Category — Mark Cuban
Like the NCAA Tournament, some NBA player makes a name for himself during the playoffs. Stephen Curry, 1 of the best shooters we’ve ever watched and 1 who almost helped the Warriors stun the Nuggets today in Denver, could be 1 of those players. Writer Shaun Powell compiles a good list of some who might emerge. Another name we would add to it is San Antonio forward Kawhi Leonard. He isn’t spectacular at anything but good at plenty of things.
Sports On Earth
April 20, 2013 No Comments
The Heat are the overwhelming favorites to win the NBA title again, and why shouldn’t they be? We’re hard-headed though. Actually, we’re sticking with our betting slip.
Heat over Bucks in 5; Nets over Bulls in 7; Pacers over Hawks in 5; Knicks over Celtics in 6.
Heat over Nets in 5; Pacers over Knicks in 6.
Heat over Pacers in 6.
Thunder over Rockets in 6; Clippers over Grizzlies in 7 (the Charles Barkley factor); Nuggets over Warriors in 7; Spurs over Lakers in 5.
Thunder over Clippers in 6; Spurs over Nuggets in 5.
Spurs over Thunder in 6.
Championship: Spurs over Heat in 7.
April 19, 2013 3 Comments
Where’s Arte Moreno? Magic Johnson?
The usual suspects such as Roger Goodell, David Stern and Bud Selig are among a list of the 50 most powerful people (only 3 women) in sports. But Ed O’Bannon? That’s right. The former UCLA star could change the landscape of college sports with his suit against the NCAA.
March 6, 2013 No Comments
The best thing about Super Bowl week is the non-stop partying. And since it is all in New Orleans, you know it is going to be off the charts.
A quick-hitter of some of the best in the Big Easy.
January 29, 2013 No Comments
It’s too bad all the goodwill and excellence Jerry Buss built as 1 of the best owners in sports has been quickly ruined by his punk-ass son Jim. The latter has made a mockery of the Lakers and his arrogance knows no limits. His disrespect for Phil Jackson is incredible (that’s putting it mildly) and particularly galling coming from a spoiled brat who has accomplished little with the Lakers. Unfortunately, Jim’s dad handed him the keys to the castle. Now he should be taking his privileges away.
This is the same guy who interviewed Mike Dunleavy for the Laker job. Think about that. Mike Dunleavy gets an interview and Brian Shaw and Nate McMillian don’t?
In the last year alone, Jim Buss has shown his disregard and lack of respect for many good people. Off the top of my head: Brian Shaw, Jim Cleamons, Tex Winter and all of the Laker assistants attached to Jackson and were shown the door; a slew of scouts, most notable Ronnie Lester, who ran the department before Buss ran him off before the Mike Brown fiasco; Derek Fisher; Brown; the fans; and now Jackson.
Jackson, who was ambushed with news the Lakers had hired Mike D’Antoni late Sunday night, released this statement today, via the L.A. Times.
“Saturday morning, Jim Buss called to ask if he could come and visit. I didn’t solicit or ask for the opportunity but I welcomed both him and Mitch Kupchak into my home to discuss the possibility of my return to the Lakers as head coach,” Jackson said.
“We talked for over an hour and a half. No contractual terms were discussed and we concluded with a handshake and an understanding that I would have until Monday [today] to come back to them with my decision. I did convey to them that I did have the confidence that I could do the job. I was awakened at midnight Sunday by a phone call from Mitch Kupchak. He told me that the Lakers had signed Mike D’Antoni to a three-year agreement and that they felt he was the best coach for the team. The decision is of course theirs to make. I am gratified by the groundswell of support from the Laker fans who encouraged my return and it is the principal reason why I considered the possibility.”
November 12, 2012 No Comments
It’s only a rumor, but a wild 1 at that. Would the Lakers seriously consider hiring Jerry Sloan and firing Mike Brown? Stranger things have happened. Like Karl Malone wearing a Laker uniform. That reminds us of our favorite Malone moment, when he responded 1 night to Vanessa Bryant’s tease of “What ya hunting Cowboy?” with “Little Mexican girls.” That classic resulted in Kobe threatening to do the Mailman bodily hard. Difficult to imagine that though.
Anyway, back to the matter in our best Snoop Dogg imitation. I understand how an abundance of pick-and-rolls by Steve Nash and Dwight Howard would appeal to Lakers brass and how Sloan might be the right coach to implement it. But why won’t the Lakers admit they made a mistake and bring back Brian Shaw?
Without Jim Buss’ idiotic decision to wipe the walls clean of anything or anybody related to Phil Jackson, with the exception of those championship tropies, Shaw would have guided the Lakers to much smoother sailing and without all the drama and lack of offense Brown brings. Rick Adelman would have been a better hire.
Brown is definitely on the hot seat and he knows it. We’ll give him until the All-Star break.
The Hoop Doctors
November 7, 2012 No Comments
How do you get tired of doing nothing?
Charles Barkley weary of his night job at TNT? Quit and I can only imagine the long line to sit in that big-ass chair.
Barkley cries to writer Richard Deitsch about the need for challenges to continue his NBA studio analyst role at the network. Could we recommend doing some research now and then?
November 5, 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
The Jeff Green deal to the C’s immediately comes to mind. I told anyone who would listen then the Thunder wouldn’t miss a beat without Green. Green was a liability. Not only as a defender, but he couldn’t take me off the dribble.
Now we have the James Harden deal. Good player (many would say outstanding, but I believe his value is overrated) who had a great season last year, but Harden benefitted from the superb play of Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. Yes, he was like the “Microwave,” a tip of the cap to the wonderful and underappreciated Vinnie Johnson. But the Thunder offered Harden, who gagged big time in the NBA Finals, $54 million over 4 years and his agent Rob Pelinka refused it because they wanted $60 mil.
To quote the great Robert Parish, what’s the different between a few million when you’re talking that much cash?
Someone cranking up BBD? Poison!
Furthermore, Jeremy Lamb is 1 of the best rooks in this draft class. Mad skills for a guy his size. Give him time and he will eventually shine in that offense, particularly since the Thunder runs like the wind and he fits in perfectly. Add him and 2 1st-round picks to the mix and how can critics say this is a bad deal for the Thunder?
Kevin Martin gives the Thunder a much-needed outside shooter, but Lamb is the steal here. And who knows how the best GM in the NBA, Sam Presti, who I call the 2nd coming of Jerry West as a GM, will parlay those picks (there also is a 2nd rounder) into more good fortune. I can only imagine, with his brains and knack for mixing and matching stars and role players, what Presti will pull off. Unlike a lot of GMs, Presti gets it.
I’m all ears for the critics. Holler with your best shot.
October 28, 2012 2 Comments