Lakers Supporting Cast Will Be Key In Remainder of Season

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‘Yao’ Ming Dynasty comes to an end…

Reports show that after 9 seasons in the NBA, Houston Rockets Center Yao Ming is calling it quits.

7 ft. 6 in. of China's finest

The 30-year-old’s contract expired after this past season and because of the multiple injuries he has dealt with over the years, it’s about time.

Yao only played in 5 games last season after only missing two games in his first three years in the NBA.

The Shanghai-native averaged 19 points, nearly 10 Rebounds, and two blocks per game throughout his career.

No we can only wait and see if China will still vote him in to the All-Star game.

Karma at its finest…

Wade and James can't seem to figure out the winning formula this series.

Karma finds a way to be talked about in all parts of the world, especially sports.

Dallas Mavericks’ Dirk Nowitzki injured his finger in Game 1 and received tons of coverage about the effect it may have on his play and the series.

Nowitzki had a fever and a cough heading into Game 5 that yet again received coverage.

The Heat’s Dwyane Wade and Lebron James thought it’d be funny to mock the coverage that their series foe was receiving for his “injuries” before their Game 5 loss to the Mavs.

Karma found it’s way into the series and quickly fought back. Wade injured his hip in the first quarter and had to leave the court until the second half.

Wade must now deal with the injury and keep quite about it or else be suspect to the title of being a hypocrite.

Not only could Wade have used his injury as an excuse as to why his team has now fallen down 3-2 in the series. I never condone excuses but it will prolong the respect that the Mavs’ performance will get after this series that the media has so desperately tried to keep away from them.

Until then, lets keep talking about how James is still virtually non-existent in this series during the most important quarter of them all, the fourth.

Much Props: Shaquille O’Neal

After 19 years Shaq has called it a career with a short video posted about an hour ago on his twitter.

Shaq has had quite the career since he started his dominance in Orlando.

The decision doesn’t come as much of a surprise after only playing 752 minutes this passed season with the Boston Celtics.

Although it was about time for him to retire, fans all over the league will miss the future Hall of Famer.

Much Props

What playoffs?…

The Miami Heat just finished winning game one of the 2011 NBA Finals and some fans didn’t care to tune in.

Fans of all the teams that have already faltered in this years playoffs have already turned their sights on to next season.

So what about the winner of this year’s title?

Many Los Angeles Laker fans were so upset with the lack of effort in their series with the Dallas Mavericks that even the thought of basketball was enough to bring them to their knees in disgust.

Other fans around the league have seemingly done the same as “The Big 3” continue their dominance in the playoffs.

Either fans are still bitter about their teams’ losses or they simply don’t care enough to catch the finals.

Soon enough Mavericks’ fans will also forget about these finals if Forward Dirk Nowitzki doesn’t step up his play and carry his team to even up this series.

For those fans that aren’t going to watch Nowitzki possibly “choke” in yet another final, enjoy the remainder of the baseball season.

Been there, seen that…

Boston Celtic injures himself during a key playoff game. The thought of him returning to play seems nearly impossible. Celtic returns to the court and is an instant hero.

2008 or last night’s game?

Celtic Point Guard Rajon Rondo found himself in some pain after hitting the ground in their game 3 battle with the Miami Heat. (See video here: http://tinyurl.com/3pxvyl9) Although Rondo’s injury seemed to knock him out of the series, this whole scene seemed very similar to something we’ve all seen before.

Game 1 of the NBA Finals and Paul Pierce was the one on the ground. After his “devastating” injury, he returned to action and sparked his team with his determination to win.

Although it’s easy to say that Rondo’s injury looked a lot worse, it just isn’t a fresh idea. Had he wanted more exposure about his one-handed effort later in the game, he should have waited a few years more for the typical fan to forget Pierce’s heroics.

Miami’s Cold, LA expectations heating up…

The Miami Heat’s struggles continued last night after falling to 5-4 with the team’s latest loss to the Boston Celtics.

Entering the season the Heat were already getting tons of hype and expectations that exceeded actual possibility.

Many expected to see the team achieve a 70-win season and NBA supremacy but now the squad is struggling to keep their heads above .500.

The latest loss has their Eastern Conference foes feeling pretty good about themselves and even has Celtic Forward Paul Pierce mocking Lebron James.

“It’s been a pleasure to bring my talents to South Beach now on to to Memphis,” said Pierce on his Twitter page.

The tweet is seemingly taking a jab at the infamous quote by James  during his television announcement special.

Pau Gasol's play could be key in the Lakers success this season.

Although Miami’s struggles so far have seemingly damaged their record season hopes, the reigning champions are regaining the spotlight in Los Angeles.

The Lakers picked up their season where they left off, victorious.

Their 8-1 record shouldn’t be surprising with most of the team returning to defend their title and the additions of solid role players such as Matt Barnes and Steve Blake.

Kobe Bryant is having one of his worst shooting seasons of his career but players like Pau Gasol and Ron Artest have so far done enough to carry the team to the top of the NBA rankings.

Bryant is slowly coming out of his offensive slump as of late and shot for a season high 34 points in the Lakers last game against the Denver Nuggets.

Once, Bryant fully gets back to his consistent offensive self it’ll be hard to deny that the Lakers will be the favorite to win their third title in as many years.

The solid play even has fans thinking the Lakers are the team to watch for that 70-win season. Although still early in the season, the Lakers and their fans are sure hoping so.