Hopefully, everyone is having a wonderful morning (and end to their long weekend), and ready for a great week.
It is time to kick-off a brand new week with a brand new ‘Daily Noontime.’
As usual, have a wonderful day, smile, laugh, and eat a cookie – you deserve it!
The Boston Sports Scoreboard
The Boston Bruins scored their third-straight win yesterday, beating the New York Rangers, 3-1. Patrice Bergeron, Charlie Coyle, and Charlie McAvoy each lit the lamp and will be counted on Wednesday, February 19th when the Black and Gold visit the Edmonton Oilers for an 8:30 p.m. puck drop.
The Boston Celtics are off until Friday, February 21st when they begin the second half of their season in Minnesota to face the Timberwolves.
The Noontime Headlines (and Links)
The NHL Trade Deadline is quickly approaching, which means the Bruins may want to acquire an additional piece or two for a Cup run. (WEEI.com)
Kemba Walker and Jayson Tatum represented the Celtics last night in the NBA All-Star Game. (NESN.com)
What if Xander Bogaerts convinced Mookie Betts to come back to Boston next season? It could happen, right? (MassLive.com)
John Henry and Sam Kennedy finally explained why they traded Mookie Betts to the Los Angeles Dodgers. (Boston Globe)
Kevin Pillar may not be Mookie Betts, but he certainly will be a nice addition to the Boston Red Sox outfield this season. (Boston.com)
The Las Vegas Raiders seem to be VERY interested in signing Tom Brady to a two-year deal. (247Sports.com)
VIDEO OF THE DAY: It’s ‘Music Monday’ so let’s dance to an 80’s version of “I Want It That Way” by the Backstreet Boys.
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!
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!
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.
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.