Posted on: February 12, 2012 4:14 pm
Edited on: February 12, 2012 5:24 pm
Posted by Royce Young
Before he became Jeremy Lin of Linsanity, Linning Time and all of that fun stuff, he was Jeremy Lin, the guy on a non-guaranteed deal that had to sleep on his teammate's couch.
Lin said that he's continued sleeping on teammate Landry Fields' couch because it's obviously been working. Who knows if he'll keep doing it, but regardless, Fields tweeted out the now famous sleeping spot of Linsanity:
I like how Fields put all the throw pillows on it before he snapped a picture. I think it would've been better though if it was what it looked like after Lin slept on it. Pillows on the floor, sheet laid out and stuff.
Fields tweeted with it, "Ladies and gentlemen, the one and only couch made famous by @JLin7! Let the bidding begin..." I think Spike Lee might offer $5 million for it, but that's only if Lin keeps sleeping on it in his house. Can't break up routine when it's working, you know?
(Posts about where Jeremy Lin sleeps? Yep, we've all gone completely Linsane. Or at least I have.)
Posted on: February 12, 2012 3:51 pm
Edited on: February 12, 2012 3:52 pm
The Lakers are clearly in a desperate position at point guard. Gilbert Arenas is reportedly under consideration. Steve Blake has been injured. And Derek Fisher isn't the answer.
So, they might be looking at The Answer. Via ESPN Los Angeles:
Allen Iverson, who sources indicated the Lakers had some interest in as long as he was willing to go to the NBA Developmental League for a few weeks first, is not the answer. He's simply not a point guard. The Lakers are also said to be interested in former Toronto Raptors point guard Rafer Alston, who helped the Orlando Magic reach the NBA Finals in 2009. But who knows if that will materialize into anything?OK, so it's way unlikely Iverson actually ends up with the Lakers. Or for that matter, anywhere. He reportedly recently had some interest in playing professionaly in Puerto Rico as the beginning of an NBA comeback, but that's a believe-it-when-I-see-it thing.
Iverson playing for the Lakers really doesn't solve anything. I mean really, what's the point? Yeah, Iverson wants to play again and he's probably still got something left, but the Lakers need someone to run an offense, not someone that has a point to prove. Unless Iverson is planning to completely reinvent himself at age 36 as a pass first point guard that penetrates and creates, then this isn't a good fit.
Unlike the Arenas interest that could potentially be a low risk, high reward move, the Iverson one smells like failure all over. I realize the two players aren't that different, but the chances Arenas can still play a little are higher than the ones of Iverson having something left. Picturing Arenas fitting in alongside Kobe is much easier than picturing Iverson doing that.
The interest level probably isn't much higher than "He's a living breathing point guard that isn't signed by someone, so I guess we'll listen" type of thing, so that's important to keep in mind. Just because the Lakers might have interest doesn't mean it's a lot of interest. Also, notice it's past tense. Sounds to me like the Lakers were mildly intrigued and now aren't.
The Lakers do need help and are looking to improve their roster. But Allen Iverson? Not the answer.
Posted on: February 12, 2012 3:35 pm
Edited on: February 14, 2012 6:40 am
Posted by Royce Young
UPDATE: Via the Chicago Tribune: "Back specialist confirmed Bulls' diagnosis of Rose. Lower back spasms. Nothing structurally wrong with back. Muscular issue. Day-to-day."
Derrick Rose has been battling an ailing back and sat out Sunday's game against the Celtics.
He exited a game last week because of back spasms and sat out two games for the Bulls. The spasms started Jan. 29, which kicked off a nine-game road trip for Chicago.
"The first time I remember [the back problems] happening were in high school," Rose told ESPN Chicago. "But college I didn't have it. First couple of years [in the NBA] I didn't have it. All of a sudden it just happened now. Hopefully, [Monday] I'll meet with some people and try to figure something out."
Rose actually said he was "scared" about the pain. Which is surely scary to Bulls fans. He's planning to see a back specialist Monday for the pain.
“Probably go see some people tomorrow, have them look at it. But I don’t know yet,” Rose said via CSN Chicago. “I can’t say I’m going to be out. If I feel good tomorrow, I’m definitely going to play then, but I don’t know yet.”
Rose is obviously more concerned with getting healthy than an early February game against the Celtics. Still, he wants to play and the Bulls need him. Behind him is a serviceable backup, C.J. Watson, but the Bulls' injury problems are piling up. Richard Hamilton, Rose, Luol Deng -- Chicago needs to get healthy.
Rose has missed seven games this season. In his three years prior, he'd only missed six total. He is averaging 22.0 points and 7.0 assists per game this season.
Posted on: February 12, 2012 3:17 pm
There's often a trend with pretty much every Orlando Magic game. Dwight Howard dominates for three quarters and then fades in the fourth taking only two or three shots.
Why? Because defenses clamp down, clog the paint, foul him when he gets it near the basket and he doesn't have teammates that can create good opportunities for him. It's not like someone like LeBron disappearing. Howard can't really help it. He doesn't handle the ball, can't create for himself and in general, has to be set up with opportunities.
But he wants the ball. He wants to be a fourth quarter player. He wants to start shouldering that load, on his very oddly wide shoulders. Via FoxSports.com:
Obviously the Magic would love for him to be that closer too, but as I mentioned above, there are obstacles. The most obvious one being Howard has to do better at the free throw line. He's shooting just 49 percent from the stripe this season (a career-low, by a longshot) and hasn't ever shown the ability to be a consistent back-to-the-basket scorer. He gets a lot from lobs, putbacks and just overpowering his defender.
Howard doesn't care though. He wants the ball.
"Just run plays through me, so I can be comfortable in being the guy and have confidence in getting the ball late in the game and scoring," Howard said.Actually, I'm not sure THAT'S why. I'm pretty sure it has more to do with you putting on a cape and calling yourself that, but whatever. Not the point.
It's such a challenge to do that with a post player though. It's so difficult to rely on a guy on the block to hit a crucial late game shot. Shaq was sort of an exception, but still, he faced challenges of Hack-a-Shaq and Kobe getting him the ball.
The Magic have always been most dangerous when they play inside-out with Howard drawing extra defenders and then kicking out to a shooter or to someone who can penetrate a rotating defense and then dish again. They've never really succeeded just dumping the ball to Howard and letting him go to work. He doesn't have the footwork or touch to really do that.
But he wants the shot. And at this point with his future in the air with Orlando, it might be best to just give him what he wants.
Posted on: February 12, 2012 10:42 am
Edited on: February 12, 2012 3:03 pm
Posted by Royce Young
Becoming a superstar in professional sports is almost like running for president. Everything you've ever done seems to become part of the story and you get vetted. Especially if it was put on the Internet.
Lin has risen from an undrafted D-Leaguer cut by two NBA teams to maybe the story of the season in the NBA, but he was once a goofy teenager that had a Xanga page in 2004 under the profile "ChinkBalla88." That's right
Lin was 16 in 2004, so keep that in mind as you have a chuckle at Lin sampling some headband styles from that time. (Captions are Lin's.)
“this is what a regular headband looks like on a sexy guy.”
“ghetto and gangster, but sad! The only tournament that i could play in ended up being a disaster. But its ok, cuz now, alex and i are gb-ing!”
“this is what Marquis Daniels on the dallas mavs looks like with a sideways ghetto headband.”
“there’s Josh Howard on the dallas mavs. he wears his headband jewish style…very very loosely.”
“there’s brian grant from the miami Heat…girl style!”
“this is Derek Fisher on the los angeles Lakers with the headband covering the ears.”
So to recap, Jeremy Lin roasted Derek Fisher in 2004, and then roasted him again on the court in 2012. Linsane, you guys.
Posted on: February 10, 2012 1:39 am
Edited on: February 10, 2012 1:48 am
Posted by Royce Young
Each night, Eye on Basketball brings you what you need to know about the games of the NBA. From great performances to terrible clock management the report card evaluates and eviscerates the good, the bad, and the ugly from the night that was.
Posted on: February 9, 2012 9:51 pm
Posted by Royce Young
Primetime spotlight game on TNT against a hated rival. The Celtics need to come out focused, ready and ready against the Lakers. They win the tip, the ball falls to Kevin Garnett and here we go.
What does he do? He bends over like he's a deep snapper and snaps the ball back to his punter, in this case being Rajon Rondo. And to top it off, Rondo snaps it to himself after that. Was that basketball's version of the fumblerooski? Or the Celtics just coming out loose and confident?
I don't know why the Celtics did that, but I would approve of that becoming a little tradition.
Posted on: February 9, 2012 7:40 pm
Edited on: February 9, 2012 9:11 pm
Posted by Royce Young
The 2012 All-Star teams have been filled out and as always, there are some serious snubs. It's a select group that makes the All-Star Game as just seven spots in each conference are open for reserves. It's not easy to make it which means guys that have a great case to be there always get left out. You can't take everyone and there have to be cuts. So here the top five guys that have a reason to be disappointed. Feel free to create your own "snubbed from the snubs" list too.
The Bucks aren't having a great season at 11-14, but it would be really bad without Jennings. He's averaging 18.9 points, 5.3 assists and 3.3 rebounds per game. He's third among Eastern point guards in scoring and has been terrific in a number of big Milwaukee wins, including both over the Heat. Again, what hurts him is that his team is 11-14, but that didn't seem to affect Deron Williams' candidacy much. Jennings has a legitimate gripe to be left out.
You're saying, "James Harden? There are way bigger snubs than that. But there should be something to be said for a guy that’s second at his position. It just makes sense for Harden to have been included. He’s second in PER (21.94) in the West for shooting guard, only behind Kobe. He’s 22nd overall in PER in the league. He’s fourth in scoring among 2-guards. He’s the third best player on the team with the best record in basketball. And his beard has the power to heal blindness. Those five things should add up to enough to trump Dirk Nowitzki, who even said himself he shouldn't be there.
The Jazz have basically come out of nowhere to contend for a playoff spot. People are saying things like, "Whoa, where did the Jazz come from?" and "Hey, what are the Jazz doing in the top eight?" You know why? Because of Paul Millsap. He's averaging 16.5 points and 9.7 rebounds which aren't as gaudy as his power forward counterparts in the West, but definitely better than Dirk who has missed a good number of games and isn't playing close to his level.
He's a rookie. He's playing for a not great team. But as Blake Griffin proved last season if your play is outstanding, those things aren't supposed to matter. Look at Irving's 21.66 PER. That's top 25 in the entire league. And he's exploded over the last month too. He's really blossoming into one of the East's very best point guard and with the reserves just having two point guards, Irving has a good case to be a third.
The top snub in my mind. Lowry isn't just having an All-Star caliber season. He's having potentially an MVP caliber season. His numbers don't pop -- 14.7 ppg, 7.9 apg and 5.8 rpg -- but considering his importance to the now 15-11 Houston Rockets, he has to be considered one of the elite players in the West. It's tough because the Western team is already guard heavy and it would be tough to say Lowry should go ahead of Tony Parker or Steve Nash, but this shouldn't be about name recognition. It should be about this season and Lowry is having as good a year for a point guard as anyone in the conference not named Chris Paul or Russell Westbrook.