In an unexpected twist to the most boring playoffs in history, the Boston Celtics are in an excellent position to send the Cavaliers packing tonight. News reports suggest they are playing with "game seven urgency".
The Cavs, on the other hand, are planning to play with game three urgency. That's still fairly urgent, but the urgency disparity might give Boston the edge.
Contrast these urgency levels with the Hawks, who maintained a healthy "pick up game at fat camp" urgency level. Meanwhile, the Orlando Magic are playing with an "Jared Leto and Marlon Wayans in Requiem for a Dream" level of urgency, that could carry them over the top.
Kareem Abdul Jabbar had some strong words about the kids these days. He wants the minimum age raised to 21. Here's a quote.
They get precocious kids from high school who think they're rock stars -- 'Where's my $30 million?' " said Abdul-Jabbar, who was in Omaha to speak at the B'nai B'rith sports banquet. "The attitudes have changed, and the game has suffered because of that, and it has certainly hurt the college game.
Just for once, can we get through the B'Nai B'rith sports banquet without controversy? The Jewish athletes of Ohama deserve better, dammit.
The remaining playoff teams presently feature Vince Carter, Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Rasheed Wallace, Michael Finley, Shaquille O'Neal, Kobe Bryant, Derek Fisher, Steve Nash and Grant Hill.
Ten players from the 2000 NBA all-star game participated in this year's playoffs. If the league established a minimum age of 29, it would not dramatically affect the outcome of this year's playoffs.
I have been informed that the Phoenix Suns will be approaching game one of the Western Conference championship with an "Eisenhower circa 1955" sense of urgency. The Lakers, on the other hand, will be playing with a "we have to get this car back to Enterprise before we get charged for another day, and we can't remember whether they still have a two hour grace period, but we think they probably do" level of urgency.
I think Kareem has a point about the arrogance of young people. I went to the liquor store to get my morning 40 of Mickey's, and the clerk was talking about getting "Rondo money". I mean, good and friendly service, but...
If you see a nun walking down the street, you should give her a big hug. She can't very well refuse. Pope'll get mad at her.