Category — Stephen Curry
Stephen Curry appeared on the cover of this week’s edition of Sports Illustrated. You know the rest of the story.
May 17, 2013 No Comments
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
We’re trolling around in our 2nd home, the always entertaining Las Vegas. Hit the over (202.5) for the Spurs-Clips blowout, but due to a brief case of blindness at the betting window, we bet the Clips instead of the Spurs. And the old lady wondered why I was cussing?
Your favorites for the NBA championship? The Heat (+165) and the Thunder (+280) are the picks now, but we all know how quickly that can change. The rest: Spurs (5-1); Clippers (6-1); Lakers (13-1); Knicks (12-1); Bulls (14-1); Warriors (16-1); Pacers (25-1); Celtics and Nuggets (35-1); and Rockets (60-1).
Us? We like the Spurs. That could change too. If we’re wrong, we’ll plead another case of blindness. Seriously.
February 21, 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.
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
It’s bad enough we can’t get the Pac-12 Network. Now this.
Taking a page out of the Phil Jackson playbook, this is like 2 bad-ass kids who can’t get along in the sandbox.
Less than a week before the NBA season tips off, Time Warner Cable and DirectTV continue their standoff. What it means for Laker fans is we can’t see games locally, unless they’re carried by TNT (hell, I wish TNT carried all of the Laker games), ABC or ESPN. So far, most of us haven’t been able to watch a preseason game because these 2 can’t work out a deal. It’s not only DirectTV subscribers being screwed by this. If you subscribe to the Dish Network, Charter, Cox, Verizon, AT&T and some of the other cable systems you’re not getting the games either. This blackout also includes many bars in the L.A. area.
Here’s where you can lodge complaints: At DirectTV, call or email Robert Mercer at (310) 964-4683 or RGMercer@directv.com. You can call Time Warner Cable at 888.488.3368. Ask for Mark Shuken.
October 24, 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
She’s not with him because he has money is she? Didn’t think so.
You’ve probably seen Jimmy Goldstein courtside at NBA games throughout the season. And you’ll probably see him again tonight during Game 4 of the Thunder-Lakers. What’s his secret? Glad you asked.
May 19, 2012 No Comments