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King Of Court: Long Shots For NBA MVP

    The NBA season is almost here and oddsmakers are quickly cooking up props for the 2015-16 campaign. One of the most popular – and profitable – markets in recent years has been the NBA MVP odds, with surprising winners in Stephen Curry and Derrick Rose, as well as value outcomes like Kevin Durant.
    Around those winners were four MVP honors for LeBron James, who is the favorite (+190) to win again this season. But we dig a little deeper in our handicapping sports effort to find a few others who may have a chance to receive the NBA’s top individual honor:

    Carmelo Anthony, New York Knicks (+2,000)
    Anthony is arguably one of the Top 5 players in the NBA and if anyone can make the Knicks relevant again, they should at least get some MVP consideration. New York plays in the weak Atlantic Division, which is really anyone’s to win – or lose. Melo looks like a MVP candidate early into preseason action and has some help in N.Y. this season, which should help take some of the wear and tear off his body.

    Chris Paul, Los Angeles Clippers (+1,000)
    The Clippers are ready to break away from the pack in the Western Conference and it’s Chris Paul doing the heavy lifting. Paul, who actually suffered a minor fracture in his left index finger this preseason, played in all 82 games for L.A. last season, averaging 19 points and almost 5 assists per game. Los Angeles will challenge the NBA champion Golden State Warriors in the Pacific and if they can take the division over Stephen Curry & Co., Paul will be a huge reason why.

    LaMarcus Aldridge, San Antonio Spurs (+2,500)
    Aldridge was a force in Portland but now that he’s under the wings of Gregg Popovich and Tim Duncan in San Antonio, he could make that next step as a player. The 6-foot-11 power forward is one of the best mid-range players in the NBA and should have plenty of room to operate with defenses forced to respect the Spurs’ other stars. Aldridge, who signed a big free agent deal with San Antonio this offseason, posted more than 23 points and 10 rebounds per game and played a good chunk of the schedule with an injured hand


October 21, 2015   No Comments

Series Over?



Somewhere Bill Standford is shouting “I told you guys, you’ve got to beat the officials too!”
A few sportswriters, we of course not among them (right, right), would love to see this thing end Thursday in San Antonio, unless it’s a nooner and Bloody Marys on Saturday at Staples, to watch some big fight that night.
But back to the matter at hand, in our best Snoop impersonation. As entertaining as Doc Rivers is, he’s still 1 of the biggest whiners in the NBA. And it’s why his Clippers led the NBA in T’s during the regular season. Do you see a pattern here? Do they get hosed by the officials sometimes against the Spurs? Yes. But who doesn’t?
Our play-by-play.
The Sports Xchange

April 29, 2015   No Comments

NBA All-Star Snubs


    Doesn’t get any bigger than Run DMC. Damian Lillard will probably take Kobe’s spot which will cure 1 wrong but the DMC omission is just criminal. Tim Duncan? Seriously?
    USA Today

January 30, 2015   No Comments

Vegas: Sights & Seen

05.03.14_Kendrick Lamar performing at REHAB_Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas_Photo Credit Erik Kabik

    05.04_Danny Garcia at REHAB

Fight weekend draws a ton of celebrities and party people to Vegas, where the Floyd-Mayweather-Marcos Maidana bout was the main attraction. Many folks gathered for sun and fun at Rehab, the adult pool playground at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.
Among them: Kendrick Lamar; rappers Ab Soul and Jay Rock; NFL players Tim Jennings, Lance Briggs, Jacoby Ford and Mark Ingram, Jr.; Ty Lawson of the Denver Nuggets; boxers Danny Garcia and Zab Judah; comedians Katt Williams and Dave Chapelle; Khloé Kardashian, who hung out rappers Karim “French Montana” Kharbouch; Sean “Puff Daddy” Combs; rappers Durk “Lil Durk” Banks and Carlos “King Los” Coleman; Flo Rida; Ludacris; Young Jeezy; actors Tom Lister, Jr., best known as “Deebo” from the movie “Friday,” and Quincy Brown.
Images courtesy of Erik Kabik/Erik Kabik Photography and Joey Ungerer/Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas

    05.04_Khloe Kardashian at REHAB

May 5, 2014   No Comments

Getting Hot In Here

    They lead the league in points in the paint, mainly because they blow past defenders in their sometimes high-octane offense. The Nuggets won in Oklahoma City tonight by 10 and made them prime candidate to nail that No. 3 spot in the West. Laker fans, some of them still dreaming dreams of grandeur, want no parts of Denver. Go ahead Warrior fans.
    Did we mention the Nuggets have captured 12 in a row? Didn’t think so.

March 19, 2013   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.
    Vegas Insider

October 30, 2012   No Comments

Thunder Strike Lightning In Huge Deal

    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

Living For The City

    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

Thunder 119, Lakers 90

    We swear the refs did all they could to keep this below 50.
    Game 2 is Wednesday in OKC.

May 14, 2012   No Comments

Block Buster

    Andrew Bynum’s hot line: 10 points (on 5 of 7 shooting), 13 rebounds and 10 blocks in the Lakers 103-88 beatdown of the Nuggets in Game 1 of NBA playoffs.

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April 29, 2012   No Comments