hung around to shake hands, but I am sure he wanted to win just as much then as he did when he faced Orlando. If your disappointed with a loss go in the locker room and smash a locker or scream at your teammates but there is no need for a public display of a lack of sportsmanship. I would hope that with all of the unneeded media scrutiny this will not happen again in the future, but that question remains unanswered and instead is replaced with another question. Where will King James play next year? Stay tuned for that answer.
For my next Magic trick: The Magic have already pulled off the impossible in the NBA playoffs this year. They have gone deeper in the playoffs than many of the experts predicted they would and upset the two favorites to win the east, Boston and Cleveland. They are not finished yet. They now have to travel to face the favorites to win it all, the Los Angeles Lakers. The Lakers have more experience, better coaching and more depth on their team. The Lakers have home court and more championship experience than the magic could hope for. It looks like everyone is counting the Magic out again and that is just the way they like it. The Magic play great defense and defense wins ballgames. The Magic played very well against the Lakers during the season and have showed they can win on the road after winning in Cleveland, arguably the hardest place to play this season. This is going to be a much better series then people think but the Magic ends here. The Lakers win this year with the full compliment of healthy bodies to compete against Howard. This playoff experience with the players and the coaching is something that cannot be ignored. The Lakers win in 6 games.
Déjà vu for Pittsburgh: Detroit handled Pittsburgh in the first two games of the Stanley cup and Osgood looked like a brick wall between the pipes for the Wings. There is an old saying in playoff sports; it’s not a series until someone loses at home. Detroit held serve and now it’s Pittsburgh’s turn to try and do the same. I am not ready to count them out yet and they showed flashes of brilliance in game two. Sid the kid has to stand up and be noticed. If that can happen this series is far from over.