It’s great to be back but I’m leaving again. I’m honored to be the emcee at the party in Las Vegas tonight to celebrate Jerry Tarkanian’s induction into the College Basketball Hall of Fame. When I get back, it’s off to the Stanford Pain Management Center for a pump refill and check up. Then, into the car to drive down the 101 to Monterey to pick up Alex who just finished his first year of college at Cal State Monterey Bay and bring him home for the summer. He claims he nailed it academically this semester. If he can match his inaugural season in college hoops, in which he was one of only ten players in the country to make the Division II Freshmen All-America team - and the only one from the west coast - he’ll have had a successful beginning to college life.
Not done yet. For those of you who have ever hit up CoachGeorgeRaveling.com, the website for the boss I had previous to Tark, you might have seen the video section entitled #JackAndCoach. On it, I turn the tables on George who has interviews with individuals such as Oscar Robertson, Nolan Richardson, David Falk (MJ’s agent) and my man, Tark, among many others. In our segment, I pose questions to get to know “the inside Rav.” Currently, there are between 25-28 “shorts,” about 3-5 minutes in length. Some are very funny, others quite moving, all entertaining. We spent about five hours shooting last fall and it’s time for round two, so I’ll be, ahem, on location in LA, as they say, this weekend. This blog will return Monday.
The Chicago Bulls teased the entire country when they won Game One of their best-of-seven series with the Miami Heat - in Miami. Nate Robinson showed what a little guy can do when given a chance - and is playing for a contract. The fact that Nate hasn’t stuck with any of his five teams quite yet has more to do than his being an ultra-short little guy. The performance that night - and his continued aggressive play in spite of all odds - raised the eyebrows of fans and, probably some general managers. Last night was an abomination of a contest. Tired or other issues? Why haven’t the Bulls been able to repeat an effort like they did in the opener?
ESPN has four guys talking about it when the games are on their stations; TNT has four (in my opinion, better) analysts discussing the contests when they’re played on their network. The groups chime in on what has happened and what needs to be done to fix the problem. In each case we hear about how some player needs to contribute more, to become that all-important creation of analysts - the X-factor. Basically, the talking heads aren’t necessary for this series. When a superstar is forced into street clothes, it’s obvious the team’s getting nothing from him that day but in addition, they’re probably going to encounter a serious drop off at that spot in the lineup.
The complete analysis for the Bulls and Heat goes as follows:
“The Bulls have lost their starting point guard and both wings. They’re playing against the best basketball team in the world. Next?”