Kobe overacts
Kobe overacting?! I can't believe it!

The Washington Wizards Generals: Here's the title of the AP recap: "Bobcats starters pound undermanned Wizards." That probably tells you all you need to know, but I'll expound anyway. Charlotte's starting five toyed with the Wizards Generals the way the Roadrunner used to toy with Wile E. Coytoe: Rookie D.J. Augustin scored 24 points on 7-for-12 shooting. Vladimir Radmanovic dropped 21 points on 8-for-14. (Those two guys also combined to shoot 9-for-17 from downtown). Emeka Okafor pwned the pain (16 points, 13 rebounds, 2 blocks) and even had 2 assists! Raymond Felton almost had his first career triple-double (15 points, 8 boards, 9 dimes) and pilfered the ball 5 times. Boris Diaw added 14 points, 5 rebounds, 7 assists, 2 steals and 7 blocked shots (plus 7 turnovers). It was a familiar theme for the Wiz Generals, who have now lost 10 of their last 12 games.

Said Antawn Jamison: "Groundhog Day. Defensively we're not getting stops and there were a couple of times we didn't even get a chance to shoot the ball." Not that it really mattered; Washington hit only 41 percent of the shots they did take. Random fact: The Wizards Generals are now 0-12 against the Southeast Division

Caron Butler, delusions of grandeur machine: With the league's second-worst record (11-42), pretty much all that's left for the Wizards Generals to do is look forward to next season. Which is exactly what Tough Juice is doing. "You get us all healthy, we can beat anybody, hands down. You get our core together, get a couple guys. Obviously it's trade time, lottery picks. We'll see what happens. We can be great next year." Whatever helps you sleep at night, Caron.

Mike James: The Amityville Scorer finished with 6 points (2-for-5), 5 assists and 4 turnovers. Best trade ever.

Elton Brand: The Sixers are on another winning streak without him. Just sayin'.

San Antonio Spurs: I've called it The Wounded Tiger Theory (as coined by Dick Motta). Bill Simmons stole that concept and renamed it The Ewing Theory. Whichever term you want to use, it applies to last night's Spurs-Craptors game, which Toronto won without Chris Bosh and Jose Calderon. In fact, the Craptors were reduced to nine available players when forward Joey Graham -- who had a career-high-tying 24 points in Tuesday's win over Minnesota -- left with 2:56 remaining in the first quarter because of a bruised right shin.

The loss was in part due to rookie Roko Ukic's career-high 22 points (on 9-for-13 shooting). It was also partly due to the fact that Matt Bonner -- who scored a combined 45 points (on 18-for-27 shooting) against the Celtics and Nets -- had zero points on 0-for-4 shooting. Look, Bonner was the X-Factor in those two wins, especially against the Celtics (who basically dared Bonner to beat them). So the people getting excited about San Antonio's resurgence should be reminded that much of their hope rests on the Red Rocket. Think about that.

Manu Ginobili, sore loser machine: "We shouldn't have lost this one. It's important to go into the break feeling good about yourself and on a good stretch. We were playing a team that isn't doing so well and has two injured players, so we should have done much better."

Matt Bonner, Canadian machine: From the game notes: "San Antonio's Matt Bonner, who spent the first two years of his career with the Raptors, is in the process of becoming a Canadian citizen and hopes to play for Canada's national team. Born in New Hampshire, Bonner has a grandfather from Newfoundland and his wife is from Toronto. 'I feel very strongly about representing Canada,' Bonner said. 'I feel like I'm part Canadian. It just feels right.'" Insert your own joke here.

The Phoenix Suns: The Suns were forced to face the Craboliers without Steve Nash, who "didn't dress to get extra rest for numerous sore spots." And it showed. Phoenix committed 26 turnovers which were converted into 34 points by the Crabs. They also let Mo Williams erupt for a career-high 44 on 18-for-26 from the field and 7-for-9 from beyond the arc. (Huh. I thought Nash was the reason the Suns can't guard opposing PGs....)

Anybody notice how Shaq has quieted down lately. He attempted only seven shots last night (of which he hit five) compared to 21 for Amare Stoudemire (of which he hit 9). Hm. I wonder if they're trying to show STAT off to increase his trade value. Note that, minus Nash, Amare had zero dunks and zero layups. He also missed two shots from one foot away, another two from only three feet and one from four feet. I'm just sayin'.

Amare Stoudemire, short-term memory loss machine: Regarding the trade rumors that have been dogging him, STAT said: "The rumors I can deal with. That's part of the game. Losing is not. I'm definitely not used to it. This is something new to me." You don't remember being part of that pre-Nash Suns team that went 29-53?

The Orlando Magic: Not only did the Nuggets end a 15-game losing streak in Orlando, they held the Magic to a season-low in points (73) and field goal percentage (30.4) while forcing them into a season-high in turnovers (24). Orlando's previous high in turnovers this season was 19 (against Minnesota on December 3), and their previous low shooting percentage was 36.8 percent (versus Atlanta on October 29). Said Magic coach Stan Van Gundy: "We got absolutely dominated. Not one guy had a decent night offensively. Our starters, every single guy had three turnovers. We couldn't even keep from getting the ball taken out of our hands. It was an embarrassing night for our players, for me, for everybody." Agreed. Even I'm embarrassed. So's my purple unicorn sidekick, Sabra. Her whinny has been off all day.

J.J. Redick's D: Way to use the old 7-11 defense there, J.J.

Redick D

The Detroit Pistons/Joe Dumars/Allen Iverson: With last night's 99-95 home loss to the Hawks, Detroit has lost three straight, 12 of 17 and fell to 23-24 since Iverson joined the team in what will go down in Pistons history as "The Infamous Chauncey Billups Trade." If the playoffs started today, they'd face Atlanta in the first round. and lose. Said The Not-Answer: "It's not a good feeling. The whole thing is to stay positive, stay together, not to point fingers and play the blame game. You don't win a championship at the All-Star break." Don't you just love rationalizations?

Mike Bibby: Shayan of Mediocre Forever sent in this picture of Bibby kung fu fighting. He must be jealous of Kobe. (Let the Street Fighter conversation recommence!)

Bibby

The Indiana Pacers: Well, this just epitomizes Indy's season-to-date. They had already beaten the Celtics and Lakers, and the previous night they beat the Crabs in what will probably become known as Makeup-Callgate. Then the Pacers followed up that inspiring win by getting blown out by the Milwaukee M.A.S.H. unit. The Bucks scored 122 points and shot nearly 54 percent from the field. Ramon Sessions scored 15 points and added a season-high 17 assists. The Pacers have now lost nine straight on the road are 6-22 outside of the Hoosier State.

But how 'bout those Bucks? Milwaukee reached 26-29, tying its win total from last season. They also improved to 2-1 without Michael Redd (knee), Andrew Bogut (back) and Luke Ridnour (thumb). And they're averaging 124 PPG in those three games, and freaking Sessions is averaging 28.3 points per game and 12 assists since being inserted into the starting lineup. Who knew?

The plus-minus score: I received this email from Basketbawful reader Matthew G.: "Proof that adjusted +/- is a total joke! Ramon Sessions was given a +/- of 0 when he had 15 points on 6 shots, 17 assists, and 7 boards in 33 minutes. The only real blemish was the five personal fouls." Yet another reason why I hate the so-called "advanced stats."

The New Orleans Hornets: The Celtics, probably steaming over back-to-back home losses to the Lakers and Spurs, traveled to 'Nawlins and put the Hornets in a vice...then started squeezing. Despite the return of Chris Paul (13 points, 6-for-15, 5 assists, 3 turnovers) and David West (15 points, 3-for-13, 8 boards), the Hornets were held to 77 points on 40 percent shooting and committed 18 TOs. And the C's did that without Ray Allen, who left the game after hyperextending his right thumb in the first half.

Dave Matthews: Saw this in the Celtics-Hornets game notes: "Recording artist Dave Matthews sat in the front row at midcourt, next to Hornets owner George Shinn." So I have to tell this story about a college buddy who moved to Seattle a few years back. He just drove out there with almost everything he owned in his car. (Remember when you could fit all your worldly possessions in a car?) After he got to the place he was staying temporarily, he moved a few things out of his car but left it pretty much full. The next day he came out and the car had been robbed. The thieves took everything, including a box of pens and pencils and a sandwich bag filled with condiments. The only thing left in the entire car was a Dave Matthews CD, which had been removed from the CD player after the thieves ripped it from the dash and left on the driver's seat. I kid you not. The robbers took a baggie filled with old ketchup and salt packets but left the Matthews CD. The best part is after my buddy called me from Seattle to tell me this, I said: "Dude. You listen to Dave Matthews?!"

The Sacramento Kings: Not much to say here except that, by losing to the Rockets, the Kings took sole possession of the worst record in basketball: 11-43.

Kobe Bryant: From Wild Yams: "Mr. Bawful, you'll definitely want to include this in tomorrow's WOTN: once again Kobe cursed the Lakers by doing the big balls dance too early, this time after nailing a three-point shot to give L.A. its first lead in 18 minutes with 90 seconds left in the game. So what happened? The Jazz went on to win by four. It's certainly becoming a big no-no to do the big balls dance, as that's now three times in a row that a player has done it and wound up losing. Also, not to take anything away from Utah, but I can't help but wonder if the Lakers might have won this game if they'd been able to rest their starters a bit yesterday by taking care of the Thunder early...I'm just sayin'." Here's the clip:


Oh, and of those three times the big balls dance has backfirerd this season, Kobe was responsible for two of 'em. Heed my warning, NBA players: Do the big balls dance at your own peril. (Unless you're Sam Cassell.) And Yams might have a point about that "lack of rest for the Lakers starters" thing. The Jazz shot almost 60 percent from the field. Seemed like L.A. didn't have a lot of energy on the defensive end (Utah hit 15 layups and got 5 dunks.)

More Lakers: I got this email from Basketbawful reader Hellshocked: "I don't know if you watched this game, but after Paul Milsap flew through the lane for a dunk and got touch fouled by Pau Gasol in the process the normally stoic Phil Jackson (who judging from his expression throughout the game had been battling a severe case of constipation) looked like he was positively about to cry. It may have been just me, but I could swear I saw his eyes moisten and his lip quiver ever so slightly. The game also presented us with yet another example of Kobe's poor sense of timing. After hitting a bit three to tie the game, he again chose to express his manly masculine manhood manosity basketball manness via the big balls dance. Needless to say, the Lakers wound up losing the game a few minutes later. It is made all the more hilarious by the fact that Mehmet Okur, after hitting a bit three of his own not long after, performed what could, politely, be referred to as an impersonation of Richard Simmons doing the big balls dance. Now this could very well just be how Okur gets his rocks off, but I prefer to think of it as making fun of purple and god's #24. All in all, I think the Lakers deserve a worst of the night for not playing a lick of defense and losing to a team that has 2 of its major contributors out and the rest are battling injuries, and Kobe for his antics." Done.

The people who dropped Greg Oden in their fantasy league: Greg's hot streak continued last night: 16 points (8-for-10), 10 rebounds, 3 blocked shots.

The New York Knicks: They lost to the Clippers in overtime, 128-124. Can you say: "Defense optional." Hell, I'm not even sure it WAS optional. The teams combined for 207 shots, including 70 three-point attempts. Clippers rookie Erik Gordon scored 30 points (10-for-16). Steve Novak added a career-high 23 points (8-for-10). Zach Randolph had a double-double (22 points and 15 rebounds). Baron Davis 13 points and a career-high 20 assists. I think I'm in the box score for 10 or 12 points, I can't be sure. Crazy. Fun to watch, I guess. But crazy. It was enough to make Novak give Gordan a little man lovin' from behind. And yes, the look on Gordon's face is priceless.

Novak love

Lacktion report: Chris once again proves that lacktion stops for no man.

Spurs-Raptors: As San Antonio played down to the level of the diminished dinos - resulting in a surprising loss for the Spurs -- two very familiar lacktators successfully integrated themselves into the broadcast background without being useful. Jake Voskuhl makes it two nights of lackvity in a row with two missed shots in 6:52 for a suck differential of +2, while Fabricio Oberto seems to love collecting gold coins, in this instance giving Greg Popovich's team a 38-second Mario.

Suns-Cavs: Zydrunas Ilgauskas earned himself a Voskuhl of 6:3 by fouling four times in his 26 or so minutes and handing the rock over to a Phoenix player twice, against five bricks and a mere three rebounds. In other crustacean-related lacktivity news, All-Lacktion star Tarence Kinsey will be returning to the hardwood after the all-star break!

Bobcats-Wizards: Roto-Rooter should've gone to downtown Charlotte to look for new recruits, as two men answered the call to become overalled plumbers for the night: Juan Dixon with a 13 second Mario (that somehow garnered him an assist) for the Generals, and the Bobcats' Alexis Ajinca, who racked up a board in a mere 54 second Mario of his own.

Lakers-Jazz: Kosta Koufos bricked once in 2:47 to give Utah a +1.

Clippers-Knicks: One night after the 271-point affront to defensive fundamentals at the Garden, the Knicks took Mike 'antoni's shoot-and-pray approach on the road to Staples Center, where they got beat at their own game by the Clippers in overtime. Ouch. Yet somehow, in the midst of a busy night for the scorekeepers, one standout lacktator abstained from the free-for-all to get onto this ledger. DeAndre Jordan was the only player on both squads to not factor into the 262-point explosion, tossing a brick for +1 in 1:21. (He also managed to be the only Clipper with a negative +/- with -4!)

In prophetic fashion, the only Yahoo wire photo of DeAndre for the game had him in appropriate lacktator attire -- his warmups.
Corey Maggette: Wild Yams (via TrueHoop) left a link to this awesome video in yesterday's comments. Watch as Bad Porn manages to travel six times on a single possession.


John Hollinger: Via Wild Yams from ESPN's Daily Dime: "'Loss due to attrition in scheduling' is the term Phil Jackson likes to use for games like this, but he wouldn't go there Wednesday. I will. Playing their eighth game in eight cities in 14 days, Jackson tried every trick in the book to get one last gasp from his troops heading into the All-Star break. Ultimately L.A. couldn't cash in, missing three potential game-tying 3-pointers in the final 29 seconds. And the fact it came down to those shots was a result of their lethargy at the other end. The fatigue showed in other ways too. When some calls didn't go their way and the typical Things That Happen in Utah started happening -- shoving off the ball, contact around the rim and the like -- L.A. uncharacteristically got too focused on the refs and not enough on the game. Meanwhile, Gasol picked up some of that flu Kobe had in Cleveland. He had just three defensive boards to go with his 16 points and lost Okur on a 3-pointer with 42 seconds left that put the Jazz ahead for good. Gasol has also played far too many minutes since Andrew Bynum went out -- he's played at least 41 in all six contests, averaging 43.3."

As Yams said: "It goes on and on. Man, I guess Utah doesn't get any credit for beating the Lakers despite missing AK-47 and Boozer? When did the Lakers put Hollinger on their payroll?" Oh, and as Yams also said, you should scroll down to the bottom of today's Dime. You'll see some quotage from a blogger of some renown...

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Blogger Basketbawful said...
Everybody -- I forgot to run spellcheck before I published this post. The typos have been fixed.

Anonymous DeWoof01 said...
http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/teams/por/photos/im:urn:newsml:sports.yahoo,ap:20050301:nba,photo,5153f65728ad4677a692bef73ad73914.thunder_trail_blazers_basketball_ordr101:1

I was at the Blazer game last night, and as most of you know this was the first game in portland for the OKC Thunder. So there were about 15 people in our section, as well as hundreds of others around the stadium that were wearing sonics jerserys. The best thing was they were not there to cheer on portland, but rather just to boo the thunder. I never saw a single one of them be happy when portland made a good play but rather only when thunder had a turnover or dumb play.

Blogger Cortez said...
Yet another reason why I hate the so-called "advanced stats."

So does Mike Ditka!

Blogger Wild Yams said...
The really incredible thing about that 15 game losing stream in Orlando that the Nuggets broke last night is that it means it was Denver's first win in Orlando since 1992! Yikes.

That Dave Matthews story is priceless. A girl I'm friends with is an insane fan of his (with 'DMB' on her license plate and everything), so I'm gonna have to relay that story to her :)

ESPN has a link on their main page about Shaq saying Kobe is better than LeBron (it's an Insider link listed under "Rumors" for some reason). Since Shaq clearly doesn't mean it, I can't help but wonder what his angle there is. Any theories?

There have been many, many times I've looked at a box score and puzzled at the +/- stat and questioned what it's actually telling us. A prime example was Sunday's Lakers-Crabs game where Luke Walton (7 points, 4 assists in 30 minutes) was the Laker high +/- guy with +13. Lamar Odom with his 28 points and 17 rebounds, the guy who really carried the Lakers on his back, had the second lowest +/- of any Laker starter with only +9. That one made me want to call shenanigans as well.

You'll be happy to know that Netflix is reporting that Major League II is set to arrive in my possession today, so hopefully I'll have The History of the Big Balls Dance ready in the next 24 hours :)

Blogger Junior said...
Bibby looks like he was in the middle of a tatsumaki senpuu kyaku




and Ramon Sessions in the end of last season was avereging about 15 assists per game

Blogger Latin_D said...
Bawful, you force to delurk by going after my mancrush. Manu, "sore loser"? Let me quote the only "controversial" bit:

"We were playing a team that isn't doing so well and has two injured players, so we should have done much better."

That's 100 per cent truth. I don't get it, fans complain about player sugar-coating reality or being too PC, and now you're complaining because he answered honestly? You lost me in this one.

Great post as always, regardless. And congratulations on making it to Daily Dime. I loved the Kerr post, myself.

Anonymous AK Dave said...
"'I feel like I'm part Canadian. It just feels right.'" Insert your own joke here."

Pfff. Whatever dude. There was not a single hockey reference or "eh"? in that sentence.

He fails the Canadian nationalization exam. Go back to Ohio or wherever you're from, Matt!

Junior- dude, you're totally right. He even looks like Ryu a little bit...

Anonymous AK Dave said...
Junior- you're totally right. He even looks a little bit like Ryu

"'I feel very strongly about representing Canada,' Bonner said. 'I feel like I'm part Canadian. It just feels right.'" Insert your own joke here."

How can he seriously say that and not use the word "eh" even ONCE. Nationality FAIL.

Blogger AnacondaHL said...
You should have done this to your buddy.

Also, more Simmons making me sad, the entire Steve Nash section. He was however incorrect in the Rajon Rondo section:

"Every Suns fan will now light themselves on fire with a framed photo of Bob Sarver dunking off a trampoline."

This is wrong. I actually lit myself on fire with a photo of Bob Sarver watching the Nash-Stoudemire dunk contest clips on YouTube.

Anonymous Jai said...
Can you please amend this post to include Al Harrington single handedly blowing the game for the Knicks by drawing that showboating technical foul in the 4th? Ok, maybe not single handedly blowing it, but seriously... if he doesn't do that, the Knicks win.

And, FYI, as a Knick fan, it's not fun to watch, it's embarrassing to watch. I don't even play basketball anymore, but I bet I could single handedly score 30 points in 48 minutes 1 on 5 against them. Why? Because if my defender is standing 10 feet from me and trying to put his hand in my face, it's just like shooting drills. Like he's not even there. Excuse me Jared Jeffries, but you don't have 15 long foot arms... you are not Plastic Man, Reed Richards, or JaVale McGee.... and you're our best defender...

Anonymous AK Dave said...
Yay, a double-post. And I thought my original text was lost in an internet-vortex! Computers rule.

So much bawful today- it's going to be a good day- almost as good as the one Ice Cube had back in 1993 (or so).

So if AI is the "Not-Answer", does that make him... the Question? Discuss.

Also, over on "By the Horns", some people were going on and on about how awesome Stoudamire is and that the Bulls need to pick him up and so on. I asked the question, "What is his signature move"? You know, the dream shake, Hardaway's crossover, Ginobili's drive-to-the-left-and-flop, Kobe's pull-up 3 (et. al.),... Stoudamire's.... what? Every superstar has a move- hell even some non-superstars do- that is indefensible. What about this guy?

Can anyone HERE think of a you-know-it's-coming-but-still-can't-stop-it move in Amare's posession? I can't. He's a great pick-and-roll/pop player, but he NEEDS a great guard to feed him the ball (Nash) or else he's reduced to a more athletic Antonio McDyess who can't play defense.

Is it Friday yet??

Blogger chris said...
I think Yao actually pulled off the 7-11 Defense against Suckramento midway in the 2nd quarter...probably was shocked that the shot was made in any case, though. Not that it mattered because the Kings forgot (once again) that a gamre requires more than 24 minutes of good play.

BTW, speaking of Sactown...bad refereeing hits a high school basketball game, Donaghy style!
http://deadspin.com/5152216/high-school-basketball-team-pulls-off-rare-17+point-play-for-the-win

Blogger Wild Yams said...
I guess the only "move" of Stoudemire's that I can think of is when he gets past his defender on the perimeter and goes down the lane for a one-handed dunk, but I don't know if that qualifies. It's certainly not something he can go to reliably, but that's probably his signature move.

The guy's got a ton of talent, but he's just really, really incomplete as a basketball player. He doesn't rebound or play well enough in the post (offensively or defensively) to be a solution at power forward, and he doesn't have the ball handling skills, 3-pt shot, or perimeter defense to be a small forward. IMO a player who is missing really crucial skill sets for their position like that ultimately can't rise above being a complimentary or role player, and just because STAT has so much raw athletic ability doesn't change that. In the right system he could be a phenomenal support guy (say, Cleveland, for instance), but he's not going to be the #1 option on a championship team.

Anonymous AK Dave said...
Yams-

Agreed on everything you said. And what a shame, because, really, how hard would it be to learn 2 (just 2!!) post moves in the off-season and add another dimension to his game? I know he's billed as this super-hard worker and "competitor" and rehab-wizard but where is that work ethic when he's healthy? Seems to me that a PF/C should learn at least a few post moves. Hell, even Mehmet Okur knows a couple.

Honestly, I would take Okur on my team before Amare- he isn't a whiner, shoots well, can post up some, makes a mean falaffel...

Anonymous Anonymous said...
Ronnie Brewer is attempting a rare open-fisted shoryuken (rising dragon punch) in that pic

Blogger Hersey said...
I knew the Lakers would lose when Kobe unleashed the Sam Cassell dance. The curse is legit. However Memo Okur's dance might have been the WORST celebratory dance in NBA history. It was like a happy schoolgirl skipping while also doing the twist. Come to think of it, maybe it's a Turkish thing because Hedo Turkoglu's celebration dances are pretty strange too. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RPpo0NyBeLA

Blogger Basketbawful said...
DWoof01 -- New post, thanks to you.

Cortez -- Can't argue wit Da Coach.

Wild Yams -- Yeah, I actually heard Shaq's quote last night on ESPN sports radio on my way home. Shaq's actually been kissing up to Kobe all season and waxing nostalgic about his time in L.A. Maybe the Big Creaky is hoping that the Lakers might want to pick him up after his contract expires, or maybe that, next season, the Suns will trade him to clear cap room and whatever team gets him will buy him out to open up a return to L.A. I bet he's thinking that the best way to still end up with more titles than Kobe is to help him win them.

Or maybe he just feels bad about all that "How's my ass taste" incident.

Can't wait to post the MLII dance!

Junior -- Yup. Sessions was on fire at the end of last season. He might be legit...

Latin_D -- I just personally hate the "We shouldn't have lost the game" quote. It's just arrogant. Any team can beat any other team, and I think the "We're better than these guys" attitude is why inexplicable losses happen (like when the Lakers lost to the Bobcats at home, for instance). It's a pet peeve of mine.

AK Dave -- Has anyone ever actually humped a foreign country to orgasm? I bet the Rocket wants to give Canada a lap dance.

AnacondaHL -- Why don't we just light Sarver on fire? That would solve a lot of problems.

Jai -- I know what you're saying, but isn't this at least better than the last five seasons under Isiah??

AK Dave -- I prefer the Not-Answer myself. What does everybody else think? (And you already know how I feel about Amare...)

chris -- Holy. Freaking. Crap. How does this stuff even happen? Lex Luthor wouldn't even try that shit.

Wild Yams -- Right you are.

Anonymous -- Hey now! There can't be an open-fisted dragon punch...can there?

Hersey -- Hm. I would SWEAR that I've seen a worst celebratory dance. I'm gonna have to think about this...

Anonymous Jai said...
Yes. Well, almost. When there's no glimmer of hope, there's no reason to actually care.

And because the offense is actually capable of outscoring every other team in the league on any given night... except possibly for the team playing against them... they make us think we can care again, and sometimes we can. But defense... please, honestly just ONE interior defender might make these Knicks legitimate playoff contenders.

But, to answer your question... yes.

Blogger AnacondaHL said...
"Not-Answer" is much better because it's more passive-aggressive than "Incorrect Answer".

On Amare: His move is airborne finisher. Supposedly, his range increased ever since his knee injury, to the point that his off-season secret was he was working on a corner 3. And he and his posse cut in line at a pizza place in front of my sister, so screw him trade him for a better defender.

And just because I can't get this horrifying thought out of my brain, the top picture actually looks more like a scene from Dead or Alive Xtreme Beach Volleyball, complete with awkward animated boob physics. And now let that be burnt into your retinas.

Anonymous Arlen said...
Since its the season of awful trade examples, here's one I haven't heard of (but the only site I read is this one) and seems to make sense.

Shaq to LA. duh? And I mean the clippers, not the purplers.

Shaq for Baron Davis and Kaman. The salaries work...

We already know Davis and Nash get along off the court (see roller skating video) and who cares about on the court - phx already has a chance of missing the playoffs. Kaman takes care of C without the baggage, plus if he and nash grow their hair long again it'd be like nash/nowitzki only a whole lot worse , but would make for lots of awesome game pics.
Sure the clips are giving up 2 good players for 1 over the hill center, but its a marketing dream for them. Plus, they know Davis isn't gonna give them lickity spit while Mike-D is the coach, so basically trading him is better than having him around, so its basically a Kaman for Shaq trade - a no brainer! And the clips don't care about winning, just about making money.

Only thing is who knows if Shaq wants to play for the clips, but who cares what shaq thinks? He's making 20mill and goes back to the same arena as the good ol days

The best part is perhaps shaq and kobe could start their feud again and it'd cause a distraction for the lakers, ruining their chances muahaha......

see? the trade is the best ever.

Blogger Drake said...
Chris:

And we keep harping on how bad NBA referees are, huh?

Blogger Wild Yams said...
I for one am in favor of any trade which sends Shaq to one of the league's worst teams. That guy manipulates and throws owners, teammates and coaches under the bus with no hesitation in an effort to get another ring by any means necessary; so the thought of him going to NBA Hell is great. Talk about poetic justice!

There's no way Donald Sterling would pony up that kind of money though, so unfortunately it's just a dream :(

Hey, since Shaq is now kissing Kobe's ass in a major way (presumably to try to worm his way back onto the Lakers, as Mr. Bawful said above, which I think makes sense), should someone ask Shaq how Kobe's ass tastes?

Anonymous DeWoof01 said...
Bawful,

I know its later in chicago, but maybe some thursday NIGHT man love?

http://blog.oregonlive.com/blazers/2009/02/oh_caption_my_caption.html

Anonymous Anonymous said...
Or... if Kobe tasted Shaq's ass, and now Shaq is tasting Kobe's ass, is Shaq in effect tasting his own ass?

Anonymous Anonymous said...
Sorry to disappoint but the ESPN boxscore isn't adjusted plus/minus, it's just normal plus/minus which is heavily affected by of quality of teammates on the floor. Adjusted plus/minus is much more complex as it isolate a player's individual production and is more credible.

Learn more about it here.
http://82games.com/ilardi2.htm

Anonymous Anonymous said...
Isn't that actually the "armpit-hair defense" being employed by Reddick?

Blogger lordhenry said...
Abso-friggin'-lutely Shaq wants back in L.A., it's obvious. I don't blame him one bit for that. And call me crazy, but I actually think the lakers would be able to get decent production out of him. He's a good passer, perfect for the triangle, and if they still had Andrew they could use Shaq as a backup.

And just to keep the SF2 nonsense going:
Bibby is definitely doing the hurricane kick, unlike the scissors kick that Kobe was doing to the cavs a couple of days ago.
"FEAR THE PYSCHO POWER!!!

Anonymous Axel Foley said...
I finally went to bullsbythehorns and i have to say that it really was awesome. I especially liked the part when you mentioned how Brad Daugherty turned back that alien invasion(everyone thinks im crazy but i KNOW that happened). By the way Mark Price was the man.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ajrdxK6hvMM

Blogger 747 said...
Now let's not confuse regular +- with adjusted +- and to be fair TJ Ford had 14 and 13 against Sessions, getting 8 FTA(didn't contain him), had 2 ORB(didn't box out).

Blogger Cortez said...
"This is one of my proudest moments in basketball, because I determined early in my career, the only important statistic in basketball is the final score,"

~Bill Russell.

Case closed.

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