June 27, 2014

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in Blog, June 14

I was shocked that the Sixers took Joel Embiid third and ended up with Dario Saric. I just don’t get it. I feel for coach Brent Brown. Embiid will not be ready right away and Saric cannot be a factor as he is in Turkey next season. Nerlens Noel is a question mark coming off a layoff, I feel bad for the coach, Brent Brown. I just do not get those decisions.

I gave A’s to the Florida teams. Orlando really improved with its moves. Aaron Gordon is so athletic and will be a solid pro for years to come. Elfrid Payton out of Louisiana-Lafayette saw his stock rise. His quickness will make him a major factor as well. Miami really helped themselves big time by adding Shabazz Napier of Connecticut. Pat Riley struck gold with thart move. Napier will have a chip on his shoulder once again and prove the experts wrong.

Three guys who went too low and will be better than where they were picked: Gary Harris of Michigan State, Shabazz Napier of Connecticut and Rodney Hood of Duke.

Julius Randle will be a 15-10 guy for the Lakers from the start. It was a solid pick by LA.

The rich get richer as San Antonio got versatile Kyle Anderson out of UCLA. R. C. Buford and company have an incredible track record.

Every year, there are underclassmen who slip into the second round and lose out on first-round guaranteed money. Guys like DeAndre Daniels, KJ McDaniels, Jerami Grant, Jarnell Stokes, Nick Johnson, Spencer Dinwiddie and Glenn Robinson III saw their stock drop a bit.

June 26, 2014

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in Blog, June 14

It was a special time in New York the last few days.

I was honored by the American Cancer Society as Man of the Year. Then I received an honor by the NABC, being inducted into the Court of Honor.

It meant so much to me, spending time with family, friends, and so many coaches that I admire.

I continue to attempt to raise dollars in the battle against cancer. It means so much to me. I was touched by the last two nights.

June 20, 2014

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in Blog, June 14

I had a terrific time in Riverside, Iowa at a V Foundation event hosted by Craig and JoEllen Mettille.  All the dollars raised at the event goes to pediatric cancer research.  Iowa basketball head coach, Fran McCaffrey, and Iowa State basketball head coach, Fred Hoiberg, were the honrees of the night.  I can’t thank Craig and JoEllen for all their efforts and dedication in helping us beat this dreaded disease.  A great night for a great cause!

June 17, 2014

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in Blog, June 14

Congratulations to the San Antonio Spurs on the NBA championship!

Gregg Popovich and R. C. Buford are the best coach/front office tandem in all of pro sports. They built another winner as San Antonio celebrated its fifth title in 15 years. This time, the Spurs got each of their four wins in the finals by 15 or more points.

What a run it has been for Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili. Kawhi Leonard stepped up and was named MVP.

Give Miami credit for making it to four straight finals. The Heat came up short against a true team, the champion Spurs.

June 14, 2014

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in Blog, June 14

Congratulations to the Los Angeles Kings on winning the Stanley Cup. It is the team’s second title in the last three years.

It may have only gone five games, but this final series was unbelievable. Two games decided in double overtime, one in a single overtime. The goalies — Jonathan Quick and Henrik Lundqvist — were incredible.

Los Angeles wrapped up the championship when Alec Martinez converted a rebound in the second OT on Friday night. It was celebration time in Tinseltown. New York had to wonder about what happened, hitting the post on several opportunities in the two overtime periods.

June 9, 2014

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in Blog, June 14

My wife and I are spending a few days at a spectacular resort, the St Regis Monarch Beach Resort in Dana Point, CA.  I am here to speak for US Trust, which is under the umbrella of Bank of America.  I will be the keynote speaker at their event to honor their award winning top performers.  I can’t thank Janet Ashley and Julie Barber for their assistance during my visit.  Also a sincere thank to the head of US Trust, Keith Banks.  I am very proud as this will be my 9th presentation for Bank of America Financial Advisors.  As part of the event, we are having dinner at San Juan Capistrano.  Really looking forward to a terrific few days with this group!   We will head from CA to my alma mater, Seton Hall in New Jersey where I will be the recipient of the Humanitarian of the Year award.  It will be a black tie affair on June 13th.

June 4, 2014.

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in Blog, June 14

This is a great time of year for hockey and basketball fans. The Stanley Cup championship between the Rangers and Kings starts Wednesday. The NBA championship between the Heat-Spurs, part two, starts Thursday.

The Rangers have been a team of destiny, beating Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Boston and Montreal to make the finals for the first time in 20 years. I am happy to see former Tampa Bay star Martin St. Louis playing so well in the playoffs. New York has an outstanding goalie in Henrik Lundqvist.

The Big Apple is buzzing with excitement over the Rangers. I understand that the Kings are favored, but I am going with the New Yorkers in six.

Miami is in its fourth straight NBA finals, rare air in league circles, with the likes of the Lakers and Celtics. Erik Spolestra has done a marvelous job with a very talented team, getting them to mesh and play as a unit. They have tightened up on defense at important times, like the final game of the Eastern Conference finals against the Pacers. San Antonio is led by the best coach in the NBA, Gregg Popovich. The future Hall of Famer knows how to get the most out of his players, understands the strengths and weaknesses of his deep bench. He has pushed all the right buttons, as the Spurs got past Oklahoma City in six games.

The Heat is gunning for a three-peat. Tony Parker, Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili have other ideas.Then again, last year, the Spurs were on the verge of cutting down the nets when Ray Allen hit a stunning shot in game six, extending the game and series. Now the Spurs would like revenge.

Miami is a team of destiny, thanks to the big three of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. Wade has been healthy in the playoffs and that has made a difference.This Heat team is a lot more than just the talented trio. There is Allen, capable of making big trifectas. Udonis Haslem, Shane Battier, Chris “Birdman” Andersen, Rashard Lewis, Norris Cole, Mario Chalmers, these guys have all contributed this season. San Antonio had Boris Diaw, Kawhi Leonard and company to provide depth.

I expect an exciting series. I think King James and company will celebrate again, this time winning in seven games. It should be a super series, baby!

May 31, 2014

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in Blog, May 14

The Miami Heat are back in the NBA finals for the fourth straight year, That puts this franchise in elite company with some of the greats, like the Cetics and Lakers. Many teams would love one shot at a title; now Miami is gunning for its third straight.

The big three — LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh — have shined this postseason. Let’s also give credit to Erik Spoelstra for a solid coaching job. This team is a lot more than just the big three. Ray Allen has been Mr. Clutch over the years. Udonis Haslem and Chris “Birdman” Andersen help up front, Mario Chalmers and Norris Cole are factors in the backcourt, This is a true team!

The Heat knocked off the Pacers in the Eastern Conference finals, and it is back to the drawing board for Larry Bird’s team. After earning the top seed and homecourt advantage for the playoffs, the Pacers had a disappointing end to the postseason. There are many questions for the future, starting with free agent Lance Stephenson. Will the team try to bring him back?

Congrats to the Heat, waiting for the Thunder-Spurs winner in the NBA championship.

May 28, 2014

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in Blog, May 14

I am a big tennis fan, and I love keeping track of the major tournaments. The French Open has been upset city so far.

Wednesday was Serena and Venus Williams both fall, one round before they would have met. Serena’s loss was stunning because she fell 6-2, 6-2 to a Spanish opponent. Her serve was erratic and it was just a rough day for the top seed.

The tourney has seen the two Australian Open singles champions — Li Na and Stan Wawrinka — stunned in the first round. There have been a handful of other upsets, opening up the draw. Maria Sharapova has to be one of the favorites on the women’s side. The usual suspects — Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Andy Murray, are still alive on the men’s side.

May 21, 2014

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in Blog, May 14

For the second straight year, and third time in four years, the Cavaliers got the top pick in the NBA draft by winning the lottery. This time it came at incredible odds, drawing the top pick with just a 1.7 percent chance.

The team stunned everyone by picking Anthony Bennett out of UNLV last year. That choice did not work out very well as Bennett was plagued by injuries.This time around, the Cavaliers have the top choice, but also the pressing matter of finding a head coach. Mike Brown was fired after one season in his latest stint with the team.

We have to wait for over a month until we hear commissioner Adam Silver announce Cleveland’s first choice. Will it by Joel Embiid or Andrew Wiggins of Kansas, Jabari Parker of Duke, Julius Randle of Kentucky, or another shocking selection.If I was Cleveland, I would go with Parker. I feel he is the most NBA-ready player of the elite possibilities. He can score inside or outside, can rebound, defend.