The opening act of the 2012-13 NBA season came on Tuesday night, and the Miami Heat were the big winners of the bunch when they took down the hated Boston Celtics in a game that was never really all that competitive. Miami is the favorite to win the Eastern Conference this year by a country mile, and for good reason. If Tuesday was any indication, the Heat are the team that you want to make your NBA picks on to win it all for the second straight season.
Depth might be less of an issue now than it has been in recent years for the Heat. Sure, G Dwyane Wade, F LeBron James, and C Chris Bosh are all going to get their points, rebounds, and minutes, but in the end, this isn’t a team that is solely build around three players any longer.With additions like Ray Allen, the Heat may be even more dangerous than they were in their title-winning season last year.
G Ray Allen played 31 minutes on the first night of the season against his former team, and he was tied for second in scoring with 19 points. F Rashard Lewis is a man who really knows how to just flat out score, and he was good for 10 points as well. These two men are going to be crucial veterans to the scoring effort this year.
G Mario Chalmers is really going to be a facilitator this year more than anything else. Expect him to be amongst the league leaders in assists this year, especially after playing 37 minutes and dishing out 11 dimes on Tuesday night.
Cagey veterans F Shane Battier, F Mike Miller, and F Udonis Haslem finish this roster off, with G Norris Cole playing a role in some games as well. There literally isn’t a player on this team this year that wouldn’t have a role of at least a comparable nature on any other team in the league, and that’s what truly could separate the Heat from the rest of the Eastern Conference.
Once upon a time back in the ’90s, Ray Allen stared in the movie, “He Got Game” as Jesus Shuttlesworth. The Spike Lee movie is widely considered one of the best hoops movies ever made. So, how do you get your sharpshooter back that signed with the rival Miami Heat as a free agent? You make shirts with the name, “Judas” on the front! That’s right, for $22 bucks, you can own a “Judas Shuttlesworth” shirt.
I wonder if Boston fans realize their upper management tried to trade Ray Allen during the season. He was a free agent, let it go Boston. It’s not like he signed with the Lakers! Would you buy this shirt for 22 dollars?
As the Director of Social Media for Sports-Kings, I have learned one thing very quickly; be careful who you re-tweet. It is very easy to be fooled and tweet out information from a fake account, which not only makes these fools more willing to do it in the future, it also makes you look like an idiot. For a professional newscast to do it is simply unacceptable, and this is exactly when a Miami Fox affiliate reported the Heat signing Ray Allen based on a fake Adrian Wojnarowski account.
A couple of things here: Twitter really needs to get better at deleting these fake accounts, but more importantly, you must look before you tweet boys and girls. The guys account blatantly says that it is a parody account, and that it is not affiliated with any actual reporting. The standard for a professional news station is higher than you and I, and quite frankly, they should be ashamed of themselves.
In their defense, it is highly likely that the Heat WILL sign Ray Allen, but to report it prematurely with shoddy sources (to say the least) is the sin of all journalistic sins.
Let me start by saying that I was drawn to this showdown based on the defenses of these two teams. And because both of these squads won an NBA championship. The fact that both teams took a very different offensive approach is what truly intrigues me. Continue reading
This particular versus piece is one that I have spent countless hours researching and getting opinions on. I can tell you from gathering people’s opinions that Reggie Miller shoots his way into this head-to-head match up as the heavy favorite.
I’ve probably asked two dozen different solid sports minds on where they stand in the debate over Miller vs. Allen, and the fact that roughly 95% of them, without hesitation, say Reggie Miller was the better player simply astounds me.
Ray Allen, who’s normally soft-spoken, was pretty blunt when telling ESPNBoston.com his feelings on David West choosing the Indiana Pacers over his aging Boston Celtics saying,
“Once it got down to the end, I think his ego kicked back in,” Allen said. “He wanted the dollars. I guess it comes down to ‘What is a championship worth to you?”
Allen then responded by saying,
“Think of all the guys who have made $20 million and could be considered one of the best ever, but they get chided because they never won. We (the Big Three) all had to do less when we won. We’re still taking less to make it work. But it’s worth it. No one can ever say to KG, Paul or me, ‘You guys never got your ring.’”
I was quite baffled by this last second change of mind swing by David West. First he’s 31 years old coming of a major knee injury, thus you probably don’t have much time left in your NBA career to chase and get a ring. Indiana is a young exciting team, but already has a plethora of players more than capable of playing the power forward position.
David West would have been a huge pickup for a Boston Celtics team on possibly its last leg to make a run for one last NBA championship. However, maybe Allen should question his general manager for not getting this deal done. The Celtics were trying to rid themselves of Jermaine O’Neal. Can we really blame the Hornets for not wanting that contract back?
Just another blow to this Celtics team that suddenly is looking older and more vulnerable by the day.