I'm Jerry Sullivan of the Buffalo News. Gerri good morning happy Monday will be enjoyed a beautiful weekend. I certainly didn't. Jarrett I'll play golf budget you -- I I don't your -- and often 91. What two weeks ago so are you -- -- nine yet. Through the media picked it Grover Cleveland which -- -- probably -- maps. And on and help people are gonna be in great shape. Actually went around the county executive. Who -- the real strict -- And so that and I'm watching a lot of there were a couple of them up and cheer moments of this weekend a bit more actually. In BA I think was that wait -- But the or straight I mean that's finished and in Milan and I watched and widgets how exciting the way that race finished. But you know what horse. That I -- -- Triple Crown I'm. I just didn't expect at I don't think a lot of people that and that doctor makes it -- yet there in the top burner which you know -- that ought to either. I'm thinking we're normal player outside analysts it was critical that court's march in the NBA and actually. I'm not an obsolete because they're that the watch the birds who have although I always loved package is Tim -- wanted required of all time and at -- naked political play of the game. And there are very non -- With Gerry -- we can start with the NBA like I would like to get the horse race and also some some bill stop but with the NBA. You've got sparse. Thunder likely which should be great to watch and then the heat doesn't matter who they play it's compelling it's compelling television no matter what the play. Yeah. Yes that game I mean I was -- at halftime break and there's -- there's not good enough without -- -- to pull it off into some great midsize players on. James and -- at their trouble and the fact app which just -- to the pavement with -- There's that it was watch in Jordan and Pippen. And they're they're right there and that's series probably gonna win and it's gonna do the Celtics have. Probably play them and and I think it's going to be very telling Roberts file and some extent you have the old -- young although. Exactly he's gone there'll -- older players which people. You know and forget there are watching and data closely when it comes to this I'm a year older players. And the beater at the end but a lot of tape of -- and a -- like western Palestinian. And one that I did expect. All that much but low burner over here and -- him kind of forgot about for awhile this year. There they could be one of the great Q all I'm right now. Eighteen in a row now -- expelled not a parent out out power wrote the law a month ago he's -- bit. The but you'll roll through the conference really all about. -- leader here people are. Thinking it disperse it better and they are but that he got and then you get the Celtics and and -- I I think. -- people look at -- under and he. -- Durant and Westbrook it is sucked so. That's stating you know young electric players and there's still this notion that -- furthermore. But I don't I'm a boring and -- stay up the -- for very much anymore. All the spurs are a team that I don't know they're they're always gonna have probably aware that -- I I've told in the past that I I don't. Like men originally but I'm opposite respect as a player and Tony Parker's been a great -- and it gets new pieces in their your rights here they're not gonna be. Considered as sexy as as. The thunder would be as the heat as even the Celtics who have you know old stars and whatever they can they'll -- -- KG team that if they could find a way to get through the beach and even the sixers would be so but it ultimately comes down to the heat. I. I root for them to win and and -- them to lose I needed to be around as long as possible so they wanna beat the pacers that's all right with me as long as somewhere along the way. I get to watch them lose it's up because I -- really personally dislike LeBron James I just I'm good -- having a villain and we talk but this last week. A -- means you get multiple heroes and I want to root for somebody this year in the playoffs and it's Oklahoma City against the all -- very hard for. Oklahoma City it's Oklahoma City against the Celtics I probably won't -- nearly as much. They -- it such a polarizing team that. And they accomplished within your own -- apart -- about this last week about suddenly you know like to kind of root for LeBron. Are the superstar -- you know great. A competitor and he. Under all the pressure and he did make it I think it's stupid decision America. The way he changed team but they knew you want to superstar right the ball. That on your own mind so I mean that that makes that such a polarizing team and now compromise -- aren't they become. And it never going to be sympathetic. But. I I hear about other than crux of elude them and they you know they are out there -- -- forward. I think -- trouble here. Trying to get the final talks -- to root for LeBron a little bit and everybody does just 48 key and nine sciences in my -- like. What you want from one player. That's it for a couple of free throws late he doesn't want the ball forty not at all did not a question and people want the ball late. -- -- And so criticism of the opera ball into the most you know compelling. Figure in the game. If you -- -- -- and he can't. Employ people were never ever they don't -- -- it is weighed in and games and it. Can't make excuses for that -- they showed that and are two of the best five players in the game they should win -- get people. A lot and that I think ability and it's up against -- now on what may. Before on the waited yesterday. You know -- sort of hurt and those off looked like his old self in the orbit it's dramatic sports TV. Well and what happened in the west makes it even more -- what what what are we gonna look editor and I accept -- and open and and Tony that team that basketball lovers really should want to watch. Well the one thing I was gonna say Jerry is that. In a LeBron and wade is as good as they play they might want that game because Udonis -- knocked down some big shots. Yes and that they put together complementary players their Pat Riley that helped them out and they haven't shot well in over the whole. Like this thing it's been we're like. I'd -- door -- with Jordan. -- -- course grants and tax you know or -- over the gullible. -- -- -- They're supposed to make players around him better and they and I haven't shot well the -- maybe they're gonna turn that around it became that it -- -- they certainly get the that's brutal eight on the team daddy's little -- has a little older but they can be dangerous team and these other -- -- that's like LeBron at that. You know be be more of a guy -- -- for The -- which he did yesterday. That's what he wanted to do more this year mile from Iraq so I'm I'm excited about it and the spurs are eight no -- just bombing may that the epic game that was I think I gained late. Okay get the ball and it run that same pickle hop -- do -- for fifty years and he throws two consecutive pac bell peppers for layups and blocs Chris -- the other at least 36 years old. And I'm like. Oh yes I I consider him in the best -- in the game one point you to make that argument. I think these people to start having arguments over the fifteen years to -- was better in history Tim Duncan are Kobe Bryant. You're not. Jerry Sullivan here and each year. It a 30550. Like the common question in Jerry we spent -- that of the bills this morning just because. They've they've announced. That the individual. Tickets for the first two games are on season ticket holders of scoop those up Kansas city New England the schedule. Promote. In -- opposition's standpoint with -- play against it looks very favorable the bills probably don't like they have a number of December home games do you think this year. This season will sellout I guess when it comes down to is how much of what they did in the off season. He's brought back the guys that stopped believing in the team you know he'll talk about racks are like guys you talked to that'd that'd checked out. How how closer that are coming back the the offseason do. But I'd I'd certainly think there's optimism and I'm more excited about it -- and have been since the second -- will be the year -- They're clear starter I mean nine but I I think they're still -- -- Rex is not there it's so. A little bit -- and Dominica. But the side of belief but that -- -- hung up on offense there that they don't want our hearts broken and I that's what I can they right now I think late in Google so opera all have always been difficult when the game is good. That you know you have the weather we've had this argument about that really help the team not fans don't like being out there when the weather's I think there's going to be a element that -- say they don't wanna be. You know. Considering buying -- -- that the boards evidence still technically you know in the race to market into the eight separate. And really in the race and go out there in December so I I think it's still not a wait and see where I think. Which is so empty seats like here. Do you think there will be in that race I think they absolutely well. Yeah I I don't think it's going to be one of those 47 and racist -- -- -- -- I'm not ready to believe and I think it's. Probably somewhere in the middle -- they'll be above. -- hundred. -- summer -- that that'll be about that great you know legitimate -- but I am just not sure yeah I'd like. I think they ought to be they ought to be a good game and 19. Bumping -- to go right and is still that party that says. Is -- -- quarterback I believe he can be. -- just a little skeptical I think effort while you're here here are a little bit -- that you'd. You wonder they're they're deep and out you wonder these are players are gonna come through. I'm like -- wonder about probably in the he's going to be under percent that into the real big factor here. Well that you don't want to waste Jerry you know twelve years. With doubts the -- you could say why would you believe now or you could say if not now when asked for. He thank you think a lot of fans by themselves in that boat that if it's not gonna happen this year. It's gonna are -- art ever really get excited because this is the year that saw many people are related to did jumpin. If there minority. Yet ballot -- and I'm rebuilding mode parents liked. On three year plan in -- up spent the money they've got the player that got picked quarterback and -- at the the defense -- This should be good. They should be up capital -- offense and defense. World's -- -- -- at once they're there yours your nine hours not here but are they gonna be worlds better we will record your response and played form next week. Not think that world and defense and the editor. -- -- Or whether an embarrassment. A. Well -- the defense. Should be there they should be much better and it should be getting pats -- in the -- or not that that means everything. In over the years they've -- shall it just did not get it in that. Great to -- To have got a saying look what it is and you know we've leader defensive backs know why I want him and that things happening need to get that structure -- -- -- there. Not very good at linebacker. Think struggles -- of the great cover guard and they need. But not at -- -- a lot of people defensively to get pressure on the passer. Stop these offensive -- -- states and and especially they've been threatened on the field notes bill. The passing in recent years affect them up but -- obscured but. That's where are still wonder -- -- they've they've got good Mara. In the past. That. That means that that stretched Maryland have been great you know how -- going to be should be very. Well -- hear the numbers nineteenth against the pass. 28 against the run 26 overall last year worlds better gets me in the top. Twelfth. Will -- -- worlds better. Well. I'm gonna say now -- If fact it's -- but for me at the Vienna an optimist here. That's a long way to go. But I will say they should be you know the difference between should be at what I believe and and I'm and certainly -- either put pressure on them they're they're supposed to because I think that politics in general don't mind a bit better than any other kind of pressure. You spend time are the kind of money and you have this kind of roster. And it's this cynical belief that post to be good. That I think. Are true on that. When nine or more and maybe that segment below. One on a million at the best defensive player on the market. And -- of people say wherever it. It's the but they're a year that. That's why do a lot of excitement I'm but it is tempered by you know a lot of the usual skepticism and other Italy make moving about it too. 8030551888550. To 550 let's go to Mario is a thought for a Mario you're on WGR. What did you -- it. Jerry and I can get it yeah go ahead. Okay it usually. I was really happy to hear your -- about all -- -- I know you're known to -- can count on to. I guess listen to it and could not and that's the other guys on the show really know much about. And took a great year I cannot believe you'd just that you believe that took pocket. At a better leader called the better player that are critical for our that we can't that's like -- Karl Malone was better Michael George Karl Malone and we win. I would use that. A probable wanted to win is a pick Mario real quick there's a big difference there I mean. Tim Duncan has been part of a dynasty. He had been he had an action is absolutely correct -- been part of a dynasty he's been part of the great teams that constant. He's had the same coach he's been -- he's great he's a great player of rock but he is not. Better think Colby Bryant how many times have Colby. Yeah because of the lakers guard and San Antonio the play -- On the road to it to the finals in and beat them. Yes they'd been eliminated early but eliminated by it by other genes they eliminated by -- Eliminated by you know be choice in the final they've been beat by Boston. Public side that they -- and being conducted seen. -- -- Not a group the free throw line he's a great player and -- get me wrong but he is not. Not better in Kobe Bryant. We want aren't entitled to that one or the import vital as the centerpiece over. Of the imperfect -- so I'm not I'm not yet not in that case -- only understand and then. I -- -- it might. We are about it claim that a guy on or by -- that -- I think the greatest power portable I'm. Is better and Kobe Bryant get -- idea what article. In Kobe had that Shaq. Yet how that ball OK. But what they've dropped for a -- that you me who's been on it he. -- -- -- -- it -- -- of Poland's first payment into an announcer who went would be just another NBA player and played with and are you kidding me. Watch the games. Well I mean listen there's I think what what this comes out to Mario thanks for the call very much on this on this point. Jerry used to be a big man's game and it's not anymore it's a guard's game now. And that they you know they remove the hand checks so that you know you can drive and you can if -- guy touches you. And it's it's not allow the way that he used to be right defenders like one Allan Houston was was famous for the way he was eluded it. The game changed the date they'd. They get the NFL did they made it about flash and that's why Kobe and LeBron and guys like that run the game now and Dwyane Wade. Instead of and Russell Westbrook and you know it. Instead of back when -- we are referenced in this before Rik Smits and Patrick Ewing and -- Hakeem Olajuwon. Used to -- the game used to be a big man's game now to guard's game. -- and you still win with with great play at the center position are involved or position I know you're right I mean Gordon and that he was the one guy. It's in there so mount. You know all that big man -- but. I think the biggest factor in last year's final against but he was present -- assembled. They're the Celtics won the -- have been people I think that -- vitals and fourteen years with and are intelligent -- and still very important. I've taught him block it very secure -- block. Chris Paul at the end last night and play that kind of position like he complained of Raleigh here in creating shots for other people. It's. For -- -- stole. It is the card game and outlet that's what LeBron told me that he played football when the big -- but is still not unlike cabinet big man. Like -- LeBron as the the modern modern Magic Johnson magic was a guy who played a position that he was not the right such amused at different size and that's LeBron is now. To me on -- always in agreement and company also stuffed the on stop global Blake Griffin who dunks over every. On -- finally swat that. Anyway I just think that about Andrew Bynum you know -- Andrew Bynum. Who's breeze could -- the best big men in the game right now where he'd be if you played ten years ago. What would the would EB. Better because they would development into -- a real player Cody just be dominated because the guys the used to be down there. The big the big men used to play in this league were the best players they were -- they were unstoppable. Before. -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- And what unfair and I need to go back 2030 years and he would -- go up against you know bird McHale or when he really -- Frontline it's better to play. Gotten to a place there. It would the paternity Collison play -- would be you know they were all over the place easily upload positions at a point Bynum -- Develop and have it paid a price because there aren't that many great big men in the league. Well I what they've -- comparing. I feel like I haven't Pannemon like and that's -- authorities it's gonna weigh -- -- -- to an extended minutes were way down. But right now he's finally did in years past and clearly. Active schedule he held back if you want to be at this point and it. They'll put about -- in the opposite so I mean I'm -- -- for the Labatt oh I've locked in for so long. That plays the game the right way. And I aren't likely to be rewarded. Well if you wanna see Duncan get his due. It might take beating the heat. Yeah all that good using the scene and trying to do this against those guys. Challenging you know been challenged by LeBron wade a program he's gonna need a lot of help. And you'll see you know how good are some of these young players sort step up to them no agreement -- lettered as a rookie. But yeah and that's going to be question you know. And I the caller want to point it in the past there were series where he came up against lakers after meeting. Year on what yesterday were number one lost the first round of are what people wrote a law. You know he is at some bad moments of play at all players to call it a big shot the players by the way at about five years. It was -- and battle it was Shaquille O'Neal that was the big problem for something. You know I would sooner except the argument that check with them and I'm content -- I think Kolby did great player but acts that are in history in many. There you go position by position. But I would take Shaq over Colby if I wanted to win a game and in the end -- there and generational period that -- The break into the big. -- -- we have to run your on this afternoon. Like at the stroke and it talks very good listened to at 5 o'clock this afternoon Jerry Sullivan here on WGR Sports Radio but it.