Posted on: May 6, 2009 9:18 pm
BOSTON -- ...is reinventing himself.
I'll probably write more about this in a few days but he's turning his career around.
In the first quarter against the Celtics he led all scorers with 11 points.
It's true all he can do is hit the outside shot but that's not a bad talent to have in the NBA.
We'll see if he can keep this up.
Posted on: April 26, 2009 8:00 pm
When he first returned to TNT following his drunk driving arrest, Barkley was a little quieter than normal. I imagine he knew everyone was watching and held back a bit.
Now, he's back in full force.
When discussing Chicago's Ben Gordon hitting the floor hard after a foul during Sunday's Chicago win against Boston, it was classic Barkley. "That's why we play basketball, though," he said. "We're not baseball players."
I don't know why but I laughed out loud after he said that.
It was vintage Barkley.
Good to have him back.
Posted on: April 9, 2009 12:58 pm
I thought it would work. I thought Shaquille O'Neal would turn the Phoenix Suns into a playoff force this season. That didn't happen. I was wrong. The deal to ship O'Neal to the Suns was a terrific bust.
O'Neal won't be in the playoffs for the first time since 1993. Not only did Shaq's big ass drag himself down, he was like a broken aileron, pulling down the entire Phoenix team. Steve Nash last missed the postseason in 1999 and the Suns last missed the playoffs in 2004.
O'Neal to the Suns was a disaster.
O'Neal is done. He was a great champion, one of the best big men ever, but he's too advanced in age to carry a team any longer. I'm not saying Shaq is old but his Social Security number is one.
What does all this mean? It means it's time for Ko-Me Bryant to finally demonstrate he can win a championship without O'Neal.
It's the perfect time to do it. O'Neal is out of the playoffs and Bryant can capture a title and finally tell his critics like me to get bent.
Posted on: February 14, 2009 11:16 pm
Edited on: February 14, 2009 11:25 pm
A victory for Robinson is a victory for the Little People across the world. Good for him. All 2 feet 11 of him.
He was clearly the crowd favorite and saved the dunk contest. It went from mediocre to great because of Robinson.
Dwight Howard shouldn't have been in the final round. No way. He didn't deserve it. Fernandez did.
Fernandez's first two dunks were far more challenging and creative and the judges -- because of bias toward Howard -- gave Fernandez low ball scores of 42 in his first two rounds when Robinson deserved far higher.
Howard got two perfect scores but didn't deserve them.
That was awful. Howard was a legacy pick. The judges wanted him in the final round because he's popular.
That was a G-E-I-C-O conspiracy.
But the dunk contest overall was pretty good and borderline great. Next year it might even be better with the news that LeBron James is planning to compete it. If he does, that will be a ratings bonanza.
In the meantime, with Robinson the new champion, somewhere Gary Coleman is partying like crazy.
Posted on: February 14, 2009 10:59 pm
The final two contestants: Howard versus the Little Person, Nate Robinson.
Robinson is first and does a monster reverse jam. That was strong.
Howard just dunked. OK, that was good. Off the side of the basket and in.
That was actually great.
Then Robinson rebounds with a great dunk by jumping over Howard and dunking.
These two just saved the dunk contest.
Robinson is wearing green for kryptonite. He's done a good job representing Little People all across the world.
Now, it's Howard's turn.
He instructs the dancers -- sit down! -- to move. They part. Howard moves not so far from me. He's at one end of the court and runs then leaps near the free throw line. His foot is just inside it.
Decent but not great.
I think Robinson deserved to win this.
Posted on: February 14, 2009 10:43 pm
Fernandez, the persecuted European facing extreme bigotry, is on his second try. Pau Gasol is his helper. Mistake right there. Gasol is too soft to be in a dunk contest.
Fernandez is royally screwing this one up. After his awesome first dunk, this was one God awful. He got booed.
Then he tried again and nailed it. The successful dunk was beautiful.
He got a 42. Are you kidding me? He deserved a perfect 10 for that.
J.R. Smith has his assistant in the stands, tossing an alley oop. He nails it on the fourth try. It was very creative, actually. The judges got this one right. They gave him a 42.
Nate Robinson returns. He's going old school by having his assistant on all fours (get your mind out of the trash). Robinson jumps on his back and dunks. Not creative at all and kind of lame.
Howard is back. His first dunk was extremely boring. Now he has a dunk apprentice and...wha? He's bringing in an entirely different basket.
What the hell?
The basket is being put into place. Never seen this before in dunk history. The crowd is getting very excited. The second basket is higher than the original.
Then he goes into a phone booth and changes into a red cape.
Sit down dancers!
Howard dunks on the new goal which is 11-feet.
He gets another perfect score.
The dunk was good but again it wasn't perfect score worthy.
Rip off. Howard is winning on legacy points.
Posted on: February 14, 2009 10:28 pm
They just introduced the participants. Dwight Howard, because he's funny, danced during his entire introduction.
There's no way the guy from the Knicks can win. He's 4-11. Plus, he's wearing ugly orange shoes.
The judges are seated at a table looking like they're about to take a math exam.
I think one of the props the players should use is Doyel's bald head.
Haven't seen Charles Barkley yet. Hopefully someone gave him a ride here.
Can we get this thing going please? Please.
Cheryl Miller is interviewing Howard. I have to admit. I have a crush on her. Saw her working out in a hotel gym once and she was benching 250. She'd kick my ass, I think.
J.R. Smith is first. Bounce then hard dunk. Not a bad way to get started. Pretty good.
Rudy Fernandez is next. Oh my God. That was good. Behind the back, off the glass, then dunk.
But he only got a 42. He got robbed! It's because he's white! Racists!
Nate Robinson, 3 foot 9, is up. Good dunk. Windmill. I think he's a crowd favorite because he's a little person.
What? A 46 for that?
Howard's next. No Superman cape. Two warm up tries went bad and then his first dunk attempt didn't work. Behind the goal, catch and then windmill. He got a 50.
Now, that's garbage. No way he deserved a perfect score.
Someone please tell the dancers in front of me to sit down.
On second thought: never mind.
CBSSports.com got nice front court seats. We're special.
The first round ends with Howard in front even if he doesn't deserve to be.
Posted on: February 14, 2009 9:28 pm
After the skills competition there was the extremely talented young kid who played the sax. He started to play, sounded brilliant, and about half way through he got booted.
Can you believe that?
The NBA hates children!