I have been publishing the GMF Journal blog since August of 2019 and I recently refreshed the blog’s interface. The biggest change is a change in the blog theme. I switched from the K2 theme to Lodestar theme and I’m very pleased with clean, modern look of Lodestar. I did not start with the K2 theme back in 2009, but I used that theme for the majority of this blog’s life.
I also changed the Header photo. I called the photo below the Winding Trail and I chose that photo because I thought it was symbolized (emblematic) the journey of life and it captured the beauty of the San Diego area, which is known dramatic meetings of land and sea. I took that photo at the Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve. I really love that photo, but I felt it would more appropriate to feature photos from my current home, in Easton, PA and the surrounding area, which also has many scenic settings. Right now the header photo features a shot of downtown Easton, taken from College Hill neighborhood in Easton, which is directly north of Historic Downtown Easton. In the future I am going add others photo’s from this area and put them in rotation for the header photo.
The NBA season has been under way for almost a week and I am clearly late posting my predictions at this time, but I can honestly say that the early games have not influenced any of the following predictions.
Eastern Conference Champions: Boston Celtics
Western Conference Champions: Golden State Warriors
You could say that that Celtics and Warriors were the obvious choices to win their respective conferences, but I did not find it easy to pick either team. I think there will be strong competition in both Conferences and I won’t be shocked at all if either team is denied a trip to the Finals this season.
In the East I think Toronto, Milwaukee and Philadelphia will pose real threats.
In the West I think Houston and Utah will be dangerous rivals to the defending Champions.
Most Valuable Player: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks
MVP was another very difficult choice. There are probably at least half a dozen players that have a legit shot, including Lebron, Durant, Anthony Davis, James Harden, as well as young guns Ben Simmons and Jayson Tatum.
Rookie of the Year: Luka Doncic, Dallas Mavericks
Coach of the Year: Brad Stevens, Boston Celtics
NBA Champions: Golden State Warriors
I really can’t say that I want the Warriors to win another championship, but with their current roster it is very difficult to pick very difficult to pick against them.
I took this picture of Statue of Liberty this past Wednesday (05/02/18) from the top of Outlook Hill on Governors Island, in New York City. It was about 4:45 pm when I took the picture, approximately 15 minutes before that portion of the Island closed for the day. It was a sunny, but very windy day, with some clouds. It was an almost surreal sight to see the Sun Rays beaming down of the Statue of Liberty at the moment that I took this picture with my iPhone SE.
I am really looking forward to the NBA playoffs. I think there is a good chance that for the first time in the three years we will see a team other than the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Finals this year. Don’t get me wrong, as a serious basketball fan I have enjoyed watching the Warriors and Cavs battle because of the extraordinary collection of talent on both teams and the high level of play that has been exhibited in the Finals by these teams.
My pick: Philadelphia 76ers…I definitely feel like I’m going out on a limb picking the #3 seed Sixers, but they did finish the season with a 16 game win streak, led by Super-Rookie Ben Simmons. Always difficult to pick against LeBron James, but I just think the Sixers have a deeper team than the Cavs or the Raptors and in Simmons and Joel Embid Philadelphia have next gen elite stars that can them to the Finals.
My pick: Golden State Warriors. Tough call because the Houston Rockets have a very formidable team and will hold home court advantage as the #1 seed in the West. In picking the Warriors I am assuming that they will have All-Star guard Stephen Curry back by the 2nd round. GS will definitely need Curry to get past the high scoring Rockets.
Champion:Golden State Warriors wins in 6 games over the Sixers. I think the Sixers, assuming they keep Simmons and Embid together and they stay healthy, will be a real threat to win the NBA championship for the next decade, but we have not quite arrived at the changing of the guard year in the NBA, although I think there is a good chance that will happen next year.