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LeBron James’ First Title and the End of an Era for the NBA

June 25, 2012 Leave a comment

Last Thursday we saw the long awaited crowning of King James on top of the NBA Throne. Despite LeBron James accumulating two MVP trophies and two appearances in the Finals, some NBA purists and general LeBron-haters loved to rant about how LeBron will never win a championship with the top-heavy Miami team that he created along with Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh in South Beach during the summer of 2010.

The claims of LeBron’s fate of being championship-less for his entire career, although popular during a time of extreme scrutiny on James, were fairly unfounded. It was pretty unlikely that the arguably “best” player in the NBA would go his entire career without winning a championship. It just wasn’t going to happen, especially in a league defined by star players.
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First Off The Bench Podcast: 3-On-3

March 6, 2012 Leave a comment

The First Off The Bench Podcast is back!!

In this episode Matt and David go 3-on-3 with questions about the LeBron, the NBA MVP, the heated dispute between Don Cherry and Brian Burke, concussions in sports and a ton of other topics. Also David drags Matt through a session in word-association.

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March 2012 Podcast

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Dwight Howard and Chris Paul on the New York Knicks?

December 2, 2011 Leave a comment

Ok, quick thought in the midst of all the NBA trade rumors that are flying around. Here are the facts:

– Chris Paul wants to go to New York but they already have Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire, both of whom have large contracts.
– Dwight Howard will most likely be leaving Orlando for a variety of big market options

So, how things are the Knicks will be hard pressed to get either Paul or Howard due to their cap being nearly completely full with Carmelo and Amare. Somewhere someone was suggesting that the Heat trade LeBron James for Howard, one-for-one. That will probably never happen after all the hoopla that was involved around the Heat in the last year and a half, but if it did it would probably be a smart (and ruthless) move by Heat GM Pat Riley. Everyone saw the awkwardness between LeBron and Wade in the Finals last year when one of the two had to take the big shots. Adding Howard to Wade and Bosh on the Heat would make them a well balanced team.

That got me thinking though. Amare and Carmelo both play a very similar position and are both ball stoppers on offense. Howard is a true Center (best in the league) and Paul is the truest of Point Guards (best in the league). Even though the Knicks went through ton of crap in the last two years to get Carmelo and Amare, if they were smart (and extremely ruthless) they should swap their two stars for Paul and Howard.

I would much rather have a great Center and a great Point Guard instead of two good/great Power Forwards.

It would never happen though.

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NBA Lockout Vs. NFL Lockout: If you had to pick one…

July 7, 2011 Leave a comment

Do we really want to miss out on watching these guys play together next year?

With the prospect of both the NBA and NFL being locked out for the 2011-2012 year, with girlfriends and wives in blissful anticipation, we could see a very depressed North American sports scene next year. ESPN may be reverted to concentrating on the NHL (Canada rejoices) or the baseball off-season.

PTI with Wilbon and Kornheiser with neither league in action could be interesting to say the least; dragging limited sports stories over a half hour show. Who knows, rich NBA and NFL players running around with no responsibility to their leagues could create enough news stories to keep ESPN and TMZ busy throughout the winter. Read more…

2010-2011 NBA Playoff Preview: First Off The Bench Writers’ Predictions

April 15, 2011 1 comment

In this episode of the First Off The Bench podcast, writers David, Sean, Marcus and Matt joined by new comer Greg, discuss the upcoming NBA playoffs. They make predictions on all the first round match ups, speculate on the conference champions and then take wild stabs at possible options for the overall NBA champs. They also go on to compare the roster of the Miami Heat to the cast of the Star Wars movies.

2011 NBA Playoff Preview

To listen to the podcast, just click on the link above. It is also available for download on iTunes. Just search “First Off The Bench” in the iTunes Store.

For a recap of podcast predictions check out the First Off The Bench writers’ picks below. Read more…

The Solution to Keep NBA Prospects in the NCAA Longer: League Contraction

April 7, 2011 1 comment

In a recent episode of the BS Report podcast, Bill Simmons and Chuck Klosterman discussed at length the issue of NCAA basketball players leaving college too soon to enter the NBA draft. Bill, Chuck, and many other basketball fans, feel that this recent trend is hurting the NCAA product (Butler’s 18% shooting in the NCAA final this year) and the NBA product by having players enter the league before they are ready. Read more…

Carmelo Anthony To The New York Knicks: Did He Handle His Departure In The Most Honourable Way?

February 22, 2011 3 comments

After seven months of trade rumours that started in the summer, Carmelo Anthony finally got his wish yesterday and was traded to the New York Knicks. This is not the first act of Superstars taking matters into their own hands, as we saw Lebron James and Chris Bosh hold auction style bidding wars for their services last summer. The results of this Carmelo move are the same, a Superstar picked a city (NY) he wanted to play for and picked another Superstar (Amar’e) that he wanted to play with, but he went about it differently. Lebron James and Chris Bosh both played out their contracts with Toronto and Cleveland, technically doing their old team no injustice by exercising their legal right to sign a contract with another team when their agreement expired. But what Carmelo did was different. He and his people made it clear from before the season started that he wanted to leave Denver and go to NY, and due to the word being out, the tension being high, and the media being rampant around the team, the Nuggets have struggled with issues this season despite having a deep and talented roster. So, which method was more honourable when leaving the team that drafted them seven years ago? I will try to answer that below. Read more…