Weekend Wrap-Up; Lakers Win Title
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The Los Angeles Lakers won their 15th NBA title by defeating the Orlando Magic in five games, 4-1, with a 99-86 win. Kobe Bryant was named the series MVP, as he won his first title without Shaquille O'Neal's help. And speaking of Shaq, he is in discussions with the Cleveland Cavaliers about joining up with LeBron James and company. On top of all of this action involving the NBA, baseball was full of action, as well, at both the professional and collegiate levels.
The NBA Finals - The Lakers are World Champs! Kobe Bryant is the best player in the world right now, LeBron James will have to prove his stuff next year. With a great team effort, the Lakers proved they are the class of the NBA. Phil Jackson has now won 10 - yes, 10 - world championshps - the most ever. Bryant now has five titles, but this one meant more as he accomplished the feat without Shaquille O'neal.
Pau Gasol, Derek Fisher, Trevor Ariza, Andrew Bynum and Lamar Odom provided a superb supporting effort to Bryant, who averaged 32 points in the NBA finals, en route to the franchise's 15th championship. For Odom, after ten years in the league, he finally has his ring.
The College World Series is getting rolling out in Omaha after four exciting games over the course of Saturday and Sunday.
* The SEC is off to a good start as Arkansas and LSU both won their opening round games. They will play each other in the winner's bracket, Monday night at 6:00. Therefore, there is a very strong possibility that the SEC will play in the title game once again. The conference is a fixture there, winning the national championship six times since 1990 (five belonging to LSU, Georgia had the other).
* The ACC, meanwhile, is off to a terrible start, as Virginia and North Carolina both lost their opening round games. These two teams play in seperate brackets, so they will not have to meet in a loser's bracket game to send the other home. UVA, after losing to Arkansas, will take on UC Irvine. North Carolina, who lost Arizona State will take on Southern Mississippi. The Sun Devils and Texas will meet Tuesday night in the winner's bracket game of this bracket.
* Southern Mississippi and Texas played a thriller - It was the number-one rated team in the country facing the Cinderella story, and it was the most exciting game yet in Omaha 2009. After going back and forth allevening swapping the lead, Texas won in the bottom of the 9th on a walk-off walk of all things. With the bases loaed and a 3-0 count, Southern Mississippi pitcher J Fields couldn't find the strike zone, and T Tucker trotted home with the game-winning run. But the game proved the excitement of Omaha as SMU, who has never even been to Omaha, took the top ranked team in the country and six-time national champion to the final at-bat in front of over 25,000 fans.
Shaq in talks with the Cavaliers. I am not a huge NBA fan, and certainly not an expert, but I would like to see this happen. Shaq is not the dominant player that he once was. But he is still one of the best big-men in the game, and teamed up with LeBron James would give Cleveland a team with a very realistic chance to challenge for the championship next year. This would be a fun season to watch, seeing the King and Shaq-Daddy playing together.
Major League Baseball Update. If you are a Yankee fan, all of that off-season money is starting to not seem so expensive. The Bronx Bombers are in 2nd place in the AL East, just two games behind the hated Red Sox, and seem to be heading towards a solid season. Sunday night they put a pounding on Johan Santana and the Mets for a 15-0 win. Other teams headed for big things in the American League include Boston, Detroit and Texas.
The Braves season is quickly becoming a forgettable one. After an eternity of making the playoffs every year starting in 1991, Atlanta has suddenly seen that annual trip to the post-season drift out of reach. The Braves have slipped to 30-32, which puts them at 6.5 games out of first place in the NL East. They have lost their last two games and six of their last ten. Teams headed for big things in the National League, however, include Philadelphia, Milwaukee, St. Louis and Los Angeles.
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