After watching the Mavericks close out the Heat with a 105-95 win in Game Six of the NBA Finals, a few things came to mind: 1) I owe Dirk Nowitzki an apology 2) LeBron James isn’t mentally tough enough to win a championship 3) Pat Riley needs to fire Erik Spoelstra immediately and take over as Miami’s coach 4) Miami has the worst fans in all of professional sports….
I’ve been a harsh critic of Dirk’s over the years and said before this year’s playoffs than no team with Nowitzki as their best player could win a championship….
I’ve always believed he was soft, but in the 2011 post-season Dirk put on a legendary performance, taking his team on his back and winning a championship….
He hit clutch shots, got to the rim, finished plays to win games and proved me wrong….
So Dirk, I officially apologize and congratulate you on a great performance and accomplishment….
As for LeBron, I was disappointed in both his play and explanation for disappearing….
In the post-game press conference, James was asked about his struggles and credited the Mavericks defense for getting him out of his game….
King James settled for jump shots against the likes of Jason Kidd and Jason Terry, didn’t post up, didn’t go to the rim and deferred to Dwyane Wade far too often….
Hell, LeBron deferred to Udonis Haslem and Eddie House….
Despite his incredible gifts, LeBron lacks the toughness, killer instinct and will to win of Kobe Bryant, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, Bill Russell and Michael Jordan….
He needs to grab the ball, wave off his teammates and attack, attack, attack. If his team loses, so be it, but it’s better than running from the spotlight when games are on the line….
Nobody has been a harsher critic of Pat “Benedict” Riley than me, because in my opinion he’s an egomaniacal, lying, backstabbing weasel who stole Stan Van Gundy’s job….
Riley also runs and hides when the going gets tough, evidenced by his quitting on his team three times since he took over as coach….
Yes, he’s a low life and a phony, but he’s also a hell of a coach and the Heat win this series with him on the sideline….
There’s no way the Heat fold up and give away two games with Benedict coaching, because he drives his team and demands maximum effort….
There’s also no way Riley would have sat on the bench with his thumb up his ass and not made a single adjustment in the NBA Finals….
This team needs an a**hole to lead them and there’s no one better qualified than Pat “Benedict” Riley. It’s time to break out the whip and drive these prima donnas to maximize their potential….
It was amazing to watch Spoelstra sit there with a cluless look on his face as the Mavs did pretty much whatever they wanted….
He should have put LeBron on Dirk whenever Nowitzki got hot or was in a position to win a game. Haslem and Chris Bosh had no chance against him, but James’ athleticism, quickness and strength would have bothered Dirk….
Instead, Spoelstra had the best seat in the house for the Dirk Show….
No adjustments and no coaching….
Question: Has Spoelstra ever seen a zone defense? I know he’s been coaching a long time and has a reputation for breaking down film, so why was his team so clueless whenever Dallas went zone?….
No adjustments and no coaching….
Offensively, the Heat are consistent in one thing: They don’t run an offense….
Unless you call Wade or LeBron dribbling at the top of the key with the shot clock running down, while their teammates stand and watch, as running an offense….
It would have been nice to run some motion and get Wade or James the ball coming off screens; because that would given the Mavs a new look, made them move their feet and work….
No adjustments, no coaching….
If I’m Pat Riley, Spoelstra is on the unemployment line tomorrow morning….
Miami has always had a reputation as a lousy sports town, but this year’s finals puts them solidly in first place, with no contenders on the horizon….
In Game One, seats were available at game time, an unheard of situation in the NBA Fianls….
Last night, in a close out situation, the Heat fans sat on their hands while hundreds of Dallas fans drowned them out….
During the game I took a bathroom break and turned up the sound so I could hear the play-by-play. Since I couldn’t see the screen, it was difficult to tell which team had scored, because the small group of Mavs fans were making more noise than the thousands of Heat fans….
It was really embarrassing and the Miami fans should be ashamed of themselves….