Sunday, May 31, 2009
These are so hot they are breaking my monitor! I LOVE the look of these. They have great, unique designs and are definitely a real looker.
They are set to release in July; mark your calendars! I would especially get these if you happen to have a lot of yellow. Perfect for the casual Laker fan!
Some details on the shoe from Kix and The City:
The Mr. Cartoon LIVESTRONG Nike Air Force 1 Low is a remake of the "spiderweb" version of Mr. Cartoon's Air Force 1 Low which did not ever officially hit retail but did hit the streets. The LIVESTRONG Stages Mr. Cartoon Nike Air Force 1 Low features all of Cartoon's original artwork using the LIVESTRONG palette of Black, Yellow, and White. The sneaker also features the LIVESTRONG logo on the tongue.
No runner up this week, just wait until July and get yourself a pair of these! As long as they're stable, they'll be a great buy.
Josh: My favorite team is the Indiana Pacers, I bleed the gold and blue. I have written for many sites in the past and I am very close to having an interview with my hometown hero from Indiana: Eric Gordon!!!
Me: What kind of perspective are you going to continue to bring?
Josh: My perspective to the site is more of a columnist and some breaking news. I have two great series, one is called Big NBA News which brings out the biggest rumors that no one has heard yet but you should, it's surprising! And my other one is NBA Talk which brings out voice and shows some good passion in my writing and it talks about the breaking news and game recaps from the NBA.Me: What are your goals for the future and how will writing here at NBAtipoff help you?
Josh:My goals are to be a professional sports player because I am an avid one. I usually play football, basketball, and golf in my spare time. My best is in b-ball because I am such a consistent three-point shooter. Other than that, I could be a sportswriter and NBAtipoff can help me with my sportswriting abilities.Me: How are you different than what we can read on ESPN and Yahoo!. What makes you stand out?
Josh:What makes me stand out between ESPN and Yahoo is that I speak my own voice better than Yahoo and stuff. On Yahoo's blogs like Ball Don't Lie or Shutdown Corner, they talk about what the player's are wearing usually which is stupid. I go for the real game and talk about who is bad and who's awesome. ESPN and Yahoo won't do that because they might be afraid to say it. Just speak it out!
Me: Who ya got to win the finals?
Josh:I pick the Magic because they made the best team in the NBA look horrible. If they can stop LeBron, they can stop Kobe too. They also jacked up 62 threes, a record for six games in a series. With three point shooting ability and Dwight Howard doing what he does, the magic will win. I say magic in sevenMe: Any last thoughts?
Josh: Well GO PACERS!!!! And NBAtipoff, you'll be having a great writer in me.
Thanks to Josh! He will continue posting his stuff for the site!! Checkout his blog FootBasket.
Saturday, May 30, 2009
Friday, May 29, 2009
Hey guys. I got a new series called Big NBA News and it shows the biggest NBA News that no one has even heard of. Check it out! It's awesome!
Rafer Alston According to the Orlando Sentinel, Rafer Alston (who has subbed in for Jameer Nelson since February) that he wants to stay with the Magic, who are leading 3-2 in the Eastern Conference Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Alston was traded from the Rockets and has been a big help off the trade. But Alston does know he will be backing up Nelson next year, and might be making $5.5M if he gets re-signed. All the luck to Alston and his Magic, who look to make the NBA Finals.
Stoudemire has been crazy right now, well, that's what I think. On ESPN New York Radio, he has confirmed he wants to play for Mike D'Antoni in 2010 and says he is better than number four: Chris Bosh.
"When asked Stoudemire if he's better than Bosh, the Suns forward said, "Oooh man, are you kidding me? Ask Chris Bosh that question."
So that's a yes?
"No doubt about it, I'm better than Chris Bosh"
"How serious will you consider the New York Knicks in 2010"?
"I will be totally serious about that, I spent a lot of my childhood there, I have a connection with the state, and I also love the entire coaching staff.
" I think Coach D'Antoni's doing a phenomenal job with the Knicks, NY's a great city, I follow them closely."
"Um, I love D.C., quote, end quote," Stoudemire said, eliciting oohs and ahhs and a follow-up question about how he sounded interested by this prospect. His answer?
"I love D.C, quote, end quote," he repeated.
"I'm going into my eighth year in the NBA, and it's time for a
championship," he said moments later. Joking aside, he was asked how far away the Wiz were from contending for one of them trophy things. "You might just be a No. 1 jersey away," he said." Hhmm.
Pargo, a free agent, has confirmed that he and his agent are talking to the Hornets about Pargo making a possible return to them.
Here are some quotes from The Times Picayune:
"Jeff (Bower, Hornets general manager) and I spoke (Tuesday) about a bunch of things and Jannero was something we discussed and we'll take it a step at a time and see where it goes," Mark Bartelstein said. "There's nothing new to talk about now, but we'll
look at it and see what happens. "I think you could say there's mutual interest. That's fair to say." "I think there's a lot of people interested," Bartelstein said. "He's healthy now;
had the surgery about 10 days ago. He feels great and is now 100 percent healthy. We're just going to take a deep breath and digest everything and figure out what's best.
"Olympiacos has also expressed interest that they'd want him back. We've talked about that. There are a lot of things for him to consider."
The Indiana Pacers have been very interested in point guards for the NBA Draft, as Indy holds the 13th pick, a pretty good spot to stand at.
Right now, the word is coming that the Pacers are interested in these five prospects: Ty Lawson, Wayne Ellington, Eric Maynor, Stephen Curry, and recently, Tyreke Evans.
Indiana has said they are interested in Evans the most. But after looking deep into the Indy Star, they have dug up some stuff from Maynor and Lawson, who may be the real guys for Indy.
"They talked to my agent and they said they need a point guard to come in," Lawson said. "They've got T.J. Ford and Jarrett Jack, but I don't know if they're happy with them. They said they need one to come in."
"I've already got a workout set up with Indiana," Maynor said. "They are looking at taking a point guard. I haven't really had much contact with them, but my agent talked to them."
The Oklahoma City Thunder has announced that they are very interested in Davidson point guard, Stephen Curry, the New York Post says.
The Thunder, who hold the third pick in the Draft, are eying three players now for the 2009 NBA Draft: Hasheem Thabeet, Ricky Rubio, and, of course, our very own Stephen Curry, of who we just mentioned right now in this little tidbit.
"Like they had season tickets," Curry said.
Like they do.
According to The Oregonian, Blazers guard Steve Blake will undergo arthroscopic shoulder surgery on Friday.
He is expected to come back and practice with Portland in between six to eight weeks.
That'll be before training camp, of course.
Let's see how he does.
Well, this is the moment you guys have literally have been waiting for. You have passed over 860 words just to get here. What an accomplishment for you, good job (not). Thabeet, to me, has made the biggest news flash here on Big Sports News.
The Knicks have said they are the most interested in big man, Hasheem Thabeet, from UConn. The Knicks, although they do have Eddy Curry, they need a guy who won't get injured and only play three games like Curry did last year, but only due to injury.
People have also been saying that they might trade Curry or someone else for a higher draft pick to steal Thabeet. The Knicks are also scared that he might fall to Memphis or Oklahoma City. Maybe even L.A. at number one!
With Al Harrington and Eddy Curry, Thabeet be a guy to help them out, and quick.
Thank you for reading Big NBA News! Will the Pacers draft Eric Maynor? Who will get Stephen Curry? Will the Knicks get a shot for Thabeet? Find out and it may be in the next edition of Big NBA News!
Talk about a great dunker. This is a guy who's not even in the league and he's pretty incredible. He will be in Dallas (apparently) for the 2010 All-Star festivities. I know we haven't heard the last of him!
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Last nights game put his growth into perspective. He started the game by getting other guys involved. Then, he started driving to the basket, hitting three's and creating his own offense.
In the old days, JR would have hoisted a couple quick three's. Instead, he's realized that other guys need to get started before him. He now knows he can get hot at anytime. He's learned when to look for his shot and when to pass.
I just want to give JR some props. He needs to continue growing, but, after this season, George Karl will have happy things to say to him. Everyone else will give props to JR too.
Keep doin work, JR!
Photo by: Chris Carlson
Monday, May 25, 2009
Photo by: Nathaniel S. Butler
Via Yahoo! Sports
Sunday, May 24, 2009
Despite the limited amount of these available, I'd still try to get a crack at them. They could be great to play in on the road for your team. Also, they are very versatile and could match just about anything.
The runner up?
Nike Zoom MVP White Varsity Red
These are nice looking shoes to play a little ball in or run. They would be good to rock with a Raptors, Clippers or Rockets gear too.
Also, these are only available at select Nike accounts. Keep your eyes peeled!
What shoes are your favorite? The Blazer High or the Zoom MVP??
Friday, May 22, 2009
Derek Fisher is in one hell of a shooting slump right now. In the first two games of the series against Denver, he's shot 6-22 from the field; a disgusting 27%. That makes me wonder why the Lakers shouldn't start Jordan Farmar. Farmar will shot the ball better and can provide some quickness to keep Chauncey on his heels. As long as Farmar's prepared to defend Billups, I'd welcome the change.
After Farmar starts, Fisher could guard Anthony Carter. Carter is not a big part of the Denver offense and is an easy guard because he's not a very good jump shooter. Brown could also guard Carter. It's just a matter of who Phil Jackson wants out there.
Another reason Phil should make this change is to send a message. The message is that Fisher must make open jumpers. That is his strength offensively and without that component to his game, he's an ineffective offensive player (except when he runs the triangle; that's important).
So, either make a change to the starting lineup, or give Fisher a little less burn. Got that, Phil?
Do you think LA should change their point guard rotation?
As you will see in this video, his trainer is also a big part of his preparation:
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Come on Bron, at least bring a gym bag!
Photo from: Yahoo! Sports
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
How many Kmart takedowns for the series??
Since he'll want to intimidate Gasol, I'm going with 10. Those 10 will be in full force to start the game too. He wants to send his message.
What's a Kmart takedown? It's kind of like this:
How many how the F did he do that plays?
Since we have Kobe and Melo squaring off, I'd say a lot. Kobe probably will have 3-5 a game and Melo will probably have 2 a game.
Pretty shots here:
Foul or not, this was big:
How many blocks can the Birdman get per possession?
Well, I hope it's not like the video I'm about to post. LA has to score to win any games you know..
Will Chauncey get any dunks??
I know they only come once in a blue moon. It would be funny to see though. I'll be an optimist and hope for one.
Dunk contest, anyone (ha ha, just kidding, Chauncey):
Will JR Smith go crazy and make tons of three's?
Probably not, but I think he could get 2.5 a game if LA doesn't watch out.
Remember when he had 11 against Sacremento:
So, who takes the series? Nuggets or Lakers?
Monday, May 18, 2009
So, last night's NBA action. All I need to say is the Magic hit three's and I told some other basketball fans what LA would do.
Enjoy your gameless night and watch Charles Barkley get spoofed on SNL (from the Hoop Doctors):
One other thing: Enter the "Make Your Pick" contest before Tuesday (only if you're in NY, NJ or CT), May 19th! Pick the Knicks correct 2009 NBA Draft position and what player they will ultimately select and you could win two (2) tickets* to a Knicks home game during the 2009-10 season!
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Sunday, May 17, 2009
If only Paul Pierce could have played as well as these shoes look in every game in the playoffs. They'd already be past Orlando.
These are really nice on the eyes (more pics here). They look like something Paul would rock on the court. They look sweet, but not too flashy; kind of like Paul's game.
Sad thing for all of you that want the shoe: they were only released in two Boston Foot Locker locations. Also, I checked Ebay and I only found one real looking result. So, right now, these are pretty exclusive kicks. I don't know if there's a plan for them to come to other Foot Locker's, but hopefully they will soon.
Because of the limited number of Paul Pierce PEs out there, here's the runner-up:
These Vans are part of the DQM x Kicks HI x HUF Vans Half Cab Pack. I'd say they are a four out of five.
The black pairs are very versatile; which is a big reason I chose this pack of Vans. The red pair is OK, but I think they would be hard to rock a lot (maybe Aaron Brooks could wear them with his red suit?). Overall, they're simple, yet nice kicks.
What shoes caught your eye this week?
Saturday, May 16, 2009
Yes, but you have to be qualified. By that I mean you can't be an average fan. Jared Wade from Both Teams Played Hard said it the best on Twitter (follow him), "it probably has zero appeal to non-hoops dorks."
I completely agree. You have to love everything that goes into Kobe and the Lakers game to stick through an hour and a half of pure basketball talk. There's not lots of comedy or funny moments to save the average fan. It's about what Kobe does on the floor and how the Lakers execute as a unit. If that sounds boring to you, don't watch the documentary. It's for a very specific group of viewers.
I fit into that group of basketball junkies. I loved seeing Kobe watch what he does on the floor. He laughs at his actions and has an extraordinary recollection of what was going on in the game. Also, the way he predicts the next play on either end for either team (in this case the Spurs) was incredible. His basketball IQ shines as brightly as possible throughout the entire show.
His calm attitude was another constant. I've seen how Kobe acts postgame; it was pretty similar. But his smoothness in the way he goes about doing things on the floor was multiplied. When he talks to players and refs, I felt he always said the right thing.
For everything's that right with any product, there's things that are wrong. The No Look Pass (follow him on Twitter) made a good point. "Wish it was spread over more than one game." Something that maybe took a half of each game, but still somehow kept the flow of each of those respective games, would've been nice.
Also, does Kobe really act that way in every game? VI_Massive tweeted some thoughts: "I like the additional camera angles and shots, that's new and different, but all the Kobe stuff just feels so fake. Seems like a complete PR job."
I'm going to argue that point a bit. Kobe was Kobe for at least 75% of the doc. That's how I felt watching it. His actions seemed sincere for the most part. Sometimes, though, he went on a little bit in the commentary; he did. It did look good from a PR standpoint, but I expected that going in.
While everyone's a critic and some people hated what I liked, go into this movie with strong expectations. Only watch it IF you love to hear about how to execute a basketball game the way Kobe and the Lakers do. If you just want to see Kobe do his thing, watch his games, (or highlights on YouTube), don't watch Kobe Doin' Work.
Basketball freaks, Kobe Doin' Work is a must-see!
If you're looking for something to do without games on, watch Kobe Doin' Work. It looks awesome. Basically, it's focused on Kobe and what he does on gameday. ESPN has it on tonight at 8 PM Eastern time.
Here's a look at it:
You could also get in a dance off like Shaq:
But above all, try not to get into stuff like this:
Enjoy a day without games!
Friday, May 15, 2009
Whoever creates an awesome caption wins the lint under my couch!
Thursday, May 14, 2009
This team IS NOT good enough to compete for a championship. Mark Cuban and the rest of the Dallas organization need to get that through their thick skulls. That means they must make moves to add more talent, or start building a young core for the future.
I feel like they need to start over again. They don't have to totally rebuild, but they need to accept a couple losing seasons without playoff runs. That will get them further into the playoffs quicker. The team they have now can only do as good as they did this year.
The guys I would keep on this team are their young bigs. That means Ryan Hollins and Brandon Bass. They are great hustle guys. They always play hard and they know their roles. Rebound, hustle and pick up garbage points, that's what they do.
One thing I would also do is try to cut payroll. I know Mark Cuban spent lots of money to put this team together. It worked for a couple years, but now they need money. Preparing for the upcoming free agent classes will be a key to getting back to prominence.
Just be smart, Mavs. Your team is not good enough, we know. But prove us wrong by making your team a contender quickly!
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
I recently got a chance to read Everyone Hates a Ball Hog, But They All Love a Scorer. Before I read the book, I was expecting good things. It more than lived up to my expectations.
The author, Coach Koran Godwin is an accomplished ball player. He is the leading scorer at the University of North Florida (if his ankles didn't give him problems, he probably could have been in the NBA). His book gives you his offensive game plan.
To do that, he breaks the book down into three main parts: pre-season, game time and post-season. One thing I really like about the organization of the book is how he ends each chapter. After explaining all of his points and tips in great detail, he gives nice summaries of what he said in the Coach Godwin Tips. As a reader that made it a lot easier to focus on what was important in each chapter.
The book itself is also not really about how to play basketball. Rather, it's about how to prepare for the game and what you should be thinking about in terms of your individual offense. Coach Godwin suggests breaking the game down into quarters and halves. That whole first lesson, The Godwin Theory, is an innovative and great way to approach scoring.
Get this book! It's perfect for anyone studying or trying to improve their knowledge of basketball. Whether you're a player, someone looking to learn the game of basketball, or a scout looking for a system to use to evaluate players, Coach Godwin's ideas are easily understood . You can use it as the perfect stepping stone to creating your routine to get ready for the season. You could use it look like less of a dummy when it comes to basketball. Many uses for this book.
Also, here's Amazon's description of the book:
Some people believe great basketball players are born and others say that they are made. This book will prove the latter. With lessons that are simple and easy to learn, Coach Godwin shows you first hand what it takes to consistently score points every game. Step into the shoes of a scorer as you find out how to excel on and off the basketball court. You Will Learn: How to score with your head and not just your feet, The importance of studying film, What moves to focus on in your off-season program, The difference between a Ball Hog and a Scorer, To balance and prioritize your life off the court, To consistently put up big numbers every game and how to use basketball to excel in life.
Don't just take my word for the quality of this book, check out the Hoop Doctors review.
Check out Coach Godwin's site, JumpStartHoops.com and order your copy of the book!
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
- Bring the right effort from the opening tap
- Play defense for more than two possessions
- Not let Aaron Brooks catch a HALF-COURT alley-oop
- Hack-a-Hayes. Check out how great his free throws look
- Bring back the ridges in Battier's head. The Basketball Jones pointed out that Battier lost them, so be PHYSICAL and bring em back, LA
- To continue on the last point, Pau has to bring lots of aggression. Yes, that means you'll hear 300 screams from him in the paint tonight
- Withstand Houston's runs. Kobe has to be ready to dominate the one-on-one game when things become stagnant offensively
- Throw the first punch
- That means they need to hit early three's, establish their pace, piss of Artest early; all that good stuff
- Truly hit their stride. I saw the Lakers play a bunch this season and I can tell you this hasn't been the second best team in the league yet in the playoffs. It's time to start whipping some ass
Monday, May 11, 2009
- TheStar.com. Jay Triano is now the full time Raptors coach. Can't tell if I like or not; or if I even care.
- Mercury News. Alonzo Morning was honored in a museum. I bet that museum is now scrappy and buff as hell.
- Forum Blue and Gold. The world hasn't frozen over, Lakers fans.
- Lakers.com. The latest about Lamar Odom's back.
- USA Today. The NBA's semi-official No Defensive Team. Not sure I think KD is terrible on D.
- YouTube. The NBA, where child abuse happens. HA HA!
Sunday, May 10, 2009
These are just great. They have a very unique look to them. If I had these, I'm sure they'd turn heads and everyone would want to know were I got em.
Some info on the shoe, from NiceKicks.com:
Obviously, the shoe itself is inspired by Wolverine’s uniform. It features a predominately yellow leather upper with multiple blue, black and red details throughout the base. Drawing inspiration from Wolverine’s most known asset (claws), the shoe possesses claw designs as if Wolverine ripped through the side panels himself. To finish it off, this Nike Big Nike “Wolverine” is complimented with a white midsole and blue outsole.
To sum up what was said there, go get some of these! They cost $100. Not bad. Maybe you could rock it with jeans and a throwback Lakers jersey.
Runner Up: Bron's MVP Kicks
What shoes did you like from this week? Let's hear in the comments!
Friday, May 08, 2009
Thursday, May 07, 2009
Ron: You gotta stop elbowin me, you know what I mean.
Kobe throws his arms in the air and shakes his head.
Ron: Dog, I will go all warrior on you! Don't even try dat sh*t again! Do u know what I did in the Palace?? The same thing can happen here, just say da word!
I tried. I bet Kobe didn't have anything to say to Ron Ron. Maybe Kobe said Get Out my Face with his facial expressions.
What do you think Ron said to Kobe? What did Kobe say back, if anything??
The guy who has grown the most has been Kendrick Perkins. He went from a defense-only guy to a guy that can no put up double digits for you almost every night. He wouldn't have to do what he's been doing if KG was healthy. He's been forced to take on more of a load and he's thriving.
What I'm saying is make sure you put some money on him soon, Boston. PERK can be a very solid role player for a title contending team for a while. He will never be an All-Star that everyone knows, but he'll always be solid. Buy some PERK!
Wednesday, May 06, 2009
Tuesday, May 05, 2009
Also, it's Craig Sager approved (skip to the 40 second mark):
It get five Sager heads!!
Monday, May 04, 2009
- Google News. If you haven't heard yet, Bron will be named MVP.
- Mercury News. Can Anyone else feel this? "Hey, exciting news! Only a month until Kobe Bryant and LeBron James square off for Game 1 of the NBA finals at Quicken Loans Arena."
- The Dallas Morning News. Giving Birdman credit. They also talk about how he's one of the NBA's best bargains.
- The Dream Shake. 10 Reasons to Despise the Lakers. And the hating begins.
- The Washington Post. LeBron's MVP winning will put some attention back on Wes Unseld.
- Hoopinion. If the Hawks are going to beat the Cavs, Josh Smith can't shoot like this.
- The Hoop Doctors. Since we're getting into shoes more here, check out the Nike Air Yeezy.
Sunday, May 03, 2009
Any shoes you really liked this week? Let's hear in the comments!