Early Friday morning, American girls will set their alarms to wake up early, pop a glass of champagne, and watch the Royal Wedding. Think I am exaggerating, check out a friend’s Facebook wall post.
The royal wedding is this week and the world has been obsessed since the engagement announcement. The obsession is understandable. The British Royal family is the most famous monarchy in the world, the couple is attractive, and weddings like this come once in a generation. Experts predict that over a billion people will watch the royal wedding, which is almost 1.5 times as many people watched the World Cup Final match. What do you think?
Every red-blooded American girl out there wants a princess wedding and now is their chance to see one. A quick note to soon-to-be fathers of the bride, finalize your daughter’s wedding plans before Friday morning. Engaged girls around the world will start thinking, “Good enough for Kate Middleton, good enough for me”. Princess wedding fantasies will cost lots of your hard-earned greenbacks!
Personally, I think the Royal Wedding shows that British Royal Family is on a swift march towards irrelevance. The British royal family has lacked political power for quite some time and their purpose has been relegated to figurehead activities and promoting tourism. Royalty used to be an exclusive club; royals used to marry royals and commoners could never become royalty.
Today, its different. As this royal wedding and last year’s Swedish royal wedding (where the Swedish princess married her personal trainer), we see that literally anyone can become the next king, queen, prince, or princesses. If we continue this trajectory two or three generations out, its conceivable that anyone could have royal family.
The John Goodman comedy King Ralph may have had it right.
With the right stroke of luck, potentially anyone can become royalty.
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This won’t be your classic one-sided 1 seed vs 8 seed series. It’s the classic battle between youth and athleticism and experience and fundamentals.
The Spurs have played beyond anyone’s expectations. Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, and Manu Ginobili led the team to the best regular season record despite injuries to key players, Tony Parker’s personal matters, and being one of the oldest teams in the NBA. The Spurs, who started the season as the hottest in the NBA, have cooled down since the All-Star break and are coming into the playoffs looking vulnerable.
The Grizzlies, on the other hand, are coming into the playoffs on a great post-All-Star break run and have lots of momentum. The combination of the youth and no expectations and an injury to Manu Ginobili may give the Grizzlies the ability to be the 4th eight seed to beat a one seed.
The Spurs remind me of the ’07 Dallas Mavericks who went into the 2007 playoffs with the best record in basketball and #1 seed and were caught off-guard by the youthful and energetic eighth seeded Golden State Warriors. The Warriors beat the Mavs 4-2 and ended my perception of Dallas being a serious basketball team.
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My Prediction: This will be a tough and physical series that will go to Game 7. Ultimately, San Antonio’s superior coach, experience, personnel, and home court advantage will be the difference in the series. The Spurs beat the Grizzlies 4-3.
The Lakers played red-hot post All-Star break and were virtually unbeatable. Then, the last 10 games came, the Lakers stumbled, and were a missed Kobe Bryant 3-pointer away from being the #3 seed in the Western Conference. The Laker Nation is hoping the near-loss to the Sacramento Kings won’t be a harbinger or reflection on what to expect in the playoffs.
The Hornets are also struggling coming into the post-season with the recent season-ending injury to key player David West, losing 5 of their last 10 games to beatable opponents, and face questions on whether Chris Paul’s knee will hold up for the post-season. On top of those issues, the Hornets face the possibility of team contraction and these may be the last games of the Hornets franchise.
The Lakers very likely played the last game ever against the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday night. The Lakers may be the bearers of bad news once again as the Hornets face contraction and may never play an opponent again.
The Hornets have matchup problems all over the court and only have the advantage of having a better point guard (assuming CP3’s knee holds up). The Lakers have every other matchup advantage and will likely make quick work of the Hornets.
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My Prediction: The Lakers took the regular season series 4-0 and I expect Kobe and Company to make quick work of and sweep the Hornets.
Everyone is touting this series as the upset of the first round. The Mavericks, per usual, look weak coming into the playoffs and age is taking its toll. Dirk Nowitzki has carried the Mavs for the last decade and one has to wonder if his magic ends this season.
The Trail Blazers have played pretty strong throughout the season, but have improved since adding swingman Gerald Wallace and will be better defensively with a healthy Marcus Camby back in the rotation. Combine those elements with a great home court advantage and it’s unsurprising that the Blazers have a decent shot of beating the Mavs.
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My Prediction: Both teams are deep and have some of the most energetic fans in the NBA. This will be a hard-fought series that will go to Game 7, where the Mavericks’ home court advantage will be the difference. The Mavs win the series 4-3.
Get ready for a track meet. This match up has the potential to be the most exciting matchup the playoffs in years. As the Lakers, Spurs, and Celtics breathe their last gasps of relevance, teams like the Thunder and Nuggets will make their cases this post-season for their ascendency as the new top dogs in the league.
The Thunder came into the season with lofty expectations after giving the Lakers fits last post-season. Durant and Westbrook grew up significantly in the off-season in the World Championships and seemed to be one piece away from being series title contenders. Then it happened; the missing piece fell into the Thunder’s lap when the Celtics, for reasons Boston fans can’t understand, traded Kendrick Perkins to the Thunder for Jeff Green. Armed with a strong young nucleus and some muscle down low, the Thunder has a shot of beating anyone this post-season.
The Nuggets have weathered an incredibly difficult storm all season. Dogged with rumors and constant conversations over the fate of Carmelo Anthony, Denver has been poised, showed maturity and class and somehow found ways to win this season and are entering the playoffs playing their best basketball.
Denver is no longer a one man team; now, the Nuggets are truly a 10 player team. The Nuggets lack traditional NBA stars, but they play well as a team and happily distribute the ball, play decent defense, and do whatever is necessary to win games. The question is, will it be a problem that Denver doesn’t have the designated player to take over at the end of games and hit the final shot?
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My Prediction: The Thunder win the series in 6 games as the Nuggets are slowed down by injuries to Arron Afflalo, Chris Andersen, and Ty Lawson. TiVo, DVR, or VHS this series because the games are going to be fun to watch and the series has the potential to be an instant classic.
Outside of March Madness, the NBA playoffs represent the pinnacle of sports. The NBA truly showcases the greatness of basketball and what the game can be. As much fun as March Madness can be, its painful to watch college players miss layups and routinely shoot below 50% from the free throw line. Anyone who watched this year’s NCAA Basketball Championship game would have trouble disagreeing with me.
The NBA also has the best athletes of any major American sport. NFL defensive linemen may be physical freaks, but they don’t compare to the athleticism, control or precision of the Blake Griffin or LeBron James’ of the NBA. Case and point, Tony Gonzalez, Antonio Gates, and Julius Peppers are all NFL superstars and former college basketball players. Despite their athleticism, none of them were good enough to be serious NBA prospects. If LeBron James went to the NFL as a tight end, he would break every NFL tight end record.
Football players also have trouble playing basketball at its highest level. Take Charlie Ward as an example. Charlie Ward is one of the few top football players to make it to the NBA. In college, Charlie Ward was dominant at Florida State and won a Heisman trophy. As his college career was ending, he decided to take his talents to the NBA rather than the NFL and ended with a mediocre career.
Now that I’ve established the NBA is superior to the NFL, let’s talk NBA playoffs and predictions.
This matchup doesn’t warrant much discussion. The Bulls are heavily favored, have the league’s MVP in Derrick Rose, Coach of the Year in Tom Thibodeau, a high-energy team that plays solid defense, and the NBA’s best record. As the season has gone on, the Bulls have grown and progressed as a team.
The Pacers are a team on the mend, but don’t have a realistic shot of competing with the Bulls. Although much improved from last season, the Pacers finished the season 8 games under .500 and only won 5 of their last 10 games. Danny Granger is the classic scorer, a la Allen Iverson and Carmelo Anthony, that doesn’t produce quality wins for your team.
My Prediction: Bulls sweep the Pacers. The Bulls will make quick work of the Pacers and be well rested for their next opponent.
The Heat are on the road to winning 7 or more championships…wait, that was LeBron, D-Wade, and Chris Bosh’s prediction after coming out of a WWE smoke machine and having won 0 games together. Their press conference was as awkward and uncomfortable as Ricky Martin in the “She Bangs” music video. Awkward and uncomfortable perfectly describes the Heat this year. The team routinely goes from showing flashes of brilliance to complete mediocrity. Everyone has written this season off for the Heat, but I disagree and wouldn’t be surprised to see the Heat in the Finals. The Celtics and Magic have fallen apart at the end of the regular season and the Bulls might be too young and inexperienced to get through the Heat.
Although the 2 vs 7 seeds are typically one-sided matchups, I think this series will be tough for the Heat. The 76ers have made substantial improvements from last year and have a young and energetic team. The team is playing well together, the players trust each other, and have great coaching. The 76ers have the makings of being the 2010-11 “nobody believes in us team”. Unfortunately, I don’t believe in them either.
My Prediction: This will be one of the most intriguing matchups of the first round. The Heat will win the series, but the Sixers will give LeBron, D-Wade, and Bosh all they can handle. The Heat will have to work for it and take the series 4-2.
Celtics vs Knicks
This is the tale of two teams that went through substantial mid-season changes.
The Celtics entered the All-Star game less than 2 months ago with the top seat in the East and fans planning their trips to LA for a Finals rematch. Then the Kendrick
Perkins trade happened and the team hasn’t been the same. Locker room chemistry is in shambles, the team has been playing sub-par basketball and they’ve slipped to the 3rd spot in the Eastern Conference.
Everyone has written them off, including Celtics fans. Last year the Celtics played mediocre basketball until the playoffs. This year, Celtic fans don’t think the team can turn around their downward trajectory.
The Knicks are the most fascinating team to watch in the playoffs because no one knows what to expect. Carmelo Anthony joined the team just after the All-Star break and New York has beaten the best and lost to the worst. The Knicks have somewhat hit their stride and ended the season winning 7 of the last 10, but have played weak opponents and cannot play defense. Regardless of recent success, the Knicks are a team in a leadership crisis. Amare Stoudemire left Phoenix for a big contract and to have his own team. Well, he got a big contract and his own team for half a season. Now, the Knicks are like a football team with a two-quarterback system. This might be their undoing in the playoffs.
My Prediction: The Celtics will pull this out in a close series based on the Celtics’ depth. Amare & Carmelo don’t have the team or the chemistry to beat the Celtics. The Celtics win the series 4-2.
Atlanta vs Orlando This series will almost be unbearable and is not worth talking about much. The winner of this series will earn itself the right to get knocked out swiftly in the next round by Chicago. Atlanta has sputtered into the playoffs, losing 6 straight, and Orlando has fallen apart. The NBA is so unexcited about the matchup and will show several of the games on NBA TV.