Now that some time has elapsed, we look back, to the Miami Heat’s epic game 7, victory over a determined San Antonio Spurs team. Reflecting back further; five . . ., six . . ., seven . . ., NBA titles James called out; the Miami Heat has won their second consecutive National Basketball Association championship title on their third consecutive run to the NBA finals. “THE DECISION” announcement by Lebron James made over three years ago was very Decisive. King James along with Chris Bosh and Dwayne Wade, Miami’s Big Three, are delivering on what Lebron James promised upon entering his union with the Miami Heat.
The Heat, Spurs’ game 7 score, 95-88, is not indicative of what truly happen in game 7, or the entire series. The Miami Heat came within literally inches of not being in the position they find themselves in today, two-time NBA champions.
The San Antonio Spurs started their pursuit of a fifth NBA championship under Popovich and Duncan, by winning game one, after coming off a 9-10 day break between their 4-2 series with the Memphis Grizzlies before playing The Miami Heat in the finals.
The Chicago Bulls hold the 20th overall pick in Thursday night’s NBA draft, and the team has no shortage of concerns that the selection could be used to address. From the near-certain free-agent departure of playoff hero Nate Robinson to the perpetual quest for shooters around Derrick Rose, the Bulls have plenty of directions they could go with the pick.
Based on the group of players likely to remain on the board when the Bulls make their choice, these three are the most promising for Chicago’s future:
1. Shabazz Muhammad, UCLA
It’s kind of amazing that the Bulls have any shot at the player who entered college as the No. 2-ranked freshman in the country (trailing only probable top pick Nerlens Noel). However, Muhammad’s stock has already slid as far as the late lottery by many projections, so it would only take another few spots to leave him available to Chicago.
For the better part of the last week the Celtics and Clippers attempted to the point of exhaustion to work out a trade that would send Celtics head coach Doc Rivers and forward Kevin Garnett to the Clippers. Trying to get Rivers and Garnett was reportedly an attempt by the Clippers to appease soon-to-be free agent point guard Chris Paul, who wants to be coached by Rivers. But, with the deal seemingly dead after a report on Friday that Rivers informed the Clippers that he is no longer a candidate, it appears the possibility of Paul being coached by Rivers won’t be happening anytime soon.
Continuing our preview of the players to watch in the upcoming NCAA Football season, we turn our attention to the man touted as the best Quarterback in the country.
#2. Teddy Bridgewater.
Height: 6 feet, 3 inches.
Weight: 213 lbs.
Draft Projection: 1st-3rd overall (1st round) 2014 Draft.
This years Draft had a distinct lack of Quarterback talent. No signal caller was taken in the top ten, E.J Manuel was the first taken at number 18 by the Buffalo Bills. Top talents a year ago such as Matt Barkley and Geno Smith weren't even taken in the first round, such was team's skepticism on their talents.
This year, things are different.
Introducing Theodore 'Teddy' Bridgewater.
Bridgewater has everything that you look for in a Quarterback, a blue-chip talent that is set to take the college game by storm in 2013. Like number one prospect Jadeveon Clowney, had Bridgewater been eligible for the 2013 Draft he would have, without question, been the first Quarterback taken. He could possibly have been taken first overall given the lack of franchise Quarterbacks currently in the NFL.
There are some in the media saying that terms have been agreed between Manchester United and Barcelona for the transfer of midfielder Thiago Alcantra. However, my Manchester United sources have told me that talks are on-going, but the player is awaiting reassurances from Barcelona that he will be given more playing time in the first team.
In the normal world, that would be a natural assumption that Barcelona would pay lip service and tell the player that he is part of their plans etcetera, but this is the football world and normal things do not happen. Despite his demands, it is unlikely that Barcelona will make such a promise, because they would then have to answer to other, more powerful players about their playing time; they will not fall into that trap. The likelihood is that they will merely tell the player that it is the manager`s job to decide on the team, formation and tactics. Thiago scored an excellent hat trick in the final of the U-21 Championships in Israel, so you would be excused for thinking that it would give him more clout with the Barca hierarchy, but that will not wash; they have a team full of high achievers.