Posted on: February 14, 2009 9:00 pm

Slam Dunk Live Blog-asm: Getting Close

Detroit just won the 3-point contest. That was a lot of fun actually.

And it was funny seeing all the Phoenix fans here boo Tim Duncan.

Saw Duncan smile once. Three rare things in life: spotting the Loch Ness monster, tax cuts for the poor and Duncan cracking a smile.

There's a woman in front of me holding the actually 3-point champion trophy. She just sat it down six inches from my table. Should I grab it real quick?

Bet I could pawn it for $100 easy.

Seeing Bill Laimbeer, who was on the winning Detroit team, is weird. Not used to seeing him without his elbow in someone's groin.

Now comes the skills challenge. Check back in soon.

Category: NBA
Posted on: February 14, 2009 7:47 pm

Slam Dunk Contest Live Blog-asm: Crazy Idea

The following idea has been discussed a bit before by some in the media but not enough: I love the idea of having all the All-Star games on one day.

Yes, one day. So the NHL, MLB, NBA and NFL would all have their All-Star games on the same Sunday.

In my All-Star fantasy world, it'd work like this.

On Sunday, for example, at 10 a.m. eastern, the NHL would have it's All-Star game. Then a one hour break, and baseball would have it's game. There'd be another one hour break (fans need time to run to the store for more drinks and toilet paper) and the NFL would play it's game. By now, it's around 6 or 7 p.m. eastern. The NBA would then have it's game. I'd play the NBA game last because it's the most entertaining of the bunch.

In my dream I'd try to have them all in one warm weather city at an indoor arena. Phoenix wouldn't be a bad place to have them.

Crazy, right?

But wouldn't that be fun?

Dunk contest coming up soon.

Category: NBA
Posted on: February 14, 2009 6:44 pm
Edited on: February 14, 2009 6:57 pm

Live Blogging Slam Dunk Contest get your popcorn ready.

By the way, boy was I wrong about the H-O-R-S-E / G-E-I-C-O / G-E-I-H-O-R-S-E contest.

I think this was one of those ideas that's better in theory than practice. The problem is the shots the players are taking aren't all that creative or funny.

They started out with long jumpers. That's it? That's their idea of H-O-R-S-E? It wasn't until later when the shots got more creative but they weren't creative enough.

Don't you remember playing horse as a kid and doing some crazy shots? Like dribbling the ball through your legs, in your underwear, while drinking a beer?

Or was that just me?

Seriously, the crazier the shot the better.

I never thought H-O-R-S-E / G-E-I-C-O / G-E-I-H-O-R-S-E could be so boring.

But don't give up on the idea, NBA. It can work. Just tell the players to loosen up a bit next year.

Category: NBA
Posted on: February 8, 2009 6:17 pm

Lakers: Kings of the Regular Season

Great win, Los Angeles.


You win a lot of big regular season games, Los Angeles. But while you may fool some of the ex-player suck ups at ESPN, you're not fooling me again.

We've seen this movie before.

The Lakers and Ko-Me Bryant will impress in the regular season, maybe even get to the Finals. That's what they do.

Then the postseason will arrive and they'll get bullied and punk'd by one of the tough teams from the East.

Just like last year.

If the Lakers play Boston in the Finals, they'll get smoked.

Just like last year.

Los Angeles still doesn't possess the inside toughness to beat one of the great teams from the East when it really counts.

So congratulations, Los Angeles.

You've earned a title.

Best team in the regular season.

Category: NBA
Tags: Lakers
Posted on: December 31, 2008 5:40 pm


Charles Barkley was arrested on suspicion of DUI and there is lots of glee, it seems, on message boards and across cyberspace.

If you are happy about this, it actually says more about you as a person, than it does Barkley.

If he did this, he should be put in jail. Drunk drivers are a plague.

However, what's equally troublesome is the reaction of people. There are many, it seems, who want Barkley to greatly suffer and their desire for these things has nothing to do with his alleged act. They want him to burn for his views and are utilizing this arrest as a window to attack him.

These people have brought race into this conversation where it didn't exist and that tells you a lot.

So when you're posting about Barkley don't hide your disgust behind fake outrage. Just say you're happy he was arrested because you don't like him or his views.

Category: NBA
Posted on: December 26, 2008 9:33 am

Lakers Kings of the Regular Season

Congratulations, LA. You do great in the regular season.

And you still haven't beaten the Celtics when it counts.

That win over Boston this past weekend means nothing. Absolutely, nothing.

Ko-Me Bryant still hasn't won a title without Shaquille O'Neal and the Lakers still haven't avenged that massive choke job to Boston in the championship last year. Regular season doesn't count.

So nice victory for the Lakers. You sure did celebrate like you won the title.

But you haven't. Yet.
Category: NBA
Tags: Lakers
Posted on: July 1, 2008 11:11 am

Great Move by Stern

Thank you, David Stern, thank you.

Stern has his faults. He's stubborn and sometimes slow to act but there's a reason why he's the best commissioner in sports and what he just did is another example why.

The NBA announced that Stern appointed former United States Army Major General Ronal L. Johnson to the new position of Senior Vice President, Referee Operations.

As many NBA sources have told me over the past few months -- pleaded really -- the NBA needed a strong head to oversee its referee operations and hiring a former Army general certainly fits the bill.

It's clear this has long been needed. NBA officiating this year, in my opinion, was among the worst I've seen in professional basketball i the some 20 years I've been around the sport. Throw in the Tim Donaghy scandal and the NBA was long overdue for something like this.

"I'm thrilled," said Mark Cuban in an e-mail to me. "This is exactly what the NBA needed."

When you read Johnson's bio you cannot help but be impressed.

But what Stern did is more than appointing someone highly qualified. It's an admission, finally, by Stern, something needed to be done about his officials.

And I don't believe Johnson will be a "yes man." I think he'll have real, significant power and say.

So thank you, Stern, for doing the right thing.

Category: NBA
Posted on: June 26, 2008 10:33 pm

Best player to emerge from this draft will be...

Chris Douglas-Roberts.

So that's maybe a stretch. But that's my story and I'm sticking to it.

A safer bet: Kevin Love.

Love me some Love.

Final thought: Rose and Beasley will struggle but Mayo will prosper.

They already have a nickname for him in Minnesota: Mayo Clinic.

Not bad.

Goodnight all and may you never clap your hands like an annoying YES exec.
Category: NBA
Tags: NBA Draft
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