Archive for June 4th, 2010

WATERCOOLER CHAT: LAKERS ON FIRE, HOT COACHING CANDIDATE, BAD NEWS FOR US SOCCER

BASKETBALL

In the NBA, it was Game 1 of the Finals.  As you may well know, it was the classic Los Angeles Lakers v. Boston Celtics rivalry.  This rivalry has since been renewed in the past 3 years with each team taking a championship.  This year would mark the true champion of this era.  The strong and sturdy Lakers or the veteran-infused Celtics.  And add to this that the two fan bases have some serious bad blood and we have one heck of a series to look forward to.

Well, the game started with a Lakers edge.  Everyone expected Boston to be the shrewd defensive team, but the Lakers came out with lock-down defense.  Even so, the Celtics kept it close for most of the first half.  But Kobe caught fire towards the end of the 2nd quarter, giving the Lakers a 9 point lead heading into halftime.  Then, in the second half, it was simply… The Lakeshow.  Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol were on fire and practically outplayed all of the Celtics’ starting 5 by themselves.  Kobe finished with 30 points and 7 rebounds and Gasol finished with 23 points and 14 rebounds.  They allowed the Lakers to steamroll the Celtics in an easy Game 1 win.  You can bet that the Celtics will play harder than they’ve ever played in Game 2.  LA Lakers 102, Boston 89.

Elsewhere in the NBA, the hottest coaching candidate this off-season will be Boston Celtics’ defensive mastermind, Tom Thibodeau.  He has been responsible for their smothering defense during the past 3 seasons, and played a huge role in this comeback playoff run.  This off-season he will finally get a chance to be a head coach, and the New Orleans Hornets are the most interested party.  Their defense was abominable this season, and having a guy like Thibideau who can change the culture of the team may be just what the Hornets need.  However, it’s reported that Chicago likes Thibodeau too.  We’ll keep you posted.

SOCCER

Finally, in some bad news for the U.S. World Cup soccer team, forward Jozy Altidore is reportedly day to day with a right ankle sprain. He’s only 20 years old, but he was a key factor in the U.S.’ run in last year’s World Cup warm-up.  They even beat Spain!  Altidore is such a key piece in the World Cup puzzle that losing him is a major setback.  Plus, they have possibly the most anticipated match-up against England coming up next week.

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