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Golden State Warriors, NBA Champs Again

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The Golden State Warriors are NBA Champions!  We should probably get used to hearing that phrase for the foreseeable future.

This was supposed to be the series to end all series.  The Warriors cruised through the western conference, and aside from a hiccup or two the Cavs did the same in the east.  But this was going to be the series that saved the 2017 NBA playoffs and in the end it was a dud just the same.

There were some great performances, Finals MVP Kevin Durant put on a show from start to finish.  LeBron had a historic performance, I mean the guy averaged a triple double in the finals while shooting 59% for crying out loud.  He honestly probably should have won Finals MVP even on a losing team.

In the end, the finish was just about what everyone thought it would be from the moment KD signed the dotted line in Golden State.  Ya the Cavs managed to get one to avoid the sweep, but all that did was delay the inevitable.

Time will tell if LeBron or anyone else can put a team together that can compete with these Warriors.  Until then you might as well go ahead and pencil in the Warriors as champs for at least the next 3-4 years.  And if thats the case?  Whats the point of even watching?

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Cleveland Cavaliers Get A Little Love!

This was obviously the big story yesterday.  The worst kept secret in the NBA for the last few weeks since Lebron announced he was going back to Cleveland.

The Cavs trade Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett, and a 2015 first round draft pick to Minnesota for Kevin Love.  This obviously makes the Cavs instant contenders in the weak Eastern Conference, but I disagree with all those that are just giving them the title already.  More on that in a sec.

Listen everyone is praising Lebron for “going home”, and while that may have been a small part of it, you are a fool if you think that was all of it.  I think he took a good look at what he had in Miami and the landscape of the Eastern Conference in general, and saw an opportunity in which he could go to a younger team that with him can compete right away.  I fully believe, as do most I think, that the wheels on this Love trade were put in motion before he chose Clevelend, and yes I think Bron had a huge hand in it.  Not even sure why they need  GM, they are on the “just do whatever Lebron wants” train.

That said, this new Cavs team will compete, will be fun to watch, and will probably put up a lot of points.  I just dont know if they can play good enough defense to win a championship.  With a healthy Derrick Rose I think the Bulls are a better team, certainly defensively, but obviously Rose is a big IF.  And even if they did make the Finals, Im still not sure they can beat the top 2-3 teams in the west in a 7 game series.  Time will tell I suppose.

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This has been the biggest news story since the tapes came out last weekend, and with this decision it will continue to be the biggest story for at least the next few days.

Regardless of where you stand on this whole thing, this was basically the only choice the Commish had right?

Forget the fact that the tape is totally illegal, both parties have to consent to being recorded in California, this was a huge black eye on the league, and the commish had to make an example.

This also gave him the chance to be his own man, and get out of the shadow of David Stern. Guy has been on the job for what like 3 months? After today there will be as many mentions of his name as there is anything else.

Im not going to sit here and say whether it was the right or wrong thing to do, thats not for me to decide, but believe me I aint feeling bad for old man Sterling. He is banned for life, but that doesnt mean he has to sell the team, and if they can actually force him to, which would take at least 75% of the other owners voting for it, then the team he bought for like $12 million back in 1981 is now close to being worth $1 Billion. Tough to feel sorry for that kind of return.

PS – before all the 1st amendment people start coming out, just stop. Yes he absolutely has the right to say whatever he wants in the privacy of his own home. However the NBA as an organization has the right to do exactly what they did.

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New Orleans Pelicans give mascot a “makeover”……will no longer give you nightmares!

So I blogged about this back in October when the Pelicans first announced their mascot, Hugo. (link).  Apparently they were getting complaints, probably a few crying kids, and decided to give Hugo a makeover after an “injury”.  So now this:

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Looks like this:

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Definitely more kid friendly and not as “Im tripping balls and theres a crazy bird after me” look.  I have to hand it to the Pelicans PR department, if it wasnt for all this Hugo talk this year would we even know the team still exists.  And this from a team with a 7 footer that rocks a unibrow.

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New Orleans Pelicans new mascot is the stuff nightmares are made of!

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When New Orleans announced they were changing their name from the Hornets to the Pelicans I was one of the ones that jumped on the hate bandwagon.  A Pelican?  Just didnt sound like anything that would intimidate an opponent or even sounded good.

I STAND CORRECTED!

The Pelicans made their NBA debut last night and along with it their new mascot, Hugo, who just might be the most terrifying mascot in the league.  Hats off to the group that come up with this, we know our team is going to suck so how can we get people talking about us. 

Bring in a mascot that looks like its straight out of Donnie Darko.  Nailed It!

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