Heading to Monterey for the Cal State Monterey Bay men’s basketball awards banquet. Will most likely spend a couple days on the coast. This blog will return on Wednesday.
The Knicks beat the Celtics. The Celts are going to have a tough go of it. Don’t even try to say, as some have, Boston is better without Rajon Rondo. In every game he plays, he’s extremely likely to have a triple-double and unless that productivity can be replaced by a player or players in some other area(s), it’s just too much offense to give up. And he disrupts the opponent’s offense because of his quickness, anticipation and long arms.
In the Denver-Golden State game, Andre Miller showed old guys can still play - that an incredibly high basketball IQ can make up for what Father Time has taken away. As the father of a son whose game is highly dependent on basketball intelligence, it’s refreshing to see winning is not all about the “wow factor.”
Bill Simmons showed why he is on the studio show. He represents “Joe Fan” which he proved during the halftime segment of the Nets-Bulls game. With the score 60-35 in favor of Brooklyn, Simmons incredibly said “Well, it looks like a sweep?” Sweep? He sounds just like a guy sitting at the end of a bar who is pissed off because he has $20 on the Bulls plus the points. Knowledgeable sports people understand that a 25-point halftime lead in Game One only guarantees you one game in the series. Maybe. Sure the Nets might sweep, but it’s a tad premature to give up on Chicago at least winning a game just yet.
Simmons again displayed his less-than-brilliant insight when he claimed at halftime that, while Chauncey Billups was having a great game (10 points), it wasn’t wise for LA to play him because in the next round they’ll need the quickness of Eric Bledsoe. It was subsequently mentioned by one of his colleagues - and probably 90% of the viewing audience - that playing Billups this series would be fine because Bledsoe could replace him in the next series. Duh.
As extra added bonus analysis, Simmons oh-so-cleverly brought to the viewers’ attention that, “Kobe Bryant’s twitter feed is going to be a very interesting subplot,” inferring Mike D’Antoni ought to be worried about what his injured star tweets. As if trying to beat the Spurs, without Kobe and possibly, Steve Nash, isn’t enough to keep him up at night. Simmons has a huge following because there are so many fans out there like him, i.e. guys who never played and who love to criticize guys who do. Or idolize them. His sport has always dealt with a pen and paper. He’s taken his game to the next level by mastering the computer and social media.
For ESPN’s halftime studio show, he serves as comic relief. He has had run-ins with the station (according to his Wikipedia page) over censorship matters, among other issues. Maybe the best advice he could receive is:
“Don’t take yourself so seriously; no one else does.”