Good Tuesday morning to you all, Boston Celtics fans!
Now that the dust has settled on the 2014 NBA Finals, we have officially entered the offseason – and let me tell you, I’m already a bit bored. With no hockey and no basketball to watch and discuss, I’m stuck choosing between Major League Baseball, World Cup Soccer, and watching paint dry.
Man, paint’s never looked so good!
Anyway – speaking of those NBA Finals, you should check out how the Twitterverse reacted to the San Antonio Spurs’ winning one for the thumb. I guess when you are an organization that is as well-respected as the Spurs are, opponents don’t mind seeing you succeed!
Not that I’m saying the Miami Heat are not a well-respected organization- they are, and they are well-run. But are these reasons good enough for LeBron James to consider remaining in South Beach? SI.com’s writers weigh in on where King James should go from here:
What should LeBron James do this offseason?
Ben Golliver: Opt in. I realize this is the least sexy answer but I do think it is the right one. The key takeaway from this season for the Heat should not be that they were smoked by the Spurs, but that they were able to so easily dominate an Eastern Conference with no major threats on the rise. Even with halfway availability from Dwyane Wade, Miami was able to coast into the No. 2 seed and jog through a 12-3 record on its way to the Finals. One major injury to San Antonio or a fully healthy Serge Ibaka, and we could be talking about a Miami-over-Oklahoma City result and Heat three-peat right now.
And let’s not forget that the Spurs have some key players who have some decisions to make this offseason. Could Tim Duncan retire? Will Boris Diaw and Patty Mills be back? These questions and others are brought up in this Offseason Outlook at SI.com.
I know you guys have been losing sleep asking yourselves, “What are the odds of each NBA team winning the NBA Finals next season?” well have no fear: apparently the guys over at Bleacher Report were losing sleep over the same damn question, which is why they put together this list! Here’s a preview:
Is it way too soon to be thinking about the championship odds for the 2014-15 season? Absolutely, but that doesn’t mean they’re any less interesting and informative. Especially because these odds are breaking down and factoring in expected offseason trends.
Every franchise will undergo significant roster movement during the offseason, whether through players retiring, major trades, free-agent losses, subsequent free-agent signings and draft picks. The landscape of the NBA could significantly shift, and future odds will account for any surprises, but the expected moves and player development are all factored in here.
I leave you today with this fun fact: did you know that Boris Diaw almost joined the Boston Celtics back in 2012? Not that he would have made the Celtics championship contenders, but it is intriguing to think of what the Celtics would have looked like with Diaw playing alongside Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce. Enjoy!