Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Is Kevin Love a Max player

Can the Cleveland Cavaliers win a NBA Championship without a happy Kevin Love? Is there a rift between him and LeBron James? Why isn't he playing during the 4th quarter? How can they get him involved within the flow of their offense? Will he get his money? Absolutely! But it won't be in Cleveland!

These are all legitimate questions we must ask ourselves because I don't see the Cavaliers winning the chip if Kevin Love isn't a threat down low. Hell I don't even see them winning anything until LeBron decides to play down low like he did in Miami. For whatever reason he is often orchestrating the offense which is fine but what do you have Kyrie Irving for? Who is sensational by the way. I mean this brother has to be the streakiest player in the NBA because when he's on he's on! But will that be enough to get you over the hump? Absolutely not! Especially if your going up against those power house teams out West! You have to get Kevin Love more involved if you want the chip! And that should fall on the shoulders of first year coach David Blatt. 

David Blatt has to do a much better job of running set plays for Kevin closer to the basket. Because as of right now, he is nothing more than a spot up shooter which takes away from his strengths down low. He shouldn't be allowed to launch up that many outside shots.(mainly 3's)We all know Kevin Love can bolt after the season so why not utilize him while he's on your squad? I mean this dude is averaging 16 and 10 while being your 3rd option for Christ sakes. He can and should be a force to be reckoned with! Get this man the rock! Give him a chance to earn that max money because I got news for ya, Tristan Thompson is no Kevin Love! And if decides to leave they will miss his perimeter shooting combined with his ability to rebound and score from anywhere on the floor. Just a thought, just a thought! 

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Should athletes accept less money?

Some would say accepting less increases your chances of winning in any team sport. In fact, we could use the New England Patriots organization as a prime example. One could argue their success is predicated on their head coach Bill Belicheck. In addition to Tom Brady's willingness to accept less money. Which enables his organization to put the requesite weapons around him in order to win championships. 

  However, we need to consider who is running that franchise. In terms of wizardry, Bill Belicheck is a genius! I marvel at this man's greatness because he always and I mean always has a plan. Which brings me to the Dallas Cowboys/Los Angeles Lakers/just to name a few. What about these multi-billion dollar owners who don't have a plan. Why would guys like Kobe Bryant or Dez Bryant accept less when their owners don't have a clue about winning? Because I don't see them taking paycuts! I dont see them apologizing for going over the salary! I don't see them dropping ticket prices for season ticket holders! Nor do I see their merchandise on sale! I don't see it! Do you because I don't! I digress! 

 A lot was said about Kobe Bryant for not accepting the quote on quote "hometown discount". I heard it was a selfish act on his behalf because the Lakers were awful. And in order for the Los Angeles Lakers to get back to the promise land, he needed to take less to surround himself with more. Which makes sense because if you have a ton of cash to attract marquee free agent's then all is well in LakerLand. But Jim Buss doesn't have a plan! What has he done besides trade for a guy who left them for dead in Dwight Howard? Nothing! 

Now how does that benefit the player again? Especially when an owner or general manager are responsible for running a organization into the ground? Why should Kobe or for another example Dez Bryant bail the Dallas Cowboys out of debt? These same owners cut and trade players all of the time. Some for the benefit of the team, others for salary cap reasons like the Oklahoma City Thunder. Can you say James Harden? Enough said.... 

Signing off Rothstein 

Friday, December 12, 2014

Floyd Mayweather Breaks Silence on Pacquiao Fight…:

Friday, December 5, 2014


The Dallas Cowboys remain undefeated on the road after last night's lopsided 41-28 victory over the lifeless Chicago Bears. Let's start with the offense, lead by Tony Romo who threw for 205 yards with 3tds.(2 to Cole Beasley) who pretty much had his way with that porous Chicago secondary all night long. Behind that massive offensive line, Demarco Murray had 32 rushing attempts for 179 yds and 1td.(9rec 49yds) The Chicago Bears defense had no answer for the Cowboys running game, which added an enormous amount of pressure already on the shoulders of a struggling Jay Cutler who stinks! You talk about robbing the Bears organization blind?! This dude has entirely too many weapons to look this horrible, this inept, this despicable behind the center making the kind of money he makes! His days as a starting QB are numbered in the city of Chicago.. They have had enough of Jay Cutler and so have I. 

Although Marty B had a good game, it meant absolutely nothing after Brandon Marshall went out with a cracked rib. From that moment on you knew the bears were in some serious trouble. Even though they mounted a come back, let's give some credit to the Dallas Cowboys defense. They actually looked good again.

They were aggressive, hungry, and played with a sense of urgency after their last outing against Philadelphia. Who made the Cowboys D look like shredded cheese at On The Border! I mean it was that awful. At 9-4 huge opportunity is at stake. The Cowboys could exercise those December demons by winning in Philly. Now that they have a full week to prepare for Chip Kelly's fast paced offense, the Cowboys should be more prepared to defend those sexy and exotic formations/ packages Philly threw their way in Dallas. The NFC EAST comes down to this game!!! This is what sports is all about!!!

Signing off Rothstein.......

Tuesday, December 2, 2014


The Return Of Kevin Durant

Kevin Durant is set to make his long awaited regular season debut after injuring his foot in the off-season. And I think it's safe to say the league is in better hands when it's superstars(Kobe,Rose,Rondo,Westbrook,Durant) are 100% healthy. Tonight he squares off against a young and exciting New Orleans Pelicans team lead by Anthony Davis... One of the NBA's premier defenders who has already improved on the offensive end this summer playing for team U.S.A. Now I'm sure Scotty Brooks will limit Kevin's minutes tonight and rightfully so. But moving forward, I still have some questions and concerns about this years Thunder team.

1. Has Kevin Durant developed a low post game? This has been the only impediment in his illustrious career. His skill set alone practically allows him to do anything other than bang down low. We all know Serge is a shot blocker/jump shooter/Perkins is limited to one move down low so Kevin has to elevate and evolve his game to put OKC over the top in the Western Conference.
2 Will Russell Westbrook finally take a back seat? Will he be more of a PG then SG? I highly doubt it... he's a killer.. a warrior, an assassin.. this dude could be on the court with Michael Jordan and still manage to shoot more than his airness which speaks volumes.
And last but not least
3. Will this supporting cast show up when Russell/Durant are struggling from the field? Jackson, Collison, Perkins, Jones, Telfair, Adams.... some are new but most are all too familiar. The answer is hell no!

4 Will Reggie Jackson accept his role being reduced yet again now that Russell Westbrook is back?

5. Will we continue to see the same 2 vs 5 offense from the thunder? You know kd it's your turn no Russell it's yours!!

 It's pretty obvious they need more depth and better coaching to win it all.

Signing off.... Rothstein