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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

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

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

‘Twas the Week Before Christmas

Ho Ho Ho

Ho Ho Ho

Twas the week before Christmas so grab your salt shakers,
No NBA team was challenging Boston,
Not even Kobe and the Lakers.
All the banners are hung In the Garden with care,
In the hope Red is watching and the 18th will appear.
KG and the Truth, Perk, Rondo and Ray,
15 in a row, what a sun shiny day!

Then what to my wondering eyes should appear,
King James in the east with a bench who did more than cheer,
They picked up a point guard and I picked up a glass,
I would love for Perkins to beat Varejao’s ass.
But they’ve learned to play defense so will it all last,
Maybe bring the Celtics a challenge like one of year’s past,

Now the Lakers start is what everyone expected,
Oh they’ll win it all, with Bynum uncontested?
But just wait and see when their true colors are showing,
Their Euro players at the disco with their whistles a blowing.
So while Odom and Luke are enjoying the sun,
Toughness remains a question but no denying their run.

So there’s the top 3 and the pot still stirs,
The Magic, Mavs, Nuggets and the still mighty Spurs.
6 coaches now fired and trades yet to be working,
Only Chauncey and the Nuggnutts truly been lurking.
So if you got a ten piece now don’t be Stingy,
After all it’s christmas season, drink booze and binge!

Down the chimney he came with a leap and a bound,
But went straight to work with not even a sound.
He ate all his cookies and none went to waste…,
And as I remember he yelled out…”Kobe how’s my ass taste!”

Spread the cheer, have a beer!

RaginRondo

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December 16, 2008 Posted by | Features & Opinions, NBA | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Where are they Now?

Ah, as High School basketball draws to a close we should anxiously anticipate the unveiling of the next “sure thing” moving through a year or two of the NCAA’s into NBA fame.  Names like Chris Webber, Kobe Bryant, “King” James, and Dwight Howard, all of which have done all but dissapoint.  But what about the ones that did disappoint, the ones that carried that world of potential to, well, not to the NBA.  Where are THEY now?

 

Jewish Jordan

"Jewish Jordan"

Tamir Goodman: Tabbed the Jewish Jordan, Goodman was recognized by Sports Illustrated, 60 Minutes, and ESPN after averaging 35.4 points per game at the Talmudical Academy of Baltimore, and was dubbed the 25th best HS basketball player in the country.  Goodman received a full-ride scholarship to the University of Maryland in 1999, but was released from his verbal commitment since the school could not accommodate his religious need to have Fridays and Saturdays free.

Goodman transferred to Towson University, but had a separate falling out as he thought his coach was Anti-Semitic.  Goodman finally had the opportunity to showcase his “Jordan-esque” skills when he was signed by Maccabi Tel Aviv in Israel.  In 2005, Goodman went on to serve in  the Israeli Defense Force, as a requirment of Israel.  After numerous knee injuries, Goodman returned to America, trying his hand with the Maryland Nighthawks of the PBL, yet today has has returned to Israel to play for the Maccabi Haifa team back in Israel.  Tamir is a motivational Speaker for youth in the Jewish Orthodox religion

Felipe Lopez

Felipe Lopez

 

Felipe Lopez: One of the most heralded players in US High School basketball history, Felipe landed countless accolades including Gatorade, Parade, and USA Today Player of the Year, McDonalds All-American MVP, and the cover of Sports Illustrated.  At 18, Lopez attended a conference with Jim Brown, Bill Clinton, and Jackie Joyner-Kersee.  He went on to have a little success at St. Johns University, inlcuding a 17.8 PPG Freshman Year then managed to squeak into the NBA, where he averaged a career total of 5.8 PPG over 4 years.

Felipe has gone on to play ball in the Domincan Republic, where his family immigrated from, The NBA’s D-League, Germany, Spain, The CBA, Brazil, and today in Venezuela for Gaiteros del Zulia.

The Greatest of All Time

The Greatest of All Time

 

Earl “The GOAT” Manigault: Who could forget, when legendary Laker center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar had his number 33 retired in the Los Angeles Forum, he was asked who the greatest player he ever faced was.  His response, yes Earl the GOAT Manigault.  

Earl was a basketball legend renowned for his dunking ability, even at 6 ‘-1”.  Rumored to have been able to touch the top of the backboard and execute on the Double-Dunk (Dunk with one hand, then with the other, all while remaining in the air).  Aftering receiving scholarships from Duke, North Carolina, Indiana and more than 70  more Universities, Earl opted to attend Johnson C. Smith University, where he lasted only one semester because of bad grades, which led to less playing time by his coach.  Earl fell into drug usage, catapulting him into prison on 2 separate occasions, but rebounded by starting the “Walk Away from Drugs” tournament held in Harlem, NY, still around today.  Earl passed away in 1998, but will always be remembered as the Greatest Of All Time!

Honorable Mention: Damon Bailey, Jerod Ward, Donnell Harvey, Sebastian Telfair, Leon Smith.

December 5, 2008 Posted by | NBA | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Brothers in the NBA?

I once read that there are more than 375,000 Varsity level high school basketball players in any given year, of which, less than 600 are offered scholarships to play Division I basketball. One could only imagine the rarity of a proud parent, being able to watch their child beat the odds and land a lucrative NBA contract. How about more than one?

Since Dr. James Naismith started throwing a round ball into the peach basket, we could look back and literally count the number of brother tandems to have played in the NBA on our fingers & toes…at least those worth mentioning. I have compiled a list of the Top10 brother tandems in NBA History:

Mr. Basketball

Mr. Basketball

10. George & Ed Mikan: Before there was Wilt or Shaq, there was George, who brought the Laker franchise there very first NBA championship. Little brother Ed, pitched in a modest 6.7 PPG and 5.5 REB over 300 or so games.

9. Jim & John Paxson: We all remember John Paxson draining a 3 to beat Phoenix in the closing seconds of the ’93 championship, but did you know older brother Jim had more than double the career points amassing over 11,000 with Portland & Boston?

8. Brent & Mark Price: Too small, too slow & too deliberate, Mark ended his career as the greatest Free-Throw shooter in NBA history. Brent, not nearly the success, had one fine 10.0 PPG and 5.1 AST season with Washington.

7. Jon, Brent & Drew Barry: The only trio of brothers to make the list, none could match the success of Father Rick’s, but all managed to have enough success to make the list. Brent was the first, and still only, “white guy” to win the NBA slam-dunk championship

6. Albert & Bernard King: Bernard established himself early as one of the most prolific scorers in NBA history by shattering all NJ Nets records in his rookie year. With a quick release jumper, Bernard holds the torch in the King family, although Albert threw in 12.1 a game over 9 seasons.

5. Chuck & Wesley Person: The Person combo drained a combined 2370 3-Pointers over the tenure in the NBA, led by The Rifleman, Chuck.

4. Horace & Harvey Grant: By raw stats, this duo may be high on the list, but with Ho’ Grant’s 6 NBA Finals appearances, 4 Rings, and 4 All-NBA Defensive accolades, coupled with Harvey’s modest run of 3 18+ PPG seasons with Washington, they are well-deserving of the 4 spot.

3. Dick & Tom Van Arsdale: Never heard of them? Well, having dominated this list in scoring (except for #1 of course) , Dick & Tom knocked down a combined 29,311 points over there combined careers.

Human Highlight Film

Human Highlight Film

2. Gus & Ray Williams: Although my heart wants to put Gus, and his 1979-1980 championship ring from my ex-Seattle Supersonics at #1, Little brother Ray had an all too short run of success with the NY Knickerbockers.

1. Dominique & Gerald Wilkins: Who could argue, the “Human Highlight Film” and little brother Gerald. 38,404 combined points makes Mom & Dad Wilkins the NBA’s all-time leaders in points scored by their sons. (Sorry Mr. and Mrs. Alcindor, 38,387)

Honorable Mention: Calvin & Kenny Natt, George & Derrick Gervin, Purvis & Eugene Short, Rodney & Scooter McCray, Charles & Ed O’Bannon, and Brooke & Robin Lopez.

December 4, 2008 Posted by | NBA | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment