Congratulations to “PaulinNYC” who won the $100 first prize in our Freeroll last night. Thanks to all 756 people who entered; my team was as high as 17th early, but faded to 58th. I did win $50 for a third-place finish in a $2 GPP, and became a grandfather at 11:30 p.m., so all in all, it was a pretty good night.
Yes, the Heat (23-9) have the best record in the Eastern Conference and the fourth-best record in the NBA. And, yes, they still have LeBron James, whose 26.5 points, 8.3 rebounds and 6.9 assists allow him to maintain his title as Best Player on the Planet.
But there’ is grave concern among fans that their defending champion Heat are playing subpar, non-championship basketball. We’ll see if the six-game road trip that starts tonight at Indiana does anything to quell their unrest.
The dissatisfaction – which has been simmering all season – is so palpable Heat owner Micky Arison took to Twitter on Sunday to address the rumblings, saying, “When did being 1st in the East at the beginning of January become not good enough for some @MiamiHEAT fans?”
The Lakers are too busy battling the unrealistic expectations of their spoiled fans to immerse themselves in a full-fledged rivalry such as one with their neighbors down the hall at Staples Center.
No, the developing rivalry is between the Clippers and the Warriors, which went to a new level Saturday night.
It’s not quite time to quit my day job, but I’m having a lot of fun playing daily fantasy hoops and for the second straight week, made a small profit, thanks to some luck on Thursday. It only took one winning night out of seven to finish in the black.