When Sorrows Come

Posted December 20, 2007 by PC
Categories: Miami Heat

They come not as single spies but in battalions.  That’s the way things are operating in Miami this season.

Last night, Alonzo Mourning tore his patellar tendon while trying to defend a Mario West lay-up. His foot slipped as he prepared to jump and ‘Zo did his best Walls of Jericho impression. Really, it was a weird injury. There was no contact. He come down on someones foot or take a bad bang in the post. One minute he was healthy and the next, an ex-NBA player. Life isn’t always like the movies.

The injury was bad enough that the trainers rolled a stretcher on the floor to take Mourning back to the locker room. Zo refused and, with the help of Dwayne Wade and Earl Barron, walked off the court for possibly the last time.

That’s not the way I envisioned myself walking off the court for the last time in my career. I’ve been through so much in my life. If I had to crawl off the court I would have. Nobody was going to push me off on a stretcher off the court. That wasn’t going to happen.

Alonzo is tops in my book. His Charlotte Hornets were the first team I rooted for other than my hometown squad, so much so that I owned a Hornets beanbag chair for a number of years. A member of the history’s All-Defensive Team, Zo’s career has been an open display of his survival skills: averaging 20-10 in his rookie season, his appearance in the 2002 NBA All-Star game after he’d been diagnosed with kidney disease, returning to play with the Nets and working a modern trade-me-but-I-won’t-report-to-where-you-trade-me duke, rejoining Miami and playing behind the only player drafted before him to win a ring. I doubt Alonzo will make it back from the injury but if anyone can, it’s Zo. Survivorman.

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“Ben [Wallace] is my boy.”

Posted December 19, 2007 by PC
Categories: Sacramento Kings

 

In an interesting interview with The Starting Five’s Michael Tillery, Ron-Ron provides evidence for a proposal we made a while back.

As much damage as I’ve–and the media–created, people need to see a different side of me. When people come in contact with me, they leave with a good impression. They get a chance to know me just for who I am. No matter what they do, the media cannot turn New York or my fans against me. They can turn everyone else against me BUT New York knows what I’m all about. They know where I’m from. They know how I grew up. They know what’s in my heart because of all the good things I’ve done here for years. I’ve been doing charity work here since I was a teenager. I do it in my sleep. I’m a caring and giving person. People in New York look past all the other media driven stuff. They see what I’m all about.

Check out the rest of the interview here.

Milwaukee – Cleveland

Posted December 18, 2007 by JR
Categories: Cleveland Cavaliers, In The Field, Milwaukee Bucks

12706_large.jpgRebuilding Year used its media power to secure 10th row seats to last night Cleveland Cavaliers – Milwaukee Bucks tilt and made the following observations.  The following observations were made: 

– Yi looks like he takes the game of basketball seriously.  Even during warm-ups he appeared to be concentrating intensly.  He shook his head and grimaced after a few missed jumpshots during shootaround.   Yi also pays attention during every time-out, which is more then you could say for the rest of the Milwaukee Buck bench.

– Red and Green aren’t flattering colors for Yi.

– At this point Yi’s offensive game looks pretty one-dimensional.  He’s an excellent spot up shooter from 15-18 feet.  He runs the floor hard and fast.   But that’s about it.  He can’t put the ball on the floor or play with his back to the basket and is  an easy guard.   On defense his height forced some players into awkward shots but he wasn’t able to keep his man boxed out.    

– Yi may one day develop a well-rounded game but the comparisons to a young Dirk seem a little far-fetched. 

– Michael Redd is a great player.  He doesn’t force bad shots and plays unselfishly.  Imagine how good he’d be if the Bucks had a guy on the post who occasionally drew a double team. 

– Andy Bogut is horrible.  He can’t box out and got schooled by Zydrunas all game.  The Bucks were more effective with Jake Voskul in at center. 

– Charlie Villanueva seems to be patterning his game after Antoine Walker.  This isn’t a good sign.  

– Mo Williams is a good player but I’m not sure he was worth the money spent on him in the off-season. 

-How does Lenny Harris still have his GM job?  He traded TJ Ford for Vilanueva and passed on Chris Paul and Deron Williams in the draft in order to select Bogut.  What was he thinking?  

– Bogut seems devoid of the athleticism needed to significantly improve your game when you move from the College to the Pro level.     

– Cleveland’s offense is devoid of anything other then Lebron driving and Z posting up or spotting up.   This team desperately needs a point guard if it ever expects to beat the Western Conference Champion. If it’s possible for an over 30 year old center to improve then Z has.  He is more active on the glass then ever and he has really improved his face the basket jump shot. 

– Devin Brown was the most under-rated signing of the past year.  He’s unselfish, plays great defense and meshes well in between Lebron and Boobie Gibson. 

– Whatever happened to the idea of the Cavs hiring an offensive coordinator? 

– Varejao is excellent at what he does.  Every game he grabs key offensive rebounds, draws charges, and finishes fast breaks.  For what he brings to the team on a nightly basis, his contract is very reasonable for Cleveland.  He also tans well.           

Do You Believe in Magic?

Posted December 18, 2007 by JR
Categories: Leaguewide issues

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I don’t think we can under-estimate the  impact Magic Johnson’s endorsement will have  on the people of Iowa.    People in the mid-west remember his late night talk show very fondly and will certainly take his opinion on global jihad and the value of the dollar  into account before caucusing. We however are withholding judgement until we hear who  AC Green is endorsing. 

I’m in ur Cellphone… Stealin’ ur Reasonable Expectations

Posted December 18, 2007 by PC
Categories: Charlottle Bobcats, Leaguewide issues

 Samuel Johnson wrote, “Every quotation contributes something to the enlargement of the language.” With the launch of his new Gustones, Gus Johnson has expanded language beyond what any of us thought possible. For two bucks, you can replace your boring old “Errbody in the club gettin’ tipsy” cellphone ringtone with Gus Johnson calling a decidedly fictional basketball game over some stock crowd noise. For example:

Gus Johnson… Game time… Charlotte… Down by one… Seven seconds left… Gerald Wallace… top of the key… Got it! Charlotte! World Champs! (without crowd noise and in a decidedly more serious tone) It could happen. Believe.

That’s right, Bobcat fans. It only costs two bucks to have Johnson stroke your fantasy. Maybe an extra five could convince Gus to say something like:

Inlet pass to Okafor…. Backs the man down… Spins… Little hook shot… Nails it!… That Okafor has some unbelievable post moves!

Um…

Posted December 18, 2007 by PC
Categories: Boston Celtics

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Is this not the creepiest security code ever? Yeah, I know it probably means those things in the street but… I mean, come on.

Just Wondering

Posted December 14, 2007 by JR
Categories: Leaguewide issues

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The Mitchell Report finally arrived in our inboxes. ZZZZZ. The biggest loser is Roger Clemens. The biggest winner is David Stern. While Baseball was threatened with Congressional involvement and coerced into spending millions of dollars on an investigation which violated players privacy and concluded much of what we already knew, I am still not sure what David Stern is doing about officiating and the NBA. Why, if congress is going to forego the idea of limited government and threaten baseball, are they not involved in whether NBA playoff games were fixed? The media is so focused on steroids and baseball that David Stern has been given a free pass for what should have been an enormous story. I think most fans, ranging from the casual to the intense, still have no idea what steps have been taken to make officiating more consistent. When will we stop hearing about different rules for different players and different rules depending on how much time is left in the game? How are referees being held more accountable to the players, teams and fans? Are these evaluations public or at least made available to the teams? Was the Spurs-Suns playoff game last year effected by Donaghy’s ties to gambling? Have any of these questions been adequately answered?