A birthday edition (my birthday) of "Stuff People Ask Me on Twitter"...
Michael Cassidy (@MichaelIVCassidy) asks, I heard @ZaslowShow say in the postgame that LeBron wasn’t right. Some sort of leg issue. Any insight? He OK?
I can’t say for sure, but LeBron didn’t seem to be hurting or injured after the game. He was walking normally and was in a good mood during postgame. He even seemed concerned for a few reporters who were looking pretty tired after the game. He did go 7 of 20 from the field, but he was 18 of 24 from the free-throw line. It’s not like he was settling for jumpers the entire game. Plus, does an injured LeBron take the final shot of the game when D-Wade is on the same team? Doubtful. He’s fine.
P.Gully (@TweetTully) asks, what happens if I let go of the rope?
Several factors to think about here:
1. What did you eat for breakfast?
2. Are you underwater? If so, what’s your drag coefficient?
3. Were you born in the year of the horse?
4. Is your rope attached to a horse?
5. Is the rope on fire?
See, there are a lot of variable at play here — a lot of twists and turns — before we can correctly answer what happens when YOU let go of the rope. Just don’t freaking let go, man. That’s the best answer I can give you. I knew this guy who let go of the rope one time. Things didn't turn out well.
Mark Tomsic (@marcusjj19) asks, nearly impossible for the lottery to be fixed, right? Talk of it is silly.
I’ve never sat in on an NBA lottery and I can’t say I would even know what to look for even if I did. There are probably some clever ways to rig a lottery. Did David Stern throw in the top pick of the lottery to sell the Hornets? Just one example of silly talk. Look, the lottery isn't rigged. If the lottery was fixed, it could have serious implications for the NBA. As in, no more NBA.
Naveen Ganglani (@naveenganglani) asks, comments on Wally's thoughts on KG?
To catch everyone up to speed, former NBA journeyman Wally Szczerbiak wrote this about Garnett on Twitter after Game 2: “KG is another one who lacks the #clutchgene always has?”
I’m not a genealogist per se, but I did successful map the idiot gene last night while on Twitter.
FinzUp (@eduardo1garcia) asks, has any player ever smacked you in the [butt] after a good story you've written?
No, but a coach has threatened to kick it.
Naveen Ganglani (@naveenganglani) asks, predictions on how the team does during the two games in Boston?
I’m thinking a split. The Heat will win Game 3 but lose Game 4. I was right about Games 3 and 4 in Indianapolis, so we’ll see.
Kyddhere (@kyddhere) asks, is D-Wade the best player in the NBA after contact?
It’s an interesting question. Wade’s body control in the air is legendary, but I’m not quite sure Wade’s the best player on his team after contact. LeBron is probably better given the fact that he has the strength to shrug off body checks from Kendrick Perkins and still score buckets. Blake Griffin has to be in the conversation as well. As shooting guards go, it doesn’t get much better than Wade or Kobe Bryant after contact.
Gustavo Arocha (GArocha87) asks, what worries you most if the Heat face the Spurs?
Marlon/capt’n/mar (@MTarrell) asks, does Spoelstra get enough credit?
“Enough” credit? At this point, he doesn’t get ANY credit. I mean, Spoelstra didn’t even receive one vote for the NBA’s Coach of the Year Award. While he isn’t a media darling yet, Spoelstra has won over his team. LeBron heaped plenty of praise on Spoelstra after the Indiana series. I’ll give Spoelstra credit right now for bringing out the best in Wade. No one’s talking about it, but whatever he said to Wade in that huddle during Game 3 against Indiana did the trick.
Andrew Wadhams (@Andrew28500) asks, is Battier using a walker after playing 45 minutes last night?
Does said walker come with a cup holder for beer? If so, then yes.
Eddie (@NBABallerHoller) asks, when is Eddy Curry getting on the court?
Night Court? People’s Court? In all seriousness, I assume you’re joking.
Yohendy Almeida (@yohendyalmeida) asks, I know is early, but can the Heat make a move to obtain
Festus Ezeli on draft night like they did with Norris Cole? Heat might not have to. They’ve got a late first-round pick and Festus might still be around.
Monica Raquel (@DivasDining) asks, can Rio do the Triple Lindy?
Yes, Rio is the Rodney Dangerfield of the Heat. Does that mean he can successful complete the world’s most difficult dive, the Triple Lindy? Not necessarily. It took Dangerfield years of practice to pull off that dive. Rio, while the superior athlete, can’t just walk out on 10-meter platform and bust a Triple Lindy. Now, with a little practice, I’m sure Rio would be confident he could do it.
Jahnel Simpson (@jahnelss) asks, I'm young could you give me some info on Dangerfield?
Only the greatest comedian ever to "get no respect," who also happened to star in a golf movie filmed in South Florida. I mean, as a sports fan, I don’t care how old you are, you’ve got to know about Caddyshack. Netflix, bro. Thank me later.
Pariez Sur Moi (@SELFMADE G22) asks, 'Rio's been sensational this year, period, the team's gelling like never before. How does CB fit in the rotation now?
Same way when he left it. He starts at power forward the moment he’s ready. Bosh will play in the NBA Finals and the Heat will need him.
Daniel Mena (@THEE_CAPTAIN), asks why doesn't Spoelstra tell Wade & Chalmers to play up defensively on Rondo?
It’s a pick-your-poison thing, I suppose. Play up on Rondo and he could end up with 25 assists.
Joel Estrada (@joeljestrada) asks, what has a better chance. Us winning against the Spurs (if we make it that far) or a Great White vs. a baby seal?
Oh, man. Great question. A trick question, but a great question nonetheless. See, here’s the thing about seals. The babies stay on the land or the pack ice or whatever. For a Great White to get at a baby seal, it would have to beach itself, or run aground or whatever you call it when sharks try to get out of the ocean. In this scenario, I don’t like the shark’s chances. See, sharks have gills, which are made for pulling oxygen out of water. People and walruses and seals have lungs, which do the same thing as gills but with air. I’m going with a baby seal on this one. Now if you had said Killer Whale, I might have said the jig was up for the baby seal.
As for the Heat against the Spurs, it wouldn't be a contest between a Great White and a baby seal. It'd be like a fight to the death between two apex predators. I actually think the Heat matches up better against the Spurs than the Thunder. I don't want to look too far ahead, though. We'll get into that if the Heat take care of the Celtics.