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Posted on: August 27, 2011 3:10 pm
 

Arenas tweets, then doesn't, on Crittenton

Posted by Royce Young

If you missed it, Javaris Crittenton is tied up in a pretty awful situation right now. He was arrested Friday night for allegedly shooting and killing a mother in a drive-by in Atlanta.

Crittenton of course made a name for himself in the NBA in two very bad ways: He was a first-round bust and he brought a gun into a locker room. The other player in the gun situation was Gilbert Arenas, who put out a simple tweet in regards to the Crittenton news. (Via Jose3030):



Arenas quickly deleted the tweet, probably for smart reasons. Hard to really know what Arenas meant by that tweet, so I'll just leave it alone. Draw your own conclusions there, I suppose.

As the Washington Post notes, Crittenton attempted a comeback with the Charlotte Bobcats and seemed to have his head on straight and his act together. He said then, "Use wisdom in everything and just don’t get caught up in foolishness and nonsense and crazy people around you ... It was a bad decision on both ends and we’re trying to move forward with our careers and our lives.”

For shame. There's still a lot of information to process and nothing is set in stone, but it's not looking good for Crittenton. And even worse, it looks like he may not have learned his lesson.
Posted on: August 6, 2011 2:25 pm
Edited on: August 6, 2011 2:32 pm
 

'Chocolate Thunder' name came from Stevie Wonder



By Matt Moore

So how exactly did this:

 

become linked with this:

 

From Dime
Dime: How did the nickname Chocolate Thunder originate?

DD: Stevie Wonder used to come the ball games and they would have a guy sitting with him. And the guy would be holding on to his arm, telling him what’s going on, and he would say, “Hey, the big chocolate guy just put down a thunder dunk. The chocolate guy with another monster dunk.” And Stevie Wonder actually gave me the nickname Chocolate Thunder. So a guy who never saw me can give me that name. I think I can wear that well. I don’t even know if he remembers, it’s been so long, but I’ll keep that.
via Dime Q&A: Darryl Dawkins Reveals The Origin of His Nickname And Recalls His First Dunk | Dime Magazine (dimemag.com) : Daily NBA News, NBA Trades, NBA Rumors, Basketball Videos, Sneakers.

 That's a pretty spectacular story. 

If you're unfamiliar with the work of Dawkins, he's considered one of the game's all-time great dunkers. He's widely considered to be one of the first truly remembered players of "potential" who never quite capitalized on it. Dawkins' highest PER came when he was 21, averaging just 11.7 points per game in 25 minutes of play time. His best overall season saw him average 14.7 points and 8.9 rebounds in 1980. He was traded as parf of the Sixers' moves which led to acquiring Moses Malone, which led to their championship. In short, moving Dawkins was part of what they had to do in order to win a title.

Yet, with his dunk-naming, prolific style, and unbelievable swag (that over-used phrase is apt here; come on, the man said that he was from the planet Lovetron), his left his mark on the game. He's a cult figure in the history of the game, and mentioned because what he could do not because of what he did do. In a way, Dawkins stands out as the rare player whose promise actually overshadowed his lack of accomplishments, instead of the other way around. 

Here's an interesting mental exercise. Given their respective careers, say that Gilbert Arenas' career ended right now. Who would have had the better career?

Both had brilliant nicknames (Agent Zero vs. Chocolate Thunder). Both were known more for their personalities than their play. Both never lived up to their fullest potential. Arenas had the better individual seasons, but Dawkins went deeper in the playoffs. Arenas was at one point top 15 in the league, which Dawkins never was. Dawkins had trouble with drugs, Arenas had trouble with guns, and teammates, and defecated in a teammate's shoe. Arenas could take over a game, but rarely did, and suffered from injuries which kept him out for most of the past four years. Dawkins never lived up to his potential and at one point was playing for the Sioux Falls Skyforce in the Continental Basketball Association after his retirement. 

Dawkins was traded for a first-round pick. Arenas was traded for Rashard Lewis.

This goes round and round. It's an interesting debate for the next time you're in the sports bar. Before you have it, though, put Stevie Wonder on the jukebox, won't you?

HT: TBJ via PBT 
Posted on: August 1, 2011 4:14 pm
Edited on: August 1, 2011 4:22 pm
 

Report: David Stern earns salary of $20+ million?

Posted by Ben Golliver. 

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Those cufflinks could be made of solid gold, the cuffs constructed from the finest ivory. 

Yahoo! Sports reports that NBA commissioner David Stern could make more in salary than all but a handful of the league's players.
Many owners don’t even know what Stern makes. “I’d say three or less know,” one NBA owner told Yahoo! Sports. Several believe it’s somewhere in the range of $20 million to $23 million a year, but no one knows for sure. Maybe it’s more than that, but the fact that some owners don’t know the answer is beyond belief.
That salary ballpark squares with a New York Daily News report from February -- noted by CBSSports.com's Matt Moore in a piece on the league's opulent culture -- which pegged Stern's salary at $23 million.

Only one NBA player is set to make more than $25 million during the 2011-2012 season: Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, who is on the books for $25.2 million.  

Only three other players are set to make more than $20 million: Boston Celtics forward Kevin Garnett ($21.2 million), San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan ($21.2 million) and Washington Wizards forward Rashard Lewis ($21.1 million). 

Stern is reportedly set to bring home more bacon than the league's worst contracts: Orlando Magic guard Gilbert Arenas ($19.3 million) and Phoenix Suns guard Vince Carter ($18.9 million, although only a fraction of that is guaranteed). He will also reportedly make more than most of the league's biggest stars, including Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki ($19.1 million), Los Angeles Lakers forward Pau Gasol ($18.7 million), New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony ($18.5 million) and Amar'e Stoudemire ($18.2 million), Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard ($18.1 million) and all three of the Miami Heat's Big 3 of LeBron James ($16.0 million), Dwyane Wade ($15.7 million) and Chris Bosh ($16.0 million).

Two pieces of information worth pointing out. First, Stern has held the commissioner title since 1984, so he's had more than two and a half decades to rack up pay raises. There's a very good chance he is the league's highest-paid employee by leaps and bounds. Second, Stern pledged not to accept any salary in the event of a work stoppage at the 2011 All-Star Weekend in Los Angeles.
Stern was asked whether he would reduce his salary to $1 if the two sides could not reach a labor agreement, as NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has pledged recently. Stern said: "Last time, I ddin't take any salary. I think a dollar would be too high in the event of a work stoppage." 
Still, that seems like an awful lot of money for the league's chief executive. Windfall salaries for chief executives in many industries are often tied to periods of peak company performance. The NBA, though, claims never to have had a positive operating income during the duration of the last Collective Bargaining Agreement. 
Posted on: July 15, 2011 3:52 pm
Edited on: July 15, 2011 3:53 pm
 

Arenas tweets about the gun incident

Posted by Royce Young

Gilbert Arenas Unplugged. That's basically what his Twitter feed is right now. With the lockout ongoing and the threat of discipline not hanging over his head, Arenas is pretty much free to roam the Internet, saying what he wants.

A scary, riveting thing.

The latest stream of highly interesting tweets from Agent Zero? Some incredibly detailed thoughts on the famous Wizards locker room incident:

everyone knows about my troubles last yr..the only reason u do know about it is becuz my money making days were up… as long as ur making sumbody lots of money they will let u do what ever u want..when ur time is up they will expose u to the world

if u ever hear about anything in a locker rm is becuz sumbody in high power wants it to get out… once all the free shoes are gone..i will be attacked by the media…becuz theres nothing to be gain anymore

i know what ppl are sayin..i brought ….into the locker rm..theres been full blow paint ball shoot outs in locker rms… being in the nba u see everything…what i got in trouble for ive seen over a dozens times..

i did give them the tool to take me down so its know ones fault but mines..and ive learned and got wiser from it… like i said ive made mistakes when u feel like u can do anything u want u try..and i got smacked down to reality when i went to far

Arenas is trying to make the point that this happened because, I guess, the Wizards wanted something to part ways with him with. Since he wasn't the All-Star level player anymore and was making lots of cash anyway, exposing this little scandal was something the team could use to separate from him. I don't know really what he's getting at with the shoes thing though. Do some media members get free shoes? I know I wouldn't take any from Gilbert. There could be poo in them, you know.

But he also says that his incident isn't uncommon in the NBA. Paintball shootouts? That seems like something, but it's not exactly a loaded gun. I'm sure a lot of stuff happens that we never find out about. That's anything. That's life. Arenas said he's learned from it and he accepts the responsibility for it, which is good.

He's wiser, he says, too. I'm sure he is. I wouldn't say that applies to his Twitter feed necessarily though.
Posted on: June 29, 2011 12:00 am
Edited on: June 29, 2011 1:03 pm
 

Dwight Howard, Gilbert Arenas NBA planking photos

Pictures of NBA players "planking," a new viral game that involves lying down. Posted by Ben Golliver.

The NBA players might not be taking their Collective Bargaining Agreement negotiations with owners lying down, but they are spending their summer flat on their faces. That's because a popular international game known as "planking" has gone viral throughout the NBA Twitterosphere.

It doesn't take a rocket scientist to explain planking. The game boils down to taking a photograph of yourself lying down face first, like a plank, on an unusual object or in an unusual place. The fun comes in the innovation and one-upsmanship.

Who can pick the most unique place? Who can pose for the funniest picture?

It's no surprise that two of the NBA's biggest pranksters -- Orlando Magic guard Gilbert Arenas and center Dwight Howard -- are also two of the most prolific plankers. Here are a few photos the duo has posted to their respective Twitter accounts in the past few days.

Here's Howard and Arenas planking on a luggage cart at the Grand Bohemian Hotel in Orlando. Via Gilbert Arenas on Lockerz.com.

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Here's Howard and Arenas planking underneath a statue of a horse at the Grand Bohemian Hotel in Orlando. Via Dwight Howard on MobyPicture.com.

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Here's Howard planking at a fast food restaurant counter. Via Dwight Howard on MobyPicture.com.

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Here's Howard planking on top of a trash can at the Amway Center, home of the Magic in Orlando. Via Dwight Howard on MobyPicture.com.

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Here's Howard planking on top of a riding lawnmower. Via Dwight Howard on MobyPicture.com.

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Here's Arenas planking on top of a median at a EPASS tollbooth. Via Gilbert Arenas on Lockerz.com.

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Here's Arenas planking  on top of Howard's Porsche. Via Gilbert Arenas on Lockerz.com.


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Here's Arenas planking inside of a grand piano. Via Gilbert Arenas on Lockerz.com.

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Here's Arenas planking on top of a set of barbell weights. Via Gilbert Arenas on Lockerz.com.

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Here's Arenas planking in a pool/sauna. Via Gilbert Arenas on Lockerz.com.

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Posted on: June 22, 2011 11:17 am
Edited on: June 22, 2011 12:14 pm
 

What kind of fit is Josh Smith for Orlando?

Posted by Matt Moore

From Ken Berger of CBSSports.com:
A source also said discussions between Atlanta and Orlando with Josh Smith going to the Magic are "totally legit." Executives say the Hawks have expressed an eagerness to move Smith and would like to shed salary in the process.
via Draft buzz: Nash, Smoove, and more - CBSSports.com.

You tell me that discussions with Otis Smith, one of the biggest traders in the GM market, are "totally legit" and you have my attention. 

Smith's at once a perfect and terrible fit in Orlando. Let's examine:

Perfect Fit

Smith provides an athletic wing who can create opportunities by driving and slashing. The death of the Orlando offense is predicated by ball stoppage and useless perimeter passing to whoever can find an inch to launch a 3-pointer vs. working to collapse the defense and initiate the perimeter rotation to a wide-open shooter. Smith brings a weapon the defense has to commit to stopping, which will free more opportunities. He's also a willing passer, which could be extremely dangerous if he could work to find opportunities for the other Magic players, or in lobbing to Dwight Howard. Smith would also help considerably with rebounding both when Howard is on the floor and off. When on, the Magic would unquestionably have the best rebounding combination in the league. Defensively, they'd be even more of a nightmare. Smith is able to corral perimeter wings and has incredible instincts for weak-side block situations. The Magic might double up the next team in offensive rebounds and blocks with that pair. 

Terrible Fit

The worst part of Smith's game is his preference for 3-point shooting when he doesn't have a 3-point shot. A hilarious memory from the playoffs was listening to the Atlanta crowd scream "No!" whenever Smith found himself open on the perimeter debating a heave. So to give him more chances at that in a system that so often allows for both those shots and mid-range jumpers is a terrible plan. Additionally, Smith's good at driving and capitalizing on opportunities, but he's definitely not a "pull-up jumper" kind of scorer. He's not going to work well in the pick and roll with Howard. If the defense cuts off his path to the basket by help or positioning, the offense has to reset. His passing is solid, but he's not going to be a creator in an offensive set. He's an end point or near end point, not a playmaker. And defensively, were he assigned to cover the faster forward with Hedo Turkoglu covering the other, Smith would perform ably but wouldn't be best suited.

It's a good fit should the trade go down, but not perfect. The question will be what more salary the Magic can take on, if any, to get a deal done. They've already got what seems like billions wrapped up in Turkoglu and Gilbert Arenas, neither of whom is a player the Hawks will want to take on.

We'll keep you updated on the Hawks' efforts to move Smith.
Posted on: June 20, 2011 9:56 am
Edited on: June 20, 2011 3:55 pm
 

Oh, good. Dwight Howard's back to armchair coach

Posted by Matt Moore

You know, it had been awhile since we've had one of these. Dwight Howard's been so busy trying to get the media and fans off his back about being a free agent in 2012 (without ever ending the debate by saying "I'm staying, it's over, I'll sign the extension as long as the money's right," which it will be, of course) that he hasn't had any time to take pot shots at his coach, who keeps finding ways to drag the aging carcass of his team into the playoffs as a top four seed. This, with Howard still having offensive nights where the lob isn't there that make you shake your head sadly. So it's reassuring to know that Dwight's still out there. Waiting. Watching. Criticizing his coach over things he doesn't really understand.

In an interview with Hoopshype while traveling "The Continent" as some call Europe, Howard was asked about his teammate Gilbert Arenas and his struggles. Instead of pinning Arenas' struggles on adapting to the system, not being fully back from injuries, pressure or any number of easy-out answers, nor turning to even criticism of Arenas' mental preparedness or a reasonable discussion of how old Arenas is, Howard instead elected to pin the struggles on dear old Stan Van Gundy.
“I don’t think our coach used him the right way, but I think he can do a lot of great things for our team,” Howard said. “He promised me this summer he was going to get better, physically and mentally, so he can come back and have an awesome year. I’m looking forward to that.

“I just felt like he didn’t get the opportunity to play his style but also play with me. I think he needed to. I think he got a couple of opportunities to do it in the playoffs, but it was kind of too late. So I think he will be great for us.”
via HoopsHype.com NBA Blogs - Jorge Sierra » Howard critical of coach’s use of Arenas.

There are any number of things idiotic about this comment. First, Arenas hasn't shown an ability to play "his style" in three years. Even when he was playing well for Washington before the click-clack, he wasn't playing at the level Orlando needs him to. And that will be two years ago once play resumes in the fall (if it resumes).

Second, if you're going to talk about that, don't talk about how it was a matter of SVG not using him right. If you feel that way, tell the coach. Sure, you're the superstar and get to do things like that, even though your talking about how people need to be used better on offense is like Amar'e Stoudemire giving defensive pointers (yes, it's true that Stoudemire can play defense, but it's not as if he's an expert, even if Howard's offense is worlds better than STAT's defense). But talking about it in the press only fuels posts like these that in other places will wonder how discontent Howard is with his coach. 

This despite the fact that Howard went on to talk about SVG in good, if not glowing, terms:

 “I think Stan did a good job coaching this year,” Howard said. “He’s had us prepared for every game, for every playoff series that I’ve ever been in… He’s made sure that we were well-prepared. I like what he did.”
See, now, a lot of outlets are going to skip right over that because Howard said Arenas wasn't used right. This interview was less about him slamming his coach and more about him throwing his considerable weight around. Not only did Howard give his thoughts on how a perimeter-offense-based guard should be used by one of the more complex strategizing coaches in the league, he also said he felt as if he should be included in decisions. 

“I should be involved.. I think I deserve an opportunity to help make decisions as far as the future.”
Right, because I'm sure Dwight Howard's understanding of the CBA (current or future) is/will be exemplary. I'm sure he has the experience to see how pieces fit together, what does and does not work with him regardless of his perceptions. 

Next up, Dwight Howard will be asking to take over brain surgery at your local hospital and criticizing the design of your local power plant. Just don't ask him to sign a contract to stay long term to help those places get the stability they need. 

That would be asking too much. 

Posted on: June 17, 2011 12:48 pm
Edited on: June 17, 2011 12:54 pm
 

Basketball players lead top 50 richest athletes

Posted by Royce Young

It's good to be a basketballer.

Sports Illustrated released its annual "Fortunate 50" list that compiles the top 50 earners in sports. And basketball players lead the way with 19 of the top 50. Baseball was second with 17, the NFL third with eight, NASCAR and golf tied for fourth with three.

LeBron James was the top basketball money-maker, coming in third overall with an estimated $44.5 million this past year. That included $30 million from endorsements alone. All that badwill created from The Decision didn't appear to hurt King James in the pocketbook. Maybe he can offer Dirk Nowitzki a couple milion to touch the trophy.

Kobe Bryant checked in sixth making $34.8 million total, Kevin Garnett was seventh making $32.8 milion total and Dwight Howard 10th making $28.6 million total. So if you count that up, four of the top 10 came from the NBA. Three came from the NFL, and two apiece from golf and baseball.

(One thing to note: The original 50 list doesn't include international athletes. Yao Ming made $35.6 million last year and would've ranked sixth, ahead of Kobe, but he's on a separate international list. Dirk and Pau Gasol both made around $21 million.)

The rest of the NBA list:

11. Dwyane Wade: $28.2 million
16. Amar'e Stoudemire: $24.5 million
21. Carmelo Anthony: $23.1 million
24. Tim Duncan: $22.3 million
27. Vince Carter: $20.5 million

29. Rashard Lewis: $20.3 million
31. Kevin Durant: $20.0 million
34. Michael Redd: $18.5 million
36. Gilbert Arenas: $17.9 million
37. Zach Randolph: $17.7 million

40. Kenyon Martin: $16.8 million
43. Joe Johnson: $16.5 million
45. Elton Brand: $16.5 million
49. Paul Pierce: $15.6 million
50. Chris Bosh: 15.5 million

 
 
 
 
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