NBA News and Notes for May 3rd
* Wow, the Celtics and the Hawks are heading for a Game 7! The Celtics will almost certainly win this Game 7, but the sheer fact that they are going to a Game 7 is stunning to me, and must be quite surprising/depressing for all Celtics fans (it is too bad that Simmons’ next column will be after Game 7).
* What is not surprising to me is to see Doc Rivers once again take absolutely zero responsibility for the team losing. That guy weirds me out. He’ll blame the refs, he’ll blame his own players (and in real sleazy ways, like “Ray shot poorly from behind the arc tonight, but he’s a great shooter.”), but no blame to Doc.
* The Wizards and the Rockets get blown out to be eliminated. T-Mac had quite the first half, huh?
* Did everyone catch Charles Oakley’s comments about Lebron and Lebron’s teammates?
None of that would have happened if I was playing because they would have got it the other way,” Oakley said. “If [James] was fouled hard with me on the court, it would’ve been taken care of, no matter how many fines [NBA Commissioner] David Stern would’ve given me. I once told [Stern] that I have a job to do and he has a job to do, and my job is to do whatever I can to help my team win, including protecting my teammates.”
Despite the hard fouls on James, so far, his teammates have not exactly retaliated and that made Oakley laugh.
“I guess they don’t have anyone cut like that,” said Oakley, about the Cavs’ non-response for James. “But LeBron is big enough to get back at them, but they can’t ask him to fight, score, sell tickets, sell popcorn and park cars, too. Somebody else has to do something.”
That Oak, quite a character.
* Kobe Bryant to be named the league’s MVP. It could be worse, I suppose. No real complaints from me – he wouldn’t be my pick, but he at least had a good year.
* Rick Carlisle would fit in well in Dallas, wouldn’t he?
* I see Kelvin Sampson was hired to be part of Scott Skiles’ coaching staff in Milwaukee. I guess that will help address the Bucks inability to recruit good free agents.