5 Reasons Why the Heat will NOT Repeat

You must’ve already read our take on why the Miami Heat will REPEAT and become the NBA Champions once again this season. But it would be boring if we automatically assume that the Heat will win it all. After all, there’s going to be a lot of basketball to be played this season and a lot of teams are gunning for that elusive trophy.

So how about we look at things in a different perspective? Here are 5 Reasons why the Miami Heat will NOT repeat as champions this season!

1.)    Wade and Bosh’s Health

The Miami Heat barely made it to the NBA Finals last season. The injured Boston Celtics pushed the Heat to 7 games in the Eastern Conference Finals (ECF). Imagine if the Celtics managed to close the Heat out? Truth be told, the Miami Heat got lucky (which isn’t a bad thing).

The Heat had a banged up Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh also missed some games due to injury. If the Heat are not healthy come Playoff time, they may not make it past the ECF. LeBron’s talent alone can’t catapult the Heat to another NBA title. He needs Wade and Bosh to be healthy for them to make it back to the NBA Finals.

2.)    The Interior is Still Weak

Well guys, it looks like the Eddy Curry experiment didn’t last long. Pat Riley probably figured out that Curry was taking too much space on the bench (I bet you had a good laugh!). Seriously speaking though, the Miami Heat cut Eddy Curry and did not make any significant addition to bolster their front court.

It seems that the Miami Heat are going to continue sporting a non-traditional line-up without a real center. The Heat will start Chris Bosh at center and hope for the best. With Andrew Bynum making his way to Philadelphia, the Heat may face some trouble in the interior. Luckily for them, Bynum is out indefinitely and may not even play this season. The teams in the East are taking advantage of the Heat’s weakness and they might be exposed in the playoffs.

3.)    Carmelo Anthony says Hi!

It’s not a secret that Carmelo Anthony always had LeBron James’ number since High school. Although LeBron got the best out of Melo in last season’s playoffs, there’s no guarantee that LBJ can expect the same results this season.

Melo’s Knicks are gunning for the Eastern Conference with a revamped roster. Having added veteran point guard Jason Kidd, defensive big man Marcus Camby, defensive ace Ronnie Brewer, new starting point guard Raymond Felton among others, the Knicks are poised to debut their best line up in over a decade.

Carmelo Anthony is regarded as the best player in the NBA right now without an NBA title, and many experts feel that it’s his time. Heat fans… What if it is Melo’s time this season? [Read more…]


5 Reasons Why the Heat Will Repeat the Success from Last Season

The Miami Heat won the NBA championship last season (duh!), and is once again the favorites to win it all this season. Join us as we take a look at 5 Reasons why the Miami Heat will repeat as champions this season!

1.   The Supersonics Connection

This offseason, almost every NBA team added some talent in hopes of becoming a better squad. The Lakers made huge moves, acquiring Steve Nash and Dwight Howard in hopes of challenging the Heat for the title. But Miami made some strong moves in Free Agency as well.

The Heat added one of the best 3 point shooters in NBA History, Ray Allen. And on the other hand, they also acquired Allen’s former running mate in Seattle, Rashard Lewis. These two played amazing basketball during their stint in Seattle. Although having passed their respective primes, Allen and Lewis are still great additions to the defending champs.

Allen and Lewis provide the Heat more gunmen from beyond the arc. With LeBron James’ superior court vision and play making ability, having more three point shooting threats on the floor will do wonders for the Miami Heat’s offense. Allen and Lewis may just be what the Heat needs for another repeat.

2.  Bosh’s Transition to Center

Chris Bosh was always considered as a power forward. He is the 3rd option in Miami, with Dwyane Wade and LeBron James sharing the bulk of the offensive load. But when Chris Bosh was sidelined in the playoffs, he was definitely missed.

Now, Chris Bosh is fully healthy and added some muscle as he makes the transition from 4 to 5. Bosh will now be the Heat’s starting center, and this may be a good thing. With Dwight Howard already out West, there are only a few legit centers in the East. Bosh can definitely hold his own and make the most out of the opportunity.

With his speed and shooting ability, Bosh has an advantage over the prototype big men in the league.

3.    Derrick Rose and Amar’e Stoudemire’s Health Issues

The Miami Heat are the favorites to win the title, but this doesn’t mean that no one in the East has a shot to dethrone them. In fact, there are a couple of teams in the East that can definitely challenge Miami. The only problem is that those teams aren’t completely healthy.

The Chicago Bulls were legit contenders last season. That was when Rose was still playing. Ever since Rose suffered an ACL injury, the Bulls were thrown out of the conversation of challenging Miami.

The New York Knicks on the other hand, added a couple of veterans such as Raymond Felton, Jason Kidd, Marcus Camby, Rasheed Wallace in hopes of beating the Miami Heat for the Eastern Conference throne. The problem? Amar’e Stoudemire is now out indefinitely due to knee problems.

Because of the other teams’ misfortunes, the Heat are looking to capitalize and coast through the East once again.

4.   The Lakers and OKC are Not Ready for the Heat

The Lakers are filled with legit veterans and superstars, but this doesn’t mean that they can coast their way to an NBA championship. The Lakers will need to get it together and build chemistry. It isn’t a guarantee that they can all play well together.

The Thunder also traded away James Harden to the Rockets for Kevin Martin and Jeremy Lamb. Losing Harden is a huge blow to the Thunder and may have crippled them a bit. The Miami Heat will have no problem taking advantage of the Lakers’ chemistry issues and the Thunder’s weaker bench.

5.   LeBron James is the Best Player in the Planet

Let’s face it… LeBron James is the best player in the planet. He is in the prime of his career and there is no stopping the L-Train from doing whatever he wants.

James will continue playing at a very high level, and when he does, there’s just no stopping the Miami Heat. The only guy who can match LBJ point for point, and even beat him is Carmelo Anthony (historically, Melo has the edge over LeBron). But Melo needs Stoudemire to be healthy if the Knicks want to beat the Heat.

Till that happens, LeBron James will continue his onslaught and lead the Miami Heat to another NBA title this season.


Top 5 Frontrunners for the MVP Award (NBA)

Last season (2011-2012), LeBron James was head and shoulders above every NBA (National Basketball Association) player for the Maurice Podoloff Trophy. There’s no denying that King James is the best player in the planet.

As Charles Barkley mentioned in a recent Heat VS Spurs match-up, LeBron James is just “on another planet”. Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony, a healthy Derrick Rose; those guys are good, but without a doubt, LeBron James is still the best player in the league.

Although LeBron is the best player in the planet, he’s still not a shoe-in for the Most Valuable Player award in the NBA. The MVP award isn’t only given to the player with the best stats. There are other factors being considered when the media votes for the MVP.

But for now, let’s take a look at the Top 5 Frontrunners for the MVP award this season (2012-2013).

#5: Zach Randolph

When a team has the best record in the league, someone from that squad deserves to be in the MVP chatter, right? For the league leading Memphis Grizzlies (11-2), Zach Randolph is that guy!

Z-Bo has been averaging 16.7 PPG and 13.3 RBG. Aside from the numbers, Zach Randolph has been playing well on the defensive end as well. Randolph’s toughness and grit is one of the main reasons why the Grizzlies are destroying teams who get in their way.
Randolph may be a longshot to win the MVP, but if the Grizzlies can somehow keep winning, it’s going to be hard for the media to snub Zach Randolph.

#4 Kobe Bryant

The Los Angeles Lakers may not be having the start that they were hoping for. Prior to the start of the season, there was a lot of chatter that the Lakers *could* beat the Chicago Bulls (`95-96) 72-10 record. With an All-Star cast featuring Kobe Bryant, 2-Time MVP Steve Nash, Multiple DPOY winners Dwight Howard and Ron Artest Metta World Peace it seemed to make sense at first. But unfortunately, Nash got injured, Mike Brown got fired, and there’s a lot of question marks down in Hollywood.
The only bright spot? Mr. Kobe Bryant!

Kobe is averaging nearly 30 points per game, 5 boards, and 5 dimes! With Nash out, Kobe has been doing the ball distribution for the Lakers. Though they are only at 7-8 right now, the Lakers still have a lot of time to make things right and win.
With Kobe Bryant, anything is possible. If the Lakers somehow turn this season around, Kobe may possibly win his 2nd MVP award this year; all at age 34.

#3 Kevin Durant

Kevin Durant is widely considered as the 2nd best player after LeBron James. Though that is still debatable at this point, Durant is the unquestionable leader of the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Durant’s scoring has been stellar ever since he entered the league 4 years ago. He’s averaging 26.6 points per game, a surprising 9 rebounds a game, and 4.4 assists per game.

There’s no question that Durant has been playing amazing in 16 games so far this season. But what makes Durant special this year is his increased rebounding and assists. Hopefully, Durant can keep this up till seasons end. If he does, maybe he can win his first ever MVP award.

He needs to make sure that the Thunder keeps winning too. [Read more…]


Knicks Start Out Strong with Melo Leading the Way

Well what do you know? The New York Knicks started the season 3-0! Yes! The New York KNICKS! These are the same Knicks who have been the laughing stock of the NBA (National Basketball Association) for years. The same Knicks who last had a 3-0 start in the 1999-2000 NBA Lock-Out Season.

The Knicks’ strong start made waves around the league. Why wouldn’t it? If you blow out the Miami Heat by 20 in the season opener, you will definitely get a lot of attention. These Knickerbockers look very different from the last time we all saw them (last year’s playoffs, where they were destroyed by the Miami Heat).

The Knicks have added veterans such as Jason Kidd, Marcus Camby, Kurt Thomas, Pablo Prigioni and the returning Rasheed Wallace. While those are very great additions to the team, it’s not a secret that the man behind the Knicks’ success is none other than Carmelo Anthony.

Anthony has shown things that he has never done before in his career. We all know ‘Melo can score! In fact, he’s regarded by some as the best offensive player or pure scorer in the league. But the critics have never been shy to point out ‘Melo’s lack of commitment on the defensive end. What we’ve seen thus far though, is something that should silence even his biggest critics.

‘Melo has been playing amazing basketball on both ends of the floor. He dominated the Heat with his shooting and inside game, while playing good defense on his rival LeBron James. Right after that game, Carmelo Anthony continued his onslaught as he scored 21 against the Philadelphia 76ers. But what really stood out is ‘Melo’s defense and hustle. There was even an instance where Anthony dived for a loose ball and went into the stands. This kind of hustle and heart is what is propelling the Knicks right now to success.

Right now, the New York Knicks came back to Earth having suffered 4 losses already. They fell short against the Grizzlies, Mavericks, Rockets, and the new kids in town, the Brooklyn Nets.

This doesn’t mean that the Knicks have become irrelevant though. They still have one of the better records in the NBA. Carmelo has been playing out of his mind, as he has been mentioned early on as a legitimate MVP candidate. ESPN and have him at #2 in the MVP race. Carmelo Anthony can win that award if he continues to lead the Knicks to more WINS.

Everyone knows ‘Melo can score with the best of them; but the Knicks are going to need him to continue his stellar play on the defensive end. That is the only way for the Knicks to have a successful season and go deep in the Playoffs.

Can they go deep? Will the injured Amar’e Stoudemire and Iman Shumpert be able to return to their pre-injury form and help the Knicks in their title hopes?

There are definitely a lot of question marks for this New York Knicks squad, but unlike the past few seasons, this Knicks are definitely contenders.

Knicks fans; don’t forget to thank Mr. Anthony, okay?