Tuesday, January 31, 2006

KAREL ROSARIO INTERVIEW!

I recently interviewed Florida Pit Bulls center Karel Rosario, so here you go!

First, I wanted to know what it was like to play and be coached by Tim Hardaway.

"As we all know Tim was one of the best ever to play in the NBA," Karel said. "His knowledge of basketball helps everyone around him. It is a privilege to be coached and play with Tim, it's almost surreal."

Great answer, Karel. Give a hello to Tim for me! Next I wanted to know why did Karel try out for the Pit Bulls.

Karel said, "I heard about the tryouts from a friend who encouraged me to participate. I began to train about two months prior to the tryout and made sure I was physically in shape. The Pit Bulls was the only local ABA team and what made it exciting was that Tim, along with other local coaches, was being part of it."

I think that must have been exciting. Certainly having Tim as a manager and player is a huge draw. If there were another close by ABA team, how would you get people away from playing with Tim Hardaway?

Third question: Are the other top teams very tough?

Karel thinks other teams are tough. "Most of the teams in the ABA are very competitive, although I truly believe that we have the most talented and deep teams in the league."

I think everyone agrees that teams like the Alley Cats are tough, but the Pit Bulls proved themselves against them.

Tell me Karel, do you have an inspiration when you're playing? If you do, why?

"I always try to inspire myself. I always think about all the hard work that I have put into getting where I am, that in it self inspires me."

I asked Karel how old he was, when he started playing bball and when he decided he wanted to play for a living.

"I started playing basketball in the 8th grade (about 14 years old)," he said. "For my 11th and 12th grade year I attended Florida Christian School (Miami, Florida). There we won the state championship in 1996. I was fortunate to obtain a basketball scholarship to Florida International University where I had a great four years. I played alongside Carlos Arroyo (Detroit Pistons) and Raja Bell (Phoenix Suns). I also played with Sylbrin Robinson who plays with me now in the Pit Bulls. I had the opportunity to continue my career playing pro ball in Venezuela, Spain, Croatia, and Lebanon. In 2001, I fractured my right ankle and had to leave basketball. I became a Law Enforcement Officer in 2002, which I enjoyed very much. Now I'm with the Pit Bulls."

Wow! What an international career! Karel must have fans all over. An interesting past. I know I'm a big Raja Bell and Carlos Arroyo fan.

How do you feel about the Maryland Nighthawks making an offer for Ron Artest?

"If they could afford his skills then I believe it was a good offer."

I wish ABA teams could afford that big paycheck.

Is the ABA a minor league?

Karel answers, "I believe the ABA is a professional basketball league. We do everything the NBA does, just in a smaller scale."

I wondered if Karel has any weird rituals before a game.

"Yes I do," he said. "I always try to be alone before a game. I like no disruptions and l like to keep my concentration."

Being alone is his choice, but then I wonder, who pumps him up.

What do you think, Karel. Should the ABA season be longer?

"I think that the ABA season should be six months long."

What do you do when you are not playing basketball?

"I like to train all the time," he said. "I also like going to the movies and going out with my wife, Kristy."

Any advice for people who want to play professional sports?

"The first thing that I would say is to go to school and obtain an education. Second, understand that pro basketball is a very competitive business. Once you are in the pros it's like any other job that requires 100% dedication."

I would like to thank Karel for being nice enough to do this interview and good luck to the Pit Bulls! Look for more interviews to come soon.

GO PIT BULLS!
HORNETS WIN AGAIN!
The .500 Oklahoma City Hornets beat the Milwaukee Bucks 94-93. David West hit a big game winner that left 0.1 for the Bucks to sigh over. Total West had 24 points and 15 boards in 34 minutes. West is a great player and the Hornets have to make sure the keep him so they can keep getting better. If you look at the standings some how the Hornets have the 8th spot in the West! Chris Paul had 16 points and 9 assists in 40 minutes. Paul is learning to score but right now the passing is fine. Speedy Claxton had 19 points and 4 assists in 32 minutes. I think Speedy should go the Suns because he would thrive in the Suns run and gun style of play. All Bucks were in double figures including Michael Redd who had 32 points and 6 assists in 41 minutes. Redd needs to hit three's but went 0-6 from downtown. Jamaal Magloire had 12 points and 9 boards in 35 minutes. Magloire wanted to bring it to the team that traded him but didn't get what he wanted. Andrew Bogut had 13 points and 7 boards in 39 minutes. Bogut Played great but it was just a heartbreaking loss for the Bucks.
GO HORNETS!

Monday, January 30, 2006

GREAT NEW TICKET PLACE!
I found a great new ticket website were you can tickets for anything! The site is named www.source4tickets.com you can also find it in the new links I put it in. Just check it out and you will be very impressed!
GO TO WWW.SOURCE4TICKETS.COM NOW!
Kobe trys to dribbel away from Billups. Posted by Picasa
Big Ben goes for a slam! Posted by Picasa
PISTONS WIN!
The Detroit Pistons beat the LA Lakers 102-93. All Pistons starters were in double figures in the game. Ben Wallace had 14 points and 13 boards in 38 minutes. Wallace is scoring more under Flip Sanders and he's had a positive impact on the whole team. Rasheed Wallace added 24 points and 8 boards in 41 minutes. Both Wallace's were unstopable on both ends in this game. Tayshaun Prince had 19 points and 6 assists in 37 minutes. Prince and Billups lead the unselfessness the Pistons have played with all season tonight. Kobe Bryant was held to 39 points and 6 boards in 42 minutes. Kobe needs some help now a trade has to be in works for LA.
GO PISTONS!

Sunday, January 29, 2006

Chris Paul goes through Pau Gasol for a layup. Posted by Picasa
Speedy Claxton shots over two Grizzlies. Posted by Picasa
HORNETS WIN!
The Oklahoma City Hornets beat the Memphis Grizzlies 95-86. David West had 19 points and 12 boards in 39 minutes. West is becoming a great player and must have good trade value if the Hornets look to move him. P.J. Brown had 18 points and 9 boards in 40 minutes. Brown had been playing great and the Hornets don't know how many years he's got in him. Speedy Claxton had 20 points and 5 assists in 31 minutes. Claxon is a good back up for points for Chris Paul who is a better passer. Pau Gasol had 25 points and 16 boards in 46 minutes. Gasol has to be a All Star the way his team is playing and he has been fantastic. Bobby Jackson had 22 points and 5 assists in 37 minutes. Jackson is playing great without Stoudamire being there.
GO HORNETS I GUESS!

Friday, January 27, 2006

Dirk drives on a Sonic. Posted by Picasa
MAVS WIN!
The Dallas Mavericks beat the Seattle Sonics 104-97. The Mavs are now tied with the Spurs at 33-10. Dirk Nowitzki had 29 points and 12 boards in 41 minutes. Dirk hit the boards well tonight. Jerry Stackhouse had 21 points and 3 boards in 29 minutes. Stackhouse came off the bench and played terrific. Rashard Lewis had 36 points and 10 boards in 44 minutes. Lewis hit the boards for the young centers who can't rebound. Ray Allen had 25 points and 6 boards in 41 minutes. Allen needs to get the rest of his team involved and improve his assist numbers.
GO MAVS!

Thursday, January 26, 2006

KINGS WIN IN OT!
The short handed Sacramento Kings beat the New York Knicks 106-102 in overtime. Mike Bibby had 35 points and 10 assists in 46 minutes. Bibby is taking his stress out on defense and he's scoring more than usual in the last 2 games. Brad Miller had 25 points and 15 boards in 53 minutes. Miller stepped up and has to learn to feed it to Artest well when he gets there. Maurice Taylor had 21 points and 12 boards in 38 minutes. Taylor didn't even know he could play this well!
GO KINGS!

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

DEAL DONE!
Finally Ron Artest has been dealt after all he went to the Kings for Peja Stojakovic. After agreeing and changing there minds Artest wanted to come to the Kings. The Kings get something for Peja and that's good so they don't just lose him in the summer. The Pacers can do things over the summer also they can sign and trade Peja or re-sign him. The deal gives both teams something they need the Kings get more defense and the Pacers get a outside shooter.
NOW WELCOME TO CALI!
Bibby goes for a shot on what was his best scoring game every with 44 points. Posted by Picasa
Kyle Korver goes for a layup. Posted by Picasa
SIXERS WIN!
The Philadelphia 76ers beat the Sacremento Kings 109-103. Allen Iverson had 41 points and 6 assits in 45 minutes. Iverson and Bibby both tryed to get 81 but they will never catch Kobe. Chris Webber had 17 points and 13 boards in 40 minutes. Webber played great and is putting up solid rebouding numbers. Samuel Dalembert had 8 points and 13 boards in 36 minutes. He doesn't have to score to have a double double and the Sixers need to focus on keeping him there. Mike Bibby had 44 points and 4 assists in 43 minutes. He played a great indivual game for the Kings to be good he has to pass the ball. Kenny Thomas had 9 points and 13 boards in 32 minutes. Thomas got more boards than points I think that's what the Kings want from him. Peja didn't play because he thought that he was to be traded to the Pacers. But that deal appears to be off the table because Artest didn't want to be a king.
GO SIXERS!

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Cassell goes to the basket. Posted by Picasa
CLIPPERS WIN!
The LA Clippers beat the Golden State Warriors 96-93. The Clipps came back from 19 down to beat a fast Warriors team that's impressive. Elton Brand had 28 points and 9 boards in 39 minutes. Brand should be in the All Star game because he's putting up numbers and his team is doing well for once. Sam Cassell had 24 points and 4 assists in 37 minutes. Cassell needs to focus on being more of a passer so it's not just Brand and him scoring. Troy Murphy had 16 points and grabbed 20 boards in 40 minutes. Murphy's rebounding was off the charts and he had a terrific game. Mike Dunleavy had 10 points and 12 boards in 35 minutes. Mike played well but I think that they should put him off the bench so they can have a big load of energy off the bench. Jason Richardson had 30 points and 5 boards in 40 minutes. Jrich is the guy who just goes out and scores. Golden State had 51 boards compared to 37 by the Clippers.
GO CLIPPS!

Monday, January 23, 2006

Kobe looks to drive on Eric Willams. Posted by Picasa
Kobe shots over Mo Peterson. Posted by Picasa
KOBE GETS 81!
Kobe Bryant dominated the Raptors with a 2nd only to Wilt 81 points and 6 boards in 42 minutes. The Raptors need tp run defense until they collapse if you let a guy get 81. Kwame Brown only had 3 points but got 10 boards in 32 minutes. Brown is doing well and I like his rebounding. Lamar Odom had 8 points, 10 boards and 7 assists in 43 minutes. Kobe played well but Odom showed he can get other numbers than points. Mike James had 26 points and 10 assists in 37 minutes. James was the only Raptor that really got his team involved. Kobe finished with 66% of all Laker points.
RAPTORS YOU'VE BEEN KOBED!

Sunday, January 22, 2006

CAVS WIN!
The Cleveland Cavs beat the Utah Jazz 108-90. LeBron blow up with 51 points and 8 assists in 43 minutes. Bron Bron is trying to compete with Kobe and dominated the Jazz defense. Donyell Marshall had 24 points and 5 boards in 35 minutes. Marshall came off the bench for some big numbers of the bench and is in a grove now. Mehmet Okur had 20 points and 13 boards in 37 minutes. Okur had a big night not just scoring but grabbing boards. Andrei Kirilenko added 19 points and 4 boards in 41 minutes. He brought his A game to the Cavs but it couldn't stop the LeBron show.
GO CAVS!

Saturday, January 21, 2006

Luol Deng dribbels near Tmac. Posted by Picasa
ROCKETS WIN!
The Houston Rockets beat the Chicago Bulls 109-108 in double overtime. Tmac along with two big three's had 35 points and 9 boards in 40 minutes. Tmac is the go to player in a late close game and he responded well. Kirk Hinrich had 16 points and 8 assists in 42 minutes. Hinrich has to kick it in gear and power the Bulls to were they where last season.
GO ROCKETS!

Friday, January 20, 2006

Kobe looks for an opening. Posted by Picasa
LAKERS LOSE IN OT!
The LA Lakers lost to the Sacramento Kings 118-109 in overtime. Kobe played non human with 51 points and 9 boards in 44 minutes. The rest of the Lakers didn't pitch in Kobe had 47% of all Lakers points. Mike Bibby had 40 points and 6 assists in 48 minutes. Bibby played great and it was a good team effort for the Kings. Kenny Thomas had 16 points, 10 assists and 12 boards in 46 minutes. Thomas had one his best games of the season last night. Brad Miller had 15 points and 10 boards in 40 minutes. Miller brought it big on both ends of the court. Peja Stojakovic had 13 points and 10 boards in 42 minutes. Peja hit the boards tonight. Lamar Odom haf 16 points and 10 boards in 45 minutes. Odom played great but it was he and Kobe and then I don't know if there was another Laker on the floor.
GO KINGS!

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Rose takes a shot over a Jazz player. Posted by Picasa
Gordon shots over a Raptor. Posted by Picasa
JAZZ WIN!
The Utah Jazz beat the Toronto Raptors 107-93. Andrei Kirilenko had a triple double with 18 points, 10 assists and 16 boards in 42 minutes. He's playing great and he got his team involved doing it. Mehmet Okur had 29 points and 6 assists in 35 minutes. Okur got the passes from Andrei and scored on them. Chris Bosh had 27 points and 6 boards in 39 minutes. Bosh has to have more than 6 rebounds for the Raptors to be close. Matt Bonner came off the bench for 12 points and 6 rebounds in 27 minutes. If Bonner can come off the bench and get 6 boards Bosh should get 12.
GO JAZZ!

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Smush Parker goes for a layup over Jason Willams. Posted by Picasa
LAKERS WIN!
The LA Lakers beat the Miami Heat 100-92. They had 4 technical fouls called in this game. Kobe Bryant had 37 points and 4 assists in 41 minutes. Kobe put in more than ten of his points in the 4th period. Lamar Odom had 19 points, 9 assists and 10 rebounds in 41 minutes. Odom has been great and almost had a triple double just like against the Cavs. Dwyane Wade had 34 points and 7 assists in 42 minutes. Wade's ankle injury hurt them when they were trying to comeback. Shaquille O'Neal had 18 points and 10 boards in 32 minutes. Shaq is getting healthy let's hope that he keeps getting better and then the Heat will blaze.
GO LAKERS!

Monday, January 16, 2006

Patterson goes for a shot over Ira Newble. Posted by Picasa
Patterson celebrates the win in an odd way.... Posted by Picasa
TRAIL BLAZERS WIN!
The Portland Trail Blazers beat the Cleveland Cavs 89-87. Zach Randolph had 16 points and 7 rebounds in 37 minutes. Zach should play a lot more than 37 minutes what's with that? Ruben Patterson came off the bench for 16 points and 7 boards in 29 minutes. Patterson played the 4th and did it well showing his veteran experience. LeBron James had 29 points and 13 boards in 41 minutes. Bron Bron played fantastic but his team didn't respond. Zydrunas Ilgauskas was the only one who responded with 27 points and 4 boards in 34 minutes. Big Z didn't hit the boards like LJ did.
GO BLAZERS! (NOT REALLY)

Sunday, January 15, 2006

Kobe goes through two Golden State Warriors. Posted by Picasa
Kobe hugs former Laker Derek Fisher. Posted by Picasa
LAKERS WIN!
The LA Lakers beat the Golden State Warriors 110-104. Smush Parker had 24 points and 12 boards in 43 minutes. Parker can rebound and now you know. Kobe Bryant pumped in 38 points and 7 assists in 41 minutes. Kobe got his own but also started to share with his team. Kwame Brown had 18 points and 12 boards in 38 minutes. Brown has been playing well and I think Phil Jackson is impressed. Baron Davis had 24 points, 13 assists and 11 boards in 40 minutes. Davis couldn't get a win even with a triple double that's sad. Troy Murphy had 12 and 11 boards in 30 minutes. Murphy is playing hard and not paying attention to all the Artest trade rumors.
GO LAKERS!
Sloan's not happy with a out of bounds call. Posted by Picasa
Wade goes to the hole. Posted by Picasa
HEAT WIN!
The Miami Heat beat the Utah Jazz 100-94. Shaquille O'Neal had 12 points and 14 boards in 34 minutes. Shaq's still getting healthy but he needs to be able to play more than 34 minutes against the great teams. Dwyane Wade had 31 points and 8 assists in 46 minutes. Wade has had a few triple doubles this year and I expect many more to come. James Posey had 17 points and 9 boards in 42 minutes. Posey is 100% and I like what he's supplying for the Heat for now. Mehmet Okur had 20 points and 14 rebounds in 35 minutes. Okur led the Jazz but it wasn't enough to them stop from getting burnt by the Heat. Andrei Kirilenko had 25 points and 8 rebounds in 44 minutes. He's a tough fit but he should be an All Star.
GO HEAT!

Saturday, January 14, 2006

Gerald Wallace goes for the big slam. Posted by Picasa
Pierce goes for a open layup. Posted by Picasa
BUCKS WIN!
The Milwaukee Bucks beat the Charlotte Bobcats 103-102. Andrew Bogut had a double double with 18 points and 17 boards in 41 minutes. Bogut can play and he doesn't have to score to show you why. Jamaal Magloire had 16 points and 11 boards in 40 minutes. Magloire came on after the Hornets dealt him. Gerald Wallace had 21 points and 15 boards in 43 minutes. Wallace also had a new franchise record 8 steals. Raymond Felton had 19 points and 8 boards in 37 minutes. Felton had a chance to give them a lead but couldn't make the three.
GO BUCKS!
SIXERS WIN!
The Philadelphia 76ers beat the Boston Celtics 125-124 in triple overtime. Allen Iverson had 33 points and 10 assists in 54 minutes. Iverson played well and didn't a buzzer beater for once. Chris Webber had 31 points and 13 boards in 51 minutes. Webber had a important steal in the last OT that won the game. Samuel Dalembert had 20 points, 7 blocks and 11 boards in 45 minutes. The Sixers have a player that gives them defense and they need to give him more minutes to shine and develop. Mark Blount had 27 points and 12 boards in 47 minutes. Blount stole minutes from the starters and he earned them. Paul Pierce had 18 points and 10 assists in 52 minutes. Pierce gave the ball to his team and they shined. Ricky Davis had 33 points and 9 assists in 57 minutes. Davis did it all but only on offense. This was the 4th time these teams meet on Friday the 13th.
GO SIXERS!

Friday, January 13, 2006

Is it a plane no it's Kobe! Posted by Picasa
LAKERS WIN!
The LA Lakers slide by the Cleveland Cavs 99-98. Lamar Odom did it all with 20 points, 9 assists and 10 rebounds in 42 minutes. Odom got a chance to score tonight and if he could always get 13+ shots he would almost always get 20. Kwame Brown had 8 points and 9 boards in 34 minutes. Brown had key plays that gave LA a good inside presence. Luke Walton, Sasha Vujacic and Devean George played key minutes for a combined 17 points and 10 assists. LeBron James had 28 points and 9 assists in 40 minutes. Bron Bron played a good game getting his team involved but it came down to the last second. Zydrunas Ilgauskas had 29 points and 5 boards in 35 minutes. Z came up big and lead the Cavs in scoring tonight. Drew Gooden had 15 points and 11 boards in 32 minutes. Gooden always plays well no surprise he get these numbers.
GO LAKERS!

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

NUGGETS WIN IN 3 OT!
The Denver Nuggets beat the Phoenix Suns 139-137 in 3 overtimes. Melo exploded with 43 points and 11 boards in 52 minutes. Anthony needs to try to be a leader for this team and put these numbers. Earl Boykins had 33 points and 8 assists in 47 minutes. Earl came off the bench and stole the starters minutes. Steve Nash had 26 points and 13 assists in 53 minutes. Nash wasn't playing hard enough. Shawn Marion had 28 points and 14 boards in 57 minutes.
GO NUGGETS!

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

JOE NEWMAN INTERVIEW!

I recently did an interview with ABA CEO Joe Newman by e-mail. So here's a new feature cooking in the oven!

I wondered why the ABA hasn't made more merchandise like jerseys, etc. available to fans. I think there could be a good market for these items. I asked Joe if he thought there would be a time when he could release some.

"The ABA does have a complete line of merchandise as do all of its teams," he said. "It is available via the ABA website or the individual teams websites."

I agree there are some, including the newly released Alley Oop gear, but there's not enough to suit me. (I'd have everything if I had enough money!)

Next question: Why hasn't the ABA made box scores of every game available on their website?

"We use the ABA website for news and let the teams who choose to to post their box scores. For now, it is too cumbersome a process."

Okay Joe. That's a good answer for now, but if you get more popular, make sure to post them. I'm sure the fans will appreciate the extra effort put in by the statisticians. (And I can put them in my blog!)

Next I asked Joe why some of the teams didn't reach his requirements.

"Some teams have not had good venues," he said, "or their game operations were poor or they were not good hosts to visiting teams or they missed road games with no good reason - and as a result, we suspend them. We have a lot of good teams, we don't want teams that do not do it right to affect our good teams negatively."

Will we see an ABA draft, Joe?

"We will not have a draft; we prefer to have tryout camps and encourage teams to find players from their own regions."

Well, that makes sense. The only problem is, enough people may not show up, but look into the positives: there will be enough and they will all be good!

I wondered how upcoming teams approached the ABA when they wanted to start a team.

Joe says it happens this way: "I receive requests for information everyday from people interested in having a team. We correspond by email and telephone and those that are interested, reserve markets."

I'm not surprised because there are lots of ABA teams. More than the NBA could dream of. Will there be more teams next season than now?

"There will be at least 20 new good teams next season," Joe answered. "We are growing rapidly in spite of suspending teams this season."

How did he feel about former NBA players like Tim Hardaway leading ABA teams?

"We really appreciate having former NBA stars in our league, including Tim, Cedric Ceballos, Gary Grant, Vincent Askew, Armon Gillam and others. We're flattered."

I really like the ABA salute program and wondered how it got started.

"Our son Todd is a Master Sergeant in the U. S. Marines; we wanted to do something to show support of our troops and the many good organizations that support our troops. It is a great program. We're proud of ABA Salute. T odd's wife Jennifer is the coordinator."

That's great! I'm glad the ABA helps the Marines and our other troops. They deserve all the support we can give them. Jennifer must be doing a great job as coordinator. Todd must be very proud of her.

The two teams I think have done the best all around job this season (so far) are the Florida Pit Bulls and the Indiana Alley Cats. They both have good records and get good attendance but I wondered who Joe thought had done the best.

He came up with a lot of teams. "There are several teams that have shown outstanding operations," he said, "including, but not limited to, the Maryland Nighthawks, the Florida Pit Bulls, the San Jose Skyrockets, the Rochester Razorsharks, the Gallup Talons, the Indiana Alley Cats, the Pittsburgh Xplosion, the Harlem Strong Dogs, the Ohio Aviators, the SoCal Legends, the Fresno Heatwave, the Bellingham Slam...and quite a few more."

Whew! That's a lot of teams but they have all done good jobs as of this point.

The ABA doesn't really make too many trades. I asked Joe if that would change soon, and whether or not it would help the teams if there were more trades.

Joe said, "The ABA teams can trade if they want to trade. We do not supervise this at the league level. I doubt there will be many trades."

When will we see ABA on major TV channels?

"We are working on national TV now," Joe said. "Hopefully next season."

If you can't get major TV channels then I think you should start a building block on local channels and work your way up. I'll watch as long as I don't have to pay for another channel. Right now there are no free channels in my area where I can catch live ABA action. I really hope that changes soon.

Last question: Some teams disappear after a year. Is it low ticket sales and a lack of interest, or something else? I'm thinking of our Tampa Bay Thunderdawgs who were only here one season.

"No teams have folded in the past two years. The ABA has suspended teams for failing to meet league requirements," Joe answered. "In the old ABA, teams like Tampa folded because the business model (salary cap, venues, travel etc) was not good. It is now. There is great interest in the ABA."

I hope we get some interest in Tampa. I've been waiting too long and I'm ready for a new team.

Well, guys, this is the recap of my first interview on my blog. Thanks to Joe for being so nice for doing this.

I hope you like this new feature and look forward to my interview with Florida Pit Bull player Karel Rasario, coming soon.

GO ABA!
Kobe plus Odom dunk the ball back in. Posted by Picasa