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Miami-Dwyane Wade County Now?

Realizing how valuable it is to have a quality NBA team in town, the city of Miami and the Heat organization is bringing out all the stops to try and ensure the team remains playoff-quality. At first it was the Heat organization creating a website and billboard saying “We Want Wade.” Then, they threw a surprise birthday party for pending free agent Udonis Haslem. Now, Jorge Sedano of 790 the Ticket and the Miami Herald alerts us that Miami-Dade County is considering a name change in honor of Wade.

According to Sedano, the county commission will hear a resolution from Commissioner Joe A. Martinez that will change the name of Miami-Dade County to Miami-Wade County from July 1st-July 8th which is the first week of free agency. You have to love the efforts of the county and the Miami Heat organization. Give them credit — clearly these people are working every marketing angle possible and proving to the key players that they understand their value and appreciate their talents.

Even if Dwyane Wade’s already said he’s committed to remaining with the Heat and he’s out recruiting fellow free agents, it’s always nice to be courted and feel wanted. The Miami Heat have done their part. The county’s chance is next. After that, Wade can re-sign and maybe another max contract to an All-Star will follow. Sounds like Miami is making every effort to turn their basketball team back into a title contender.

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Miami-Dade to rename county after Dwyane Wade? [The Miami Herald]
Photo Credit: We Want Wade

If The Finals Ended Today, Would Kobe Be MVP in Defeat?

In 1969, the Boston Celtics defeated the Los Angeles Lakers in an NBA Finals series that went seven games.  Lakers guard and 14-time All-Star Jerry West was named the NBA Finals MVP — in defeat.  It was the first time the league issued an award for a Finals MVP, and the only time a player on the losing squad has ever be given the honor.  Ironically enough, as the same two rivals face-off once again for an NBA title, we could find ourselves in a similar situation for the first time in over 40 years.

I’m not saying the NBA Finals are over and Boston should start celebrating; the Celtics have pushed LA to the brink of elimination, but the series now returns to the Staples Center for Games 6 and 7 (if necessary).  What I am saying is that if the Finals were to end after Game 5, Kobe Bryant would have to be named the MVP of the series.  Let’s have a look at the average stats of the MVP candidates through the first five games, not including Shrek and Donkey:

Kobe Bryant               30.2 (PPG)           6.0 (RPG)                4.4 (APG)                    2.0 (SPG)
Paul Pierce                 19.0                        4.6                             3.4                                0.6
Pau Gasol                   18.8                        10.0                            2.6                                0.8
Rajon Rondo              14.2                         6.2                             7.4                                1.6
Kevin Garnett            15.6                         6.0                             3.2                                1.8
Ray Allen                    14.0                         3.0                             1.4                                0.4

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Rajon Rondo’s Unbelievable Tip-In

Rajon Rondo has made a habit of creating highlight-reel plays in the 2010 NBA Playoffs.  The play against Orlando when he dove for a loose ball was a perfect example of what can happen when the point guard combines his incredible athletic ability with full-tilt hustle.  Last night, Rondo made another hustle play at a huge point in the game.  Check out the video of Rajon Rondo’s tip-in against the Lakers in Game 5 of the NBA Finals, courtesy of YouTube user rondo9celtics:

Phil Jackson told his players in a fourth-quarter huddle that the Celtics know how to lose games late.  If not for Rondo’s efforts, he may have been justified in what he was preaching.  This particular video is a bit dramatic, but it shows how the Celtics point guard came out of nowhere to make a play on the ball.  It also shows that he was fouled by Lamar Odom on the play. It’s plays like this one that have the Celtics in a position to win their second title in three seasons.

Video Credit: YouTube user rondo9celtics

Phil Jackson Tells His Players Celtics Know How to Lose Games

I have mixed feelings about posting this video. On a fundamental level, I don’t think our TV cameras and microphones should be inside huddles and locker rooms for teams because it’s an invasion of their privacy. I don’t like it but I live with it. On the positive side, thanks to ABC’s access we caught a snippet of Lakers coach Phil Jackson mic’d up during the final minute. Trying to motivate his players as the team was down by five, Jackson took a shot at the Celtics. Here’s the video of Phil Jackson telling his players the Celtics know how to lose games late:

Phil could get criticized or laughed at by Boston fans for his comments during that timeout but that would be unfair. Think of the circumstances: he’s the coach of the Lakers and trying to give them confidence and encouragement so they can come back in the game. What else is he supposed to say? By the way, the Lakers may have had a chance at the comeback if Ron Artest hadn’t missed both his free throws, failed to foul Rajon Rondo on the layup, and then fouled Ray Allen over Rondo. Not saying it would have happened, but at least they would have had a better shot.

Video Credit: YouTube user MojoHoopsTube

Ray Allen Wore Green Nail Polish on Toes

This is the type of story that you have to see to believe. After all, I’m the person that still can’t get used to the idea of 250 pound tough guys in the NFL getting pedicures. I’m sure Ray Allen will just tell us that his kids were messing around with him (assuming he as any), but that’s still crossing a line to me. Here’s a picture of Ray Allen wearing green nail polish on his toes prior to Game 4 via NBA.com and The Big Lead:

Ordinarily I’d say that a guy who sets a Finals record with eight three-pointers made in a game can do whatever the heck he wants, but this takes Jesus down a tiny notch in my book.

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Ray Allen Painted His Toes Green [The Big Lead]
Photo Credit: NBA.com

Nate Robinson and Glen Davis Are Like Shrek and Donkey

The story of Boston’s Game 4 win at home in the NBA Finals was the stellar play of their bench. The Celtics’ subs combined for 36 points, 18 by Glen Big Baby Davis and 12 from Nate Robinson. The bench was so good that Doc Rivers decided to leave them in the game over the starters because they built up a lead in the fourth quarter. After the game, Robinson and Baby were rewarded with the privilege of speaking with the media. Their four minutes on center stage turned out to be a pure comedy act. Check out this video of Nate Robinson and Glen Big Baby Davis speaking after the game. The best parts begin around the 2:40 mark:

From Big Baby’s “I just felt like a beast” comment to his “if Phil Jackson doesn’t haven’t a comment then I don’t have a comment,” I was laughing the entire time. Both of these guys were loving all the attention and you could tell they had been dying for the spotlight. Allow me to remind them that the series is only tied 2-2 so it’s not time to become the darlings just yet. Maybe bring the act back after you win the title otherwise you’ll just wind up looking like clowns if the Lakers win it all.

Paul Pierce Punches Ref by Accident

After struggling in Game 2 and losing to the Lakers in Game 3, Paul Pierce played with a purpose for the Celtics in Game 4 on Thursday night. He came out charged up, making his first three shots and scoring 10 of his 19 points. He would have had 21 points in the game if his late first quarter layup counted, but unfortunately it didn’t. You never would have been able to tell by Pierce’s reaction — he wound up smacking the ref in his celebration! Here’s the video of Paul Piercing punching referee Ed Rush by accident:

Despite his hot start Pierce only ended up with 19 points. The Celtics got away from going to Pierce but it worked out fine in the end as Boston’s bench took advantage of the Lakers in the fourth quarter. I’m sure Paul Pierce will take that formula any day as long as his team wins games.