All-Star Thoughts

February 16, 2009
The Legendaries

The Legendaries

– Is the NBA like wrestling? That co-MVP was such a blatant marketing move, it was made for the headlines. Still, it’s nice to a have a neat, if man-made, closure to the whole Kobe-Shaq saga.

– Kobe doesn’t need defending, but I’ll still do it for him. I read a lot of the message boards and live chats for the All-Star game, and I saw the same theme appear, unsurprisingly: “Kobe is shooting too much”. Well, here’s another guy who shot a whole bunch in the ASG:

All-Star Games

from Basketball-reference.com

Season

Age

Tm Lg

G

GS

MP

FG

FGA

FG%

TRB

AST

STL

BLK

TOV

PF

PTS

1984-85

21

CHI NBA

1

22

2

9

.222

6

2

3

1

1

5

7

1985-86

22

CHI NBA

0

1986-87

23

CHI NBA

1

28

5

12

.417

0

4

2

0

5

2

11

1987-88

24

CHI NBA

1

29

17

23

.739

8

3

4

4

2

5

40

1988-89

25

CHI NBA

1

33

13

23

.565

2

3

5

0

4

1

28

1989-90

26

CHI NBA

1

29

8

17

.471

5

2

5

1

5

1

17

1990-91

27

CHI NBA

1

36

10

25

.400

5

5

2

0

10

2

26

1991-92

28

CHI NBA

1

31

9

17

.529

1

5

2

0

1

2

18

1992-93

29

CHI NBA

1

36

10

24

.417

4

5

4

0

6

5

30

1995-96

32

CHI NBA

1

22

8

11

.727

4

1

1

0

0

1

20

1996-97

33

CHI NBA

1

26

5

14

.357

11

11

2

0

3

4

14

1997-98

34

CHI NBA

1

32

10

18

.556

6

8

3

0

2

0

23

2001-02

38

WAS NBA

1

22

4

13

.308

4

3

2

0

1

1

8

2002-03

39

WAS NBA

1

36

9

27

.333

5

2

2

0

2

3

20

Career

NBA

13

382

110

233

.472

61

54

37

6

42

32

262

Yes, those are Michael Jordan’s All-Star game lines. I bolded the 5 times he shot over 20 times in the game for emphasis. So unless you’re telling me you were all pissed off at MJ for ball-hogging in those games (maybe you were, in which case, you are special and you get points for drinking lots of haterade), shut up with the Kobe hate.

–  Pau Gasol was quite effective in limited minutes. That was good.

– I’ve got another suggestion to improve the dunk contest: Let the judges vote after seeing the slow motion replay. There are so many dunks that require a second viewing, especially in slo-mo, in order to fully appreciate them. And there are a few that are less impressive than they seemed live. This would make the voting much more reasonable when people look back on a classic dunk, as they do this time of the year.  There will be fewer instances of  “that dunk only got a 43???” and also fewer instances  of “that dunk got at 50???”.

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Random Thoughts

February 14, 2009

Now that we’ve reached the All-Star break, and given that you’ll get plenty of All-Star coverage, I thought I’d spit out some random thoughts about the Lakers and basketball, in no particular order of importance:

  • People love to say that Kobe doesn’t trust his teammates and that he takes all the shots at the end of games (with a low percentage), but I can recall at least two times he passed up the potential game-winning or game-tying shot, including when he passed out to Sasha in Orlando, and to Derek in Utah, he even passed up a game-winner in the All-Star game to Tim Duncan, who was probably so surprised, he didn’t know what to do with it!  Then again, maybe the fact that I can remember the times Kobe does give up the game winner means he does shoot at the end too much. But I think that when he’s been double-teamed this year he’s shown he is willing to pass the ball, even in game ending situations. You only get the media love if the guy you passed to hits the shot, then all of a sudden there are columns about how you’ve “matured” and “trusted your teammates to make the big shots”.
  • They need to make the All-Star contests more challenging by choosing players who are NOT good at the particular contests. For example, for the dunk contest, choose guys that can barely dunk, like Tony Parker and Steve Nash (can Nash dunk? He has to be able to, right? Right?) For the skills contest, I want to see Yao Ming,  Shaq, and Z. Ilgauskas weaving through the cones and throwing bounce passes through the hoop – and the hoop will be in flames, for added effect. For the three point contest, they should choose the guys with the lowest three point field goal percentages, minimum 100 attempts. If we pick the five lowest this season that would be, in order of worst to “best”: DeShawn Stevenson, Dwyane Wade, Baron Davis, Louis Williams, and Andre Igoudala. Good times.
  • I want to see “deflections” included in the box score. This would be any ball whose flight path was altered by direct contact with the ball by the defender, whether or not the offense kept possession. Of course, blocks and steals would count as deflections, but you’d also count all the times they disrupted the offense.
  • I want someone to keep track of everyone who touches the ball on an offensive possession along with the result. For example, “Fisher-Odom-Gasol-made basket”, and “Farmar-Walton-turnover”. After you have all the data, you could crunch the combinations and results into a database and find out things like: What combination led to a made basket the most? What combos led to a turnover? How many average touches was the most successful? And on and on …
  • I think Dwyane Wade is going to steal the show Sunday and be the All-Star game MVP. He looked pretty dazzling in the Olympics, and they’ll be begging to give him some kind of hardware this year, since he ain’t getting league MVP.
  • How in the hell does Jermaine O’Neal ($21,372,000) make more than Kobe Bryant ($21,262,500)??? JO should kiss his agent, or more.
  • How exciting would it be to see every team get a one-time refundable trade? Here’s how it would work: each team could only exercise the “refund” rights once with another team they agree to trade a player for in a one-for-one swap.  Both teams would have to agree to to the “refund” terms. The trial period would be five games.  The players would switch teams. Then, any time within the first five games, if either team changed their mind and said, “nah, we want our guy back”, the players would have to go back to their original teams. After 5 games, both teams would have to keep the player they traded for. It wouldn’t happen often, but there might be special cases where both teams were unsure, and wanted to see how it would work out before making a final decision. For example, say the Laker and Pistons agreed to the “trial period” trade with Lamar Odom for Rasheed Wallace.  Within either player’s first five games, either team could nix the trade.  I would love to see this happen! Teams might come away for a better appreciation for the guy they wanted shipped, or not. This would also make GMs less hesitant to make that risky trade, because they would know they could get a refund! The NBA would be even more exciting with players in their trial periods, and people wondering if they would keep the new guy, or ask for a refund!
  • Have a nice All-Star break, and remember to measure your success against what you had to give up to get it!

Cabbie on the Street with Kobe

February 13, 2009
I Heart Kobe!

I Heart Kobe!

This is a hilarious video of “Best Friends Forever” Kobe Bryant and Cabbie.

Cabbie is a cable TV personality who has been dying to visit Kobe’s home ever since Kobe joked that Cabbie was welcome any time in a previous interview.

Cabbie does his best Chris Farley starstruck fan impression here. It’s really amusing. I almost expected Cabbie to bust out with “Kobe, remember the time when you scored 81 points against the Raptors ? … … … … that was awesome.” And the part about the rings had me chuckling.

There’s not much in the way of hard news in this “interview”, but it sure is comical.

If the Lakers Were a Car …

February 12, 2009
Which Parts are the Lakers Players?

Which Parts are the Lakers Players?

We all know that Shaq once compared Kobe to a Corvette, and that Shaq himself was a brick wall (created out of his missed free throws, I would assume). We also know that Kobe countered that he was a Ferrari, not some cheap corvette.

But what if the Lakers were a car? What car would they be? I’ll leave that question to the comments, but I will take a stab at what parts of the car each individual Laker would be, and why:

Kobe – Of course, KB24 would be the V8 (his old number!), 450 Horsepower engine of the car that drives the Lakers, generating the energy and strength to get up those hills.  That engine wasn’t being put to good use in the past few years, as they were putting crap water into the engine like  Kwame Brown and Smush Parker, causing the vehicle to sputter around, which leads us to our next “part” …

Pau – Pau is the “Gasol”ine of the Lakers (I know, it’s not a part of a car, but I’m making an analogy here!) Without gas, and without the engine, you have nothing. In this case, it’s premium unleaded and once the Lakers management started putting the fuel into the car that it was intended to run on, they started moving, but you’ve got to have some more parts to get where you’re going…

Derek- Fish is the steering wheel of the Lakers, guiding it whenever they start veering into the wrong lane, with timely shots, clutch shots, and veteran savvy …

Trevor – The Cobra is the wheels, because of his quickness, and traction. When you upgrade those wheels, handling and speed improves. He also happens to wear Kobe’s signature shoes.

Luke – Walton Jr is like the oil in the car parts, because he keeps the offense lubricated and moving when it starts to get stagnant.

Lamar Odom – The gear shift of the Lakers. Sometimes he can go in reverse, and other times he’s in neutral, but when he gets into fourth and fifth gear, the Lakers sure do go!

Jordan Farmar – Turbo/ Fuel Injection, for the boost he gives the Lakers when he enters the game.

Andrew Bynum – Drew gets a more abstract “part”. He’s that part on your car that is always breaking down,  and you’ve had to fix it more than a few times.

Adam Morrison – Antenna Ball.

DJ Mbenga – The timing belt, only because he has a black belt in judo.

Sasha – The Machine is the heating and cooling system of the car.

Josh Powell – Tire jack, because he’s handy to have in case of an emergency.

Chris Mihm –  Spare tire, you only need him if you get a flat, and you don’t want to use him for too long.

Phil Jackson – Duh. He’s the driver and Tex Winter is the car manual.

Jerry Buss – Car Owner!

CRIKEY!

November 28, 2008
Not the San Antonio Spurs   

 

 

 

Not the San Antonio Spurs

 

 

I know we’re supposed to be thankful today, but c’mon!

Andrew Bynum chipped a bone spur in his right foot and is listed as day-to-day, as reported by the LA Times and NBC Los Angeles.

Supposedly, this is not that big a deal, both Tony Parker (as stated in the NBC LA link) and Keon Clark have had the injury. I have to say though, the Lakers’ original prognosis is not exactly something I put a lot of weight on (remember “Bynum will be back by the end of the regular season”? Yeah, right).  Let’s hope Bynum can convalesce and have an effect more like Tony Parker than Keon Clark, he of legal infamy.

OK OK, I’m grateful for all the good things in my life … grr .. happy place, happy place … DANGIT!… serenity now…

Mythbusters

September 5, 2008

USA Today examines the perception that playing in the Olympics fatigues players in their next NBA season.

Vince is Mad: What Exactly Did Phil Say?

September 4, 2008
I dont care what Phil thinks!

"I don't care what Phil thinks!"

Apparently, Vince Carter responded to some comments Phil Jackson made about him.  I don’t even remember Phil saying anything, and the article doesn’t repeat what Phil said.  Good thing there’s something called the internet. This is what Phil said way back in February.

Talk about manufacturing off-season drama.

Links

September 3, 2008

 

Gold Medalist

Gold Medalist

Chicagoist was at Oprah’s season premiere, which included Men’s Basketball Team USA, and other American Olympians.

Marty Burns of SI.com’s Pacific Division Off-Season Report Card.

Team USA Locker Room Celebration

September 1, 2008
Whoo-hoo!

Whoo-hoo!

This video (posted by some guy named Busdriver300) is making the youtube rounds. It shows Team USA in the locker room right after beating Spain, and then after the Gold Medal ceremony. If you like to see unbridled enthusiasm and exuberant rejoicing, this is probably something you’ll enjoy watching.  It’s also funny to see Lebron and Chris Paul break out into song.

Kobe, Oprah – Oprah, Kobe

August 30, 2008
Kobe and D Wade are gonna be on the show??? YES!!

"Kobe and D Wade are gonna be on the show??? YES!!"

Dwyane Wade, Kobe Bryant and 150 other Olympians will be appearing on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” airing September 8th. (CBS News)

This must be the ONE guy who has picked the Redeem Team over the Dream Team. (NBADraft.net)

Derek Fisher spotted at the Democratic National Convention? (NY Observer)