Category: Shooting the Shit

Changing of the Guard- Los Angeles Lakers Edition

Well, it’s been a long time coming but is it safe to say that the Los Angeles Lakers are finally finished?

I’d say so.

If you had asked me at the beginning of the season how this team would do this season I would have pegged them as a top four team in the West. It probably has been a long time coming considering we’re about two weeks past the halfway point of the season, but I think it is finally time to close the books (at least for the next few seasons) for one of the most successful franchises in NBA history.

Steve Nash, Dwight Howard, Metta World Peace, Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol

Currently the Lakers are tenth in the Western conference and four games under .500. Their home record is a passable 15-10 and their road record is an abysmal 7-16. Dwight Howard was the Lakers big off-season haul and together with Steve Nash the two of them should have been the most dominant pick-and-roll players in the league. However Nash was lost early in the season from a broken leg bone and Howard hasn’t been his dominant self since returning from surgery last season.

Pau Gasol has been battling with his own demons. The man is always one step behind on defence and he can’t score worth at all in the post. His numbers are down across the board but that can mostly be attested to his loss in minutes.

That pretty much sums up the bad with the starting five in Los Angeles.

Kobe Byrant and Metta World Peace are playing the most efficient basketball they’ve played in a very long time. Bryant has remembered how to pass and Peace is playing with a youthful step that we haven’t seen from him in a very very long time. Although he has been suspended for this little scuffle with Brandon Knight.

So, what do I think is wrong with the Lakers?

Dwight Howard

Dwight Howard

I won’t lie, I don’t like the man. He put Orlando through a lot of needless drama throughout his last two years there. He ousted a very good coach in Stan Van Gundy and he kept flip-flopping between staying in Orlando and wanting out. If I was in the shoes of the Magic management I would have sent him to a team like Sacramento or Charlotte. That’ll teach him.

Anyways, I don’t think that Dwight is a motivated player. His constant smiles on courts are infuriating to watch while the other four players on the court continue to play hard. Some people think that that’s just the way he is, a happy guy who always has a smile on his face. That’s ok though, there’s nothing wrong with being happy, but there is a time and place for everything. Don’t forget that your shooting guard is Kobe Bryant, probably one of the most serious players out there who’s only goal in the world is to win that ring to tie him up with Michael Jordan.

Basketball is a team sport, don’t let anyone else tell you anyways. Every superstar needed his team to hoist that trophy at the end of the season. So when one of your team mates is slogging up the court with a big, goofy smile on his face it can be the most frustrating feeling in the world. Then one game he’s going to brick a bunch of free-throws, in the next game he’s going to get injured, and then in the game after that he’s going to miss free throws and then have that stupid smile on his face again. So what does the team do next? They phase him out of offence, if you don’t play D you sure as hell aren’t going to play any O.

Dwight is one public debacle from wanting out of the Lakers. After all he has already made it clear that if he isn’t going to go the distance in Los Angeles, he would be willing to leave.

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“So I want to do it the best that I can and I’m going to take everything in I can to get what I can out of the NBA. Which, for me, is winning a championship,” he added. “So if I have to play on another team or do whatever I have to do to get one, that’s my goal. This is my passion, so I’ll continue to fight.”- Dwight Howard

I think most people are still hanging onto the hope that the Lakers will bounce back and make a push for the playoffs and be the team everyone wants them to be. Good Bye LA, see you next season. It’s going to be weird not seeing the purple and gold in the playoffs this year.

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Jordan Brand’s newest ad: ‘This Is Where It Starts’

With basketball in the Olympics in full swing, Jordan Brand has released their newest commercial ‘This Is Where It Starts’. The ad has a very global feel to it as it prominently features USA basketball and China basketball in the form of two kids watching the Olympics and being inspired to ‘rise above’ and become international superstars themselves. Enjoy and take in all the details in the ad just up above!

Team USA vs ’92 Dream Team

Team USA

It’s the middle of June, the NBA season has ended, the draft has come and gone and free agency is starting to simmer down a bit. Let’s talk about the Olympics.

I imagine this was MJ’s reaction.

I’m sure everyone’s already heard that Kobe thinks this years Olympic team can beat the ’92 Dream Team but yesterday Michael Jordan replied and said he “absolutely laughed” when he heard Kobe’s comments. Charles Barkley said he just started laughing too. Jordan added, “For him to compare those two teams is not one of the smarter things he ever could have done.” Understandable for Jordan to say seeing as he is considered ‘The Greatest of All Time’. Larry Bird also had something to say, “They probably could. I haven’t played in 20 years and we’re all old now.” I lol’ed a little bit.

Then Kobe comes back with this gem. “He knows I’m a bad mother fucker. I’m not really tripping.” Kobe mother-fucker Bryant. Sorry Mario Chalmers, your nickname is now invalid.

In my last post, we got a glimpse of what Kyrie Irving could do and I told you to keep an eye on him. Once again though, Kobe ain’t scared.

This is why Kobe is amazing.

Clippers and Lakers, big moves in the making.

The battle for basketball supremacy in Los Angeles continues as the LA Clippers and LA Lakers continue to make big offseason moves to solidify their hold on the city. Personally, I think these two teams have made the biggest impact in the free agency market so far. While the Houston Rockets continue to make an effort to put together a package to bring Dwight Howard over, the Los Angeles teams have made legitimate moves to bring themselves one step closer to a championship next season.

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Sergeant Ibaka or Fear the Beard Harden?

Now that the 2012 post season is over, you have to wonder who the OKC Thunder plan to keep: Serge Ibaka or James Harden.

Both are up-and-coming young stars that bring a very specific set of skills to the team, not only that but both were vital to the success that the Thunder have been experiencing. However this upcoming season may be the last they will play together. Both players have been extended qualifying offers for the 2013/2014 season and you should probably expect their stat lines to explode.

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So about the Olympics…

Even before watching the “Dream Team” documentary on NBATV this season I was so stoked for the 2012 Olympics. I mean who doesn’t love country on country sportsmanlike domination? It’s going to be absolutely amazing watching some of the world’s greatest players go head to head all trying to win the Tournament of the Five Rings (Sorry Game of Thrones on my mind).

So it seems like players are dropping out of the Olympics faster than people are proclaiming themselves the King’s of Westoros (last one I swear).

Derrick Rose, MVP last season, beast everywhere on the court. Out with a torn ACL.

Derrick Rose

 

Dwyane Wade, won his second ring this season playing Scottie Pippen to Lebron James. May require knee surgery this off-season.

LeMarcus Aldridge, probably the best power-forward in the league who isn’t white. Out with  a hip inury.

Chauncey Billups, Big-Shot Billups, the Derek Fisher prototype for an Olympic team. Also out with a torn ACL.

Ricky Rubio, torn ACL, will not be able to play for Spain.

Tony Parker, got int a bar fight with Drake and Chris Brown, and almost lost a eye. Way to go TP.

Dwight Howard, possible best center in the league, definite little bitch. Out with a back injury.

It’s gotten so bad that Anthony Davis, the projected top pick for the season will be considered playing for the team. With only Tyson Chandler as the true big-man on the team, the USA will really have to be careful when playing teams that are fielding legitimate centers like Spain and the Gasol brothers.

Might as well bring back David Robinson, Clyde Drexler, and Gregor “The Mountain” Clegane.

If you’re reading this.. go watch the game.

Just a quick first quarter rant here.

How bad has Oklahoma been this first quarter, just under 4 minutes to go and the Heat have a 14 point lead over the Thunder.

Oh Kevin Durant has two fouls already and the Thunder are now 2 of 13. You can’t always count on a 4th quarter collapse from the Heat so you guys better get your heads in the game.

At least Harden is providing something off the bench unlike Game 1. Oh and Westbrook is 0-6, looks like it’s going to be that kind of game.

Score is now 25-10.

Most Embarrassing Moments

#1 – Loved the Shaq Story
#2 – Could barely make it out from everyone laughing, but I think Reggie took off his Tear-Aways and was left with nothing but his jock strap in front of his high school

An old video I happened to stumble upon. Definitely made me chuckle here and there. I hope you guys enjoy, cause I did.

Iman Shumpert Raps?!?!?!

So apparently, Iman Shumpert chose to spend his time writing rhymes and lyrics to some songs during his rehabilitation from his torn ACL (Which is totally random, and awesome)! There is no news as to when Shumpert will return to the court, but I would place it around the return of Derrick Rose. I guess its a good thing he’s keeping busy until he can get back on the court.

I hope he returns soon, hes got potential and a bunch of upside.

Oh, and finally make it to the Sprite Slam Dunk Contest during All-Star Week. Apart from the rapping, here’s a little taste of what he can do when it comes to dunking.

Impressive

Even more impressive.

@Via TBJ