Posted on: January 30, 2010 11:34 pm
The new Kobe/Lebron Nike commercial has caused NBA commisioner David Stern to enact a new gun reference policy.
The list of banned words and phrases includes many common basketball references.
If a player scores on a high percentage of his shot attempts we are no longer allowed to say that he "shot the lights out".
A three point specialist will no longer be known as a "marksman".
A player who has a reputation for helping his team win during clutch situations will no longer be referred to as an "assassin".
In fact, the term "shooting" will be changed to a more politically correct word or phrase, like "basket making".
A free throw will no longer be known as a "foul shot".
Any Washington Wizards fan who is caught wearing a throwback "Bullets" jersey during a game will be immediately stoned to death.
All Oliver Stone directed movies will be off limits to NBA players.
The official list is much more in depth, but these examples are intended to show the new direction that NBA league officials are striving to create.
Posted on: August 26, 2009 10:20 pm
You heard it here first folks.
I will now go way out on a limb and predict that Danny Green could have a more successful NBA career than Lawson, Ellington, or Hansbrough.
Both Lawson and Hansbrough have size problems for their positions, and Ellington will have to fight hard to prove that he is more than just a spot up shooter at this level.
Green has the size, atheleticism, versatility, and defensive skillset to succeed at multiple positions. He also has an underrated shooting touch that will impress coaches.
Green has the intangibles that hold teams together and make them better. I could easily see him in a role similar to Shane Battier. A hustle guy who will play major minutes and score around ten points and get you boards, rebounds, steals and blocks.
Posted on: August 21, 2009 6:35 pm
Allen Iverson is a sure fire Hall of Fame player. Allen Iverson is the most prolific point guard of his generation. Allen Iverson is one of the most rugged Warriors ever to play the game. He has hit the floor more than anyone playing the game, but he keeps getting back up.
But he is not quite what he used to be.
But that isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
What is a bad thing is Iverson’s refusal to acknowledge that he can’t dominate for 40-48 minutes a game like he used to.
After last seasons inglorious benching Iverson has stated publicly that he would rather retire than come off the bench for another team. I am writing this in the hopes that he reads this and takes my advice.
Iverson at 34 is still better than many starting guards in the NBA today. But his style of play requires high energy at all times. If Iverson could put his ego aside and look at things objectively he would see that coming off the bench would prolong his career and significantly help whatever team he chooses to play for.
As a starter his prospects are slim, but as a sixth man or role player he would be sought after by every contender in the league.
Many teams’ biggest weakness is generating consistent offensive production during the second quarter and late third quarter when they need to rest their starters for the stretch run.
The teams that have the guys who can carry them through these situations gain a great advantage. Look no further than the champion Lakers. Lamar Odom is good enough to start, but is crucial as a second team scoring option when Kobe needs rest.
Look at it this way. What team has a second string point guard that could match up with Iverson? He would be instant offense. If he only had to produce for 15-20 minutes a game he could go full speed without worrying about tiring.
Plus, who is to say that he couldn’t sign as a backup and end up starting due to injury? I’m sure Rafer Alston wasn’t Orlando’s first choice at point guard, but he played well when Nelson got hurt and helped guide the Magic to the Finals.
And Allen Iverson could juke Alston in his sleep!
Many great guards have extended their career without compromising their legacy, and many have been rewarded with championships for their efforts.
Gary Payton won a title with the Heat and played for a title with the Lakers in a reserve role. Sam Cassell also has benefited by playing limited minutes late in his career by playing a backup role for the Celtics two seasons ago.
Robert Horry isn’t a guard, but he can’t fit all his championship trophies in his car at the same time. Two of them came as a starter. Five of them came as a key role player.
If Iverson went on record tomorrow and stated that he would accept being a role player and do whatever it takes to win a championship every contender would come calling.
Is Iverson better than Starbury in Boston? Of course. And Boston could get Sheed to talk to him about trading minutes for glory.
Look at any contender’s backup point guard. Orlando, San Antonio, L.A., Cleveland, Denver. Well scratch Denver, but he certainly would benefit any of these teams as a role player who can create instant offense.
Allen Iverson needs to stop looking at coming off the bench as a slap in the face, but a golden opportunity.
What is better Allen, being a starter in Memphis, or being a key reserve for Boston?
If you don’t know the answer just call Rasheed Wallace. He’ll be glad to tell you.
Posted on: August 17, 2009 8:54 pm
On Magic Johnson's fiftieth anniversary a secret CIA document was made public for the first time. It states as follows:
CIA: Mr. President, a famous person just contracted HIV.
Bush: What criteria does he meet?
CIA: Well, he's not gay, and he doesn't inject drugs with needles, but he is a black man.
Bush: Your third fact makes this a little more difficult, but because he passes two of the three criteria I say give him the cure. But swear him to secracy and make him promise never to play basketball again.
CIA: To hear is to obey.
Posted on: August 1, 2009 6:29 pm
Ron Artest to the Lakers is eerily similar to the Dennis Rodman to the Bulls deal in the mid nineties.
Both are scrappy players who play great defense and rebound with authority. Artest is coming to the Lakers at a similar point in Kobe's career as Rodman did in Jordan's. In both situations Rodman/Artest would go to a situation where they could focus on what they do best as opposed to being forced to be offensive threats.
They both also can get a break from public scrutiny because for once in their careers they are not the media focal point of their respective team. Kobe will take the focus off of Artest in the same way that Jordan took the Heat off of Rodman.
I am not a Laker fan, but if Artest can do for the Lakers what Rodman did for the Bulls we may be witnessing the beginning of a new dynasty. However, with many great players being added to many great teams this offseason, teams like the Celtics, Spurs, and Cavs should make repeating a very hard thing to do.
This should be a great year for NBA basketball!