Sunday, October 31, 2010

Video: Jason Kidd's 3/4 Court Buzzer Beater

What a shot. I got loud when I saw this one. It was awesome live.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Win NBA 2K11!

NBAtipoff is giving away a copy of NBA 2K11 for PS3 OR Xbox 360! I've yet to play the game, but everyone who's told me about it is beyond impressed. This review sums up some of the awesomeness of the game. The contest will go for two weeks.

How do you enter?
  • Leave a comment on this post with your name and email. Also, a reason why you deserve the game. Each reason will be ranked from 1-3. Comments without a reason will NOT be entered in the contest.
This contest is open worldwide! The winner will be chosen this way: the reason ranking determines how many times your name is thrown into the hat. So, a comment that's rated a three will be put into the hat three times. The name I draw out of the hat wins the game.

Enter now and good luck to you!

UPDATE: I'm extending the contest to next Thursday, November 18th! Enter now!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Don't Miss Larry King Tonight

Ron Artest will be the guest on the usually boring talk show (CNN, 9 PM Eastern). Trust me, you should make this one of the channels you switch to tonight as you watch the games.

Ron Ron is always entertaining and hilarious. Larry King's questions are the same. Put them together and you've got something that I ACTUALLY want to watch on CNN!

What's the over/under on there being a great quote from this interview?

NBA Blog Previews: Southwest Division Recap

Grizzlies: Straight Outta Vancouver | 3 Shades of Blue | SBN Recap

Hornets: At the Hive | Hornets247 | SBN Recap

Mavericks: MavsMoneyball | The Two Man Game

Rockets: The Dream Shake | SBN Recap

Spurs: Pounding the Rock | Project Spurs | SBN Recap

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Thoughts on Knicks Vs. Raptors

Last Friday, the NBA awarded the city of Montreal a gem when they gave us a preseason game involving the Toronto Raptors and the New York Knicks. Obviously not the teams I would have hoped to see, but it’s still the NBA and it was an event worth attending (22,000 other people echoed that sentiment). I wanted to observe a few players during this game: Andrea Bargnani, Amare Stoudemie and Anthony Randolph. Let’s have a quick breakdown.

Andrea Bargnani
After seeing him on television after all these years, I can truly say that I was left completely unimpressed with his game. Don’t get me wrong, he had a decent scoring night: 15 points, 6-13 FGs and 3-4 3PT FGs . But he did little to help out his teammates. He was mostly static without the ball, never looked to create for others and was completely invisible on defense and on the boards (one rebound in 24 minutes) during the game. At seven feet tall, it’s intriguing to watch him shoot the ball, but he does little else on the court to contribute. Furthermore, his interactions with his teammates seemed awkward at best; he is more than anything a player that seems to listen and take directions as opposed to giving them. That’s perfectly fine if we’re talking about a role player but this guy is now the Raptors franchise player. It’s like going to see Ocean’s Eleven starring George Clooney and Brad Pitt except all the scenes involving dialogue are done by Bernie Mac (Jarret Jack). Needless to say, I don’t see the Toronto Raptors doing well this season.

Amare Stoudemire
Stoudemire is made for New York and you could even argue that New York was made for Stoudemire. The Knicks prized acquisition carries himself like a star. When players were starting out warm ups, Stoudemire was on the side by himself stretching out his legs a bit and doing a couple of sprints. I even made the joke with my friend Karim that his contract is probably going to be a problem within the team because no one makes as much money as he does, and thus cannot hang with him. A completely innocent session of sprints and stretches seemed to illustrate exactly what I was talking about.

Once the game started, Stoudemire made it clear that he would be the best player on the court. He went to make a few ball screens with the hopes of being on the receiving end of a few pick and rolls; but once that failed early, Stat moved on to plan B and asked for the ball in a variety of locations on the court with the end result all being the same: buckets. The former Suns center took the ball in the high post, pinch post and also a few times at the wing; and not once did he hesitate. Stoudemire was decisive in every one of his moves, as he kept evading the help defender to consistently get into the paint. After a tough day at the office, Stoudemire finished with a few dunks (one of which was a put back off a three point shot), lay ups and some “and ones”; good for 24 points on nine of 12 shooting from the field. Knicks fans will enjoy the Stoudemire era, especially during home games.

Random observation: By the way, we have heard stories in the past about players such as Kevin Garnett picking up the bill for some of his teammates, but I struggle to imagine the Knicks power forward doing so. And oddly enough, that’s how he plays. Go figure right?

Anthony Randolph
He clearly has talent and could potentially do a plethora of things on the basketball court, but he has yet to put it all together. For instance, I watched him block a shot at the rim, pick up the ball, lead the break but then turn the ball over. So he still has some growing up to do on the court, but I was encouraged by his positive body language throughout the game. One would assume that D’Antoni has instilled some confidence in him (unlike Don Nelson). Definitely a player to follow.

Clear Path Foul: I had never seen David Andersen play before but I will never forget the experience of seeing him live. It was sheer comedy how this 6’11 back up center for the Raptors stepped onto the court like he was the biggest star in the building. From the moment he got off the bench, it’s as if he thought he owned everyone on the court (every time he took a shot, I pictured Rick Ross saying “I’m the biggest boss that you’ve seen thus far”). When you look at the numbers, they won’t say much:
12 points, 5-10 FGs, 2-3 3PT FGs, 5 RBS, 3 ASS.

Here’s what you need to know though: he took awful shots and his assists came as result of him swinging the ball, as opposed to creating offense for others. Andersen does not lack confidence, and I’m hoping Triano gives him some playing time during the course of the season just for the sake of my entertainment.

The Raptors provided some excitement on their way to a win courtesy of Sonny Weems and Julian Wright, but I was still left more intrigued by the Knicks. I will make sure to check out a few of their games (especially at the Garden) and see how they fare against their opponents.

The Raptors on the other hand took this game more seriously than New York and yet managed to win by a mere five points. They will not make my list of must see TV teams this year, but Montreal was still happy to see the NBA come to town. Just remember to glance back at these thoughts tomorrow night when the Knicks visit the Raptors as both teams play their first regular season game; I promise this information will all make sense..

Sunday, October 17, 2010

NBA Blog Previews: Southeast Division Recap

Bobcats: Rufus on Fire | Hoops Addict | SBN Recap

Hawks: Peachtree Hoops

Heat: Peninsula Is Mightier |

Magic: Orlando Pinstriped Post | Magic Basketball | Orlando Magic Daily | Orlando Sports Central

Wizards: Bullets Forever | Sparty and Friends | Truth About It | SBN Recap

All Recaps

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

NBA Blog Previews: Northwest Division Recap

How will Big Al fit in out in Utah? Will the Blazers stay healthy? Will Melo still be a Nugget on opening night? Can the Thunder avoid a sophomore slump? Just what is the plan in 'Sota? All this and more in the Northwest previews.

Jazz : SLC Dunk | Salt City Hoops | SBN Recap

Nuggets: Denver Stiffs | Roundball Mining Company | The Nugg Doctor | SBN Recap

Thunder - Welcome to Loud City | Planet BBall | SBN Recap

Timberwolves - Canis Hoopus | TwolvesBlog

Blazers - | SBN Recap

Recaps: All Previews

Monday, October 11, 2010

Who'll Be This Year's MVP?

The preseason has begun with a bang. Most everybody's in good shape and I'm as eager for this season as a five year old is for Christmas. In watching the early games and listening to the predictions, the MVP race is, in my opinion, down to two. I'm usually not into early MVP chatter, but Kevin Durant and Dwight Howard look poised to challenge for the award.

Dwight Howard's name hasn't been mentioned in early predictions; however, he looks amazing early on. He's as buff as ever, has a more serious look on the floor and has added to his offensive repertoire (check out some of his work). His post game is the reason he could win the MVP. When he's not fouled down low, he can score almost every time. Jump hooks, drop steps and thunderous dunks are a cinch for Superman.

What plagues Howard is free throw shooting. He's improved his offense, but he has not improved his free throws. He now has a Tim Duncan-esque bank jumper, although the range on the shot is limited. His form is the same and it's sad to think that that could lose him the award (and many games).

Now, Kevin Durant. What do I need to say about this guy? His middle name is consistency, he works hard all the time and his team is awesome. Right now, he sure looks like the MVP. He should lead the league in scoring and continue to progress defensively. Also, unlike Dwight, his jump shot is sweet and silky smooth. The only weakness you could say he has is lack of experience deep in the NBA playoffs.

Consequently, Durant is not a sure thing. Yet. Howard made my jaw drop with his new skills in preseason and if he can continue, he will be right there. I'm looking forward to seeing which one executes the best on both ends. Howard is a better defender, but Durant is a true scorer.

A competition they will have, that's for sure!

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Video: Dwight Howard Works With Hakeem

Dwight Howard really impressed in his first preseason game. Offense, defense, everything. Most of the credit goes to Hakeem Olajuwon. Look out for Dwight this year, folks!

Thanks for the video, Magic Basketball!

Sunday, October 03, 2010

NBA Blog Previews: Central Division Recap

Bucks: Brew Hoop | NBAMate | SBNation Recap

Bulls: Blog-A-Bull | SBNation Recap

Cavs: Fear The Sword | WaitingForNextYear

Pacers: Indy Cornrows

Pistons: DetroitBadBoys | Detroit Basketball | | SB Nation Detroit |

Recaps: All Previews