Good Monday morning, Boston Celtics fans!
I cannot even begin to tell you how incredibly disappointed I am with the San Antonio Spurs this morning: what a let down. Giving up game two of the NBA Finals at home is going to come back to haunt this team, mark my words, and as little as I have been watching the games, I plan on watching even less now.
I just can’t stand to watch Miami win, folks.
Let’s give some credit where credit is due, however: Chris Bosh, who constantly gets shredded by fans on social media, really stuck the dagger in the Spurs last night. Today’s Morning Shootaround gives Miami’s third wheel some love today:
Throughout his time on the Miami Heat, Chris Bosh has always seemed to be the one member of Miami’s “Big Three” who gets to be the butt of jokes most often. While LeBron James and Dwyane Wade are revered among Heat fans and respected among NBA fans for their accomplishments and play, Bosh often draws the short straw on both of those topics for many. But as our Steve Aschburner points out, Bosh was the man of the hour in Game 2 last night and took another step toward silencing his many doubters. . . .
Here’s an interesting story: seems that, before he inked a long-term deal to stay on as the head coach at the University of Kentucky, John Calipari turned down a massive deal from the Cleveland cavaliers:
Before finalizing a contract extension with the University of Kentucky late last week, John Calipari had gone deep in discussions with the Cleveland Cavaliers on a seven-year, $60 million-plus contract to become president and coach, sources told Yahoo Sports.
Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert had been persistent in his pursuit and kept returning to Calipari in an effort to deliver full control of basketball operations, sources said.
Gilbert and Calipari had discussed a package in the range of $8 million-plus a year, sources said, and it wasn’t until midweek that Calipari finally rejected Cleveland and fully committed to his seven-year, $52 million extension at Kentucky.
I would say that this a little surprising, but let’s face it: Calipari already coaches near-NBA talent down in the college ranks, without having to worry as much about egos and the business of it all. Cushy gig!
Want another reason to dislike the Heat? Check out Dwyane Wade’s flop in the second period of game two last night:
I know, I know – he’s not the ONLY one to flop – but that was ridiculous. Manu Ginboli’s hand never came anywhere near Wade’s face. Forget fines – the NBA needs to suspend every player who flops for one game, the end.
Finally today: for those of you Boston Celtics fans who are holding out hope that the Cs can trade for Kevin Love, you need to check out this piece about Ricky Rubio’s plan to keep Love in town:
I don’t want to convince him if he doesn’t want to stay. But I want him to stay and I’m going to tell him what I think, which is we’ve been improving every year and he’s a great player, he helps us a lot. I think we need to make the next step. … The media says it’s pretty settled, but I don’t know what he thinks. What I’ve been hearing is from the media, not from him, so I don’t trust that. It can be an opinion from you guys. I just really want to talk to him as a teammate.