The Official End Of An Era?

DALLAS – It’s over now. Officially over.

The Miami Heat’s elimination of the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference semifinals last night at American Airlines Arena guaranteed that we’ll have a NBA Finals that doesn’t include Shaquille O’Neal, Tim Duncan or Kobe Bryant for the first time since the 1998.

Think about that for a second … let it marinate … and then realize that those are the three players that define their generation. Their faces make up the Mount Rushmore of the league since 1998. No one starred brighter on the biggest stage as much as — or more often than — those three future Hall of Famers.

Their teams fell like dominoes in this postseason. Duncan’s Spurs went out in the first round to the No. 8-seeded Hang Time Grizzlies, a shocking exit for a team that finished with the best record in the Western Conference during the regular season.

Bryant’s Lakers topped Duncan’s crew, losing to Dallas in the conference semifinals in just four games. It was a stunning end to the two-time defending champions’ threepeat bid and the worst possible way for Phil Jacksonthe fourth face on our hoops Mount Rushmore from this passing era — to end his Hall of Fame coaching career.

Shaq wasn’t even in uniform for the Celtics’ finale, his body betraying him in the twilight of his career the way it has so many other larger-than-life legends before him. His inability to play against the Heat no doubt changed the course of the Celtics’ playoff fortunes, while also raising the question (once again) about what time is the best time for a living legend to ride off into the sunset. And it’s a conversation that’s extremely tough to have, as Celtics coach Doc Rivers explained late last night in Miami (via the Boston Herald):

“I don’t know,” Rivers said of whether this may be the end for O’Neal. “It’s too early to talk about it. I’ve learned personally that you never try to make a decision in the heat of the battle. Emotionally you’re always going to make the wrong choice then. He’ll walk away for the summer and then decide what he wants to do.
“But this has been emotionally draining to him, more than you guys would know,” said the Celtics coach. “He feels awful about this, because this is why he came here, to get to the playoffs and then play in the playoffs, and not being able to do that has really hurt him.”

Rivers has obviously seen this scenario unfold with other great players.

“It’s hard, especially when you know him. It’s that way with any of those guys when they get older,” said Rivers. “I had Patrick Ewing his last year in Orlando, and I played with him, and I was the coach telling him you’re not going to play any more. That’s an awful position, because what makes them great is their pride. Even when they’re barely walking they think they can actually change the outcome of a game, and sometimes you have to be the one to tell them they can’t, and that’s very difficult.”

But maybe it’s just time, although Jackson left the door open at his retirement news conference Wednesday in Los Angeles when he said, “Today, I’m sure [about retiring]. What it’s going to be like in six months, who knows?”

Maybe it’s time for LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, Dirk Nowitzki and Kevin Durant, Derrick Rose and Zach Randolph (yeah, I stuck my main man Z-Bo in there) to have their turn on the big stage (Wade has been there before, but he did it with Shaq watching his back as the Heat won the 2006 NBA title).

Generation next is suddenly generation now. And even with Bryant vowing to return to championship form with his Lakers next season, it’s hard to imagine this new crop of title-chasers stepping aside now that the superstars that previously blocked their path have been shoved aside.

This is a different way of passing the torch than we are used to, as the Prime Minister wisely pointed out.

Normally the torch is passed, or at least snatched by force. As Magic Johnson‘s and Larry Bird‘s domination of the 1980s was coming to an end, both Isiah Thomas and Michael Jordan had been trying to kick the door down for years. They lead teams that had challenged those superpowers from Los Angeles and Boston for years only come to come up short time after time.

Hakeem Olajuwon‘s Rockets’ teams stepped into the championship spot after Jordan’s first retirement, a temporary seat as we found out. They did not become a consistent power even after winning those back-to-back titles in 1994 and 1995.

This is much more like the shift that came with Jordan’s second retirement,when the path to the league penthouse was wide open for any team willing, able and lucky enough to step into the void. The NBA was somewhat similar in the pre-Magic/Bird era, when from 1970-79, eight different teams (New York, Milwaukee, L.A. Lakers, Portland, Boston, Golden State, Washington and Seattle)  took home the title.

That said, the Mavericks have hovered around the elite for years (they played in the 2006 NBA Finals, were minutes away from a 3-0 lead before their infamous collapse and loss in six games to Miami), so if they were to win the title this year you could make a case for this passing era lasting one more season.

But all of the other remaining contenders — the Heat, Bulls, Thunder, Hawks and Grizzlies — would all qualify as relatively new kids on the block. The Heat team of James, Wade and Chris Bosh didn’t even exist before last summer.

Survey the landscape this morning and you have to admit there has been a seismic shift in the championship dynamic that none of us really saw coming.

Could this be the dawn of the Heat or Thunder era or perhaps the age of the Bulls and Grizzlies? Might they be the teams to dominate the next 10-12 years the way the Lakers and Spurs dominated the past 10-12?

Bryant insists the Lakers will be back next season, even though they don’t have a coach and there is no guarantee that their core group will remain intact. The Celtics also vowed to return, albeit reshaped and a bit younger to deal with the new challengers in Miami and Chicago, provided Rivers comes back to lead them.

“I don’t believe we’re done,” he (Rivers) declared, per Jackie MacMullan of ESPNBoston.com.

Only time will tell.

Before these playoffs began and with all the new blood out there chasing glory, we talked openly about this postseason having the potential to be one of the most intriguing in years.

Nearly a month into the process, we dare anyone to argue that we were wrong.

334 Comments

  1. FX says:

    congrats MAVS!!! 3 to go

  2. Diddy says:

    @ U-Suck
    Dude I never liked Cleveland and I never will. I am a Raptors fan as well as a Lakers fan. A lot of you people who are praising the Heat are 90% bandwagon jumpers anyway. Tell me otherwise lol but we know what it is. I wonder who your team was last year.

  3. moneyball says:

    even thought the bulls won game 1, miami is gonna let them have fun and the kill them slowly.

  4. moneyball says:

    even thought the bulls won game 1, miami is gonna let them have fun and the kill them slowy.

  5. ARRON says:

    I feel terrible I didn’t even finish reading your comment. Sorry, I was a little red eyed. but i completely disagree still. I think bulls want it ,and they shown they have it takes specially after tonight’s game.

  6. ARRON says:

    @Jack try bulls winning game one of the series by 21. Still 99% sure?

  7. Jordan says:

    Why am I reading these comments ??? 99% of the people commenting have no objective bone in their body and are making weak, emotion based arguments that have no substance at all. Unlike me, where I think Miami and Dallas are playing the highest level basketball right now because they’re defending hard, are taking and making the shots they want and have the overall talent and chemistry to take them to the next level

  8. Allen Iverson? says:

    Personally I hate the Lakers with everything I have but Why does Shannon Brown not Start? Hes probably the best bench player and better then Some starters. If the Lakers are gona start changing the Rotation Start with Him.

    Btw, Allen Iverson is amazing. Will he return next season? Hope So.

  9. Jack says:

    To one of the point I saw on this bloq page, “Heat will SLAUGHTER the BULL**** 4-0 with a point differential of 25 per game! Heat are the 2011 champions! ” I am certain too that Heat will beat the Bulls and win 2011 NBA Champ but I am not too sure that they can sweep The Bulls in 4 games, I believe they may struggle a little (just a little) when they try to find the perfect match-up against Derick Rose, my prediction is that Bulls will take game one but the Heat will take the next 3 and lose again in game 5 whn the series r back in Chicago and finally Heat will close it out in game 6 at their home floor and they will beat whoever they meet in the Final (Mavs, Thunders or Grizz) in 5 games! This is my prediction, hope I am right! One more thing is that I m pretty certain that after Heat winning the Champ Pat Riley will reshuffle their roster, especially back up 2 and point guard positions. Please correct me if I am mistaken that Pat Riley won’t reshuffle their bench roster after this season.

  10. thundergreece says:

    At least when you’re talking for the end of an era you have to no you must to refer at least Steve Nash.The greatest pg of the zeros

  11. im a HEATER. says:

    all you guys call yourselves bandwaggoners, haters, fans, or what so ever?? dont you realize you all look foolish.. everyone has their own opinion, we just have to respect it.. i am a lebron fan, even he doesnt win a championship this year i will still be his fan, even the years to come, so if you love such a team or a player, just shut up and watch them! they are all in the nba for all good reason, dont you realize? this is one of the best playoffs in a long time.. i dont want predictions because it just gives you falls hopes. just watch the game.. and hope that your team will win.. a player will prove something until he feels it in himself, and for me. heat beating the celtics is only an IMPROVEMENT.. and when lebron (i hope so) win his championship, it will be a STATEMENT for those who question his talents!

  12. Lakers fan says:

    Besides, D wade will only be fired up after not getting 1st team NBA.

  13. Lakers fan says:

    Laker fan here as you can see! I see Mavs and Heat in the finals. The Heat is playing great right now, as are the Mavs! Honestly, let’s stop the hating and start watching some good basketball. I don’t think Chicago can get by the Heat in a 7 game series! The Mavs have the best chance. Right now I have to say the Heat will win! We will see what happens! I think the Heat will win in 6. Lebron will get his 1st championship. Stop the hating!!!!!

  14. gary says:

    The heat defeating big 3 of BOSTON, Chicago only derrick rose source of their strength big 1 only!!!!!

  15. gary says:

    The heat defeating big 3 of BOSTON, Chicago only derrick rose source of their strenght big 1 only!!!!!

  16. think says:

    KUDOS to a great decade of basketball A.M.J. (After Michael Jordan)…

    A decade where a winning franchise come in three personalities:

    A dominating force yet having a wholesome image that everyone loves – SHAQ

    An effective fundamental aspect of the game but bores almost everyone – DUNCAN

    A larger-than-life diva that youd either love or hate – KOBE

    An end of an era… now enter the “Entourage” of Lebron and the “humble and simple” KD and Rose :)

  17. How can Kobe dare compare himself to Jordan? and even greater? when he’s not even close. he just copied Jordan’s every move. Kobe hasnt even one single move in his entire career that he invented lmao! BTW good job with conniving with Buss/West to make the ORLANDO SENTINEL write bad raps about Dwight and get him to leave for LA just like what they did to Shaq all those years ago.

    get Dwight to do the heavy lifting and have take all the credit. a nice way to finish your career lmao!

  18. LBJ-D-Wade says:

    @Diddy
    1 shot? he scores last 10 pts of the game,1 shot ? seriously 1 shot ? what were you watching ?
    and what about last game ? you forgot that big three he made in face of pierce? you get real
    he has awesome talent and now has confidence.

  19. Shaq made Kobe. and thats it.

    i used to hate on Shaq because he just owns every team that i like. i never liked LA starting from the tacky Purple and Yellow color scheme w/c i say man try wearing that colour palette in public. then the fake hipocritical fans. who only look and peek at the scoreboard and pretend to cheer while snapping photos or drooling over their favorite celebrities. and proof. is that immediately after kobe got in trouble. his die hard fans tried to burn him on a stake. like the time they did it to Shaq(even though Shaq did most of the work in bringing those rings. and the character that made the Lakers Likable and turned into even greater profits for Buss.

    those ingrates who think they should hog all the championships. are the reason everybody hates the Lakers

    and now another conspiracy b/w the Orlando Sentinel and Buss/West is in motion trying to lure DWIGHT to their team filled with dinosaurs with bad ego.

    Timberwolves tried the LA method and got caught making an shady deal to acquire a star that would compliment KG w/c cost them possible rings future draft picks over the next 5 years and bad rap. especially from LA whom are never got caught.

    hopefully the NBA be reformed to make the game where every team has a chance to compete to get rings. and this should start with the end for LA. and have them fight fair and square to build their team and compete. unlike the NBA of before in -02

    Dwight wearing purple and yellow will get you injured. and besides nobody look good in that color scheme anyway.

    Purple and Yellow is like Pink where Pink looks good only when the other color is also PINK

    • Jack says:

      Shaq is done for sure, I think it is in his best interest not to return for another season for whatever the reason. His body simply can’t take any more injuries he is a big man and his body gave up on him way before this season even started. If he keeps playing for lets say the Celtics, he will just slide down to the bottom where he will have no pride left in him. My suggestion to Shaq is quit now with some of your pride and eager still intact and do not keep humiliating himself. Like you I was never a Shaq fan till now, everytime I watched his game I feel bored and he is such an one dimension centre, right now even Dwight Howard are far more better centre than Shaq at his prime, at least Dwight knows how to take the 6, 7, 8 foot jump shot where Shaq can’t and Dwight’s FT % s higher than Shaq’s entire FT career. Shaq should just leave the game when he is still named one of the most dominant centre in the NBA! P.S I don’t want to see Shaq play a single basketball game ever again!!!

  20. HeatStillSuck says:

    all i see are two mvp candidates who teamed up cause they already accepted that they can’t do it separately. no competitive nature whatsoever. even if they win 100 titles in a row, there can be no glory given to LBJ. to wade, i will, but not to james. zero competitive fire

    • NotUrFriend says:

      sounds like you’re just hatin. when will people understand that nobody ever did it alone? two mvp candidates on the heat, leading rebounder and defensive player of the year on the bulls with jordan, 4{probably more} hall of famers on any of the celtic championships teams, same with the lakers. did anybody complain when the greatest center of all time left orlando to go to LA to win three rings in a row?no. no glory? shaq won mvp all three years he won with lakers. so him coming to a different team with better players doesnt make it less of a championship. it took paul pierce, ray allen, and kg over 10yrs of their careers to win their first ring. did anyone say their ring meant any less than anybody elses? no. they deemed them the team to beat and a team with great pieces and the will to win. three superstars on the same team, just like the heat, but nobody talked bad about what they did. how is this any different?

    • Sean says:

      EXACTLY!

  21. watcher says:

    The last era of the brave new world of the NBA went south with Jackson going to L.A and Portland’s epic collapse when the game was theirs, Utah aging and unable, Sactown playing the best ball of all and still a championship dream, The Spurs not yet a dynasty, Vince clanging that shot off the rim in Philly and Milwaukee falling in 7. Then the horrible reality set in that parity is a pipe-dream in this league. Barring a seismic shift in media, player and agent philosophy, expect the Heat, OKC, Bulls and probably those snake oil salesmen and talent stealers from L.A. to dominate the next decade (not sold on the Celts though) while the rest of us root for the Clips, Sactown, Indiana and all the other bridesmaids again. Which makes the lesser teams success all the more rewarding when it comes. Heres hoping this decade produces some different dynasties for us to loathe!

  22. kleebixart says:

    kle bazaria

  23. Charlieboy says:

    Straight Miami fan all the way! they will be the NBA Champ this year cause Lebron Wade and Bosh are freaking hungry for a NBA title. Though Dirk Marion and Kidd has the same hunger let’s face it, Lebron sacrificed everything since he walk out the Cavs franchise sacrificed the $ and fame for a title run. You all gonna see Lebron eating everyone on his way when 4th qtr comes everygame! Bulls and Thunder are promising but this won’t be the glory year for them. getting into the conference finals are way of an achievement. better luck next yr!

    • Jack says:

      Agree totally agree. This is definitely Miami Heat’s year to win Champion, however the only thing I am concern about if the Heat does meet Mavericks in the Final is the productivity of their bench players. In my mind Mav’s bench is much stronger than Heat’s bench player. If the Heat meets the Mavericks in the Final don’t you think that both team’s bench player will be a huge factor determining the outcome of a game especially, if it’s a really close one. I am a die-heart Heat’s fan too but for them to win a Championship the productivity of the Heat’s bench is my major concern right now! Form what I have seen during the Heat-Celtics series, their bench player had pretty much no contribution to the team except play hard on defense and hope not to get caught on silly fouls. Am I mistake in some way perhaps tell me…

  24. Diddy says:

    The Miami Heat are not beating the Bulls…4-2 Bulls.

    • Usuck says:

      LOL keep on dreaming boy… after the Miami beat the Bulls, what’s your next TEAM??LOL

  25. Divides by zero says:

    how come EVERY heat fan are calling everyone bandwagoners? uhm last time i checked theres an obvious difference between being a fan of a team…and hoping for another team to lose. i do admit to not liking lebron or bosh so thats out of the way. but i gotta say…lebrons isn’t clutch, no matter how you look at it. just because you made a couple shots in a late game situation (FINALLY), it doesn’t make you clutch. as for the heat beating the bulls…its anyones game, because its all about which team is gonna come up better on defense. i also dont think dwight is going to the lakers for a couple reasons, such as the salary cap, where and how hes gonna fit in, and if the lakers GM is gonna get rid of bynum or gasol (which i wouldnt).

  26. bballwiz says:

    Dear all Kobe nutriders:

    You know why we hate Kobe and his bandwagon of bootlickers? Because Kobe Bryant is so arrogant and so full of himself that he almost always gives credit to himself when the Lakers are winning and almost always blames others when they’re losing. Look at the last series with the Mavs. He didn’t take the blame, he said he did what he did (he shot bricks all over the place, in their homecourt!) and that he’ll continue to do it because he believed he’s doing a great job. He told the media that it’s his teammates that needed to step up and play. Pau Gsol said that he wanted to have more touches to be effective. But look at his stats, he only took 13 attempts. And Kobe? He averaged 25+ shots with 40% accuracy. Now you tell me why we hate that Jordan-wannabe.

    (Oh, I’ve read a story from NBA.com that a close friend of Kobe told him that he only has one thing in mind: Chase Michael Jordan’s record. He doesn’t care about anything else. HA!)

    A good leader always takes the blame for himself for not doing a better job of motivating and leading his teammates to play better. He doesn’t point fingers at anyone but himself. Because being a leader is a big responsibility. But look at him. Can you honestly say that he’s a good leader? Or he just wants to take as many shots as he could and his teammates need to get ready for a rebound? Do you think he makes those around him better? Or his teammates gradually decline and hide their shells when Kobe gives them the stare? You be the judge.

    As for the Jordan comparison, it’s so far-fetched. Kobe should NEVER be compared to Jordan. Their style may be close, and some will point out that Kobe is the better 3-point shooter, but they’re a whole different player. Jordan is still considered the best of all time. Ask anyone. And it’s not just because of his skills as a player, or his personality, or his impact in the game and to the world and how he revolutionized the game of basketball. But because Michael Jordan is a true leader and a great motivator who almost always take care of his teammates day in and day out. He’s the glue that held those Bulls team to their success. He’s the one who checked their egos and made sure that everyone understood their roles. He’s the one who made the right plays, not just as a scorer, but a facilitator and initiator on offense when it matters most. And when he needed to take over games, he didn’t force himself to do it but it just came to him naturally. Yes, he had bad games, but not when it mattered the most. He made sure of that. If he’s not having a good shooting game, he becomes the decoy and facilitator so his teammates can finish the game (check the Portland series in the Finals.) Jordan is everything that Kobe is not. Skills may be the same, but the comparison stops there.

    Now you tell us why hate Kobe so much. You tell me.

    • James Naismith says:

      Kobe is arrogant. I get that.

      It was because he had something to prove. He was under Shaq’s shadow for a number of years. Then he was at Phil’s shadow. There is such a thing as earning respect. Phil hadn’t earned Kobe’s respect until the end of the Shaq feud. After that, they worked well with each other. In your comment, you compare Kobe to MJ, many people do but don’t get me wrong, you just gave Kobe a reason to prove himself by comparing him to a no doubt the greatest of all-time. When he got his spotlight, just like MJ, he talked, and he did lots of it. Look at MJ, has he talked lots, of course he has. He played with injuries, with flu. Kobe plays with arthritis. Why not treat Kobe fairly. Because you compare him to Jordan. Who would you compare to Jordan and would actually be better than Jordan, no one right? Jordan takes closed-eyes free throws for heaven’s sake (I loved it though) but isn’t that arrogant?” MJ shrugs after a three. He blocks big men and gives them a stare. He cradles the ball like a baby. How’s that for arrogance. When you play good, like you said with Kobe and his skills (Which you praise in your comment), don’t yopu get to show off a little bit. Larry Bird was actually a worse arrogant guy than both of them. He tells people who size him up on the court that he is better. He swears at the bench. He tells you he’ll shoot it in your face. Isn’t that arrogance. He can be arrogant cause he’s good. Isn’t Kobe good.

      Think about that!

  27. danny says:

    bye bye celtics fans see u next season

  28. RIGHT COMMENT says:

    WADE & JAMES HAVE BEEN THERE!!! THEY ALREADY PROVEN THAT THEY ARE THE BEST… LEBRON JAMES ALREADY GOT 2 MVP’s IN A ROW… IT’S ALL ABOUT WADE & JAMES VS YOUR MVP… WHO IS BETTER THEN? WELL SEE..

  29. celstbos says:

    well you guys are already thinking the Miami is going to win the series against the bulls! just cause they beat the Celtics well Miami still have the MVP to beat. Heat may have two of the best player in the NBA but still have to beat the best this year in the NBA

  30. Devastators says:

    Yeah.. I believe that the Heat will slaughter all remaining teams in the playoffs. Especially the Bulls.

  31. RIGHT COMMENT says:

    RIGHT NOW YOU WILL SAY HEAT WONT MAKE IT TO THE CHAMPIONSHIP BECAUSE THE BULLS GONNA CRASH THEM… IS IT BECAUSE NO MORE LAKERS IN THE PLAYOFFS? THAT’S WHY YOU TRANSFER TO BULLS? OR YOU JUST A CLEVELAND?

  32. The Era already ended in 2007 says:

    The Era ended in ’07. Either Shaq or Duncan was in every Final from 1998-1999 (post MJ) through 2007. Kobe was a rookie and then sidekick to Shaq for the first 3-peat champion Lakers teams, when Shaq won Finals MVP for all three.

    The current Boston-Lakers teams with Garnette-Allen-Pierce and Gasol-Odom-Kobe weren’t even put together until 2008-2009, so if that “era” is already over, then it sure was a short one (3 years).

    2009-10

    Los Angeles Lakers

    Boston Celtics

    4-3

    Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles
    2008-09

    Los Angeles Lakers

    Orlando Magic

    4-1

    Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles
    2007-08

    Boston Celtics

    Los Angeles Lakers

    4-2

    Paul Pierce, Boston
    2006-07

    San Antonio Spurs

    Cleveland Cavaliers

    4-0

    Tony Parker, San Antonio
    2005-06

    Miami Heat

    Dallas Mavericks

    4-2

    Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat
    2004-05

    San Antonio Spurs

    Detroit Pistons

    4-3

    Tim Duncan, San Antonio
    2003-04

    Detroit Pistons

    Los Angeles Lakers

    4-1

    Chauncey Billups, Detroit Pistons
    2002-03

    San Antonio Spurs

    New Jersey Nets

    4-2

    Tim Duncan, San Antonio
    2001-02

    Los Angeles Lakers

    New Jersey Nets

    4-0

    Shaquille O’Neal, Los Angeles
    2000-01

    Los Angeles Lakers

    Philadelphia 76ers

    4-1

    Shaquille O’Neal, Los Angeles
    1999-00

    Los Angeles Lakers

    Indiana Pacers

    4-2

    Shaquille O’Neal, Los Angeles
    1998-99

    San Antonio Spurs

    New York Knicks

    4-1

    Tim Duncan, San Antonio

  33. Simmons says:

    Guess since the Lakers went down most people will be on the Miami Heat bandwagon. Well see I call this not the Super Team, but the Super Duper team. Not only do they have James, Wade and Bosh along with the rest of the starters, they have a bench that consists of Bibby, Howard, Dambier, House who could all start for someone’s team as well. Man with a team like that if they don’t win the championship they should be a shame of themselves. Most of this team consists of veterans who have been in the playoffs in their careers. Don’t underestimate the Bulls or Mavs though. U could be sorry if u do.

  34. Simmons with a GAY Comment says:

    Ahahahahahaha!!! What a Loser!!!

  35. Jon says:

    Even when the Lakers and Boston aren’t playing, it’s always all about the Lake show and the C’s. Now the media has shifted focus to what is going to happen in LA and Boston over the offseason. In other words, now who really gives a sh!t who wins it all this year. The Lakers will for sure be there again next season. They just need time off the rest and regain their championship focus.

  36. Simmons says:

    U know everyone wants to talk major trash on the Lakers now after they lose. No matter if they got swept or they lost a game seven, anything short of a championship for this organization is a failure. The thing is all the Lakers have done is win championships they have 16 behind only the Celtics who have 17. U gotta remember that only the teams and organizations that can do it over and over again r real winners not these fly by night teams who come and go. The only teams who can really talk trash r the Celtics and Lakers, cause nobody else comes close to them when it comes to winning. Lakers will be back. And in the end nobody is going to remember who won the 2 or third round, the only thing people want to know is who wins championships and who r the most consistent. So all of those haters out there just worry about how many championships your team has… if they have any at all.. And stop jumping on those bandwagons too..

    • LAKERS 2011 - 3PEAT says:

      TOOK THE WORDS RIGHT OUT OF MY MOUTH!

      LAKERS HAVE ACCOMPLISHED SO MUCH MORE THAN ALL THESE TEAMS OUT HERE OTHER THAN THE CELTICS

      WE ARE A PREMIER FRANCHISE AND ALWAYS BOUNCE BACK, WHN ONE ERA LEAVES WE GET NEW ALLSTAR PLAYERS TO CONTINUE THE PURPLE AND GOLD LEGACY

      • LeCanadien says:

        Yeah, right… Lakers always get superstars from other teams. That’s one recipe for success. All for the shining glitz and glory awaits to this team but the current team has NO sense of Laker pride.

  37. Dragonslayer says:

    Bulls just Won. Game on. Best record, best player, best coach. Finally, we get to measure the merits by performance head up. James and Wade are not particularly happy about all the attention Rose has been getting. Prediction, Rose and the Bulls get smashed. I was just watching Boozer interview on ESPN regarding the match up with the Heat. He looks and sounds scared to death. I can always smell fear. This series is going to be so much fun. By the way I’m getting 3.5 to 1 on SPORTSBOOK>COM Miami to Win it all. EASY MONEY.

  38. Diddy says:

    Demon Hunter is right on. It is his own fault for being selfish. He joined up with Wade & CB1 in order to get there after Cleveland made the mistake to mold their team around what he wanted and then he never got the job done so he bolts displaying 0 loyalty to his hometown team in order to steal a championship that they are not getting. Mark these words. And @ Hai: So making A single cluth shot in the post-season vindicates him of his terrible late game performances this season? Get real.

    • lakerslwin says:

      dude lebron and d wade are playin their hearts out i give them credit for that they only team i see beating them is the lakers or bostan….. o crap they already got bounced from the playoffs it hurts for me to say it but i cant see the bulls beating them so its up to the mavs or thunder if the mavs can spread the floor on them like they did to the lakers then they can beat them and if durant and westbrook continue then they can give them a run for their money but otherwise… i dont even want to say it screw the heat man screw the heat haha

    • Usuck says:

      @ Diddy your a Cleveland fan.. Pls get over with it..
      Cavs has to start rebuilding it’s team

  39. WRONG COMMENT says:

    THAT’S WHAT IM TALKIN ABOUT… THAT’S WHY YOU HATE THE HEAT BECAUSE OF LEBRON… PROVE IT! GIVE ME FIVE REASON FOR YOU TO HATE LEBRON JAMES… PROVE IT! THAT HE IS NOT CAPABLE AND DESERVES A RING…

  40. relyt50 says:

    all you band wagon jumpers can say good bye to your heat. all i gotta say is 3-0 during regular season vs the bulls and you all know how lechoke james does in the post season. i’m a spurs fan from canada so i love my Raptors too (which are deserving of a congrats on their draft position lol) and even i can see how derrick rose is the new face of the nba.

  41. Any bodys ball says:

    its Dirks Time Long over Due

  42. KC-08 says:

    Lebron???? needer destined 2 bE a Champ….^^ just watch!!! just like poor old Charles B. ^^

  43. KC-08 says:

    Lebron???? needer destined 2 bE a Champ….^^ just watch!!! hust like poor old Charles B. ^^

  44. A.i says:

    iverson!!!

  45. Kim Mathenge says:

    D’Wyayne wade got all the foul calls in 2006 finals.

  46. Kim Mathenge says:

    Shaq hall of famer for what because of his lucky 2006 ring Because of muscle he is overrated i said that when he was in LA.he never came to camp in shape other then 2000 he throws all his teammates wear he goes when he leaves Miami LA phoenix he knew phoenix didn’t play defense he went there anyway and then complains about it. orlando do they have one for pizza eating.

  47. trufan24 says:

    Bulls will not win cause Rose and Thibedeau(spell check) already won MVP and COY…..that’d be too good to be true but who knows

  48. Kim Mathenge says:

    the eastern conf. stinks the pacers made the playoffs at 35-47 the 76ers 41-41

  49. WRONG COMMENT says:

    VERY SIMPLE… THE HEAT BEAT SIXERS FOR THEM TO CHALLENGE THE CELTICS… HOW CAN THE LAKERS & SPURS ABLE TO BEAT THE HEAT IN THE FINALS WHEN THEY WERE BEATEN BY THE OTHER TEAMS? YOUR GOAL FIRST IS TO PROVE YOU CAN BEAT THE OTHER TEAMS BEFORE GOING TO BEAT MIAMI HEAT… I JUST LOVE THESE GUYS BECAUSE YOU HATE THEM…

  50. Huge Lakers Fan! says:

    The Lakers will be back and better than ever next season. I am confident that there era is not over. I do not know about the Celtics or Spurs however.

  51. Kim Mathenge says:

    There isnothing exciting about these playoffs If you a lakers or celtics fan. if you are a normal person

  52. Hai says:

    Through this season, everyone doubted the Heat. Now look what happen, they going for the Eastern final. What happen to the heat won’t past the first serie of the playoff? What happen to the Heat will lose to the Celtics? What happen to Lebron James can’t make clutch shot? So many people trash talk about them, but yet the Heat have proved everyone was wrong. Peoples need to stop hating, doesn’t matter how much hate a team, I think you guys need to give credits where credits is due. The Heat have proved it, so please at least give them a little compliment, and stop hating.

    • Demon Hunter says:

      ITS NOT HATING.. its not that LBJ did not bring this to himself.. stop blaming the media about hyping up “THE DECISION”, if LBJ was sincere.. he will do it another way, a less painful way,, he choose to do it to stir up media,.. to gain attention to what he is doing.. to make the HEAT a TARGET of BAD PUBLICITY, so in the end if ever LBJ wins a ring with the HEAT, he can just brag about that he did it with all the negative and prove every wrong, its a marketing strategy by LBJ, RILEY, and the HEAT.. so stop asking not to hate.. they love the hate.. they earn big bucks with all the hate.. that is the kind of player LBJ is..

  53. Demon Hunter says:

    Just my 5 cents of opinion.. LBJ is as good as anybody can as a basketball player.. yet he choose to be mediocre to team up with wade and bosh to earn a trip to the east finals.. not the finals.. they still need to beat the bulls to get there.. and with all the ability LBJ has I can not wonder why is it not enough to earn a ring while in cavs.. the cavs fault was build a team around LBJ wherein its players that LBJ wants to play with.. now with the heat.. its just the same scenario.. LBJ is in a team wherein he wants to play with players who he wants to play with.. not with players he needs to play with.. and it can be a downfall for him if ever they fall behind a series.. then will see how he will step up.. and let us stop comparing the HEAT TRIO to CELTS BIG 3.. its no comparison.. the CELTS 3 came together in the peek of their career pushing a chance to win a ring in which they did.. the CELTS 3 knows there is not enough gas left in their tank that is why they did it.. with the HEAT 3.. these guys are in the prime of their careers.. its not they have 3 or 4 years left to play,, its a ridiculous comparison…

  54. YOMAMA says:

    you guys know what will be funny? NBA FINALS! GRizzles vs Hawks! AHAHAAH lol

  55. Gaajan says:

    Did i forget to say LEBRON JAMES SUCKS and they aint goin to the finals cause chicago is going to take them out

  56. WRONG COMMENT says:

    YOU ALL LIKE THE OTHER TEAMS EXCEPT THE HEAT! WHY HATE THEM WHEN THEY MADE THE NBA MORE EXCITING? FROM LAKERS, TO BOSTON, SPURS, YOU KEPT SAYING THESE TEAMS GONNA CRASH THEM BUT HOW? RIGHT NOW YOUR GOING TO CHICAGO? WHAT WILL YOU SAY IF THEY WILL BEAT THE BULLS? GOING TO LOVE DALLAS OR OKC? WHAT WILL YOU DO IF THE HEAT WILL WIN THE CHAMPIONSHIP? THE LAKERS & BOSTON WILL BEAT THEM NEXT YEAR? THEN WHATS NEXT?

  57. Gaajan says:

    I cant believe kobe is out of the playoffs. I am so pissed. I also cant believe boston got out too and they got out to miami. I hate lebron he sucks

  58. oaxaca12 says:

    i feel like they rigged the playoffs just to post this article. Lakers lose to dallas? come on

  59. WRONG COMMENT says:

    TOO MUCH AND TOO LONG COMMENTS TURNED OUT AS A WASTE OF TIME… JUST JOIN THE RIDE AND ENJOY… WHO EVER WIN THE CHAMPIONSHIP DOES NOT MATTER… AS I SAID ITS ALL NEW… JUST GIVE THEM RESPECT BEING A PLAYOFF CONTENDER AND SAY FAREWELL TO THE VETERANS..

  60. Diddy says:

    I am a huge Heat hater first and foremost mainly because I cannot stand Queen James. However I am somewhat a fan of D-Wade. I watch the Heat games all the time and all of you people who say that they should trade Chris Bosh or just plain get rid of him are absolutely ridiculous. The dude’s value is not questionable but all of you people who make comments are not real fans. As soon as you don’t see high numbers, you think the guy isn’t doing anything. He is playing with 2 of the biggest ball hogs in the league so he has so many stretches where he doesn’t get the ball consistently enough to be effective.( All of you bums who will say he shouldn’t have signed there, he signed before the Queen). His defense has been effective all year and its just sad that everybody analyzes him as he is irrelevant. The dude can give you 20/10 every given night when he is involved. Don’t have to agree but it is fact that he is their X-Factor. He made quite a few late game plays the last few games to put them over the top. STOP HATING!!!!! And I do not like Heat.

  61. John says:

    The real story is how much better shape athletes are in and how 35 is the new 25. Funny how 90 percent of people and the media have it backwards with constant references to how Duncan lost a step or Artest looks old, etc.

    Yes some younger players stepped up, hopefully always the case but how couldn’t it be. And 90 percent want to declare anyone over 30 as “old” even as the reality of these playoffs show that despite some setbacks for legendary teams the list is too long to mention of the 33 to 38 year olds having very real contributions to these playoffs, that is the true story that is completely untold-it’s all about break up the Lakers, even as 38 year old Jason Kidd plays stunning basketball, it’s about Garnett is looking old, even as he had a game with 28 points and 18 rebounds and he and his fellow old fogeys swept the Knicks. Duncan at 13 points and 9 rebounds EVERY night?? And on far less minutes, how many mere mortal players would not take it. The list? Players well into their 30′s playing HUGE, I can only start a partial list, way too many names-Nowitski, Terry, Stoyakovich, Kidd, Howard, Pierce, Allen, Bryant, Artest, Duncan, Ginobli, Jefferson, Garnett, McDyess, Zilgoskaus, Bibby, Fisher, Battier, you get the point.

  62. Rokon says:

    My Celtics lost. It’s time for the Bulls to start up and reviving the past. Beat Heat, Rose. And let Drama King stop crying like they won the Playoffs.
    SO MESMERIZING.

  63. lafan12 says:

    wow all these heat fans get excited after winning a conference semifinal series

  64. this guy says:

    i really think that it will be Miami and Dallas but that would be awesome if it was Memphis and Chicago oh man that would be sooooo cool

  65. this guy says:

    Im a knicks fan (no not because of Melo been a knicks fan since Latrell sprewell and the spree shoes :D)

  66. NBAfan says:

    nice travel of lebron on the video lol

  67. varuzhan says:

    I’m sorry but why do you have to call the Laker fans losers? You are not credited for your team’s win and they are not the reason why their team lost. I don’t understand what the fans have to do with the teams’ wins/losses. Your team won — I’m happy for you and your team, my team lost — I’m disappointed of course, but that doesn’t mean you can go around calling people names and saying that they are all crying now that their team lost. You haven’t done anything to help your team win. All you’ve done is follow your team’s games. So when you try to put a team or a fan down, think about who you really are and what you have contributed. All I can say is you have no life.

  68. dvo.city philippines says:

    I’m a laker fan and I believed of what kobe said “Lakers will be back next season” because It is already proven year after year or evry 2 years or so Lakers are a championship team, they lost the battle for this season though, but lakers is lakers they gonna come back for more.

  69. LBJ-D-Wade says:

    @HeatChamps ? naaw
    what about first 2 game ? had rondo his 2 arms in those games ? LOL!!!:D
    stop hating you HATER

  70. GrAvEn says:

    One thing for sure..the king will rise……..that’s Lebron James….go HEAT…..Kill them aLL….

  71. Laurence says:

    OK LET’S ANALYZE IT GUYS, I THINK THAT ANY NBA TEAM DOESN’T A SUPER TRIO A GET A RING? IT’S BECAUSE BASKETBALL IS A TEAM GAME NOT A GAME OF 1, 2 OR 3 GUY ONLY IT’S A TEAM GAME. ALL TEAM ONLY NEED AT LEAST 2 CONSISTENT SUPERSTARS AND A BUNCH OF QUALITY ROLE PLAYERS EVEN A FORMER SUPERSTAR TO BUILD A TEAM A CHAMPIONSHIP CONTENDER!
    THAT’S WHY THE IDEA OF DWIGHT HOWARD GOING TO THE MIAMI HEAT? THAT’S VERY IMPOSSIBLE, Y? BECAUSE OF THE NBA SALARY CAP. MAYBE THE CP3, KOBE AND DWIGHT IS MUCH POSSIBLE BUT EVEN IF THESE 3 BECAME TEAMMATES THIS IS NOT 100% GUARANTEE THEY WILL WIN A CHAMPIONSHIP, THEY NEED TO HAVE CONSISTENT ROLE PLAYERS TO MAKE IT,
    SO WHO IS THE TEAM THAT HAS A BIGGEST CHANCE TO BE THE CHAMPS THIS YEAR? LOOK AT THE LINE UP FIRST
    HEAT: STARTING 5: PG CHALMERS (not a true PG), SG WADE (consistent SG) SF JAMES (super SF) PF BOSH (a superstar PF but lack of consistency) C ILGAUSKAS (an aging C)
    BENCH: SF JONES (the only consistent bench player of HEAT) SG MILLER (a good SHOOTER but inconsistent this year) C ANTHONY (also an inconsistent C) PG BIBBY (an aging PG which is clearly not the same MIKE BIBBY anymore)
    COMMENT: all the HEAT games this playoffs tell that the team is likely seen they have only 3 PLAYERS (JAMES,WADE,BOSH) they will struggle against a team with a good defense and a balance performance)
    MAVERICKS: STARTING 5: PG KIDD (an aging PG but still being a big difference in the game) SG STEVENSON (a good 3-point shooter and defender but inconsistent) SF MARION (the mavs sharpest defender along with chandler and kidd, a former SUNS superstar but being inconsistent OFFENSIVELY) PF NOWITZKI (being the BIGGEST difference in the PLAYOFFS right now, an UNSTOPPABLE SCORER and a good LEADER) C CHANDLER (gives the MAVS the biggest upgrade this season DEFENSIVELY)
    BENCH: SG TERRY (a good shooter PROVEN in GAME 4 against the LAKERS), PG BAREA (a quality bench perfomer even with the height of less than 6 feet) SF STOJAKOVIC (an aging former KINGS superstar but still a great shooter) C HAYWOOD (an inconsistent but a STRONG C) SF BREWER (a quality minutes PERFORMER) PG BEAUBOIS (a great scorer at PG) COMING SOON: SF BUTLER (he can give the MAVERICKS a big edge if he can comeback)
    COMMENTS: they are the TEAM that having the REAL PIECES the became the CHAMPS this year y? because they play as a team not a 1 man team yes DIRK scoring 30+ points but they giving the BIG difference against a team because of their BENCH PLAYERS (TERRY,STOJAKOVIC,BAREA,HAYWOOD) that’s why if these two TEAMS meet at the FINALS(REMATCH OF 2006 NBA FINALS), i can say MAVERICKS at 6 ,

  72. sway-z says:

    The Lakers were trying to go to their 4th straight Finals LOL, the Heat just got into the Conference Finals, let’s put it in perspective here a little.

    The core nucleus of the Lakers weren’t the problem, the bench was, the same issue the Heat will have IF they even get past the Bulls. The Mavs bench outscored their own starters for a few of those games, they go 10 deep. Let’s not crown the Heat just yet…

  73. Heat2011Champs? NOPE says:

    its funny cuz the heat beat a team led by someone with one good arm…

  74. HeatChamps ? naaw says:

    its gunna cuz the heat beat the celtics with the starting PG having 1 good arm…

  75. dallasMAVS says:

    HAHAhAHAHAH heat beating chi/atl 4-0 idt so , and when the mavs beat OC there gonna give who ever else in the championship a hard time , trust me

    AND MAVS WILL COME ON TOP

  76. jasper says:

    nowitski is an allein he is a monster i dont like dallas i hope that thunder will beat the dallas weak kobe its ok i hope that you will win the championship next year im from philippines the #1 fan of kobe bryant THE BLACK MAMBA!!!! coach jackson keep good even if you will retired…….. good luck

  77. LBJ-D-Wade says:

    Just too much hater here ! :(
    can you please stop hating and give the heat credit ?

  78. LA4Kobe says:

    Miami Heat Records by Year – Season and Playoffs.
    NBA Regular Season NBA Playoffs
    Season NBA Team W L % Division Standings W L % Performance

    2009-10 Miami Heat 47 35 .573 3rd Southeast Division 1 4 .200 Lost East Conf 1st Rd
    2008-09 Miami Heat 43 39 .524 3rd Southeast Division 3 4 .429 Lost East Conf 1st Rd
    2007-08 Miami Heat 15 67 .183 5th Southeast Division – - – DNQ
    2006-07 Miami Heat 44 38 .537 1st Southeast Division 0 4 .000 Lost East Conf 1st Rd
    2005-06 Miami Heat 52 30 .634 1st Southeast Division 16 7 .696 Won NBA Finals
    2004-05 Miami Heat 59 23 .720 1st Southeast Division 11 4 .733 Lost East Conf Finals
    2003-04 Miami Heat 42 40 .512 2nd Atlantic Division 6 7 .462 Lost East Conf Semis
    2002-03 Miami Heat 25 57 .305 7th Atlantic Division – - – DNQ
    2001-02 Miami Heat 36 46 .439 6th Atlantic Division – - – DNQ
    2000-01 Miami Heat 50 32 .610 2nd Atlantic Division 0 3 .000 Lost East Conf 1st Rd
    1999-00 Miami Heat 52 30 .634 1st Atlantic Division 6 4 .600 Lost East Conf Semis
    1999 * Miami Heat 33 17 .660 1st Atlantic Division 2 3 .400 Lost East Conf 1st Rd
    1997-98 Miami Heat 55 27 .671 1st Atlantic Division 2 3 .400 Lost East Conf 1st Rd
    1996-97 Miami Heat 61 21 .744 1st Atlantic Division 8 9 .471 Lost East Conf Finals
    1995-96 Miami Heat 42 40 .512 3rd Atlantic Division 0 3 .000 Lost East Conf 1st Rd
    1994-95 Miami Heat 32 50 .390 4th Atlantic Division – - – DNQ
    1993-94 Miami Heat 42 40 .512 4th Atlantic Division 2 3 .400 Lost East Conf 1st Rd
    1992-93 Miami Heat 36 46 .439 5th Atlantic Division – - – DNQ
    1991-92 Miami Heat 38 44 .463 4th Atlantic Division 0 3 .000 Lost East Conf 1st Rd
    1990-91 Miami Heat 24 58 .293 6th Atlantic Division – - – DNQ
    1989-90 Miami Heat 18 64 .220 5th Atlantic Division – - – DNQ
    1988-89 Miami Heat 15 67 .183 6th Midwest Division – - – DNQ

  79. Laker fan says:

    These blogs are hilarious to me. the Lakers have been eliminated yet more blogging is about the Lakers than any other team! You Heat fans, why don’t you chill on the Lakers man. You didn’t even play them in the playoffs yet you act like they’re your worst enemy! That’s why I can’t help but hope your team gets knocked out! It might be wise to hold off a little till the end. The Heat has a really good team, but Dallas, OKC, Chicago, or whoever it is has a good chance of knocking them off! They’re all very capable. And Dallas right now is no joke!

  80. blackpjon says:

    kobe you can never be like michael jordan!!

  81. WRONG COMMENT says:

    IT IS RIGHT WHEN YOU SAY MIAMI DO NOT DESERVE TO CELEBRATE YET BECAUSE IT’S NOT OVER AND 8 MORE WINS TO GO, VERY FAR TO CHAMPIONSHIP… YES IT IS! BUT THE LAKERS IS MORE FAR FROM THE CHAMPIONSHIP RIGHT NOW! YES THEY WILL BE BACK NEXT YEAR BUT ITS NOT THAT EASY..

  82. Laurence says:

    ?

  83. WRONG COMMENT says:

    STOP HATING! NBA PLAYERS DON’T EVEN KNOW YOU… STOP CRYING! JUST LOVE THE NBA PLAYOFFS BECAUSE RIGHT NOW IT’S DIFFERENT FROM THE PAST FEW YEARS. IT’S ALL NEW!! NO MATTER WHO TEAM WILL WIN OBVIOUSLY IT IS EXCITING!! GET OVER IT CLEVELAND IT’S OVER!! THE DECISION WAS FINAL JUST WATCH LBJ DOING GREAT THINGS AND AIMING HIS DREAMS RIGHT NOW… AND STOP BLAMING!!!

  84. tahir baradi says:

    Miami is my team but with the addition of LEBRON, i hate them. WADE, BOSH and LEBRON are egoistic person. Time will come, these trio will suffer injuries (hope not so) and that is the time they will return to what they belong. the trio are very boastfull.

  85. NBA^_^Fanatic says:

    Celtics Lakers Spurs there’s minor cracks in each of these teams but don’t count them out Celtics has a few minor cracks in there defense, Lakers Offense wasn’t as strong as it was during the season plenty of issues there, Spurs a solid veteran team but you can tell that there at the end of there run. Each of the three teams had injury issues but i don’t see any issues coming into the next NBA season.

    Current Playoffs: The Dallas Mavericks coming into the next series if your a fan you worry a little not because of long rest will they come out still with the same energy for the next series. Eastern Conference If the Bulls advance Heat and Bulls i see this series going 5-7 games if its Hawks and Heat i see series going 5-6 games

  86. MIAMI HEAT FAN says:

    i’m a big time heat fan but to be fair LeBron did a travel.
    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!MIAMI HEAT is the 2011 NBA CHAMPIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  87. Nate says:

    This is why I’ve always said, Kobe is no MJ!!!!!!! Kobe is a great player, but please stop saying that he’s better than MJ and this playoff series proved it (at least for me…)

  88. Gabe says:

    James and Nowitzki have been there too as well, they just lost.

  89. black mamba says:

    la is going to be back they aint done yet

  90. Ben says:

    Why is everybody talking like it’s going to be a Heat vs. Mavs finals series? There are other games to go you know….and other teams

  91. BNanaZ says:

    You know after kobe+shaq won their 3peat , the lakers went on a 5year slump despite the 04 season when they got 4-1ed by the pistons with their allstar lineup. LA attracts talent no matter what . They know how to put the pieces together , knowing that for years even if the lakers do not make it to the finals in 4-5-6 years theyll always be around, with the amount of talent in this league whos to say that they cant sign a up and coming offensive force in blake griffin , a up and coming baby nash in Stephen curry , Bynum is very young , then you potentially have hall of famers coming from college . So imo the lakers are fine with kobe and without him when he decides to bow out. As for now you have no choice as a laker fan but to watch and see if miami , better yet lebron can finally getta ring after 8years in the league, hey it only took jordan about 6 , correct me if im wrong but jordan couldnt get out the east while the C’s were in town so Lebron finally got past his nemesis , and with the lakers out , I give it to lebron for his 1st ring this year if not next year. But i just cant see them 3peating or even back to backs , but i see bron bron retiring with at least 4

  92. frank says:

    i like wade game but thats it for miami, bosh one of those players i thought of as a role player not a superstar. That said i didn’t think he would be much help for a ring anyway, I didn’t like bron, thought he got to much praise for nothing but he did step it up this past series so i commend him for that. All i got to say is can’t wait for east finals,( goin for the bulls) but will be a good series, rose better than rondo and we got it if boozer step up and play his game

  93. MIAMINSTER says:

    I would like to say just one thing! it’s MIAMI’s turn, so to all the fans of all the other teams just accept the fact, maybe next year its the other teams turn, but i doubt it

  94. Odin says:

    D-Rose will again school LeChoke and Dirty-D-Wade and send them fishing. Go back to this comment after 2 weeks and you’ll see what I mean

  95. LA steve says:

    Lets go MAVS!
    or
    GRIZZ!

    i think mavs have a better chance in the big dance.

  96. Xenunite says:

    Kobe is King. I am looking forward at next season. This is to every hater. CYA!!!!!!

  97. Xenunite says:

    I just love the way the heat fans are saying they are champs. they havent won the EAST yet. ohhhh well lets see what happens. Go Lakers 2012

  98. danny says:

    there is no answer for the heat tooo much lebron

  99. Nano says:

    Man, the NBA won’t be the same without those elite teams (Lakers, Spurs & Celtics). Those three teams were lead by old school-minded people who came in the NBA during the mid to late 90s and had that same fierce competitiveness that the 90s era had. Those players from the mid to late 90s I’m referring to are: Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan, Shaquille O’Neal, Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Ray Allen and Derek Fisher. They epitomized what it is to be a competitor, professional, leader and winner. People said after the Jordan era, the NBA just wouldn’t be the same. This notion proves ever more true as the years progresses. After the Lakers/Spurs/Celtics era, the NBA will once more take a turn – not necessarily for the better. It has been fun watching the NBA this past decade. The legends of today have made their marks and left their legacies; you couldn’t ask for more. Thank you for the good years!

  100. Michael says:

    Just how many main men do you have Sekou? Seems like everybody in the league gets the M&M treatment from you at some stage

  101. albert says:

    Kobe still has good years left on him.

  102. Mr. eleven says:

    Speaker of HEATSUCK/tata/Lakers3peat/LakersWillWin/Sean.

    I’M SO SORRY TO ALL HEAT FANS, OUR DEEPEST APOLOGIES…

  103. JKey says:

    I’m not really a fan of any team, but it is pleasing to see Boston and the Lakers out of the running. Sure I give them credit for their wins and their efforts previously, but I like seeing new teams put their hands up in the finals (Grizzlies, OKC). It’s nice to see a change and yes people will complain about people switching off because said teams are in the finals, but hey, I find it more interesting.

  104. Ex-Sonic says:

    The Lakers are definitely old and slow this year (Magic also said that!). Same with Boston, Rondo also badly hurt. If Lebron stayed with Cavalier this year and have to face Boston. There’s big chance they can beat Boston too! One thing we know if Le Bron and Chris did not join D wade. Miami would not survived the playoff second round.

  105. To Bron Haters from Zar says:

    Do You Think What Becky Hammon did was wrong? She is awesome bball player and was one of the best but US Olympic team never picked her. (plus she is not getting any younger and chance is getting slimmer) Desperate to play in Olympic she left US and become Russian citizen to get a chance to play in Olympic. Do you think she was wrong?
    as far as i know nobody really hated her. (sure she would have love to represent her birth country but never given chance). now she is American again and happy that she had a chance to be in Olympic and not a lot of people blamed her (maybe except from very small percent)

    maybe Lebron is like Becky. he wanted to get a ring so much. he know Cleveland is not gonna do it for him. maybe he thought wade is his only chance for that and take it. is it so wrong to chase after what he really want? he didn’t even leave America. so why do you all hate him so much?

    PS – i hate him too but not the way like you all. i hate him cuz i am a knicks fan. ( he went to NYK rival team i suppose to hate him. not hate hate but rivalry hate) not because he chase for what he really want.

  106. Everyone Has Gotta Understand says:

    Saddening that the end of an era arrived. It is inevitable. Also saddening that many people in this blog are bagging on the fallen teams. They have contributed a lot to the NBA. Those who have no respect for many excellent players that have shaped our generation and inspired young people to play basketball. I am not saying they are still good players but they are have impacted many people and kept us excited and engaged in the sport we love. The way those three teams and that one coach had played, I can’t fathom the nerve of them. You may not like those teams but you have to pay your respects. You can’t just treat them like a bunch of guys that raised hell, made everything unfair, or were arrogant. We can’t write these guys off. If you root for those young players and that’s why you hate the trendsetters, what if those trendsetters were the reason those younger guys played the game in the first place. The young players are great but they have a long way to go. Now, let’s make sure we treat future legends the way they should be treated, not garbage but as the amazing performers that they are. They may be over, but did you treat Jordan and his legendary colleagues the same way when they departed from the game they loved too play? Think about that.

    I’d like to thank the Tim Duncan led San Antonio Spurs, Kobe Bryant and his Los Angeles Lakers, Shaquille O’ Neal, the most dominant big man of his generation, and the amazing Phil Jackson who was the winningest coach from MJ, to Shaq, and then to Kobe.

  107. arhernandez18 says:

    The Miami Heat’s elimination of the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference semifinals last night at American Airlines Arena guaranteed that we’ll have a NBA Finals that doesn’t include Shaquille O’Neal, Tim Duncan or Kobe Bryant for the first time since the 1998-89 season.

    Did we go back in time or something?

    You end your monumental introduction with a number typo.

    ….no mames.

  108. RachelDee says:

    Thank you Shaq, Kobe, Tim, Phil and your era. I remember watching you guys at your prime and how you used to dominate all the time. I will never forget you guys. THANK YOU.

  109. Orlando Till says:

    The end of an era, possibly. Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O’Neal, and Tim Duncan are each respected and successful individuals and have dominated the decade of 2000-10. Most likely teams such as Miami, Chicago, Oklahoma City, and Dallas may start to win championships but it remains to be seen. This may be the start of a new era of different superstars teaming up and working together.
    I’m also not sureh aving conservations about who will win the title possibly doesn’t relate to the topic(but that’s just my opinion)

  110. Zar The Knicks Fan says:

    i will just gonna say that SEKOU forgot one team. my Knicks. yeah they got swept this year but they will come back bigger and better next year. i can’t wait to go back and see revival of Chicago-NY and NY-Miami rivalries again

  111. Belieber says:

    Search in Youtube – Justin Bieber How arrogant can you be

  112. Zohan says:

    Finally Miami got their monkeys off their backs. And when it’s all said and done, Miami will cry again in their locker room, with LeBron doing it with tears of joy. LA will also cry because they haven’t caught any fish this summer, even though they have Fisher on their team. Boston will cry because of their injuries.

    Kobe will cry because Phil Jackson ain’t around anymore. Dirk will cry in the Finals against the Heat. And all those Heat haters will cry because they love the Heat to win. Period.

  113. Reem says:

    What we’re witnessing in this year’s playoff is a paradigm shift. There is a change of the guards underway and youth is on the receiving end. The entire playoffs serves as a testament that this is “No Country for Old Men”. Youth is prevailing and age is failing. It’s human nature.

  114. bballwiz says:

    HEY LAKERS FANS! WHERE ARE YOU NOW!?!

    You guys are the most amazing fans I’ve ever encountered in my life. At the all-star break, you guys flooded all blogs and NBA sites and arrogantly put comments about how the Lakers will three-peat and that Kobe is the greatest ever. You guys kept trash-talking and egotistically counting other teams and players out, saying that Kobe is the best and the “Black Mamba” and the Lakers will eat every one alive come playoff time. When the Lakers are down 3-0 against the “lowly” Mavs, you guys still backed the ever-arrogant and way-over-his-head overrated Kobe up with his “words of wisdom” that they will win the series in 7. The same Kobe Bryant who never took the blame and lashes his team mates for poor play (I feel sorry for Pau, Andrew, Lamar and Ron) every time the Lakers loses and always hugs all the credit when they win (again, I feel sorry for Pau, Andrew, Lamar and Ron.)

    WHERE ARE YOU NOW HUH!?! The NBA cyberworld is lot quieter and better without you guys. And it’s the best thing that’s ever happened here! HAHAHAHA!

    Lakers fans will always reflect their “superstar” personality (in this case, Kobe): arrogant, self-centered, ball hog, sore loser, arrogant (oh, did I say that twice?), irresponsible, stubborn, conceited, bad leader who blames others and take the heat to himself, overrated, sore loser (oops, my mistake), and just plain air head. You guys are not even the best fans in the NBA (that’s Portland fans that stays loyal to the Blazers for 40 years) but you act as if the whole world bows down to the Lakers and Kobe.

    I feel sorry for Phil, though. He’s the best ever at his profession. He had the greatest player ever in Michael Jordan and the best side-kick ever in Scottie Pippien. He had the most dominant player in his era, Shaq O’neal. It’s a shame he ended his career with a pretender and overrated “star” like Kobe. But still I’m happy for him. His legacy will forever be respected and admired all over the world. AND, he doesn’t have to deal with a nut-case like Kobe anymore. Now that’s a very big sigh of relief for him, a great consolation prize of losing to the Mavs in a sweep.

    SO WHERE ARE THE LAKER FANS?!? COME ON AND MAKE SOME NOISE! Write about how Kobe and the Lakers will come back and start a new era next year with a new coach. Go on and talk about how great Kobe still is and why he’s the best player on the planet. Talk about how the “Black Mamba” will strike again next year, hungrier and feistier.

    C’MON LAKERS FANS! I KNOW YOU CAN’T ACCEPT DEFEAT. YOU GUYS ARE SORE LOSERS! I BET YOU’LL DO ALL THOSE THINGS I’VE MENTIONED AND PROBABLY MORE! I KNOW YOU WILL, ‘COS YOU GUYS HAVE THE PERSONALITY OF YOUR “ULTIMATE SUPERSTAR”, the GREAT KOBE BRYANT!!

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

  115. Dillin says:

    I think give it maybne 2 years or so and the portland trailblazers will be one of the top teams they got alot of potential.

  116. Mr. Washington says:

    Most of you who take the time to write these lengthy posts don’t even know the game of basketball. I’m so sick of hearing everyone criticize LeBron and say that he couldn’t win a title on his own. NOBODY has ever won a ring alone. Take a look at whatever championship team you want and you will see multiple stars. Michael Jordan had another HALL OF FAMER on his team and won 6 rings. Kobe won when he had SHAQ (HOF), nothing without him, and then with GASOL (HOF). Paul Pierce didn’t win anything until KG and RAY ALLEN (both HOF players). And let’s not even go back to the Lakers and Celtics of the past. Those teams consisted of 4 or 5 of the most dominant players in the league. It is so easy for everyone on here to say what LeBron should and shouldn’t have done. He was in an organization for 7 years and decided to move elsewhere. He did what anyone else would do when they wanted/needed a career change. I do not agree with the one hour ESPN special at all. I thought that it was over the top and uncalled for; however his decision to leave was his right. Most of you “LeBron Haters” are just bitter fans that would be jumping for joy if he was on your favorite team today. Give it a rest and respect the man’s talent as a basketball player. If you don’t like him then don’t turn your TV on when he’s playing….While you’re at it go read up and learn some history about the game. Find me a player who won the title ALONE….don’t worry I’ll wait.

    • Jake says:

      George Mikan maybe? But you’re right nobody wins titles alone. It takes several stars/superstars, solid role players, veteran leadership, and good coaching.

    • ARRON says:

      your right noone does it alone. jordan himself had a good supporting cast including pippen rodman and kerr but he didnt have a duo like d wade and lebron im sure there has been a similar duo in the past like kobe and shaq but its the simple fact he had plenty other options rather than going to anothers stars team

  117. Ivo.L says:

    first of all the heat beat the celtics because ainge is a douche and traded perkins second of all the heat have better physical players than the bulls but don’t talk about the finals like your seeing the heat in the finals the bulls are a better defensive team than the heat wthout the physical presence the bulls only have noah, deng and brewer….

    if you talk about defensive stats you will see that the bulls are better if we talk about physical presence you can see that the heat have the advantage…

    my guess bulls vs thunder

  118. DJ says:

    THIS year would be a champion of younger generation. With the VETS team full of injuries, aging and getting slower, they took an early exit. OKC, HAWKS, BULLS.. Who’s gonna win it?

  119. Jay says:

    You all do know that Rajon Rondo had a dislocated elbow and was one of the most important, if not the most important part of their match up against the heat? The heat did win and there’s nothing changing that, but the Celtics were clearly not anywhere near their best health wise.

  120. kareja says:

    eeeh dirk has been around pretty much the same time than duncan

    • OKC 2011 Champs says:

      @kareja Yes, he has, but Duncan played 4 years at Wake Forest. Also, Duncan has played in a lot more playoff games, then Dirk has. So Duncan has, roughly, 2 or 3 seasons on him if you add up all the playoff games and the four seasons at Wake.

  121. jeshegab says:

    HOWARD on MIAMI HEAT? That wouldn’t be possible even in your dream… we like playing GM nowadays but remember what happened to CELTICS… They won a championship on their first year of the BIG 3 (Ray Allen, Paul Pierce and KG), but happened on the following years… They lost to orlando during East Finals and lost to LAKERS last year… I know HEAT are much younger than the LAKERS, CELTICS or SPURS… But experience at the end would top them… Now, mark my word.. These 3 teams that i mentioned, they will come back strong and one of the 3 teams will win a ring next year.. Go Lakers!

  122. Chris Ross says:

    The Heat really did get it done in the Celtics series. I didn’t think that they would win in 5 if you had asked me before the series had began. I do think a healthy Shaq would have changed things but even without him I didn’t think the Heat would be able to do what they did against the Celtics. Boston was never in sync during the series and they couldn’t really get their big 3 going on a consistent basis. You have to give the Heat the credit they deserve and now I think they have the easiest road possible to the finals if you think of what they might have had to go through. An out of place looking Boston team, Bulls struggling against a 37 win Pacer team and no LA Lakers. Things are looking up for the Heat and it would definitely be an even bigger dissapointment now if they didn’t win a championship.

    http://chrisross91.wordpress.com/2011/05/12/miami-is-wade-country/

    • Jay says:

      This series would have been very different if Rondo wasn’t injured. When you show the stats with Rondo on and off the floor it’s amazing how much of a difference. The Celtics led the last three games for 90% of the game, but down the stretch they couldn’t produce when they needed it. If Rondo was healthy and on the floor it would have made things very different.

      • Usuck says:

        Don’t make excuses out of Rondo’s injury cause he was injured in game 3 already.. and won that game

  123. CarlosKing says:

    Don’t make it happen please…..i’m a Huge Fan of Lebron James and wherever he is, that’s my team…..so for now i’m a Big Fan of Miami Heat…..but i don’t really like to see a James, Wade, Bosh and Howard in one team…..it’s too much and there’s no more competition on that, enough for a Big 3…..i love to see Howard on Golden States or more prefer in New Jersey or if not CP3 is going to Orlando…….but a BIG NO to L.A. Lakers

  124. ddddd says:

    Ok Lebron proved me wrong…. he can finish one time out of a hundred when he has decently fresh legs. That still doesn’t excuse him for quitting on Cleveland in years past against Orlando and Boston…. However maybe he has grown up…. hmmm better late than never maybe????
    Now times do change. DRose and KD are the future. The mavs had better win now or else they will waste the few prime years that Dirk has left. Memphis is flourishing in that underdog role, but on the other hand they need to win soon in order to take advantage of the ZBo prime. Atlanta is a puzzling story. They are only designed to be a speed bump for teams to get over in the playoffs due to management’s decisions. However they are starting to figure out how to take advantage when a team slacks off…. If the Bulls slack off (doubtful) the hawks could be the ones in the ECF or even the finals if the heat slack off at all. Either way the fact that Kirk Hinrich is the closest thing that Atlanta has had to a solid pg since Jason Terry (and Hinrich is injured… DOH!!) makes me wonder about the direction of the franchise. Plus… Horford is a pf!
    However, I do think this year is a Mav year. They are the deepest TEAM-team left in the playoffs. As in they have a bunch of players that can go off for 20plus points at a time and are solid defensively. The heat are a 3 man team with stragglers that occasionally take advantage. The Bulls are a team-team but when times get tough DRose becomes the only option as Boozer is a shell of his former self and Deng is not a 4th quarter type quite yet. OKC and Memphis have interesting combinations in which it depends upon which team has grown up the most. I mean the tagteam of KD and Westbrook do take most of the shots and can be a monster, but the combo of ZBo and LilBro Gasol is a different type of monster. On top of that both teams have solid pieces around that to compliment the stars. Defense vs stardom is the question…. Which supporting cast actually supports instead of straggles… The answer is ?????? We will see.

  125. Got 3's? says:

    P.S: THOUGH KG SHOWED GREAT REBOUNDING ABILITIES IN THE GAME THE CELTICS WON, I’M POSITIVE, THAT’s A ONE OFF…KG’s OFFENCE IS TERRIBLE, HIS REBOUNDING MOST OF THE TIMES IS TERRIBLE, HIS DEFENSE THAT HE IS KNOWN FOR, OR SHOULD I SAY “WAS” KNOWN FOR IS ALL GONE NOW. KG, IS A LIABILITY BUT I GUESS HE HAS A CONTRACT WITH THE CELTICS thats good for one more year. THIS IS NO LONGER A CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM WITH SO MANY UNDER PERFORMERS. GET RID OF THESE LIABILITIES!!!!!

  126. Celtics are not done says:

    You guys clearly know that all the heat did was kick the horse when it was down, injuries prevented the celtics from playing at their usual level of play. I for one do not hate the heat, i actually congratulate lebron on his performence as well as defeating the team he thrived to beat, but i just think ppl are going way overboard with the ages of SA, LAL, BOS. this era has not died yet.

  127. Got 3's? says:

    Well first of all congratulations to the Heat!
    And to the Celtics, well, bad luck, I’m a Celtic fan but here’s what I propose:

    GET RID OF KG. AS MUCH AS I LOVE HIM, I’d STILL SAY GET RID OF HIM. HIS AGE DOMINATES HIS GAME.
    PAUL PIERCE’s STILL GOT IT. ALLEN’s DEFINITELY GOT IT

    RONDO: YES;
    KG: NO NO NO;
    PIERCE: YES;
    ALLEN: YES;
    DAVIS: HECK NO!
    GREEN; YES
    SHAQ: GOD! NO!
    Jermaine: MAY BE.
    D WEST: YES
    ARROYO: NO
    KRISTIC: MAY BE. BUT THE REST NEED TO GO!

    GET D HOWARD, we dont need a PG, we need another PF. WE NEED AN EXPERIENCED BIG MAN!
    THOUGH I PERSONALLY THINK HE WOULD PREFER LA TO BOSTON (I guess its too early to even speak about it).
    BUT IF THE GREEN MACHINE WANTS TO MAKE ANOTHER RUN FOR THE TITLE, THEY NEED TO REVAMP THIS WHOLE TEAM!

    DOC RIVERS: DEFINITELY YES!

    BUT BLOW THE REST OF THEM OUT.

    DANNY AINGE IS THE MOST DUMBEST GM of this year. HE TRADED OUR MOST STRONGEST CENTER TO GET GREEN in return for not much performance this season. BUT I THINK HE HAS SHOWN PROMISE AND DESERVES MORE CHANCES!

    • OKCRocks says:

      Ainge took GREEN as he will be groomed to play with RONDO (ala KG)… Celtics need a dominant CENTER… NENE HILARIO that is…. yer right..get rid of KG..get Nene Hilario…

    • Larian says:

      As ideal as you sound. What can Celtics offer Orland for Dwight Howard? Glen Davis, and KG?. If not Celtics needs to wait another year for Dwight to became free agent, then Celtics has the option to clear cap space for D. Howard by ridding KG and so on.

      However, will Orland risking not trading D. Howard and ended up like Cleveland with Lebron leaving, and gains nothing in return?

      As a Lakers fan, I also heard the rumor D. Howard traded to Lakers, but personally, I think Celtics do need Howard more than Lakers, because we have Bynum, Gasol and Odom. Lakers should go for a good point guard probably force a deal on CP3, man that’s very low chance, however, it will be awesome. If Celtics got Howard, and Lakers got CP3, I want to see those two teams go 7 games again in the finals. F all the Lakers/Celtics hater btw.

      • BostonF says:

        Why removed KG? He still have what it takes and he is still the very core of Boston’s defense. I can’t believe you Boston Fans wanting to get rid of KG.

        I was saddened by the Celtics game 4 lose. If Pierce would have drained the game winning shot at the 4th quarter it could have been a game 6 or game 7 series.
        Anyway I’ll be rooting for Miami Heat since Miami Heat is my second best option for EAST to battle WEST. Chicago only third.
        I’m an anti-WEST fan haha.
        Although I was happy what Dallas did against the Lakers hehe

  128. Nik123dj says:

    I heard rumors Dwight Howard is thinking about going to Miami in 2012… That means Miami would have the best defense in NBA (with Wade, Lebron, Bosh and Howard blocking the shots). And defense win championships… Heck, Howard wouldn’t even have to worry about fouls anymore.

    • NBAFan says:

      Hopefully a new CBA won’t allow this. I would much rather see a team like OKC win it all showing good moves by the FO and drafting, wins championships not just being in a large market.

    • Larian says:

      I heard ya screaming, you can keep on dreaming, I heard u man. Do you know CP3 is also free agent in 2012? will he go to miami as well alone with Howard? did this give you a orgasm? are you all excited that the team you made on NBA 2011, actually come true?

  129. drod says:

    why does everyone hate on lebron and bosh joining the heat? what about when kg and ray allen joined boston?im not even a heat fan but i dont see anything wrong with the move. maybe all u heat haters are just afraid the heat might be the next 00-02 lakers

    • NBAFan says:

      I personally don’t have a problem with Lebron and Bosh going to Miami but it’s totally different what KG and Ray Allen done. KG & Allen were dealt to the Celts with good pieces going the other way while LBJ, Wade & Bosh all appeared to have agreed to do this previously and got nothing for their teams. As well as this LBJ, Wade & Bosh are all in the prime of their careers while KG, Allen & Pierce were in the twilight of their careers. Wade & Lebron are both franchise players who should have teams built around them, not join forces and try to win together. As I said though they are grown ups and they are entitled to make their own decisions.

      I want a smaller market team to win it like Memphis, OKC or Atlanta. It makes the league more enjoyable.

  130. big 3 says:

    Clearly the new big three outlasted the old big three :
    the Celtics dominated the entire game but as father time would have it , they ran out of gas.But some pride for the Celtics fans a team like the heat should run the table in the playoffs , yet (especially against the celtics) all the games were closely contested.
    so until next year for the celtics ; as for the Heat should they make it to the finals represent the east well ….

  131. Joseph W says:

    The Heat Arent A Dominant Team Yeah I Know Celtics Crumbled Each Game Same Way At three Minute mark In 4th Quarter But Heat Arent A Good Team Its All Lebron James And Dewayne Wade If Those Two Wernt Scorin Points That Team Wouldnt Even Be WHere They Are

    • pimpjust4 says:

      smart obserrvation.

      I have been watching the heat closely for the last 80 games or so.
      I am still not sure if they can really win the championship.
      Too many lapses
      They can suddenly go cold and not score for a long time before they start to play catchup
      The team struggles big time if either LJ or Wade is not finding his groove
      As for Bosh, he is just an everage player. – Too many turnovers and missing easy shots. Im not too keen about him
      Coach is not helping either. sometimes i wonder how ready he is for handlilng this team looking at his poor mismatch.
      Look at how much bashing he endeared before he ‘got’ it that he should not start Ilgauskus, bcos his startging line-up sucks.
      I will not be surprised if a team blows away the Heat with a sweep or a huge scoring margin.
      I dont think any anything has changed from the way they played in the regular season. HOT/COLD streaks.
      They should match up squarely against the Bulls if they should go to the finals.
      They can only beat the bulls if they find a way to stop D Rose.
      I think D Rose is more efficient with his style of play than Wade or Lebron.
      If the DUO think they can just play free style without trying to contain Rose, they will be in for a shock. Especially given that the Bulls have a better supporting bench.
      Though the Miami bench is not that great, the coach can offset that with a good matchup .
      I prefer Jones, Miller, Eddie House from the bench.
      I will choose Jones over Chalmers on any day.
      Chalmers got too much mental lapses.

      I am cautiously optimistic.

    • K says:

      Ok dude read what you said; if you take any two or three stars of any team then that particular team would struggle. Take Garnett and Ray Allen off the Celtics or Kobe and Pau off the Lakers or Dirk and Jason Terry off the Mavs and you honestly thing those teams would be a championship caliber team, PLEASE!

      • K says:

        The reason the Celtics lost was because they didn’t get consistent scoring from their three stars. D-Wade and Lebron did what the Celtics stars couldn’t do; score consistently. That’s what stars do!

  132. Joozdt says:

    The only person I miss in the line of the guys who are going to dominate the game is D.Howard.

  133. LIbro Ni James says:

    STAY HUMBLE , HEAT !..oNE GAME AT A TIME UNTIL WE WILL HAVE OUR GOAL….

  134. Not Yet says:

    I think this article is jumping the gun.
    SA was playing above the league mpst of the year just some late injuries threw their flow off.
    LAL has had some unannounced issues in the locker room, That does not usually end a teams era but could.
    Celts Started renewing its team already and may just pull it off with little down time.
    These are the cornerstone franchises of the league and set the models for others to follow they will have some downtime soon but I dont think that we are there yet.

  135. trunkz550 says:

    Since the 99-00 season the Lakers have had 7 finals appearances and 5 titles. Thats dominance people. And thats a lot of bball and I think the Lakers ran out of gas this postseason especially since their top 3 players (kobe, pau, LO) were playing bball over the summer as with with the olympics and world championships. We’ll be fine and might lure D. Howard into LA.

  136. johnny chang says:

    The lakers should of lost to the Hornets. If they had West they would of lost in the 1st round. That’s how bad la was playing on defense. The heat will have problems with whoever they face in The eastern conference Finals.

  137. Funky_Axl says:

    Miami is the most BORING team the Nba to watch,they have only 3 players and all the others on the roster are just there to fill the roster,i prefer Grizzlies way more and i’m a huge Lakers fan so all those stupid suddenly wanna be -or became- Heat fans better bite their tongue ’cause they ain’t gonna win a championship,not this year not next year!

    Lakers in 2012 and u will cry again like u did the last 2 years,with love from Kobe.

    What a bunch of losers those Heat fans are,suddenly they open their mouths after so many years of losses and only,
    pathetic.

    • DBBJ-MIA says:

      MIAMI MOST BORING???? U GOTTA BE OUT YOUR MIND. U JUST A PISSED OFF LAKERS FAN, UR TEAM GOT SWEPT, MOP AND HUMILLIATED SO SHUT UR MOUTH.
      ACTUALLY MIAMI IS THE MOST EXCITING TEAM TO WATCH SO I DONT KNOW WHAT NBA DO U WATCH

      • ARRON says:

        have to agree with dbbj on this one even tho im no fan of the heat i still think d wade and lebron james are great to watch i just dont think lebron really needed to go to miami to win a title he had plenty other options him and amare in new york or could you imagine him on the grizzlies with all that youth and z bo i think that would have been an amazing line up.

  138. lalalalakers says:

    CP3, Dwight Howard and Kobe in the Lakers…. make it happeN!

    • Carlos says:

      LAKERS back for the ring with CP3..Howard..and Kobe..you know Phil wants that to happen..he will be back..GO LAKERS

  139. cocaines a hell of a drug says:

    go grizzles! :)

    • ARRON says:

      i just like to comment on that name i no i heard it in a movie just cant figure out which one

  140. Joe buck says:

    out of shaq and duncan kobe has the most left, i doubt he will win another ring though, the team he has can’t play together and don’t underestimate the phil jackson effect of leaving. Kobe has the drive but his teammates don’t and he can’t take over a game like he used to anymore. Bynum is asking for more touches and he deserves them even though they won without him he should be traded. OKC, chigaco, heat, grizzlies are the teams that will be conteding for rings the next few years. for this year it looks like it will be a mavericks vs heat rematch of 06 finals which would be very enternaing.

  141. DBBJ-MIA says:

    Where are all those Lakers and Boston fans? Miami beat that behind, and where are all those haters that were callin’ Lebron, Lechoke or Queen James or that he aint clutch??? Did y’all see the meanin’ of CLUTCH last night, he didnt just make the last 2 point of the game, he made the last 10 points of the game, NOW THAT’S called closing out a game. Doc Rivers said it best: All those criticism and hatred got The Heat prepare and make them a better team, SO THANK YOU HATERS lol
    I BET THOSE HEAT HATERS GON’ SAY THEY ARE CHICAGO FANS NOW, HAHAH
    THIS YEAR FINALS IS A REMATCH FROM 2006 FINALS, TAKE THAT TO THE BANK AND CASH IN

    • DG says:

      lebron is still a choke artist. has nothin on the clutchness of kobe !!!

      • DBBJ-MIA says:

        Did u see anyone chokin’ last night??? I bet u saw the CLUTCH points at the end, I KNOW U DID, BUT HATERS ALWAYS GON’ HATE

      • Adam La-pOU says:

        You mean the same Kobe Bryant that missed the possible game winning 3-pointer in game 1 vs Dallas. The same Kobe tha went 7-18 in game 5 (including 0-5 from 3point land). Oh Yeah, the man is so clutch.

      • HeatWave says:

        DG, would that happen to stand for Dan Gilbert? It would explain the bashing towards Lebron your doing on here. Also would explain why he left.

      • ARRON says:

        heatwave figured you out dg aka dan gilbert. how convenient your a lebron hater and your handle is dg

      • Usuck says:

        Dan Gilber sucks..lol

      • Lakers 3 Peat Quest = EPIC FAIL says:

        @DG

        Naw Lebron is WAY more clutch than Kobe, and just read this article and let this genuis that did his homework prove it to everyone.

        http://chasing23.com/kobe-bryant-vs-lebron-james-game-winning-shots/

        Lebron = MORE clutch than Kobe

    • al respect the game says:

      u might want to put only a weeks check on that cause ull be losing that bet

      • DBBJ-MIA says:

        do u think Chi-town or atl can beat Miami? Let me tell u something, There ain’t no way the Heat gon’ beat THEIR WORSE NIGHTMARE (CELTICS) and lose to chicago or Atl, I Believe Dallas can beat, not any other team right now

      • ARRON says:

        dbbj if you learned anything from the mavs lakers series you would realise that anything can happen i bet before game one of that series you and tons of other ppl on here thought well this will be an easy one for the lakers. to be honest before that series started me and a coworker mentioned that we didnt think there was a team in the west to beat lakers except for okc having a slight chance

  142. Yago says:

    I still cant believe that Boston is out.
    I could all be different. Boston always lose on the last quarter, it pisses me off.
    Anyway, gratz do Miami…I hope they win since Boston is out.

  143. BG says:

    CLIPPERS YEAR NEXT YEAR I SWEAR Z BO AINT GOT NOTHING ON BG32!

  144. bartender says:

    i am a lakers fan since kobe shaq era, next year i dont think they might go atleast in a playoffs because phil is not there to guide them, remember phil resign before where is the lakers that time? not reaching the playoffs right so what we do lakers fan keep on praying for our team, still miami,dallas,chicago next year and watch the new york and new jersey….

  145. Raphael says:

    All you Lakers haters can suck it. You all are just mad cause you wish dirk or terry had 5 rings. The heat are going to dismantle the mavs in the finals and it is going to be a beautiful thing to see. GO KING JAMES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    As for my mighty Lakers they will be back and stronger. The mavs can have this moment of glory cause they will never beat the Lakers by 50 points like the Lakers did them last seaon. Thats embarrasing.

    • Lakers 3 Peat Quest = EPIC FAIL says:

      Doesnt matter a game dummy, the

      Fakers = SWEPT!!

      BLAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

  146. d.morris says:

    HEAT will win in 7 games vs OCK and thats that. D wade will dominate, lebron will make highlight film plays and bosh will rule the paint

  147. elliott says:

    HOP OFF THE MIAMI BANDWAGON most of you werent even fans till they got all 3 superstars so shut up and stop acting like you were with tem sense the beggining when LA gets dwight howard it will be over for you clowns now deuces

    • Carlos says:

      Dwigth and CP3 in LA..and LAKERS will be back like they always do..

    • Gary says:

      Yeah the same way LA fans got back on the bandwagon three years ago. Hypocrites!

      • LAKERS 2011 - 3PEAT says:

        BEEN A LAKER FAN SINCE I WAS IN MIDDLE SCHOOL FOOL, I STAYED WITH THE LAKERS THE 3 YRS OF FIRST ROUND ELIMINATIONS BY DUMB PHX SUNS

        KOBE WAS DOMINATING THOSE YEARS WITH AN EVEN WORST SUPPORTING CAST THAN LEBRON BAK IN CLEVELAND

        IT WAS GREAT WATCHING KOBE BACK THEN….30, 40, 50 PT GAMES A NIGHT!

      • cibergladiator says:

        @lakers 2011-3peat. another ignorant lakers fan that ignore stats, 30,40,50 ?why he only averages 25 ppg in his career and only 45% shooting. basic math

  148. Roland says:

    “…we’ll have a NBA Finals that doesn’t include Shaquille O’Neal, Tim Duncan or Kobe Bryant for the first time since 1998.”
    I think this should be 1999, because the last championship of Mr. Jordan was in 1998, am I right Mr. Smith? (=

  149. JMAN says:

    Kobe has enough gas in the tank for one more title…just got to get a few more key pieces (Young Bench Players). As for shaq and tim…I think its time for them to step aside..it hurts me to say this since Shaq is my favorite player..its time to let it go and let these young guys take over…don’t be surprised though if OKC dominates the game for the next 5-6 years..

  150. Nobody says:

    I know LBJ gets a lot of credits, and he deserves them in this series, not making bad decisions, making the right plays and coming up big at the end.

    But the fun in watching the Heat is D Wade.

    He slices up the defense, gets EVERYONE involved and basically be consistent game in game out to help the Heat.

    He’s doing it all, defense, hustling, steals, blocks, getting points (yeah , LBJ does that too, but alot of the hard work doesn’t go into stats, the pressure on defense and the hustle etc.)

    It will be interesting to see them play any team down the next round.

  151. santos says:

    well the lakers and the celtics can watch the rest of the finals from the sidlines or at home on their jumbtron tvs on their walls at home. New day and age for basketball and yes Duncan, Shaq, Kobe, are not in the finals for the first time since 1998. Just shows they are in the older guy bracket and younger faster players are gonna dominate.

  152. goneWILDmiami says:

    just want to tell you guys, especially for those LAKERS-CELTICS-SPURS fans out there, please remember all good things comes to an end… please let those young talent SHOW WHAT they have… its hard but accept it that those guys are over.. for me, MIAMI-OKC will meet in the finals.. and my forecast, MIAMI winning the championship by 4-2..

    • al respect the game says:

      i agree miami-okcity will be the finals but i think thunder win it. they r a more complete team. we’ll see tho

    • OKCRocks says:

      Right on! but want the Thunders to win…Game 7!!!!

    • LAKERS 2011 - 3PEAT says:

      NAH I SEE A REMATCH OF DALLAS AND MIAMI …AND IT WILL BE DALLAS ON TOP…SORRY TO SAY

      • Lakers 3 Peat Quest = EPIC FAIL says:

        Right, because you are just THAT egotistic that you think that ANY team that beats the Lakers are automatically GIVEN the title. Yep ok. NOT. Mavs will be crushed by the HEat, sorry.

  153. seewhatyouwanttosee says:

    Miami Baby we fight through adversity and come out winners nuff respect to Celts and philly had me on the edge of my seat
    philly 4-1
    celts 4-1 8-2
    So if we beat both of them 4 to 1 that means they are on the same level?
    still they played well Kg and ray are scary even delonte big shots bro keep it up
    Maaad skills both teams next is atl or bulls hope we dominate that series but both are fiesty and ecf will give both teams an edge i was hoping we play lakers though if we make it good job MIA squad only 6 more losses we can afford but just 8 more wins to go

  154. bottom line says:

    the HEAR is about to blow up! so all those haters out there just wait for the finals end and I’m telling you D.Wade will get his second ring and Lebron and Bosh will get their first! hate more now die hard! haha

  155. LakersFan[Tom] says:

    Yes,the Lakers were sweept ,Spurs got eliminated by the 8th seed ,and Boston never really had a chance against the Heat ,now you might think that i’m a laker fanboy and that i’m gonna post stupid posts about Kobe being better than LeBron.But yes i agree whit this article ,the young teams (Miami,Thunder,Bulls,Grizzlies etc.) are on the rise ,and they will be the the forces to be recon with,but don’t underestimate the Lakers ,Spurs or Celtics ,they are good teams ,they have been in situations like this ,they WILL come back ,maybe not next season ,maybe not for the rest 5 seasons ,bet they will ,teams come and go,it’s something i like to call “NBA Evoliution” one team “dies” another rises ,so yeah ,best of luck for Heat ,Bulls ,Thunder and other teams left in the playoffs ,this IS there time to shine.

  156. MIAMIforever says:

    MIAMI 2010-2011 NBA World Champions! :))

  157. shooz44 says:

    As a die hard Bulls fan, but a realist as well…The Bulls won’t get swept in the by the Heat, but it will be a difficult series for them.

  158. lakersfan says:

    lakersnation the mavs will rout the heat lols or bull either will sweept miami =) go bulls lebron will gonna get ring until the end of his career lols i will be back here if heat didnt make it to the finals or get a championship either lol at miami fans :)

  159. Heyward says:

    Ok we know we are old so that is why there are rebuilding seasons. Remember you are talking bout the LAKERS they have been to the NBA finals 16 times in the last 30 years winning 10 of them?? thats 1 out of 3 years folks..who else can say that?? so that means LAKERS will be back in 3 years no doubt. One thing is consistant about this team is producing Hall of Famers and winning championships This franchise has boasted a host of Hall of Famers and has compiled a string of championships which has scarcely been rivaled in the history of American sports…from George Mikah..Elgin Baylor..Jerry West..Wilt Chamberlain..Kareem Abdul Jabbar. Magic Johnson..James Worthy..Shaquile O’Neal..Kober Bryant..this team is rich in history. I know they are done this year but that doesnt mean they wont be back. We will be back to take over the NBA for another 10 years again you can count on that.

  160. Abraham Thomas says:

    Tim Duncan will be back in the Finals next year for his last year the Spurs would still be on top right now if it weren’t for late season injuries, if the Mavericks are still good the Spurs will still be good, the Lakers will be back for more too but next year will be the Spurs final year to win and I believe they will

  161. Luke Veazey says:

    “Year of the Mav’s!”

  162. allaround baller says:

    Hawks, Grizz and Mavs are on their top. For next 1-2years, who knows? Nowitzky likely stays no matter what. but Im not sure about Johnson and Z-bo, they may look for better

    I like bulls and OKC. They got the cornerstone. Lets hope another era from them.

  163. Marcus24 says:

    The Lakers will be fine. True the team is getting older but thats just more reason that they needed the rest this year. People don’t understand that for three straight years the lakers has gotten every teams best game. Everyone has to beat them regular season game were magnified. Phil Jackson will return next season and the Lakers will be on top of the nba.

  164. Cali says:

    Let’s go D. Rose!

  165. jack says:

    The Lakers Suck!!

  166. long memory says:

    (any team that has ever *won)

  167. LOLakers says:

    Heat are gonna get the next 10 championships easy! It’ll be like taking candy from a bunch of crying babies! Who’s gonna stop them? The BULL**** with their fake MVP? The CHICKENHAWKS? The BLUNDER who are having trouble with an 8th seed? PHALLUS with the old man Kidd? LOL if this is the best the NBAs got then you’d better get used to the Heat winning every year until Lebron retires out of boredom LOL!

    • al respect the game says:

      dude that same number 8 seed beat the number one seed, whats ur point??? in the playoffs, seeding goes out bro. get with the program

    • ARRON says:

      i have decided you dont know a thing about basketball

  168. WestSupporter says:

    I’m a Lakers fan and I have to admit that since midseason, we really were not focused. Having said that, I hope to see Dallas Mavericks win this year’s NBA Championship. It will be a shame if Dirk retires without a NBA ring.

    • LAKERS 2011 - 3PEAT says:

      YES I SEE MAVS BEATING MIAMI

      06 REMACH….DIRK WANTS REVENGE AND A RING BEFORE HE LEAVES THE LEAGUE

  169. long memory says:

    See there’s a reason I go with the name Long Memory because in this game if you dont have one it is possible that you will sleep on someone you shouldn’t. I love the term “championship DNA” that eric spolestra uses. The L.A teams with shaq had it, the Spurs teams had it and the Boston-L.A 3 year teams have had it. The Only thing is people forget that there are Players like Lebron which took his team to the finals with players that didnt have this dna. Wade who won a championship because he was TEAMED up with players (mainly shaq) that have this dna. Dallas has Dirk and Terry from 06 but he also has marion from that phoenix team, Peja from that Sacramento team, Kidd from that nets team(finals 2 straight years). Sekou talked about “new kids on the block”. I agree Memphis OKC and Chicago are but Lebron and Wade have been “there” and hit a wall as SOLO acts when Boston’s 3 came together. Just as Kobe couldnt get out the 1st round without Shaq until Gasol arrived. So I’d say its a mixture of new kids with Teamed up veterans in their prime’s. This is why so many people are “Shocked” that L.A lost and Boston Lost. Ask Phil or Kobe are they surprised what Dallas did. They said all along “thats a good team”. Team of individuals who have been performing without the help of each other. Ask Doc If This is the 1st time he seen Wade go crazy like last night or this is Lebron’s 1st time Performing like he did last night. He’ll tell you that those two are “Monsters” and have been Monsters, just they have been solo acts. And now that they are teamed up (like every team that has ever one), people with Short Memories want to act as if they haven’t ever seen this or them.

  170. Francisco says:

    Im really dissapointed with certain kind of post, because there are too much offense in some post (bad words) I ve been censured with an article that i wrote before and it wasn´t publish. Besides theres someone who use my name believing him self my knowledges. Bye thatnks for the support and since now I will post with another name. Bye.
    About “end of a era”:
    If you think in 80´s , you think in Magic. If you think in 90´s you think in Michael. Now if you think in 00´you think in Shaq.

  171. MIA - OKC says:

    lol. at last, these guys will no longer dominate. now the league will be exciting. Now that doesn’t mean these teams wont be around, it just means they will have younger more exciting players. And btw, what happened to all the Celtic and Laker fans, HUH? when people were talking about an MIA – LAL Finals after MIA beat LA for the second time, all those fans said Miami probably won’t even make it, and it would be a Celtic – Laker Final. now, BOTH OF THEM ARE OUT. anything else to say LA Fans? face it LA and Boston and San Antonio, your old now, and aren’t going to win another Finals in this era of Chicago, OKC, Miami, New York, Memphis, Denver, even Portland and Atlanta who are much faster and younger, and can last longer.

    • Gary says:

      The Haters are still out there but just waiting for Miami to fail. If they do they will flock to these blogs quicker than Dallas swept the Lakers. Still Miami has already proven so many people wrong. They have two more battles(series) to win and then the haters will have to shut up.

      • ARRON says:

        yeah we are gonna flock to these blogs just like you miami bandwagoners(i wont call you fans cause as soon as they fall apart you will be on to licking the next team with all the hype) are since you beat the C’s. and trust me they will not win the championship this year dirk is hungry for and thats even if they get past the bulls

    • LAKERS 2011 - 3PEAT says:

      LOVE TO KICK THE LAKERS WHEN THEIR DOWN….

      TALK TO ME ABOUT MIAMI WHEN THEY CAN GO TO THREE FINALS THREE YEARS IN A ROW WITH AN OUTCOME OF 2 TITLES…

      LIKE YOU PEOPLE LOVE TO TALK ABOUT HOW WE GOT PUT OUT IN A SWEEP AND MIAMI BEING SO GOOD, WHEN MIAMI HASNT PROVED NOTHING, CONGRATS YOU MOVED ON TO THE NEXT ROUND, BE HAPPY FOR YOUR TEAM BUT DONT TALK ABOUT THE LAKERS

      THE LAKERS HAVE DONE IN THE LAST FIVE YEARS THAN MIAMI HAS, AND EVEN TORONTO AND CLEVELAND (WHN BOSH AND JAMES WERE STILL ON THOSE TEAMS) …..YOU GUYS NEED TO WORRY ABOUT THE BULLS AND MAYBE MAVS IF U GET TO THE FINALS

      DONT WORRY ABOUT US IN LAKERLAND, WE ARE ONE OF PREMIER FRANCHISES IN NBA HISTORY AND AFTER EVERY ERA OF STAR PLAYERS WE HAVE, WE GET MORE AND START TO DOMINATE…JUST LOOK AT HISTORY

      • sbfern says:

        LOVE IT! Kobe might not dominate as much as a few years back…All Lakers do is snap fingers and BOOM! Dwight Howard just signed with the Lakers!…and guess what Lakers are CHAMPS AGAIN! just like the Spanish Premier…do you see teams other than MADRID OR BARCELONA winning continuosly? HAHA Championship is up for grabs this year…Lakers are back on top next year! Lebron, if you want your so wanted RING…its this year only…Dallas wants it bad too. Rose is quiet but then again whoever barks loud,doesn’t bite! btw i saw DeLonte West fishing with Lebron’s momma!

  172. hahah... says:

    MIAMI!!
    Miami Haters are now fishing with their team *cough* BOSTON AND LAL *cough*

  173. Gman says:

    Duncan is probably the best consistent star of the 3.

    • pmichael says:

      If only he scored more against Memphis. Spurs 1st round exit is the biggest upset I’ve ever seen. It shouldn’t have happened. He is a living (and as mentioned above, still-playing) legend of the game.

  174. deron says:

    The Celts were dominated in this series during the most critical moments; those moments when the experience advantage becomes the age disadvantage. I really enjoyed their run and I was pulling for them to win this year, but the only game they won was the one that most of the losing teams in a five-game series win – Game 3. I hope to see a Miami-Dallas rematch, could be one of those exciting NBA Finals in years.

    http://theresastatforthat.blogspot.com/2011/04/game-3-in-nba-playoffs-potent-mixture.html

    • Kay Jaybee says:

      Nothing against the Heat, but the Celtics line up was in shambles at the end of the series. They were playing three bench players to finish the 4th Q in game five! How do you expect them to stop Lebron and Wade in that situation?

  175. Zeolia Jackson says:

    I am sooooo happy for Lebron because I am among the few who understands and appreciates where he is in his career even tho I do think his leaving could have been better prepared. I wish him the very best and I will be sitting at home to cheer him and the Miami Heat on every step of the way. I live in the suburbs of Cleveland and he showed me just what kind of person he is when he offered my granddaughter a ride home from Warrensville HS when she was stranded before he became the KING. PLEASE JUST HIME HIM PLAY BALL.

    • Sean says:

      what kind of a person would he be if he just left her there? 95% of people would help someone out in that situation some hero

      • Gary says:

        Who said anything about a hero? She just mentioned his character. Like how your characteristics show you are a hater for attackig a comment about a good deed.

      • Sean says:

        no i just hate lebron jus like everyone hates u on these blogs because hes a cocky prick and u didnt see other stars dancing on tv all the time and throwing dust in the air taunting how good they are like he does hes a showboating idiot thats destroying the leagues professionalism

      • Gary says:

        Oh god you sound like you’re on your rag. Lots of professional athletes are show-boaters. It’s simple as turning off the TV if you don’t like him. Just keep being miserable. The Heat will keep on winning.

      • Sean says:

        yea and you sound like your just an ignorant bandwagon fan and it tears u up inside so u rag on these blogs
        guaranteed u didnt like the heat this season so just keep riding the bandwagon buddy
        your the biggest bandwagoner on this page and you and everyone knows it HAHA

      • Gary says:

        your right sorry im such a dork il stop crying now

      • Gary says:

        yea i can never put my own personal opinion i gotta rag on other people because i have no friends no life and i live in this nba blog

      • Real Gary says:

        Yeah that’s pretty much childish what your doing. I’m done. Didn’t mean to hurt your feelings little guy.

      • gARY SMELLS says:

        lmao!

  176. David B says:

    You are wrong.. Lakers will be around for a few years yet.

  177. Sebastian says:

    Just want to say that I think that is enough ‘end of an era’ talk. It would be so if Kobe, Duncan and Shaq had all retired. However ALL THESE GUYS ARE STILL HERE (Shaq and Duncan are very close to the end, Kobe’s got more gas in his tank than either of them). Kobe’s Lakers will be ready to make another push next season, it’s not inconceivable that they could win again. The Spurs it is harder to say, especially since they did about as well in the reg. season as they could have and still went out in the first round. The era is not yet over. Watch these guys, because they’re going to come out with a vengeance next season.

    • HeatWave says:

      Right…you say that now but two weeks ago LA fans were planning this year’s 3Peat parade. The leauge is unpredictable and will be for awhile. No doubt that LA isn’t finished, but neither are Spurs or Boston. Each of these teams can make additions and come back strong next season (whenever that happens to be) but don’t be a bias LA
      fan-boy and count out other teams. BTW your team’s exit was worse than San Antonio in my opinion.

      • David of Canada says:

        Not really, LAL made the second round while SAS didn’t, so how can you say the lakers were worse than spurz? LAL at least played 4 games while SAS didn’t even have the privalege to.

      • Gary says:

        Probably worse because Kobe claimed victory before it happened. Worse than that was his comment “quit acting like we ain’t never won two games in a row” then they get swept BADLY. Throw in the meltdown of Bynum an Odom and yeah I’d have to say LA’s loss was the worst.

      • NBAFan says:

        The Spurs best player was playing with an injury like Rondo’s (not as nearly bad but he basically couldn’t use his right arm). Not making excuses either because the Grizz also just plain played better but this helped them win.
        Secondly and mainly it was the way they lost. They lost the series by a combined 56 points. The Spurs lost theirs by a combined 19 points. The Lakers were hardly ever competitive for games 2 & 4.
        Finally although the Spurs were top seeds, they never were really talked about as legit contenders whereas the Lakers were going for a 3peat and the Mavs always looked comfortable in the series. Atleast the Grizz and Spurs was a real battling series. Memphis are also showing OKC (and the rest of the NBA world) how good they are.

      • err yeah... says:

        @david they got SWEPT. When has a phil jackson team ever got swept until now? The only team that did worst than LA lakers in these playoffs are the New York Knicks cuz they got swept in the first round.

      • LAKERS 2011 - 3PEAT says:

        i just want to reply to this HEATWAVE guy from his FIRST COMMENT ON THE BLOG

        IM RIGHT HERE BABY, IM NOT HIDING, AND IM NOT CHANGING MY BLOG NAME EITHER…

        Yes, I am disaapointed, I wanted to threepeat but whats done is done. MAvs played better, and Gasol was a no-show along with our already lackluster bench (outside of odom and shannon)

        I didnt think the Heat would beat the Celtics, but the celtics had the oppurtunity to win games 4 and 5, but messed up in the crucial final minutes of the game!

        I dont agree with lebron and them giving so much of a celebration and emotional spectical like they won the CHAMPIONSHIP. Yes it was a big hill for them to overcome but the Bulls will not roll over and die for the Heat, if the Heat play well i even give them winning the series against the bulls, but they will not win the finals

        MAVS WONT REVENGE ON DWADE FROM 06, AND WITH THIS NEW MAVS TEAM I THINK THEY CAN GET IT! THEY BENCH GOES DEEP, DIRK IS UNGUARDABLE, STRONG FRONTLINE WITH HAYWOOD/CHANDLER, AND BY THE FINALS CARON BUTLER MAY EVEN BE BACK

      • sbfern says:

        Dallas could not have played ANY BETTER against the Lakers on any game! thats the reason Lakers lost. Give Dallas all the Credit! they were clutch when they needed to be! Lakers were killed by he 3pointers. Oh well, but San Antonio lost because of age. (same thing can be said about Lakers) but Lakers advantage is the post. Dallas handled that well! Give credit to Memphis because they also came with energy! I cannot say the same about under .500 teams in the east. Boston, Chicago and Miami HAD to win those rediculuos series (playing with teams that lost more times than they won) … Joke if you ask me! i just cannot understand why Boston was the only one who swept the series? oh yeah cause Lebron choked at the end of the game… HAHA!

    • lb6 says:

      Next year will be the same for the lakers because kobe chokes most of the time

      • Colt says:

        ^like^ finally someone else notices lol

      • DG says:

        kobe chokes ?? are you kidding me ?!? he is the most clutch player in the league right now

      • NBAFan says:

        Kobe isn’t a choker but nor is he the most clutch in the league. That title probably goes to Dirk, the guy makes big shots and makes free throws. He’s virtually unguardable at times. This is coming from a Spurs fan as well.

      • Kay Jaybee says:

        Dirk definitely most clutch so far. If Lebron keeps doing what he did to finish Boston then maybe he can challenge for it, but Dirk has proven it all year.

    • EmJay23 says:

      Agreed. But these teams need reinforcements for sure, especially the Lakers.

      Phil is THE GUY there and he won’t be around anymore and even with him this team couldn’t wil a single game against Dallas. There are many things wrong there and with this same group without Phil I don’t expect them to seed in the top 4 in the west next Year.

      The Celtics need to fix up the mess they did in the K-Perk trade and it won’t be easy. Delonte West is a plus but Shaq can’t play in the offseason anymore. Let’s get real, the big three isn’t getting younger, they need another scorer.

      I think things are better in San Antonio. They will still have Popovich and all the guys, even with an old Duncam, I think if they can get just one guy who makes a difference they will be ready for a title run next year.

  178. HeatWave says:

    Oh man that was a monster finish to the Heat vs Celtics but did James travel? Still those two clutch threes sealed the deal. So at this point I have to ask were are all the people (Laker3Peat, LakersWillWin, HeatSuck, Tata) that said Miami stood no chance against Boston? I’m guessing the next argument will be “The got swept by the Bulls in regular season”. I’m sure you’ll show up on here (probably using different names) saying Miami has no chance against them either huh? Yeah well don’t be surprised if you guys are looking dumb once again at the end of that series. Go Heat, prove the haters wrong and send them fishing with the Lakers!

    • LOLakers says:

      They’re probably all crying in their mommas lap! What a bunch of LOSERS! They knew their teams sucked and the they stood no chance against the Heat so all they could do is hate on them. Now that the Heat are proving how dominant they are and nobody can stand in their way these haters are just gonna cry about it all summer long! Heat will SLAUGHTER the BULL**** 4-0 with a point differential of 25 per game! Heat are the 2011 champions! The rest of the playoffs is just a formality!

      • Basketball fan says:

        I do think that the Heat will be in the Finals but don’t give them a ring just yet. Dallas could present serious matchup problems for the Heat.

      • LAKERS4EVA says:

        I know you didn’t mention the Laker’s crying……Because I remember vividly ya boys cried everynight behind a 6 game losing streak…… I think you got the Laker’s mixed up. Tell ya boys to get off the breast milk already. And time has proven again and again, the Laker’s will be back!!!!!!!! Promise

      • DG says:

        hahaha. lakers crying ?? i think it was the heat team that were on hormonal pills that made them cry when they were losing

      • Imad Akel says:

        You might think i’m wrong but I don’t think the lakers were different from championship form this year.

        They lost to the mavs because that’s what happens when you have a slow back court. The lakers got slaughtered by dallas’ back up to the back up point guard lol. this is what happens when there is no perimeter defense.
        And please don’t blame artest throughout time he’s been one of the best isolation defenders i’ve seen (i even remember him defending a much younger kobe when he was with the pacers). But artest can’t guard fisher and steve blake’s man too he never had that speed on defense. He’s the stick with his man kind, not the follow three shooting shorties around and block them kind.

        That said, it’s ironic that everyone during the season kept looking at the miami heat and saying THEY had point guard troubles lol. The thing about the heat is that between lebron and wade, they might have enough speed to defend dallas’ perimeter, provided mike biby and mario chalmers aren’t completely AWOL on defense. I can tell you this much, if it is a heat vs. dallas final i expect mike miller to play more serious minutes because he is a pretty good defender and also can strip the ball from the likes of peja stojakovic before he even gets the shot up. I’m not saying the heat have better defense than the lakers, but in the end it all comes down to matchups, and the heats DEFINITELY have better perimeter defense than the lakers.

        If it is heat vs. mavs it will also largely come down to bosh being aggressive vs. novitzki trying to stop him from scoring 30+ per game.

        BTW the only reason im not considering heat vs. OKC for the finals, is also matchups. Westbrook will be confused vs. dallas’ 3 point guards. Durant again is a great defender but he’s not a quick enough defender to stop those maverick 3s from raining down on them from all angles (the mavs have several lineups where 4\5 players can take a 3)

        the heat can counter ball movement better than any team in the league right now. they have acceptable (not very strong) inside defense but their ability to force turnovers is phenomenal, and i think that could be big against dallas.

        Now looking in the other direction, i’m not sure who on the Dallas team will be able to contain lebron and dwayne wade’s isolations. Even on a fast break the best dallas can hope for is that their guards run back fast enough to foul them before they make the shot. Other than that i see WAY bigger mismatches for heat’s offence vs. dallas defence than the other way around. Im not even sure Dirk could contain Bosh’s 15-20points (KG is a solid defender, and still Bosh found some offensive rythm against the celtics. Im pretty certain that KG is a better defender than Dirk)

        Btw if i haven’t said so already im a heat fan, and if you ask me, it’s better if we face Dallas than OKC (i think OKC is a much worse threat against us than dallas, if only because they will defend us better.)

      • Kay Jaybee says:

        Dude, you haven’t won the East yet and already think the playoffs are over?

        I know that statement heaps a lot of praise on Boston (like beating them makes Heat the champs), but you can never overlook playoff teams in the NBA …

        If the Heat go all the way good for them, but they have 8 wins, and still need 8 to go … only have way through so don’t plan your parade just yet!

      • MechaMew2 says:

        Funny how the person who is blasting people for counting their chickens before they hatch is doing the exact same thing right now. If you were smart, you’ll be quiet, wait until the end of the Finals, and then you’ll see if you have the right to gloat.

      • kushmoke says:

        wow, I personally hate the Lakers, because they are and always have been an awful team (recent years), but what you just wrote is pathetic. The Heat could barely beat an old Celtics team that was injured. I highly doubt they are going to skate through Chi-Town, in fact I predict it’ll be the Bulls in 6. Honestly, this is a stupid conversation though because whoever wins between OKC and the Mavs (the Grizzlies aren’t making it past the Thunder) is going to crush the East. Either of those teams is much more composed and experienced than the Bulls/Heat and will pummel these teams. Your false confidence is such a joke, as is the Eastern Conference right now! Seriously the Heat cannot shoulder a championship on three players alone. The Bulls’ bench, let alone the OKC/Dallas benches, are much more talented than the Heat. I think many would agree that the Heat is half a team, and that will NOT cut it against complete teams like OKC and Dallas… You can tell by the pace of the Eastern games vs. West that the West is gonna come out and spank ‘em.

      • Gizerbeam says:

        The Heat have what it takes, but you cannot win this series with just pure offense. The Heat has a great lineup and as much as people think Lebron deserves a ring, it wont happen. The West Will win the series, hands downs and the Bulls may or may not beat the Heat, I personally think they will, but in The End, The West Is the Best, there’s always next year for the East. Good Luck with That, the West is too strong this year and will again dominate the next decade.

      • Bagwis says:

        Bynum is the MVP of 2011 playoffs LOL

      • lakerswillwin says:

        hey we are still here and guess what the lakers will still win and i would still take the lakers against the heat in 7 i would still take kobe over lebron i wont deny that the heat are playing great basketball and to say it even better they are playing great defense those guys are playing their hearts out there stars and they are husseling i cant see anybody beating them unless chicago can play a defense game that will rattle them but dont worry lakers arent done yet next year lets see if we can get our lebron kobe final

    • GOSH!!!!! says:

      very well said….. even though i’m not a Heats fan, but i enjoy watching D Wade play.

      • Sotiris (Greece) says:

        I am sorry to spoil your little title celebration here but this is the year of Dirk Nowitzki to earn what he deserves. Miami next year.

      • MAVS says:

        GO MAVS THEY GON KICK LEBRONS BUTT

      • Gary says:

        @ all the Heat haters calling fans bandwagoners. What about these bandwagon hater comments? First you say the Heat have no point guard or center and can’t win a series, then you say they can’t beat the Celtics, even before that you said they couldn’t even make the conference finals. Really the hating is just getting old now. Talk trash if the Heat lose cause you all look like idiots everytime they prove someone wrong.

      • renba says:

        If Miami and Dallas will face in the finals, definitely the Mavs will win this time. It will Mavs sweet revenge!!!!!!

    • Sean says:

      YEA GO AHEAD JUMP YOUR BANDWAGONS IDIOTS ITS EASY TO BE COCKY ABOUT YOUR TEAM WHEN YOU GET 3 OF THE BIGGEST SUPERSTARS IN BAKETBALL ON ONE TEAM U IDIOTS GUARANTEED NONE OF YOU EVEN LIKED THE HEAT AND YOUR JUS SUCH A PATHETIC IDIOT U HAVE NO OTHER TEAM TO ROOT FOR SO U ROOT FOR THE HEAT SO GOOD FOR U CUZ THE MIAMI HEAT ARE THE YANKEES OF BASKETBALL JUST BOUGHT THERE TEAM, LEBRON IS EVERYTHING THAT IS WRONG WITH THE LEAGUE NOW ALL THE STARS ARE GUNNA LEAVE SMALL MARKET TEAMS TO BAND TOGETHER CAUSE THIS DOUCHE BAG COULDNT BE LOYAL TO HIS HOME TOWN AND BETRAYED A STATE AND MADE THE WORLD HATE HIM. GO ON AND WIN A TITLE LEBRON IF IF U DO EVERYONE KNOWS U NEEDED D WADES HELP AND THAT UR NOT WORTHY OF THE HALL OF FAME BECAUSE YOU COULDNT WIN A CHAMPIONSHIP FOR UR TEAM LIKE ALL THE TRUE STARS DO U PHONY

      • David of Canada says:

        Basketball is a team sport, it takes more than one player to win. Having superstar teammates is not a bad thing, it is just part of the game. So it is not like LeBron and the other two coming together is not really giving help to someone else, it’s called team work and winning collectively. Also, NBA is a commercial league, and it is after all a game. So people should not bring loyalty into offseason movements because the abjective of the game is to win, and is a responsibility to each players to find the best possible way to win. I think a triple or qradruple team of stars is a good play at winning it all. With that said, I look for miami to easily win the next series and possibly face the Mavs in the finals which the heat will win after being seriously challenged.

        Miami will need to add a great center and a few more lockdown defender shooter in the comming years. Players alone is nothing, team is everything.

      • Sean says:

        basketball is a team sport no ya think? sorry if you dont care about loyalty bud but theres millions of people that do
        isnt it lots of peoples dream to play in the state/city they were born in for their home teams? and after all the city of cleveland did (stuff like giving lebrons friends jobs and such, little things u dont hear about that add up) and lebron got to play in a city about an hour away from where he was born, it was straight betrayal what he did, especially walking away and not letting cleveland get anything for him, unlike what carmelo did where at least told them where he wanted to go so they could get something out of it

      • DBBJ-MIA says:

        U SOUND LIKE U LIVE IN CLEVELAND, GET OVER IT MAN. THE ONLY PERSONS U GOTTA BE LOYAL TO IS GOD, YOUR WOMAN, FAMILY AND TRUE FRIENDS, NO ONE ELSE. NOT FANS. IF U DONT LIKE LEBRON DON’T WATCH HIS GAME THEN

      • Sean says:

        LMAO i jus hate lebron i aint from cleveland man far from it

      • FansFromWestCoastToEastCoastLuvsLeBronNtheHeat says:

        IF YOU GUYS ARE REALLY FANS OF BASKETBALL YOU WOULD LOVE BASKETBALL AND WATCH IT FOR THE SHEAR JOY OF THE TALENT THAT IS DISPLAYED…JORDAN WAS GREAT TO WATCH, KOBE IS GREAT TO WATCH AND SO IS LEBRON, SO FOR THOSE PEOPLE THAT HATE ON LEBRON…HAVE YOU REALIZED THAT IF THE MEDIA WENT THE OTHER WAY AND DIDN’T MAKE A DEAL OUT OF THE DECISION ALL YOU GUYS WOULD BE LOVING HIM INSTEAD OF HATING HIM…did you all realize the job of the media is to make everyday boring events interesting by twisting it so people would follow them(the media) kus that’s how they make money from their advertisers. so don’t be like sheeps and lemmings and get brainwashed by the media but instead have a mind of your own.

      • Sunsman says:

        @ Sean, mate, there is no loyalty in this league, period. A coaches contract is void if players don’t win games. Teams trade players at a whim, using this persons contract as a bargining chip and not even interested in the player themselves (see Q Richardson last offseason) – the player has to uproot their kids move them halfway round the country cause a GM wants to clear cap space or some thing. Where is the loyalty there?

        Players have the right to sign a new contract where and when they want if it is offered to them. At no time are they obligated to resign, and if they don’t like the contract they are free to pursue free agency. I am a Suns fan, and as much as I am disappointed with the last season – the landslide that occured because Amare moved on, I don’t hate the man. He didn’t like the contract offered by Phx and he went and took his talents to New York.

        Lebron may have let his marketing team, or maybe his ego, push a bad move in “the decision” but in reality it is his right to choose where he is employed.

        As for players choosing to play in super teams… jeez, get over it, been happening for years way before superfriends. Learn your NBA history.

      • Mike Xin says:

        dude get over the loyalty crap it’s a business…As a heat fan i’m not gonna claim anyone’s champion until it’s actually won, but Bulls fans need to calm down with the hating, beat Atlanta first before you talk. Your mad about loyalty in a world all about business? I bet you still put out milk and cookies for santa claus too

      • J Black says:

        Sean is completly right. DBBJ-MIA are you even a real person? You should be loyal to more than just God, your girl, and family. If you bring up God be ready to back what the Lord himself says. Respect and be loyal to EVERYONE. I know this is basketball and we shouldnt bring up God, but seriously what Lebron did was unforgivable. Hes a phenominal athlete. BUT thats all, he doesnt love the game or anyone but himself and his Mom and the fab 4. He doesnt care for anyone else. Hes in the NBA for money and his legacy. He stopped loving the game a LOOONG time ago. Thats why people dont like him. People that love basketball usually arent to fond of people who dont. Lebron doesnt dierve to win the title.
        J Black signing out.

      • ARRON says:

        i 100% agree with seans statement alot of you people keep saying its a buisiness yes it is but all you heat fans are prolly from everyother place but florida it is a matter of loyalty if you go to your high school football games or high school basketball games your not gonna sit there and root for the high school your not from are you? as for if the media didnt make a big deal about it noone would be complaining thats a croc we would still all take notice and see how lebron failed to be a true franchise player and couldnt cut it leading and being the star of his team. im a bulls fan(cause im from illinois) and to say the heat are just gonna just glide past the bulls your ridiculous no the bulls may not have acquired 3 of the best in the league they play great as a team and what they have works for them yeah they could use a player or two but what team couldnt. now im not saying the bulls are gonna win yet cause i cant predict the future but dont think just for a second its gonna be an easy series the bulls are a fighting team and they wont go down without a fight.

        even if lebron makes the hall of fame he will never be a great to alot of people for what he had to do to win

      • wootsiWoots says:

        you gotta heat the one at the top.. seriously why would someone heat the one at the bottom? ya digg?

      • Heat Fan says:

        Ok you just talked all that trash about Lebron which isnt cool at all…What about the blueprint….Ray Allen, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett…When they did it nobody said nothing…Its just sports thats what happens people get traded and move on…The whole world dont hate him its just the simple minded that do…

    • JMoon says:

      A couple things. First off, if Boston had played the way they did at the beginning of the season, they would still be in it and probably would win the series. Most of these people that said Miami stood no chance had only seen Boston play good Celtic basketball and Miami completely not hustle like they did earlier in the season. I give the Heat credit for stepping up on defense. Why on earth they didn’t show an ounce of that earlier in the season, I have no clue.

      Second, I DON’T think Miami will lose to the Bulls. I think Miami will make it to the Finals., as long as they ontinue to play with this defense and hustle that they all of a sudden figured out within the last four or five games. Now whether or not they will beat the Mavs or Grizzlies (Thunder won’t make it even if they beat Memphis) in the Finals is anybody’s guess.

      Third, I still don’t like Miami. But I live in Northeastern Ohio so I’m not supposed to and I probably never will.

      • K says:

        Hey Sean and all the other basketball fans of Ohio, if Lebron James is such the horrible person; why are you’ll still so angry? You should be glad to not have him representing your great City or State. If this guy did absolutely nothing for the City of Cleveland while he was there; then it shouldn’t be a big lost to your City now that he is gone! Why would you want somebody that all he did was take from your City and give nothing back? I would think the citizens of Cleveland would be the happiest City in the United States since this horrible person is no longer in your City. I’m sure the Cleveland economy is better off since they no longer have to employ all of Lebron’s friends and family. Maybe that money can be re-directed to helping cure the homeliness problem in Cleveland.

      • DBBJ-MIA says:

        @J Black. Are u serious??? So u sayin’ that Lebron should do whats right for the fans insted of whats right for him? Like Doc rivers said HE DIDN’T BREAK A LAW, YOU GOT SOME ISSUES, GO CHECK UR SELF

      • Sean says:

        J black for president! hahaha only person with a level head that isnt arrogant and believes in dignity

    • Sean says:

      TRADE CHRIS BOSH FOR BLAKE GRIFFIN AND IL LIKE THE HEAT I HATTTTEEE BOSHHHHH

      • HeatWave says:

        I don’t get how you call Heat fans bandwagoners but say you would like them if Blake went on that team.

      • fank says:

        i like wade game but thats it for miami, bosh one of those players i thought of as a role player not a superstar. That said i didn’t think he would be much help for a ring anyway, I didn’t like bron, thought he got to much praise for nothing but he did step it up this past series so i commend him for that. All i got to say is can’t wait for east finals,( goin for the bulls) but will be a good series

      • mike says:

        i agree with u on dat and we need to get steph curry from golden state

      • Sean says:

        BECAUSE BLAKE IS MY FAVORITE PLAYER AND I HATE BOSH!

    • sbfern says:

      Really? Already talking smack after your team has not done ANYTHING yet? this is were it just gets good and competitive. I say win a title first and then talk all you want. Until then just hope what the Lakers or Celtics or Spurs have done year after year after year after year! Haha Lakers are out…sure but they are still the better team. How do i know this? they got rings to prove it! And Lebron is already celebrating when he has not won anything yet…He made it to the East finals….whoop ti dooh! haha I hope you still comment when they lose!

      • HeatWave says:

        And I hope your here also here when they prove people wrong once again.

      • K says:

        Both the Lakers and Boston franchises have great championship history; however, for the 2010-2011 NBA season the Miamai Heat has trumped them both; even if they don’t win a championship this year, the one thing we know for certain is that they have a better chance at winning a championship THIS YEAR then both the Lakers and the Celtics. 2010-11 Miami, Eastern Conference finals, Lakers and Celtics at home!

      • sbfern says:

        Once Again? when was the first time the HEAT proved us wrong? D-wade is the only champ in the Heat and no one was hating back then! Flash and Shaq made a nice run and took great advantage to Dallas’ messups! And “K” yeah The Heat are in the East Finals…Lakers at home! hopefully you guys keep making it far in the Future years, just like the Lakers have and will continue doing. See you guys next year! Finally, Any team that beats the Lakers in a seven game series is already the Champion, the rest is formality. Dallas is too deep for the Heat or Bulls!

    • Larian says:

      Ok, you haters hope your words are true and the Lakers and Celtics will never come up again, and Miami Heat, and Mavs fans are already dreaming about a 11 championships era from their teams when the conference finals have even started yet.

      I mean does that help? Let’s say Lakers and Celtics became the worst two teams in West and East respectively next season, will that guarantee Mavs or the Heat another Championship?

      No, so stop blaming Lakers or Celtics for getting the most Champions, the truth is hating on those two teams will only make them stronger. Lakers and Celtics fans don’t cry that much, because win or loose, we experienced lot of it already. It looks like it’s those pathetic Mavs and Heat fans come out crying and mocking people after every single game.

      Wait till Heat or Mavs win a 3peat, then come and talk to us Lakers and Celtics fan, because you fans are Millionaires showing how rich you are in front of a Billionaires.

    • mwbeatls says:

      We didn’t know that Boston was going to trade Perkins, did we?

    • HateBandwagonRiders says:

      I’m pretty sure all of you guys that are supposedly “Heat Fans” are all just riding the bandwagon. I bet none of you guys were Heat fans before Lebron, Wade, and Bosh got together. So, stop trying to act like you’ve been beside them the whole time. I seriously hate people that just ride the bandwagons of teams that are doing good.

    • Goatee says:

      HEAT vs BULLS. Thats great. LEBRON better show up in this series and show the upstart MVP in Rose who the real MVP is. If not. Then hes a real choker. This is a great opportunity for Lebron to prove himself against the so could haters. I doubt Rose will back down against Wade and Lebron. So LEBRON BETTER BRING IT.

    • zed says:

      HeatWave was right, that was one heck of a finish to the Heat vs. Celtics series. Despite the 4-1 series record, the games were close all throughout (with the exception of game one – which Heats Won and game three – which Celtics won).

      Game four could have very well been Celtics game. Game Five also could have very well been celtics game (what with a lot of no-calls in travelling and fouls). That said, the Heats certainly were the better team in crunch time. That was were the Heats have matured as compared to the regular season.

      The Celtics’ bench on the other hand, underperformed. Big Baby was a no show. Only Delonte played well, but despite that he is no Rondo (making a cruicial turnover in what could have sealed the game in favor of the Celtics).

      The Heats still is not a perfect team. They are favored against the Bulls, but I think the Bull’s good D will give them a chance at winning this series. The Heats 4-1 “domination” of the Celtics have given them false bravado and rightfully so. But that might also be their downfall. They should still remain focus and not think that the title is already theirs.

      The formula for the Miami has been for the big three to score 80+ points and it is a win. It has been proven, that one or even two of the Big Three of Miami can be contained. And when they are contained, the opposing team has a chance to win it.