“When the water is boiling it is foolish to turn off the heat.”
Someone once said, big time players show up in big time games and make big time plays. Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird and Kareem Abdul-Jabber were all guys who fall into this category. Whether it was scoring a basket at a crucial time of the game, getting a stop on defense late in the game, sharing the ball and hitting the open man or grabbing a rebound in traffic, these superstars made it happen.
Last night in South Beach, in game 4 of the Eastern conference finals, LeBron James showed up. He not only punched his time card, he stayed around for some overtime.
James scored 35 points to led the Miami Heat to an overtime win over the Chicago Bulls 101-93. The Heat take a commanding 3-1 lead in the best of 7 series. The two teams will travel to Chicago for game 5 Thursday night. Wouldn’t it be cool if both teams rode the same plane?
James not only scored he shared the ball, defended and rebounded.
What’s so special about James is he does it all. Not many players can stake claim to such an honor. LBJ grabbed 6 rebounds and handed out 6 assists.
Many fans around the country are rooting against the Heat, I totally understand. They are actually turning into the New York Yankees. But regardless of how you feel about them, one thing you have to do is respect the way they play the game.
The Heat’s defense did a great job last night holding Chicago to 40% shooting from the floor and 6-24 from 3 point-range.
I love what Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau said after the game when asked what can the Bulls take from this loss? ”Study, learn, correct and grow.”
Last night I counted 6 different times TNT employees and Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra mentioned the phrase, ‘weather the storm.’ I think it’s time Reggie Miller, Steve Kerr and Kevin McHale find a different metaphor.
Ed DeChellis left Penn State yesterday to take the coaching job at the Naval academy. A couple of people have asked me why someone would make that move? To be honest, I don’t know. DeChellis is one of the good guys in the coaching business and he did a solid job in State College. The Nittany Lions made it to the NCAA tournament last season losing to Temple 66-64. I’m sure DeChellis will do well at Navy and I bet it’s a great place to work. Plus, he can coach without any pressure to win a power conference. It had to get frustrating at times during recruiting. But how can you argue with a place that produced David Robinson and Doug Wojick?
DeChellis spent the past 8 years at his alma mater. “Penn State is a special place for me and my family.” DeChellis said at his press conference.
I had to laugh when I read New York Post writer Pete Vecsey mention Nate Robinson running on the court during a timeout and chest bumping in the air. He said an ex-coach complained about that behavior.
Led by Nate Robinson, the Thunder’s partying subs came charging onto the court. An ESPN camera focused on the three-time dunk champ bumping bodies with Durant in mid-air.
An ex-head coach watching at home contemptuously muttered, “They’ll be ridiculing that childish celebration all day tomorrow on TV.”
To me, as a coach, that’s better than having Robinson sit there at the end of the bench and not pull for his teammates. I want my guys on the bench to be excited about the accomplishments of the players playing ahead of them.
I thought I had seen it all but lo and behold, while composing this blog entry a guy in the coffee shop was on Skype with his girlfriend. Put some headphones, please.
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