Thursday, March 26, 2015

Jared Dudley Shots the Ball Backwards

This is another awesome play.

Yeah! What an athletic feat! LOL :)

Kentucky Player Gets Dunked On

Kentucky may be undefeated this year, but this moment is a win AND a loss all in one!

Check it out:

HA! Yes. One Kentucky played dunked OVER his teammate! How's the for a Sweet 16 highlight?!?

Monday, March 23, 2015

Rondae Hollis Jefferson's Free Throw Shimmy Shake

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson has an awesome routine at the free throw line. He shimmy shakes before he takes the shot!

Check it out:

I LOVE this and find it funny! Would you do that at the foul line? What's the weirdest free throw routine you've seen?

Friday, February 27, 2015

Larry Sanders Quits the NBA

Larry Sanders recently decided that he's going to stop playing professional basketball. He released a video about it. Kevin Arnovitz put together an excellent story about mental health in the NBA, in which Sanders story is profiled.

Mental health is the most pressing issue in the league. Guys are coming into the NBA as young as 18 and they're thrust into the reality of adulthood. Parenthood, managing lots of money and resisting temptation is just a snippet of what they deal with.

Read this ESPN article and become aware of what truly matters in life: mental well being.

Friday, February 20, 2015

John Wall Slyly Steals the Ball

Kyrie Irving thought he could roll the ball all the way to the hash mark, but John Wall proved him wrong!

If you're Kyrie Irving, what were you thinking? Surely we'll never see such foolishness occur again.

Friday, May 02, 2014

How Far Can the Wizards Go in the Playoffs?

Contrary to many expert predictions, the 1-seed Washington Wizards closed out the first round of the Eastern Conference Playoffs with a surprise 4-1 series win over the 4-seed Chicago Bulls. Lead by dynamic guards John Wall and Bradley Beal, this young team has been playing some of its best basketball of the season at the right time.

Uncharted Waters

After waiting the past six years to return to the playoffs, the Wizards are hoping to make their return last as long as they can. This is the first time the Wizards have made it to the second round of the NBA playoffs since 2005. Currently, they are awaiting their next opponent, which will either be the Atlanta Hawks or Indiana Pacers. No matter whom they face in the next round, the Wizards think they’re beatable.

Do the John Wall!

Much of the success of the Wizards this season has resulted in the play of John Wall. In Game 5, Wall finished with a game-high 24 points and seven rebounds. Ever since the former Kentucky Guard arrived in the Capital, he has been the team’s everything. Yet, he actually wasn’t at his best during the first round. Wall was only shooting 36.4 percent from the floor, but if you know anything about the Wizards, Wall is the player that can change a game with just one possession. He will be the player that the Wizards will be relying on to step up and hit the big shots late in games. It will be interesting to see how far the 23-year-old can take this young squad.

The Fountain of Youth

It is understandable why many experts expected the Wiz to be a one-and-done playoff team, seeing as their backcourt is led by two players who have never reached the playoffs before. Many experts expected the youth of the team’s backcourt to almost guarantee an early exit. Proving the doubters wrong, Wall and 20-year-old Beal have raised expectations on how deep of a run the team can actually make. Beal led all scorers in the series against the Bulls, where he averaged 19.8 points and shot 45.5 percent from behind the three point line. His sharpshooting will greatly be greatly appreciated and much needed if the Wizards want to advance. Both are hungry to prove their ability, and together picked apart the Bulls defense with ease.

Don’t Forget About the Big Man

You have to give some credit to the Brazilian Nene, the Wizards’ main threat who helped upset the Bulls. The team’s veteran power forward at the age of 31 has recently been called the Wizards “X-Factor.”  Nene brings leadership to an overall young squad, but has been injury-prone. Much like trying to keep your classic car in good condition with ford car covers, Nene’s condition is vital to the Wizards’ chances of making a run deep into the playoffs. He is currently carrying some bangs and bruises, but nothing that should keep him from playing his usual minutes. If he can stay healthy and average good minutes, don’t count the Wizards out.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Best in the West

With the NBA regular season coming to a close, it’s time to gear up for an exciting playoff battle in the Western Conference. The superiority of the west is obvious, considering that 10 of its teams have at least a .500 record as opposed to the Eastern Conference’s seven. However, being the better conference doesn’t mean that you will get more teams in the NBA Finals. Only one squad will come out of the daunting Western Conference, but which one? With the front-runner for MVP, last year’s conference champs and a couple of flashy teams, deciphering who the best is will be no easy task.
San Antonio Spurs
The Spurs just never seem to get older. With the brilliance of Gregg Popovich, the familiar trio of Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and Tim Duncan have led the Spurs to the best record in the NBA once again. In classic Spurs form, this year’s team has appeared to hit its stride at the correct time. Although it was just broken, San Antonio’s 19-game winning streak surely makes the Spurs the hottest team in the league. Tim Duncan has found a way to consistently play at a high level, though his Hall of Fame-caliber years are behind him. Young talent, like Kawhi Leonard, and the amazing point guard-play of Tony Parker make the Spurs dangerous. And with a mixture of experience and skill, the Spurs have to be considered slight favorites in the Western Conference playoffs.
Oklahoma City Thunder
If Russell Westbrook didn’t suffer a season-ending injury in last year’s playoffs, we may be talking about the Thunder as the reigning Western Conference champs. Either way, Oklahoma City is a big-time contender. In fact, Oklahoma City is the team that ended the Spurs’ winning streak. Oklahoma City is currently the 2-seed with a record of 55-20. They have the current favorite to win the MVP award in Kevin Durant and another top-ten talent in Westbrook. The Thunder can outscore anyone in the NBA and have the ability to come back from nearly any deficit. Although each round of the playoffs is going to hold a legitimate challenge in the west, the Thunder will be expected to get to the conference finals with the second-best player in the NBA.
Houston Rockets
As the NBA’s newest powerhouse, the Rockets have plenty of talent. Offensively, James Harden is one of the best scorers in the entire league, scoring an average of 25.3 points per game. On the defensive end, Dwight Howard guards the paint like electronic repellent, with an average of nearly two blocks per game and 12 rebounds per game. Barring a late-season collapse, the 50-25 Rockets will be the 4-seed in the playoffs with a chance to make some noise.
LA Clippers
Although there are other teams, such as Portland and Golden State, that can do some damage in the playoffs, the Clippers have earned the right to be called one of the best in the west ahead of them. The Clippers have a rising star in Blake Griffin, who has grown exponentially this year, and Chris Paul, who is widely-considered to be the best point guard in the NBA. With a 54-23 record, the Clippers are another offensive juggernaut with high-flying ability that makes them dangerous when the playoffs come around.

Monday, March 24, 2014

The Money of the NBA

Although David Stern may not be the most popular guy to basketball fans, he is certainly leaving the NBA in pretty good shape. Since falling into the hands of Stern in 1984, the NBA has done a lot of growing, both domestically and internationally. In fact, the playoffs are now broadcast live in 215 countries around the world. So, while NBA teams begin to look toward the quickly-approaching playoffs, we can look at the money behind the NBA.

Revenue and Worth

The NBA’s revenues are no longer counted in millions of dollars, like they were when Stern took over. Instead, the revenues totaled $4.6 billion for the 30 teams last year. Altogether, the 30 franchises of the league are worth $19 billion, compared to $400 million for the 23 franchises in 1984. Last season’s gate receipts totaled $1.3 billion around the league and the salary cap has reached the $58 million mark for teams.

As far as operating income goes, which is the amount of profit gained after subtracting operation costs, the NBA saw the highest amount ever last year with an average of $23.7 million. The league’s NBA China venture, which began in 2008 with the help of $253 million in investments from the likes of the Walt Disney Co. and ESPN, is estimated to be worth approximately $1.5 billion.

The CBA and Television

The recent collective bargaining agreement between the NBA owners and players has had a huge impact on where the money of the NBA goes. According to that CBA, the amount of revenue to go to the players decreased from 57 percent to 50 percent. The CBA also had an emphasis on revenue sharing, meaning that the lower revenue teams would be supplemented by the higher revenue ones. There will be an estimated $200 million changing hands this year based on the revenue sharing rules.

With so many experts in fields such as negotiations and business acquisition financing, the NBA is making plenty of money through TV contracts as well. The current set of contracts with TNT and ABC are set to expire after the 2015-2016 season. Those contracts are worth an annual average of $930 million. In local TV, the Lakers are showing that there is money to be made. The Lakers’ deal with Time Warner Cable earned the franchise $122 million last season as the first year of the 20-year, $3.6 billion deal.

Most Valuable Franchises

For the second-straight year, the New York Knicks are the NBA’s most valuable franchise. Up 27 percent from last year, the Knicks are worth $1.4 billion. The $1 billion renovation of Madison Square Garden and longest playoff run in over a dozen years pushed revenue to $287 million. The franchise’ operating income of $96 million last year is a record for an NBA franchise.

The second-highest valued franchise in the NBA is the Los Angeles Lakers, according to Forbes. The current value of the franchise is $1.35 billion with last year’s revenue totaling $295 million for the Lakers. However, the Lakers were charged the highest luxury tax-- $29.3 million—due to a payroll of $100 million last season. The Lakers also turned an operating profit of $66 million last season.

The NBA’s final billion-dollar franchise is the Chicago Bulls with a worth of exactly $1 billion. Thanks to four-straight years of leading the NBA in attendance, the Bulls always turn one of the highest revenues. Last year’s revenue for the Bulls totaled $195 million with an operating profit of $52 million. 

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Chicago Could Land the Next Big 3

Since the “Big 3” of Boston made the Celtics instant contenders, every city seems to be looking for the next trio of all-stars to take them to the NBA Finals. And according to rumors around the league, it looks like the Bulls could put together the next Big 3 as soon as next year. With plenty left to happen in the NBA between the end of this season and the beginning of the next one, there is no certainty that Chicago can woo the likes of Carmelo Anthony, but they are certainly trying and the move could make perfect sense.

Potential Bulls Big 3

The whole idea behind making moves for the New York Knicks’ star, is to pair him with Chicago’s current stars — Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah. So far this season, Noah has been one of the most impressive big men in the NBA. Some experts are even calling him the best. What we know for sure is that Noah is the best perimeter-defending center. He always plays with great passion. For the potential Big 3 in Chicago, Noah would be the emotional leader, and the big man to match what was Boston’s Kevin Garnett and what is Miami’s Chris Bosh.

As for Rose, the trio of all stars would only be a trio if Rose can come back healthy and still be close to the superstar that he was when he won the MVP trophy. But, with back-to-back major knee injuries, we won’t know how good Rose will be until he starts playing again. The explosive point guard would be the biggest question mark for the new Bulls squad. The uncertainty around his ability to come back strong may prove to be too big of a gamble for Anthony to pledge his future to Chicago.

The biggest moving part in Chicago’s quest to obtain a Big 3 is Anthony. Should they entice him to Chicago, the Bulls would be getting a proven star and one of the NBA’s best scorers. Although he is often accompanied by criticisms that he is a selfish player and doesn’t play defense, Anthony would definitely become an offensive threat that the Bulls desperately need. And with Chicago’s great defense that seems to almost put security gates around their basket. Anthony’s lack of defensive effort may be compensated for by the rest of the squad.

What Needs to Happen

In order to get Anthony to Chicago, a host of actions need to be taken. First of all, Anthony would have to leave money on the table. He could make approximately $33 million more in free agency if he stays with the Knicks instead of going to another team. Additionally, Chicago would have to persuade Anthony away from the bright lights of Los Angeles should he choose to leave New York. If all of that happens, then the Bulls would have to make room for the max-level contract that Anthony would want. To do so, the Bulls could amnesty Carlos Boozer to save $16.8 million, and let Kirk Hinrich leave in free agency to clear up some cap room. The Bulls may also be forced to lose another piece should Anthony join the team, meaning that a player like Taj Gibson could very well be living in a city other than Chicago next year. The move for Anthony would come at a great price, but if it makes the Bulls legitimate title contender to match the Miami Heat and Indiana Pacers, how do you say no to that?

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Rockets Bench is Their Achilles Heel

The Houston Rockets have had a great year. At 41-19, they've put themselves in a position to be successful in the playoffs. What's their achilles heel?

The up and down play of their bench. They've got some solid bench players, such as Omer Asik, Jeremy Lin and newly acquired Jordan Hamilton (Asik would start on most teams). The offensive firepower is lacking with this group.

When James Harden's out and these guys hit the floor, the ball stops and the shot clock just twinkles down. Coach Kevin McHale is fully aware of this and that's why Harden plays 38.5 minutes per game.

What can they do about this? Jeremy Lin needs to be more aggressive. He's not confident on offense right now and he needs to hit threes. If Lin can get going and put points on the board consistently, that'll set the tone and raise the confidence of the whole bench.

Whether Lin can consistently hit shots is to be determined, but the bench is the biggest x-factor going forward. If they can give them a lift, that's huge and unexpected. What do you think of the Rockets bench play this year?