Imagine this…

April 26, 2010

“With the first pick of the 2007 draft, the Portland Trailblazers select, Kevin Durant from Texas”. Do the Blazer fans, GM, and organization wish David Stern said those exact words? Greg Oden can’t be considered a bust just yet, but looking at KD now is like “dude, you gotta be kidding you didn’t pick him over Oden”. I understand size matters. No pun intended of course. Oden had a pretty good year in Ohio State. Maybe the Blazers passed on Durant because the kid at the time couldn’t even bench more than 100 pounds.  Portland has had a injury bug season year, and they STILL made the playoffs. Let’s say Durant WAS drafted by the Blazers in 07. Their line-up today would be Andre Miller, Brandon Roy, Kevin Durant, Lamarcus Aldridge, and Marcus Camby. Not to mention Jerryd Bayless, Nicolas Batum, Rudy Fernandez, and Martell Webster. That is a STACKED team just with KD on it. Look at the Thunder now. They have Westbrook, Durant, and Green that does the work.

There’s no doubt if KD was on the Blazers, they would make the playoffs. But what seed would they be in? To be honest, they would be nowhere under the 2nd seed. The first seed sounds most likely. Though the Lakers have the best record, they DO play awful against Portland whether it’s in LA or Portland. My prediction for the Trailblazers would be that they would hit the whopping 60 win mark and I’ll tell you why. Brandon Roy recently had knee surgery. TNT analysts  and critics all around had their opinion on Roy coming back for the Suns series and I understand why. Roy is THEIR franchise player. They are risking the guy’s future to lose through the playoffs? (If you believe the Blazers will win the title this year, you should go to a corner and sleep). If Portland was smart, they’d rest the star.

Now let’s get back to the dream of Blazer fans by having Kevin Durant in a red, white, and black jersey. I believe Durant would easily push Roy out of the picture as Portland’s franchise player. That would only be the good thing for Brandon Roy, is because he isn’t overshadowed by this now star KD. If I was a Blazers fan today, I’d be depressed all day about having a banged up Oden and not this current Thunder studded star. Sigh…!

Just wanted to say Joakim Noah was the 2nd best player in that draft.

Ummmm… yeah…..

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Winner winner chicken dinner

April 17, 2010

As always, I’m extremely excited for the playoffs to start. I know for a fact this year will not disappoint. You got the young Thunder team in the playoffs for the first time led by superstar Kevin Durant, a possibility Kobe might face LeBron and his old teammate Shaq in the finals, a 50 win 8th seed team in the West, and many more.

Now, let’s go on to the predictions shall we…

EAST

Cleveland Cavaliers vs Chicago Bulls

The Bulls (or maybe just Joakim Noah) say they will shock the world. What does that mean? If they mean beating the Cavs out in the playoffs, I laugh. The Cavs are hungry for a title. They are well balanced with young and veteran players who know the game too well. The Bulls aren’t the same as last season, and they had to squeeze their way into the playoffs.

Cavs in 5

Boston Celtics vs Miami Heat

The Celtics have rested Kevin Garnett before the playoffs. Wait, was he injured? The Celtics never made it too clear. This match-up is the one I’m looking most forward to seeing a dramatic finish to this series. As for the aged stars in the Celtics who won the title in 2008, the Heat have won their last 9 out of 10 games. Dwyane Wade and his Heat players are ready to take on the unpredictable Celtics. I don’t believe the Celtics will turn on the switch since it seems as if they aren’t prepared for the playoffs this season. Heads up, Doc Rivers just told the media he’s unsure about his future with the Celtics. Is that suppose to build confidence for the Celtics through the playoffs?

Heat in 7

Atlanta Hawks vs Milwaukee Bucks

The Hawks are ready and the Bucks are not. Bogut is out which is a big blow to the Bucks. Salmon and Jennings will face a difficult time playing well since they are the main focus for the Hawks. Scott Skiles has done a tremendous job with this team by teaching Jennings, using Kurt Thomas at his fullest in his age, and developing players like Ilyasova into a better role player. The Hawks in the end will be too much for the Bucks. Atlanta will just outrun the Bucks this time, to simply put it.

Hawks in 5

Orlando Magic vs Charlotte Bobcats

I want to see a good fight between these two teams, but that’s not going to happen. If Dwight doesn’t get into foul trouble, the game will be over. The key factor to this series is the Magic bench. They just have way too much depth compared to the Bobcats. After what happened last year in the finals for Orlando, I don’t think Howard or Lewis will let anything less than a reappearance again in the finals.

Magic in 6

WEST

Los Angeles Lakers vs Oklahoma City Thunder

The slumping Lakers say they will finally have Bynum play in the playoffs. The defending champs will flip the switch now that the playoffs are here. The key to that is Kobe Bryant. He will not let this team fail. Just won’t. Kevin Durant is a happy man making into the playoffs, but not so happy about Phil Jackson’s comments about his “game”. The Thunder are a good team and will put up a fight, but I just don’t see the hungry Lakers putting away anything they have in store.

Lakers in 5

Denver Nuggets vs Utah Jazz

Best wishes to George Karl, I hope he comes back for the team as soon as possible. The Nuggets haven’t been on their A game lately, but now that the playoffs are around, hopefully they will click. One huge issue about the Nuggets is that they jack up shots they don’t need to. The Jazz on the other hand are dealing with a injury bug hitting star Carlos Boozer and Kirilenko. If Deron Williams needs to take the load for the injuries, the Jazz will not get it done. If Boozer plays, there’s more chances of winning than doubt in my mind.

Jazz in 7

Phoenix Suns vs Portland Trailblazers

The Suns are hot, and they are about to get hotter. Alvin Gentry is doing a wonderful job with them. Steve Nash is playing at his best with legs as young as a 20 year old. I can’t say the same for the Blazers. Roy is out. Oden is out. Pryzbilla is out. Portland is heading to the playoffs with such a slim roster which will do no good especially without their star.

Suns in 5

Dallas Mavericks vs San Antonio Spurs

Judging by both teams, they both looked prepared. Battle of the Texas cities, this series will be a all out dog fight. In the end, I gotta root for the Mavericks who have a solid and consistent bench that slightly wins over the Spurs.

Mavs in 7


It’s that time of year again…

April 17, 2010

The playoffs are finally set. As a huge NBA fan, I’m extremely excited for especially this part of the season. Let’s hope this year’s playoffs is better than last years with more thrills, drama, and heart in the game.

Before I make my predictions for the playoff series, I wanted to hand out the season awards! This season had plenty of memorable highlights such as Kobe’s game hitting winners and a Corey Brewer poster. Other than just game action highlights, lets highlight the the key factors that stood out this season.

Coach of the Year Award: Scott Brooks

This was a pretty tight race between Brooks and a few other notable coaches, but Brooks stood out most with his inexperience in coaching an NBA team, especially a young team. Scott knew how to keep the core of the Oklahoma City Thunder together to win games. Finally hitting the 50 game win mark on the last game of the season, Brooks and his Thunder team are finally heading to the playoffs which this team haven’t been in years. Brooks deserves a moment to shine especially when facing the power house Lakers in the first round. 8th seed = 50 wins?!?! Never seen that before!

Runner up – Scott Skiles

Defensive Player of the Year Award: Dwight Howard

Easy to say, Howard is a monster on the boards and blocks. Averaging 13 re’s and nearly 3 blocks a game, it’s inevitable that Dwight would get this award. I remember Dwight averaging something similar last season also, and he won last year too. So why not give him the award this year? Make sense right?

Runner up – Gerald Wallace

Most Improved Player of the Year Award: Andrew Bogut

ESPN is ranking Aaron Brooks higher than Bogut. I totally think different. Look, Bogut has played nearly the same amount of time on the court as last year and Brooks has a +10 mins this season. Of course Brooks will get his chance to score more and shoot more when there isn’t a solid shooter and star on that team. Now onto Bogut. Andrew improved in blocks, points, and his leadership for the Bucks. Bogut may be finally living up to his number 1 overall name. Unfortunately, Andrew is seriously hurt after a gruesome injury recently. Best wishes to him, and I really hope he wins this award.

Runner up – Aaron Brooks

Sixth Man of the Year Award: Jamal Crawford

When you think of big shots, you think of Kobe Bryant. When you think of 4 point plays, Jamal HAS to come to mind. He leads the NBA in 4 point plays and he’s doing it off the bench. I still remember when Crawford was back in Chicago and he once scored that 50+ point game. That wasn’t too long ago. Now he’s a sixth man on a great young team where I believe have a shot at upsetting the top East teams. Jamal will be that X-Factor for the Hawks if they want to get through the playoffs strong.

Runner up – Anderson Varejao

Rookie of the Year Award: Brandon Jennings

He probably won’t get this award, but he definitely deserves it. For two big reasons. Yes, he brought the Bucks to the playoffs and no he didn’t do it alone, but with the help of Salmons and Bogut, yes I heard it many times. Thing is, Jennings is part of the reason why they ARE in the playoffs as a 6th seed in the first place. Secondly, he is practicly leading this team. He came into Milwaukee having huge shoes to fill since Redd was out. No one expected a breakout season by Bogut. The huge reason why Bogut is good is because Jennings is making him good. Tyreke Evans and Stephen Curry are one man shows, rookies like to do that. But both of them are on a losing team. You come into the league to perform well, but to also win games, and that’s what Jennings is doing with a mediocre team.

Runner up – Tyreke Evans

Most Valuable Player Award: LeBron James

If you want a complete player, LeBron James is the answer. KD has many years to improve himself. (Even though he is having an incredible season). I hate to break it, but James would be snubbed if he didn’t get it again this season. His stats were similar to last season’s. Just that now, the Cavs have a much better record. I don’t need to explain a lot really, just watch a Cavs game and tunnel in on LeBron.

Runner up – Kevin Durant


HAVE A QUESTION? ASK US!

April 8, 2010

Peter and I decided we’ll have debate talks over the mic on some questions from friends, fans, and just anyone with questions relating to the NBA. So if you have a question where you want to hear being debated about by two sports junkies, ask away! Leave a question in the comments area and if you’d like, make sure to leave a name. We will announce the person’s name then question in our debates. If this becomes successful, we’ll eventually throw in small gifts for great questions. Have fun!


Let me kill it

April 8, 2010

So you see, you just repeated my small amount of information about those Clipper or former Clippers in your whole response. I’m not throwing out “bad information”, I’m throwing out pretty much facts about those players. So thanks for getting into detail about those players who failed to deliver for the Los Angeles Clippers team or is supposedly going to help the current team. Every time the Clippers make an off season move or in the season, they are favored or at least hyped up about to be at least good. But that isn’t true, on account of the miserable seasons the Clippers always had. This summer, IF they get a big name, they would be ranked you can say high? The media and sportscasters never respect this team because the fact that they disappoint nearly every season. Being good is one thing, but if being good doesn’t bring a team into the playoffs, how “good” do you put em over most teams in the West? No you can’t throw them in the East, unless they move plain and simple. This link will explain a lot from this team. Back your info all you want, but the numbers never lie. Great organizations always bounces back from a loss of a great player. But as of for the young Clippers, history repeats itself.


Congrats to Don Nelson part 2

April 8, 2010

Congrats to the inventor of Nellie Ball, he deserves it.

Anyways in response to the response:

No duh its common sense any team with good management will be successful, why do you think the Clippers have sucked so hard for so long.  I never argued against that.  They need to hire a competent GM who knows what he’s doing.  Mike Dunleavy was the closest the Clippers got but his incompetence as a coach was what really ended his run here.  No curse there, just incompetency in the front office that needs change.

Then the injuries to Livingston and Griffin?  Unlucky situations that was bound to happen.  Livingston was athletic but he also had a skinny frame that also made him a liability comparable to many of the players on the Golden State Warriors right now such as Anthony Randolph.  It was just unfortunate that his injury was really devastating and kept him from playing for over two years.  Curse?  Not really, just really a really tragic injury that could have happened to any player of his frame.  I wish him the best though in the Wizards.

Griffin on the other hand already had history of knee problems before he was drafted by the Clippers.  On collegehoopsnet.com One of Griffin’s weakness was “injuries to both his knees during his freshman collegiate season.”  So it was commonly known that Griffin had knee problems.  Is that a curse? No, it was the Clippers drafting the best guy out of college who had some knee problems in the past.

Now for naming all the guys the Clippers drafted?

Michael Olowakandi – Drafted in a class full of question marks.  At that time, the media hyped him up as one of the next big things because of his size and upside.  So he was the number one pick in a draft where the third pick was Raef LaFrentz.  Many thought Olowakandi would have loads of potential and become huge but instead, the Kandiman turned out to be a lazy bum who did little to improve, even when the Clippers hired Hall of Famer, Kareem Abdul Jabber to coach and train him.  Was it the Clippers fault he did not get better?  Not really.  Did Michael Olowakandi suck and is considered a bust? Yes.  Curse? No.  Also was Michael Olowakandi injured in his first season of basketball because he played 50 games?  No, his year was the lockout season where there was only half the season played.  Many people tend to overlook this.

Darius Miles – Drafted because of his hype as a high school player and athletic but also had the same skinny frame as Shaun Livingston so injuries was going to happen.  Also had a bad attitude and trading him for Andre Miller at the time was considered a good idea because Andre Miller at that time lead the league in assists.  Clippers curse because he was dealt with really huge injuries while on the Cavs and Portland after he was traded?  I doubt it, those two teams sucked too at the time.

Elton Brand – NEVER had an injury problem with the Clippers till the 2007 season when he tore his a chillies heel.  One of the Clippers best players and hardest workers who improved tremendously from a power forward with a good inside game to a power forward with a good jump shot, inside game, and defensive presence.  Clippers curse that his first season with the Sixers was filled with injuries?  I don’t think so.  Clippers curse that he sucks with the Sixers now?  No, they just have a coach whose playing style does not match.

Chris Wilcox – Bad draft pick but was seen with loads of potential because he played “collegiately at the University of Maryland, where he helped the Terrapins win their first NCAA championship in 2002. While at Whiteville High School in Whiteville, North Carolina, he led the basketball team to the 2A State Championship in 1999, before transferring to William G. Enloe High School in Raleigh, NC for his senior year.”  Anyone with that resume would be drafted high but at the same time, Chris Wilcox was bought in as a backup to Elton Brand and therefore was never given an opportunity to develop.  Curse that he was never the player he was in college?  Well you can ask Morrison that too.

Chris Kaman – turned himself into a good starting center with a jump shot.  Still could use some improvements in some areas but hey, he’s an all star too.

Livingston – explained earlier.

Yaroslav Korelev – Bad pick by Mike Dunleavy.  One of his worst GM decisions ever.  Clippers curse that he’s an idiot and could have picked Danny Granger?  No, just an idiotic decision.  Also, Danny Granger has knee problems too which can be seen with his injuries throughout this season with the Pacers.  Is he cursed because the Clippers didn’t pick him?  Of course not.

Al Thornton – Good slasher who never really had injury problems.  But at the age of 27, he has shown little improvement with the Clippers even though he was a starter for his first two seasons and then had to fight for a starting position this season which he lost to Rasual Butler.  Most player’s talents peak at the ages of 27 and 28.  Thornton has plateaued and is not seen more as a slasher who knows how to get to the rim.  Clippers curse that he couldn’t become the player that everyone thought he would be?  No, just high expectations that was not met.  Also, Thornton was traded more for cap space and not because the Clippers didn’t want him.  This year’s free agency is pretty important and Thornton leaving is just a casualty of the business.

Eric Gordon – Clippers staff not letting him develop?  He is the starting shooting guard and is being given all the opportunities in the world to become a good player.  And right now, he’s a great player.  He can score 20+ points a night when given the opportunity.  His defense is spectacular (ie. how he handled Kobe, Wade, and Roy in a week beginning of January)  Clippers curse that he is not an all star in his second year?  Not really, takes years to become an all star.  Clippers curse that he is not producing at the moment?  The season is done and no one else on the Clippers is putting up good numbers besides Baron Davis.

I never argued that the Clippers had bad management.  I merely stated that “with the right players and management, the Clippers can go that far too” like the Saints.  I never said the Clippers are successful right now, I just said that they can be with the right players and management.  To take what I said way off course with a biased rant on what happened to some of the Clippers players over the years is funny.  Yes they suck at the moment, and yes, they need new management.  Yes, they have injury problems.  And yes next season is a huge question mark at the moment because everything is being banked on this summer.

But no, the Clippers are not cursed.  Just a team that needs a better front office.

And yes it’s okay to hate on the Los Angeles Clippers.  But please be informed before you do instead of just throwing bad information around as arguments.  Knowledge is power.


Congratulations to Don Nelson!

April 7, 2010

With his 1333 win in coaching, Don deserves to celebrate at least for one night. This season wasn’t a so called “wonderful” or “successful” one to call it with the Stephen Jackson issues that happened earlier this year that led to a trade to the Bobcats. Nelson still managed to turn that problem around. He looked at young and talented Stephen Curry to play like a true point guard on the court. Behind Tyreke Evans, I’d say Curry has to be right next to him (plus Jennings). Also, Monta Ellis has been another story, playing 11 games without taking a seat on the bench. Nelson’s bag of tricks has still gotten Golden State fans in Norcal to consider going to the games for the fun and entertainment of the quick scoring Warriors. Anthony Tolliver scored a career high of 34 points to have Nelson’s record eclipse Lenny Wilkens. With rumors swirling around that Don might come back for one more season, it would be fun to see Nelson increase his winning record IF the Warriors get busy in the summer.

**** And in response to the Clipper curse. If Peter is comparing the Clippers to the successful Saints, that’s funny. Because ANY TEAM with great management, team, and organization would be a successful team. Wouldn’t they? Common sense. The Clippers need to shape up every part of their organization. Injuries do happen. Unfortunately, they hit it big with the Clips like Livingston and Griffin. Griffin has potential, but I’m not going to put him up on any scale until he plays. Plus, the past few lottery years have been wonderful on them. Lets start with Michael Olowokandi’s 1998 draft being picked number 1 overall. Next, was athletic and young Darius Miles out of H.S. The year after, they chose Tyson Chandler at number 2 overall and traded him to Chicago for future All-Star Elton Brand (who also was plagued with injuries). 2002 comes Chris Wilcox! And right after Chris was Amare Stoudemire picked by the Suns, you might have heard of him before. Finally a great draft year, 2003 the Clips took Chris Kaman which wasn’t a bad pick. The year after was the unfortunate loss of Shaun Livingston. By the way I’m rooting for Shaun to have a stable contract offer from the Wizards. Now 2005, the Los Angeles Clippers took Yaroslav Korolev 12th overall in the draft. Enough said about him. Al Thornton was then taken in the 2007 draft, which I personally thought was a good pick. Too bad he’s not in Los Angeles anymore and didn’t develop much skill there. FINALLY, a player to appreciate is Eric Gordon. He can be a future star, that’s only if the Clipper staff let him. And 2009, Blake Griffin was taken number 1 overall. It was an obvious pick, but who knew the guy would get hurt right off the bat and miss the season? Curse? You might not believe so. Horrible management/staff/organization? I think so.