Posts Tagged ‘Paul Pierce

12
Jul
09

It’s Da Wrap Up Pt.2: NBA, McNair, The Dunk

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If you thought I was done, you’re sadly mistaken. I knocked out the MJ wrap up, now it’s time to hit on what I love most…sports.. It’s going down folks, let’s go!

 

 

The Rich Get Richer

 

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Parity is not a word that can be used to describe the current state of the NBA. The same teams who were considered the league’s elite are positioning themselves to remain head and shoulders about their peers. As we’ve seen in the past, top tier teams usually stand pat and make minor moves to tweak their teams, but that’s not the case this offseason. Shaq’s headed to Cleveland, everyone’s favorite psychopath is doing it big in Tinseltown, and the need for Sheed is being felt in Boston. I guess I could do a quick run through of the tops teams and rank them with their moves to this date.

 

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5. Orlando Magic – Getting Vince Carter and Ryan Anderson for Skip to My Lou, Courtney Lee, and Tony Battie was a steal for the Magic. When you can get the best player in a trade, you’ve won the trade. Now, winning a trade doesn’t mean you’ve improved your team in the long run. I feel like losing Hedo Turkoglu diminishes their chances of defending their Eastern Conference crown. Orlando needed to go out and get a player who could create his own shot, while keeping enough money in the pot to hold on to Hedo. I love Dwight as a person but the offense can’t flow throw him. Unless he develops a consistent 10-12 ft jumper to aid his limited low post repertoire, Orlando can’t matchup with Boston and Cleveland.  Hedo was their best playmaker and created difficult matchups for all the other championship caliber teams. Even in the Finals the Lakers had trouble stopping him from getting to the rim, and creating opportunities for his teammates to succeed. I’m not calling Hedo a better player than Vince, which would be moronic. But do you honestly believe Vince is capable of taking a playoff game over without scoring? 

 

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4. San Antonio Spurs – San Antonio pulled off a Pau Gasol type deal, where they got one of the more underrated ballers in the game, for next to nothing. When the deal went down, I told some friends the Spurs were the team to beat if Lakers aren’t able to keep Trevor Ariza and Lamar Odom. Ariza’s in Houston and Lamar Odom is still out the market, but is expected to return to L.A. So what am I thinking now? L.A. is the prohibited favorite to win the West. Despite Dejuan Blair falling into their laps with the 37th pick, the Spurs need a rebounding presence at the 5 spot. I know they’re in talks with Big Baby Davis from the Celtics, and recently signed Antonio McDyess, however they’re suitable at the 4, certainly not at the 5. There was some talk of Duncan playing more at the 5 while the Spurs were pursuing Rasheed Wallace. Maybe Popvich is considering that route or try to trade for a big man. Either way the jury is still out on the Spurs. Hopefully we’ll learn more soon.

 

Cavaliers Shaq3. Cleveland Cavaliers – CAN YOU DIG IT???? As a Shaq fan, I’m estatic about the possibility of him getting his 5th ring. I’m telling you now, Shaq being paired with Lebron is next dynamic duo of Shaq’s career. We saw him with Penny, we saw him with Kobe, and we briefly saw him with D-Wade. Now we get to see Shaq in unfamiliar territory. For the first time in his career, he’s playing with someone who is more famous, and has already established himself without Shaq. What is Shaq’a favorite press conference quote when he goes to a new team…”I’m looking to make _______ better. _______ is already great, I’m looking to help him become greater.” That’s not happening with Lebron. Lebron has led a team to the Finals, and won the MVP without Shaq. So Shaq is entering this situation as the unquestioned 2nd fiddle for the first time in his career. No longer is he the alpha dog in the locker room. That’s Lebron’s role. It will be interesting to see how well these two can coexist. I think seeing Kobe catch up with his 4th rings, has lit a fire in Shaq’s belly. There won’t be any trouble between he and Lebron as long Danny Ferry goes out and signs the missing pieces the team needs to win.

I’m calling my shot now. If the Cavs want to keep Lebron, they need to win the NBA title this year. And I’m going on record saying, signing Anthony Parker was a nice pick up but he’s better offensively than defensively on the perimeter. If I were Ferry, I’d look into what it would cost them to snag Shane Battier away from the Rockets. That’s not to say Battier is on the block, I’m just throwing out ideas to get my boy Shaq a 5th ring. And the only way they’re getting a ring is if they sure up what ails them on the perimeter.

 

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2. Los Angeles Lakers – Who in the hell thought Ron Artest was signing with the Lakers? All I kept hearing from these supposed insiders was Artest was either staying with the Rockets or headed to Cleveland. They screwed this one up. ESPN’s Ric Buchor was tweeting about talking to Artest and Lakers officials, and there was no truth to the reports, then later rescinded that tweet after Artest went public with the agreement. See what happens when you play around in Ron’s World? Artest is an upgrade in talent over Ariza but there is a potential ticking time bomb in the Lakers’ locker room now. What Lakers fans have to hope is since Phil Jackson is returning, he can have the same sort of affect on Artest, and he did on Rodman.

There are a couple major differences between Artest and Rodman. Rodman’s antics were more off the court than on it. Once the game started, he was all business, looking to break his opponents with his strength, activity, and basketball IQ. Artest is similar but more of a loose cannon. Artest can go from cool calm and collected to straight up homicidal in a second. Another thing was from what I’ve heard from those who covered the Bulls during that time, Rodman feared Jordan. Jordan was such a strong leader that Rodman wouldn’t dare to cross him. I’ll be damned if Ron Artest fears anyone who isn’t a family member. I’m still waiting for him to put a table leg through Kobe’s heart. Artest is real but sometimes he’s a little too real. If somehow he’s able to keep his craziness at 50-60%, the Lakers are in a good position to win another title. But what I think will happen is Kobe will regret Ariza leaving for Houston. Ariza came up big for the Lakers in the playoffs, by knocking down a lot of timely shots. Artest is cold more than he’s hot so who knows if he’ll make those same shots. It’s a boom or bust gamble. But it’s a gamble you have to take so we’ll see how it all turns out.

 

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1. Boston Celtics – The Celtics were a healthy Kevin Garnett and Leon Powe away from winning it all again last season. Now they have Garnett, and they bolstered their depth with the addition of Rasheed Wallace. You already know it’s a wrap. Of all the contenders, Boston went out and signed the biggest difference maker on the market. They found a player who can defend both the 4 and 5 spots, as well as post any big man up on offense. Another underrated quality of Sheed’s game is how unselfish he is. He’ll go into Boston and accept any role Doc Rivers asks of him. Can you imagine what it’s going to be like when Sheed, Garnett, Pierce, and Allen are all on their games at the same time? That’s going to be ridiculous. It’s hard to argue that the Celtics aren’t the favorites next season.

 

You think you know but you have no idea

 

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How do I describe the thoughts running through my head right now, when it comes to the murder of Steve McNair? It’s like finding out a man you considered invincible was actually human. We as a society tend to put our favorite athletes and celebs on a pedestal they don’t belong on. Once you hold a person in such high regards, they’re inevitably going to disappoint you. From what the police have announced, McNair was asleep when his 20 year old girlfriend put four bullets in him, two in the head and two in the chest. She then proceeded to blow her own brains out.

You have to wonder what McNair was thinking when started dating this 20 year old. He bought her car, took her on vacations, and had her over at the condo he was leasing/renting with his boy. I would’ve never believed that McNair was so damn ignorant. What ever happened to keeping your relationships on the low? Didn’t he listen to Creep by TLC? Take those ladies advice and get your freak on, without the hassles of your lover shooting your ass. Also, if you’re going to pick a woman to creep with, a 20 year old Iranian is the last woman you want to pick. They’ll kiss your ass, and that’s a lesson McNair learned the hard way.

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McNair will go down as the toughest QB to step on the field. Unfortunately for him, he’ll also be known as the dumbass who got himself killed cause he picked the wrong woman to sleep with.

 

Nike: We won’t allow witnesses

 

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For all you Lebron apologists out there, are you finally seeing the light? The guy you’ve been backing for years is nothing more than a whiny a$$hole, who’s been pampered so long he expects the world to bow at his feet. You all said his poor sportsmanship following the Eastern Conference Finals was an aberration. After this week what do you have to say now? He gets dunked on by Xavier’s Jordan Crawford during a pick-up game, and runs to a Nike official to make sure all tapes of the dunk were confiscated.

Freelance photographer Ryan Miller was one of at least two cameramen shooting at the time of the pickup game, and he talked to CBSSports.com about what went down.

He told CBSSports.com that Nike Basketball Senior Director Lynn Merritt took his tape.

“He just said, ‘We have to take your tape,'” Miller said. “They took it from other guys, too.”

“LeBron called Lynn over and told him something,” Miller said. “That’s how I knew his name was Lynn. LeBron said, ‘Hey, Lynn. Come here.'”

Minutes later, Miller said Merritt demanded his tap

What was Bron Bron thinking? He can dunk on whomever he wants, but how dare Crawford dunk on him. Get over yourself Bron Bron. It was ONE dunk. All great players have been dunked on. How they dealt with it that sets them apart from you. They didn’t pout like a like a 5 year old, then run to their big cousin up to street and aske them to do their dirty work for them. The great players would ask for the ball the next play and call out the guy who dunked on them, then attack him head on. That’s what great ones do.

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Nike’s no better than Lebron. His image is so precious to them that they made up a non-existent policy to explain what happened.

“Nike has been operating basketball camps for the benefit of young athletes for decades and has long-standing policies as to what events are open and closed to media coverage. Unfortunately, for the first time in four years, two journalists did not respect our no videotaping policy at an after-hours pickup game following the LeBron James Skills Academy.”

Save the bull crap for someone who actually believes it. If there had been a policy in place, the media would’ve received it upon arrival. When CBSSports.com writer Gary Parrish asked for a copy of the policy, he was told no copy could be produced. In other words, there was no policy until “the dunk” became a national incident. I thought Nike was better than that but I guess not. The best thing they could do is release the tape in a commercial or on Youtube. Either way, they’d take some of the sting off of this whole ordeal, and help it blow over sooner..

 

 

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I’m done! My fingers are killing me from all this typing. Da Wrap Up is complete. If you loved it or hated it, just drop a comment and keep it moving. Look out for me, I’m bringing some life back to Da FiF. It’s rent time, homies! It’s not a game…it’s big bidness! Uh oh!!!

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18
Apr
09

D-Rose: Chitown & Memphis 10 Callabo

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After watching my boy D-Rose torch the Celtics 36pts & 11 dimes, I had to do a quick post on him. Anyone who is surprised by his performance today, never watched his run through the NCAA tournament last year. Derrick Rose likes to play possum during the season, then explode once the postseason hits. I remember waiting all regular season to see why so many draft prognosticators considered him a top 5 pick. Don’t get me wrong, he was always a difference maker, but based on his regular season performances he looked like a player that could evolve into a potential top pick, within a year or two.

 

The same kid, whose diet consisted of gummy bears, twizzlers, and pizza, lost his damn mind in the NCAA tournament. All of his stats improved from the regular season, including his points per game average. Finally I saw the kid from Simeon put on his cape and transform into the blur from Chitown. The same crossover and blazing first step that put the nation’s best point guards on their asses in the tournament, was on display against the Celtics in game one. And just as the case was with Memphis last year, the Bulls will only go as far as Derrick Rose takes them.

 

Good luck homie, and props for a great playoff debut.

15
Apr
09

Legs, Hips, & Redbones….OooWEE!

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 Like most men out there, I’m not interested in ladies’ pro sports unless there’s eye candy that entices me to check it out. That’s kinda funny considering I’m such a big fan of women’s college hoops. Most players peak in college,  having their one shining moment be a first round upset over a top 5 powerhouse. Then there are those serious ballers who eventually take their game to the WNBA. But the ones who are unforgettable are the cuties with the sweet jump shots, and “OooWEE” big booty princesses who dominate the glass.

I wanna pay homage to 5 draftees in last week’s WNBA draft. For four years these ladies left it all on the court, and looked good while doing so. So here’s my nickel bag.

 

5. 27th pick – Atlanta Dream – Jessica Morrow, G/F, Baylor 

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Jessica Morrow is real cutie with a smile that makes you wanna open your checkbook. She’s also a self-proclaimed “girly girl”. Damn, I sound like I’m auctioning her off on some dating show. Anyway, you have to love girl who went from a streaky shooter at the start of her career, to a defensive stalwart by the end of her senior year. Her coach challenged her to match her effort on the offensive end, by becoming the team’s defensive stopper. Night after night ol’ girl had to guard the opposing team’s best player. I for one like a woman who puts the team’s best interest above her own. You can never go wrong with a team player.   

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4. 13th pick – L.A. Sparks – Lindsay Wisdon-Hylton, F, Purdue

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Legs…Lindsay has some legs on her. She’s a cute redbone too, but those legs are her prize asset. I just wanna grab one of those drumsticks and hold on tight. Although the experience would be memorable, things probably won’t end well since she’s as tough as her close friend, Candace Parker. After sitting out the 2007-08 season recovering from ACL surgery, she returned to the court to solidify her place amongst college basketball’s elite. Leading a team in scoring, rebounding, block shots, and field goal percentage is no laughing matter. I think highly of Lindsay’s game, and can’t wait to see a Parker/Wisdom-Hylton duo in the future.

 

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3. 6th pick – Indiana Fever – Briann January, G, Arizona St.

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Briann is fine. I don’t know a better way of putting it than that. I mean….she’s damn fine. It’s hard to tell through the baggy ass jersey shorts, but she’s got thick hips and a big ol’ booty. Her game is just as nice as her body. She has nice ball handling skills, and a sick hesitation move that leads to a nice pull up jumper that I swear, reminds me of what I saw Derrick Rose put on dudes in college last year. When she goes to her left and pulls up, it’s going down more times than not. Something else I love about her game is that she’s a beast on defense, winning Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year the last two years. I will be keeping an eye on Fever games if she wins the starting point job.

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1a. & 1b. 2nd pick – Washington Mystics – Marissa Coleman and

3rd pick – Chicago Sky – Kristi Toliver

  

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I wanted to split these two up, but the more I thought about it, they’ve been so well together so I couldn’t. Marissa & Kristi are two pretty ass redbones that went to Maryland four years ago and changed the culture up there. I don’t think I’ve seen a more gritty and explosive backcourt in women’s college ball. Their games complimented each other so well.

Marissa’s a Paul “The Truth” Pierce type player. It’s crazy how much she reminds me of him. They’re both passionate and can score anywhere on the floor, in a variety of ways.  I might catch some flack for this, but Marissa’s probably a more tenacious rebounder than Truth is. Some nights she struggled knocking down shots, but made up for it by snagging as many boards as she could.

Kristi is a straight up killer on the court. I have mad love for her game because it’s not easy to find a player like her. She’s a pure shooter with nice handles, and has that Jordan mentality of wanting to snatch your heart out. I caught a few Terps games over the years, and there was calmness about her game, almost like she was playing pick-up ball out there. And that step back jumper of hers will put you sleep. You know it’s coming, but the setup and release are so quick that you don’t have time to recover. She’s gonna give opposing point guards fits at the next level.

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So there’s the fresh crop of dimes entering the WNBA this season. Some will make a splash right away; others may take longer to blossom. Butone thing is certain…they’re gonna look good no matter what.

 

2009 Schedules

Chicago Sky  http://www.wnba.com/sky/schedule/

Washington Mystics – http://www.wnba.com/mystics/schedule/

Indiana Fever http://www.wnba.com/fever/schedule/

Los Angeles Sparks http://www.wnba.com/sparks/schedule/

Atlanta Dream http://www.wnba.com/dream/schedule/