Friday, December 12, 2014
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
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
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
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
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
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......