Sunday, November 6, 2011
With no imminent negotiation (except for the shoot em' up 51-50 deal offered) between Commissioner David Stern and the players union, many analysts say there won't be an NBA game until Christmas.
Here's why it should benefit the Miami Heat:
1. Less down time - Miami faced immense scrutiny last season during the 82-game stretch and the playoffs, but with the possibly of a reduced season, yesterday becomes literally yesterday. I do not expect a full 82-game season, so games would have a greater intensity factor.
2. Less fatigue- This means more LeBron, D-Wade and Chris Bosh. Wade started slow last season because of a preseason injury, so the big three really only started to shape up around mid-season.
3. Free agency frenzy- When the NBA season does finally start, so will the free agency period. Miami Heat president Pat Riley has a clear advantage in this area, as he will have to rapidly address the team's needs. Expect anything with Riley.
4. Forgetfulness- Miami lost a winnable NBA Finals last season. Their win-now built team will have to forget any losses and move on quickly with a shortened season.
Saturday, August 20, 2011
Friday, August 19, 2011
Thursday, August 18, 2011
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Monday, August 15, 2011
Sunday, August 14, 2011
Hi, my name's Anthony Segreto, and I'm a sports addict. As you may know, my father, Tony Segreto, was a sportscaster on WTVJ NBC 6 for 30 years, and because of this, I've been surrounded by everything sports since my birth (the first thing my father said to me after I was born was the starting lineup of the 1961 New York Yankees). As if that wasn't enough, I still have the Miami Dolphins onesie my parents put me in when i was an infant, and the picture of Dan Marino that was on my nursery wall. One of my earliest memories is going to the Dolphins' locker room at four years old and polishing helmets on the Saturday before a home game. So, yes, sports have surrounded me my whole life, and I love them with a passion (if you doubt me, I refer you to the 4 foot tall NFL logo fathead on the wall of my room). With this affection I have for sports, it'd be logical to think that I'm an athlete. That couldn't be further from the truth. I am, for the lack of a better term, a klutz. And not even the athletic kind. I'm active and I try to keep in shape, but the "athletic" gene skipped a generation in my family. I was always the last one picked for the recess kickball games in elementary school, and always the one to end up losing the game for the team that was unfortunate enough to be graced with my skill (or lack thereof). But in spite of all of this, or perhaps because of it, I am an insanely passionate fan of all sports. My passion has led me to do some pretty crazy things, but this may be the craziest. I wanted to see what it was like for me, an incredibly un-athletic person, to train with my high school football team during the peak of summer workouts. So that’s what I’m going to do, for a week I’m going to train with the Archbishop McCarthy Mavericks and chronicle my experiences as a football fan getting involved with the nitty-gritty of the sport. I'll take the hits and I'll drop a few (many) passes, but I'll be a good sport about it. Check back here every night as I write about my time with the team, moving from position to position, and learning about the intricacies of the game I love, football.
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Kendrick Perkins is part of the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Chicago Bulls ride or die on the success of Derek Rose; plain and simple.
We are not even three days in the NBA playoffs and these two topics of discussion have already come into play (well the Perkins trade since the deadline, but same point).
Chicago has needed last-ditch Jordan-like rallies from Derek Rose to close out the Indiana Pacers. If Indiana had a closer, like Derek Rose, they would be up 2-0 in the series; easily.
The Pacers have played seven quarters of excellent basketball, but the last quarter, broken in half increments, has been the onslaught of the eventual NBA MVP.
Chicago is Miami's biggest threat because Boston traded Kendrick Perkins. Boston lacks size and depth because of injuries to Shaquille O'Neal and Delonte West. Boston still has Ray Allen, but he will not score 23 points a game (he averaged 22.7 in the first three regular season games against the Heat) because Dwyane Wade will be playing playoff basketball and playoff defense.
The same goes for Joel Anthony, whom Kevin Garnett said killed Boston by himself in the last regular season match-up between the Heat and Celtics.
Miami will beat the Boston Celtics in six games.
Back to Chicago, if coach Erik Spolestra puts LeBron James on Derek Rose, he'll find a way to adjust, he's Derek Rose. Like Dwayne Wade in his hayday against the Pistons, Miami should rotate defenders on Rose to disrupt his timing.
Three point shooting will still be an issue, however, because Miami is ranked close to last in three point shooting defense out of all the playoff teams.
Miami is the choice again here, because the Heat will find a way to steal a game in Chicago and wrap it up at home.
Depending on the West competitor, the Heat will win in six or seven games. James had a taste of the finals in 2007 and Wade won it in 2006, so they'll be ready.
If its the Dallas Mavericks, Miami will not have as much trouble as with the Los Angeles Lakers. If the Lakers make it again, Andrew Bynum down low will be a huge problem, even for a recently aggressive Chris Bosh.
It all boils down to the play of Dwyane Wade and LeBron James. Can they feed off each other?
If so, it is Miami's championship for the taking and another parade down Biscayne Boulevard.
Friday, April 15, 2011
Cafe Con Leche. Philly Cheesesteak. LeBron James, Cliff Lee.
It may be a coincidence or just very good scheduling, but the Marlins, Phillies, Heat and 76ers all play this weekend.
The Marlins started off with a Friday night win against division-leading Philadelphia, the final score; 4-3.
Tomorrow, White Hot begins. The Heat square off against the 76ers at 3:30 pm on ABC. Will LeBron close in the postseason or as Miami Herald writer Linda Robertson mentioned in a column today, "sink to the occasion" like in Cleveland?
Only time will tell, but either way, it is a sports-filled Miami-Philadelphia weekend.