The Top 12 Girls certainly out performed the Top 12 Guys.
For starters, I was really impressed with Alaina Whitaker’s version of “More Today Than Yesterday”. I liked her young fresh spirit, she gave me a Carrie Underwood-ish vibe.
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The Top 12 guys performed tonight on American Idol. For the most part, it was pretty disappointing, seeing boring performance, after boring performance. Most of the guys, just weren’t that good in my eyes.
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At 9-39, the Miami Heat have the worst record in the NBA. As the February 21st NBA Trade Deadline was approaching, the Heat found it necessary to make a deal to point their franchise in the right direction. Losers of 21 of their last 22, this season is all but lost for Miami. Nonetheless, as a franchise you must think one step ahead. Bring in Shawn Marion and Marcus Banks. Young energetic players that could bring some life back to South Beach area basketball. Banks and Marion come from the fast paced, uptempo transition floorgame of the Phoenix Suns. Though their numbers might seemed dwarfed coming to Miami, their energy is surely needed on a team that is just flat out, in a funk.
Look for Riley to let his athletes, be athletes. The season is all but lost, give the scarce South Beach crowd, an uptempo, high flying gameplan. Jason Williams has never been known for his halfcourt leadership, but he undoubtably can run the break, and use his athleticism to create shots for players that can fill the lane. Shawn Marion thrives in the transition, as does young SG Dorell Wright, the purest athlete on the roster. Throw in a healthy Dwyane Wade, and you’ll give the Miami faithful an exciting brand of basketball, get some seats filled, and hey even win a couple games.
Let’s not be foolish, the reason for the Marion-O’Neal deal was simply to open up some cap space for next season. Ricky Davis, Jason Williams, Alonzo Mourning, Chris Quinn, Earl Barron, and a couple others are in their final contract year. Plus, Shawn Marion can opt out of his contract. Basically meaning, that its possible that the Miami Heat could be close to 50 million under the cap, going into next season. Add a lottery pick to that scenario, and maybe things in South Beach ain’t so bad.
Everyone knows Shaq will be a huge force for Phoenix in the short term (this season), the Suns did what they had to do to challenge in the Western Conference. But Miami made the right choice as well. Sure, they won’t make the playoffs. But the games of Miami losing 100-80 are over for this season.
Now they will lose games 110-100.
Hey, its an improvement.
There’s always next year.