No, not the Tim Donaghy way… What do all three players in this “Finals” image have in common? All were able to compete for the NBA Championship this season. They also shared a 0% chance of winning it.
The first round of the NBA playoffs completed this past weekend. We had some surprises along the way, with sixth seeded New Orleans sweeping the number three seed in Portland, as well as seventh seeded Milwaukee nearly upsetting Boston. Cleveland and Indiana also went to a crucial Game 7, and these three series have been a joy to watch.
It reminds me of other great first round moments, like in 1994, when the eighth seed Denver Nuggets upset the Seattle Supersonics, becoming the first team to do so in NBA Playoff history. Or how about 2007, when the eighth seed Golden State Warriors stunned the 67-15 Dallas Mavericks, becoming the first eighth seed to do so in a seven game series? Boston vs. Chicago in 2009 was also great, setting records for most games requiring overtime (4) and periods played (7). We could even go back to 1989, as Michael Jordan hung in the air longer than his defender Craig Ehlo of the Cleveland Cavaliers, to hit the game and series clinching buzzer beater. All great and unforgettable moments.
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Charles Barkley and Reggie Miller forced the NBA to change their rules. Should James Harden receive the NBA MVP this season, Commissioner Dan thinks it’s time to make another revision.
Last season, Russell Westbrook won the NBA MVP Award because he averaged a triple-double. As of this writing, he is 16 rebounds away from averaging a second triple-double, and becoming the only player to ever do so twice in their career; however, something tells me that even if he somehow is able to do this (edit: He did), James Harden is still going to be league MVP. Which boggles the mind the more you think about it. Scoring aside (Harden is leading the league, upping his average by 1.5 PPG), his assists (8.7 compared to a league leading 11.2) and rebounds (5.4 compared to 8.1) are all way down this season. Meanwhile, Westbrook’s numbers have only dipped slightly, and should he record the necessary 16 rebounds to complete the triple-double, does the argument for Harden as MVP truly exist? Continue reading “The James Harden Rule”
Who will walk away with end of season hardware? You’ll have to wait until the end of June for the NBA to tell you. So, lets all just settle for my end of season awards instead
Hello and welcome to the First Annual Commissioner Dan End of Season Awards! And I’m doing it now, because unlike when the NBA presents them, people actually care around this time of the season (please fix this NBA!).
So, let’s get this show on the road. The first award goes to:
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Which of Kobe Bryant’s games were truly his greatest? What exactly makes a game “great”, anyway? I answer both questions, and more, in my epic 5 part finale.
This is the finale of my 5 part series, covering Kobe’s greatest games. If you missed any of the first 4 parts, click the Kobe tag (or right here) to catch up!
When people think of Kobe wearing his #8 jersey, they think of either one of two Kobe’s: Kobe with the afro, playing together with Shaq winning championships, or Kobe with the tattoo, jacking up shots because he had no one else to pass to. And both versions of Kobe have equally great games that we all remember.
Afro Kobe’s finest moment was undoubtedly Continue reading “8 and 24: The Best of Both Worlds – Greatest Game (Part 5 of 5)”
What? I love Kobe as much as the next Laker fan, but let’s be honest, Kobe pissed us all off at least once. This category’s goal is to remind us of what we have chosen to forget from each jersey.
This is part 3 of my 5 part series, covering Kobe’s worst moment in each jersey. If you missed Part 1 or 2, click the Kobe tag (or right here) to catch up!
When people have a bone to pick regarding Kobe, it’s always about how selfish he was. In his #8 jersey, Kobe’s worst games were not when he was shooting 30 times a game. They were, oddly enough, when he chose to pass the ball instead. In 2003-04, Kobe had games during the season where Phil Jackson criticized him for ignoring his team and shooting at a higher than normal clip. He infamously responded by ignoring his team and not shooting for a whole half of basketball in a late season matchup against the Sacramento Kings. His lack of aggressiveness in this critical regular season game, which the Lakers lost in blowout fashion, nearly cost his team the Pacific division championship.
In 2005-06, he single-handedly dragged the Lakers to the 7th seed of the playoffs and to the brink of victory against the 2nd seeded Phoenix Suns with a 3-1 series lead. After dropping the next two games, Kobe “quit” on his team in Game 7, taking only 3 shots in the 2nd half. Again, by choosing to be passive and not the player that averaged over 35 PPG during the season, the Lakers exited the first round of the playoffs with a whimper, having been pummeled by 31.
Having said that, all of this is trumped by him snitching on Shaq in 2003.
Were we all just going to sit here and pretend that didn’t happen?
Continue reading “8 and 24: The Best of Both Worlds – Worst Moment (Part 3 of 5)”
Who did Lebron pick first? When was your favorite player picked? Only I have the answers!
The NBA All-Star game wasn’t always a joke. Sure, for a few quarters here and there, the two teams would take turns dunking on each other. But it also provided us with some great memories. Like Shaq dunking on David Robinson in his hometown (the host city was San Antonio) in 1996. Magic Johnson making a comeback to the court after being diagnosed with HIV in 1992 was also memorable. It was a chance for the fans to see the best players in the NBA all at once, in a game that could previously only be imagined.
Recently though, the competition hasn’t been there. The games have looked more like shootarounds, with teams lining up to the dunk the ball or hoist up a three against zero defense, and scores nearing a ridiculous 200 points. This year, the NBA made an effort to change this, and spark a competitive fire under the butts of the players, by allowing two team captains to choose their teammates from a pool of 22 other All-Stars, playground style. Continue reading “Team LeBron Vs. Team Steph: The (Un)Official Draft Order of the 2018 NBA All-Star Game”
Taking a break from my weekly Kobe love to give my two cents on a topic gaining popularity.
Recently, I came across a great piece written by Drew Steele. In it, he describes how the timing is perfect for Becky Hammon, a woman who is currently holding an assistant coaching job with the San Antonio Spurs, to become a head coach. Particularly, the recent vacancy created by Jason Kidd’s firing. You can and should read it, here. And while I understand the excitement everyone has for the first female head coach in the NBA, I think one should address the elephant in the room standing beneath a glass ceiling.
Continue reading “The First Female Head Coach in NBA History is Becky Hammon. But When?”