GREG GAMBLE’S 2008-09 HARDWOOD Luv: 125-98 ats…56%
NBA 84-75 - NCAA 33-19 - Teasers 8-4 - Church League 69-0
I know this will make me sound like a Ben Gordon-hater, but I honestly believe the smart move is to let the former Huskie sign elsewhere if he’s demanding close to 10-Million a season. And you want to know why...Luol MFin Deng! While the majority of Chicagoans believe Deng is a soft little Beeatch, I actually believe he’s gonna use the criticism as ammunition and have a bounce-back year. And paired with John Salmons on the wing, the Bulls not only add some length and improve their D, but they give D-Rose more offensive opportunities with the shot-happy Gordon gone.
Call my crazy for pulling a Miss Cleo and predicting Luol will be in the best shape of his life and actually attack the basket with some confidence, but he's a great kid and will work his azz off this summer once he's heathy. And I can't stress it enough, but just like Jenna Haze told us in the Oral Adventures of Craven Moorehead #8, size does matter fellas and switching Salmons to the two-spot will be a dream come true for Rose. Especially if T-Time & Noah can continue to improve on their play, not to mention if the front office adds another frontcourt piece, this team will be a 50-game winner with a young superstar and plenty of flexibility to take the next step!
ORLANDO MAGIC (+3) @ BOSTON CELTICS
While the world talks about the Bulls/Celts Seven Game thriller, it's amazing to me how many people aren’t discussing how awful both teams played at different times. Without KG & Leon Powe, Boston’s frontcourt is extremely vulnerable to a player of Dwight Howard’s capabilities, not to mention they don’t have a big to guard Rashard Lewis on the perimeter (and please don’t try to tell me Brian Chubby Rapaport Scalabrine is the answer). Throw-in that Paulie & Shuttlesworth looked absolutely drained following the Bulls series, and I actually expect the Magic to destroy the Celts in Game One.
While Rajon Rando will be the biggest thorn in the Magic’s attempt to advance, I’m guessing Stan “The Hedgehog” Van Gundy will do a much better job of forcing the former Wildcat to beat them with jumpers. And even with Courtney Lee out tonight, the combination of Pietrus’s D and J.J. Redick’s sweet-jumper will give Mr. Allen all he can handle. ORLANDO MAGIC BY 7-14 PTS
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