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1 King to Rule Them All

Scorching Heat!!!

Miami Heat win the 2012 NBA Championship!!! Lebron James takes the team to the promised land… The King perseveres & finally delivers on his promise. We having been watching the NBA for over 20 years & this is the first time ever after a team has one the championship, there is a clear feeling of achievement & redemption. Through this article I have not only captured details about the Heat organization but also of Lebron so as to understand why this championship meant so much to both city & player….

The Wade Shaq Era…

Burnie!!!

The Team started out in 1988 /1989 though the time this team came on the map was with the arrival of Pat Riley, the legendary coach of the Lakers. This also brought Players like Alonzo Mourning, Dan Majerle, Eddie Jones, etc. The team was a good strong contender till 2000, post which they had a slight decline between 2001 & 2002 where they didn’t even make the playoffs. Then came the Dwayne Wade era in 2003 / 2004 who was signed as the 5th overall draft pick by the Heat. The next few years saw the genius of Pat Riley bring the Big Daddy Shaquille O’Neal to Miami & come 2006, with a veteran squad of Gary Payton, Antoine Walker, Alonzo Mourning, Shaq & Dwade, Miami won its first championship!!! 2007 to 2010 there is nothing to write home about though come 2010, the world changed as the Big 3 came together – Dwayne Wade, Chris Bosh & the most important & prolific peice of the puzzle Lebron James…

James, Wade & Bosh

The King!!!

Important here to mention the Lebron James story so that we understand the importance of this championship. He was selected with the number one pick in the 2003 NBA Draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers. Listed as a small forward, James has set numerous youngest player records since joining the league. He was named the NBA Rookie of the Year in 2003–04, the NBA Most Valuable Player in 2009, 2010 and 2012 and has been both an All-NBA selection and an All-Star every season since 2005. In 2010, a much-publicized free agency process ended with James signing with the Miami Heat. James led the Cleveland Cavaliers to consecutive playoff appearances from 2006 through 2010. In 2007, the Cavaliers advanced to the NBA Finals for the first time in franchise history, but lost to the San Antonio Spurs. In 2011, James and the Miami Heat advanced to the NBA Finals, but lost to the Dallas Mavericks.  James has been a member of the USA national team, winning a bronze medal at the 2004 Olympics and gold at the 2008 Olympics.

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Heat Win!!!

Post losing to the Mavericks last year wherein Mihir &  me were both rooting for the Heat to win, this year was definitely a make or break year for the Heat. Fortunately, the season did happen and through the same, The King performed at an unmatched level. James entered the lockout-shortened 2011-2012 season with a drastically changed demeanor. Admittedly humbled by Miami’s loss to Dallas, he spent the off season attempting to improve himself as a basketball player and a person, going so far as to work with Hakeem Olajuwon on his post game. The Heat opened the year on a strong note, finishing January with a 16-5 record and matching their best start to a season in franchise history. During that stretch, James averaged 29.2 points, 8.3 rebounds, 7.1 assists, 1.80 steals and 37.4 minutes while shooting 55.1 percent from the field and 40.6 percent from three-point range. In the 2012 All-Star Game, he tied Kevin Durant with a game-high 36 points and tied the All-Star Game record of six three-pointers made. At the conclusion of the season, James was named league MVP for the third time, finishing with averages of 27.1 points, 7.9 rebounds, 6.2 assists, and 1.9 steals per game on 53 percent shooting. A championship was now way overdue…

The King Rules!!!

Finally, post beating teams like the Indiana Pacers & Boston Celtics, Miami returned to the big stage, this time to take on the Oklohoma City Thunder lead by the season MVP runner Kevin Durant. The series was pitted as one of the most evenly balanced series’ in the history of the NBA and with allstars on both teams, this was the most media friendly series as well. What seperated the men from the boys was not only the hunger and dissapointment for the Heat players from last year’s loss against Dallas but also the emergence of Lebron James who took over the reigns of the club and pushed it to the next level. The King had multiple triple doubles in the finals series – one of them in the decisive game 5. James also won the MVP of the Finals basis his contribution to this series. This also opens up another discussion basis build & buy. Clearly Miami Heat today is a bought & build team which defeated a build & bought team in Oklohoma City… Purists – one of them being my brother – will always argue this point though, today, the writing’s on the wall and Miami Heat are your 2012 NBA Champions!!! Today there is only 1 King to rule them all!!! Kudos to Pat Riley’s genius as president, Eric Spoelstra, the coach & key players not only like Dwade & Chris Bosh but a great supporting cast – Shane Battier, Mike Miller, Mario Chalmers, Udonis Haslem, Noris Cole, etc.

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Posted by on June 23, 2012 in Trips & Rides

 

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NBA Motorcycle Connection

Our fascination with the NBA started way back in 1991 – this when we got Tecmo NBA Basketball on the Nintendo Entertainment system. Post that, the NBA has pretty much governed our lives – we’ve rented, watched most matches on God’s green earth, bought every game on every console and most importantly, got our whole family hooked onto our phenomenon.

Currently, our lives revolve around the NBA Playoffs, this to an extent wherein the early morning bike ride suffers basis live match telecasts. Currently we are following both the Miami Vs. Boston and San Antonio Vs. OKC series. The tricky thing this year is the shortened season and David Stern’s politics. Things that came out of this are the Bulls early exit from the playoffs, Magic not making the playoffs at all, other teams being plagued by one injury or the other. The only good that came out of this was Chris Paul making the Clippers a contender and one of the most fun teams to watch in the league this year.

Moving onto Miami and Boston. This series is a dirty clash, purely based on how Boston plays; they hit hard and also totally mind f%#$% the opposition. Miami, on the other hand, is the poster child for bought teams. Currently the series is tied at 2 games apiece and looks like Boston has the momentum; this after Miami won the first 2 games in the series. Rajan Rhondo is definitely the current star completely dismantling the Heat’s defence – does not matter who the heat throw at him they just cant guard him. The Heat is also missing Bosch, and Garnett is absolutely killing them over there. The Celtics have a very straight forward approach – guard Dwayne Wayde and let Lebron James beat us, without Bosch this strategy is working beautifully. On the other side, SA and OKC are in the exact same situation – 2 games all. SA took the early lead with 2 expertly executed wins. They ran plays like the Harlem Globetrotters and completely destroyed the Spurs. Once the game shifted to OKC, the story has been Kevin Durant and the defensive adjustments that have been made by OKC. Sefolosha has been outstanding and the Lakers must be killing themselves watching the resurgence of Derek Fisher. Kevin Durant is definitely proving why he is the scoring leader and almost impossible to guard. Like my uncle said, the series looks like they will probably go to game 7s respectively. The finals this year are going to be between true battle tested teams and a lot of fun to watch.

So post our expert analysis, you are wondering what is a Basketball post doing on our bike blog? The NBA has a lot of players and coaches who are bike lovers and hence we thought of mentioning a few of them. Till now, the only bike associated with the league was the one Derrick Williams from Minnesota used in the Slam Dunk Contest. Anyways, let’s start with Phil Jackson – the legendary coach of the Bulls has been known to ride on his chopper to and from work. He also has been wanting to travel the world on his motorcycle (this sounds like a rumour). Next on the prominent list is Rik Smits, the extremely tall Indiana Pacer centre; he for some reason has become a Dirt Bike Racer, scary how tall his bike is and the fact that it meets international racing standards. Jay Williams of the Chicago Bulls (I don’t know if a lot of you remember him) was also an avid Bike rider; unfortunately, Williams crashed his motorcycle into a streetlight at the intersection of Fletcher and Honore streets on Chicago’s North Side. Williams was not wearing a helmet, was not licensed to drive a motorcycle in Illinois, and was also violating the terms of his Bulls contract by riding a motorcycle. Finally, let’s look at Ben Wallaces nasty T-Rex…….by all means this is a nasty Trike. The one and only Original T-REX powered by a Kawasaki 1400cc engine, The T-Rex retails for close to $60,000, which isn’t really a problem from Wallace, given that he’s made over $87 million during his 16-year NBA career. Hope you enjoy these rare pictures around the blog and the awesome NBA Finals.

 
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Posted by on June 4, 2012 in Bikes & Builders

 

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