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Miami Heat Problems Are Clear Cut

The Miami Heat, have two of the leagues hottest stars in Dwayne Wade and LeBron James (season’s MVP) and a solid number 2 guy on any other team, Chris Bosh. And yet for the second straight year, after being up 2-0 in a series, the once ‘OmgJamesWade&BoshAreGonnaBeUnstoppable’ team are on the verge of elimination dropping 4 straight for the second time (the first, being against the Dallas Mavericks in last year’s NBA Finals). WHYY!?!

Many people speculate, but I have the answer!! (or atleast I think I do..)

There’s Always Something Funny..

The Heat’s problems are clear, cut and 3-fold..
Here’s what I’ve come up with:

1. What is SOO funny??

This is such a mind blowing thing to me. When playing basketball, soccer or hockey out on your local court, field or ice rink, caught in a highly competitive game, but for some reason or another, your down, losing or have lost..

… would you be laughing??

I don’t know if there’s a clown in the stands juggling hoola-hoops or if they’ve got Russell Peters on the announcers mic doing jokes, but if it were you or me fighting for our legacies on the NBA Playoff stage, I can’t see a single reason for a grin without a win.

The Spurs, Thunder and Celtics have shown that locked-in mental focus thus far and they are proving why hard work and passion can possibly override talent.

2. Big Time Egos NEED Big Time Coaches

Coach Erik Spoelstra isn’t the worst coach in the world. There are many young teams in the NBA who could use an inexperienced coach to grow together, but he could possibly the worst coach for this organization and this situation.

How could one expect three players with egos as big as their multi-million dollar bank accounts, to listen to, abide by or respect a coach who has thus far individually accomplished nothing significant in the NBA. Sitting along side Pat Riley and the Miami Heat in the 2006 NBA Finals is one thing, doing it yourself is another… especially when you have LeBron James.

LeBron needs what very few coaches provide, guidance and authority over superstar players. Doc Rivers has it, Greg Popovich has it, George Karl and Phil Jackson had it. Not to say that Erik Spoelstra may not earn it eventually, but talk about an uphill battle, this is it.

3. Leave the Showmanship to the Announcers:

LeBron, Wade and Bosh need to stop worrying about their appearance, the way they look or are perceived and just play hard fought basketball. No need for ‘Flash’, ‘The Chosen One’ or ‘Side Show Bosh’, the only thing welcome at this point is toughness and confidence, the rest of the cast will follow suit.

GO MIAMI HEAT!
I have nothing against the Heat, I’m not one of those! I don’t hate LeBron James and Dwayne Wade, in fact, I wish they would succeed together. I just wish this message could be delivered to them with the best of intentions. They may win a championship based on talent, but a DYNASTY is built by so much more.

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Phil Jackson: Unbreakable Legacy

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On Sunday night, the Los Angeles Lakers were eliminated from the 2011 Playoffs. After winning 2 NBA championships in their most recent 3 NBA Finals appearances, this year, the Lakers seemed uninterested, lethargic and lacking an edge.

But this blog just isn’t about the Lakers..

It’s about Phil Jackson.

The winning-est coach in NBA history, 11 NBA Championships in 13 Finals appearances.

He coached two of the greatest players of all-time in Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant, guiding them to 6 and 5 championship rings respectively. Other notable players, Hall of Famers Scottie Pippen and Dennis Rodman and future Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal all enjoyed wide success with Jackson.

Although he did not develop it, Jackson evolved and perfected the Triangle Offense. His style helped lead the 1995-96 Bulls team to a 72-10 record, which is the only team to ever win 70+ games in a season.

Lucky Guy! Don’t you think?

Jackson won in his first 9 championships in three-peats, first 3 with MJ and co., then another 3 in MJ’s return and 3 more with Shaq and Kobe. . . and after winning 2 in a row, Jackson had rightfully returned for the perfect ending, the one we all dream of, for one last season, one last run, for one last three-peat, one last title. . .

Instead, the Lakers were swept by the Dallas Mavericks in the 2nd-round of the Playoffs, being blown out by 30 in the elimination game.

And just when you thought matters could not get any worse. . .

Two Lakers players were ejected for flagrant plays and the Lakers had lost.

The man we all believed to be one of the luckiest, smartest and illustrious coaches in the world was disgraced, humiliated and let down, seemingly leaving the courts an apparent loser.

Despite this unfortunate ending, Jackson smiled, joked and embraced his own exit from the game of basketball at his press conference. Evidently thankful for his career, its opportunities and his unfathomable success during his 20 year run. . .

. . . then with one final smiling remark, Jackson stood, thanked the media and left the basketball world an apparent indisputable winner.

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