Category — Andrew Bynum
You know his mamma called. “Boy, don’t you EVER…”
And we thought he was smoking some good shit in Cali.
February 20, 2013 No Comments
Is that you Smush Parker? Or is that Phil Jackson smiling ear to ear? Oh look, there’s Derek Fisher, and imagine how lucky he feels.
With the Thunder lighting up the Lakers in a 116-101 smackdown (guess the Laker fans don’t get tacos?) tonight at Staples and my homies dancing again with glee, we figured it would be a great time to post Kobe’s top 10 quotes of the season. Remember Laker fans when he told you to “shut up?” Me neither.
Maybe it was the timing of Kobe and the wife announcing today they were reconciling. Worst secret in L.A. Or maybe Kobe hasn’t realized all pussy ain’t good pussy? Or maybe he does. Sometimes when you’re poking around and realize how stupid you were not to get a pre-up (“I love my wife too much to get a pre-nup”), you realize how smart Shaq was and how he really wasn’t such a bad guy after all.
January 12, 2013 No Comments
November 15, 2012 No Comments
Questions always consume NBA fans on opening night. And they will have more as the season dribbles along. Can the Heat repeat as champs? Can the Lakers win the West? Can the Thunder continue to be the best in the West after trading James Harden? Or will the Nuggets emerge? In the East, can any club seriously challenge the Heat?
We know this. LeBron and the Heat are the favorites (7-4) to win it all again, while the Lakers (2-1) are the No. 2 pick. The Thunder (7-2) are the No. 3 choice, but after that it gets dicey.
October 30, 2012 No Comments
As much as I agree with what Dave Zirin writes regarding the James Harden trade, the Thunder hijacked the Rockets for more than just spare parts.
Furthermore, I understand the concept of athletes getting the most money possible. But does money (and we’re talking a substantial amounts in Harden’s case) come at the expense of possible NBA championships? Or how much is worth missing out on that?
Besides, if you’re a small-market club like the Thunder, how could you turn down a deal like this?
Lamb hops: “If you had a video camera on me, y’all probably would be laughing. When I got the call I was just like, ‘Huh?’ I was like ‘Stop playing.’ I thought it was a prank call. It was surprising, but it was good news.”
October 29, 2012 No Comments
A heated argument broke out on Twitter tonight about which city has the top players in the NBA. What started the discussion was an “Open Court” segment tonight on NBA TV, featuring Shaq, Barkley, Kenny Smith, Steve Smith, Chris Webber, Reggie Miller, Steve Kerr and Ernie Johnson.
Hard for any city, including that stale argument that New York produces the best players (maybe back in the day, but not now), to argue against this 5 though.
October 23, 2012 No Comments
I cracked open ESPN The Magazine’s NBA Preview today. I immediately flipped to the prediction page for this season’s final showdown. Heat defeat Nuggets as Miami repeats. Seriously.
We could see the Nuggets doing some damage. They’re deep, play an uptempo style that gives teams like the Lakers problems and they now have Andre Iguodala to lead a talented cast. But can they crack the Thunder?
Laker fans will be annoyed to read their club is being pegged as the No. 4 pick in the West. That would be 4th behind the Nuggets, Thunder and (gulp) Timberwolves. We’re not buying the T-Wolves.
And the Mavericks don’t even make the playoffs.
October 23, 2012 No Comments
You knew Carlos Boozer would be on the list, but Amar’e as the top dog?
The Hoop Doctors
September 20, 2012 No Comments
Imagine being Ramon Sessions today. Imagine his regret. If my agent had killed a deal for $4.5 million to play another season with the Lakers because of greed and stupidity and I had winded up with the Bobcats, I would have fired him before the flight came within sniffing distance of Charlotte.
My boy Leon Scobey didn’t miss a beat.
“Y’all still ain’t got no bench,” he said Thursday night as we yapped about Dwight Howard being traded to the Lakers. “I still like my boys.”
His boys, of course, are the Thunder, the defending Western Conference champs and the NBA’s most exciting club. They spanked the Lakers something fierce in the playoffs. They were faster and quicker to the punch. They also had a swagger that championship teams exhibit. In addition to their entertaining up-tempo style, something the “Showtime” Lakers would applaud, they wanted to knock the Lakers on their ass. Mission accomplished.
Just to throw more fire on the rivalry before the playoffs, Metta World Peace lost his mind again, slamming a wicked elbow into James Harden’s head. The Thunder couldn’t wait to deliver the big payback, smacking the Lakers in 5 games and advancing to the conference finals, where they manhandled the Spurs and advanced to the Finals before succumbing to the Heat.
I recycled all that garbage above to make a minor point. Mr. Scobey is right. Despite picking up Antawn Jamison, the Lakers bench remains suspect. But it has potential, particularly if Mike Brown, or someone else on the Lakers’ staff with an offensive brain, gives Andrew Goudelock and Devin Ebanks some major minutes and allows their development. Jordan Hill could be a key contributor, too, but hey, who’s nitpicking here?
The bench is the least of the Lakers’ worries now. They have the baddest man in the middle—Howard—after the blockbuster 4-team trade Thursday sent Andrew Bynum to Philly and left Pau Gasol in L.A. Go figure. Three of the 4 teams involved in the deal benefitted. The Magic? The club holding all the trump cards? Still trying to figure that thinking. If you know, email us.
Mitch Kupchak, though, would be the 1st to tell you that ain’t his problem. He and the Lakers have Howard in hand and the attention of everyone in the NBA. Howard’s addition obviously puts the Lakers back in the mix. He creates major problems on talent alone, but for the Thunder it’s their inside game and lack of scoring from their center position. The same could be said for the Heat, who also have no center of note. Imagine the Lakers in this year’s Final with the Heat and what do you see. What hurt the Thunder most (besides LeBron, c’mon dawg) was its lack of an inside threat. Serge Ibaka is obviously talented and it’s scary imaging his potential, but Kendrick Perkins gives them nothing scoring-wise inside. And he’s foul-trouble waiting to happen against Dwight.
See where we’re going here?
And despite his deficiencies on defense, how huge now is the acquisition of Steve Nash? Howard also will be huge when Nash is getting broken down by Russell Westbrook.
It’s foolish to crown the Lakers. They need much time to jell, and that could take more than just 1 NBA season. They also must prove they can handle the younger and hungry Thunder, who, as we hear it, shook off the Howard news like water in the shower. They’re thinking we’ll run his big ass, too.
Still, the Lakers and their fans can almost vision banner No. 17 (ironically, Bynum’s number) being raised to the rafters. It appears more of a reality today than it did before. However, they will be forced to go through the Thunder, the Spurs, the Bulls and maybe the 2nd-city Clippers, who again take a backseat to the Lakers despite all of their wheeling and dealing during the off-season, and the Heat before another parade marches down the streets of L.A.
The thought of it, though, has Laker fans drooling. They’re already barking again much to the disgust of many. “Fakers” is popular with my homies in OKC. Or as my man Scobey says, you’ll always know when the Lakers do something. Because they’ve got to tell everyone.
For Sessions, though, the sound of it is deafening. He could have been a contender.
Still, I’d rather hear what Mark Cuban said. Talk about silence.
August 10, 2012 No Comments
In the ongoing soap opera that has comically become known as “Dwightmare,” Andrew Bynum remains more than just a centerpiece in a trade for Dwight Howard. Unlike Howard, Bynum holds all of the cards. Without the Lakers center signing an extension, Bynum becomes a free agent after next season. No club will make a deal without assurances he will ink an extension. And he hasn’t indicated he will, putting a blockbuster trade for Howard in jeopardy.
July 21, 2012 No Comments