Hey everyone! Mike is running a little behind today, but he'll get his chat started at 2 p.m. ET!
Hi Everybody...sorry about starting late but when you're traveling it happens...when I have my own jet or start piloting commercial aircraft you guys can hold me to times...Until then, it happens...there's so much to talk about with the NBA but please feel free to get into Nadal's stunning first-round loss in London as well, or whatever...here we go!
I submited a question earlier asking about your picks to win Wimbeldon. Well now it cannot be Nadal as he just got upset by Steve Darcis. Wow!
I was going to say Djokovic and Serena...really I was!!! LOL. I don't think I was going with Nadal, even though I thought he got a bad seeding. Turns out Wimbledon knew it what it was doing seeding him 4th, it appears. I could have gone with Andy Murray, given his golden summer last year but I'll stick with Djokovic...
What would a three-peat mean for Lebron James, should the Miami Heat get back to the Finals next year? By then, should we start comparing him to Michael Jordan?
If LeBron threepeats, which would give him exactly HALF of jordan's championship accomplishments, we could START the comparison but that seems to be the baseline. I think LeBron COULD one day get in Jordan's rear view mirror and we know objects are closer than they appear. But a lot has to happen. I wonder, for starters, whether Miami is going to go with this group again. Wade isn't going anywhere. And I think anytime you win it all you earn the right to stay together and defend your title. But I wonder if Pat Riley sees it that way. If the championship is his only way of evaluating...Anyway, only the old Celtics, Bulls and Phil's Shaq/Kobe Lakers have threepeated (okay, maybe the Minneapolis Lakers)...Threepeating would be an enormous deal for LeBron...for anybody...how about Wade, for whom that would be a fourth title?
Why has Brian Shaw been passed over by almost everyone?
God no...No. Coming back from the NBA Finals I mostly just sleep for about a week and have no idea what the hell is on TV (other than my Blackhawks)...But even if I'd know I wouldn't have watched...The threat of death isn't an attraction for me...
As a fellow Blackhawks fan, how excited are you to watch the game tonight? Will you be there? If not, will you be watching with Bill Simmons? And isn't it crazy that during baseball season, the Red Sox are only the 4th most important/interesting thing in Boston sports right now, after the Stanley Cup Final, the Aaron Hernandez situation and Doc Rivers?
I will NOT be there...In fact, I'm just hoping my flight to Chicago is on time so I can make it home by the middle of second period...These games make me crazy...Sometimes I just have to walk away; the tension is that thick for me...I behave better when I'm at the games, and I've gone to games in the Red Wings, Kings and Bruins series and I'm much less a basket case when I'm there than when watching on TV...I really and truly want the Blackhawks to win Game 6 and not even have to attend Game 7...But I am ready to go if it comes to that...
Hi Mike can you answer my question, its different than all the other "where will Dwitght go" questions. Come on Mike put some variety into this chat. Why is Paul George rated higher than Jimmy Butler and K. Leonard? Is his atheletism? I personally would take K. Leonard then Jimmy Butler then P. George. I just think George makes too many turn overs and beside being able to produce more spectacular dunks, I dont see the difference between those talents and I even think P. George turn overs and bad decisions are more of a liability.
Fair question about guys who will be around playing against each other for 10 years or so...George is the better of the three offensive players, and that's no even arguable. And we always think offense-first. Butler and Leonard seem to be about even as offensive players, but both are better defenders than George...But again, George is a spectacular offensive player and can carry a team for long stretches, even in the playoffs...And there's a premium on those players. It's gonna be interesting to see the evolution of the three...Leonard, by getting to the NBA Finals, seems to have an edge, to me...That experience should actually launch him as a player. HE's one of San Antonio's Big 3 next season...
No matter how many titles the Heat win in the next couple of years, does this Finals win against the Spurs, one of the most modeled and first-class organizations in the entire league, go down as one of their best Finals wins?
The win over the Spurs goes down as Miami's best, period...no question.
What was your favorite moment from the NBA Finals?
Great question...The Tony Parker shot in Game 1 or the Ray Allen shot in Game 6...Both were absolutely thrilling...
Now that the season is over, I want your predictions on these:Dwight Howard will be playing for?CP3 will be playing for?Josh Smith will be playing for?
I have no idea about Josh Smith...Word is the Celtics like him, if they can carve out some cap flexibility...He was prep school teammates with Rondo...But the Cs, to me, would have to get rid of both KG and Pierce to do that...Howard will probably go the predictable route and stay with the Lakers, even though the flirtation with the Rockets is very real and that's where I think Dwight should go. CP3, we know now, will be with the Clippers. I can't see the Lakers making the Blake Griffin deal with the Clippers...I think the teams SHOULD do this but it won't happen...
Did Manu Play His Final Game as a Spur?
I would think so...Unless they bring him back as a 7th or 8th man...but he's done as a player of impact...He had that one last hurrah in San Antonio, Game 5, when his team really needed him. It's sad, really. Manu was such a great, great player...a Hall of Famer in my opinion for his international contribution to basketball...He won THREE titles with the Spurs...The guy was an unbelievably exciting and clutch player...Even this season he won a critical game, against the Warriors, with a deep three-pointer...I felt so bad watching him stumble around and make turnover after turnover. But when I think of Ginobili, I'll think of him splitting defenders and going to the basket like an acrobat...
Does Deven from NYC have something on you or something?
I told you and I'll tell you again, I don't look at who's asking the questions...So Deven is wearing people out again it appears!
At the age of 28, Kobe had 3 rings but 0 MVPs or Finals MVPs, MJ had 1 ring, 2 MVPs, and 1 Finals MVP, while LeBron has 2 rings, 4 MVPs, and 2 Finals MVPs.. your thoughts?
LeBrona and Kobe started at 18 years old. Did this escape you? michael Jordan started at 21...Michael won a title in his 7th season...LeBron in his 9th...what do you make of that? Personally, I make nothing of it. Winning is hard. It takes awhile, unless you're Magic or Bird or kareem...or Duncan and you join a team that's already most of the way there, with David Robinson as an anchor...
You aren't the only fan who is a basket case watching the Blackhawks! Games 1 and 4 were about as nerve wracking as any sporting events I have ever watched, as was Game 7 against Detroit. Overtime playoff hockey is easily the most thrilling/edge of your seat thing in sports. And I also really want it to end tonight in Game 6!
Glad to have company!
After Game 7 does Magic Johnson still think Tony Parker is the best PG in basketball?
I don't know...It didn't come up in the analysis of the champs...Are you saying one bad game should disqualify Parker? Who hasn't had that? Who is the best point guard then? I know Charles Barkley feels the same way Magic does...Who? Chris Paul? Was he in the Finals? Russell Westbrook? Okay, you can make the case for Westbrook...But it's a tough call...A lot of good ones.
DWade playing helps Miami win, DWade sitting on the bench makes Lebron a better player. Thoughts?
Win the game. Win the series. Win the championship. There's no other correct answer.
What are your thoughts on this whole Aaron Hernandez mess?
I'm just watching and listening...It's sad...that's the only thought I have. Somebody lost his life in this episode. It's bad...And Hernandez seems like he's up to his neck in trouble. Other than that, I'm not one of those people who needs to draw conclusionson these things and treat it like a basketball or football game...It's sad.
How has your view of journalism's role in today's society changed based on the sheer volume of information sites that aren't necessary beholden to core journalistic integrity and values?
Damn, that's a great question...A lot of what's out there I don't call journalism. Some people do but I don't and won't. Some people write great opinion pieces but terrific writing alone doesn't make it great journalism. We could go for an hour about this...It's morphing. Look, I spent 30 years as a journalist when writing for The Washington Post and appearing on shows like The Sports Reporters on ESPN...I practice journalism sometime; on a given day I still pick up the phone and try to get my own information from sources I trust and report out a story. I still do that sometime...More often I'm a discussion leader...we're distilling and discussing, which I don't necessarily think is journalism...So my role as morphed...Some people don't practice journalism; they never talk to anybody to find out what is happening, and never have. I don't trust MOST of those people...there are some who are instinctively good...and expressive and entertaining and insightful...but I just want people who have some information to deliver, some insight based on conversation with the participants...but that's just me...
Okay, gotta run and prepare for PTI...unreal watching Lleyton Hewitt play Wimbledon, which seems amazing given he must be in his early 30s...Okay, thanks for chatting...we'll have one more session, Monday coming off the NBA draft...