Boston Celtic Rajon Rondo went after Dwyane Wade of the Miami Heat in the season opener Tuesday, October 30, as he drives to the hole and receives a flagrant foul.
*The NBA has just taken to the paint and there’s already a squabble stirring up between players. It appears that as the season begins, there may be a hater on the court.
Boston Celtics’ Rajon Rondo came out the gate locked, cocked, and ready Tuesday night. He wanted the game bad against the Miami Heat and Dwyane Wade was not giving it to him … so he took it! Well, he tried to.
Wade was almost put in a sleeper hold by Rondo as he attempted to drive to the hoop in the season opener against the Boston Celtics. Rondo would not let go of the ball or the fact that Wade was not going to let go of it. In the process of trying to stop Wade, he clotheslined him and grabbed his arm. If they were playing in the streets, he may not have survived that maneuver without a fierce beat down.
*When The Boston Celtics announced they had waived guard Keyon Dooling recently, and that he had decided to retire from basketball at the age of 32, people had little choice but to believe it was for the reasons stated.
After giving the NBA 12 good years, the 6’3” player wanted to pursue other interests and spend more time with his family. Though the seemingly knee-jerk decision caught many of his team players’ off-guard, and the reasoning seemed a bit off because he had just re-signed a new contract with the club last July; the decision was respected and everyone wished the player well.
As it turns out, there was more to the story. Much more. And in a recent interview with Comcast Sportsnet reporter, Jessica Camerato, Dooling bravely revealed the real reason behind his departure.
“It just all came to a head. To be honest with you,” Dooling told CSNNE.com. “I blocked a lot of things out of my life. I’m a man who’s been abused, sexually, emotionally, mentally. I’ve been abused in my life, and there’s so many guys around the NBA who have been abused and I know it because I’ve been their therapist. I didn’t even have the courage because I blocked it out so much that I couldn’t even share that . . . It took literally a meltdown for everybody to see how serious I was about not playing ball anymore.”
Dooling says no one, not even his family, wanted him to quit. But the player reveals that no one understands how tough life as an NBA player is.
“It just got to the point where it was like, they don’t know how much pain I’m in. They don’t know how lonely the road can be. They don’t know the stuff that comes along with being an NBA player. They don’t know how many people call my phone begging for money every day. They don’t know how many people call me asking for advice. They don’t know how many people rely on me to be happy when they’re down. They don’t understand the grind that mentally I have to go through to be this man I am every day.
But this story has no sad ending. And Dooling makes it clear that he didn’t limp away, he walked away; and according to the article, though Dooling won’t be playing ball with the team, the Celtics are not through with this well-liked and highly respected player.
For more on this very encouraging story, read/learn more at CSNNE.com.
*Hey, remember the NBA lockout? Remember how depressed we all were without basketball, and how we were all forced to wait ‘til Sunday to actually care about sports? Well, what else could we watch – NASCAR?
Thankfully, that’s all over. The NBA will be back in a few weeks. So, with the return approaching…here are five foolproof (or foolhardy) predictions for this upcoming NBA season.
THE CELTICS ARE DONE – The AARP group is great, but they’re all getting older. An off-season of trade rumors will leave Rondo in a funk, and they have no real bench. They’ll make the playoffs, but be out early.
KOBE BRYANT’S LUCK WILL RUN OUT – Bryant’s gone through most of his career without a major injury. All the miles – from the playoffs, regular season, and the Olympics – will catch up to him this year. Expect some significant injury time.
THE CLIPPERS EMERGE – Blake Griffin and Co. take the next step. Expect a six seed in the playoffs and a respectable first-round loss that will lay the seeds for a bright future. Unless the nut-job Clippers owner screws it all up, of course.
THE KNICKS IMPROVE – Not enough to win a title, but enough to win a playoff series, at least. Tyson Chandler, Carmelo “Melo” Anthony and Amare Stoudemire give the Knickerbockers some serious star power.
THE HEAT WIN IT ALL – Provided they reinforce their bench (the signing of Shane Battier helps). This season sets up perfectly for LeBron James, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh.
Oklahoma City Thunder players celebrate after beating the Memphis Grizzlies in Game 4 of their second-round NBA basketball playoff series Monday night in Memphis.
OKC outlasts Memphis in Triple Overtime
*Trading comebacks and clutch shots, the Oklahoma City Thunder and Memphis Grizzlies looked as if they might play all night.
In the end, though, Kevin Durant and the Thunder refused to let another overtime playoff game slip away and now the series is tied 2-2.
Durant scored six of his 35 points in the third overtime, and the Thunder scored the final 10 points to beat the Memphis Grizzlies 133-123 in a thriller that started Monday night and ended early Tuesday morning.
It was the second straight overtime game in the series and the NBA’s first triple-overtime playoff game since Chicago downed Boston 128-127 on April 30, 2009.
*LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh are on the verge of doing something together that neither of them could accomplish on his own.
Miami’s Big Three combined for 83 points as the Heat beat Boston 98-90 in overtime on Monday night to move within one game of the Eastern Conference finals. James scored 35, Wade had 28 and the threesome also combined for 35 of Miami’s 45 rebounds.
“We’re the guys. We’re the ones who get all the attention. We’re the ones that get all the praise,” Wade said. “This team is going to go as far as us three takes it.”
*Dwyane Wade scored 38 points on 14 of 21 shooting, James Jones set a Miami postseason record with 25 points off the bench, and the Heat beat the Celtics 99-90 on Sunday to open their Eastern Conference semifinal series.
“It’s a big game. It’s Game 1, at home,” Wade said. “You’ve got to take care of home court. These guys expect this from me. I wasn’t giving it to them in the regular season versus them and I wanted to come out today and be a leader.”
Randolph, Gasol Power Grizzlies Past Thunder, 114-101
*Zach Randolph had a playoff career-high 34 points and 10 rebounds; Marc Gasol added 20 points and 13 boards, and the Grizzlies outmatched the Oklahoma City Thunder inside for a 114-101 victory in the opening game of the Western Conference semifinals on Sunday.
“We believe,” Randolph said. “We definitely believe. Our confidence is up high. I tell the guys we can compete and play with anybody.”
*Oh yeah, it’s getting’ to be about that time of the year in the NBA. Yep, it’s almost time for the playoffs, baby!
As sports site Yarbarker wrote, Sunday’s game between the Boston Celtics and Miami Heat was more than just a late-season matchup between two Eastern Conference powers.
The winner would be set up to avoid having to face the suddenly resurgent New York Knicks in the first round of the playoffs. So it’s no surprise that emotions between the two teams were high.
They boiled over in the second quarter when LeBron James tangled with Jermaine O’Neal. While running the break, James collided with O’Neal and fired the ball at him starting a mini-brouhaha between the sides.
Watch the action:
James finished with 27 points, seven assists and five steals as the Heat crushed the Celtics, 100-77 to grab the second seed.