Sunday, August 30, 2009

Video: Top 10 Circus Shots of the 09 Season

NBA.com has been producing many top 10 videos from last season. They are getting pretty creative with them now, so here's the top 10 circus shots:

Sorry For The Lack of Posts

I know I've been MIA of late. I've been sick, school started and it's the off-season. All of those are great non-blogging factors. But now I'm back and I'm going to keep this blog as up to date as possible.

So, with that said, I'm back like MJ, but not like Brett Favre!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Two Basketball Documentaries To Look Forward To

In these dull days of the NBA off-season, we find ourselves looking for basketball related entertainment, but usually can't find a thing. Well, at least there's two upcoming basketball documentaries to wait for.

Devin Green: The Journey


This is actually already out. It is being released through YouTube and there are already three episodes available (I hear the fourth is coming early tomorrow morning). More episodes will be added as things move along. I've already watched an episode and it's a great look inside what the business side of basketball can be like. Not everyone has an easy ride like Kobe or LeBron.

Here are the first, second and third episodes also. Look for more on this as it continues on.

This other documentary was announced a while back, but I wanted to give it a mention anyway:

Sonicsgate

If you didn't watch the video, this one is about the Sonics leaving Seattle. It's about all the rough stuff that went down between the new ownership and the city of Seattle.

It looks really good and is dropping on the Sonicgate website October 12th.

Any other great basketball movies or shows floating around?

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Mason Will Not Re-Sign With The Oklahoma City Thunder

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ESPN.com reports that now former Oklahoma City Thunder's shooting guard Desmond Mason will not re-sign with the team. The talks were already breaking down after negotiations were trying to be made all summer.

Says Mason's agent:

"Desmond is not ready to be relegated to a cheerleader and relegated to a mentor for the younger players,. He's got a lot left in the tank. We never discussed money. It wasn't going to be a dollars decision because his heart was in Oklahoma."
I wish all the luck to Mason and we'll see how he does.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Video: Jason Richardson Gets a DJ Lesson

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Usually NBA players work on their game and take vacations in the summer. I like that J Rich is being creative and getting a DJ lesson instead.

Don't know of any other DJ'ing NBA'ers, do you? I'd like to see him in the club working the records. He seems OK at it.

Big thanks to TweetNBA for linking to this video on Twitter.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Should Teams Stop Players From Representing Their Countries?

The Dallas Mavericks are one of many teams that have not allowed their players from playing for their respective countries this summer. Dirk Nowitzki wasn't allowed to represent Germany, while J.J. Barea wasn't allowed to play for Puerto Rico. This issue creeps up with teams all the time.

I'm going to tackle it from a team and players standpoint, then give my thoughts on it.

If I pay guys millions of dollars to play basketball, why risk fatigue or injury for something that doesn't affect what your team's doing? That's how owners think. They think more about what it does for their endeavor, rather than the players themselves.

I think of the case of Zydrunas Ilgauskas. A couple years back, he wanted to play for Lithuania. The Cavs declined because of his long injury history. While Z is now healthy for the most part, I'm sure the Cavs would still not allow it. That's just how these teams are with guys that get hurt.

But then you look at what the Spurs and Lakers have done. The Spurs had one of their top players, Manu Ginobili, playing in the Olympics for Argentina. While he could have been resting and preparing for next season, he aggravated an injury that caused him lots of trouble last year, eventually ending his season.

The Lakers let Pau Gasol play for Spain in the Olympics and this summer in Eurobasket. After a whole regular season and title winning playoff run (last season only), they let him play this summer and last. This summer he had a minor finger injury on his non-shooting hand. But, they'll likely let him play once he's better.

There is no in between from teams on this situation. You either let guys play for their country, or not.

Looking at it from a player standpoint, I can see where it would make sense not to play for my country. If you are injured or have been hurt a lot, like Ginobili and Ilgauskas, you might consider sitting out. But these guys have so much pride and competitive spirits that they want to play no matter what.

If put in Ginobili or Ilguaskas shoes, I would probably want to play. If my team said no, I would lose a little bit of love for the organization. But the people who pay the checks get the control in this regard. For the most part.


Personally, I feel that most players should be allowed to play for their countries. There are a few cases where I'd say no, but if a guy is healthy and willing and able, they should be given the green light. Why not give them some quality summer action? It keeps your guy in tip top shape for the season.

I want to know what you all think. Here's a poll on it:



Also, let's hear your thoughts in the comments!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Video: Steve Nash's Top Plays From 2008-09

Steve Nash is still a great point guard. Even though he's at the latter end of his career, he's still very exciting and entertaining. A great player and a great guy, he'll likely never win a title (as the Suns are currently looking). The world can be a cruel place.

Anyway, here's the video:

Monday, August 17, 2009

Ron Ron In A Chinese Outfit

This picture was so good, I had to post it. Feel free to create a caption or something in the comments if you wish. I love crazy Ron Ron!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

The Hornets Don't Want To Win

Marc Stein of ESPN is reporting that the Hornets dealt three point specialist Rasual Butler to the Clippers for a future second round pick. Of course, this deal clears about $8 million in salary, once you add in the luxury tax. But, despite the savings, I have to question what the Hornets ownership wants.

The Hornets are a team that just wants to shed salary for this season. That's the main reason the Okafor deal was made. Sure, he's got more years on his deal and will end up costing more, but if they can stop some of the pain for now, they'll take just about anything. I mean, you have your best shooter and an all around solid role player and you trade him for a second rounder?

I know that your team isn't good enough to compete with LA in the long run, but damn. Who is expected to be your outside threat next year? Peja Stojakavic? He's 32, coming off of a season where he missed 21 games and didn't look great when he was out there anyway.

I just wish teams would come out and tell the truth when they make these deals. I don't want to hear that you're going to draft another gem like Tony Parker. No second rounder is usually a guaranteed contributor. Just admit that you know you can't win now and say you made this deal just for the sake of saving money. Then I'm somewhat OK with it.

A little talk about the Clippers side of this: rejoice, Clipper fans. Your front office is doing the right thing. They are trying to put the pieces around their young core to win. Butler should be the perfect fit for them. He can spot up and get wide open three's out of double teams. Baron Davis can get the ball to him and Blake Griffin will create opportunities for him also.

Here's what FutureNBAGM said about the deal on Twitter:

Perfect fit for LAC. Needed a backup 2/3 who can be a lights out shooter for them. Still lacking in defense at the wings though.

The sky is looking better, Clippers. Just don't get all crazy about this team yet, they are a couple years away.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Must Tivo: Shaq vs

So, with the NBA in the true downtime of the off-season, Shaq has a show starting on ABC soon! Sure, it may not be basketball, but hell, Shaq is usually pure gold and LOL's.

The show features Shaq facing off against other athletes in their sport. He faces the likes of Serena Williams, Oscar de la Hoya and Albert Pujols. I am most eager to see him box. This should be just the right amount of funny to keep me entertained until late October-when the season starts.

Here's a little video about the show:


Yay or nay on Shaq vs?

Sunday, August 09, 2009

College conference debate, with a twist

Written by Jim Jantz

Could a team of NBA players from any one college conference defeat a team of NBA players that jumped straight from high school? Quick answer: No!

The team of players that made the jump straight from H.S. to the NBA has a relatively weak bench, but the starting lineup has too much star-power, athleticism and talent to be defeated by any college-conference team.

I tried to create the best available 7- or 8-man rotation from each conference, then compared each of those teams to a team made up of players that jumped straight from high school. I also tried to pick players to fill each position (when possible), rather than just picking the 5 best players from that particular conference.

Here’s how the teams shape up*:
ACC
Starters: Chris Paul, Shane Battier, Vince Carter, Chris Bosh, Tim Duncan
Bench: Chris Duhon, Corey Maggette, Carlos Boozer, Elton Brand, Rasheed Wallace

With a legit PG in CP3, this team would be fun to watch. They could get up and down, or run a methodical half-court game centered around Timmy D. Also, a great defender/glue-guy in Battier and TD defending the paint means this team is not just trying to outscore their opponents, but could buckle down for some stops.

Big10 –
Starters: Derron Williams, Eric Gordon, Jason Richardson, Zach Randolph, Greg Oden
Bench: Devin Harris, Michael Redd, Jamal Crawford, Brad Miller, Joel Pryzbilla

The first thing anyone should notice about this team is the glaring lack of athletic 3s or 4s, so they are basically stuck with three guards and two centers. The team’s strength is definitely two studs at PG paired with plenty of sharpshooters to spread the floor.

Big12 –
Starters: Chauncey Billups, Paul Pierce, Kevin Durant, Lamarcus Aldridge, Blake Griffin
Bench: Kirk Hinrich, Michael Beasley, Linus Kleiza, Drew Gooden

This team has an awesome blend of veteran leadership with championship experience (Chauncey and PP), and ridiculous young talent (KD and Blake Griffin). With a big, athletic lineup that can score from any position, this team should be able to control the tempo and pretty much do whatever it wants on the offensive end.

Big East –
Starters: Dwayne Wade, Ray Allen, Carmelo Anthony, Ron Artest, Emeka Okafor
Bench: Ben Gordon, Rip Hamilton, Allen Iverson, Jeff Green, Caron Butler, Rudy Gay

What this team lacks in size, they can definitely make up for in fill-it-up-ability. With Ray Allen’s pure jumper alongside D-Wade and Melo, not to mention the instant scoring off the bench in BG and AI, buckets would never be an issue. Add Artest and Emeka’s D, along with Butler’s all-around playmaking and this team looks legit, minus the lack of a real 4 or a backup center.

Pac10 –
Starters: Gilbert Arenas, Brandon Roy, Andre Igoudala, Trevor Ariza, Matt Barnes
Bench: Jason Kidd, Baron Davis, Luke Walton, Russell Westbrook, O.J. Mayo

This team has no choice but to play seven-seconds-or-less, which could actually work with their athleticism and scoring ability. As much fun as it would be to watch, I don’t think this team stands a chance against a team with a true back-to-the-basket 4 or 5.

SEC –
Starters: Rajon Rondo, Joe Johnson, Tayshaun Prince, Al Horford, Shaquille O’Neal
Bench: Mo Williams, Ronnie Brewer, Mike Miller, David Lee, Udonis Haslem

Another fun team to watch, but with an ageing Shaq this team lacks the depth and size to match the other teams on this list. Forced to go small with David Lee at the 5, this team would probably benefit from a seven-seconds-or-less strategy and might see some success that way.

High School –
Starters: Monta Ellis, Kobe Bryant, Lebron James, Amare Stoudemire, Dwight Howard
Bench: Shaun Livingston, Tracy McGrady, Rashard Lewis, Tyson Chandler, Andrew Bynum

This team has virtually no guards coming off the bench, but I’m not sure it matters because of their unmatched size and depth upfront. With all those scorers, Kobe could take on the role of facilitator and the team would not lose a step going to the second unit. Even with all this size, the team is athletic/fast enough to run teams off the floor.

And the winner is …

After all that, I think the two best college-conference teams would be: the ACC and the Big12. The match-ups would be great: CP3/Chauncey; Battier/Pierce; Vinsanity/Durant; Bosh/Aldridge; and TD/Blake Griffin.

Both teams have the ability to control tempo and score in any manner. In that match-up, I give the edge to the ACC, mainly because of defensive ability. Either way, it would be an ultra-fun game to watch.

So that leaves the ACC v. H.S., and the winner is … (this would be more suspenseful if I hadn’t given my opinion in the first paragraph) … Team High School!

Team ACC has the advantage at PG (CP3/Monta), but it has to go to team H.S. at the other four roster spots (possible exception at the 5): Battier/Kobe; Vince/Bron; Bosh/Amare; Superman/Duncan. In just about every matchup on the board, the front-line of team H.S. would be too much to handle with overwhelming athleticism. Even if the backcourt isn’t the best on the list, the size , strength and speed of Bron, Amare and Superman up front would be too much on both ends. Not to mention they have Kobe in the backcourt to be a defensive stopper, facilitator, and scorer when needed.

* Please let me know if there is a glaring omission of a college conference that would have a great team, or a player one of the rosters. And of course, feel free to join the debate about the best team in the comments section.

Saturday, August 08, 2009

Video: Al Jefferson Talks About His Off-Season

Al Jefferson, Minnesota Timerwolves forward, has had one long, extended off-season. He hurt his knee, causing him to miss the rest of the season. He has said he'd be able to come back at 100% next season.

Just to explain something important from the video: he says he will visit the doctor on August 24th. He expects to be cleared to play at that time. Then he can really start getting back into basketball shape. If all goes well, it sounds like he'll be ready from the get go this season.

Enjoy:

Shoe of The Week: Nike Air Max LeBron VII

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!

Say what you want about LeBron, but he and Nike know how to make a shoe. These are hot. I expected a lot out of these anyway. Since LeBron's contract with Nike is almost done, Nike needs to prove to him that they can produce a product up to his caliber.

The technology of these kicks is supposed to be cutting edge as well. Kix-files has all the details on the sole and the craftsmanship of the shoe (and a few more pictures).

My only question to Nike is this: $160, are you serious? I know they usually cost more than $100, but this is a little too far. With the economic times we're in, I know that Nike will lose some customers because of the price tag. But, looking at it from Nike's perspective, they'll be fine. Even if the market isn't as big as past LeBron shoe releases, the price tag alone will support their money put into this.

As a consumer, the price tag turns me off. I won't be copping these because of that. Not until the price is somewhat reasonable. I can grab some very solid shoes for a price that makes sense. Not $160.

But, with all that said, I still admire the design and what sounds like great technology in these kicks. They will be good for the people that want to put down that kind of dough.

Your thoughts on these shoes?

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Video: Top 10 Blocks From 2008-2009

Another nice top 10 list from last seasons action. Check it out:

AI Should Go To Charlotte

Allen Iverson is still searching for his home. He's coming off a nightmare of a season in Detroit. One that ended in what was probably a fake injury. He wasn't happy, the team wasn't happy; it was hard to watch. This summer is about finding a way into a happy situation. That's how Iverson wants to end his career.

There have been reports that Olympiacos is interested, but I know Iverson wants to make his mark in the NBA. The perfect fit for him is the Charlotte Bobcats. Why? Because they have almost no offensive, a city starving for a reason to buy tickets and a guy that Iverson already knows and loves.

The Bobcats have moved in a more defensive direction under Larry Brown. The trading away of Jason Richardson, for role players like Raja Bell and Boris Diaw tells the story. They need a player that can go out and score about 30 every night. Iverson is the only available player who has those types of skills. You can bash everything he does wrong all you want, but he can score and the Bobcats are in desperate need of offensive players.

I mean, who's going to be your main scorer, anyway? Raymond Felton (who's a restricted free agent right now)? Gerald Wallace? These guys can create their own offense, but let's just say it's not their forte. In other words, I might find it hard to watch them on offense as the roster currently stands. So, it's a Larry Brown thing.

Something else the city of Charlotte is yearning for is a star player. With the current economic hardship everyone is going through, people want a name that rings a bell. Iverson is a very popular player who will sell tickets. If he was brought into Charlotte, he'd be a big part of their offense. That would excite the city. I would rather see AI driving the lane rather than a Tyson Chandler post up.

I also like the idea because Iverson has a great relationship with head coach Larry Brown. Brown coached Iverson in his younger days in Philadelphia. Their relationship had lots of ups and downs, but they left for other places on a good note. I remember when they Pistons played the Bobcats once last season. Before the game, Iverson went over and gave coach Brown a high five. You don't see every star player do that. That shows the amount of respect they already have for each other.

The Bobcats could even sign him at a bargain. They could offer him a two year deal, worth a good chunk of the midlevel (I'm assuming the midlevel hasn't been used yet). The second year of the deal would be a team option. That way, you can try him out for a year, evaluate with the rest of the league, and decide to use or not use that option. That way they could try to deal him away for some young talent.

Look, Allen Iverson at 34 is not the Iverson of old. He won't be able to fill it up like he did in his glory days. But he can still create his own offense and change the game. In a place like Charlotte, he can prove himself worthy and try to put a more positive spin on his legacy. Why not actually score more than 80 points a game and sell more tickets, Bobcats?

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

An Idea To Make Marko Jaric's Career Somewhat Interesting

She's with him? What? Oh well, I think Marko needs to do something to be more than a bad bench warmer with a hot wife. Even though he's averaged 10.2 points per 36 minutes for his career (which I was surprised at), he should collaborate with NBA TV.

The collaboration would be a show called Wednesday Nights with Marko and Adriana. Other titles could be This Girl Dates That Guy???, or How the Hell Did Marko Jaric get his own show?? Basically, NBA TV would film whatever Marko and Adriana do for an hour.

It'd be like NBA meets TMZ. Except this isn't the most famous baller, by a long shot. I can see them eating dinner with a couple. Fighting when they went away. That would be entertaining enough until the season started..

Yes, this post is sponsored by NBA off-season boredom. Can we start a show like this to make things a little interesting, Stern???

What other similar ideas do you all have?

Video: Delonte West Freestyles at KFC

Yes, that title's correct. This is some funny stuff from Delonte West.

Check it out:

Thanks, FanHouse!

Monday, August 03, 2009

Coming To The National TV World, It's Shelden!

Sorry, NBA fans that don't have League Pass. This ball player by the name of Shelden Williams is coming to Boston. No, not to model the most recent Halloween costumes, but to play basketball for the Celtics.

Try to get all the best of Candace Parker that you can Shelden. She plays in LA. That's not exactly close to Boston. Maybe they can get it on through Twitter? I'll leave that for them to decide.

But, on a more serious note, what are the C's doing here? They still haven't finalized a deal for Marquis Daniels. It was first reported as a free agent signing, but now it seems like nothing's happening unless a sign and trade occurs. I'm not sure, but I'd like to know.

To recap, I'm sorry the world has to see Williams on a more regular basis. Made he'll get some Boston-style makeover? We can only hope..

Saturday, August 01, 2009

Shoe of The Week: CLUCT Ex-O-Fit


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!

Not a ton of hot shoes out there on the nets. There were some, like these, but usually I'd expect more. These are some solid Reebok shoes. I would rock these with almost anything. Could go decent with some Lakers gear (a road jersey or shooting shirt, especially).

Here's a little description on them from Nice Kicks:

It owns a predominately black base with one yellow accents in the form of the strip design on the side panel. One more interesting feature on this shoe is the CLUCT embroidery seen throughout the quarter panel.


Looks like they are available here. It is a foriegn site, so be careful about copping them there.