Yet Again, LeBron James Comes Up Short

Yet again, LeBron James suffered another sour ending to the NBA Playoffs!

By Matt Noonan 

Remember when the “Broad Street Bullies” saved the National Hockey League from the Soviet Union in 1976? Well, doesn’t that particular game have some parallels to Sunday’s Game 6 of the NBA Finals between the Miami Heat and Dallas Mavericks?

I’d say, yes!

In case you don’t know, LeBron James and his Heat teammates came up short in this year’s NBA Finals. Yep, despite promising, “not one, not two, not three…” championships, the Heat found themselves in a position they weren’t used to, which is second place.

They didn’t win a championship and now, every NBA fan has more reasons to insult the leagues most hated squad. Although, this is what the basketball die-hard’s wanted, right? They wanted Miami to lose and Dallas to win, correct?

I know this is true because everyone jumped aboard the Mavericks bandwagon and cheered for Dirk Nowitzki, Jason Terry, Jason Kidd and Tyson Chandler. In fact, some fans admitted that their blood was not red, but instead, blue and white. They also felt connected to the Mavericks because they wanted this group of “over the top” stars to beat Miami and well, that mission was accomplished.

Beating Miami was what everyone wanted. Seriously, did you want to watch James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh dance around the American Airlines Arena chanting, “We’re number one, we’re number one?” I doubt it.

Miami was labeled the “bad-boys” from day one of the ‘10-‘11 season, but now, they probably should receive a new name, “fakers.” They’re fake, non-believable and certainly, not that good. They may think that having a variety of talent on their side will result in championships galore, but really, it won’t. Instead, they need to improve mentally, physically and emotionally.

For starters, they may want to discover why James was star-struck in the Finals. Against the Mavericks, he averaged 17.8 points, 4.0 turnovers, 1.7 steals and 7.0 rebounds, as well as imploded in various fourth quarters. Yet, are those numbers that good? Seriously, besides 17-points, he failed offensively and defensively. So, if they do return to the Finals, James needs to stay focused.

Second, Miami needs more experience. Between James, Wade and Bosh, they need other experienced veterans who know how to win. Also, they need someone who can take the pressure off Wade, especially in the closing minutes. Players like Mike Bibby, Erik Dampier, Eddie House, Juwan Howard and Jamaal Magloire aren’t exactly true “studs.” Yes, all five of them have a boatload of NBA experience, but certainly, not enough. Had they been more vocal or stressed the importance of “team basketball,” they might have won this series, but again, that’s a thought.

Overall, these are just a few quick ideas on the Heat, but allow me to return to my original point, beating Miami and what exactly does that mean?

It’s a sweet feeling, especially as a basketball lover. I couldn’t be happier, but this also proves that James should never be in the same sentence with Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, Larry Bird or Magic Johnson. Those guys all won championships, as well a persevered over the years.

Also, Dallas’s win helped the city of Cleveland, as well as the people of Ohio rejoice in song and dance. Hey, I doubt everyone held hands and sang, “kumbaya,” but I am sure the Cavaliers are elated.

All in all, this win is special because it proved the point, you can’t buy championships. It’s going to be a long off-season for the men dressed in black and red, but in the end, I think it’s fair to say that everyone across the country and world will sleep much better knowing that once again, James choked.

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 2, 2011

Looks like spring is on the way!

Happy Groundhog Day and according to our new best friend, Punxsutawney Phil, the United States of America should expect an early spring! That is awesome, especially since the entire country has dealt with global warming and … well enough of my political rant, here is your Daily Noontime for February 2, 2011!

Headlines:

* Boston Celtics center Shaquille O’Neal is clearly enjoying his time with the Green and White, but realizes that his time to end his NBA career will happen sooner rather than later.

* New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has won yet another AP Offensive Player award for his epic 2010 performance.

* Mother Nature put a damper on various travel plans for multiple professional teams on Tuesday and it can only get worse on Wednesday!

* Mississippi stunned #10 University of Kentucky on Tuesday during the final few seconds to secure the 71-69 victory.

* Former Los Angles Lakers great, Magic Johnson believes that his old team needs to make a deal to remain in contention for yet another NBA banner in June.

* Did you ever wonder what exactly the “G” stands for on the Green Bay Packers helmet?

Games to Watch:

* Dallas at New York Knicks (NBA) – 7:30pm eastern

* New Orleans at Oklahoma City (NBA) – 8:00pm eastern

* Portland at Denver (NBA) – 9:00pm eastern

* Los Angles Kings at Edmonton (NHL) – 9:30pm eastern

Video of the Day:

Are you excited for the Super Bowl ads this year? Do you think they’ll be good? Here is a sneak peak at some great ones to come!


Daily Noontime – December 1, 2010

Happy December to everyone and welcome to our midway point of the week, Wednesday! It is officially the first of December, which means 2010 is slowly coming to a close, but in the meantime, here is our Daily Noontime for Wednesday December 1, 2010, have an awesome day!

Headlines:

* Could the New York Yankees now be targeting Kansas City Royals pitcher, Zach Greinke? How would he look in pinstripes?

* The New York Jets have come to realized that if they want to beat the New England Patriots, they need to have Trevor Pryce and the defense need to pressure Tom Brady.

* NBA great, Magic Johnson continues to be very interested in bringing a NFL team to Los Angles, California, but will it happen?

* Former NBA star, Charles Barkley, has a few words of advice for President Obama and his basketball game.

* Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki has received a guaranteed contract worth $157.75 million dollars. Wow!

* Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison was once again, fined by the NFL for the fourth time this season.

* Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher believes the NFL fines are bogus.

* Could the Toronto Raptors eventually get owned by a Canadian phone company? Certainly seems that possible.

Games to Watch:

* Memphis at Atlanta (NBA) – 7:00pm eastern

* Edmonton at Montreal (NHL) – 7:00pm eastern

* Boston at Philadelphia (NHL) – 7:00pm eastern

* Portland at Boston (NBA) – 7:30pm eastern

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

* L.A. Lakers at Houston (NBA) – 8:30pm eastern

* #6 Michigan State at #1 Duke (NCAA Men’s BB) – 9:30pm eastern

Video of the Day:

So the Jets beat the Patriots in week 2, but what about in week 13?