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Can’t Knock The Hustle …………


Can’t Knock The Hustle …………….

Well in the aftermath of the NBA Finals series loss it seems just about everyone has an opinion on what went wrong for the Miami Heat . I see it as nothing more than the following ….. the fans were sold a bill of goods and it was hyped up with amped up so completely that a snake oil salesman couldn’t have done a better job. Pat Riley sold this crap for all it was worth and LeBron James and Dwyane Wade simply made us all believe that the team could get by on simply turning up in the Finals . Well it’s now over and done with and arguably this might be the most embarrassing series loss in NBA Finals’ history. A patron of mine would suggest that this loss was in no way as humiliating as the Los Angeles Lakers’ series loss (4-1) to the Detroit Pistons in the NBA Finals of 2004 . But I simply look at this way, an aging Lakers’ roster that had four future Hall of Famers , Karl Malone , Gary Payton , Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal , wherein two of those players (Malone and Payton) in particular were somewhat past their prime simply made this Heat loss more improbable .

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The Dallas Mavericks are crowned as champions for the 2010-11 season and quite rightly so , as they sought to win this series on its merits rather than simply being there merely as a sideshow and be the Heat’s whipping post. The oddsmakers in Vegas simply went with style over substance , hence looking lure in those sucker bets of those who thought that the Heat would sleepwalk their way through the NBA Finals . Can’t say that I blame as there’s a reason why there those monstrous edifices are being continuously built in Las Vegas ……… the House always wins .

As the postgame autopsy begins we now know that “Three Headed Monster” doesn’t necessarily work when the superstars that are surrounded aren’t all on the same page alongside the supporting cast . I mean you can either buy into the hype LeBron James being “the best player” in the league but given what I’ve now seen that argument has become so weak and overplayed that it no longer warrants being part of any discussion concerning the NBA ! The self anointed King is merely a prince without a crown and kingdom. As for Dwyane Wade his ass should simply be thankful that his legacy hasn’t been questioned but the jury could still be out on that . Pat Riley and coach Erik Spoelstra this offseason will certainly have to assess the roster and the damage done because there’s no doubt in my mind this organization and team is now in a state of shock even if on the exterior they’re not showing the signs.

It wouldn’t surprise me now to see Hollywood mega producer Jerry Bruckheimer bring in the cast of hit show ” CSI Miami” to investigate whether or not a serious felony crime had been committed during the 2011 NBA Finals . Care to who guess the villain of the piece may well end up being ? I’m sure David Caruso’s character Horatio Caine will provide us not only with a succinct and successful investigation but seeing the villain being taken away in handcuffs would be fun . But alas , I think we all know where the guilt will ultimately rest here, in lieu of this debacle ! All fingers point to the King and his cabal of aides . Suffice to say while in Dallas , Texas the fans there are cheering on their team , it wouldn’t suprise me if they’re also laughing at James and his supporting cast. And what of the former fans of LeBron James in the Cleveland area ? Get the feeling that they’re simply loving this as well ? And even if at the time I thought it rather idiotic with Cleveland Cavaliers’ owner Dan Gilbert making the claim …” that the Cavs will win a title before the Heat “ ……… who are we now to make light of that statement ?

Well now that Terrelle Pryor has escaped the prying eyes of the NCAA and Ohio State having left school to ply his trade and wares in the NFL . I can’t help but wonder how his new agent Drew Rosenhaus will sell his client as viable and potentially a game breaker who knows how to win. Don’t get me wrong I liken Rosenhaus to his counterpart in MLB —- Scott Boras . These two sports agents to my mind have represented the seedier sides of both sports and nothing that they can do , short of donating their combined wealth can convince me that they represent what is good about professional sports in general through the eyes of an agent.

Pryor will come with a great deal of baggage , character issues and the fact that honesty isn’t one of biggest traits but somehow Rosenhaus will try to convince a team that his client is well worth a look at . With the player not being part of the NFL Draft that took place in April , he’s now eligible for the supplemental draft where he’ll no doubt be joined by other unsigned college free agents and other college talent (from lower subdivisions) not taken in the draft. And while there’s no denying that Terrelle Pryor is a talented player I’m not so sure that if taken by an NFL team it will be at his desired position of quarterback . If anything he could be asked to change position and become quite possibly a tight end or wide receiver but it is obvious to those who have an acute awareness as to business acumen of Drew Rosenhaus , he will sell his client as a bonafide NFL ready quarterback capable of leading a team if given the chance.

From my own perspective I believe that there will be a team willing to take a flier on Pryor purely out of desperation . But amongst the teams who may well be in need of a quarterback without having or wanting to pay a premium price then Terrelle Pryor may well be their best option .

The thinning of the herd has now began amongst the managerial casualties within baseball. Bob Geren was summarily fired by the Oakland Athletics but the inherent problems of the organization solely shouldn’t laid squarely on a manager who has in reality never been given the weapons to get the job done. This team has struggled this season and their record (28-39) within the AL West is a clear indication of that . If anything I for one find it extremely difficult to see how the fans can simply think Geren is primarily to blame for the team’s woes given the fact that team owner Lew Wolff has about as much of an ambition to win as Anthony Weiner (D-South Brooklyn) to admit that he’s not only sexual deviant but also someone who’s not fit to hold any sort of political office much less be a legislator in Congress . Granted , GM Billy Beane has been entrusted to turn things around but how much longer should the fans really be asked to tolerate the ineptitude being shown at this juncture ?

Beane has done his utmost make the best out of a bad situation but even now I can’t help but wonder how much worse things will have to get before there is enough outrage from the fans wherein some action will be taken. Instead they stand steadfast in their support of the team while its ownership group looks on merely laughing at them . Well it’s not as if they have shown any concept or the perception that they feel their pain but instead it’s been the same old story as usual without there being any real signs that the organization is actually on the cusp achieving anything of merit. OK , so one can praise the fact that they’ve a talent crop of young players throughout their farm system and some top prospects that given time will prove to be productive . But in the game of baseball from a business and competitive standpoint it’s about what is happening now on the field of play , rather than what could possibly happen two or even four years from now . And given the financial impediment of this organization and its unwillingness to actually spend money I seriously doubt that many of the players the fans are now yearning to see at some point in the future will actually be with the organization at that time in the future !

The frailties of the team this season has manifested itself in innumerable ways from the team’s lack of defense to the inconsistency of the pitching and offense . And now with Bob Melvin being entrusted to take control and guide this staff it will be interesting to see how the team fares over the remainder of this month and the rest of the season .

With the core of this team being a group of youngsters with some veteran presence sprinkled in for added surety one can understand the struggles that the team has gone through . Injuries asides , as is the norm with any organization the Oakland A’s have had their fair share of ups and downs . this season but at the same time players such as Coco Crisp , Josh Willingham , Cliff Pennington , Trevor Cahill , Carlos Gonzalez and others on this roster know that there is still something to fight for even if the belief amongst the masses is that the team really doesn’t stand that much of a chance in attaining some semblance of success this season.

I know of some passionate fans of the Oakland A’s who’d like nothing better than for Lew Wolff to out the team up for sale . And I for one would relish to see that event actually take place as I do feel that in large part in spite of the alleged business acumen of some the team owners in baseball . I for one feel that the majority of them on their best day wouldn’t know the difference between a balance sheet and baking sheet ! I’d even go so far as to suggest that the general managers within the game aren’t that far behind the owners with regard to that issue as well ! To further emphasize that point who in their right mind given the environment at the time would agree to trade away a player and still be on the hook for the greater part of their salary some five years later after that trade had actually taken place ? This is but one of many asinine business concepts that has taken place within the game and that is completely suborned by baseball’s hierarchy . I can hear agent Scott Boras now in the aftermath of the Alex Rodriguez trade from the Texas Rangers to the New York Yankees with then Rangers’ ownership group led by Tom Hicks and George Ken Gillette you’ve been had suckers “ . It has only been recently that the Rangers have been able to untie themselves from that particular financial debacle .

If there are said to be any interested parties now pursuing the purchase of the Oakland Athletics we’re not being informed publicly of any such premise but I am sure that the fans of the team would willingly accept anyone at this juncture if it meant to quick removal of Wolff and his partners expeditiously . I mean having to endure his tenure as owner of this organization I would guess could be compared to a form of Chinese water torture ! But those are merely my own opinions as the present predicament surrounding the A’s at present . The fans deserve a great deal more than this from the ownership group but unfortunately Wolff doesn’t feel it necessary to reciprocate at all .

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At some point I know that this all comes down to making money more than anything else but surely the fans deserve more from the athletes and owners given the fact that it is the fans who are actually paying the price of admission for these sporting events ? Simply chime in with a comment on your thoughts as to the points raised within the piece .

Alan aka tophatal ……………………………..

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(1) Miami Heat forward Chris Bosh, left, looks on as Dwyane Wade answers a question during a basketball news conference, Tuesday, June 14, 2011 in Miami. Instead of hosting Game 7 of the NBA finals on Tuesday, the Heat packed up their stuff for the summer. AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee …….

(2) Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra gestures as he speaks during a basketball news conference, Tuesday, June 14, 2011 in Miami. Instead of hosting Game 7 of the NBA finals on Tuesday, the Heat packed up their stuff for the summer. AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee …….

(3) Conceitedness on the part of Macy’s and the Miami Heat ? For the second time in five years the retailer made a mistake of this magnitude . An ad for Macy’s proclaiming the Miami Heat as NBA champions inadvertently ran in the Miami Herald Monday, June 13, 2011. The Dallas Mavericks defeated the Miami Heat in Game 6 in Miami Sunday night to win the NBA Finals 4-2. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky …

(4) Dirk Nowitzki (L) and Jason Kidd (R) of the Dallas Mavericks hold the MVP and Larry O’Brien Trophies after defeating the Miami Heat in Game Six of the 2011 NBA Finals, at the AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami, Florida on June 12, 2011. AFP PHOTO/Mark RALSTON …..

(5) LeBron James (left) and Dwyane Wade of the Miami Heat answer questions after the Heat were defeated 105-95 by the Dallas Mavericks in Game Six of the 2011 NBA Finals at American Airlines Arena on June 12, 2011 in Miami, Florida. Getty Images/ Mike Ehrmann ……

(6) LOS ANGELES, CA – AUGUST 17: Executive producer Jerry Bruckheimer (L) and actor David Caruso (R) attend the CSI Miami 100th Episode Cake Cutting Party at Raleigh Studios on August 17, 2006 in Los Angeles, California. Life Magazine / Getty Images/ Michael Buckner ……

(7) They’re already on the case CSI Miami unit members at a club that James and Wade are said to frequent . LOL,LOL !! Courtesy of CBS / Jerry Bruckheimer Productions Inc.

(8) Buckeyes’ quarterback Terrelle Pryor. Getty Images / Kevin C Cox …

(9) Sports agent Drew Rosenhaus whose latest client is reputed to be Terrelle Pryor . The hard sell now begins for the agent luring the interest of teams around the NFL . AP Photo Kevin Neill ……

(10) Oakland Athletics manager Bob Melvin left, argues with first base umpire Brian O’Nora after a MLB baseball game with the Chicago White Sox in Chicago, Sunday, June 12, 2011. Chicago won 5-4 . AP Photo/Paul Beaty …….

(11) Hideki Matsui(notes) #55 of the Oakland Athletics bats against the Chicago White Sox on June 12, 2011 at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago, Illinois. The White Sox defeated the Athletics 5-4. Photo by David Banks/Getty Images …….

(12) Wolff is seen here with former manager Bob Geren . AP Photo/ Nick Warner ……

(13) Bob Melvin is introduced to the press as the new manager of the Oakland A’s after the firing of his predecessor Bob Geren by GM Billy Beane (right). Courtesy of CSN ……………

(14) The A’s ballpark one of baseball’s most heralded places of pageantry and a part of the ballclub’s folklore . Courtesy of mlb.mlb.com…….

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I’ll Say It Again ’cause You Can Jump Over The Moon It Doesn’t Make You A Team Player …………..


 

 

I’ll   Say  It    Again  ‘cause  You  Can  Jump  Over  The  Moon  It  Doesn’t  Make  You   A Team Player …………..

 

Last  night  just  in  case  anyone  missed  it  the  New  York  Knicks (24-35)  all  but   gave  away   a  game  to  the  Miami  Heat (31-27).   And  we  all   know  what  the  Knicks  are  actually  waiting   for   don’t  we  ?    The   chance  to  become   a  part  of the   LeBron  James  free agent sweepstakes.    Well  if  it’s  not   becoming   how   apparent   this  woeful    New  York  Knicks’  teams   really  is.   Then    there’s   no  reason  to  let   you  in  last   night.     Suffice   to  say   if  you  let  Dwyane  Wade   go  off   on you  then   you  deserve   what   you   get   and a   damn   whole   lot   more. 

 

 

Dwyane  Wade  of the  Miami  Heat  drives  the  lane   against  the  Knicks'   Jared  Jeffries  during  the  game  played   last  night.  picture  appears  courtesy  of nbae getty images/ Victor  Baldizon...............
Dwyane Wade of the Miami Heat drives the lane against the Knicks' Jared Jeffries . picture appears courtesy of nbae/getty images/ Victor Baldizon ...............'

  

And   if there’s   anything  that   we can  all   agree   on  then  it’s   that   the  New  York  Knicks  aren’t  all  that  good  nor  are  they   likely   to  be   in   the  near   future.    I  don’t    care  what  anyone   says    but   if  the   team  isn’t  prepared  to  complement    James    with   an   arsenal  of   players    comparative  to  his   skill  level.  Then   how  in  God’s   name  can  they   expect to    compete   with  anyone   in  the  Eastern  Conference ,  much  less  the   rest   of  the  NBA.

 

 

Jermaine  O'Neal  of  the  Miami  Heat   dunks  the  ball  against   New York  as  Jared Jeffries  of  the  Knicks  looks  on.  picture appears  courtesy of  nbae /getty images/ Victor Baldizon  .............
Jermaine O'Neal of the Miami Heat dunks the ball in his team's victory over the New York Knicks. Also in picture is Jared Jeffries of the New York Knicks. picture appears courtesy of nbae/getty images/ Victor Baldizon ...........

 

 

And  as  we   let  this  all   foment   and   try    to  analyze   what   it  is   that   makes  the  Knicks   so   terrible.    It’s   becoming   patently    obvious   that   when  you’ve   got  an   ill   disciplined   team  whose   only   apparent   wish  is  to  play  offense.   One   can  only   understand   why  if  any   the  relative   progress   made   under  coach  Mike D’Antoni  has   been   minimal   at  best.   And   to   top   last   night’s   events   it   doesn’t   bode   well   for   the   league   when   someone  within  the  game’s   hierarchy   chooses  to   alienate   one  of   its  and  the  game’s   top   stars.    In   all    but   reprimanding   Wade   by   the  banning  of  his   wearing   a   band-aid   underneath   his   left   eye.   They  all   but   told   Wade  that   they   intend  to  now  make  the  league   something   more   akin  to   its   counterpart  within  the  NFL  …………”  a  No Fun  League “  .    Well   Commissioner David  Stern  and  his   autocratic   ways   do  tend  to   rile   the   rancor   of  many  of  its   players   one  way  or  another.

 

 

 

 

 

 

In  the   victory  last  night   by   the  Heat   120-115   over  New  York. It  has   all   but  cemented   that  the  two   teams   may   well  be    going  in    opposite   directions.  The  Heat  would   love  to  make  the  NBA  playoffs   and  it appears  likely   that  they’re   likely  to  make  it.  As   for   the  Knicks   any  aspirations  that  they   might   have   may   have  been   sealed   with  the   ineptitude   that   they’ve   shown  as  a   team  with  its   overall   lack  of   cohesion   of   the   court.   It   would    appear   that   whatever   communicative   skills  that    Mike D’Antoni   possesses   seems  to  be   falling   on  deaf  ears when  it   comes to  this    Knicks’   roster.  But  then   again  being   communicative  and   teaching     players   how   to  play   defense   was   never   one   of   D’Antoni’s   strongest    points   to  begin   with.    It   clearly   wasn’t   the   case  when   he  was  coaching   the   Phoenix  Suns   in   his   previous   stop  as  an  NBA coach.   Now   come  full   circle   the   teams  aren’t   that  much   different    in  terms   of   their  play   on court.   The   up-tempo  offense    is    still   there   but    beyond   that    there    doesn’t   seem  to  be   much   there    that’d    would    heighten  one’s   interest   in   the  Knicks .   Unless   you’ve   shown  the   utmost   devotion    to  the  team  the   way   that    film maker  Spike   Lee   has  over   the  years.

 

 

Chris Duhon  of  the  New York Knicks  tries to evade the  defensive play  of  the  Heat's  Dwyane  Wade  picture  appears  courtesy of  ap/photo/Lyne  Sladky ...............
Chris Duhon of the New York Knicks pushes the ball upcourt and at the same time tries to elude the defensive presence of the Heat's Dwyane Wade . picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/Lyne Sladky ...............

 

 

 

Lee’s   devotion  to  the  franchise     borders   on  the   type   fan  worship   and   devotion   shown   by   Jack   Nicholson  to   the   Los  Angeles   Lakers.  And  when   that   sort   of   devotion  is   being   shown     by  show   businesses’   top   stars   to   the   sport.  It   can  only   mean  that   they’ve    got  a  great   deal  of   time  of  their   hands. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The  New  York  Knicks   for  their    part   have  got  to  be   in  some ways   happy  with  the  play   of  Nate  Robinson.  He   may   well   be  the  lone   reason  to  watch   this   team   at  any   time.    Looking  down  at  the   roster  of  the   team  and  there’s  absolutely   nothing   there    that   would    have   you  believe  that  this   team  is   capable  of  competing    with  amongst  the  elite  of  the   NBA.   It’s  clear  to  see   why   the     LeBron  James’  overkill  as  to  his   final   destination   in   2010   has  become  so  much  of  the  lore   as  it   now  stands.   If   nothing   else   it  gives  the   fans   there   in  New  York   something  to  wish  for.  Well  that  along   with  perhaps  the  New  York  Yankees  winning  the  World  Series   or    even  Alex  Rodriguez  showing  up  in the  postseason  for  just  once  in  his   career.     But  then  again    isn’t   Alex   liable  to  blame  his   woes   upon   that  of   his  cousin  and   the   effects  of  the   boli  ?   Where’s   Papi  Chulo   when  you  need   him  most  ?     Well   Alex   much    like  your  New  York   counterparts   within  the  NBA  it’s   time  to   put    up   or   shut   up   once  and   for  all.

 

 

Jermaine  O'Neal  of  the  Miami Heat  has to be  restrained  by   teammate  Udonis  Haslem  having  got  into  an  altercation  with  Larry  Hughes  of the  New York  Knicks   during the  game.    picture  appears   courtesy  of  ap/photo/Lyne  Sladky ............
Jermaine O'Neal of the Miami Heat has to be restrained by teammate Udonis Haslem having gotten into an altercation with Larry Hughes of the New York Knicks during the game played at the American Airlines Arena in Miami , Florida. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/Lyne Sladky .....................

 

 

And  as  of   now   with  this   loss   one  can  say  that  it’s   time   for  the  New  York  Knicks   and  their   hierarchy  to   look   at   what  it  is   they’re   now  striving  to  achieve. They’ve   struggled    in  almost    every   facet  of  the  game.  And   in  spite  of   everything  that     Donnie  Walsh  and    coach   Mike  D’Antoni   are   hoping   to   elicit    from  this   roster.  It   just   doesn’t   seem  to   be   equating    in  the   form  of   results   on  the   court.    The  fact  of the   matter   is   Wade’s   performance     last   night   basically  showed   us   all  the   monumental    challenges   that  this   team   faces   if  it’s   to   contend   with  the  elite    teams    within   the   Eastern   Conference   and  the   rest  of   the  NBA.    He   torched   the   Knicks    for     46  points   and  it   could   well  have    been   a  hell  of   a  whole  lot  more   were   he  able  to  apply   himself  more.

 

 

 

 

 

The  New  York   Knicks   for   their   part   merely     played   that  of  a    supporting   cast   as   the   Wade   and   his    teammates  waylaid    them  and  any  aspiration  that   they  had  on the   night.   It’s  at   times   like   these  we’ve    got  to  be   thankful   that     New  York  City  is   viewed  as  the   city  that  never  sleeps.  With   so    much   happening   around  this    vast  metropolis  .  It’s    good   to  know   that   there   are    avenues   where   can  one   spend  their   money   and   actually    obtain   something   or   real   value   in  return   that’s   tangible.   Spending  it  on  watching   the  New  York  Knicks   has  to   be  about  as  welcoming    as   having  a   root   canal.