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Hawks’ Stackhouse picks Heat to win NBA title. Bet his teammates love that.

May 4, 2012, 12:04 AM EDT

Jerry Stackhouse AP

Sure, he’s saying what a lot of players are thinking. But you’re not supposed to say it.

If you’re an NBA team in the playoffs and someone asks you who is going to win the title you name your team. So, for example, if you’re Jerry Stackhouse and you’re asked, you pick the Hawks. That’s your team.

And on his blog Stackhouse tried to do that… but no. Stackhouse was honest. Via

“I am clearly planning for Atlanta to be in the Finals — if I put on my analyst hat, however, if we are looking at the personnel and everything that’s going on during these playoffs, I have to take Miami to win it all. Miami is the favorite to come out of the East, and I’m not counting out the Lakers in the West the way Ramon Sessions and Kobe Bryant are playing.”

I bet his teammates love him for this. Is Stackhouse even picking the Hawks to get out of the first round?

  1. bobulated - May 4, 2012 at 12:39 AM

    Because he knows Josh Smith isn’t going to stop jacking up stupid shots and Joe Johnson isn’t going to start playing clutch to earn that max contract.

  2. themartymcfly - May 4, 2012 at 12:50 AM

    You can have it both ways, knock players when they give the politically correct answer, and then knock them for being honest. Sports journalism is quickly dying.

  3. theallegedone - May 4, 2012 at 12:56 AM

    Umm…he didn’t say he thinks that the Heat are gonna win it all. He said “If I put on my analyst hat”. Meaning that EVERYBODY IN THE MEDIA IS ALREADY CROWNING THE HEAT CHAMPIONS. And it’s true. Especially since D-Rose went out.

    • fouldwimmerlaik - May 4, 2012 at 2:45 AM

      East Champs, maybe. But NBA Champ? That’s pushing it.

  4. passerby23 - May 4, 2012 at 1:43 AM

    I don’t knock Stackhouse for these comments, but no love for the Spurs – a deep, experienced, talented team playing great ball and likely to have homecourt throughout the playoffs when the Bulls get bounced?

    Tony Parker is a nightmare matchup for the Heat and they’ve got the kind of scoring to threaten the Heat, unlike the Knicks, Pacers, or probably the Celtics. Spurs over Heat in 6.

  5. jkrall920 - May 4, 2012 at 4:53 AM

    Of course the Hawks are going down in the first round. Tracy McGrady wouldn’t have it any other way.

  6. nokoolaidcowboy - May 4, 2012 at 7:01 AM

    Stack is not crazy. Probably trying this as a motivational tool. Some guys will try ANYTHING to get the troops fired up!

  7. poohman1975 - May 4, 2012 at 7:53 AM

    He has a good view from the bench to evaluate the talent level of his team. Truth hurts.

    • anythingbutyanks - May 4, 2012 at 9:08 AM

      His team has talent. What they don’t have is talent residing in players who are gamers, too, players with the will and drive to win.

  8. dsimp724 - May 4, 2012 at 11:44 AM

    Does he have them knocking off the celts in the east finals?

  9. quancao - May 4, 2012 at 6:58 PM

    Atlanta has proven that they match up well with Boston. They also have a tendency to play better when they are behind and noone expects them to win!!! Heads off to Stackhouse for his candor. He was great in college and even though he is not a superstar in the NBA, he is a dependable role player.

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