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Mo Money, No Problems

Alright folks, the world of sports is not all steroids and lies.  The arguments over the juiced up era has been going on all week and it’s time we throw a positive spin onto this page.  Let’s steer away from baseball and see what’s going on in the world of hoops. 

The NBA all-star game is coming up this weekend and you know that means!  Time to watch a bunch of superstars not play defense and fight to dunk more often than the other.  TNT has gathered Kevin Durant, OJ Mayo and Joe Johnson to play a game of H-O-R-S-E.  This has potential to be at least interesting when players start missing shots and getting letters like H-O.  (This just in, they have actually sold the game of horse to a sponsor.  It will now be the game of G-E-I-C-O.  That’s G-E-I! And I’ve just lost all interest.)  You’re basically combining the slam dunk competition with a shooting challenge full of creativity.  I’ll predict a Joe Johnson victory. 

Stop complaining Cavs, Mo Williams is an all-star...finally.

Stop complaining Cavs, Mo Williams is an all-star...finally.

Mo Williams has finally found a spot on the all-star team thanks to another injured player (Chris Bosh) bailing out.  Mo’s teammates have been barking and preaching that their guy has the stats and deserves the respect to make the team.  Gilbert even used words like ‘preposterageous’ to describe the snub.  And you’re worried about our kids learning about steroids?  Let’s just steer away from NBA players as role models for spelling.  Don’t worry Lebron, Stern got your boy in. 

Big Al Jefferson is out for the season with a torn ACL in his right knee.  Sad news for such a young player having an amazing season.  This season he averaged 23.1 pts, 10.9 rebounds and 30 double doubles.  Wolves are only getting younger. 

Elton Brand needs 6-months after his surgery on his right shoulder to be healthy and able to play.  He signed a 5-year, 80 million dollar contract with the Sixers and played 29 games.  Need I say more?

The Lakers have traded Vladimir Radmanovic to the Bobcats for Adam Morrison and Shannon Brown.  Michael Jordan also had this to say about his moves in the past: “I think we’ve grown from it. I’ve grown from it and hopefully down the road when you make a choice, you try to make a better choice,”  Jordan drafted Morrison and said that sometimes it’s a gamble.  Sometimes players don’t pan out as expected.  Leave it to Jordan to take a gamble on the Morrison mustache ride!

West Coast respect after the Celtics lost to the Lakers and Spurs. 

RaginRondo

February 10, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

I agree with Reggie Miller?!?!

Kobe scores 61 pts. vs Knicks

Kobe scores 61 pts. vs Knicks

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. 

RaginRondo

February 4, 2009 Posted by | Features & Opinions, NBA | , , , , | 4 Comments

This week in the NBA

 

Not so Lucky!

Not so Lucky!

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…

RaginRondo

January 31, 2009 Posted by | NBA, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Weekend Wrap-up

Last weekend was a decent weekend for sports: Sugar Shane vs. Margarito, Arlovski vs. Fedor, Lebron’s buzzer beater, Celts vs. Mavs, Lakers vs. Spurs and NHL all-star weekend. Oh the plethora of sports was doused upon us.

So the weekend started with Lebron vs. Stephen Jackson, a battle that demonstrated “anything you can do I can do better.” 30 seconds remained and big shot after big shot led to the final seconds and Lebron with the ball. If you watch that clip, LBJ is a monster, man-child beast. We might as well call him a man beast. It was his first buzzer-beater in his NBA career, most likely not his last.

Sugar Shane worked Margarito

Sugar Shane worked Margarito

Onto Boxing, yes people are still pugilists! Now Sugar Shane Mosley fought welterweight champion Antonio Margarito at the Staples Center and the 37-year old Mosley took it to Margarito. He looked like the faster, smoother, stronger and far superior fighter on this night. What was more entertaining was Bernard Hopkins sitting and randomly standing in front of Mark Wahlberg, E from Entourage and a hammered Tobie Maguire in the stands. Wahlberg looked like he was stuck behind a Marge Simpson hairdo at the movies with Hopkins standing and barking at Mosley every round. You’d randomly see his head prop to the side, anyways Mosley KO’d Margarito in the 9th round.

World of MMA, Fedor knocked out Arlovski in the first round of their Affliction title fight. Arlovski was looking solid until he caught a right hook in the chin that face planted his ass into a comatose state. Arlovski went in with a flying knee to the corner and that’s where Fedor capitalized with the one punch sweet chin music. Arlovski’s known for his weak chin, hence the beard he wears to add some protection. On this night beard or no beard, he got knocked the F*** out!

Ovechkin wins on style points

Ovechkin wins on style points

NHL all-star weekend has really lost its luster. I know you’re probably saying “wait, this already happened?” and “What channel was this on?” Oh yes it happened and Versus proves to be the worst camera worked channel in my recent sports memory. Anyways, I remember going crazy when Ray Bourque would go 4 for 4 in the target competition and Al “I’m afraid of” Iafrate slap shot would kill somebody in the stands during the hardest shot competition. Now they’ve incorporated style breakaway shots that resemble a dunk contest minus the quality and excitement. Ovechkin just put on a Beach hat with Canada flags and glasses and skated with two sticks passing himself the puck. He eventually tossed one and scored but it sucked. He of course went on to win the competition. Chara had a 105 mph slap shot in his final attempt that won the contest.

As for the game itself, no one played defense but they did have their first penalty call in an all-star game. Game went into a shootout and was actually pretty entertaining. Ovechkin slotted home the game winner while the Habs Kovalev (hometown captain) took home MVP honors. Ladi freaking Da!

Oh and the Lakers wiped out the Spurs and the Celtics beat up the Mavericks to win their 8th straight, be afraid!

I sat and watched it all. (Well most of it)

RaginRondo

January 27, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Anything is Possible?

Celtics struggling

Celtics struggling

I’m not going to do what everybody wants me to do and just FREAK OUT! No, I’ll keep my cool and even though the Celtics have lost 6 of 8 games against inferior teams on back-to-back nights, it will all be OK. Anyone? I mean if it’s possible for the Real World to break yet another barrier and have a Transgender person (?!?) in a house with now 8 strangers, anything is possible. If Led Zeppelin can go on tour without Robert Plant and still possibly call themselves Led Zeppelin, anything is possible. If an 8-8 team can make the playoffs over an 11-5 team in the NFL, sadly, anything is possible.

The Celtics appear to have transformed into that mediocre, inconsistent team that was pre-big three. Maybe the fatigue from the other teams bringing their playoff-like mentality to every match up has drained their energy. The Celtics don’t appear to be attacking well and turnovers continue to be a problem as they are now ranked last in the league. But this team revolves around defense and currently is not getting the job done. Against a hurt Rockets team, some simple errors of running below screens to missing box-outs were happening all night. It’s back to fundamentals for the Celtics and that starts with tightening up that defense and creating turnovers. They can possibly consider bringing up their rookies from the D-League to add a much-needed spark. Any change to the current form will be good. No reason for Lakers fans to get excited, the chart below shows such trends tend to happen to teams with extended win streaks like the Celtics had this season.

Longest Win Streaks In League History (*won NBA title)
Year Team Wins Following the Streak
1971-72 Lakers* 33 Lost 4 of 6
2007-08 Rockets 22 Lost 5 of 8
1970-71 Bucks* 20 Lost 5 of 6
2008-09 Celtics 19 Lost 6 of 8
1999-00 Lakers* 19 Won 11 of 12

With an All-star break soon approaching, I will not be voting for any Celtics players to allow them to rest up for the second half of the season. A big game on Friday night versus Lebron and the Cavaliers will give a good indication of what this team is capable of. Worst case, they will exploit exactly what Boston needs to improve on. They were coasting through the regular season at this time last year but maybe this season’s challenge will provide another test of grit for this weathered team. I won’t mention the playoffs or a repeat but then again, anything is possible!

RaginRondo

January 8, 2009 Posted by | NBA | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

NBA News: From Melo’s hand to Antoine canned

Walka Walka Walka!

Walka Walka Walka!

Now let me rant and ramble for a minute about the Celtics potentially getting Stephon Marbury.  After watching the Tony Allen train wreck against the Knicks, I’m up for it.  I’m ready to ride the rollercoaster that is Starbury.  I’ll buy the shirt, the shoes and shave a star into my head.  I miss Manny’s antics so much that I need some instability in my life.  It’s time to see where this ride takes us and who knows, we could actually have a ball handler on the bench besides Rondo.  With more whispers of a buyout from the Knicks, Marbury could sign sooner than later.  Buckle up; he’s putting me in a glass case of emotion.  

Anyways, who knew DUI’s were the new big thing for 09’!

Antoine Walker was arrested and charged early Monday morning in Miami for suspicion of drunk driving.  Apparently he left his lights off in his Mercedes and his eyes appeared bloodshot.  He was also asked to walk the line and in good tickle me Toine’ fashion wiggled his way down. 

Carmelo Anthony should be out for 3-4 weeks with a broken bone in his shooting hand.  Surgery will not be necessary but be sure to bet the under in the next Nuggets game, you’ll thank me later.

Heat released Shaun Livingston, Suns have released Dee Brown, Bucks have requested to put Austin Croshere on waivers and the Clippers waived Fred Jones and Paul Davis.

Tracy McGrady is beating himself up over his lackluster performance to start this NBA season saying “I criticize myself.”  He understands he can play better and looks to push himself through this slump. “In my mind, I think I’m going hard. But physically, I don’t have it.”  I think someone needs to spend a night with Barkley and Antoine. Maybe motorboat and make a few mistakes.  You’re still young!

Lebron James says he will keep the ‘crab dribble’ in his arsenal of moves.  He still believes his move was clean and not a travel in the final seconds of Sunday’s game.  He says he’s not worried if they take that move away, he’ll create something else.  Lebron, I’m just worried about when you travel to places like Indiana. What if you go and mix it up with the wrong crowd and get crabs?  If you do; stay mean, keep it clean and use that powder! 

RaginRondo

 

January 7, 2009 Posted by | NBA | , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

NBA News sponsored by Chris Paul’s Pits?

Chris Paul

Chris Paul

Has anyone seen the new Chris Paul Right Guard commercial where only his lips move on his frozen picture? The commercial for Right Guard continues to get more disturbing as they claim themselves as “the official sponsor of Chris Paul’s pits”. Personally, we know what deodorant is for. There’s no need to sponsor someone’s pits or even highlight the pit region. I always thought that was an area of the body that we knew existed but never focused our direct advertising towards. I’ll compare it to Gold Bond coming out with an ad campaign that features Julio Lugo scratching his balls then using Gold Bond to soothe the pain. Gold Bond, official sponsor of Julio Lugo’s cantaloupe balls. Yeah, I went there. Let’s keep the pits and balls off our TV screens, for the kids sake of course.

And now some NBA news:

The Celtics end their West Coast trip 1-3, leaving a lot of questions about their bench depth.

Lebron and D-Wade went at it last night in a matchup of the top two MVP candidates. Lebron put up 38 pts but D-Wade had 21 pts and 12 assists in the upset over the Cavs. (Lebron’s record on his birthday 0-3)

Sir Charles Barkley was arrested then released on suspicion of DUI Wednesday morning. Story says he drove through a stop sign in Arizona and was pulled over immediately after. He refused the breathalyzer but was given a blood test. Maybe Chuck should have put a taxi’s number in his fave five.

The Houston Rockets have signed Dikembe Mutombo for the remainder of the season. No big surprise here with all the injuries plaguing the Rockets. He is now the oldest NBA player in the league and continues to hold the best catch phrase at the clubs; “Who wants to sex Mutombo!”. Nice to see him back.

Baron Davis does not want to leave the misery that is the Clippers. The rumor began when Stephen Jackson spoke earlier this week about sitting down with Davis. He claims Davis wants to rejoin the Warriors and misses playing with old friend Jackson. Baron can thank Stephen for blowing up his spot in LA and letting the media feast on this story. Now Davis denies all these claims and says he is not jumping ship on the LA ride called the Titanic. It’s a feeling out process, but it’s still a process.

Have a Happy New Year!

RaginRondo

December 31, 2008 Posted by | NBA | , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Kung Pau and Co. beat Boston

I guess this is the part in the movie “Old School” where Frank the Tank gets picked up by his wife as he’s streaking down through the quad and then to the gymnasium.  The streak has ended. Who were we kidding pushing a Celtics at Lakers showdown on Christmas Day. This especially after the Celtics had won 19 straight; the best start in NBA history. I mean, we got so confident that we let Kobe and the Lakers starters work our bench into the same dirt they buried “Blue” in. The Lakers outran and outworked the Celtics in every aspect of the game. Ariza made enough plays to change the tempo while their defense contained any runs the Celtics were throwing back. Enough that the Celtics were buried before they even had a chance to look competitive.
Pau Gasol helped the Lakers beat the Celtics on Christmas night.

Pau Gasol (20 pts.) helped the Lakers beat the Celtics 92-83 on Christmas night.

Then there’s the final three minutes where they let the Jurassic Park ostrich, the lanky ass Pau Gasol, dominate with ease. Kobe played and scored for 45 minutes, the last three belonged to Kung Pau. The Celtic defense looked confused and off balance all day. They couldn’t penetrate to the hoop and really never got into a consistent offense. Two free throws going into half didn’t help the cause and made the laidback Lakers look heroic. Turnovers killed them and Tony Allen’s presence really drove me mad. He’s the type of guy who drives with speed then eventually crashes off a bridge and lands on some guy named Cheeeeeze!

Let’s face it, the Lakers played good enough to win. It was not the smoothest game but they pulled it off. But let’s remember what happens in this time of season. During these times called the holidays, an NBA player is summoned away from his family. Forced to travel cross country and leave his kids behind on the day they open their presents. Johnny got a new red truck. Where’s daddy when he’s opening his presents? Well folks, he was traveling to LA to entertain the millions watching at home. Maybe that’s why the streak ended. Maybe that’s why they looked so damn sloppy. Christmas is a time for family and friends…let’s think about that. 

Alright that last paragraph was all BS, let’s just forget it and call it “dust in the wind.”  Got to go finish my Magic and Kobe interview, truly compelling stuff!

They can’t win EVERY game. 

RaginRondo

December 26, 2008 Posted by | NBA | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

NBA Rumors and Rants

Mutombo will be back!

Mutombo will be back!

Elton Brand, out at least a month with a shoulder injury, proves once again that traitors never win! Sounds like another serious injury preventing the 80 million dollar man from actually deserving that payday.

Doc Rivers spoke out about acquiring Center Dikembe Mutombo saying he expects him to be playing soon and most likely will end up back in Houston. “We’re over the [salary] cap so it’s tough for us to do a lot of stuff, but we’re looking at everybody.”

Raymond Felton could be possibly traded to Golden State for Anthony Randolph or Brandon Wright. With the emergence of Augustin to the offense, the Bobcats could lose Felton without any value at the end of the season. The time to hesitate is over.

Monta Ellis comes off the suspended list today, which leaves the Warriors either trading or releasing a player. Marcus Williams is the notable name being tossed around for release. As the news progressed it looks more like he will just be released and paid his $1.26 million salary.

Antoine “Walka Walka” Walker is expected to get a contract buyout from the Grizzlies today. Antoine’s just is looking for a place to play with a team that can use his skills and errant three point shots. But the Walker wiggle is priceless enough; maybe Oklahoma City could get some joy from that, while Sonics fans down their heads.

Those trade rumors surrounding the Heat and Cavs trading Shawn Marion for Varejao and Wally Szczerbiak, respectively, appear to be untrue, according to a Cleveland.com report. I guess the Cavs are worried about messing with the ride they’re on right now. They also want the most bang for their buck in return for the Wally contract, not just a so-called big man in Marion. All they need is a more agile player than Wally who won’t  depress you with a rollercoaster ride of emotion.

A couple of games tonight: San Antonio at Orlando and Phoenix at Portland.

Celtics win 16 in a row…we’re going streaking!!

RaginRondo

December 18, 2008 Posted by | NBA, News | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment