Eddy Curry's early inspiration, at least in the "gaining weight" department
(via Andy Gray's SI Vault
Welcome to your Thursday night edition of BAD. Instead of spending time wondering how the hell Dollar Beer Night didn't result in a sellout, let's start off with a great article on the completely-screwed-up Knicks. To summarize: Jared Jeffries is a cap killer for no apparent reason, and Eddy Curry's gigantic contract is only appropriate for the size of his gigantic ass. Neither player is realistically tradeable, of course. And the Knicks are now interested in... Knee-Mac??? What a team. Oh, and did I mention Nate Robinson is still getting paid to sit around and do nothing but make sure the bench doesn't float away? And they recently signed an aging 7 foot stiff free agent with a history of bad knees? Yikes.
Your Quick NBA2K10 Update:
Seriously, buying this game has to be one of the best ways to get rid of $20 burning a hole in your pocket, because I've played it 20 times as much as any other game I've bought in the past five years. My Player mode is only slightly less addicting than heroin, and thankfully it doesn't have quite as many nasty effects on your health.
I finally bit the bullet and decided to change the clock from 5 minute quarters to 8 minutes. Because 2Ksports are too lazy to bother patching the PC version until next month at the earliest, I had to basically hack the game to do this. (Easy to do with instructions in the 2ksports forums, but still) At least now the scoring pace is much more realistic. Remember, bad clock management results in a faster pace and higher scoring than real life in the same time frame. Every team is running a bastardized version of 7SOL. Plus the extra time means it's much easier to get an A+ teammate rating to help gain skill points, because I can actually play smarter ball! I don't have to try too hard and make stupid mistakes trying to force things now. However, I still lose games because my teammates still suck. Stop standing flat-footed in the paint on defense, guys! Seriously, cut it out
It's early April in my game, and we're now 11 games back from the Lakers in the Western conference, but still holding onto a playoff spot. That may not last much longer, since we've lost something like 8 of our past 9 games. The last loss was just heartbreaking. I was in a back-and-forth battle with the Thunder all game long. The lead kept changing hands, nobody got more than a 5 point lead at any point, and both teams were shooting well from the field for the most part. I cut to the left and back to the right for a quick and easy layup with 1.6 seconds left on the clock to give us a two point lead. The Thunder called their final timeout to draw up an inbounds play. Apparently, they stole some of the fan-submitted plays from the Wizards contest
, because this was just bawful. Their inbounds play was to have James Harden run back to almost the half-court line, lazily lob the ball to him, and have him jack up a three from 40 feet at the buzzer. And he swished it (Antoine Walker would have been proud
). I, meanwhile, just shook my head in disbelief. Oh well, at least I finally got to dunk the ball again in an actual game instead of just while practicing in shoot-around. That was nice.
So anyway, back to real basketball...
Light schedule of games tonight, as is the Thursday night norm. We've gotta make sure we're well rested for the horrendously bawful games scheduled for tomorrow night. Nyets/Raptors! Kings/T-Wolves! Clippers/Knicks! Worst of all, Generals/Warriors on national TV! But before we go into the future, let's take a quick trip back to last night before returning to the present. It's like a half-assed version of A Christmas Carol, or maybe Scrooged without the Bobcat Goldthwait appearance... (Can we get Bobcat to write on our blog? He's a fun guy, and I'm sure he has nothing better to do with his copious amounts of spare time)
Worst of the Night in Pictures:
Sorry. Seeing Kobe catch a basketball with his face makes me smile. Facepalm.
Larry isn't asking for a time-out. He's asking for a gun so he can shoot his team.
" What? You mean the mock-neck black undershirt isn't cool?!"
Ron Jeremy begins to give Jason Williams some pointers on "the 'biz"
Hey, Vince, I recognize that pose. You watched a Madonna video last night, didn't you?
Nationally Televised Games:Magic at Heat:
The battle of Florida tourist traps! Which vacation destination will prevail? Orlando's great on the road, but you know the whole second-night on a back-to-back thing... Throw in Jameer Nelson being injured, and ...yuck.
Suns at Trailblazers: The Suns' long time on the road finally gets a break after this game; ten of their next dozen games are at the US Airways Center. Also, this game is 87% less interesting without the Greg Oden Watch. But oh well. Steve Nash on TV! Steve Nash on TV!
All The Other Games:
Knicks at Bulls: Well, this very definately is our Basketbawful Game of the Night. Fun fact: the Bulls are shooting 39.7% from the field in their past five home games. All I can say for this game's watchability is thank God for Mike D'Antoni's defense.
Labels: Bawful After Dark, Chicago Bulls, Miami Heat, New York Knicks, Orlando Magic, Phoenix Suns, Portland Trail Blazers