Thursday, March 29, 2007

Inside Hoops has got a huge streetball exclusive interview with Spyda who told them there has been a mass defection between some of the players and And 1. Check out www.Insidehoops.com

Here is some of the interview:

InsideHoops.com: What's the status with you and AND 1? You were with them for the tours you just mentioned. Are you still with them, or finished or what? Spyda: We have a new tour. A new company called Streetball Entertainment. A bunch of guys branched off into Streetball Entertainment and some guys stayed with AND 1. I branched off into Streetball Entertainment, to try new things and explore more. I want to thank AND 1 for everything they've done for me. But I think it was just time for a change for me. I just wanted to do something different. Been doing the same old thing for like five years straight. And it was a different look coming to a different company. Bigger and better things. InsideHoops.com: How many of the AND 1 streetballers went over to the new company Streetball Entertainment? And how many stayed with AND 1? Spyda: I think five or six stayed, but we have 12. InsideHoops.com: Wow, so it's basically a mass defection. Spyda: Right now we're getting everything out right now. We have a choice, between MTV, BET or Spike TV. We're working on that right now. It's really going good. It's really on us, all the players, as far as what channel we want to be on. Like I've been telling people, we've been doing ESPN Classic. We've been on every night, reruns. We're just trying to take it to another level. MTV and BET is another level for streetball. We're turning streetballers into rock stars.

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

I think Jeff Van Gundy has a point when he says all teams should be able to win the lottery. I think he should talk about how this new way of picking the lottery picks would work so more people would be talking about it. If it's a fair process, I think the league should reconsider. This is a good example that not just the people in the NBA officies can change the rules, but so can the people on the court.

Monday, March 26, 2007

Photo by: Andrew D. Bernstein

Last night Kobe Bryant ended his streak of four games with 50 or more points. He was just seven off finishing with 43 points which I thought he was lucky to get the way the entire team was playing so well together.

Other than the Kobe show the Lakers did win the game 115-113 over the Warriors. They had a big lead like I expected but gave it away in the second quarter. The team had more consistent offense, but lacked the same intensity defensively. Role players were a big part of the Laker attack and Ronny Turiaf is the one who came through the most in crunch time. He went on the floor for loose balls and had a few blocks and got going on the offensive end also with 7 points. Lamar Odom really showed he can do it all with 24 points and 19 ferocious rebounds. I say ferocious because you could see the effort he put into grabbing all of the rebounds. He wanted them more than anyone else which allowed him to take over the rebounding game.

Monta Ellis was phenomenal with dazzling slashes through the lane for layups, and the crisp perfection of his jump shoots. Ellis finished with 31 points (tied a career high) and 4 steals. I'm sure Don Nelson had a smile on his face watching this young kid light it up. One thing he needs some work on is defense, he can steal the ball, but needs to learn how to guard players face to face.
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Sunday, March 25, 2007

I have heard a lot from great readers about my Scot Pollard post. I know there is a fine line between what's acceptable and what's not in the NBA atmosphere, but I am young and feeling my way in the world and maybe occasionally I over react. There are some things that I've seen that I don't want to see, like kids who were smart spiral down to nothing because of drugs. I've known adults who were harmed by taking drugs as kids and now their heads are messed up. I didn't mean to offend fans of Scot--I'm a fan of his myself. I think his hair styles make the game more fun and give his teammates great opportunities and talking points. His hair just makes you smile.

And I still think he shouldn't have said what he did.
Tonight Kobe Bryant attempts a fifth straight 50 or more point game against the Warriors at 6:30 Eastern. Kobe should have an easy time getting through defense of a Nelson coached squad. The Warriors' goal is to win with points, and not shutting down KB 24 will obliterate their hopes of winning. I would expect lots of zone defense from the Warriors trying to keep Kobe out of the lane and forcing him to make jumpers. I predict the Lakers to win by more than 10 points.

Friday, March 16, 2007

In response to some recent comments I am going to tell you who I like in the NCAA tournament. I think Georgetown has been playing solid ball and will keep it up. I like Durant's team simply because they have an explosive guy that can take them places. N.C. has also been great and I like their defensive game. My last favorite would be Florida because they have some future pros who can always get it done on the court. I did not do a bracket because I still am learning more about NCAA basketball so I can do right on the ball with my bracket!

Thanks for the comments Offseason! If anyone wants to comment just look under this post!

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Scot Pollard said a horrible thing on TV in a game "Hey kids, do drugs." He already said sorry but that doesn't make it better if you ask me. If you are a fan of Scot Pollard here is my message to you: Don't do drugs!

Here is the clip:

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

The Bucks fired their Head Coach Terry Stotts. The Bucks were a little late to fire him now which is a bad descision, unless the coach they want is available now. They should have kept Stotts for the rest of this season, fire him as soon as their season ends and get the new coach adjusted and also the players adjusted to how they do things.

Tonight the Suns and the Mavericks play in Dallas at 9 pm Eastern time on ESPN. What a great game this will be! I think the Mavs will come on top because they will be motivated by an end to their winning streak and want to send a message that they can do it all over again.

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

The Bobcats present Coach Bernie Bickerstaff will not return as coach next season but will continue as a full-time GM. Bernie did an okay job but I'm sure coaching an expansion team stressed him out. The team should be more active in the trade and free agent market now that he can devote twice as much time to his GM duties. MJ had this to say, "I don't see him distancing himself away," Jordan said. "I feel he's been an important part to getting this franchise to where it is now. It will give me the most pleasure to continue that process until we get to where we have to go." This quote came from the Associated Press. I wish Bernie luck and have confidence in him that he will build a successful franchise around Okafor and others.

Also, tonight the NCAA tournament kicks off with Niagara playing Florida A&M at 7:30 Eastern time on ESPN. These two teams have almost identical records so it should be a dog fight, but since I live in Floridia I am routing for Florida A&M!

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Earthrace Limping into First Race Port

Panama City, Panama- March 11, 2007---On 10th March, Earthrace started its attempt to set a new world record for a powerboat to circumnavigate the globe. Leaving Barbados at an unofficial time of 12:06:26am (UTC), Earthrace set a course for Panama, some 1250 nautical miles away, however just 16 hours later and the boat has been forced to almost abandon the attempt.

Earthrace is running a new kind of carbon propellers that were originally developed for submarines, and they offer reduced vibration and better efficiency compared with conventional blades. The propellers however have struggled with the speeds and loads of Earthrace, and just 16 hours into the first leg have started to fail.

At 1am this morning, and over a period of about an hour, there was a steady and progressive increase in vibration. Using a dive light, the team inspected the props, and according to Earthrace Skipper Pete Bethune, "we were staggered by the damage". All the blades have sections where the carbon is peeling away, and the entire leading edge of one blade is coming to bits." The team believes it is primarily cavitation damage, where bubbles form along the edges and tips of the propellers, gradually eating into the fiber. Although why it has happened so quickly on Earthrace remains a mystery.

Boat speed has been dropped to 12 knots and the crew is nursing her on to Panama. Bethune says "right now, the priority is to just get safely in to port, and we are concerned these blades will come to bits before we make it. And of course we're devastated."

In terms of the record attempt, Earthrace is currently considering a number of options, and will decide in a day or two whether the record attempt will continue, and is so, with what propellers technology.

Media are welcome to call Earthrace on sat phone +881 641 458 385 for interviews.

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Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Tonight on NBA TV at 7:30 Eastern time the Cavs will play the Pistons in Detroit. The Pistons don't need this win as much as Cleveland so I expect they will come out with a keen sense of urgency because a playoff push is needed to earn another playoff learning and experience building expedition. Detroit is in it to win it so expect another down to the wire grind it out in the fourth quarter type of game.

Also, Kobe got yet again another suspension from the NBA for hitting Marko Jaric in a double OT loss last night in Minnesota. The NBA is doing this because they are trying to send messages to top players that they can suspend you just as quickly as a scrub player.

Monday, March 05, 2007

Dwayne Wade is going to try to come back from a dislocated shoulder for the end of the season. I don't think he'll use the most of what energy he has until the playoffs. My question about this is are we going to see the real Dwade? Maybe about half of him but that's enough. Shaq should rally the role players and go on a streak as big as they can until Wade can elevate the whole squad another level.