Saturday, January 19, 2008

More evidence of global climate change

The Heat have cooled off considerably -- hard to do when they were chilly from the get-go -- and now own a 12-game losing streak.

I only care because this is former Laker Promiser and Deliverer of Back-to-Back Championships Pat Riley's longest losing streak ever. Look what they've done to my brain, ma! (They picked it like a chicken bone and I'm-ah just about to go insane, mama.)

The Heat are hovering around #28 in most of the rankings, and you hear a lot of comments about injuries, losing Kapono and Posey (!?), etc., but really you have to go back to the original trade for Shaq. The cost/benefit was clear: a 2-3 year window to win a championship or two, followed by having to carry an aging, injury-prone, and increasingly irrelevant center on their roster eating up cap space and making any rebuilding process nearly impossible. To quote Airplane!: "They bought their ticket, they knew what they were getting into. I say, let 'em crash."

This is the same dilemma the Lakers had, and they chose plan (ko-)B. And how's that working out for them? Currently the youngest (and, uh... heaviest?) of the elite teams.

Knicks @ Heat tonight... set your tivos to stun.

[Evening Update: Make it 13. The Heat score only 15 in the 4th, can't contain Lil' Nate, and Shaq goes for a Kwame-esque 10 & 5 with 5 TOs.]

1 comment:

Sammy Limones said...

I changed my primary email, and although I'm listed as an admin I still can't create a post. weird. So here it is....

Chris Webber...Even mention his name and look what happens..,1,3631235.story?coll=la-headlines-sports-nba-lakers&ctrack=3&cset=true


Bleh ... Bleh I say.

If we truly are deep, then let's play some ball. Why not be the dangerous wounded animal and show some intensity and commitment to hard work and group effort. Defense is the theme, and I know we can hurt some feelings on this massive but eastside passive road trip.