Friday, June 13, 2008

Kobe Bryant <, >, or = Michael Jordan

So apparently, prior to the NBA Finals everybody was ready to put Kobe Bryant and the same dinner table as Michael Jordan in terms of greatest ever in the NBA. People were ready to assume he was going to go into Boston and take the title and let Phil also make claim as the greatest coach of all-time, surpassing Red.

Coming off of his MVP season, and relatively easy playoff run to the finals, who was going to doubt Kobe Bryant? The team had taken a relative 180 since opening night when he was shown the boo's from the home crowd, that was until they ran into Boston.

I will admit I was one of the first to doubt how successful the Celtics would be going into the season and again going into the playoffs having never played with each other before. I also did feel that they were significantly underrated going into this series. The Celtics were not 25-5 against the West by accident or 2-0 against the Lakers.

The main point here is that Kobe Bryant still does not deserve to be in the conversation with Jordan as the best ever. Considering a lot of opinions the list reads something like this...

1. Michael Jordan

2. Wilt Chamberlain

3. Bill Russell

Do not get me wrong, Kobe is the best current player in the NBA today, but I would like to see him with this title before people start giving him it without playing the series. Sure, he has not gotten a lot of help from "Mr . Softee" Pau Gasol or until last night Lamar Odom, but we are talking about the MVP here. His shooting so far has been dismal, in Game 4 he shot 6-19 and Game 1 09 of 26. To his credit Kobe did have 10 assists in Game 4. From what I gathered in last night's game it just seemed like Kobe was not getting involved early on and tried to turn it on to late, something similar to what Jordan would do. But if your team is up by 24 points Kobe, you should be trying to put the nail in the coffin and make sure your team does not lose that game! Was it not only 2 games earlier where the Lakers came back from a 24 point deficit to get within 2 points of leading the game??
Oh yes, and this supposed corner that Kobe has turned, let me point out that he was the one who left the court last night with 3 seconds left in the game and also made comments after the game saying, "A lot of wine, a lot of beer, couple shots...maybe 20 of them, digest it and get back to work".
What are your thoughts on Kobe Bryant? Where does he rank in terms of all-time greats?

Monday, June 9, 2008

Cleaning Up the Mess

The post titled "cleaning up the mess" will be a new feature on the blog that will basically just recap all the big stories and stories you may has missed over the recent couple days. The post will be similar to a "quick hits" type of segment. I hope you all enjoy!

NBA News:

- Detroit Pistons have named Michael Curry their new head coach on a 3-year deal

- Phoenix Suns introduced former Bucks' coach Terry Porter as their new head coach

- According to sources, the Chicago Bulls have offered their coaching vacancy to Vinny Del Negro

- Gilbert Arenas opted out of his final year of his 6 year deal with Washington as expected.

NFL News:

- Lito Sheppard is still absent from Eagles OTAs and practice

- After his recent DUI, Cedric Benson was released by the Chicago Bears

- After 15 years and the recent Super Bowl victory, Giants' DE Michael Strahan will retire (interesting to not the possible Hall of Fame class of Favre, Strahan, and Warren Sapp)

NHL News:

- Detroit Red Wings goalie Dominic Hasek will retire and certainly will be a Hall of Famer

MLB News:

- Ken Griffey Jr. hit his 600th Home Run tonight in front of about 30 people in Florida

- Seattle Mariners fired their hitting coach (I expect more moves of the like to occur)

Grab Bag News:

- Floyd Mayweather Jr. has apparently "retired" from Boxing

- Rafael Nadal won his 4th straight French Open

- Big Brown was unsuccessful in his bid to win the Triple Crown

Anything I missed?

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Top 10: Other Sport Figures I would Pay to See...

Finally, I have comprised part 4 of 4 of the series of top 10 Athletes I would pay to see up close and personal. Considering my NHL knowledge is limited outside of the Flyers and the top teams of the league, I figured I would build a list of all other sports outside of the NBA, MLB, and NFL.

So without further ado...


10. Sidney Crosby (Pittsburgh Penguins - NHL)

09. Ronaldinho (FC Barcelona/Brazil - Soccer)

08. Rafael Nadal (Spain - Tennis)

07. Alexander Ovechkin (Washington Capitols - NHL)

06. David Beckham (Los Angeles Galaxy/England - Soccer)

05. Bernard Hopkins (Boxing)

04. Kimbo Slice (MMA)

03. Floyd Mayweather Jr. (Boxing)

02. Roger Federer (Switzerland - Tennis)

01. Tiger Woods (Golf)

This was an interesting spin on the topic at hand. I tried to include people from all different sporting backgrounds and some athletes I do not necessarily like (Beckham, Crosby) but based upon their fame and talent, they are can't-miss people to pay to see.

I hope everyone enjoyed this little side topic.

Please do leave some feedback on your top 10 in the comment section below.