The Cleveland Cavaliers are 2016 NBA Champions and they did it by beating the Golden State Warriors 4 games to 3 on June 19. Lebron James is the four-time NBA Finals Most Valuable Player. The Cavs had grit and the Golden State Warriors did not. That is the key ingredient to who wins the NBA Finals.
Derrick Rose has been traded to the New York Knicks recently today. What becomes of the deal that has been made?
With the 2016 NBA playoffs approaching, the Chicago Bulls are in trouble of meshing with the Detroit Pistons and the Washington Wizards for the 8th seed. If the Bulls are successful of holding onto the 8th seed, they will meet the Cleveland Cavaliers who are having chemistry issues with Lebron James and Kyrie Irving not clicking on all cylinders and not on the same page playing basketball. Things will get tough for Chicago in the off-season, trying to trade these star Bulls and their massive salaries such as Pau Gasol and Joakim Noah and Derrick Rose.
This Bulls team, coached by former-NCAA coach Fred Holberg, is busy trying to find a leader within its core system of players. Is it Derrick Rose? Is it Jimmy Butler? Is it Pau Gasol? Is it Joakim Noah? Usually, the most vocal player is the leader. Since we’ve heard from the Chicago Bulls, it’s usually Butler who has shown signs of leadership. Since Butler’s improvements over the last two NBA seasons, Butler wants to show he can lead a team.
If Jimmy Butler is the leader, he must decide how to integrate the players on his team into the flow of the offense and decide how they must play defence as one team.
Hey guys, I’m back for writing a blog on the NBA season. Fred Hoiberg is the new Chicago Bulls basketball coach and he has made a change to the Bulls squad. Joakim Noah, Chicago’s starting center is coming off the bench and Hoiberg has put in Nikola Mirotic as the center. A sharpshooting big, Mirotic will create mismatches on the perimeter and because he is a running big, he will sprint up and down the court fast enough so that opposing centers can’t match him up for the paint area around the basket. Derrick Rose is having his way being the point guard for Hoiberg and there aren’t any pressing issues being addressed here.
The Golden State Warriors are wired for a repeat championship season. Can they do it and handle it again? Everybody is back for the Dubs, and they get Jason Thompson from Sacramento joining them. What becomes of the new recruit joining the Warriors?
All this and more exciting news around the NBA. Stay tuned because it’s another basketball season around the corner!
The Chicago Bulls took care of business with Cleveland in Game 1, winning it 99-92. Derrick Rose led the way and Pau Gasol was behind him. Cleveland is without Kevin Love and J.R. Smith. It hurt them. That’s why the Cavaliers lost the game. The L.A. Clippers beat the Houston Rockets 117-101 and they were fresh off their Game 7 victory over San Antonio plus they did win Game 1 with Houston without their star point guard Chris Paul. The Atlanta Hawks bounced back from their Game 1 loss with a Game 2 victory with the Washington Wizards. If the Hawks can withstand a Wizards half-court offense with Marcin Gortat and Nene and play up-tempo basketball, they will have a chance to win the series. Otherwise, a low-post presence will hurt these smaller Hawks players. In Game 1 between the Wizards and the Hawks, the Wizards dominated because they had size and height over Atlanta. The Memphis Grizzlies also bounced back to beat the Golden State Warriors and will go to Memphis with the series tied at one game apiece. In Game 1, the Warriors were playing perfect basketball and in Game 2, the emergence of Mike Conley came back and helped Memphis regain control of the basketball game and the series.
The Chicago Bulls are building for the future, as they try and trade Luol Deng to the Cleveland Cavaliers for Andrew Bynum and future draft picks. It’s a step forward for Chicago, as they try and move forward without him. Trading Deng means the Bulls will rebuild again and without Derrick Rose again, they won’t need a swingman type of perimeter player. The Bulls are trying to acquire Nikola Mirotic as they get a franchise-type player, this time not a point guard, but a power forward. The Golden State Warriors are interested in signing Kirk Hinrich, while the Houston Rockets want sharpshooter Mike Dunleavy from the Bulls. All these trades for Chicago means they want to get younger faster and as they try to get young, they’ll might need a change of personnel.
This is the start of the NBA season and I have yet to witness, but read about it, Paul George’s basketball brilliance. He continues to expand his perimeter game and he is on the cusp of greatness, the same as Lebron James, and both George and James are continuing to put the hurt on opposing perimeter defenders with their long-range shooting and slashing to the hoop. Houston is 4-1, because of James Harden and new Rocket Dwight Howard’s post interior defense, scoring, and rebounding. It will all depend on Howard’s ability to finish games, because he was unable to help Kobe Bryant finish late in the closing seconds of basketball games when he was with the Lakers. Cleveland is 2-2 and I am keenly interested in how Jarrett Jack mentors the young Cavs in Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters. Teams to watch out for as November games continue: the Brooklyn Nets with their starting five of Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, and Brook Lopez, and the Chicago Bulls and their star point guard Derrick Rose plays since his injury, and Phoenix’s Eric Bledsoe, who got off to a fast start having 18 points and 6 assists against Utah on November 1, 26 points and 14 assists against OKC on November 3, and 25 points and 5 assists against New Orleans on November 5.