Archive for July, 2008

That’s Our Guy
July 31, 2008

"Your skin... it's so soft"

"Your skin... it's so soft"

Recognize #9… the guy barely caressing LeBron’s elbow in Team USA’s 114-82 blowout win over Turkey?

It’s our guy…. #86 in your program… but #1 in our hearts…. SEMIH ERDEN!!

Boston Globe

Courtesy: Boston Globe

Nice D Semih.  Why don’t you work on that a little, huh?

Start The Crazy Train!
July 31, 2008

The Houston Rockets must be sooooooo thrilled they traded for Ron Artest. 

Today’s episode starts with Yao Ming reacting to the trade thusly:

“Hopefully, he’s not fighting anymore and going after a guy in the stands”

Ok.  Not exactly the best opening line.  Luckily… Ron took it all in stride.  Oh wait:

“I understand what Yao said, but I’m still ghetto,” Artest said, according to the report. “That’s not going to change. I’m never going to change my culture. Yao has played with a lot of black players, but I don’t think he’s ever played with a black player that really represents his culture as much as I represent my culture. Once Yao Ming gets to know me, he’ll understand what I’m about.

Ok… well… not so bad. 

What?  There’s more?

“If you go back to the brawl, that’s a culture issue right there,” Artest added, according to the report. “Somebody was disrespecting me, so he’s got to understand where I’m coming from. People that know me know that Ron Artest never changed.”

Hmmm.  That’s not so good.  At least there was no comment that drips of the type of sarcasm that makes Rockets higher-ups rush to update their resume’s. 

Huh?  Keep reading? Oh…

“I guess once Yao Ming approves [the deal], I’ll be a Houston Rocket,” Artest said, according to the report. “[Yao] probably should’ve called me first. But at the same time, it’s Yao Ming’s team.”

“Whatever Yao Ming wants me to do, I’ll be there. Whatever Tracy McGradytells me to do, that’s how it’s going to go down. Ultimately, whatever [Rockets] coach Rick Adelman tells me to do is exactly what I’m going to do.”

I’m so pissed Ron didn’t go to the Lakers.  Then all drama would be so much more delicious.  Now it’s just another good team blinded by Ron’s talent that is quickly finding out that he’s nowhere near worth the headaches.

(Thanks to Dre for the tip)

“Hey Kobe… Tell Me How My…”
July 31, 2008

Yea…. you know the words.

Michael Jordan… you know… the guy Kobe desperately wants to be like… ALSO has a message for one Mr. Kobe Bean Bryant.

“Not even a contest”


Look Kobe… you’re never… EVER going to be MJ.  You’re never going to match him… never mind pass him.  We all know it.  And MJ just told everyone that he’d treat you one-on-one like he did all those kids at the end of the video. 

Man… Team USA had better win the gold medal… or else this will be the summer everyone in the world took a dump on Kobe.  It’s almost enough to root for someone else.

(Video via You Been Blinded)

Our System Is Broken
July 31, 2008

I’ve said it before… and I’ll say it again.  The United States’ decline in the world of basketball… despite having superior athletes and coaches… is a problem of its own making.  We let our most talented kids flounder in a system dominated by shoe companies and agents.  Camps and tournaments like this, where kids play 100 games in a few months, are showcases of talent that are later picked over and exploited.  Kids work on the wrong skills to get noticed… and they fall victim to slick talkers and empty promises of big payouts. 

This isn’t a drum I haven’t banged before.  And I haven’t changed my stance.  A system needs to be created that puts these kids in a pipeline under Team USA.

USA Basketball’s primary concern seems to be how to assemble NBA players into a unit that can reassert America’s basketball dominance.  What USA Basketball should also be doing is making sure these talented young kids have available leagues, camps and programs that are not affiliated with any corporate entity.  Filter these kids into a pipeline that will teach them the proper fundamentals at a formative age.  Teach them the GAME, not how to show off for some And1 Mix Tape.  Then, when they get into high school and college, they’re playing the game correctly.  The improved product will pay off down the road when drafts are full of quality players who, when Team USA comes calling for a favor, will be happy to repay their debt

What we need is a system that eliminates outside forces.  How are kids playing 100 games in a summer?  The Celtics played 108 over 8 months.  There’s something wrong here. 

In NBA news:  Luol Deng is going back to Chicago.  Chris Mannix thinks the Artest trade made Houston a contender.

Lakers Fans Need A Little Refresher
July 30, 2008

(NSFW Lyrics)

We’ve dealt with Hawks fans… Cavs fans… and Pistons fans.  They all had the good sense to go away after the Celtics beat them in the playoffs. 

But not Lakers fans.  They, for some reason, seem to think games 7, 8, and 9 still have to be played.  Hey LA fans:  You lost.  And it wasn’t even really close.  It was the easiest series of the playoffs.  The Hawks gave us more problems than you.  It was an embarrassment.  And to top it all off… you STILL haven’t addressed your most glaring need while teams around you are making moves to get better.  And no, Bynum isn’t the answer.  You need a perimeter defender.

So considering the reaction to Paul Pierce’s comments… I just wanted to remind you that right now… he can say what he wants… and that video is why.

Rockets Steal Artest From Kings
July 30, 2008

Crazy Ron-Ron is taking his act to the Houston Rockets. The Kings agreed to trade away their volatile yet talented swingman for Donte Greene (the 28th pick in this year’s draft), Bobby Jackson and a first round pick in 2009. Wait, there must be more. Nope. This ranks right up there with the Pau Gasol heist. Since Houston has a solid core (55-27 last season) and only has to pay Artest $7 million for one year, they must feel he’s worth the risk. And it looks like Ron is ready to fight for a title:

Said Artest: “Boston kind of blitzed the whole league with that trio they have. To pretty much compete for a championship, you need a trio and some great role players. I guess if it’s McGrady, Yao and Artest … I’ll let everybody else do the math.”

If Artest stays sane, and that’s a big IF, I see the Rockets as the best team in the Western conference. And you can tell Rockets fans feel the same way because they are already coming to Red’s Army to talk smack.

In other news, it looks like Luol Deng is about to get $71 million from the Bulls.

Donaghy Gets 15 Months
July 29, 2008

Disgraced NBA referee Tim Donaghy was sentenced to 15 months in prison Tuesday after pleading guilty last year to taking thousands of dollars in payoffs from a professional gambler for inside betting tips.

The sentencing of Donaghy closes a chapter in a scandal that convulsed the NBA, which has angrily denied Donaghy’s claim that corruption among referees runs deeper.

15 months? That’s it? With good behavior, he’ll be out in less than a year. This story has puzzled me from the beginning. It took the mass media days, if not weeks, before realizing the relevance of the scandal. David Stern came out on his high-horse and talked down to anyone who suggested the remote possibility that more referees could be involved. And the media let him. Now this scumbag will be out of jail within a year.

The Spanish Interview
July 29, 2008

Paul Pierce was in Spain for the past few days and everyone’s buzzing about what he said over there.  I think it’s a big pile of nothing… but since there seems to be some reaction to it… here it is.

First… a bunch of Spurs fans are all hot and bothered by this.

Q: Is Kobe really the best player in the world?

Pierce: I don’t think Kobe is the best player. I’m the best player. There’s a line that separates having confidence and being conceited. I don’t cross that line but I have a lot of confidence in myself.

Q: Who are your top five favorite players in the NBA today?

Pierce: Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen, Rajon Rondo, Kendrick Perkins and Paul Pierce.

There are some insane reactions in that link… people just being idiots.  But what is he supposed to say?  His favorite players are his teammates.  Perfect answer… and he loves himself too. 

Here’s more of his interview… which includes the next interesting aspect:

Q: Celtics fans have suffered a lot these last few years. Does this title signal the end of this black period?

A: I hope so, at least for as long as I am on the team. I will play there for the next five years and I hope to win each year, or at least as much as possible.

5 years?  But Paul… you’re only under contract for the next three.  That would mean………

Is it possible that Delonte West is coming back to Boston?  Supposedly we’re looking into a sign-and-trade. In other player movement news:  Ricky Davis is going to the Clippers.

The latest Carnival of the NBA is up.  Ball Don’t Lie has the “Will Ferrell” edition up right now.  Check it out.  Many good blogs have written many good things.

Kwame Brown or Patrick O’Bryant?
July 28, 2008

The Detroit Pistons – the Celtics number one threat in the Eastern conference – have signed Kwame Brown to a 2-year, $8 million deal. The good folks at Hoopsworld think this is a bargain for the Pistons. But when you compare this signing to the 2-year, $3 million deal the Celtics gave Patrick O’Bryant, you realize the Pistons are pissing away $5 million. I guess when you are a former #1 pick, teams will throw money at you with the hopes of eventually seeing that “potential.”

In other news, the Clippers have signed Ricky Davis and the Knicks have traded Renaldo Balkman to the Nuggets.

We’re Experiencing Technical Difficulties
July 28, 2008

They say you learn something new every day.  Today I learned that laptops don’t like wine being dumped on them.  Who knew?

So while we deal with that… here are a few links to tide you over.  Sorry.  On the bright side, at least it didn’t happen in the 3rd quarter of game 6.

WhatifSports put the top 10 list of best NBA champions together for  Not suprising:  #1.  Predictable and lame.  Surprising:  How last year’s champs compare to the 1986 Celtics team.  Very surprising.

Jessica Camerato gives the Celtics offseason a B+ so far. 

Andris Biedrins used his threat to go to Europe to get the Warriors to vastly overpay him get more than $10 mil a year.