One of the bigger debates in sports always centers around which team has the best fan base. Criteria such as loudest arena, general passion and amount of tickets sold. Well one poll didnt take ONE of these factors into account when they determined that the Miami Heat had the best an base in the NBA. Naturally, I took issue with their conclusion in the video below:
This is going to be an interesting offseason for the Lakers. They have a lot of unanswered questions heading into the offseason.
Here are the three biggest questions facing the Lakers this offseason...
1. Steve Nash
Lets face it Lakers fans, Steve Nash looked old and brittle this season. He just wasn’t the same player we saw in Phoenix the last few years. He is, after all, 39 years old. Even superstars can only defy getting old for so long. It will be interesting to see what the Lakers do about their point guard situation this offseason. Only time will tell, but just to add a little twist here, Chris Paul will be a free agent this offseason. Maybe the Lakers can still get what they wanted after all?
2. Kobe Bryant
Yes, there is no doubt Kobe Bryant is the heart and soul of the Lakers, even at 34 years old. However, he is also making 30 million dollars next season season. If the Lakers want the ability to make more moves, and to bring in better players, Kobe Bryant will take a pay cut. I mean the best player in the NBA, LeBron James, only makes 18 million dollars this season. Why? Because winning is more important than making as much money as possible. We will see this offseason what is more important to Kobe... winning or getting paid. Also, under the new collective bargaining agreement, a player making 30 million a season just doesn’t work anymore.
3. Dwight Howard
Let the drama begin. Will Dwight Howard be back in a Lakers uniform next season? For those Lakers fans saying he should remain loyal to the Lakers... You're forgetting, this a business, and this is Dwight Howard. The guy hasn’t been able to make up his mind about anything since his final year in Orlando. He finally has what he wanted all along. The chance to choose where he wants to play. He didn’t show up for the Lakers in the playoffs this season, and even got himself ejected in the final game against the Spurs, leading to an apparent little feud with Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak. It will be interesting to see if any of that has an effect on whether Dwight chooses to stay with the Lakers this offseason.
It must be the start of the summer blockbusters because here comes the first, Iron Man 3. Opening Friday May 3rd,, Iron Man 3 follows the continuing adventures of Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) and his fight against evil, while trying to balance his love life with Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow). Iron Man, coming off a great adventure in the Avengers film, which I loved, finds himself in a bit of a dilemma. He is having super anxiety because of some of the events from The Avengers while trying to cope with a new villain, The Mandarin (Ben Kingsley).
Tony works hard to try and cope with this new found anxiety, which is nice because it brings some regular person feel to his character, even the great Tony Stark has flaws.
He setout to try and stop a terrorist of very large proportions called the Mandarin. He also gets involved with another manipulator named Aldirich Killian played by Guy Pierce who also has his eye set on Tony for reasons you can find out when you go see this movie, but let’s say he’s not happy with good ole Tony Stark.
The similarities of the fight against terror that our country is currently going through and the fight to stop the mythical Mandarin are sometimes too close to home. Iron Man and his friend War Machine/Iron Patriot (Don Cheadle) have to team together to find out what is going on and why certain events are not initially making sense. In this chapter of the Iron Man franchise Tony Stark/Iron Man has to fight many inner demons as well as go back to the basics to get his point across including befriending a young boy who gives him added inspiration and help for that matter.
Iron Man 3 follows the same theory as many other of the Marvel super hero movies, to save the day but it does it in a fun way. Robert Downey Jr. is again wonderful as Iron Man. I found myself asking for as much screen time from him as they could possibly give. Gwyneth Paltrow is always good, and something about her is very engaging plus I think Ben Kingsley steals the show as the arch villain. This movie has its great share of special effects and storyline, though I do wish that there would have been a little bit more of the Iron Man kickin' butt but we do get a chance to evolve the characters through more of a storyline than explosions.
The film is not amazing but its definitely worth the price of admission and it's a film that everyone can enjoy, It's just fun. It's not without some flaws, but not enough to keep me or you away.
The fact that Tony Stark is vulnerable in this movie is refreshing and shows that you don’t have to be Iron Man to be a superhero. It takes us for a ride, I just wish there were more rides, but there is enough to do its Iron Man duty.
Go see Iron Man 3 and have a great time... I did.
They said it wasn't going to be flashy, but here are five reasons why I loved the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft.
1. Joe Namath: Why not? I honestly don't know why we don't let Joe host the whole damn thing! I have know idea what he said at the beginning to open the event, or if it even made any sense at all, but I do know that I loved every second of it!
2. Star Lotulelei: Most people probably couldn't tell you where this kid went to school, but if this big defensive tackle from Utah can live up to his name and put the ball back in Cam Newtons hands, the headline writers in Carolina will make easy money this Fall.
3. Jon Gruden and Mel Kiper, Jr: It's always must see TV when a superstar draft analyst and a Superbowl winning, former NFL head coach, go head to head in New York at the first round of the draft. It was a close fight, but I think Gruden found a way to grind out the victory.
4. Draft Jewelry: Did anyone happen to notice the ice that some of these guys were sporting? In particular, from the players' in the top 10? That is some serious bling being flashed on players that have yet to play a meaningful gave under a professional contract. I'm not trying to hate at all, I love diamonds. Superbowl rings look really nice, too.
5. Draft fans: Let this be a lesson to all draft fanatics: Do your proper research before making a fool of yourself. Thanks to our friend Ben Maller and his Twitter account for this little nugget: http://www.coldhardfootballfacts.com/cold-hard-football-facts-blog/live-from-radio-city-reporter-punks-nfl-draft-fans/22404/
Seriously though, if you did take four hours out of your Thursday evening to watch 32 NFL teams decide their future, you most likely witnessed the birth of two or three future superstar careers. By the way, can anyone tell me who was the first pick?
Unless you've been living under a rock for the last week or so, you're well aware that Lakers star, Kobe Bryant, suffered a season ending achilles injury against the Golden State Warriors. Well in case you missed it, one group of animators decided to give you a recap, coupled with their synopsis of the Lakers season (and possibly Kobe's career) in general...
Classless? Thats a matter of opinion. What do I think about it? Tune in to 570 RAW this Saturday night to find out! Shout out to LA Times Lakers blogger and Hoopsworld.com comlumnist Eric Pincus for the assist on the video.