The NBA trading deadline proved to be more hype filled than full of trades. With rumors of Shaq joining the Cavs and Tyson Chandler traded to the OK City only to have a toe fail his physical. This years deadline did not move too many big names at all. Jermaine O’neal for Shawn Marion has probably the largest impact of any other trades but assure that O’neal will disappoint the Heat. The guy plays with no fire and he carries a huge contract.
News in Phoenix reports that Amare Stoudemire could miss the rest of the regular season due to suffering a partially detached retina in his right eye on Wednesday. This all after the 140 points the Suns put up over the Clips. Huge loss for the Suns.
Reports have indicated the Boston Celtics will pursue Joe Smith, all this pending Smith getting a contract buyout. He will also consider the Cavs. We know how buyouts go right Mr. Marbury.
Robert Horry rumor once again surfaces. He is considering playing this season and since he’s had relations with Cavs General Manager Danny Ferry, Cleveland could be his new destination. Imagine if you could show up 3/4 of the way through a season, play in the playoffs and collect a huge paycheck basically in four months. It’s like crab fishing in the Bering Sea, minus the sea sickness and potential death.
Newsflash, the Sixers offered Dalembert to everyone and their cousins including the Los Angeles Clippers for center Chris Kaman during the last week. No one wants him, no surprise there.
Tyson Chandler said he was surprised he failed the physical. The OK City doctor who administered the test and was the same who operated on his toe said he wasn’t good to go. “I don’t understand that,” Chandler said. “I haven’t missed a game because of it in the last three years after I had the surgery. I think had it been anywhere else or anything else it would not have been a problem or issue.” Failing a physical due to a toe injury is like blaming your cousin for your use of steroids.
Rafer Alston going to Orlando presents a good addition in the backcourt. A guy who handles the ball well and can move like Skip-to-my-Lou! Solid pickup since Jameer Nelsons out.
Chris Wilcox and Larry Hughes will fit into the fast-paced offensive scheme in New York but are yet to realize that the Knicks suck.
Twolves pickup a solid Bobby Brown and Shelden Williams. Williams was a top-5 pick in the draft with a big frame helping out Minnesota in the paint since Big Al is lost for the season.
Celts had a chance at Nocioni but were rumored to having to give up four players for him. They basically picked up then traded players for a 2nd round pick. I want them to grab Bobby Jackson, I think he would fit in really well here. KG strained his knee…cutting his road trip short and making me bleed a little green last night.
Brad Miller returns to the windy city of Chicago, hoping to finally make an impact.
Jason Williams, aka Whiteboy, is requesting reinstatment into the league. He’s looking to help a contender like Celtics or the Heat into a late playoff run. I thought he was terrible in his last years in Miami. He could handle the rock moderately well but his shooting touch lacked anything desirable.
Sidenote, I am A-Rods cousin, pay me for an exclusive story. Inject my wallet kids!!
Due to the fact it’s NBA all-star weekend, we got to give you a showcase of some of the best performances on the big stage. From the 3-point contest to the slam dunk competition; the weekend remains to be one of the most exciting all-star weekends in sports. Phoenix will host the festivities and we should probably expect someone to get arrested on a drunk driving charge. Maybe carrying a concealed weapon charges and possibly beating up or refusing to pay a stripper. After all it is the NBA, anything is possible! Not much else to do in Arizona.
Larry Legend…always a showstopper!
One of the best dunk contests ever…MJ and Nique. Who knew he’d become such a great GM for the Bobcats…oh wait.
And let’s top it off with a little dance off…look at the big fella move!!
Enjoy the festivities
Friday, Feb. 13
7pm ET: NBA Celebrity Game (ESPN)
9pm ET: Rookie Challenge Game (TNT)
9:15 p.m. ET: D-League Skills Competition
Saturday, Feb. 14
4pm ET: D-League All-Star game (NBA TV)
5pm-7pm ET: Inside the NBA, HORSE game (TNT)
8pm ET: NBA All-Star Saturday Night (TNT)
Shooting Stars TNT
Skills Challenge TNT
Three-Point Shootout TNT
Slam Dunk Contest TNT
Sunday, Feb. 15
8PM: 58th NBA All-Star Game TNT
Let me start off by saying, I hate Reggie Miller as a player. Every time he played the Celtics I would heckle and despise his every movement. From his baseline to baseline flops through screens, his cocky attitude and litte prissy ways. I couldn’t stand the guy. Every time he touched the ball he got boo’ed but he’d still hit his shots. In no way would we embrace Reggie Miller in the Garden even today. Not even if he smacked Bill Lambeer on a TNT broadcast. Ok, maybe if he smacked Bill Lambeer and Ulf Samuelson, then I would consider an ovation.
After Monday night’s “MVP” chants in Madison Square Garden by Knicks fans, Reggie supposedly texted back and forth with Spike Lee. His first text being “Oh how the mighty have fallen.” He goes on to say he knows he never got cheered there and Jordan probably never got cheered. Basically saying that Madison Square Garden has lost it’s luster and toughness. To welcome an outsider like Kobe with an MVP chant after he just threw 61 points on the home team is weak. Spike Lee went on to say “‘Look, times have changed. The climate has changed.'”
I think Spike is missing the point here. New York is a tough town! No one should come in there and get applause like that. Come on! I hate New York, I hate it even more now that they cheered for Kobe. In good or bad days(like the current Knicks times), you have to support your team. Great performances like Kobe’s on monday warrant boos and silence. Take a note from your Yankee comrades and leave the game early. But in no way should you be cheering for a one man team that is Kobe. I respect him as a player but if he did that in my hometown, I’d be pissed. That’s why you choose to root for a team like the Knicks(do people still cheer for the Knicks?), for nights when Kobe comes to town and you harass his ass until he flops. Now replace Kobe with Paul Pierce scoring 61…you still cheering now? Didn’t think so. I can’t believe I agree with Reggie Miller. Now that’s tough to swallow.
This week in the NBA, with so much time off and money piling up, Stephon Marbury decided to hold an online chat. He basically explained his side of the holdout and proclaimed to the academy that he is not a selfish player. He did support his cause saying
“I have averaged eight assists per game throughout my career.” Good stat but he did show up late to the chat. Not the best start to my Celtics approval interview.
The Shaq and Kobe feud is more like a Forrest Gump and Jenny relationship. They go together like peas and carrots! Shaq assured us all that the media made up the whole feud and it’s just another marketing ploy. He goes on to say “We’re still the greatest little-man, big-man 1-2 punch ever created in the history of the game.” They reunite on the West All-star side next month.
We now bring you the best excuse to be snubbed for the all-star team. This week’s winner is Carmelo Anthony. Melo was a little upset he got overlooked and said the injury had to be the key for not being selected. He says “I didn’t think I did nothing wrong,”, “My game didn’t do nothing wrong. That’s the only thing that could have (hurt Anthony, is his injury).” This isn’t a DUI questioning Carmelo; the media always asks questions after games. Melo did deserve to be named to the West all-star team, just didn’t like his defense.
Andrew Bynum will not face a suspension by the league for his hit on Gerald Wallace. Wallace suffered a collapsed lung after the Bynum forearm shiver. Bynum says “I’m sending flowers to his hospital room.” Bynum has stepped up his game this past month; he is also looking to represent the Lakers in Wrestlemania 25. Kendrick Perkins hacked Maxiell last night so I can’t even make my Lakers are dirty case. Instead, I’ll just move along…next topic!
Did someone say we’re going streaking? Yes it’s true, the Celtics have got the mojo going again and have won 10 straight. With the bench boys, House and Big Baby stepping it up, they’ve really showcased their toughness and 3-point shooting. They did snub Rondo and Ray Allen from the all-star game and now they’re pissed. Cavaliers are 22-0 at home this season. Holy Mo Williams! This guy scares me and with big Z back in action, the Cavs look tough. Should definitely be a fun second half of the season.
Farewell Lucky the mascot, he got fired (sweet justice). Can we hire MC Hammer now? Think of the possibilities! My my my my music…
Here’s a double whammy for me:
1. On January 26th, the Los Angeles Clippers will play the Portland Trail Blazers (at home). I’ve got to get a hold of tickets so I can watch one team BLAZE another (in case you don’t understand which team I’m rooting for it’s the Blazers).
2. During halftime of that game, the Clippers will be celebrating India’s Republic day (not to be confused with its Independence Day). If you’ve read any of my previous posts you already know that I’m an Indian American with the possibility of becoming a motel owner, 711 manager or taxi driver.
No really though – This is great news! To finally see cultural celebrations being recognized by mainstream Americans shows that our community is pushing in the right direction. What’s even more surprising is that it’s done through sports and not political actions. Now I know the NBA is looking to spread its brand across South Asia and hopes this can provide publicity – But the fact that they are doing it is good enough for me (and most South Asians aren’t very tall so their publicity will only bring back 5’ 5” scrappy players who would face the Mutombo’s of basketball).
As usual a portion of the proceeds from this event will benefit victims of the recent terrorist attacks in Mumbai, India. If you’re looking to watch the game live you can buy discounted tickets from the Clippers’ NBA page.
Skrybe – Keep it Fly
Pop quiz. Where do basketball fans throw water bottles and missiles on the court at players? Detroit seems like the answer here but you’re wrong. Where do teams pay the fines for unruly fans and rowdy behavior? Where do players like Bonzi Wells average 44 ppg and dominate night after night? If you said the CYO league at the local Catholic school, you’re still wrong. The answer is the CBA in China. It seems that the basketball out in China has adapted a more physical style of play that has the CBA handing out heavy fines to players and teams. This appears to be happening all because of some remarks Yao Ming made after China’s disappointing exit in the Olympics. He claimed the Chinese style of play was not physical enough and in order to compete with the best in the world, they would need to adapt a new standard of aggressive, tough basketball in the country.
Well the CBA has responded with over $140,500 in fines and more brawls on and off the court than ever before. With fans not understanding the reasoning behind fouls called and assuming bias towards their players, they respond by throwing water bottles and rioting. CBA chief Liu said “The league has not done a good enough job in getting the message about physicality out.” They need some proper training for their officials because with the physical play, referees are unsure of what is considered good contact and what is considered an actual foul. NBA referees are expected to appear and assist in traning sessions with the Chinese referees to aid the adjustment process.
Americans have also commented on the level of play in China saying that it was not much impressive at all. Not to mention, some players like Gabe Muoneke, former University of Texas player who now plays for the Yunnan Running Red Bulls, got jumped by several Chinese players after a game. He even said the beating wasn’t bad at all. He is one of many Americans who find success in China, but is that necessarily a good thing? With a guy like Bonzi Wells averaging 44 points per game in the CBA, this really doesn’t give him accolades in the NBA. It shows how much more developed players in the NBA actually are and how far behind some countries remain to be.
With the NBA looking to develop new arenas in China in the coming years, look for an increased level of play in China. Yao told a country to be more aggressive and the whole country responded. Imagine what he could do as president, not to mention his giant stature in society. Would Kim Jong Il ever have the guts to stand up to Yao face to face? Can you imagine the priceless photos and video you would get from that meeting? In time maybe the CBA will be a competitive league for D-league NBA players to work on their skills. As for right now, the league is still adjusting and learning to protect it’s players and teams. I’d take Bonzi Wells out of there ASAP. Actually on second thought, let him bask in his greatness while it lasts!
Now Eddy Curry hasn’t played much basketball this season (2 minutes, 38 seconds), but working in New York must have its perks. Fine dining establishments, front row seats to Knicks games and your own driver taking care of ‘all’ your needs. Coach D’Antoni hinted at the big fellas knee injuries and how they could be stemming from his tub of flub. With the Knicks running an up tempo offensive system, Curry needs to be in strong game shape and form in order to fit into this offense. He’s currently overweight and not dropping too many pounds anytime soon. Curry was set be the enforcer for the Knicks, but with the knee injury has not been able to contribute. Tyson Chandler had this to say about his friend “Maybe his opportunity will come elsewhere. There are so many teams in this league, especially in the East, where they bang and grind. There is a place for big guys that score on the block.” Knicks have been rumored to be offering Curry in trade talks.
The weight problems aren’t the only issues in Eddy’s New York state of mind. Former driver, David Kuchinsky presented a sexual harassment suit against the Knick center. He claims that Curry tried to solicit gay sex from him. Kuchinsky also claims Curry approached him in the nude saying “Look at me, Dave, look” and “Come and touch it, Dave.” He also claims he was ordered “out of the scope of his employment” to remove and wash Eddy’s dirty tag rags.
It doesn’t end here. Kuchinsky, both straight and Jewish, claims racial discrimination saying Curry threw racial slurs at him including “f—ing Jew,” “cracker,” “white slave,” “white devil” and “grandmaster of the KKK.” He also says Curry allegedly pointed a gun at him on two separate occasions, showing him a bullet present in the chamber. A groggy Isiah Thomas would then limp in calling Kuchinsky a “b*tch” and yank the gold chain from Kuchinsky’s neck. He would then offer it in a trade for two twinkies and a slim Jim to the pawn shop down the street. (Isiah comments are only harsh rumors)
He was hired as his full-time chauffeur but eventually became his errand boy and a character for abuse. Kuchinsky says he is owed $68,000 in unpaid wages, as well as $25,000 in expenses for which Curry never repaid him.
Curry’s lawyer, Kelly Saindon, denied all of allegations, calling them “absolutely untrue,” and saying Kuchinsky began making a series of claims for unpaid wages several months ago, upping the ante each time. Curry refused to comment before last night’s game.
From fat boy to frat boy!
As Darius Miles was ready to clear waivers Friday morning, an interesting yet bullying memo was sent out to the other 29 teams in the NBA. The Portland Trailblazers released an email threatening any team with legal action who was to sign or claim Miles off of waivers just to put a burden on the Blazers salary cap. If Miles was to play in two more games this season, his 18 million dollar contract would count against the Portland salary cap and force them to pay the NBA luxury tax next summer. They will probably be charged 8 million against the cap which is a lot of money. This especially for a guy they signed in 2004 for 6 years, 48 million dollars. Miles would go on to get hurt in 2006 and never play for the Trailblazers again. Portland listed his injury as career-ending and thought they parted ways with the former star.
One must admit this kind of threat is ridiculous yet reasonable for a team whose money could be in danger. In no way should any team control the rights of a player like Miles to ever play in the NBA again.
The players association had this to say; “Their attempt to intimidate the other 29 NBA teams by threatening frivolous litigation merely for signing this capable NBA veteran is a clear violation of the anti-collusion and other provisions of our Collective Bargaining Agreement. We will vigorously defend Darius’ rights.”
Let’s put this in Board Game terms. Refer to a monopoly board, Portland places Miles in jail forever. Do not pass go do not lose 18 million dollars. Now the Memphis Grizzlies are the get out of jail free card (signed Miles to a 10-day contract). If he plays in 2 more games it’s like Portland landed on Park Place and Boardwalk which the NBA owns. Now did Memphis do this to spite Portland? Probably and kudos to them for doing so. The Grizzlies may think a player like Miles may be of some use to their team for 10 days. “Darius Miles is focused on one thing — that’s returning to play basketball. That’s it. He’s not focusing on any of those other issues,” said agent Jeff Wechsler. Not to mention, a threat like this has never worked in favor of the person threatening. It all stems from what any child does on a normal basis. Billy don’t touch the hot stove. Of course Billy touches the stove, he’s curious to see what hot feels like. Lawsuits and threats, now if that doesn’t describe America in a nutshell, I don’t know what does.
OK. 2008 didnt see the Football Huskies tally another National Championship, nor did it showcase the Mariners coming back from 2 games to none to send the Yankees home from the playoffs, or did the Seahawks go undefeated at home en route to another Super Bowl shot….but, what it did provide was a miserable, cellar-dweller, across the board, display of mediocrity from the entire line of Seattle based sports teams. But! I have also spent the last 8 years watching a certain President drive our economy into the ground, pick fights with every country but Canada, and pile-drive the morale of American citizens. And what happened next? HOPE. Yes, hope…as in Barack Obama…as in no more Bush….as in better and more opportunity.
The pieces are in place for the city of Seattle to rise up and bring respectability back to a city of higher standards. Like the Huskies football team, the Seattle Supersonics (remember them), and the Seattle Storm* of the WNBA, we will look at how and why each franchise/college team has a shot at bringing home the gold.
(* means “nobody cares”)
Let’s not forget that the Mariners were fighting for the AL West title just 2 years ago. The only true losses from that team are Raul Ibanez and Jose Guillen, but the youth and the addition of Erik Bedard make this team as talented if not more than ’07. Seattle has the best leadoff man in baseball, has the $$$ to sign Griffey as the DH, an onslaught of talented young catchers and pitchers, highly touted infielders Yuniesky Betancourt and Jose Lopez, a charismatic young GM and a new Manager that brings winning experience by way of Oakland and Anaheim (I refuse to play the “Los Angeles of “game). Prediction: 84-78 record, Jeff Clement, Brandon Morrow and Felix Hernandez become All-Stars and the AL West was in reach until Bedard got hurt.
In 3 seasons with Atlanta, Jim Mora Jr. was 26-22 building around the anti-christ to animal rights activists, Vick, and establishing a top running game. Why is this relevant? Mora not only has Hasselback at QB, but has the speedy and creative Seneca Wallace to work with. Seattle also has an army of “C” class RB’s to work, similar to what Mora had in Atlanta, but made successful. The defense boasts Pro Bowlers Patrick Kerney, Marcus Trufant, Lofa Tatupu, and Julian Peterson and have all intentions to add a high-profile free agent, probably a safety (Jermaine Phillips, Kerry Rhodes) or DT (Albert haynesworth, Tommie Harris)…, OR, how about bolstering the offense (Fred Jackson, Derrick Ward or maybe T.J Houshmandzadeh)???
The Seahawks boast arguably the best OT in the history of football (Walter Jones) and have a decent rest of O-line, when healthy. The receiving corps clearly needs an upgrade, even without the injuries, fortunately, Seattle has the 5th overall pick…Michael Crabtree! If we cant sign Jackson or Ward as free-agent RB’s, I have no problem with taking Chris Brown of Oklahoma with the 5th pick in the 2nd round. The talent is there, Paul Allen has the money, and the Seattle fans believe…it is all up to Mora to put it all together. Projection: 12-4, loss in the NFC Championship. Seriously.
Washington Huskies – football:
Jake Locker has the running ability, energy and potential leadership ability of Tim Tebow…unfortunately has the passing ability mostly likened to Garo Yepremian. But wait, in comes Steve Sarkisian, the former offensive coordinator and QB coach at USC, having developed Carson Palmer, Matt Leinert, Matt Cassel, John David Booty and Mark Sanchez. Couple this dynamic with WR D’Andre Goodwin, OLB Donald Butler, DT Alameda Ta’amu and a solid Offensive Line, and the Huskies could turn in and 5 to 6 win season.
Washington Huskies – basketball:
As of this moment, the Huskies are 12-3, 2-0 in the Pac-10 and undefeated in 2009. Jon Brockman is a beast down low, and the trio of Isiah Thomas, Justin Dentmon, and Quincy Poindexter get shots up. There is no reason that the Huskies cant make a serious run at the Tournament this year. Projection: 22-9 in regular season (12-6 vs Pac-10), should win 2 games in the Pac-10 tournament (24-10), that is worthy of a 8-11 seed in the NCAA 64. I’ll take it!
All in all, this is a good year. Each team has a reasonable shot to bring home a crown, although my personal projections dont allow any of them to deliver this year…but in 2010, it will happen!
Tim Tebow already solidified his place as one of the top 5 greatest college football players in history. His name will have to be mentioned alongside Herschel Walker, Doak Walker, Barry Sanders, and Red Grange. What happens in his pro career remains to be seen. Will he saunter the road taken by Danny Wuerffel or the one taken by Roger Staubach. While Tebow won’t be an all-time great NFL QB, he also won’t be a complete bust. Instead, he’ll be a fair to middling player whose glory will always be two horrible looking, yet game winning, jump passes from his collegiate days. All athletes should be so lucky.
Tim Tebow, allow me to introduce you to your NBA doppleganger. His name is J.J. Redick; you may have heard of him. Mr. Redick spent his collegiate career being adored and worshipped by folks like Dicky V, Tim Brando, and a bunch of others looking for the great hope. Redick finished as the ACC’s all-time leading scorer and that will be the pinnacle of his career. Redick now rides the pine for the Orlando Magic as he quickly found out that his collegiate dominance quickly gave way to professional mediocrity. C’est la vie. Redick has skills, but can’t compete on the next level. Similarly, Tebow has tremendous gifts on the collegiate level, but on the next level his gimmicks just won’t cut the mustard. He’ll make a nice backup QB or backup TE, but the glory days will be a thing of the past once he declares for the draft. Keep your skills up and keep healthy and you’ll be able to collect a pro paycheck for a few years. Don’t get too big for your britches. Bust a J.J. and know your role.
FlyMaster Signing Off…For Now!