Thursday, April 17, 2014
Behind The Scoreboard
NBA commands center stage
Each year, at one point in this great big sports world of ours, there is a triple intersection (quadruple if one is an avid fan of collegiate baseball), but his “collision,” if you will, presents only a mild dilemma.
And when we have completed such an intriguing season as we just did, some of us are really busy sizing up the quandary brought on by this intersection. Just where do we channel most of our interests? To the “Big Boys basketball” which is just tuning up for its “end of the season,” or Major League Baseball (MLB) just opening its run, or the spring games of collegiate football which will leave us dissatisfied until August?
Speaking of the season which culminated in North Texas (men) and Nashville (women), there was one juicy bit of fallout, mentioned here just in case some of you missed it. Before the ink was dry on the Huskies’ ring order, the rumor surfaced that John Calipari was being courted by the Los Angeles Lakers. Of course, this was denied by coach John (which is standard operating procedure or SOP), who stated he is exactly where he wants to be.
I can relate that there was a lively discussion among The South Reporter’s staff on Tuesday of last week and the prevalent theme was, “If the ‘Price is Right,’ Calipari, come on down (or out West).”
Now for the next month, the NBA will command center stage. The Eastern Conference shaped up its “Elite Eight” when Atlanta beat the defending champs on Saturday and knocked the division clincher Heat into the second spot. The Hawks locked up their seventh straight playoff slot as the eighth seed. Indiana also clinched its division and holds a tie-breaking edge over Miami. The Heat also stands a chance of losing home court if the Pacers beat Orlando and Oklahoma.
The race for the West is still a little cloudy. There is a pair of slots still unclaimed and your Memphis Grizzlies are in contention. Don’t laugh, the Grizz knocked off the Heat and the 76ers last week. They are vying with Golden State, Dallas and Phoenix for one of those openings. All are about a half game out. Memphis was scheduled to play the Lakers Sunday night in L.A. (after the time of this writing).
In light of the last two disasters of picking winners, I have decided to keep my big fat nose out of the predicting business (just for now!).
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