Posts Tagged ‘NBA’

NBA Preview – The Predictions

November 5, 2012

ALL-NBA*

1st Team

Kevin Durant, OKC

LeBron James, MIA

Carmelo Anthony, NYK

Deron Williams, BKN

LaMarcus Aldridge, POR

2nd Team

Russell Westbrook

Chris Paul

Dwyane Wade

Rajon Rondo

Marc Gasol   (more…)

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NBA Preview – Eastern Conference

November 4, 2012

Atlantic

1. Philadelphia – Only one starter (Jrue Holiday) returns from 2011’s opener, and the health of newbie Andrew Bynum is a huge issue. But the minutes formerly allotted to veterans Andre Iguodala, Lou Williams, and Elton Brand are now going to better fits in Doug Collins’ game plan: Evan Turner, Jason Richardson, and Thaddeus Young. They’ve added an additional two shooters in Nick Young and Dorell Wright. Promising young big men Lavoy Allen & Arnett Moultrie compliment veteran PF/C Spencer Hawes. Without Bynum, this team wins 45 games. If he plays 50 games, they win 55.

2. New York – I wasn’t a fan of the Knicks ditching Jeremy Lin in favor of Jason Kidd/Raymond Felton. You don’t let promising young PGs just walk out the door. Now you have a knucklehead starting backcourt of Felton & J.R. Smith; neither are efficient shooters and Felton has a lot to learn about

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Micheal Ray Richardson – A Retrospective

August 26, 2012

 

 

Quite routinely, supremely talented athletes come along in the world of sports. And some of them are also charismatic, likeable, and highly entertaining.

Unfortunately, the demons of drug or alcohol addiction can derail such promising careers. Mickey Mantle. John Daly. David Thompson. George Best. Dwight Gooden. And one-of-a-kind NBA guard Michael Ray Richardson.

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Breaking Down the Howard-Bynum-Iguodala Trade

August 12, 2012

The long-awaited Dwight Howard trade has finally been completed (to the relief of basketball fans EVERYWHERE).

Lets take a look at the teams & players involved, and the impact of the trade on the 2012-2013 season and beyond.

ORLANDO

What they gave up

Dwight Howard, Jason Richardson, Chris Duhon, Earl Clark.         (more…)

NBA Mock Draft

June 27, 2012

1. New Orleans Hornets – Anthony Davis: PF, 19, 6-10, 220, Kentucky

Davis will be the first pick, but he won’t be a player to build a franchise around.

Top end NBA Comparison: Marcus Camby

2. Cleveland Cavaliers (predicted trade with Charlotte Bobcats ) – Bradley Beal: SG, 18, 6-4, 201, Florida

Beal caught fire at the end of his freshman year, and the Cavs are in love with him. He won’t be the best wing player taken in this draft in the long run.

Top end NBA Comparison:  (young) Ray Allen   (more…)

RIP NBA

June 22, 2012

Birth: June 6, 1946.

Death: June 21, 2012.

The NBA passed away late last night at the age of 66, after a two-year battle with a deadly disease.  (more…)

Heat – Thunder: A Finals Rivalry Born?

June 11, 2012

LeBron-KD

The NBA Finals kick off tomorrow night, and it should be a great series. Hardcore hoops junkies and casual fans alike should find it highly entertaining.

Both OKC & Miami play an engaging style of basketball, and there promises to be plenty of memorable moments.

There are multiple story lines:     (more…)

Manu Ginobili & James Harden – Brothers from Another Mother?

June 3, 2012

A few weeks back while watching OKC in the first round of the playoffs, I started to realize that James Harden’s game was a lot like that of Manu Ginobili. I began to refer to Ginobili as “White Harden”, and to Harden as “Black Ginobili”.

I decided to explore the comparisons a little closer; the similarities are uncanny…right down to unflattering areas of their games’.     (more…)

Corporate Fail: Sprint Doesn’t Understand Basketball Terminology

April 30, 2012

I’m not expecting a helluva lot from a cell phone commercial. But since we’re going to be seeing this Kevin Durant spot for the next six weeks, it deserves a little bit of criticism. Go ahead and watch the ad again before we get started.

A number of things are bothering me here.    (more…)

Commish for a Day

March 29, 2012

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Baseball’s new Wild Card format got me thinking – if I could change one thing in each major sport, what would it be?

MLB – Problem: I am sick of 162 games not meaning anything and Wild Card teams winning the World Series. The regular season used to mean something; the new one-game playoff helps even the field a bit, but it’s not enough in my mind.     (more…)

Sporting Hedonism is Upon Us

March 13, 2012

In a few hours, the NFL free agency frenzy begins. And with it, five days of sports euphoria.

Am I being too dramatic? (more…)

Dallas Mavericks – 2011 NBA Chumps

February 29, 2012

Who won the 2011 NBA title? Was it:

Kobe and the Lakers – no that was 2009 and 2010.

Oh I got it, it was those Spurs led by that all-time great Tim Duncan – sorry, no.

Was it the NBA’s greatest franchise, the Boston Celtics, they won number 18 right? Wrong again.

It was Oklahoma City, led by the league’s youngest star Kevin Durant. No, what the heck?

Oh yeah I almost forgot, it was the Miami Heat – they won the title in July 2010, that’s what almost everyone said anyway. No no no, why I am so confused?      (more…)

Enough “Linsanity” Already!

February 24, 2012

 Norris Cole #30 Of The Miami Heat Guards

It was fun while it lasted.

The Jeremy Lin story, which has captivated the sports media, the Twittersphere and the Worldwide Web over the past several weeks, came to a screeching halt last night as the Miami Heat gave “Linsanity” and his followers a much-needed dose of reality.

Lin’s final line – 8 points on 1-11 shooting, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, 8 turnovers in a 102-88 loss by the New York Knicks to the Miami Heat in a game that was much more lopsided than the score indicates.

As has been well-documented during his rags-to-riches story, Lin overcame long odds to even make an NBA squad this season.  He’s Asian-American, an Ivy-Leaguer and by all accounts a very articulate, engaging young player in a “me-first” league… an NBA marketing dream for both domestic and international basketball markets.  To his credit, Lin was given an opportunity to play at the highest level and he seized his moment on an incredible run, turning his team from a pretender into a potential contender in under a month.  What’s not to love here?

The reality is – similar to rookie pitchers in Major League Baseball – it was only a matter of time before the book was written on how to stop Jeremy Lin.  Don’t get me wrong – Jeremy Lin is a nice player who will carve out a niche in the NBA as a score-first option at guard.  As we learned last night, the second coming of Isiah Thomas he is not.        (more…)

Fed Ex Delivery Man had Jeremy Lin the #2 PG in 2010 Draft

February 17, 2012

Fed Ex delivery driver Ed Weiland, carries packages in downtown Bend, Ore. Weiland also writes for a blog and predicted that Jeremy Lin would be a good NBA player

Although a couple of us weren’t that surprised that Linsanity is running wild, NBA scouts and GMs are likely kicking themselves for overlooking him.

However, before the 2010 draft, there was one fellow that had him pegged as a potential NBA starter.  (more…)

Blake Griffin vs Kevin Love – Who’s the Better Player?

February 13, 2012

Two young All-Star PFs with great careers ahead of them.

Griffin is known for his explosiveness — Love for his well-rounded game.

Griffin scores a loud 35 — Love a quiet 20 and 20.

Griffin’s ceiling is higher — Love is more fundamentally sound.

Griffin intimidates and imposes his will on offense — Love stretches the defense.

Griffin has flair for the dramatic — Love is the better rebounder. (more…)

Drazen Petrovic – A Retrospective

February 10, 2012

European players are common on NBA rosters these days, and a lot of them are pretty talented: Nowitzki, Rubio, Parker, Bargnani, Calderon, and the Gasol brothers among them.

Twenty years ago there were only a few. The shining light among them was Drazen Petrovic. (more…)

Will UNC come up LONG in March?

February 4, 2012

A couple of times a week you can see a certain basketball team trot out a rotation that looks like this:

PG – 6’4″

SG – 6’7″  205 lbs

SF – 6′ 8″  215  (6’11″ wing span)

PF – 6’11″ (7’5″ wing span)

C – 7’0″  250 lbs

First big off the bench – 6’9″

Back up swing man – 6’6″  220

If you were looking to your nearest NBA city, you would come up empty. (more…)

JERSEY STRONG: North Jersey Trumps NYC in NBA Talent Produced

February 3, 2012

St. Patrick's Michael Gilchrist in 2007

New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Balt/D.C. have long been considered the regions of the country with the most high school basketball talent. NBA rosters are littered with players from these areas.

It’s time to talk about northern New Jersey in the same light. 15 NBA players  prepped in North Jersey, highlighted by big names Andrew Bynum; Al Harrington; Loul Deng; Joakim Noah; J.R. Smith (as soon as he gets back from China); and exciting rookie Kyrie Irving.

In contrast, the NYC area is only represented by 8 players.   (more…)

Bernard King – A Retrospective

February 2, 2012

BK

 

Last night, I was watching the Knicks/Pistons game on TV when Spero Dedes mentioned the anniversary of a Knicks milestone: 28 years ago, Bernard King scored 50 points in consecutive games. It hadn’t happened in the NBA since 1964.

King was 20 for 23 (10 FTs) and 20 for 28 (10 FTs) from the field. Those are Wilt & Shaq numbers, and sick for a 6’7″ small forward. It got me thinking.    (more…)


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