Tag:Matt Moore
Posted on: August 11, 2011 10:50 am
Edited on: August 11, 2011 11:07 am
 

Dennis Rodman is going to HOF in a helicopter

By Matt Moore

Dennis Rodman has mellowed with age. He's not as over-the-top, even if he does do or say some outlandish things. He's matured, and his behavior has mutured with him. His induction to the Hall of Fame Friday should be a classy affair that shows the true side of a complicated player and one of the best rebounders of all time, and should give Rodman a platform to show just how classy he can be. 

Ha! Just kidding. It's Rodman. Come on.

The Miami Herald reports:
The lighter side: Aventura’s Dennis Rodman told us Tuesday he will arrive at his Basketball Hall of Fame induction Friday by helicopter. He wanted to enter the Hall on a colorful float, “but they wouldn’t let me block off the street” in Springfield, Mass.

He said he will hire acrobats to perform and “a couple of my outfits will be ‘out there.’ Whatever might be too zany is not too zany.” His marketing agent, Floyd Ragland, said Rodman is spending $60,000 to fly in Penny Marshall, Howard Stern and other friends. Phil Jackson is Rodman’s presenter.
via UM clarifies cornerback situation; Dolphins' RB picture takes shape - Sports Buzz - MiamiHerald.com.

As good, or, depending on how you see it, as bad as Michael Jordan's induction speech was, Rodman's has to be the most highly anticipated, if only because you have absolutely no way to predict how far out there he will go.

Acrobats? Who wakes up in the morning and is like "Wait, I got it. You know what my Hall of Fame induction needs? Acrobats. And since I can't charter a float, I'll get a helicopter. Get me Howard Stern!" Answer: Dennis Rodman.

There are questions about whether Rodman belongs in the Hall based off his lack of offense. And, just as readily, there are those who want to defend the inclusion based on his non-scoring contributions. It's become very popular to pretty much throw out the ability to score in analysis and just focus on defense, rebounding, and efficiency, as if actual points scored don't matter in a game decided by comparative number of points. But even beyond the question of non-offensive roleplayers in the Hall is this, Rodman could score. He took less of a scoring role over time and his percentages were terrible, but after watching a Pistons game from Rodman's early years with Detroite recently, I was surprised by his ability to finish in transition and to collect clean-up buckets. Rodman elected to move his career more towards those compimentary things, realizing he could be elite in those areas versus possibly just solid in several if he tried to diversify. In short, he chose to be a roleplayer, a supporting guy, and those players are just as important as flashy players. That Rodman did them better than anyone before or since should really only cement his status in the Hall, not justify it. Rodman could do many things. He chose to do important ones. 

Like ride in helicopters with acrobats.
Posted on: August 11, 2011 10:00 am
 

Is a 3-year collegiate rule on the horizon?

By Matt Moore

Rutgers men's college basketball head coach, Mike Rice, posted on Twitter Thursday morning that he's "hearing" that "NBA owners want to adopt same rule as NFL. Players will have to wait 3 yrs(sic) to enter the draft."

It's the first we've heard of such a proposal in the CBA talks, though an adjustment to the age rule has been discussed. Moving to three years would radically change the landscape of the NBA, shortening career spans, damaging the ability to develop raw talent, and limiting the effectiveness of the D-League. It would also allow college to weed out bust players and take the burden of development off NBA clubs. It's also an idea that the players union would likely hate, but might be willing to compromise on to get a few extra Bucks out of BRI. 

The debate on how long to keep players in college is always going to be a tense one. It touches on the question of limiting a person's earning potential, protecting the college game and pro investments, and of course, the always sensitive subject of the exploitation of athletes by the NCAA. Rice, being a member of a profession that would be greatly helped by getting their talented players locked in for three years, isn't an objective source, by any means, but the whisper in the wind is certainly enough to perk up an ear. More and more it seems likely that after this new CBA is finally agreed upon, the NBA won't look anything like it has in recent history.  
Posted on: August 10, 2011 10:47 am
 

Danny Granger wants better for Indy at PF

By Matt Moore

The Indiana Pacers are working on building off of momentum. They made the playoffs and gave a good show against the Bulls. With Darren Collison, Paul George, Roy Hibbert, and Danny Granger, and now adding George Hill, they're in a position to look for a player to get them to the next level. In an interview with the Indianapolis Star, Danny Granger, resident Indiana star, Granger identified several free agents he'd like to see added to the team, and these aren't exactly value pick-ups. He wants the big guns.  
Q: Free agency will be a lot shorter once the lockout ends. What area do you guys need to address most?

GRANGER: I think with what's on the market at power forward, we have the opportunity to go get one of them. David West, Nene and Carl Landry are available. There are some good power forwards out there. I think we need to be deeper at that position.
via Q&A: Pacers' Danny Granger frustrated with NBA lockout | The Indianapolis Star | indystar.com.

West has been linked with the Pacers in the past, as has Landry. Nene is widely thought to be joining a contender if he doesn't return to Denver in a mega-deal. These are all bigger names, along with Glen Davis that make up a strong power forward free agency class.

It's notable that Granger played 18 percent of his minutes last season at power forward, and that Tyler Hansbrough proved to be a suitable option at the position. Granger's public support of an upgrade doesn't speak well to Hansbrough keeping the spot. Of course, how much money Herb Simon will want to commit to the team given its eight-seed status isnt' known at this point, nor is it known how much money will be available for the Pacers to spend under the new CBA, of course. But Granger's comments do speak of the direction of the Pacers, or what Granger thinks it should be, which is a move away from youth and towards veterans that can help them contend.  
Posted on: August 10, 2011 9:54 am
Edited on: August 10, 2011 10:26 am
 

Report: Markieff Morris to Greece?

By Matt Moore

It's not just All-Stars and veterans contemplating playing overseas during the lockout. Rookies who haven't played a second in the NBA are now getting into the act. Yahoo! Sports reports that Suns first-round pick Markieff Morris is in talks with Greece squad Panathianaikos, via his agent. Morris retweeted the Yahoo! Sports tweet Tuesday, which shows it's in good order. 

It's not uncommon for second rounders to elect to go for the money in Europe over the low chance of making a roster only to wind up sitting the entier year. But lottery picks are a different matter. This is a player who hasn't been groomed by his team yet, who hasn't started working on weight training or shifting his game to the pro level, and it's a player the Suns need return on. The idea of him having his game immediately affected by Panathinaikos is at once comforting and alarming. It's good that he'll be in shape, good that he'll get experience, good that he'll get toughened up. But it's a concern that they can't control all the factors. 

 Morris' agent Tony Dutt recently told the Houston Chronicle he's pursuing overseas offers for all of his clients, including Markieff's brother Marcus. This could be the start of more rookies, who really need the money, looking overseas to start their professional careers. The trickle down effects of this lockout don't end with veterans at the end of their careers.
Posted on: August 9, 2011 9:11 pm
 

Calipari and the new NBA nexus



By Matt Moore


Let's get right to the point. In the list of people who influence the NBA, John Calipari isn't at the top. But the empire he's built and transferred to Kentucky to expand may be the center of the NBA universe outside of New York and Miami. And if you want proof, you only need to look at what's going on in Lexington this summer.

We start with the expected, another stellar team from Calipari. But this one, it's a little bit more than even the normal outstanding classes of prospects Calipari produces each year. In addition to Terrence Jones, who would have been a first-rounder this year had he elected to jump, the 2011-2012 Kentucky Wildcats feature three players CBSSports.com placed in the top ten of a 2012 mock draft, and four in the first round. Anthony Davis is considered by many to be the number one overall pick next year, Michael Gilchrist is talked about as being potentially just as good. Marquis Teague is plotted as a mid-first rounder (which means he could very easily wind up in the lottery). Only Doron Lamb, who Calipari has called the best player on this year's Kentucky team, isn't expected to go in the first round.

It won't happen, but we should note that it's possible that the entire starting five of UK this fall could go in the first round, and that four of the five could go in the lottery. That's absurd. For a coach known to pull in talent, the addition of Jones for his sophomore year has made this year's squad of prospects out of this world. Essentially, every Kentucky game needs to be a must-watch for NBA draftniks.

But that's not all. As the lockout drags on, some familiar faces are showing up in and around Lexington. Calipari offered early on to let locked out former members of the Wildcats use the facilities. In addition, several former Wildcats have decided to finish their degrees at UK should the lockout cost the whole year. Now, no one thinks this is about the family approach or goodwill and interest in supporting former members that Cal and the Blue Nation would say it is. And that's right in line with Calipari's approach. He's brazenly manipulative of NBA ties while all the while putting the most friendly of faces forward. It's made him the scourge of many college basketball pundits, while NBA guys? We tend to nod appreciatively. Calipari filters good talent into national television appearances, raises their draft profile, and then sends them on their merry way to where they belong: the NBA, making money to play the game they're at the elite level of already. The transparent slime may put some off, but the fact remains: Calipari has become a first-round gold mine.

Tyreke Evans, ROY. John Wall would have been ROY if Blake Griffin hadn't entered the fray as an actual sophomore. DeMarcus Cousins could have been a candidate if he'd kept his head on his shoulders. And all of that is before you factor the MVP Derrick Rose and his time with Calipari in Memphis. And with all those players hanging around campus, word will continue to get around to future prospects. It's not just cool to go to Kentucky. It's part of the NBA factory.

LeBron James is a "close personal friend" of Calipari. And while the rest of the universe may hate James, kids are still flocking to him as an idol, evidenced by both Kyrie Irving and Tristan Thompson's realtionship with him. Jay-Z? Visiting the locker room. The link here in all of this is, of course, Worldwide Wes, William Wesley, who is also, surprise! Calipari's agent representative with CAA. It's a whole little machine that makes collegiate moralists squirm, even as Calipari has done more to produce revenue for young players than any coach in the country. If it's all about him, so what? The effect is the same.

UCLA hosts the most famous and well known private pickup games. But with Cousins, Bledsoe, and Wall on campus along with Rondo and whoever else conceivably shows up, Lexington is going to be a virtual nexus of NBA workouts. It'll make the machine stronger, even as a class that some consider to have a higher total ranking than the Fab Five makes its way to play in the SEC.

Calipari is coaching the Dominican national team against a collection of former Wildcats. Cal has used every edge in keeping the factory rolling. William Wesley's close associate, LeBron James, and his brand will be sponsoring gear for UK this year. All-Stars are hanging out on campus and could be hired as special assistant coaches.

The reality is that with New York a tar pit where both the players and owners are stuck drowning in their own stubbornness, and Miami evacuated as the Triad go about their globe trotting ways, there's a new center of the NBA universe. Maybe Calipari isn't emperor of this kingdom, and he's just the friendly father figure he makes himself out to be. It doesn't change the fact that the future of the NBA flows through Lexington, and it's Calipari tending the waters.
Posted on: August 9, 2011 9:11 pm
 

Calipari and the new NBA nexus



By Matt Moore


Let's get right to the point. In the list of people who influence the NBA, John Calipari isn't at the top. But the empire he's built and transferred to Kentucky to expand may be the center of the NBA universe outside of New York and Miami. And if you want proof, you only need to look at what's going on in Lexington this summer.

We start with the expected, another stellar team from Calipari. But this one, it's a little bit more than even the normal outstanding classes of prospects Calipari produces each year. In addition to Terrence Jones, who would have been a first-rounder this year had he elected to jump, the 2011-2012 Kentucky Wildcats feature three players CBSSports.com placed in the top ten of a 2012 mock draft, and four in the first round. Anthony Davis is considered by many to be the number one overall pick next year, Michael Gilchrist is talked about as being potentially just as good. Marquis Teague is plotted as a mid-first rounder (which means he could very easily wind up in the lottery). Only Doron Lamb, who Calipari has called the best player on this year's Kentucky team, isn't expected to go in the first round.

It won't happen, but we should note that it's possible that the entire starting five of UK this fall could go in the first round, and that four of the five could go in the lottery. That's absurd. For a coach known to pull in talent, the addition of Jones for his sophomore year has made this year's squad of prospects out of this world. Essentially, every Kentucky game needs to be a must-watch for NBA draftniks.

But that's not all. As the lockout drags on, some familiar faces are showing up in and around Lexington. Calipari offered early on to let locked out former members of the Wildcats use the facilities. In addition, several former Wildcats have decided to finish their degrees at UK should the lockout cost the whole year. Now, no one thinks this is about the family approach or goodwill and interest in supporting former members that Cal and the Blue Nation would say it is. And that's right in line with Calipari's approach. He's brazenly manipulative of NBA ties while all the while putting the most friendly of faces forward. It's made him the scourge of many college basketball pundits, while NBA guys? We tend to nod appreciatively. Calipari filters good talent into national television appearances, raises their draft profile, and then sends them on their merry way to where they belong: the NBA, making money to play the game they're at the elite level of already. The transparent slime may put some off, but the fact remains: Calipari has become a first-round gold mine.

Tyreke Evans, ROY. John Wall would have been ROY if Blake Griffin hadn't entered the fray as an actual sophomore. DeMarcus Cousins could have been a candidate if he'd kept his head on his shoulders. And all of that is before you factor the MVP Derrick Rose and his time with Calipari in Memphis. And with all those players hanging around campus, word will continue to get around to future prospects. It's not just cool to go to Kentucky. It's part of the NBA factory.

LeBron James is a "close personal friend" of Calipari. And while the rest of the universe may hate James, kids are still flocking to him as an idol, evidenced by both Kyrie Irving and Tristan Thompson's realtionship with him. Jay-Z? Visiting the locker room. The link here in all of this is, of course, Worldwide Wes, William Wesley, who is also, surprise! Calipari's agent representative with CAA. It's a whole little machine that makes collegiate moralists squirm, even as Calipari has done more to produce revenue for young players than any coach in the country. If it's all about him, so what? The effect is the same.

UCLA hosts the most famous and well known private pickup games. But with Cousins, Bledsoe, and Wall on campus along with Rondo and whoever else conceivably shows up, Lexington is going to be a virtual nexus of NBA workouts. It'll make the machine stronger, even as a class that some consider to have a higher total ranking than the Fab Five makes its way to play in the SEC.

Calipari is coaching the Dominican national team against a collection of former Wildcats. Cal has used every edge in keeping the factory rolling. William Wesley's close associate, LeBron James, and his brand will be sponsoring gear for UK this year. All-Stars are hanging out on campus and could be hired as special assistant coaches.

The reality is that with New York a tar pit where both the players and owners are stuck drowning in their own stubbornness, and Miami evacuated as the Triad go about their globe trotting ways, there's a new center of the NBA universe. Maybe Calipari isn't emperor of this kingdom, and he's just the friendly father figure he makes himself out to be. It doesn't change the fact that the future of the NBA flows through Lexington, and it's Calipari tending the waters.
Posted on: August 9, 2011 7:06 pm
 

Artest tweets that he's signing in England

By Matt Moore

Ron Artest said he was going to play in England. No one believed him, not even his agent. Artest was adamant though, in the same way Artest is adamant about anything (which means he constantly contradicts himself and spins riddles, much like the Cheshire Cat. Now it certainly looks like Artest will have the last laugh. 

Artest tweeted the following Tuesday afternoon:

Go Jets!!!!! Uk , here we come!!! Jets are the best!!! Jets are the best!!! New chant!!!!!!!!! 
Along with the following picture.



The Los Angeles Times confirms that he's signed a contract to play for the Jets next season.

The Cheshire Jets (get it, Cheshire?) were 20-13 last season, finishing as a runner-up for the national cup. Note the "World Peace" name on the back of the jersey. Artest's name change goes official on the 26th of this month. Presumably, Artest obtained insurance for his little trip across the pond. Artest is one of the few players to pursue England as an option, with Turkish and Chinese teams presumably wealthier and with more endorsement opportunities. 

But this is what Artest does, and it's what he's done. 
 
Posted on: August 9, 2011 2:10 pm
Edited on: August 9, 2011 2:11 pm
 

Matt Barnes suspended from Pro Am league

By Matt Moore

Ths is the most Matt Barnes story you will read this year. 

Barnes punched a player last week in a Pro Am league he was playing in, then owned up for it and didn't back down at all from the act. Now he'll face the "devastating" consequences. Barnes was suspended by the Pro Am league for Game 1 of their playoffs Monday, according to ESPN Los Angeles who found the posting on FaceBook.  

Barnes spoke with the local CBS affiliate Channel 2 after the event

Barnes prides himself for being tough and scrappy, but at some level, he's an NBA player. He should be above this kind of stuff, if only to protect his image. Maybe he doesn't care, anyone that gets elbowed in the face is going to get mad, is likely going to retaliate. It just would have been less embarrassing for himself and the team which is currently not paying him to force him into a paycut if he had just apologized and moved on. Getting suspended from a Pro Am just isn't a good look.
 
 
 
 
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