The James Harden Rule

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”

Commissioner Dan’s Picks for 2017-18 Season Awards

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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8 and 24: The Best of Both Worlds – Greatest Game (Part 5 of 5)

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.

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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!

#8

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)”

8 and 24: The Best of Both Worlds: Greatest Season (Part 4 of 5)

So many of these memories of Kobe have been particular moments. Which seasons as a whole represent the best versions of Kobe Bryant?

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This is part 4 of my 5 part series, covering Kobe’s greatest seasons. If you missed any of the first 3 parts, click the Kobe tag (or right here) to catch up!

#8

Now, because Kobe had to share the spotlight with Shaquille O’Neal, his statistical averages suffered a bit. Personally, after I have now seen what he was able to do on his own, and the way people view poor Scottie Pippen, I almost can’t blame the guy for wanting to spread his wings and fly solo. But, truth be told, he had one peak Kobe season under Shaq, the 2002-03 season, following the Lakers 3-Peat.

In this season, he dethroned Shaq as the team’s leading scorer with a 30 PPG average, while also yanking down nearly 7 rebounds (a career high), dishing out 5.9 assists, and 2.2 steals per game (a career high). He also averaged a career high 38.3% from behind the arc, and set the (then) NBA record for 3-pointers in a game with 12 against Ray Allen and the (then) Seattle Supersonics. He would go on to finish third in the NBA MVP voting (ahead of Shaq, who you might’ve forgotten amongst all of these numbers, was still his teammate).

And that’s all great, but I have to say his best season wearing #8 was Continue reading “8 and 24: The Best of Both Worlds: Greatest Season (Part 4 of 5)”

8 and 24: The Best of Both Worlds – Worst Moment (Part 3 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.

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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!

#8

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?

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