Sunday, May 31, 2009

Shoe of The Week: Nike Air Force 1 Low Mr Cartoon Livestrong Stages Collection

Disclaimer: I'm no full on sneaker head, but every week we're gettin our shoe on here! Each week I'll pick a shoe that I like, basketball, or normal. Get your new leather smell ready!

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.

Introuducing Josh Dhani

If you haven't noticed yet, we've got another member to the team here at NBAtipoff. His name is Josh Dhani and he's done a great job as our first contributor. I asked him a couple questions so you readers can get to know him better.

Me: So tell the readers a little bit about yourself (what team is your favorite, where you've written in the past, etc.).

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 seven,

Me: 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

You Stole That Killer Crossover, LeBron?

The guys at Global Sports Fraternity strike gold again:

Friday, May 29, 2009

Big NBA News: Featuring Amare Stoudemire (Knicks Eying Thabeet)

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.

Phoenix Suns v Detroit Pistons

Amare Stoudemire

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.

Here is New York and Washington Post's take on this:

"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

Phoenix Suns v Denver Nuggets

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.

EuroCup: Dynamo Moscow 94-78 PBC Lukoil Akademik Sofia

Jannero Pargo

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

Jannero Pargo #12

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."

Indiana Pacers

Connecticut v Marquette

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."

NCAA BASKETBALL: MAR 17 NIT Tournament -Davidson v South Carolina

Stephen Curry

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.

NBA: DEC 09 Magic at Trail Blazers

Steve Blake

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.

Michigan State vs. UConn

Hasheem Thabeet

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!

Chris Paul's Pre-Game Routine

If you've liked the NBA's series, On Point With Chris Paul, then you'll also love this new video. He explains his pre-game routine in detail.

Enjoy!

Embedded video from NBA Video

Also, catch the rest of the series here.


Lookout For Sprite Slam Dunk Winner Guy Dupuy



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

Who Has the Better Bench: Lakers or Nuggets?


The Lakers bench and the Nuggets bench have been squaring off in the Western conference finals. On one night, it's seems like the other teams bench gives a strong lift to their team, while the other bench stinks.

So that begs the question, which teams bench is really better?

Overall, it's a very tough question. On some nights, the Nugget bench looks like the best in the league. But, their overall play on the road is not near as good or consistent as it needs to be. You never know if JR Smith or Birdman are going to play well in LA.

Because of some Nugget inconsistency, I'm going with the Lakers. Not that they haven't been very inconsistent of late, but I think they can make things happen on the road. It's all about intensity with the LA bench. If they show strong effort, they should be the best bench in the league. Period.

Disagree? Vote in the poll and comment on this post saying why the Nugget bench is better!

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

JR Smith's Growing

I have to give credit to JR. He actually looks like he's grown.

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

Magic-Cavs: The Magic Will Win and Here's Why


It's one tough series. Just as Delonte West. Cleveland.com

By: Josh Dhani

The Magic and Cavaliers series is going nasty, but great. The Magic are so far leading, 2-1, but they should have been leading, 3-0. I say Magic all the way. Why? Here are some of the strengths the Magic have that Cleveland is no where near of seeing. Here are some points that will help the Magic to victory.

Supporting Cast

This is the biggest part of the whole series. It is mainly Dwight Howard vs. LeBron James. But which one of these superstars has a better supporting cast? No doubt, it is Superman. Why?

Consider: According to ESPN.com, LeBron James is the leader in each of the categories. He leads the team in points, rebounds, assists, and blocks. LBJ's only trusted companion is Mo Williams, who averages close to 18 points per game.

Now to Dwight Howard.

Consider: Howard only leads in points, rebounds, and blocks. But it isn't all Howard with the Magic like it is all King James with the Cavs. Hedo Turkoglu leads in assists. Besides Howard, six players on the team average close to or more than ten points per game. Now compare that to Cleveland: four.

The supporting cast takes a big part. The Magic also have a lot of consistent shooters while Cleveland fails, as I and many of you have seen in the playoffs.

Offense

The Magic are probably better in this category, as I have observed with ESPN. The Magic average 101 points per game compared to Cleveland's 100.3. Just a small difference, but huge affect. The Magic average ten rebounds per game compared toward Cleveland's close to eleven per game.

Cleveland won that one, but again, it's pretty much all LeBron and he can't always get it. Then there is Cleveland's 20 assists per game compared towards Orlando's 19.4. You might think Cleveland is better on offense, but again, it's all LBJ.

LBJ, Mo, and Wally Szczerbiak are probably the only consistent three-point shooters. The Magic have probably have about four-to-six as far I have seen throughout the whole NBA season. The Magic also more consistent with their shooting.

In the playoffs, when one of the Magic players are wide open from behind-the-arc, they will make it. Cleveland can't. For example: In Game One of the Eastern Conference Finals, Rashard Lewis hit a three with 14.7 seconds left that made it look like an easy win. Then with game almost over, LeBron passed it to Mo and he passed it to a wide-open Delonte West. He missed it.

Get it now?

Defense

The Magic can win on defense as well. The Magic beat Cleveland on defensive rebounds. Cleveland has 31.4 defensive rebounds per game compared towards Orlando's 33.3. Cleveland beats Orlando on steals by a ratio of 7.20-to-6.95. The Magic barely beat Cleveland in blocks by Orlando averaging 5.35 to Cleveland's 5.30.

So you can see, the Magic beat Cleveland in two out of three categories mentioned, the same number of how many games Magic won against Cleveland in the Eastern Conference Finals so far.

Miscellaneous

I already mentioned some but there are only three categories left. The Magic make more mistakes as they make 13 turnovers per game compared toward Cleveland's twelve. Cleveland and Orlando are both tied for personal fouls called with 20.3 per game. Then here is a pretty important one: technical fouls.

Magic make .9 per game compared towards Cleveland's .8. So Cleveland wins this category out of how many I have mentioned? Five. Cleveland is one-out-of-four in the categories which stands my case. The Magic are good all around.

The biggest take is the supporting cast. The superstars can't do everything, and that is why Cleveland got swept by San Antonio two years ago. They could beswept again this year. The Magic don't like underdogs in this series, Cleveland does. The Magic have been taking over all around.

Cleveland just got luck in Game Two. The Magic always kept leading at the end. Remember in Game One when the Cavaliers were taking a 15-points lead at the half and failed at the end? That is exactly what I am talking about: inconsistency.

I stand my case and that is why the Magic will win.

NBA Talk: Magic Don't Care About Buzzer Beater! Fly Over Cavs, 99-89


"It's all good!" Phelan M. Ebenhack/AP

By: Josh Dhani

Remember in the first game, Rashard Lewis saved day? It was so underrated toward LeBron's game-winner. Why? Because it's LeBron! But hey, guess what the Magic did yesterday? They beat LeBron and the Cavs, 99-89, to lead the series, 2-1.

So really, there probably is no point of having that LeBron shot made because of the looks of it, the Magic are the contenders for the Finals.

But guess what?

The Cavs could have won this one, easily! The fouls messed them up. For example: Dwight Howard, 24 points—14 on free throws. Rashard Lewis had 18 points in the ten-point victory.
Dwight Howard was a monster as he lead the Magic in points with 24.Reinhold Matay/AP


This was a real nasty game from start to finish. Thanks to ESPN, this is what they observed: 86 free throws attempted, 58 personal fouls called, two technicals, and a flagrant.

Pretty clean, huh? No! Probably the refs finally had an exercise, too. It must have been a long day for them.

In the first half, Mo Williams got elbowed in the eye by the Magic's Anthony Johnson. His left eye was split open! Uggh!! Talk about nasty man. James said it was a cheap shot while Mo had to get four stitches.

James did score 41 points, but unfortunately, he was 11-28 from the field. What also hurt him, and the Cavs, was that he missed five important free throws in the last quarter of regulation. Also, James' supporting cast didn't really "support" him either. Mo, West, and Ilgauskas didn't support him at all as they were all combined for 13-of-37 from shooting.

Man! Talk about some "good" supporting. Nah, I'm just fooling around with you.

The Magic and Cavs will face off again on Tuesday night. Will the King strike back at the Superman because of his "Magic" not bowing down to him?

We'll find out.

But coming up next, on NBA Talk: On Monday night, Memorial Day, will both teams honor their veterans. Well no worrying about that, of course they will!

But let's get to the point!

Will 'Melo try to regain his TV Audience for The Carmelo Anthony Show? Or will Kobe Bryant pull up another 40 points to pop bottles, man, that's a lot of champagne then! Or, what about Birdman? Will he be the crazy basketball player he is?

Find out, on the next edition of...NBA Talk!

Cavs-Magic Recap (Courtesy of NBA.com)

Pic of the Day: Dwight's Magical Dunk

I loved this picture the moment I saw it. The light bounces off incredibly and it's just a tremendous looking shot.

I don't think it needs a caption. Just give it a look.

Photo by: Nathaniel S. Butler
Via Yahoo! Sports

Sunday, May 24, 2009

NBA Talk: Lakers-Nuggets Game 3



Kobe Bryant's 41 points lifts Lakers over Nuggets. He's back to be popping bottles! Jack Dempsey/AP

By: Josh Dhani

It's no wonder Spike Lee wanted to make the movie, Kobe Doin' Work, because he certainly was last night. Bryant was back to popping bottles when he scored 40 points or more again, that makes it twice in this series! This is certainly an exciting series and this was, no doubt, the best game I have seen in the series.

Trevor Ariza was also popping bottles by making important shots. Ariza was bigger than Kobe in the game, saving the Lakers by stealing an inbounds pass to make sure it will be a victory. And when it's victory, it's all good.

At the end of the third quarter, J.R. Smith made a surprising three pointer over Sasha Vujacic, and then trashing him. When I saw J.R.'s lips moving, it sounded like he was calling Sasha a mother f***er.

Man, J.R., don't be like that!
"Trevor, he's very crafty, he's long, he's fast, he's quick and he's a ball hawk," Bryant told ESPN. "He does a good job of reading those things. It's a great defensive play." And when Bryant mean by "defensive play" he was talking about the inbounds pass Ariza stole.

Lamar Odom did the same thing he did in the first game of the series: guarding that inbounds pass. This time, he had to do it over Kenyon Martin (a.k.a Thug). It was the 6'9" Martin against the 6'10" Odom.

"He's long, look at him," said Sasha Vujacic of Lamar to, again, ESPN. "He's very long. He's athletic. He's got eyes behind his ears. He knows how to jump all around the ball." Sure he does.

In the final 22 seconds of regulation, Bryant sunk four free throws. But the game was already over when Bryant sunk a three right over the guy who is known for threes: J.R. Smith. Bryant made it, right behind the arc, to seal the victory because it already looked over when it was 96-95. Then Trevor Ariza made it more sealed when it was 99-95.

After that amazing three by J.R. Smith over Vujacic to make it 79-71 at the end of the third, Smith gets a little cocky. Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times
It wasn't a good game for Denver. Their highest scorer? Carmelo Anthony with only 21 points. Ratio of 'Melo with Bryant? 21:41. That's horrible for Denver! Then there was Birdman's seven rebounds against Gasol's eleven. Then Billups seven assists against Bryant's five, Fisher and 'Melo both had three steals, and Andrew Bynum and Birdman were tied for three blocks.

Pau Gasol was the main "big man" of the game when he scored 20 and, like I mentioned, tripping over eleven boards.

"I think Gasol was the key to them winning tonight," Anthony said. "Getting him going and him making shots, it made it hard to double-team him and still try to guard Kobe out there."

So now we have it. That is that. Kobe pops bottles again and is Doin' Work. That is how you get it done. Anthony struggled, and Ariza sparked. Gasol was the key, Birdman was close. And the Lakers win it: 103-97.

Now we have to see what happens tonight as the Cavs face the Magic. Tonight? Heck yeah, tonight! Will there be another game-winning shot like the previous two games involving the King and Rashard Lewis. Will the Magic bow down to the King, or will Superman save the day? We'll find out at 8:30 on the beloved network for NBA games: TNT.

Stay tuned..for another edition of NBA Talk!

Lakers-Nuggets Recap (Courtesy of NBA.com)

Shoe of the Week: Nike Blazer High Black/White

Disclaimer: I'm no full on sneaker head, but every week we're gettin our shoe on here! Each week I'll pick a shoe that I like, basketball, or normal. Get your new leather smell ready!

Basic, but sexy. That's what I think when I first see these. Nike did a nice job off not going off the wall, but staying simple and keeping a great look to their product.

There is another downside to these though. The Blazer High drops at all three House of Hoops locations on June 4th, 2009 (thanks to Nice Kicks for the info and pics).

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

The Lakers Have to Make a Decision on Point

The Lakers have got a tough choice to make on their point guard rotation. Recently, their rotation of points guards has been Derek Fisher, followed by Shannon Brown and Jordan Farmar. All of them are solid players and they make their own contributions to the Lakers. Air-ball jumpers, that's a bad contribution.To fish or not to fish, that's what I'm struggling with.

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?

Dwight Howard's Workout and Progression

A lot has been made about the work that Patrick Ewing has been doing with Dwight Howard. He has really helped Dwight become a better low post scorer and free throw shooter. While he has helped Dwight greatly, there are still many others that help Dwight be the player he is.

As you will see in this video, his trainer is also a big part of his preparation:


If you wanna see more video of Dwight's workouts, click here, here and here (this has some exercises he does).

Thursday, May 21, 2009

LeBron James Carries A Man Purse?

I know LeBron is a god in Cleveland and all over the world, but I never knew he carried a man purse! He gets props for his nice style, but losses almost all of the points for the man purse.

Come on Bron, at least bring a gym bag!

Photo from: Yahoo! Sports

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Kenyon Martin Posterizes DJ Mbenga

Any idea on what the title should read on a poster of this? I bet that Mark Cuban would want it to say Thug Life. If you need to see another picture of Mbenga getting Mebengaed, click here. Hopefully I can find a video of it later, but right now just check out the second play on NBA.com's Top 5 plays.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Predicting the Lakers-Nuggets Series with YouTube

Tonight, the Lakers and Nuggets will play game 1 of the Western Conference finals. Game time is set for 9 PM Eastern on ESPN. Can't wait to see some great basketball, but let's some thoughts in first.

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

LeBron's Amazing Pre-Game Shots

Props to NBA.com again; this is amazing:

Mondays..

Are really hard days for me to blog.

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!

Enter for a chance to win here:
http://www.nba.com/knicks/news/makeyourpick.html

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Shoe of the Week: Nike Zoom Sharkley Paul Pierce PEs

Disclaimer: I'm no full on sneaker head, but every week we're gettin our shoe on here! Each week I'll pick a shoe that I like, basketball, or normal. Get your new leather smell ready!

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

Kobe Doin' Work: My Insanely Productive Review

ESPN dropped their Spike Lee produced, no commercial, hyped up documentary, Kobe Doin' Work tonight. I know I caught it, but the question for those of you who didn't see it is: should I take the time to watch Kobe Doin' Work?

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!

Some Things To Do Without NBA Basketball

So, today is another full day without any NBA playoff action. Sure, it kind of sucks. Honestly a little break is OK for me.

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

Caption This: David Stern

I thought this pic was hilarious. All I think of is Stern saying, "I see you!!"
Whoever creates an awesome caption wins the lint under my couch!

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Time To Rebuild in Dallas

The Dallas Mavericks had their season ended last night by the Denver Nuggets. Most people following this series assumed they were going to lose the series, including me. This series has put what Dallas needs to begin doing this off-season into perspective. Changes must be made.

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

Review: Everyone Hates A Ball Hog, But They All Love a Scorer


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

Tonight, The Lakers Better..

  • 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
What does Houston have to do to win tonight?

Monday, May 11, 2009

Talk Around The Hardwood

Link time!!

  • 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!
Two games tonight, I'll be tweeting my thoughts!

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Shoe of The Week: Nike Big Nike "Wolverine"

Disclaimer: I'm no full on sneaker head, but every week we're gettin our shoe on here! Each week I'll pick a shoe that I like, basketball, or normal. Get your new leather smell ready!

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

Birdman's Tattoos

NBA.com has been producing some tremendous videos lately. This vid about Birdman and his tattoos is nothing different.

Enjoy:

Thursday, May 07, 2009

Kobe and Ron Ron: Confrontation Photos


I will try to put myself in Kobe and Ron's mind and create a little dialogue of what might have been said.

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??

Time To Invest in PERK

The Celtics have faced many injuries this year. Kevin Garnett and Leon Powe are out and there's no PJ Brown to come off the bench like last season. That has forced guys in the Celtic front line to grow.

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.

His success makes me think of him like a stock. Kendrick Perkins (ticker symbol: PERK), has had a tremendous fourth quarter. His growth rate is increasing at a rapid rate and his profit margins will increase when he hits free agency.

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

Nene Takes Great Pictures...

Sorry, Nene. I know you've had a pretty solid series so far. But this pic is too funny. He looks kinda high, doesn't he? I know he's not though. Keep giving us more funny pics like this, Nene!

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

LeBron's Top 10 Plays of the Season

Tremendous. Don't yawn over this Top 10:

Ron Artest's Mohawk, Explained

Last night Ron Artest showed his new Mohawk to the world for the first time. Here's a pic of it, and here's another. In terms of comparing to other Mohawks (Matt Barnes, Greg Oden and Al Harrington), I'd say it easily wins the best NBA Mohawk award.

Also, it's Craig Sager approved (skip to the 40 second mark):



It get five Sager heads!!


Monday, May 04, 2009

Talk Around the Hardwood

I don't like Monday's, but let's link our way through it!

  • 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.
Two more games tonight! I will be tweeting my thoughts.

Sunday, May 03, 2009

Shoe of The Week: Manny Pacquiao Nike Air Flywire Trainer

Disclaimer: I'm no full on sneaker head, but every week we're gettin our shoe on here! Each week I'll pick a shoe that I like, basketball, or normal. Get your new leather smell ready!
These Pacquiao kicks are pretty nice. The colors kind of remind of the Cavs and they look like a great shoe to run in.

One big drawback: They are not widely avaliable. Only 100 pairs are out there for you to get (also, Pacquiao and his family get 100). That really sucks. I like em and think that lots of people would buy them. Release more, Nike!!

Because of the limited amount of Pacquiao's available, here's my runner up for the week:
Jordan Men's 1 Retro Mid
These are pretty sick too. I only like the black kind though. The white looks OK, but these are pretty nice. They cost about $100; even in these economic times, someone will pay that!

Any shoes you really liked this week? Let's hear in the comments!

Celtics-Bulls Top 10

The Celtics ended the Bulls season last night as they won game 7 in Boston. It ended a tremendous first round series; one that has everyone talking. I agree with the talk that it's probably the best first round series ever.

It was so good that NBA.com gave it its own top 10 plays:


Great series, hope the rest live up to it!