- Into Mobile. NBA Live 10 is out for the iPhone, with the price tag of $9.99. NBA 2k10 is the better console game, but this is the only option for iPhone users, pretty solid looking also.
- Larry Brown Sports. The story behind Ron Artest's nice new hair design (picture also).
- Busted Coverage. Bill Simmons and swimsuit models? Lucky man.
- YouTube. Here's a quick video of the important scenes from the Lakers championship ring ceremony.
- Fear The Sword. In case you forgot over the summer, LeBron can block shots.
- Bullets Forever. People are taking notice that the Wizards are going to make some noise this year. They've got a chance for homecourt in the playoffs, for sure.
- Fox Sports. Things aren't sounding great for Glen "Big Baby" Davis.
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Atlanta Hawks: Peachtree Hoops
Orlando Magic: Third Quarter Collapse
- Starting Five. Whoever they decide to start, the Lakers have one of the best starting units in the league. Kobe as the leader, Gasol as a great guy to throw down to in the post, defensive-minded Artest and Odom or Bynum.
- Length. The Lakers are a tall team. Bynum, Gasol, Odom, don't forget that Kobe is 6-6. They've got seven guys that are 6-8 or taller. Tell me that won't cause teams with slim front lines problems.
- Best closer in the game. Kobe Bryant is still the best closer in the game. I still strongly believe that and of course, when LA needs a basket, he's the guy to go to make it happen. I have a feeling that this year someone else besides Kobe will be the one to make an important shot. The defenses will be more prepared than ever for late game heroics from Kobe, so expect more clutch shots from Derek Fisher and others.
- Young Bench that isn't too young. I love the age of the Lakers' bench. You've got semi-young backup PG's in Farmar or Brown, a 25-year-old Adam Morrison who needs to prove himself, and a great triangle guy who's in his prime, Luke Walton. They're not so young that they'll be inconsistent, but aged enough to contribute throughout the entire year.
- Bynum's Health. As healthy as Bynum may say he is now, his health will always be in question. Can he maintain a full healthy year? If so, then bring it on, Drew. If not, then the Lakers are a little slim up front. That won't be good enough to win the Larry O'Brien trophy.
- Stars have lots of mileage. Kobe and Pau have racked up tons of mileage over the last two years. Kobe had a summer to recover, which was much needed, but he's still logged a ton of minutes and he's 31. Pau played in Eurobasket with Spain this summer and played in the Olympics two summers ago, not to mention trips to the finals the last two seasons. A big part of Phil Jackson's early season duties will be to make sure Kobe and Pau get their rest. Save them a bit for the playoffs.
- Not as many vets as Celtics. The Celtics have done a great job of assembling a group of experienced players. The Lakers are close to that level, but aren't at that spot. Their talent levels are very comparable and the Lakers can still beat them, but the C's are a deeper team overall.
Sunday, October 25, 2009
- Darren Collison's Blog. I don't care if this is old, I'm enjoying him singing single ladies! Funny stuff.
- NY Post. Good look at the Nets expectations for this year and why they are so bright for the future.
- Denver Stiffs. Looking for Nuggets previews? There's a ton here.
- Silver Screen and Roll. Laker stat trends to watch.
- Ball in Europe. Maccabi Tel Aviv players get some money stolen when they came to LA to play the Clippers.
- North Station Sports. I'm sure you've seen Eddie House impersonate Ray Allen.
- FanHouse. 50 fantasy basketball tips that were tweeted (follow me)!
Friday, October 23, 2009
Sorry about the Stevenson pic. He's not bald! I will get my Photoshop skills better next time..
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Thursday, October 22, 2009
Sunday, October 18, 2009
That's kind of a bummer, but hey, if you really wanna go out and get these now you know. Got a message to Yi from Nets fans: now that you've got your own personalized Nike's, play like you should get a signature shoe!
Friday, October 16, 2009
Also, in a totally non Central Division note, check out my latest post on Lake Show Life.
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Danilo Gallinari is going into an important sophomore season. The Rooster's (his nickname, if you didn't know) got to show New York that he's got game enough to make things bearable for them this season. He's got some talent and some tools and I'm eager to see how he does. Hopefully he'll actually play the whole year.
I haven't seen much of him in the pre-season yet, but looking at his stats, he's been solid, yet inefficient (seven PPG, on 26% shooting and about four boards a game). I would expect his numbers in the regular season to be a little higher, but it might be tough getting him solid minutes with Wilson Chandler being the one who I presume will start. Gallinari produced somewhat well in a bench role last year, but I want to see him begin to challenge Chandler for his spot. Make the coach think twice about who's starting at least.
To sum it up, watch out for that Italian dude in a Knicks jersey. If he stays healthy, he should have a real solid year.
Monday, October 12, 2009
Here's the full list of the Southwest Division previews.
New Orleans Hornets
San Antonio Spurs