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Game 1 pregame notes: Spoelstra won’t tip hand on Bosh starting


So is Chris Bosh going to start Game 1 for the Heat?

You’ll have to wait and see. As will the rest of us. In his pregame talk Heat coach Erik Spoelstra did not tip his hand as to the starting lineup and whether Bosh will be in it or keep coming off the bench. He said the “eight guys” who are going to play know who they are, but he doesn’t want this to distract his team. Sure. He’s looking for an edge.

Spoelstra did say he expects Bosh could play more than the 31 minutes he was on the court in Game 7 against Boston.

Other notes:

• Thunder coach Scott Brooks said in an NBA TV interview he really doesn’t care if Bosh starts or not.

“We have guys who can guard multiple positions and that’s what makes us a great team. And whoever they throw at us we’re going to do our best against it.”

• Brooks also may have had my favorite line of the night, asked if he would ever get Kevin Durant any rest in game.

“48 (minutes) is probably too much. 47.”

• Miami Heat fan ‘lil Wayne — who famously got shut out of a game in Oklahoma City recently because he couldn’t get a ticket — bought one and is in the house for Game 1.

• For you grammar nerds, a great story about how copy editors around the nation hate this matchup (via Deadspin).

Lil’ Wayne denied entrance by Thunder just because he didn’t have a ticket


Those strange people in Oklahoma City with their midwestern values. They confuse me. I cannot believe they would back a loyal local fan who paid for a courtside seat over a celebrity. They just do not get America.

Let me explain.

The Thunder are a sellout in Oklahoma City, especially during the playoffs. They have loud, loyal fans who have created a real college atmosphere at an NBA game.

So rapper and NBA fan ‘Lil Wayne showed up in Oklahoma City wanting a prime seat for Game 3. You know he’s done this plenty of times before, and you know the Lakers, Heat and other team accommodated (people in the front row were willing to sell for the right price). But the Thunder? From the Associated Press.

Thunder spokesman Dan Mahoney says Lil Wayne’s representatives did contact the team requesting tickets but insisted that he sit on the front row, and none of those seats was available. Oklahoma City sold out every home game during the regular season and playoffs this season.

Mahoney says: “We’d love to have him at a game, but like anyone else, he needs a ticket.”

Wayne took to twitter.


And that is how Spurs fans are created.

You know Jimmy Goldstein doesn’t have these problems.

Quote of the Day: Lil’ Wayne says Kobe Bryant is the GOAT


“He’s inspired not only songs, but he’s inspired me in life in general just the way he attacks things, the way he never backs down, the way he fights through injury. …. I believe he’s the greatest player to touch a basketball.”

—Lil’ Wayne, being interviewed at Staples Center during Game 5 of the playoff series against Denver Tuesday. (Hat tip to IamaGM.)

That game is what divides people about Kobe on the court — he was both the only reason the Lakers were in it and why they got away from what won them three games in the series. He scored 43 points and because the other Lakers were passive in that game he willingly took on more and more of the offense to push for the win — he had 32 shots, the rest of the starters had 34 combined. The Lakers got away from beating Denver on the inside. Late in the game Kobe helped he Lakers make it close with three straight three pointers in the final 2:30, but then he missed his last three shots in the final minute, each more difficult than the last. What you think of Kobe’s performance in that game speaks to what you really think of Kobe.

Video: Lil’ Wayne breaks down the NBA season with CP3

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As a belated Christmas present, we bring you rapper ‘Lil Wayne predicting the NBA season. With Chris Paul on the phone.

Yea, that’s way better than that purple sweater your mom got you. You can thank us later.

Thanks to SLAM for finding “Weezy’s Sports Corner.”

PBT Tuesday morning one liners

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The big story in Philly: Lou Williams and some others Sixers went to the Lil’ Wayne concert Saturday night before a noon-tipoff Sunday against the Kings. And the Sixers lost and some fans are blaming the night out (even though Jrue Holiday went and played well). This is mostly about Williams off shooting day, and a lot more factors than a concert went into that.

Michael Redd was back on the court for the first time this season for the Bucks last night — he played 15 minutes, was 0-3 from the floor but had four assists.

In case you missed it, Dwight Howard picked up technical foul No. 17 last night. One more and he sits a second game as a punishment. He got the tech for protesting a borderline call on an offensive rebound — the first call is very debatable, but Howard has got to learn not to overreact and get those techs.

Snoop Dogg’s best Lakers lyrics.

Arte Moreno, the owner of baseball’s Angels, thinks bringing another professional sports team into the Southern California market would be oversaturation. I may not be a fan of the Kings move, but at least they would have Anaheim at the start of the name, not be the Los Angeles Royals of Anaheim, easily the worst name in sports.

Nene say he would love to play for the Heat. Of course he would. That is a very, very different thing then them being able to trade for him. And they can’t afford him as a free agent.

Doug Collins says the Heat are hardest to deal with when Bosh is at center and LeBron is the four.

The Rockets are playing great lately, doesn’t mean Rick Adelman is coming back as coach.

If the Lakers and Mavericks finished tied at the end of the season, the Lakers have the tiebreaker. The first tie breaker is if one team is a division winner, which the Lakers are and the Mavs likely will not be (unless the Spurs slump continues). Head-to-head is the second tie breaker in this case.

Man, Warriors fans are impatient.

Suns television voice Gary Bender is leaving the team at the end of the season.