Written by: Lucas Gulotta, @4LukeOh
Just when you thought PMBL couldn’t get any better, it goes out and finds a cure for the Mondays.
We are on the verge of crowning a new Kenny Kup Champion. Nobody has experienced this level of excitement since Brett Favre discovered snapchat.
The winners of the semifinals will advance to Thursday’s Kenny Kup. The Pros
League title game will take place at 8:30, right after the conclusion of the
Joe’s League championship round.
Since all four teams remaining are worthy of being crowned the Season 5 Kenny Kup champions, they will all be compared to NBA Champions of the past
Game 1 – King’s Oak (Kind/McKenna) vs. Sidkoff, Pincus & Greene (Gulotta)
The first time these two squads met, SP&G rallied back from a late deficit to force overtime and rolled past King’s Oak in the extra session for a nine-point win. Gulotta’s team had a noticeable home-court advantage and used the energy of the crowd to its advantage. Both sides were missing key players in that first matchup though, which means this is a whole new ball game.
King’s Oak – 2008 Boston Celtics
James Pope – Kevin Garnett – The team’s heart and soul on the floor. Pope is a vocal leader who is not afraid of anybody on the inside. He posts double-doubles in his sleep. If King’s Oak wins it all, Pope will look to the sky and yell “Anything is Possible!”, or at least he should.
Ben Kay – Ray Allen – Kay is an absolute flame thrower that can ignite an offense with his 3-point shooting and crafty ball handling. He can be streaky, but his 91.7 percent mark from the free-throw line indicates just how good of a shooting touch he really has.
Andrew Gaddess – Paul Pierce – A very versatile forward who can knock down the open 3-pointer, score off the dribble and contribute on the glass. Gaddess, like Pope, averages a double-double with 15.4 ppg and 10.8 rpg. He may be able to take over a big playoff game just like The Truth, but let’s just hope he stays out of Buzz Club for the after party.
Stanley Alston – Rajon Rondo – Alston is an athletic guard whose shot isn’t the best, but he still managed to score in double-digits with regularity. He isn’t quite a true point guard, but he limits his turnovers and plays the passing lines well.
Jeff Leonard – Tony Allen – Just one of those guys every captain would be happy to have on his team. Leonard is an athletic guard who plays with a team-first mentality.
Harrison Singer – Leon Powe – Singer does not shy away from contact. His shot hasn’t really been on point this year, but there are some PMBL experts out there who think he has been playing possum and could strike at any moment.
Jake Kind Eddie House – The Commish is a knock down shooter when left open like the former number 50, but his shot selection tends to be better and his paychecks tend to be bigger. #PMBLalwaysBallin
Mike McKenna – P.J. Brown – A veteran leader seeking a little hardware for the trophy case.
Sidkoff, Pincus & Greene – 2004 Detroit Pistons
Karl Howard – Chauncey Billups – SP&G’s second round pick has filled up the stat sheet, for better or worse, on a regular basis. Howard’s shot is erratic, but he is trustworthy with the ball in his hands late in games a la Mr. Big Shot.
Andrew Baldwin – Rip Hamilton – A creative finisher around the tin and an excellent defender. Baldwin keeps him composure late in games also and can steal the show on any given night.
Evan Koch – Rasheed Wallace – Just like Sheed, Koch was a mid season addition that has made a huge impact. His clutch shooting and interior defense helped turn a team that seemed hopeless into a legitimate contender.
Mark Anthony – Tayshaun Prince – A long, athletic wing that contributes on both ends of the floor. Anthony was once considered the best eighth round draft pick in league history, then he fouled out without scoring in the second round.
Russ McFarland – Mehmet Okur – A solid post player with a smooth jumper. McFarland has been compared to Ivan Drago enough.
Jordan Howell – Ben Wallace – Big Jor-den is a rebounding and defensive specialist.
Jonathan Santiago – Chucky Atkins – Solid guard in the team’s rotation. Santiago is a good decision maker and can will have the crowd yelling hand down man down if given too much space.
Lucas Gulotta – Lindsey Hunter – Both graduated from Jackson State.
Game 2 – Wrap Shack (Lindsay) vs. Lucha Cartel (Schlucter)
Both of these teams were impressive in the second round. They squared off in late July with Wrap Shack narrowly escaping.
Wrap Shack’s Wolf Pack – 2009 Los Angeles Lakers
Antoine Brown – Kobe Bryant – Do Dirt has been a less selfish version of the Mamba. But they have plenty in common. Brown is the best player on the best team, contributes in multiple ways and drinks Sprite. What else do you need?
Kristian Clarkson – Andrew Bynum – The man in the middle makes an impact on the game with his size and athleticism. He could probably put up very impressive numbers, but his team hasn’t needed him to yet.
Mark Cooper – Pau Gasol – Remember, this is the 2009 Lakers when Gasol was good at basically everything. There is no stopping Cooper around the rim and if you play off him, he’ll make you pay.
Richard Carter – Metta World Peace (basketball only) – Carter is a big body with guard skills and plays with intensity. MWP actually saved the Lakers in the Finals that season when Kobe had an off-night. I’ve been asking, searching and wondering why this hasn’t happened yet this season.
Ahmed Lindsay – Derek Fisher – The player-coach who plays with a chip on his shoulder and instills confidence in the rest of the pack.
Pat Williams – Shannon Brown – Streaky shooting guard who plays hard on both ends and does his part in the rebounding battle. Williams has garnered a reputation as a selfish player in the past, but he has had no problem sacrificing his stats for the good of the team this season.
Ron McGee – Jordan Farmar – Quick point guard who isn’t afraid to be aggressive. McGee is leading the team in field goal percentage, although his action with the Wolfpack has been limited.
David Dixon – Adam Morrison – Of the remaining players on the Lakers’ rosters, Morrison was the only one who could have claimed to be a beast at any point in his career. Dixon has warned opposing teams in the past not to shoot it unless they want him to get the rebound. Let’s see what he has in store for us in the Final Four.
Lucha Cartel – 1999 San Antonio Spurs
D’Var Brown – David Robinson – Brown has been the Admiral of the Lucha Cartel ship. He is one of the elite big man in the PMBL and unlike Robinson, isn’t afraid to test his shot from distance.
Wyatt Haas – Tim Duncan – The other half of Lucha’s Twin Towers. Haas brings a lot of energy to the table and forces opposing big men to come out and guard him on the perimeter. He, like rookie Timmy, is a game changer.
Leon Dales – Sean Elliot – Excellent defender and passer with some scoring pop as well. Important note – Dales has much healthier kidneys than his comparison.
Chris Anthony – Avery Johnson – Lightning quick point guard that keeps the opposition on their toes. Avery Johnson got into a verbal argument with Whoopi Goldberg in the movie Eddie, Anthony is too much of a gentleman to do such a thing though.
Mike Boland – Steve Kerr – Leave him open and you’ll see what I’m talking about. There is also a strong chance he has a PMBL color commentating job after his career is over.
Connor Logue – Malik Rose – Defense, rebounds and cameos on The Jersey.
Colin Williams – Antonio Daniels – He’s had a quiet first season in the PMBL. Daniels joined San Antonio early in his career and collected a ring. Could Williams do the same thing?