Category:General
Posted on: October 30, 2008 6:22 pm
 

Who has more to prove?

There are 3 main guys who have the pressure on them in Detroit. The whole team has something to prove, and show everyone they are still able to compete for a title. However, these 3 guys will have the most to prove and most likely the most pressure on them to get the Pistons back to the NBA Finals.

Michael Curry


He is filling in at head coach for Flip Saunders a.k.a. "Slip" The Pistons have been to the Finals 7 straight years now, but haven't won a championship since 2004, and haven't even been to the NBA Finals since 2005. The players have become too arrogant and lazy. They think they can slack off and only play when they want to. They believe that their talent is enough to get the team a championship, and they believe they are above the coaches. Curry has to be the guy that steps in and runs this team. He can't let the players slack off and try to do what they want to do. They need a leader in Curry to get them back to the Finals and win another championship. He has to be able to make these guys listen to him, and make them respect him. In other words, they need him to be more like Larry Brown and less like "Slip" Saunders. This will be a big key factor into whether the Pistons can make another title run this year or not.

Rasheed Wallace

There have been reports and rumors that this is his last year. Whether they are true or not, his contract runs out at the end of the year. At 34 years old, Sheed doesn't have a lot of time left. This will most likely be his last year to contend for the title unless he pulls a Bill Walton. Sheed has to step up big time this season. He can't let his emotions run wild; he has to be able to control himself and play like he cares every night. He has to be one of the team leaders and set an example to everyone else. He has to work with his coach (Curry) and be able to give everything he's got left this year to get the Pistons another title. He has to shut out the refs and any one else that gets his emotions going. He just has to concentrate on playing great basketball for the Pistons. He will one of their key players (if not the key factor) in determining whether the Pistons are able to get back to the NBA Finals.

Amir Johnson

As of right now Amir is the starting center. This move was made by Curry so that Sheed could go back to his normal position of power forward. This puts a lot of pressure on the young guy. He has to step up and play against other post players that are have more experience and/or are much bigger and stronger. Now he has the height, but he is still a skinny guy. Most big men he will go against will have a good amount of weight on him. He will have to go out every night and prove that he can hold his own against the opponent's big men. He will have to prove to his coaches, his teammates, and the fans that he has what it takes to be a starter. He has Kwame Brown and Jason Maxiell (would start at PF and Sheed would have to go back to center) breathing down his neck, waiting to get their chance as a starter if Amir can't get the job done. He's not going to be Ben Wallace for them, but he has to play his role very well and contribute on defense and offense for this team. Sheed can't be the Pistons only post threat (on either offense or defense), so Amir has to step and be that other guy to help out.


So who do you think has the most to prove this season? I think all 3 have tons to prove, and I think it's a tie between Sheed and Curry for the most to prove. I'd love to hear what you guys think.
Posted on: October 24, 2008 7:40 pm
Edited on: October 25, 2008 9:03 am
 

NBA 2008-2009 Season: 1st Half Games to Watch

Here are 10 games to watch for in the first half of the season:


Tuesday, October 28th: Cleveland Cavaliers at. Boston Celtics

Boston and Cleveland's opening game of the season. Both teams should be looking to the start the season off on a good note. We should get our first good look at how Mo Williams will be able to contribute to the Cavs against the top teams.



Sunday, November 9th: Boston Celtics at Detroit Pistons

First rematch of last year's two ECF teams. The rivalry has been reborn, anyone that saw any of last year's games has noticed this. All the games are so intense and all the players are playing physical. The games should always come down to the final minutes, and making it a great game to watch.



Sunday, November 9th: Houston Rockets at Los Angeles Lakers

Our first look at the Rockets with new addition Ron Artest. It will be against the defending WCF champion Lakers. We should always get a good look at Bynum as well. Should be a great game to watch and get some early analysis on these teams and some of their players.



Wednesday, November 12th: Los Angeles Lakers at New Orleans Hornets

 Should be exciting to see if the Chris Paul and the Hornets will try to show everyone that they are going to be a top team again this year. Kobe vs. Paul, last year's top two MVP vote getters (with Kobe actually winning MVP).



Friday, November 14th: Detroit Pistons at Los Angeles Lakers

These games have become a lot more fun to watch after the Pistons beat them in the 04 Finals. Both teams are top teams in their conference, and will be looking to get a big win here. Detroit has one of the best records against the West in recent years.



Friday, November 14th: Houston Rockets at San Antonio Spurs

As my good friend Chrisper would say: "TEXAS FIGHT!" Always a great battle between two Texas teams. Should be even better with the improvements the Rockets made in the off season.



Wednesday, November 19th : Cleveland Cavaliers at Detroit Pistons

This has become a great rivalry over recent years. Especially when the LeBron James.......I mean the Cavs beat them in the 07 ECFs (only to get swept by the Spurs in the Finals though). Even people who are not fans of either team has to enjoy these games because they always are a great divisional battle.



Friday, November 28th: Philadelphia 76ers at Boston Celtics

The new and improved 76ers look to show they are going to be a threat in the East this year. Newly acquired PF Elton Brand vs. 2008 DPOY winner Kevin Garnett should be great to watch. I can't wait to see how Philly plays against the defending champs. Should be a great game here.



Thursday, December 25th : Boston Celtics at Los Angeles Lakers

Rematch of the 08 Finals. The Lakers will look to try and get some revenge here, and the Celtics will look to show them who's boss again. You better believe if the Lakers win big, they will remind us how they didn't have Andrew Bynum last year and they would have won the championship if they had him.



Wednesday, January 14th
: Los Angeles Lakers at San Antonio Spurs


Rematch between last year's WCF teams. Lakers vs. Spurs is always a great game to watch. The Spurs better hope Manu Ginobili is healthy enough for this game, or they could have a tough time keeping up with the Spurs. Then again, you can never count out Tim Duncan in big games. I think he has shown that time after time. Remember the 3-point buzzer beater in the playoffs last year?
Posted on: October 18, 2008 4:38 pm
Edited on: October 28, 2008 6:40 pm
 

2009 NBA Mock Draft: Big B's Bad Boys

PG - Chris Paul:

The best point guard in the leauge; he can do it all. He can pass, he can shoot, he can defend, and he can lead his team. He makes whatever team he is on better, and is always a big time threat on both sides of the ball. He showed that is no one of the best playres in the league, and he can take any team deep into the playoffs.

Derek Fisher: A perfect back up for Paul. He has tons of veteran experience especially in the playoffs and getting to many NBA Finals with the Lakers. He has great leadership, good defense, and is a clutch player when it matters. He can mentor Paul, and give my team lots of leadership and clutch play to get me to the Finals and possibly even the championship.

SG - Manu Ginobili:

A top 5 shooting guard, no question. You can love him or hate him, but in the end you can't deny how great he is. He can drive the lane and make unbelieveable lay ups, and he can hit the outside shot. He isn't a great defender, but he isn't a bad one. He does flop a lot, but hey, he gets away with it and gets a lot of calls his way. If you think Bowen is a good defender with all his dirty play, then you have admit Ginobli can play some good D to. He is just great player that contributes a lot to championship team. He has won 3 rings with the Spurs, a gold medal in the 2004 Olympics with Argentina, and many international titles as well. Combined with Chris Paul, he makes my backcourt the best.

Bruce Bowen: Bowen is a great guy to have, especially off the bench. He has good perimeter defense and can get a little rough if need be. You might not like him (I don't), but he gets the job done when you ask him to. He can come off the bench and provide great defense when I need it.

SF- John Salmons:

He is a great role player off the bench for me. He isn't great at any specific thing, but he is solid all around. He is a good slasher on offense as well as being able to hit the outside shot from time to time. He is also a good passer as well. He can play some good defense. The Kings had him guard the opposing teams best players at times even with they still had Ron Artest. He can come off the bench and play good amount of minutes for me.

Jamario Moon: Moon is the perfect back up player off the bench for my team. Like Marion, he has tons of athleticism and can be huge for my team on the fast break. He is also a good defender, and uses his great athleticism to get lots of blocked shots and rebounds. He provides lots of energy off the bench for us on offense and defense.

PF - Yao Ming:

Yao? At power forward? His height causes so much mismatches when he plays center, imaging how much more he can causes as a power forward. He his that unstoppable hook shot, the short jumper, and many other post scoring moves (not to mention he is a great free throw shooter). He is so difficult to cover for anyone, and with Paul giving him the rock, it should make it even harder on the opponents. He can play either post position for us, and play great at either one.

Paul Millsap: This is another one of my energy players off the bench. Millsap is very atheltic for a big man. He can crash the boards and gets lots of rebounds on defense and even offense as well. He is a very good defender and uses his big body to keep the post player from getting too deep on the block and getting easy shots. He is coming off the bench for the Jazz, but that's only because Boozer is there. He could be a starter for a lot of teams. He is pefect off the bench for me because he provides lots of energy and good defense as well as some offense.

C - Chris Kaman:

Kaman showed last year why has been the most underrated big man. He is very good rebounder and defender. He also can score well in the paint as well. He is a big guy that just works hard and contributes a lot to his team. He can hold his own against all the other great centers in the league, and knows how to help his team. Good offense, and great defense makes him a perfect player for my team.

Zydrunas Ilgauskas:

He is a great player to have. He can rebound, play solid defense, and give you some good post scoring as well. Big Z is a perfect big man to come off the bench for me. He can come in and give us that good defense, good rebounding (especially offensive rebounding/ tip backs), and post scoring with his turn around shot and tip backs.

Good luck to everyone with the tourney, and don't forget to keep track of the schedule so you know when to turn your gameplans in.

Posted on: October 16, 2008 2:09 pm
Edited on: November 21, 2008 7:34 am
 

2009 NBA Mock Draft Schedule: Pool Play Round 1

Okay, here is the schedule for the first round of pool play. There will only be 2 games per voting period and the voting period will last 72 hours (3 days). There will be a 2 day break between each set of games, so you have during then to get your gameplans done.

There is no excuses for gameplans to be late. You all know now when your games will be, so you should know when you gameplans are due. You gameplans will be due in by midnight of the day your matchup will occur on.

Any further questions, please PM me.

1st games:


Day 1: Lesser Crew vs. Smooth Criminals www.sportsline.com/mcc/messages/chr
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Big B's Bad Boys vs. T-Mackers www.sportsline.com/mcc/messages/chr
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Day 4: The Gamebreakers vs. The Drunken Monkeys www.sportsline.com/mcc/messages/chr
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Go 2 Work vs. Team 1 Large Hawaiian Thanks www.sportsline.com/mcc/messages/chr
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Day 7: Timberwolves vs. Chrisper & Crew Timberwolves forfeit (no gameplan)

The Clutch Killers vs. Super-nuga-listic-expi-ali-docious www.sportsline.com/mcc/messages/chr
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Day 10: San Diego Squarepants vs. The Elites www.sportsline.com/mcc/messages/chr
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Winning Gamblers vs. David Stern's Jowel www.sportsline.com/mcc/messages/chr
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2nd games:


Day 12: Lesser Crew vs. Go 2 Work www.sportsline.com/mcc/messages/chr
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The Gamebreakers vs. The Clutch Killers www.sportsline.com/mcc/messages/chr
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Day 15: Big B's Bad Boys vs. The Elites

Team 1 Large Hawaiian Thanks vs. Smooth Criminals

Day 18: Winning Gamblers vs. Chrisper & Crew

San Diego Squarepants vs. T-Mackers

Day 21: Super-nuga-listic-expi-ali-docious vs. The Drunken Monkeys

Timberwolves vs. David Stern's Jowel

3rd games:


Day 23: Big B's Bad Boys vs. San Diego Squarepants

Chrisper & Crew vs. David Stern's Jowel

Day 25: Lesser Crew vs. Team 1 Large Hawaiian Thanks

Super-nuga-listic-expi-ali-docious vs. The Gamebreakers

Day 28: Timberwolves vs. Winning Gamblers

T-Mackers vs. The Elites

Day 31: The Clutch Killers vs. The Drunken Monkeys

Go 2 Work vs. Smooth Criminals



In case anyone forgot the divisions:

North Division

ChrisperJ10 - Chrisper & Crew 1-0
blood_baller - Winning Gamblers 1-0
goodfellas31 - David Stern's Jowel 0-1
Bad new wolves - Timberwolves 0-1

South Division

Harst - Lesser Crew 2-0
North Harbour - Team 1 Large Hawaiian 2-0
MrRedSox Baller - Go 2 Work 0-2
GoHornets21 - Smooth Criminals 0-2

East Division

submission - San Diego Squarepants 2-0
DJTANKELITE - The Elites 1-1

The Big B - Big B's Bad Boys 1-1
mcgradykid134 - T-Mackers 0-2

West Division

TheSkins8 - The Drunken Monkeys 1-0
Nuggets_SOS - Super-nuga-listic-expi-ali-docious 1-0
Michigan Sports - The Gamebreakers 1-1
clutch1212 - The Clutch Killers 1-1
Category: General
Posted on: October 10, 2008 8:39 pm
 

2008-2009 Southeast Division Preview

I feel that the Southeast Division will be one of the most competitive divisions, if not the most competitive, out of all the divisions this year. They may not be the best division, but all the teams will be fighting each other this year and there will be no team that just dominates the division. I think all teams will be within a few games of each, and they will be battling each other all season long. Most of the teams have improved this off season, and look to do some damage in the playoffs this year.

The Orlando Magic, led by Dwight Howard, look to get into the playoffs again this year and make it even deeper into them this time. The Miami Heat have their star player, Dwyane Wade, back healthy again along with new teammate Shawn Marion and 2nd overall pick Michael Beasley. They look to get back into the playoffs after finishing with the worst record last season. The Wizards are again with out Gilbert "Agent Zero" Arenas until December, but their star players, Caron Butler and Antawn Jamison, look to keep them in the playoff race. Last year's surprise team, Atlanta Hawks, look to prove that taking the defending champion Celtics to 7 games wasn't a fluke. The Charlotte Bobcats, led by new coach Larry Brown, look to finally have a good season in their 5th year as an expansion team.

It should be a good race in the division this year, and here is how I see things turning out:

1. (4) Orlando Magic (50-32)

As long as Dwight Howard continues to anchor this team, they will be a higher seed in the playoffs. Howard is just a monster in the paint on both offense and defense. He is probably the most athletic big man (only rivaled by Amare Stoudemire and Kevin Garnett), and knows how to use it to his advantage. He will definitely be in the running for MVP this year, and should continue to improve his game and solidify himself as the league's best center.

They also have talented forwards Hedo Turkoglu and Rashard Lewis to contribute as well as young point guard Jameer Nelson, who I believe will make a big improvement in his game this year and become a reliable and solid PG. Now these guys have to step up on defense for the Magic. They can all be great on offense, but their defense wasn't too great last year. Howard is a great defensive player, but he is only one player and can't stop everyone.

Adding guard/forward Mickael Pietrus this off season to be their possible new starting shooting guard was good for them. He can contribute on offense with his athleticism and quickness to finish in the lane, and is solid defense (good rebounder) as well.

The Magic make it into the playoffs as the 4th seed (behind Philly in record even though they win their division) by getting 50 wins again this season. Their run in the playoffs all depends on who they draw in the first round. If they matchup like I think they will (with the Heat) they could see them selves out early in a first round upset. However if they draw an easier opponent, and make it to the 2nd round again they could go deeper. They will most likely have to play the Pistons or Celtics, but if they can build momentum in the first round, they could pull of an upset themselves in the 2nd round and make it to the ECFs or even farther (NBA Finals).

2. (6) Miami Heat (46-36)

Dwyane Wade is back and healthy again. Yes, I do believe he will stay healthy all season long finally, and get the Heat back to the playoff instead of being at the bottom the whole conference. Wade will have a fantastic year, and must if they Heat want to make the playoffs. I believe he will have a great year, in fact the best year of his career which should win him the MVP this year.

Rookie forward Michael Beasley should be able to produce very well for the Heat as well. His athleticism should come in handy for Heat by using him at both forward spots and being able to have play down in low post or up in the high post as well. I think we will contribute to his team better than any rookie other than Greg Oden this year.

Now let's not forget about Shawn Marion. This guy has not gotten enough credit, which is why he left the Suns. He deserved just as much or even more credit than Steve Nash for making that team so good. He is one of the most athletic players in the league, if not they most athletic. He can cut through the lane in the half court or fast break looking for the alley oop dunk. He can slash the lane and finish at the basket as well. Not to mention, he is a great offensive rebounder getting lots of 2nd chance points for his team. Then comes the biggest part of his game: his defense. He can guard the shooting guard, small forward or even power forward and do a good job at it. He is so versatile of a defender; he can impact a defense so much (was the only thing that kept the Suns from giving up 120 points every game). He be huge for the Heat on defense, and in the fast break on offense.

They have 3 guys that will compete for time at the beginning of the year for point guard. They have Marcus Banks, Chris Quinn, and rookie Mario Chalmers. They also recently signed Shaun Livingston Now Livingston won't get a lot of time off the bat, but once he begins to get back into the flow of things, as long as he can stay healthy (that's the key), he can be great for the Heat. They also have good role players off the bench in Udonis Haslem (good rebound and defender), James Jones, and Dorell Wright.

Their biggest weakness is their center spot. Right now their best center is Mark Blount with Jamaal Magloire backing him up. Now Blount showed last year, after Shaq was traded, that he can contribute a little. He won't be able to compete with top centers like Dwight Howard though, and that's what will keep the Heat from winning their division.

Now they could win their first round matchup depending on who they draw. Wade has shown he is a great player in the clutch, and steps up his game during the playoffs. He could lead the Heat to a first round upset victory, but making it to conference finals don't look to good for them this year. They need to get a better center, and then they will be back to being a contending team in the East.

3. (7) Washington Wizards (44-38)

The Wizards always find their way into the playoffs. They have their star point guard, Gilbert Arenas, out until December again, but that proved not to be a problem for them last year. In fact, they even played a little better for awhile will Agent Zero was out. Caron Butler and Antawn Jamison stepped big time and both had great season. I see them doing that again this, and they must if the Wizards want to make the playoffs. Both guys can contribute on offense. Jamison can help on defense with his rebounding, and Butler has turned into a great defender which is huge for the Wizards.

They guy that has to step up again for them is Antonio Daniels. He is the starting point guard with Arenas hurt. Last year he stepped up very well in Arenas's absence. He showed that he can run the team at the point and keep their team running smoothly. He needs to do this again to keep the Wizards in the playoff hunt.

The other starters, DeShawn Stevenson and Etan Thomas, have to do their jobs and Stevenson needs to learn to keep his temper and attitude under control (the opposite of how he acted in the playoffs against the Cavaliers). Stevenson needs to give them the scoring and outside shooting, and Thomas needs fill in for the injured Brendan Haywood by rebound and play some defense. They have their role players off the bench as well in Andray Blatche, Juan Dixon, and Darius Songaila.

I don't expect the Wizards to go anywhere in the playoffs this year. They will most likely draw a higher seed and face one of the tougher teams like the Celtics, Pistons, 76ers, or Magic. Agent Zero will be back then, and any team he is on doesn't have a very good chance with his selfish play. Even without him though, they just can't beat those top teams.

4. Atlanta Hawks (40-42)

The Hawks were a great surprise last year by making the playoffs at the 8th seed and taking the defending champion Celtics to 7 games. After trading for point guard Mike Bibby, the team seemed finally set for success. Even rookie Al Horford stepped up big for them last year.

Their key players this season will again be Joe Johnson and Josh Smith. Johnson is one of the league's best shooting guards and one of the best scorers. He is one of the team's veteran leaders and has done a very good job in that role. He needs to do just as good or better this season for the Hawks if they want any chance at making the playoffs again.

There best player however this year will be Josh Smith. He is an extremely athletic player and has talent on both offense and defense. However, his attitude has been the only thing holding him back from becoming a start player in the league. He drives too wildly in the lane and doesn't have a good shot (basically is only good for dunks and alley oops). However his great rebounding can get him some 2nd second chance points sometimes. His defensive however, I think we will be huge this year. He not only will be a terrific shot blocker and get steals with his quick hands, but he will learn to stay in front of his man and be a good on ball defender as well. He will be able to guard the opponents’ best scorer, and be a great on help defense. I believe he will be finally become a great defensive player this year and possibly win the Defensive Player of the Year award.

The real key to their success however will be Al Horford and Mike Bibby, or there point guard and center. Bibby can bring that veteran leadership and lead the team. He should be even better this year now that he has been with them longer and gotten some chemistry with his teammates. Horford needs to have an even better season than his rookie season. He can't have a sophomore slump, and needs to keep improving so he can anchor the Hawks' down low on offense and defense.

Unfortunately for the Hawks, I don't think they can make the playoffs. Even though they will technically have more wins than last year (I believe), they will miss the playoffs due to the other teams in the East improving a lot more than they have. However, they could surprise me and barely make it again at the 8th seed, but I just don't think it will happen.

5. Charlotte Bobcats (38-44)

The Bobcats should improve a lot this year with new coach Larry Brown. This team has had lots of talent, but couldn't figure out how to play as a team. Now, one of the NBA's best coaches will be able to get them to do that. Seeing as how this team has some young talented defenders, and that's Brown's specialty, it should work out well for them.

Raymond Felton, Gerald Wallace, and Emeka Okafor are all great defenders and that's music to Brown's ears. If he can get all those good defenders to play good team defense, he can have success with the Bobcats. However, they key will be getting them to play together.

They also have their veteran leader in Jason Richardson. Richardson has proved to be a great scorer them, and their biggest contributor on offense. Wallace has also turned into a good offensively player as well, but he tends to be too reckless and gets himself injured. He needs to keep himself healthy if he wants to help the Bobcats be a competitive team in the division and conference.

Their biggest weaknesses are at center and point guard. Felton is a good defensive point guard, but hasn't done a good job of leading the team at the point and distributing the ball. He also needs to improve his shooting percentages as well (41.3% field goal shooting and 28.0% 3pt field goal shooting last year). Nazr Mohammed is a solid center, but shouldn't be a starter. He can be a good role player off the bench, but wouldn't be good enough to start on most other teams. This is the biggest problem for the Bobcats; their biggest weaknesses are two important positions for team's to have success. That will be what holds them back this year.

Brown will improve them this year, but not enough to make the playoffs yet. They still need a better point guard and center, and I don't think Brown will be able to get them to play as team as much as they need to right off the bat. Now as long as he stays there and works with them, they could be a playoff team in a year or two.
Posted on: October 2, 2008 3:03 pm
 

2009 NBA Mock Draft

Soon we will be starting the 2009 NBA Mock Draft. It is similar to the All Time Mock Draft that we did this summer, but this time we only use current players. Even if you are not involved in this, I encourage you to follow along and vote in the matchups when we start them. Here is everything you need to know about the 2009 NBA Mock Draft right now:


Official Rules for 2009 NBA Mock Draft:


1. Draft will be a snake style draft (1st Roud: 1 to 16 2nd Round: 16 to 1 etc.)

2. No draft pick trading

3. 8 hour time limit for each pick (you can leave a list of choices with someone if you dont' think you will be able to make your pick on time)

4. 10-man rosters (10 rounds of drafting)

5. Only current players that are on an NBA roster can be picked and will be judged based upon how good they are currently not the future or past

6. Injuries don't count; pretend all players are at full health

7. There will be gameplan deadlines and restrictions:
a) Gameplans are not allowed to be over 1000 words
b) If gameplans don't get turned by the date I set, you will forfeit the matchup
c) If both teams don't turn in gameplans, I will put up both team's official rosters and we will vote off them alone

8. Divisions are choosen at random for first part of pool play. The second round of pool play and tournament seedings will be set up in this system. After we play 3 games (everyone plays everyone in their division once), then we will use this system:

Division A:

1st place in North Division
1st place in South Division
1st place in East Division
1st place in West Division


Division B:

2nd place in North Division
2nd place in South Division
2nd place in East Division
2nd place in West Division


Division C:

3rd place in North Division
3rd place in South Division
3rd place in East Division
3rd place in West Division


Division D:


4th place in North Division
4th place in South Division
4th place in East Division
4th place in West Division


Tourney seeding: Division A - 1st-4th Division B - 5th-8th Division C - 9th-12th Division D - 13th-16th

9. There will be 3 rounds of trading/add-drop sessions throughout the seasons:
a) directly after the draft is over
b) directly after 1st round of pool play is over
c) right before the tournament starts
Trading Rules:
a) no more than 5 players can be traded during each session
b) a maximum of 2 trades will be allowed per each session
Add-Drop Rules:
a) you can only add-drop twice for each session
b) you can add someone who was dropped (but I'll keep a close on eye out for cheating; like trying to do another trade through add-drop)
c) the add-drop order will be determined by reverse order of ranking

10. NO CHEATING IS ALLOWED AND WILL NOT BE TOLERATED. That means no voting for yourself on any accounts you have (in case you don't understand). Cheating will result in an automatic loss and removal from league.

Draft Order:


1. SpecKeta
2. MrRedSoxBaller
3. The Big B
4. clutch1212
5. The Flavor
6. Harst
7. submission
8. Michigan Sports
9. ChrisperJ10
10. North Harbour
11. Bluejays4ws
12. Nuggets_SOS
13. goodfellas31
14. lakers2408
15. DJTANKELITE
16. TheSkins8

Divisions:


North Division

Specketa
The Flavor
ChrisperJ10
goodfellas31

South Division


MrRedSox Baller
Harst
North Harbour
lakers2408

East Division


The Big B
submission
Bluejays4ws
DJTANKELITE

West Division

clutch1212
Michigan Sports
Nuggets_SOS
TheSkins8

If you want to talk with me or any other members about this tourney, go here: www.sportsline.com/mcc/messages/chr
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Posted on: September 24, 2008 1:16 pm
 

It's an Official Lions Holiday!

Today is an official holiday for Lions fans. Matt Millen is finally gone, and we are dancing in the streets everywhere (I just came back in from dancing myself). We no longer have to see this face with our team (see picture to the left). We no longer being oppressed by him, and we can now be free to become an actually NFL team again. We no longer have to see wide receivers drafted in the 1st round ever year. We no longer have to see our team embarrassed every Sunday. We no longer have to wonder what Top 5 pick we will have in the next draft. We will no longer have feel ashamed to be a Lions fan!

If some of you didn't believe it before; the curse of Bobby Lane is officially over. Bobby cursed back in the 50s when the last time we were a good team. Now his 50 years of cursing the team is finally over and that is reinforced now by the greatest thing a Lions fan could ask for: the firing of Matt Millen. The Lions can now improve and actually attempt to be a successful NFL team and maybe one day actually win the Super Bowl! I know I know, I shouldn't set the bar that high but instead just hope for a playoff appearance and then some playoff victories. I just am too excited and too happy that I can see the Lions actually going somewhere now!

Who will be our next GM? Right now I don't really care and I'm not concerned with that right now. All I know is as long as the new GM isn't named Matt Millen, I will be happy. All Lions know how bad it's been, and right now all we care about is that he's finally gone! All the others might be scared and realize that the Lions won't be just a cake walk team every week. They are nervous now because the Lions will actually become a team that will be a challenge. The Packers, Bears, and Vikings won't just be competing with each for the NFC North anymore, but now they will have to worry about the Lions winning it. If I wake up and this a dream, I will be very upset. I'm not dreaming right? This is really happening? Please, tell me I'm actually seeing this happen! I never thought I see this happen until Millen or Ford Sr. croaked.

So from here on out, September 24th is "Lions Freedom Day" and will be recognized as an official holiday. Yes that means no school and no work. We deserve it and we couldn't be happier, so we need some time to enjoy this moment and celebrate it! Matt Millen is gone; all the Lions say:

HOOOOOOOORRRRRAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAYYYYY
YYYY!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted on: September 18, 2008 3:33 pm
 

2008/2009 NBA Awards Predictions

MVP - Dwyane Wade

This is his year to shine, and he will relish the opportunity. He has Shawn Marion and Michael Beasley to be his wing men that will help him get the Heat back into the playoffs in the East. If you didn't get this feeling like me from seeing him play in the Olympics, than you didn't watch the Olympics. He is back at full health and will stay there all season long. Watch him pull off once spectacular year and earning himself his 1st MVP.

Rookie of the Year - Greg Oden


Yes, I said Greg Oden. Now be honest, who forget Oden is still a rookie because he didn't play all of last year? It's okay to admit if you did. He is a monster on the boards, and shot blocking machine. He has some solid moves in the paint as well, but his scoring is one thing that he will need to improve on at the NBA level. I'm saying he pulls down double digit rebounds over the whole year, and gets around 2 blocks a game as well. Some where around 10-15 point per game too.

Defensive Player of the Year - Josh Smith

This will be the year he explodes. Josh has been a top defender for the last couple of years, but he hasn't been able to put himself at the top yet. I believe this is the year he puts himself at the top. He is going to average a double double this year with points and rebounds, and he will average over 2 blocks and 2 steals. Not only that, he will help the Hawks make back to back playoff appearances.

6th man award - Manu Ginobili

Now Ginobili should be starting so this isn't really fair. Even with a bum ankle he can win this 6th man award because he will be playing starters minutes and put up lots of good numbers.

"Real" 6th man - Jason Maxiell

By "real" I mean an actually 6th man. Unlike Ginobili, Maxiell most likely won't start and get starter minutes. He will be part of the "Zoo Crew" for the Pistons and continue to improve on his game as he has year after year. Him and Rodney Stuckey will be huge off the bench for the Pistons. He will come in to give them lots of energy and a post presence on offense and defense. He should be starting by next year if not sometime this year.

Most Improve Player - Randy Foye or Devin Harris

I couldn't decide here. I believe both of these guys will have huge years, and improve a lot from last year. Harris was better last year, but I believe he will still be better than Foye this year as well. However, I believe Foye will finally start playing like the PG the Timberwolves have been expecting out of him since they drafted him. Harris will be starting for the Nets, should put himself into the Top 10 PGs after this year, and Foye will put himself right outside that Top 10.

Coach of the Year - Mo Cheeks

The 76ers made the playoffs last year as the 6th seed. Mo Cheeks was a huge part of that and would have won this award last year if it wasn't for Byron Scott and the Hornets. Now this year he will have Elton Brand and a young team that just added some more experience under their belts. Look for Cheeks to lead the 76ers into the playoffs yet again, but this time they will be a higher seed (Top 4).
 
 
 
 
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