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Currently the Chicago Blackhawks remain undefeated after the first 24 games of the NHL season. But you all knew that right?

Yeah… you watch SportsCenter. You know the Canadians with the Indian on their bloody jerseys have not lost to any of the other Canadians.

You also know that the Heat are undefeated after their last 16 games.

You know how well LeBron and D-Wade have been playing… and you know about LeBron’s dunk contest he’s been doing during the pre-game… and you know about the Heat’s Harlem Shake… AND about Chris Bosh’s recent problems with Lil Wayne…

Let’s face it. You know way too much about NBA teams, their players, and their beef.

You know nothing about the NHL.

It’s okay.

I didn’t either.

Let’s take a look at the win streaks and learn us some stuff

Here’s the Heat’s win streak:

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And here’s the Blackhawks’ win streak:

Blackhawks

Wait a minute…

There are losses on there. In fact… there’s 3.

Why yes, welcome to hockey. No one ever said “win streak”… they said “undefeated streak.”

Wait. That makes no sense. They did get defeated. How can you even call it an “undefeated streak”?

Because. That’s hockey.

In hockey, you get a point if you lose in overtime (or a shootout). Thus, it’s not a true loss unless you lose in regulation. A loss in overtime isn’t really a loss in overtime.

To their credit, they have won 11 straight games. That’s incredibly impressive. But they haven’t won 24 straight. Don’t let their Canadian tomfoolery deceive you. The Heat’s win streak is longer.

In closing, here’s a general sentiment of most American sports fans:

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By: Tyler Raborn

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As we turn the corner heading into the last half of the NBA season, I am reminded of how idiotic some journalists can be. Not anyone on this site, we are all awesome. It’s mainly the big name guys that frustrate me…especially good ole Skip. There are many reasons to hate Mark Cuban, but this is not one of them.

As Chuck once said about the NBA All-Star game…

Hell, there ain’t but 15 black millionaires in the whole country & half of ‘em are right here in this room.

~Charles Barkley

That quote really doesn’t have anything to do with the content of this article, aside from being about the NBA All-Star game. But Sir Charles said something that remotely applied to this piece—so I had to include it.

The NBA All-Star game brings together some of the most talented basketball players in the world every year. Yet has this talent always been recognized?

In the same manner I analyzed the NFL’s 2011 and 2012 All-Pro teams, I wanted to analyze the 2012 NBA All-Star teams. Here’s a table with all of the 2012 NBA All-Stars and how many stars they were given by Scout and Rivals coming out of high school (players that graduated high school before 2002 were not in the database, and thus not included):

Player

Scout

Rivals

Carmelo Anthony 5 5
LeBron James 5 5
Kevin Garnett - -
Rajon Rondo 5 5
Chris Bosh 5 5
Tyson Chandler - -
Luol Deng 5 5
Paul George 2 3
Jrue Holiday 5 5
Kyrie Irving 5 5
Brook Lopez 5 5
Joakim Noah 4 4
Kevin Durant 5 5
Blake Griffin 5 5
Dwight Howard 5 5
Kobe Bryant - -
Chris Paul 5 5
LaMarcus Aldridge 5 5
Tim Duncan - -
James Harden 5 5
David Lee - -
Tony Parker - -
Zach Randolph - -
Russell Westbrook 4 3

The answer is yes, this talent has almost always been recognized. Relative to the NFL All-Pro teams, players that made a NBA All-Star team were much more likely to have been 5-stars coming out of high school.

So—to end on a word of encouragement—to all of you 2-star basketball players coming out of high school this year: if your dream is to one day be an NBA All-Star, be diligent, work hard…

…and it still probably won’t ever happen.

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By: Tyler Raborn

Happy Birthday Chuck!

andrewrussell23 —  Wednesday, February 20, 2013 — 1 Comment

Love him, hate him, there is no denying that Charles Barkley has left a lasting legacy on the game of basketball if not the world.  There is only one Charles Barkley and there will only be one. Overshadowed by his flamboyant personality is how great of a player Charles really was during his tenure in the league. Chuck ranks amongst the top 20 all-time in career points and rebounds. Did I mention that Chuck is only 6’6 and was overweight for most of his career? Flat out remarkable. Charles gets over looked sometimes because of the great players during his time like Jordan, Olajuwon, and Malone, but there is no denying Charles credentials as one of the greatest.

Then there is his personality. In a world where political correctness has become so over exaggerated that some fear every word or action they do will offend some group of people, not Chuck. There is not a more bold person in sports, or society for that matter. Chuck never shies away from speaking what is on his mind (for better or for worse) and that why I love him. For a timid person like myself, Chuck has become a role model (though he doesn’t like to be called one) of mine for his lack of care of what people think about him. Though I don’t agree with a lot of things Chuck says or does , I love Chuck for being Chuck.

So Happy 50th Birthday Chuck. And here are my top 15 Barkleyisms:

15. Chuck nearly gets posterized by Shawn “The Stormin Mormon” Bradley, but gets more embarrassed instead.

14. Chuck pokes fun at rival Alabama.

13. Don’t think Chuck is a feminist.

I’d never buy my girl a watch… she’s already got a clock over the stove.

12. It’s beyond me how Barkley didn’t win an Oscar for this one.

11. This picture says a 1,000 words about Charles.

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10. Chuck has a memoir, it is not about basketball. Ill leave it at that.

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9. He really just doesn’t care. 

8. Painfully Truthful

After throwing a guy through a 1st floor window in a bar Charles was in front of the judge.
Judge: “Your sanctions are community service and a fine, do you have any regrets?”
Charles: “Yeah I regret we weren’t on a higher floor”

7. Chuck is running for Governor of Alabama….at some point.

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6. Yep

5. What Chuck thinks about the All-Star Game.

Hell, there ain’t but 15 black millionaires in the whole country & half of ‘em are right here in this room.

4. He is slightly gullible.

3. Chuck at his best.

2. Chuck’s rebounding secret.

 I always laugh when people ask me about rebounding techniques. I’ve got a technique. It’s called just go get the damn ball.

1. I’ve often wondered what goes on in Chuck’s brain and this painting is the closest thing that can be comprehended by a mere mortal, and it can be yours for $400.

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(Link: http://www.etsy.com/listing/78860593/barkley-and-friends?ref=sr_gallery_1&ga_search_query=charles+barkley+painting&ga_order=most_relevant&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_ship_to=US&ga_search_type=all)

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By: Andrew Russell

Sports Illustrated will feature Michael Jordan on its cover for the 50th time in celebration of his 50th birthday on its February 18th issue:

SI 50th MJ

As the Chicago Tribune pointed out, Jordan declined to interview with SI:

Interestingly, SI notes that Jordan — now owner of the Charlotte Bobcats — again declined the magazine’s requests for an interview, as he has done ever since SI made light of his attempt to play baseball following his first retirement in 1993.

The article that “made light” of Jordan’s attempt to play baseball was published on March 14th, 1994. Steve Wulf’s account of Jordan’s spring training sarcastically described, as the article’s title pointed out, Jordan’s inability to become a serviceable baseball player…

The single most impressive thing Jordan has done on a baseball field occurred shortly before his first official spring training game, last Friday in Sarasota, Fla. He and some of the other White Sox were taking BP on an out-of-the-way diamond—Minnie Minoso Field, to be exact—when it came time to collect the baseballs and put them in a basket on the mound. Much to the delight of a small crowd, Jordan started shooting fallaway jumpers with the balls. For the sake of posterity and those basketball fans who miss him, it should be noted that Jordan was 5 for 7 from the field.

But to Wulf’s dismay, the magazine took his criticism a step further, with this cover:

Bag It, Michael

Wulf subsequently left Sports Illustrated, as this Deadspin article recounting the saga notes:

Wulf was so irked about SI‘s stubbornness that he up and left the magazine (he went on to become the founding editor of ESPN The Magazine).

So…

Dear Michael,

Happy Birthday! And look, we made you this magazine cover to say, “Happy 50th!”

Sincerely,

The guys you hate

Sheed’s Staying Power

Philip Matthews —  Sunday, January 6, 2013 — Leave a comment

In case you’ve missed it, Rasheed Wallace is back in the NBA. That’s right– the 38-year-old whose grungy beard likely has better stamina than his body is back for more. Sheed came out of his two-year retirement this year to sign with the Knicks, making the oldest team in the league that much more… mature. It should come with no surprise after two years out of basketball that this newest addition sat out the six exhibition games because he wasn’t in shape. So just how is Wallace fitting into his role with the Knicks, and why would an accomplished veteran of 15 years come out of a two-year retirement?

One would expect Sheed’s role to be somewhat minimal this season, being that he’s probably there mostly for his experience, leadership, and all those mystical qualities you hear that good teams have. Knicks coach Mike Woodson said Wallace is an insurance or ‘what if’ guy for the squad this season. He’s excelled at that role. Through the first quarter of the season he’s averaged 15 minutes, just over 7 points and 4 boards per contest, while helping the Knicks get off to a solid start.

The fact that he’s back and contributing certainly makes for a good story, but there has to be more to why a man 38-years-young would come out of a two-year retirement. He’s got a solid legacy: he’s an NBA champion with the Pistons and a 4-time All-Star. Money? I’m sure extra pocket change ($1.7 mil) doesn’t hurt, but there’s no way that is a major factor. Another ring? That’s what Sheed is saying, and that has to be part of the reason. Maybe he wants to pass along his knowledge of the game to his teammates? Probably somewhat truthful.

Sure these things have something to do with Sheed putting himself through the grind of an NBA season again, but we all know the real reason he’s back… He’s not done running his mouth.

He might have been able to hang up the high tops, but he couldn’t slow down his tongue. He was probably content no longer posting people up, but he’s not done putting people in their place, or at least attempting to. He even said it himself in an article with the New York Times. He explained that at his age his speed and agility obviously aren’t the same, “but yet I can still talk. That’s an extra defender out there.” Whether it’s instructions to his teammates, something he’s seeing in the defense, or a call he disagrees with, saying Wallace isn’t afraid to speak his mind might be the understatement of the century.

Wallace is widely regarded as one of the best trash talkers the game has ever seen, and his record shows… literally. He holds the record, a very safe one at that, for most technical fouls in a season with 41… that’s a “T” every two games. Many believe this record can go on the “unbreakable” list next to Wilt’s 100-point game and DiMaggio’s 56-game hitting streak. Since Sheed set this mark during the 2000-01 season, Antoine Walker’s 23 has been the most in a season. Also, a rule change implemented in 2006 forcing a player to sit out a game without pay after his 16th technical, and each additional technical after that only gives Wallace’s mark more insurance.

For his career, Wallace has approximately 317 technicals. Two of those came early in December during a classic Sheed “Ball Don’t Lie” episode that makes for must see TV. Wallace’s 317 is a solid feat nonetheless, but it fails in comparison to Jerry Sloan’s lofty 400 or so. Does Sheed have his sights set on the career mark? Only time will tell, and the clock’s ticking. If so, he better get to work. Or better yet do what he does best… just sit back and let his mouth do the work for him.

Whether he’s back in an attempt to help the Knicks bring a ring back to their storied franchise, or if he just needed an outlet for his many words and occasional tirades, Wallace has been and will continue to be worth paying attention to this season. Do yourself a favor and tune in. You never know what you might see… or hear.

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By: Philip Matthews

Hello,

My Name is Dylan White, and I am a bandwagon Heat fan. Admission is the first step in recovery, and while I am fairly confident that excuses are not tolerated, I am compelled to tell you this: It isn’t my fault.

I live in an apartment with two Miami natives as roommates. Obviously, the Dolphins haven’t done anything of substance since Dan Marino, with the short-lived exception of the 2008 Sparano-Wildcat-Fluke. (OK, the current Dolphins team is improving, but lets be honest, no team gets scared when they see Miami on their football schedule. So my roommates have found themselves cheering more heavily for the Heat as the years have gone on. In fact, one of them refuses to sit down while the Heart are playing on TV, because “it’s a luck thing.” Myself, I am from a small town in Mississippi, a state with no professional sports teams. I have been forced to go out searching for “my teams.” Another bleak admission on my part, I probably never watched a full NBA game before I got to college. I’m fairly new to the game, and I never had that one team to cheer for. I often found myself rooting for players, not teams, and more often than not those “players” were Lebron James. That brings me to today – sitting in a house full of Miami Heat fans, no team to cheer for myself, and a Lebron James championship team waving me onto the wagon. And oh, what a comfortable wagon it looks like.

Now that I find myself squarely in the middle of the wagon labeled “Los Heat,” I’m in quite the predicament. As of December 31st my Heat are sitting pretty at 20-8, but to this point they have looked, well, mortal. They have a chance to be off to an even better start than last year, but they have lost games they shouldn’t have, and teams like New York may have the hot hand. But fear not, that is why I am here today. To help all of you other bandwagon fans prepare your arguments against the onslaught of anti-Heat propaganda sure to come your way. I recommend using any number of these arguments in response to any comment made. Oftentimes, in a sports argument context means little. Bandwagon fandom rarely allows for reality. It is really just about getting your point across. If that means yelling these sentences at the top of your lungs while ignoring your friend pestering you with logical counterpoints, then yell at the top of your lungs. Every time our Heat loses a game, believe me, you are going to hear about it. The following are the appropriate responses:

1. “It’s the NBA. The regular season doesn’t mean shit!”

It’s the age-old adage; it just happens to be true. No one in the history of history knows why in the hell the NBA season is so long. Losing a regular season game means very little. Sure, if you lose enough of them you will miss the playoffs or get stuck with a bad seed, but no one game will make or break a season. When a team is asked to play 82 games in the regular season, they are bound to phone a couple of them in. It can’t be helped. No team will ever finish the NBA regular season undefeated. It just isn’t possible for a team to stay physically and mentally healthy enough to win every game. That means when our Heat lose a game to the Washington Wizards, it doesn’t really matter. We phoned it in, and before the season is over, it will likely happen again with one team or another. But in the end everyone knows who the better team actually is.

2. “C’mon man, the only reason you are bragging is because we are the defending champs! Everyone else measures their success on whether or not they can beat us, that shows you just how good we are!”

It is common for other teams to base their legitimacy off of whether or not they beat the Heat. If a team is considered a fraud or real is often determined by the way they play the Heat. Why wouldn’t they? The Miami Heat are the defending world champions. They are the best team in the NBA. It only makes sense that other teams would see that and base their perspective on their ability to play our Heat. And to be honest, that is the way it should be. That giddy fan throwing a win in your face is actually admitting our dominance, just be sure to point it out to him.

3. “Who cares if [insert rival fan’s team] beat us? We played the Celtics 4 times in the regular season last year, and we lost 3. Guess what? We won when it counted! AND we will do it again!”

This is really an extension of number one. Because the season is so long and unimportant, we are bound to lose a game and a fan of the winning team is going to come looking for you. Just remind them of that statistic. The Celtics took 3 of 4 against the Heat in the regular season, only to get beat in the playoffs. We show up to win in the games that count. That is all that matters. Flaunt the fact that we have been beaten before, but we are still playing with a brad new ring on our finger. Next year, we will have two. (It is possible that you jumped on the wagon after Dwayne Wade won their first title without Lebron. If that is the case, you can say 3.)

4. “3 Words: The. Big. Three.”

Everyone knows who the big three are. Lebron James, Dwayne Wade, and Chris Bosh. And while they may not all show up to play in the same game, usually at least one of them is there to carry the team. Just tell them that Lebron can do this. D-Wade can do this. And Chris Bosh can do this. (Yes, I think Chris Bosh looks like a meerkat. I think that because he does.) Eh, leaving Bosh out of the discussion may not be a bad idea.

And if all else fails…

5. “F%@& off. Los Heat! Soon to be back-to-back-champs!”

For that overly enthusiastic friend who refuses to let up with all of his “reason,” this is the last resort. It is pure rhetoric. There is no argument involved, no point to be made, only blind faith in our team. It is a self-awareness of all of the above arguments combined with a lack of caring if anyone else sees the brilliance in them. It doesn’t matter what anyone else says or thinks, only what you know – the Heat will win it all. Again.

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By: Dylan S. White