Monday, September 29, 2008

It's Almost Time!

I know I've been on an extended vacation (sorry for that, wasn't planning on it), but now the season is less than a month upon us. This season is gonna to be tremendous, can't wait.

I really want to see the Blazers pan out (did you know they're running a live blog today?). I love Fernandez, Frye, Oden, Roy, the whole crew. They can definitely make the playoffs, but I'm not sure yet on how far they can really go. I want to see a lot out of Travis Outlaw this season. This is a guy who has the skill set to be a great player, he just needs to put in some work. I have faith that he did and will come into this season ready to improve.

With everyone starting training camp this week, the preseason is upon us. As far as I know the Knicks have already fallen on their faces and Kobe has accepted the MVP trophy already. On a serious note, I might be going to a preseason game! More on that as the date approaches.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Take a Break from the Iron LeBron!

The Cavs want LeBron to stay away from the gym for a couple of weeks before training camp opens. LeBron is so fit he can take two or three weeks to relax? Course it's true but do the Cavs have to rub it in?

I'm fine with LeBron taking a week off, maybe. But if you're out of routine for a couple weeks, won't that kind of throw off his rhythm? I know LeBron is no amateur ball player, but I like to try to be in rhythm. Training camp would definitely get his legs going for the season, but, going into training camp you should be 100% in a fitness routine and ready to go.

This is not me saying that Bron Bron won't be able to play while taking a break (trust me it would take a lot more than that for his game to be off). It's just me as a concerned LeBron fan (not really a big Cavs fan, sorry), wanting Cavs training camp to go smoothly.

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

How's Your Shot Now Mamba?

Kobe Bryant has decided to skip his right pinkie surgery; something that really puzzles me. Sure, it is important to get a winning mentality (not to mention all of your key players) in training camp, but they made it to the finals last year and this year they'll be even better.

While this is brave of Kobe, I think his shot will suffer. During the 07-08 season, KB24 shot about 46% from the field. While he did shoo't even better from the field in the playoffs, his free throw shooting suffered. He shot 84% in the regular season, and 81% in the playoffs. I know what you're thinking, it's only three percent, big deal? But what if he were to drop another three percent. That puts him in the upper percentile of what power forwards and centers shot.

Did I mention the slump he went through in the Olympics? Think Ray Allen circa last season's playoffs. He did pull himself out of it, but he'll have to be a lot better.

I'm sure you can still slash, crash and dash the crowd Kobe. I just don't want to see you cradle that pinkie mid-season and be forced to have surgery. Just watch those free throws, MVP, gold medalist and three time NBA Finals champ.

Monday, September 08, 2008

Another Basketball Movie We CAN'T See?

I'm glad that the documentary on LeBron was a hit (here are the reviews). But why can't the great Canadians (the film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival) get it out on DVD? This is coming from someone who loves basketball and movies. I mean I understand that they wanted to make this film a little exclusive and play up their film festival, but come on. Think of how popular LeBron is, release it and make a little money.

LeBron should advise the producer, he is a huge brand on his own. Maybe he can band together with his billionaire friends Bill Gates and Warren Buffett. Here's another thought: how about a basketball film festival? Maybe there aren't enough basketball related films, but I'm sure we could find a couple we don't hear about on the national level.

Finally, let everyone see basketball films! Before summers end, I had to deal with not being able to see Gunnin For That #1 Spot; now this. Hollywood, respect the basketball fans of the world!

Tips For Holding A Contest

Another guest post from the Sports Dollar's Contest of Sports Sexiness

If you're keen on jumping on the bandwagon of hosting your own blog contest, here are some tips how to do so.

There are many contests where the host leaves you guessing or makes you really work for the details on how to enter it. The deadline to enter the contest is sometimes missing so you are not sure as to the date that the winner will be drawn.

Consider this as well when you are writing your contest post: How will the winner be announced or contacted? Will you require that the winner check back to see if he or she has won or will you be contacting him or her?

Having clear cut directions on how to enter as well as having a set and clear date as to when you will accept the last entry or the date you will draw a winner is vital for your readers and visitors too.

The success of your contest depends on getting the word out there. You can contact bloggers who are considered contest bloggers and ask them to post your contest on their blog. This will give your blog as well as your contest greater exposure.

I hope this helps when you post your next contest!

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What Makes A Good Blog Contest?

Guest post won from the Sports Dollar's Contest of Sports Sexiness

With so many blog contests out there, have you wondered what a good blog contest is like?

Basically, a good blog contest doesn't necessarily have to possess all the attributes below, but the more of them it fulfils, the merrier. Of course, this is just a general guide and some deviations may be expected in certain circumstances.

  1. Easy to enter – This is pure common sense, I would say. If you came up with a contest with so many conditions that it would put off visitors, wouldn't it defeat your purpose in having a contest in the first place?
  2. Easy to win – Now this is a debatable attribute owing to the fact that a good contest usually attracts so many people to enter that the actual chances of winning and very slim. One way would be to move away from random drawings to quality drawings – meaning the best entries win. Of course, this should also entail that judging should be done by a qualified person.
  3. Fairness – This relates to the previous point as well but also for random drawings. This should be done openly and as fairly as possible with no biases inserted.
  4. Complete and understandable – Have you ever read a contest post and not know what it is talking about? It's fine to be creative but make sure the contest details are clear and understandable and that all the details are given, such as rules, deadlines, prizes, method of judging etc.
  5. Open to most if not all – This is a critical condition as many blog contests fail this test. The blogosphere today is an international arena, with many bloggers from diverse parts of the world. Yet, many bloggers are still having the "US only (or US and Canada only)" mentality when holding blog contests.
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Sunday, September 07, 2008

Short Rant On Recent NBA Happenings!

I know I haven't been able to update recently (I'll try to as much as possible), but that doesn't mean I haven't been watching the news and staying up to date. So here's what I think about the latest stories!

The Mario Chalmbers and Darrell Arthur "incident": of course this was a mistake, but don't most NBA players get involved in these kinds of things? The real mistake was that they did it during the Rookie Transition Program. You've got to get your timing right, guys! Look, as long as these guys come out and perform come playing time, I'm don't care about this. It doesn't mean they can't be a favorite player of mine, it just means they have to redeem their cool player titles.

Now, on to the proposed trade between New York and Memphis. If you didn't know this trade would feature Zach Randolph going West for Marko Jaric and Darko Milicic. This trade doesn't make a lot of sense for New York. There trades should setup cap flexibility and this one doesn't. Randolph will makes a whooping $48 million over the last three years of his contract. Darko will make $29 million over the next two years and Jaric will make $7 million a year for three years.

Here's a way to make this trade work: you cut Zach Randolph into two smaller pieces, now market and trade the pieces for cap flexibility. These guys may not be all that marketable, but I think they're better broken down than having Randolph. Jaric is a decent shooter and Milicic can be a guy with potential. Sounds like a decent package to me.

Switching to a non basketball subject, HBO's Entourage kicks off tonight! Some blog friends of mine have been running some great posts about it! I particularly love this one from the Hoops Doctor. Can't argue with this one either. I'm really looking forward to it, especially seeing as there is no basketball on!