This NBA season has been full of twist and turns, but it seems that there are still more surprises to come, after the start of the conference finals everyone thought that it was a lock for the Lakers and the Celtics. This is seemingly not as set in stone as once believed. Once again this post-season, Steve Nash is suffering a horrible injury, but the true Canadian Hero isn’t missing any playing time, even with a broken nose. The series between the Suns, and the Lakers is now tied 2-2 and heading back to LA, everyone is wondering which Suns team will travel, the energized team we saw from their 2 home games, or the lackluster, tired team we saw in the first 2 games? If the Suns can pull out just one road win, I would surely consider them to be the favorite.
The series between the Magic and the Celtics is slightly different, Boston has dominated the first 3 games, and despite a sloppily played game 4 still almost completed the sweep. With this series headed back to Orlando, everyone is asking if the Magic are just denying the inevitable, or can they actually pull out the impossible? The Celtics are no doubt looking to be the strongest team in this years Playoffs even though they are one of the oldest teams. Each team in this series has proven their ability to win on the road, and I think that the Celtics will prove that momentum is tough to stop.
I think the Finals will once again feature the Lakers and the Celtics, and that the result will be same as it was 2 short seasons ago. The Celtics will win the Finals in 5 or 6 games.
This is the first season in recent memory, that everyone is actually looking past the Finals and looking forward to July, which is when the NBA’s free agency officially begins. This NBA off-season will be full of speculation heading up to the free agency period. The LeBron Lottery is now underway, and it is only a matter of time until we know what his decision will be. I am personally leaning towards LeBron leaving, now that the Cav’s front office have fired the long time head coach, Mike Brown. This move, to me is somewhat unexpected, Brown was the coach of the year, just last season, and each of the past 2 years, the team has had the NBA’s best record. Rumors are that LeBron is headed to Chicago, or New York, but the word is that it will take at least one other big name star to sway ‘Bron’s decision. Other notable possible free agents include, Dwayne Wade, and Chris Bosh.
On a side note, Phil Jackson was quoted to say that he may retire from coaching after this season. It is also being reported that Jackson was quoted as saying that he wasn’t interested in the Chicago head coaching job, but he may be interested in having a Vodka with the new owner of the New Jersey Nets. At this time we can only speculate on where, or if Phil Jackson will be coaching next year.
The NBA’s buzz is also focused on the draft which will take place on June 24th with a start time of 7pm. Here is how the first round will go:
1. Washington Wizards
2. Philadelphia 76ers
3. New Jersey Nets
4. Minnesota Timberwolves
5. Sacramento Kings
6. Golden State Warriors
7. Detroit Pistons
8. Los Angeles Clippers
9. Utah Jazz (via Phoenix, New York)
10. Indiana Pacers
11. New Orleans Hornets
12. Memphis Grizzlies
13. Toronto Raptors
14. Houston Rockets
15. Milwaukee Bucks (via Chicago Bulls)
16. Minnesota Timberwolves (via Denver, Charlotte)
17. Chicago Bulls (via Milwaukee Bucks)
18. Miami Heat
19. Boston Celtics
20. San Antonio Spurs
21. Oklahoma City Thunder
22. Portland Trail Blazers
23. Minnesota Timberwolves (via Philadelphia, Utah)
24. Atlanta Hawks
25. Memphis Grizzlies (via Denver Nuggets)
26. Oklahoma City Thunder (via Phoenix Suns)
27. New Jersey Nets (via Dallas Mavericks)
28. Memphis Grizzlies (via LA Lakers)
29. Orlando Magic
30. Washington Wizards (via Cleveland Cavaliers)
Early draft rumors are that Kentucky star, John Wall will be the overall number one pick of the Wizards.