Lindberg: Thoughts on the NBA, LeBron James and Kobe Bryant

Will the NBA Finals ever feature both Kobe and LeBron?

By Andy Lindberg

The NBA finally thought they had it. After years of trying, hoping, praying, LeBron James announced his decision to play for Miami and NBA heads squealed in delight.  Parties were thrown, drinks were drunk, and euphoria ensued.

The NBA was certain they were finally going to see LeBron James and Kobe Bryant meet in the NBA Finals, duke it out in seven games, and see Lil’ Bron Bron assert himself as the second coming of Kobe.

If I could hug Mark Cuban right now, I really would.

I’ll be the first to admit I’m not an NBA fan by any means, but I support the Boston Celtics and a smattering of players who attended Georgetown University, but overall the institution of professional basketball has become an embarrassing over-indulged spectacle of players who are severely unable to police themselves, and referees who seem to be managing basketball games like they had never even heard of the sport before.

Honestly, they caught a dude who was actively fixing games as a referee, admitted to it, said there were others in on it and yet the NBA does little to nothing to correct the problem (a complete evaluation and overhaul of referees would have been a logical start) and the NBA tries to convince its fans that the sport is clean.

But I digress.  Back to the Lakers getting completely wrecked. It was excellent because I hate on Kobe Bryant. The Dallas Mavericks completely dismantled an aging dynasty, and it seems clear now that the Lakers have a ways to go before they’re legitimate Finals contenders, again.

Kobe vs. Lil’ Bron Bron may never happen, so thank God for small miracles.

It started with the love the sports media gave the two players. There was too much of it. It was as if media outlets had an unquenchable thirst, and Bryant and James were the only drinks that could squelch the agonized parched lips of the headlines.  Then came the puppets. We can all thank Nike for that. Really? Puppets of the two of them? I doubt the NBA could make it any clearer that they were going to try anything and everything to get a Bryant/James Final.

But to this point it is not to be. The sports Gods have spoken, and they are upset with the NBA.

Although one team has been eliminated, James’ squad still maintains a two-games to one lead over the Celtics. I would love nothing more than to see the Celtics come back and bounce LeBron from the playoffs, again.  After that, I really could not care less about what happens.  I just want to see Terrell Owens-sized tears flow from James’ face as he reflects back onto the absurd “Decision” and the equally absurd introduction he got in Miami.

It sounds mean, but let’s be honest, these types of moves kill sports. The Heat became public enemy number one for every other organization in the NBA the millisecond James announced his move. It is unclear if the Celtics have one more push in their decrepit bones to pull out a win, but if they don’t, Miami may have an easy road to the Finals if Chicago goes down.

The Celtics play the Heat in Game 4 tonight at the Garden. Get your ‘Bron hate on!

Daily Noontime – February 24, 2011

Good luck to Baron Davis!

Top of the morning to everyone and welcome into yet another Daily Noontime! It is Thursday, which means that yet another weekend is upon us, but in the meantime, here are your daily headlines, news and video of the day!

Headlines:

* Good luck to Baron Davis, who was traded from the Los Angles Clippers to Cleveland in exchange for Mo Williams and Jamario Moon.

* It appears that the NBA All-Star Game on TNT was a hit and certainly well liked according to multiple ratings.

* According to an interesting news source, the NBA is going to take a page out of the college game and try to use the horn to make the games go faster.

* The Anaheim Angles clearly are taking a shot at Loek van Mil, who is 7-foot, 1-inch and should be a good addition to their pitching rotation.

* Good news for New York Knicks fans or should we say, Carmelo Anthony followers!” Anthony led the Knicks with 27-points in his debut at Madison Square Garden.

* Cleveland Browns president Mike Holmgren has made it clear that quarterback Colt McCoy is the teams “Home-Run Hitter.”

* The NHL continues to grow more and more, especially since their “dark days” of the lockout, but apparently the league is doing quite well in “Sun Belt” markets.

Games to Watch:

* Dallas at Detroit (NHL) – 7:30pm eastern

* Miami at Chicago (NBA) – 8:00pm eastern

* Boston at Denver (NBA) – 10:30pm eastern

Video of the Day:

Here is our favorite “drama queen,” Carmelo Anthony talking about joining the Knicks!



Noonan: Thoughts on the NBA All-Star Game

I’d say the best way to begin this particular article is to ask a simple question; what exactly is so appealing about All-Star games?

Perhaps, it has something to do with celebrities, bizarre contests and of course, a game that absolutely means nothing, but instead, just showcases extremely out of control plays that would never occur during an actual regular season matchup.

In the case of the NBA All-Star game, this particular event is more of an attraction and showcase, rather than an actual contest itself. Don’t watch this game and think, “Gee, this is what the NBA must be like every night,” because clearly, it is the absolute opposite of what basketball represents. The various men who not only suit up to represent their teams and conferences are not interested in sustaining an injury or playing fundamental defense, but instead, they just want to score as many points as possible.

Does anyone remember when Tracy McGrady tossed the ball off the backboard from the free-throw line and then dunked it a second later? There is an example of what the NBA All-Star game represents, “playground basketball.”

Again, why do Americans choose to turn their attention to a game that means absolutely nothing? Is it fair to take a few hours out of your evening to watch Kobe Bryant drive the baseline against five perennial all-stars? What does watching LeBron James outrun his opponents tell fans and is it really enjoyable to watch both squads not play defense, but instead, wait for multiple “alley-oops” or ridiculous three-point shots?

From my vantage point, I feel that the NBA All-Star game is useless and not necessary, so maybe, David Stern should just reward his players and coaches with a few extra day of rest instead of a circus or fiasco. In fact, it just seems that this entire event has turned into a weekend of partying, chaos and out of control activities. The game itself has no meaning, but so do the various activities that occur throughout the entire three-day period.

Sure, it may seem fun to kick back, relax and watch your favorite celebrities, television stars and rap artists face-off against one another in a game of hoops, but is it really enjoyable? Besides, did we all choose to watch this particular event last Friday due to Justin Bieber’s involvement? It may have been fun to see the 16-year old star blocked by Scottie Pippen, but again, why are we choosing to watch this game? Come on fans, I know not everyone wants to see Jason Alexander cheer from the sidelines or Magic Johnson’s coaching skills.

Then there’s Saturday’s showcase of talented exercises and obstacle courses that can  clearly put one to sleep. How is it so enticing to watch players like Steve  Nash or Chris Paul run up and down the court, weaving in and out of cones, as    well as bouncing the ball into a device that resembles a megaphone? Does anyone  really want to watch their favorite players show off various dunks or the ability to  shoot the long ball 20-times in a row? Come on, who really enjoys the “three-point  challenge?”

As for the game itself, it’s just all around awful basketball. Don’t expect any defense,  plays, sets or formation, but instead, the various athletes showing off their power,  strength and ability to be classified as, “not-human,” but instead, someone with  superb powers. So, how would one describe this game, simply a contest that features  no fundamental basketball, but instead, just a bunch of guys having way too much  fun?

All in all, why is this entire weekend so exciting? What exactly creates the desire to  watch or listen? Is it just because everyone’s favorite players are competing on the same court or could it be just because everyone needs a little more fun added to their lives? Either way, I leave you with the fine understanding that I am not a fan of the NBA All-Star game and would much rather choose to spend my time elsewhere, instead of spending countless hours watching skills competitions and the next “And-1 mixtape” YouTube video.

Daily Noontime – February 21, 2011

Well, here we are, the last week of February, which means this nasty, cold and snowy weather will hopefully fade away, right? Ok, we are optimistic people here at Noontime Sports, but the one thing you can always count on is our Daily Noontime, so here it is and have a super day!

Headlines:

* Trevor Bayne, who is just 20-years old, happened to win Sunday’s Daytona 500, not bad, right?

* Kobe Bryant scored 37-points, plus won the MVP, as he led the West past the East, 148-143.

* While the NFL lockout remains just a few weeks from now, it appears that both sides are on talking terms in regards to a new CBA, which is good.

* Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett is indeed the newest coach, but who did he turn to for advice, Mike Krzyzewski.

* New York Mets manager Terry Collins has told the media that he is going to put a limit on card games in the clubhouse this season.

* This is not a good thing to report as a college baseball player by the name Cory Hahn was seriously injured when he slid into second base during a game on Sunday.

* Don’t consider them the best team in America anymore, as the Ohio State Buckeyes lost to Purdue on Sunday and certainly will drop in the polls.

Games to Watch:

* Chicago at St. Louis (NHL) – 2:00pm eastern

* Washington at Pittsburgh (NHL) – 7:30pm eastern

Video of the Day:

Nothing like a little team effort on the chalk toss!

Kevin Tuve Podcast (1/31/11)

It is indeed Monday, which means, it is a Kevin Tuve Monday! On this particular podcast, Tuve and Matt Noonan discuss All-Star games in sports, some NBA and predict the winners for the Super Bowl.


Noontime Sports the Podcast (January 31, 2011)

What did you think about the NFL Pro Bowl on Sunday? Did you enjoy the NHL All-Star game? Do you think that professional sports should continue to having all-star games or events? No matter what your thoughts are, listen to Mr. Matt Noonan’s thoughts on these questions, as well as hear his take on the Boston Celtics-Los Angles Lakers games too.


Daily Noontime – January 7, 2011

Happy Friday everyone and welcome to yet another Daily Noontime! Hope everyone had a great week, but more importantly, have a fantastic and rock-n-roll weekend! See you all Monday!

Headlines:

* New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan has not only a few words to say about Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts, but also, New England Patriots quarterback, Tom Brady.

* Stanford University quarterback Andrew Luck has decided to forgo the 2011 NFL Draft and return to school for another season of Cardinals football.

* According to possible sources, it seems that Georgia Bulldogs wide receiver, A.J. Green could be the NFL’s number one choice in April during the draft.

* It seems that apparently Larry Ellison tried to purchase the New Orleans Hornets and bring them to San Jose.

* Steve Nash who was apparently on the market or wanted a trade seems to be just fine and happy to be with the Phoenix Suns.

* Good news for Dodgers and Giants fans, both squads will face-off against one another to start the season on March 31, 2011.

* Apparently Jim Harbaugh is wanted by the Denver Broncos too these days.

* News has been leaked about the upcoming NBA All-Star game and apparently the Eastern Conference appears rather … stacked!

Games to Watch:

* Carolina at Florida (NHL) – 7:30pm eastern

* #11 LSU vs. #17  Texas A&M (NCAA FB) (The Cotton Bowl) – 8:00pm eastern

* Houston at Orlando (NBA) – 8:00pm eastern

* Detroit at Calgary (NHL) – 9:00pm eastern

* New Orleans at L.A. Lakers (NBA) – 10:30pm eastern

* New York Knicks at Phoenix (NBA) – 10:30pm eastern

Video of the Day:

Yes… this is too cool and rather… AWESOME!