Think LeBron James and his South Beach posse are a lock to win the NBA title? Think again. Here are some heavy favorites who failed to take home the championship trophy:
If you read my weekly column (usually Mondays, sometimes Sundays), you know that we have a number of items highlighting the best and worst efforts of the week. Some come from boxscores. Others comes from game stories, sidebars and off-day stories.
But every week, I make a concerted effort to read (a) every player’s line in every boxscore, (b) every AP game story and (c) as many NBA stories, tweets and posts as possible without being disowned by my family.
I always wait until the final day of the season to make up my mind on my official NBA ballot choices.
Because during the lockout-shortened NBA season in 1999, I was in San Antonio covering a forgettable game at the Alamodome when I spoke with a veteran writer for a national publication who had already submitted his ballot after only 44 of the 50 games had been played.
I asked him, and I asked myself … “What’s the rush?”
I was working at the Associated Press in those days, and the AP does not allow its writers to vote for national awards (same rule applies at The New York Times). But after I left AP and went to ESPN, I became a national voter both for regular season and postseason awards.
(Yesterday, Chris Bernucca tried to influence my official NBA ballot with his choices for postseason awards. Today, we get more of the same from Brian Geltzeiler of Hoopscritic.com and SheridanHoopsRadio. I’ll publicize my picks after I cast my ballot in the wee hours of Thursda morning-CS)
The dying days of the NBA regular season are upon us. A few teams that are in the playoffs are still jockeying for seedings, and we won’t know until late Wednesday night whether it is the Los Angeles Lakers or the Utah Jazz who will qualify for the final spot.
Strangely, the Lakers can finish as high as sixth with the right confluence of events.
Or, they could be packing their bags for the offseason on Thursday morning if they lose to the Houston Rockets and the Utah Jazz manage to defeat the Memphis Grizzlies.
In the East, all that’s left to be determined is who will face the No. 3 Indiana Pacers and the No. 4 Brooklyn Nets. Chicago holds the tiebreaker edge over Atlanta.
This is also the time of year when I take the opportunity to hand out my own unique docket of awards that I have dubbed The Geltzies. Many of these are my take on traditional awards that the league gives out, and many of these are the polar opposite of that.
Without further ado, I present to you the third annual edition of “The Geltzies”
I don’t have a vote but I am hoping to influence his thought process with my choices, which are below.
If not, I am hoping I will make him laugh with my snotty remarks.
Let’s get to it.