Recently at JR Inman’s Rocktown Academy camp, Kyle Anderson made a guest speech and talked about his journey to the NBA. It was a very interesting story and I was really hooked in. Anyway, after the lecture he allowed autographs on any object of clothing or paper. My brother and I chose our sneakers to get signed. Here they are below:
This was my interview with Kyle Anderson at JR Inman's Rocktown Monarchs camp. It was lots of fun and he is a really great guy. Anyway, I will be returning to Big Strick Classic interviews soon. So for now, thanks for reading and please comment!
Last year, the same situation happened. The San Antonio Spurs are playing the Miami Heat for the NBA championship. I was excited for this new matchup last year, but now I feel like it is a repeat of last year. I like when a different team comes into the finals and no one really knows what to expect out of them but with these two you already know what you are going to get. Tim Duncan, LeBron James, Tony Parker, Dwayne Wade it is the same as last year. However, the NBA switched the NBA Finals format to 2-2-1-1-1 instead of just 2-3-2. I think it is nice that they are changing it back but I find it funny that when San Antonio gets the home court advantage they switch the format. I just think it is a bit funky but I am sure it is just for the better of the league. Anyway, let me get to my predictions on the NBA Finals.
I think that the Spurs will win this in 7. I think the Spurs will take game 1, Miami will take games 2 and 3, San Antonio will take games 4 and 5, Miami will take game 6, and San Antonio will take game 7. This is my opinion and I can explain why. The Spurs have the experience along with the youth. The experience is coming from Manu Ginobili, Tony Parker, and Tim Duncan. The youth comes from players like Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green. Miami has great players like LeBron, Wade, and Bosh, but they don’t seem to have enough youth out of rookies. I just don’t think they can win a third straight ring. Anyway, these are my NBA Finals predictions, tell me in the comments below who you think will win and what you think will happen in the NBA Finals. Thanks for reading and please comment!
The time has come. After about a month of NBA Playoff basketball, the teams have narrowed down to four: The Miami Heat, the Indiana Pacers, the San Antonio Spurs, and the Oklahoma City Thunder. It’s not much of a surprise for most of us. These four teams made it but not so easily. Their competitors shocked them into better play. Miami is the only team that actually got a break, but the rest of these teams had to duke it out. The Pacers had to go to game 7 to get rid of the 8-seeded Hawks, and they had to play the Wizards in 6. The Spurs were awaken in the first round against the 8th-seeded Mavericks with the series going to 7 games, but they blew by the Trail Blazers in the next round. Finally, the Thunder with season MVP Kevin Durant, were annoyed by the tenacity of the Grizzlies taking the series to 7 games, followed by some favorable calls to send the Clippers fishing in 6 games.
Now, the finals are hear. Two exciting matchups with the number 1-seeded Pacers vs the number 2-seeded Heat, and the number 1-seeded Spurs vs the number 2-seeded Thunder. My prediction is that we will see the Heat vs. Thunder face off for the championship. Let me tell you why.
If this was the beginning of the season, I probably would have picked Indiana, but the way Indiana has struggled against teams like the Hawks and Wizards, I have no choice but to go with the Heat in 6. I feel like the series will be tied 2-2 and Miami will steal a game on the road, and go back to the finals. For the Pacers to truly have a chance, their offense will have to dominate with stellar performances from George, Stephenson, West, and Hibbert. I feel that if one of them is not making shots, the Heat will burn them. Although, I’d prefer the Pacers, my opinion on this match up favors the Heat over Pacers in 6.
Now, the Thunder versus the Spurs is a more competitive match up. The Thunder swept the Spurs in the season series, and to me I am going stick with the way the regular season went. I am going with the Thunder in 5 games. I think San Antonio will get game 1 but then lose the rest. In my opinion, Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook are way too much for the San Antonio Spurs. Consider the one-on-one match ups. Tim Duncan is guarded by Serge Ibaka, Tony Parker is guarded by Russell Westbrook, Manu Ginobili is guarded by Thabo Sefelosha, and Kawhi Leonard is guarded by Kevin Durant. The Thunder have the edge in each case so I really can’t see the Thunder losing this series to the Spurs. I predict that the Thunder will take it in 5 games.
I hope I am wrong because I’d prefer to avoid another matchup between the Heat and the Thunder for the title. Although the rematch between KD and LeBron will be fun to watch, it would have been nice to shine the spotlight on some other great players in the league. What do you think? Do you think there will be any upsets during the finals? Please comment and let me know your predictions. Thanks for reading. Please comment!
With the NBA playoffs starting yesterday, I was thinking about all the underdogs and the definite winners of each series. Like I did last year, I will be making predictions on the NBA playoffs in the 1st round, 2nd round, conference finals, and the finals, but today we start with the NBA’s 1st round predictions. We will start with the East and then move to the West. First up, Pacers-Hawks.
The 1 seeded Pacers are preparing to take on the 8 seeded Hawks in a best-of-7 series. My prediction for this series is Pacers in 6. The way the Hawks have been playing this year makes me feel like they can win 2 games against a very stacked Pacers team, but I feel like the Pacers are just way too dominant. Next, the Heat play the Bobcats. My prediction for this series is Heat in a sweep. I like the Bobcats making their second appearance to the playoffs this year, but I still don’t think they can pull off their first playoff win in franchise history. I know I am not the biggest Heat fan in the world but I still think they will move on to the next round. The 3 and 6 seeds in the East are the Raptors and Nets. My prediction for this is Nets in 6. The Raptors did a great job getting into the playoffs and gaining home court advantage but they are playing a way more experienced team. However, I still think the Raptors can pull out 2 games. The Nets can probably take this one easily because of the way they have been playing since the all-star break (The top record out of all teams since the all-star break). Lastly for the East, the Bulls-Wizards matchup at the 4 and 5 seeds. Many people may not think that this series will last too long but I think the Bulls will win in a 7 game series. These two teams will matchup very well against each other but I feel like Joakim Noah and the Bulls are too good for the Wizards. It will be tight, in my opinion, but the Bulls have got this. These are my predictions for the Western Conference. Now, to the West side of the conference.
1 vs. 8 in the West is the Spurs and the Mavericks. The Spurs, to me, have got this in 5 games. The Spurs should win the first three but Ellis and Nowitski won’t let a sweep happen on their home floor but they will get beat in the 5th game. Trust me, it will happen. The Spurs are just a complete machine walking up and down the floor getting buckets and playing slow and boring defense. No offense to the Spurs but it is true, and they were still able to pull out 62 wins out of 82 games this season. The 2nd and 7th seed series are the Thunder and the Grizzlies. My prediction for this series is the Thunder in 5. The Thunder do have Westbrook for this series unlike last year so now they have more than just 1 scoring option in Kevin Durant, but now they have Russell Westbrook as well. The Grizzlies may be a grind out team but the Thunder are too much for them. 3-6 seeds for the Western Conference are the Warriors and the Clippers. I think the Warriors in 6 will win. Yeah I know, crazy right? I think the Warriors will steal a game on the road and clinch the games at home. That is what I think of this series, yeah I know. Lastly, the 4 and 5 seeds for the Western Conference are the Rockets and the Trail Blazers. I pick the Trail Blazers in 6. The Blazers dynamic duo of LaMarcus Aldridge and Damian Lillard happen to come in two of the weak spots for the Houston Rockets. As for James Harden, Wesley Matthews or Nick Batum can stop him or at least contain him during this series. Howard will have a clinic inside but the Blazers may start using the Hack-a-Shaq strategy to stop him. These are my predictions for the Western Conference.
I am so psyched for all of these playoff series and how players can shine throughout the world. But what I am also excited about is to hear what you guys think about the playoffs. What is the most exciting series of the playoffs? Do you disagree with some of my predictions? Who do you think will be key factors for certain teams? I want to hear what you believe about these NBA Playoffs. So, thanks for reading! Please comment.
One last note: The radio show blog coming out soon. The full interview can be heard in my next blog.
Hello everyone, today I am going to make my
predictions for the NBA Draft which goes on tonight. I am really excited to see
who goes where in the draft, especially the Knicks who have the
24th pick in the first
round of the draft. I am going to do only the first round for my mock draft. I
have done my research and I am ready to get these picks started. How about you?
Here are my first round picks.
Cleveland Cavaliers R1N1: Otto Porter (Georgetown)
Orlando Magic R1N2: Nerlens Noel (Kentucky)
Washington Wizards R1N3: Cody Zeller (Indiana)
Charlotte Bobcats R1N4: Ben McLemore (Kansas)
Phoenix Suns R1N5: Anthony Bennett (UNLV)
New Orleans Pelicans R1N6: Trey Burke (Michigan)
Sacramento Kings R1N7: Victor Oladipo (Indiana)
Detroit Pistons R1N8: C.J. McCollum (Lehigh)
Minnesota Timberwolves R1N9: Shabazz Muhammad (UCLA)
Portland Trail Blazers R1N10: Alex Len (Maryland)
Philadelphia 76ers R1N11: Kelly Olynyk (Gonzaga)
Oklahoma City Thunder R1N12: Steven Adams (Pittsburgh)
Dallas Mavericks R1N13: Shane Larkin (Miami)
Utah Jazz R1N14: Michael Carter-Williams (Syracuse)
Milwaukee Bucks R1N15: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (Georgia)
Boston Celtics R1N16: Sergey Karasev (Triumph Moscow)
Atlanta Hawks R1N17: Dennis Schroeder (Germany)
Atlanta Hawks R1N18: Rudy Gobert (France)
Cleveland Cavaliers R1N19: Allen Crabbe (California)
Chicago Bulls R1N20: Mason Plumlee (Duke)
Utah Jazz R1N21: Isaiah Canaan (Murray State)
Brooklyn Nets R1N22: Gorgui Dieng (Louisville)
Indiana Pacers R1N23: Giannis Adetokunbo (Greece)
New York Knicks R1N24: Tony Mitchell (North Texas)
Los Angeles Clippers R1N25: Tim Hardaway Jr. (Michigan)
Minnesota Timberwolves R1N26: Jamaal Franklin (San Diego State)
Denver Nuggets R1N27: Jeff Withey (Kansas)
San Antonio Spurs R1N28: Reggie Bullock (North Carolina)
Oklahoma City Thunder R1N29: Glen Rice Jr. (NBA D-League)
Phoenix Suns R1N30: Ricky Ledo (Providence)
These are my first round picks. Do you agree with them or do you disagree? Tell me in the comment section who you think should be changed up. Did you think that someone who was not mentioned here should be here? Tell me! Anyway, thanks for reading and please comment.
Hi everyone I am back with my NBA Finals predictions, I was 1 of 2 on my Conference Finals Predictions. I thought that it would be a Memphis Grizzlies vs. Miami Heat championship, however, it turned out to be a San Antonio Spurs vs. Miami Heat championship. So, here are my NBA Finals predictions.
The NBA Finals include the Western Conference Champion San Antonio Spurs facing the Eastern Conference Champion Miami Heat. I think the Spurs will take it in 6 games and Tim Duncan and Gregg Popovich will win their 5th title together. There are various reasons why I think this will happen. The first reason can be traced back to the 2007 NBA Finals when the Cavaliers and Spurs faced off against each other in the NBA Finals. LeBron was on the Cavaliers at the time and the Spurs had Parker, Ginobili, and Duncan just like they do now. The Cavaliers got swept by the Spurs and the Spurs had won their 4th title. Now LeBron is in Miami with more help, but I do not think that the older Dwyane Wade, who is now past his prime, and Chris Bosh, who has played poorly throughout these playoffs, are going to be much help for the Spurs.
My second reason is based on the player-to-player matchups. Here they are:
Starting Point Guards: Tony Parker vs. Mario Chalmers.
I think this is an obvious decision.
In my opinion, Tony Parker will make Chalmers look like he is just another player, which he is to me. Anyway, Parker will make him look like he has never played basketball before. Tony Parker wins, point San Antonio.
Starting Shooting Guards: Danny Green vs. Dwyane Wade.
Dwyane Wade wins, point Miami. Enough said about that matchup.
Starting Small Forwards: Kawhi Leonard vs. LeBron James.
LeBron obviously wins this matchup, but I think Kawhi Leonard will defend him well and get his point average down 3 or 4 points. Still, LeBron will dominate here. LeBron wins, point Miami.
Starting Power Forwards: Tiago Splitter vs. Udonis Haslem.
I think that the way that Splitter and Haslem have played throughout the playoffs is phenomenal. Both players have been huge parts of their team, and without them, I don’t think either team would not be where they are right now. I just think that Splitter is a bit better than Haslem, because of his ability to rebound the ball and put it back up and in the basket. Splitter wins, point San Antonio.
Starting Centers: Tim Duncan vs. Chris Bosh.
The way Chris Bosh has played during the post season, this has become an easy win for Tim Duncan. Tim Duncan wins, point San Antonio.
Bench vs. Bench
Lastly, the benches are close but ultimately my vote goes to San Antonio because of Manu Ginobili being on their bench.
So my matchups tally up as 4-2, San Antonio.
My bet is on San Antonio Spurs defeating Miami in six games to win the 2013 NBA Finals in 6 games. Of course, I wish I was writing this and comparing the Knicks versus another team but it wasn’t in the cards for the Knicks this year. But there is always next year!!!
As far as this season, who do you think will win, Spurs or Heat? Who do you want to win? Why?
Anyway, thanks for reading and please comment and let me know!
My name is Mike V. I am an enormous basketball fan. I also am a die-hard Knicks fan. After graduating 5th grade, I started writing this blog at the age of 10 in the summer of 2012.