Posted on: November 14, 2010 3:01 pm
Edited on: November 14, 2010 5:48 pm

Tim Duncan's career entirely summed up in a video

Posted by Royce Young

No NBA legend has been as underappreciated, as underrated and as under-covered as Tim Duncan. He's (arguably) the top power forward of all-time, a four-time NBA champion, a three-time NBA Finals MVP and a two-time MVP, yet he's often forgotten and often overlooked. It's doesn't make any sense, but that's the way it is and the way it always will be.

Duncan of course doesn't mind, because his personality, demeanor and style of game is really what dictates that. But I don't think anything sums up Tim Duncan's career and evident impact on the NBA quite like this clip from Jeopardy! recently. Observe:

A Spurs center that's a three-time NBA Finals MVP. Hmm. Now I don't blame the contestants for not knowing because not everyone is a big hoops fan, but the guesses? Tony Parker and Carmelo Anthony. It's just comical/crazy that people so easily forget about a player like Tim Duncan. I have no idea how it happens, but it does. Even I'm guilty of it at times. If I'm listing off the top power forwards in the league I'll go Bosh, Pau Gasol, Josh Smith... eventually going, "Oh crap! Tim Duncan! Duh!"

It's the story of Duncan's career, but just because we don't remember doesn't mean he isn't pure greatness.
Category: NBA
Posted on: November 11, 2010 4:10 pm

Gilbert Arenas talks about pooping in shoes

Posted by Royce Young

In that new Sports Illustrated article where Gilbert Arenas talks about faking an injury because of potential boos and talks about moving over for John Wall, he mentions something else of note.

He said: “I understand what people think because of the perception of me. They read the funny stuff, like me taking a crap in [teammate] Andray Blatche’s shoes. But nobody is going to ask what Andray did to deserve it."

Is that a dare? Was Arenas daring some reporter to walk into the locker room, look Arenas in the eye and ask, "So what's up with you crapping in Andray Blatche's shoes?" And did he really not think someone would. Because they did. And Truth About It has Arenas' answer.

Posted on: November 10, 2010 1:49 am
Edited on: November 10, 2010 9:36 am

Video: No, really, the Pacers shot 20-21 in Q3

Pacers shoot 20-21 in third quarter to defeat Nuggets by eleventy billion.
Posted by Matt Moore

And that's how you win a third quarter.

My favorite part of this video is the progressive desperation in the Nuggets' announcer's voice.

"Dunleavey.. that can't go in..." (Swish.)

"Dunleavey... Again!"

"Dunleavey... AGAIN!"

And then the exasperation as McRoberts misses at the end. Seriously. How about being Josh McRoberts on that plane tonight? That's going to be awkward. And funny.

20 makes out of 21 tries. Nice shootin', boys.
Posted on: November 9, 2010 12:22 pm
Edited on: November 9, 2010 12:23 pm

Video: Kevin Durant shows off his GMC van

Posted by Royce Young

Nike is doing some kind of viral campaign where Kevin Durant's neighbor pseudo-stalks him to the point where now KD has invited the guy over. There has been a number of videos out showing things from Durant taking the trash out, to ordering pizza to training karate style.

The lastest one though shows off one of my favorite things about Durant - that he drives a big GMC van. Now, yes, Durant has other automobiles that are "cooler" than a giant van, but there's just something very Kevin Durant about him driving a small house for a car.

Though it looks like Xzibit got a hold of Durant's wheels for an episode of "Pimp My Ride." Yo dawg I heard you like basketball so we put a basketball INSIDE your van!

Category: NBA
Posted on: November 8, 2010 4:23 pm

Heat Stroke: LeBron says they aren't showing off

Posted by Royce Young

Did you see Dwyane Wade's alley-oop to LeBron over the weekend? Please tell me you did. Well, because I'm a pal, if you didn't, have a look:

Most would call that an "unnecessary, extra pass." I can hear Hubie Brown right now. "See, this here is what you don't want to do. Yes, I agree that it looks good. But this is just not good. You want to make the smart basketball pass. It looks nice, but the goal is to get two points, which Wade could've done on his own."

But it's hard not to love it. It's flashy, it's fun and it's the type of stuff we all imagined when LeBron joined forces with Dwyane Wade.

But LeBron says it's all business and that the Heat aren't showing off. “We’re just an athletic team, just making plays,” James told the Sun Sentinel. “There’s nothing circus about it. Everyone wants to put a ‘Showtime’ or ‘showboating’ on us. Nah, we just made plays. It’s not circus.”

Well here's one vote for making it a total Barnham and Bailey three-ring show. I want the circus LeBron. I want the acrobatics. In fact, the Heat are probably at their best out in the open floor "showing off." With that lineup, they could have the most deadly fast break in basketball. So maybe showboating is a key to playing well. That was sort of another Miami team's philosophy back in the 1980's with the Hurricane football team. Act good, look good, play good. It all runs together a bit. (Except of course the Hurricanes were taunting, not necessarily showboating.)

If LeBron wants to say they aren't playing a little "Showtime," that's fine. You don't have to fess up as long as you keep doing it. Basketball is supposed to be entertainment and the Heat can make it just about as fun as anyone.
Posted on: November 7, 2010 12:37 pm

Video: Manu Ginobili helps Spurs send Rox to 0-5

Posted by Matt Moore

The Rockets can't win for losing. After hanging with the Spurs and mounting a double-digit comeback, the Rockets had the lead inside a minute against the Spurs. But missed free throws haunted them, as the Spurs forced rookie Ishmael Smith to shoot, he was unable to convert, and even after an offensive rebound by Chuck Hayes, Courtney Lee missed two free throws that would have made the lead three. You give the Spurs an opening, you give Manu Ginobili an opening? He's going to hurt you.

Poo God . Money. The Spurs would go on to win in overtime, knocking the Rockets to 0-5.

The Rockets are now the worst team in the league, having failed to secure a victory before the Pistons, Timberwolves or Raptors. Not exactly the start Daryl Morey envisioned.

The thing on that game-tying Ginobili shot is the behind the back. It's such a flash maneuver, but used for such practical purpose. By going behind his back, he keeps his momentum moving back for the step-back, instead of trying to reverse his momentum. That's why Ginobili is so great at making flash functional. And for the win.
Posted on: November 4, 2010 4:15 pm

A quick video summary of Chris Dudley's loss

Posted by Royce Young

Former NBA center Chris Dudley lost the Oregon governor's race by a slim margin to incumbent John Kitzhaber this week. It was hard-fought loss in a closely contested race for Dudley, who had previously had no political experience. Still, he came up short to Kitzhaber and I thought this video summed it up the race nicely.

Posted on: November 3, 2010 11:12 pm
Edited on: November 4, 2010 1:02 pm

Video: South Park spoofs LeBron's commercial

Posted by Royce Young

A way to know if something is really important or at least something you should know about, is when "South Park" takes it on. And on Wednesday's new episode, Matt Stone and Trey Parker - "South Park's" creators and writers - gave a little wink to LeBron's new Nike commercial.

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Out of context of the episode, the point may be a little hard to discern, but just know, Matt and Trey absolutely hit a home run. Especially Cartman's closing line of, "Should I admit I was wrong, ask for everyone's forgiveness and go back to my original team? Nah, screw that. I'm just going to keep being a bleeping bleep." I'm not a big LeBron hater by any means, but that made me chuckle.

There have been some other spoofs, including one from an Ohio politician (he lost by the way), but nobody makes fun of something in popular culture quite like "South Park."

I guess you can add Matt and Trey to the mental list for LeBron as well. Maybe he can challenge them to a game of BASEketball.
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