Tag:Los Angeles Lakers
Posted on: April 18, 2009 12:21 pm

First round playoff predictions

Just for the record...

Cavs take care of the Pistons in 5.

Celtics show up the Bulls in 5.

Magic pull out the brooms, sweep the Sixers in 4.

Heat edge out the Hawks in 6.

Lakers fall early, rebound, win in 6 over the Jazz.

Nuggets handle the Hornets in 6.

Spurs win in 7 over the Mavericks.

Trailblazers run through the Rockets in 6.

Happy Playoffs!


Posted on: February 27, 2009 9:33 pm
Edited on: February 27, 2009 11:08 pm

NBA Thoughts- Starbury, Big Ben, D-Wade, and more

 On a team with a rising point guard in Rajon Rondo, Stephon Marbury will struggle to thrive. Just wanted to put that out there. His cocky attitude will hurt the Celtics more than he will help them. Although Starbury is still a bit talented, his time is up. While I don't think he will destroy Boston's team chemistry, I don't see him helping at all. At this point, Rondo is much more fitting for the C's.

 Players like Dwight Howard are extremely rare. His stats are off the charts, but his dominance when you watch him is overly stunning. If I were starting a team, this is the guy I look to, over Chris Paul. A few guys can stop CP3. No one can stop Superman.

 Truth be told, and no offense to Ben Wallace, I don't think the Cleveland Cavaliers will do that much worse without Big Ben. It's the duo of LeBron James and Mo Williams that will win games, as they've done all year.

 Dwyane Wade is a monster. If he can slightly improve on defense, this guy is as good as Kobe Bryant. Really... if he were on the Lakers, would they be that much worse? Also, I'm sure D-Wade is thrilled to know he has a diehard fan in err... Lil' Wayne.

 Lamar Odom needs to get more love. When he tries, he's solid. With Andrew Bynum out, I see Odom finally getting recognized as being a key player for the Lakers.



Posted on: January 28, 2009 10:41 pm
Edited on: February 11, 2009 8:35 pm

Cavs-Lakers in Championship Game

Los Angeles <a href=page/LAL">Lakers logo" />vs.Cleveland <a href=page/CLE">Cavaliers logo" />

I'm calling it right now... Laughing

Lakers win it all, in 6 games.

Bold prediction, eh?

Posted on: December 20, 2008 12:37 pm
Edited on: December 20, 2008 12:38 pm

Shocker: Miami Heat upset Los Angeles Lakers

But you won't hear me complaining.

There is no question that the Los Angeles Lakers are the better team. However, on Friday night, the Miami Heat played better, and that's all that matters.

Dwyane Wade proved once again how valuable he is to Miami. The numbers he has put up this season are borderline insane. He must be included in all MVP discussion.

Is Shawn Marion starting to wake up? Let's hope so, because Marion is an essential part to Miami's success. Nice double double last night.

That's all. Just wanted to say that was quite a game last night, and if Miami could play that well all the time, you're looking at serious playoff contenders.

Good game Lakers. But Miami was the better team last night.

Posted on: December 17, 2008 8:36 pm
Edited on: December 17, 2008 8:37 pm

Harst's Top 5 NBA Teams (12/17)


Boston Celtics logo1. Boston Celtics (23-2)

Boston is looking like a championship team again this year, due to great play on both sides of the ball. Still one of the deadliest shooters in the NBA, Ray Allen is having a great year with 18.6 points per game. Point guard Rajon Rondo has shown he has an offensive game as well as a defensive game. Watch out for the Celtics, they're hot.

Los Angeles Lakers logo2. Los Angeles Lakers (21-3)

Los Angeles may be sitting pretty at 21-3, but this is a team I have been disappointed with. On defense, the Lakers need to step it up. Andrew Bynum has still not developed that great defensive game that Lakers fans were anticipating. Kobe Bryant is having another great year, but he will need help eventually. Too many wins for the Lakers have been close; they should be dominating.

LeBron James takes the time to soak up the cheers after becoming the Cavs' career leader in steals.  (AP)Cleveland Cavaliers logo3. Cleveland Cavaliers (20-4)

LeBron James is getting some help this year, most of it coming from guard Mo Williams. Williams is looking like the counterpart LeBron never had and always needed. Now, with the Cavaliers playing so well, do they really need/want Shawn Marion on the team? It doesn't look like that trade will happen, and for Cleveland, I think it's good news.

Orlando Magic logo4. Orlando Magic (19-6)

Dwight Howard is having the MVP year fans expected him to have, but he is also getting lots of help from teammates. Rashard Lewis, Hedo Turkoglu, and Jameer Nelson are each averaging over 15 points per game. Orlando is having a great year, and if one more player can step up, look for them to make a run, even in a talented Eastern Conference.

Carmelo Anthony elevates his game in the third quarter, netting 33 points on 12-of-15 shooting.  (AP)Denver Nuggets logo5. Denver Nuggets (17-8)

It's scary to see how good the Nuggets are, considering they still haven't completely developed their team chemistry. Still, Chauncey Billups is making Denver into a true championship contender. In a weaker Western Conference, Denver could be one of those teams that surprises people in the playoffs. Looks like Carmelo Anthony doesn't really miss Allen Iverson, eh? The Nuggs are for real.

Posted on: October 25, 2008 3:57 pm

Breaking Down the Phoenix Suns

Phoenix Suns logoLast season, the Phoenix Suns made headlines by trading away All-Star forward Shawn Marion and point guard Marcus Banks for superstar center Shaquille O'Neal. This season, the effect of that trade will take place early on.

Starting Lineup:

Head Coach:

  • Terry Porter

Just by looking at the starting five, it is clear that the Suns still have the talent to go deep into the season and get to the playoffs. However, they have a lot of major issues that they must get by first in order to go far this year.

It starts with Shaquille O'Neal, who came to Phoenix last season in the trade that sent Shawn Marion and Marcus Banks to the Miami Heat. The move let Amare Stoudemire move to power forward, where I believe he will play better than center. There is no doubt that Shaq is aging and that he is not the player of the three-peat Los Angeles Lakers. Still, Shaq is a large inside force who can force teams to shoot farther away from the basket, away from where O'Neal resides. His offensive game is faltering as the seasons go by. The once dominant scorer is losing his offensive touch, it seems. Yet he will find a way to score ten-fifteen points with his ability to make defenders move out of the way voluntarily.

I like Steve Nash. His defense is atrocious no doubt, but he has the best offensive game among any point guard in the league. He can hit any shot, including the three. His leadership is amazing. He controls the pace of the game, and the other four Suns on the court seem like they're following his orders. His passing is also spectacular. I'm starting to believe that there is no pass he can't make. There are better point guards out there in the NBA, but not many.

Grant Hill worries me. I'm not sure how he will step in and take over a spot that Shawn Marion occupied for so long. Also, Hill is aging and he is on the decline, along with Shaq. Sure he can put up ten-fifteen points per game and grab a couple of boards, but other than that his game is very much lower than Shawn Marion's. Hill may prove me wrong... there is no doubt he is a tough guy, but even he knows that his game is faltering.

Robin Lopez was a good draft choice, and here's why: he's playing behind Shaq, who can mentor him and turn him into the center that he (Shaq) was. Now Lopez is no Shaq, but with Shaq showing him the ropes, I have no concerns that Robin will disappoint this season. He has a strong defensive game, and if he can polish his offensive game, he can have some success in this league.

Amare Stoudemire amazes me every time I see him on the court. His offensive game is just simply amazing. His defense needs to improve, but if he can improve it (which I think he will), he will be a top 5 player in this league. He's too dominant, even for opposing big men.

In the end, I think the Suns will struggle more this season than last. Shawn Marion was worth more to this franchise than a declining Shaquille O'Neal. I still think the Suns have the ability to make the playoffs, and there is no game that they cannot win with Stoudemire and Nash leading the team. However, there are too many question marks for the Suns that will cause them to falter this season, with the Western Conference being as talented as it is. Terry Porter has an interesting map in front of him, and it will be fun to watch which way this franchise goes.

Posted on: August 2, 2008 4:01 pm

Countdown: Top 10 NBA Players of All-Time (No.4)

4th greatest NBA player of all-time:

Magic Johnson, PG

How would it be to be a point guard... but one night play the center position instead?

You could ask Magic Johnson, who in my eyes is the greatest point guard to ever play the game. Why? He had the passing ability of a point guard but the dominance of a center. He had the shooting of a shooting guard and the defense of a small forward. He was a beast on the court no matter where he played. If you needed him to shoot threes, he could. If you needed him to crash the boards, he would.

There was not much Magic couldn't do. He was the point guard in the fabled Showtime, which also consisted of James Worthy and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Together, those three destroyed opponents with their Showtime offense.

Magic worked hard, and you could see it on the court. He was most well known for the time when he played center in the 1980 NBA Finals against the Dr.J led 76ers. Kareem had injured his ankle in Game 5, so Magic, playing center in Game 6, led the Lakers to the win and the championship title.

Here are the awards that highlighted Magic's career:

Magic Johnson will always be remembered for something else as well... A rivalry with Larry Bird that has not faded over all these years. The rivalry of Magic and Bird was one that entertained the fans while providing a great game when the Lakers took on the Celtics.

4. Magic Johnson
5. Bill Russell
6. Larry Bird
7. Oscar Robertson
8. Elgin Baylor
9. Tim Duncan
10. Hakeem Olajwon

Coming tomorrow: #3 and #2 players of all-time

Posted on: June 2, 2008 10:15 am

NBA Finals Preview and Predictions

(1) Los Angeles Lakers vs. (1) Boston Celtics

Los Angeles Lakers:

PG- Derek Fisher
SG- Kobe Bryant
SF- Vladimir Radmanovic
PF- Lamar Odom
C- Pau Gasol

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Boston Celtics:

PG- Rajon Rondo
SG- Ray Allen
SF- Paul Pierce
PF- Kevin Garnett
C- Kendrick Perkins

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Two of the best dynasties in NBA history, either the Los Angeles Lakers or the Boston Celtics will add another championship ring to their already large collection.

In Los Angeles, the stars went from Wilt Chamberlain, Jerry West, and Elgin Baylor, to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, James Worthy, and Magic Johnson, to the Shaq days, and now to what you could call the Kobe Bryant era.

In Boston, the stars went from Bill Russell, Bob Cousy, and John Havlicek to Larry Bird, Kevin McHale, and Robert Parish, and slowly to the Big Three era of Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen, and Paul Pierce.

Now, one of these teams will win again, something that both of these teams sure know how to do.

On one side, you have the surprise team, the Celtics, who made huge changes in the offseason, acquired Garnett from Minnesota, Allen from Seattle, and rolled to the best record in the NBA. Also, a young prospect named Rajon Rondo showed he's not all hype.

On the other side, you have the Lakers, who are down but never out. Led by young prospect Andrew Bynum for the early part of the season, the Lakers looked stronger than ever. However, when tragedy struck and Bynum got injured for the season, the Lakers traded Javaris Crittenton in a package deal to Memphis for big man Pau Gasol. Gasol's impact on the team was amazing, as the Lakers rolled to the best record in the West.

The battle of the number one seeds should be a great one, but a quick one. The Cetlics' road woes throughout the postseason is a major cause of concern, and something the Lakers will look to take advantage of. The Lakers also have a problem, however, with being able to stop all of the Big Three, which will require some great defense throughout the series. Also, will the Celtics be able to stop the phenomenal NBA MVP Kobe Bryant? They did stop LeBron James, but remember that took 7 games to do. And the Lakers, unlike the Cavaliers, have other stars. Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom are both excellent options.

If you compare the matchups:

D.Fisher vs. R.Rondo (Advantage Fisher)
K.Bryant vs. R.Allen (Advantage Bryant)
V.Radmanovic vs. P.Pierce (Advantage Pierce)
LOdom vs. K.Garnett (Advantage Garnett)
P.Gasol vs. K.Perkins (Advantage Gasol)

Although the Lakers win the matchup battle three to two, the Rondo-Fisher matchup could really go either way, so the head-to-head matchups don't provide much help after all.

However, if you combine the Kobe Bryant factor, the Celtics' road woes, the Pau Gasol-Lamar Odom factor, the fact that Phil Jackson is still a great coach after all these years, and Doc Rivers is just okay at best, and lastly the fact that the Lakers are simply the better team, then you get the winner...

Prediction: Lakers in 5
NBA Finals MVP: Kobe Bryant

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