Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Where Is Slim Money?

Prior to this NBA season I had the Oklahoma City Thunder coming out of the Western Conference. But keep in mind my prediction was before I knew Sam Presti would part ways with a legitimate superstar in James Harden. Now a argument can be made on behalf of James Harden being more vital to Okc's success more so than Westbrook and Ibaka. Why? Because he had a chemistry that could not be duplicated with the leagues reigning 3x scoring champion Kevin Durant.
Which brings me to my bigger point, Kevin Durant has to be more aggressive. I have grown sick and tired of watching one of the best players/scorers this league has ever seen play second fiddle to his teammate. That being Russell Westbrook. Now don't get me wrong, I love Westbrook's competitive nature on both ends of the floor. But there is now way in hell he should have more shot attempts then Kevin Durant on a night in night out basis. Just thinking about this is preposterous to me. However in defense of Westbrook, Kevin has got to want it more. He has to be more assertive. More egotistical! More selfish!
Now I understand Kevin is trying to evolve as a player by rebounding and distributing the ball to open teammates and all that. I get it.... But he has to be more vocal! We as people should try to evolve in our respective positions. But don't go away from what you do best Kevin, which is scoring from anywhere on the floor. But until he gets the memo, the Thunder's chances on making it out of the West are slimmer then Jennifer Hudson ( who looks marvelous by the way). I will definitely have more to say on this topic Thursday night at 8pm central time on my show Ham Rothstein Sports. Signing off.. Stein.....

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

STREAKING

Two years ago we could not come to grips on why LeBron James, Dwayne Wade, and Chris Bosh would want to play with one another. We ridiculed them, we questioned there competitive nature, we even thought they where going about winning "rings" the wrong way with a coronation before even playing a game together.
The big 3 got off to a rough start in 2011.They had to deal with getting booed out of every arena in the NBA. LeBron went from being a fan favorite to a villain over night. They had zero continuity which resulted in guys not wanting to step on each other's toes. And through 17 games they where a whopping 8-9. Still in all, they turned it around and made it to the NBA finals only to lose to the Dallas Mavericks in 6 games.
Two years later they have 2 nba finals appearances, 1 NBA championship, and they are within arms reach of breaking the 33 game winning streak of the Lakers in the 70's. They have already won 27 straight and one can only wonder, will they make history? My answer is yes they will. Signing off Ham Rothstein..

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Are the Knicks better off w/o Melo?

There have been many questions about Carmelo Anthony. Is he a leader? Is he committed to the team? Is he too selfish to be the man? Can he and Amare' coexist on the same team? Are the New York Knicks better without Carmelo? Can his Knicks get out of the 1st round?
Now don't get me wrong, these are all legitimate questions to ask yourself when it comes to Carmelo Anthony because let's be honest.... In 10 years he hasn't got it done! Whether that was underachieving and coming up small in Denver, or whether that was demanding a trade to play for his hometown. But make no mistake about it, the New York Knicks will not win anything without Melo. And they certainly won't beat the reigning champs, let alone the Boston Celtics to come out of the Eastern Conference.

So let's just step back and put things into its perspective, he's one of the best scorers in the game. He's clutch in late games, and he can drop 40 in his sleep. His effort on the defensive end is still a question mark, but the guy competes every night. And I don't know about you all, but I want a guy like that on my team. Signing off Ham Rothstein......

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Stein Keys To Victory

Not only do the Miami Heat need Chris Bosh to win a championship, but they need him to win this series. But according to reports he is out indefinitely and they need a solution to there problems. I just so happen to be the man for the job. The other night there was a heated exchange between superstar Dwayne Wade and coach Eric Spoelstra. It was very uncharacteristic reaction from Wade who played like dog crap. He looked out of rhythm, he looked out of sync, he looked frustrated, and he pouted after every turnover.  The Heat canceled practice and there media session yesterday for obvious reasons.

On a lighter note, Mario Chalmers was sensational and showed the heart of a potential champion. But give credit to the Pacers, they are physical, they can shoot, they defend the paint and the perimeter players well, and they are well coached. And even with the odds against the Heat, I still think they will come out on top in this series. Spo needs to make a couple of adjustments for this to happen.
1. Post Lebron up on the left side of the floor so he can attack the defense with one or two dribbles.
2. If you decide to run pick n rolls, use Wade as the ball handler, and let Lebron or Chalmers set the screens to create mismatches. That way there bigs can't contest shots with there length which has been a problem.
3. Use a big line up...
4. Lebron make your damn free throws! Nine years in, there shouldn't be any pressure, you have been in that situation before, and you have missed plenty of those shots, it's time to knock them down. No excuses!!!!
5.Wade, you have to play with a chip on your shoulder, don't look for a any bail out calls, you had a fair amount of attempts in 06 against the Mavs, just play hard! You can be touched, get over it, quit whining and just hoop!!!

So there you have it.... my keys to a game 4 victory for the Miami Heat this Sunday. Signing off Ham Rothstein......