Nike Zoom Kobe VII USA Olympic Shoe

Its getting closer to the Olympics so that means new crops of basketball shoes for Team USA, China etc. First up is Nike Zoom Kobe VII for Lebron James…Kobe Bryant.

NBA Playoffs : Second Round Preview

Now I know its a bit late but thats due to those pesky Game 7’s. Lets first recap my predictions on the first round!

Prediction : Spurs over Jazz in 4 Games (Spurs won in 4)

Prediction : Thunder over Mavs in 6 Games (Thunder won in 4)

Prediction : Nuggets over Lakers in 7 Games (Lakers won in 7)

Prediction : Clippers over Grizzlies in 7 Games (Clippers won in 7)

Prediction : Bulls over 76ers in 5 Games (76ers won in 6)

Prediction : Heat over Knicks in 7 Games (Heat won in 5)

Prediction : Pacers over Magic in 6 Games (Pacers won in 5)

Prediction : Celtics over Heat in 5 Games (Celtics won in 6)

Ok so that wasn’t too bad and pretty spot on. The Lakers Nuggets series could’ve gone either way, and the Bulls lost D Rose and Noah and who could’ve seen both of that. Even though I’m a Knick fan they were done hard by the Shumpert and Stat injuries mid series. Probably would’ve won another game and forced it to 6 but never won the series. Was a great first round but now the scrubs (Melo) are gone and its time for the second round.

Western Conference :

1. San Antonio Spurs defeats 5. Los Angeles Clippers in 5 Games

Spurs are too deep and too good defensively. Duncan is going to force Blake to take jumpers all day and Tony Parker will not let CP3 take over games. I still think the Clippers can get one at home but this series is going to be short and San Antonio will be once again rested heading into another series.

2. Oklahoma City Thunder defeats 3. Los Angeles Lakers in 4 Games

Whoa Laker fans who bashed me about the Nuggets prediction calm down again. Listen carefully, your team sucks I know I know Kobe bla bla but they aren’t very good. The best thing that could happen to this team is it gets blown up in the offseason and they start over. The Thunder have a better team and are younger and quicker than the Lakers. Only way the Lakers stand a chance is they keep their starting 5 in the whole game every game. This could get very ugly ala the Mavs series last year. Elbowgate replay?

Eastern Conference :

1. Miami Heat defeats 3. Indiana Pacers in 7 Games

Full disclosure I am writing this after game 1 so Bosh is done for the series now. With that being said I cant see Lebron and Wade losing this series as much as that pains me to write. The Pacers have a nice team, I love the way they play they are deep as hell and very aggressive with guys who just come in to use up their fouls. Still I think the have Nuggets syndrome with no one to close out games. Will be competitive and I think if we see a Game 7 it could get really interesting…feeling the Heat much Lebron (no pun intended).

4. Boston Celtics defeats 8. Philadelphia 76ers in 5 Games

Its great to see Philly still in it. Doug Collins has done a great job in his tenure there and they have done a good job keeping Iggy in a Sixer uniform and not caving to trade rumors. However they are playing a fully healthy Rajon Rondo led Celtics team. I think Boston is going to go to Philly win 2 and then come home and close them out. Was a nice run (thanks to a ton of injury help to be fair) by the Sixers but they’ll be better and back next year.

There ya go Enjoy the games and lets see if I can keep the predictions going in the right direction!

NBA Playoffs Are Here! 1st Round Predictions

Well the fast pace lockout shortened season is over and its time for the playoffs. No real surprises this year in either conference in terms of playoff teams but injuries and parody make this one of the most competitive playoffs I can remember. Was pretty good in previous years predicting who would win so lets start things off with the West Side!

Western Conference

1. San Antonio Spurs defeats 8. Utah Jazz in 4 Games

Can’t see Utah winning a game here unless Al Jefferson plays out of his mind ala Zach Randolph last year. That’s not gonna happen though and a strong deep and a 100% Manu means the Spurs sweep the young Jazz.

2. Oklahoma City Thunder defeats 7. Dallas Mavericks in 6 Games

Elbow gate is over Harden is going to be back for the series which is big. OKC almost beat the Mavs last year but will get the job done this year. Mavs are just getting old and stale. Lost key players from last years Championship team and just aren’t the same. See them winning atleast 1 game this series but just because they are the champs and Dirk is there I’ll give them 2. OKC in 6.

6. Denver Nuggets defeats 3. Los Angeles Lakers in 7 Games

Uh oh what’s this? Yes upset city here. Denver pulls it off. This to me is not about superstars but all around deep teams. Denver has it LA doesnt come close. Metta World War is out for all but game 7 here so that even kills the depth more for LA. Denver has no match for Bynum, Gasol and Kobe and yes that sounds crazy but in every other way I give the nod to Denver including coaching. Denver runs, plays D, moves the ball around and isn’t selfish. Either way this is going to be one hell of a series as its a clash of styles like no other series has.

5. Los Angeles Clippers defeats 4. Memphis Grizzlies in 7 Games

Did I tell you how exciting these playoffs are going to be?! Well this is going to be easily my favorite series to watch besides the Knicks. These 2 teams are so young and talented its unfair. LA doesn’t have too much of a bench but their starting 5 is dangerous. I give them the edge over Memphis because of one guy CP3. Look he won series in New Orleans with nobody.

Eastern Conference

1. Chicago Bulls defeats 8. Philadelphia 76ers in 5 Games

Philly has a solid team yes but Chicago is just too strong for them. Even if D Rose isn’t 100% they move on and in 5 games giving D Rose extra time to heal for the next series…..

2. Miami Heat defeats 7. New York Knicks in 7 Games

Yes I know I am a Knicks fan and yes I know I hate Lebron and the Heat with a passion but hear me out. I’m saying 7 games because the Knicks are really gelling post D’Antoni. You have matchup problems across the board for the Heat. The key here are two matchups. Amare vs Bosh is the biggest in my mind. If Amare can shut down Bosh Knicks have a chance to win some games here. The real key and this is obvious is Carmelo has to be lights out like he has been here at the end of the year. He needs to do everything Lebron is doing but more. Thats the only way the Knicks have a shot. With all that being said I still don’t see them taking it but I’ll give it 7 games. Go Knicks!

3. Indiana Pacers defeats 6. Orlando Magic in 6 Games

Why no one talks about Indiana boggles my mind but I’m a believer. We are talking about a team with great depth and a really really good Center in Hibbert. Now Orlando here will not have Dwight “team ruin-er” Howard but this is where Stan Van shows his coaching ability. He will pull off two wins against a strong Indiana team. Yes they lose but that hey they don’t get swept!

4. Boston Celtics defeats 5. Atlanta Hawks in 5 Games

Atlanta has a lot of talent but they need to dump some to get a legit Point Guard. Been saying it for years! Smith, Johnson and Horford is sick but you have no point guard. Trade Smith get a PG in there and we can talk about being more than just a 4 seed every year. Celtics win this easily because of Rondo. Rondo has been the best shot creating PG this season and that’s all he will do this series. I literally could see him get 30 assists against the Hawks this round. Celtics will enjoy a nice easy series here and then have to face the Bulls….

So there ya go Enjoy the games!

ASG Brings Out LeChoke

Amazing how dude turns it over at the end of the 4th ruining their chances rather than taking last shot….Props to Kobe and Melo for clowning him for that and really bringing out his demons.

Nike Team USA Basketball Jerseys

I must say these are pretty awesome looking. Nike always has great templates for its basketball olympic jersys and this doesnt miss either. Also check out Kobe, Durant olympic editions….

Lebron 9 and Kobe VII All Star Editions

Lebron’s is a homage to space suits…Kobe’s a tribute to supernova the most powerful force in the universe. To backtrack Durants (posted yesterday) is a tribute to the silver suit of a notable Oklahoma astronaut as well as patches signifying him as the reigning H.O.R.S.E champion.

If you didnt guess the All star game is in Orlando…NASA…etc…bit of a stretch I’d say Houston is more of a city synonymous with NASA.

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