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Looks Are Deceiving… April 13, 2017

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i’m a SERIOUS fan of Stephen A & the NBA, but this argument that floats about a notion that the game seems to be lacking a competitive edge… nah. every single playoff matchup is even (W-L), every single matchup (2017 regular season head-to-head matchup outcome snapshots below).

moreover, the argument is strong in identifying strongly differing talent-sets in each star player in the Game, but blame the rosters & the schemes, not the individuals. no one player has ever won the chip alone. none, never happened. the players on the rosters that can compete for the chip, in fact DO compete for it – and aggressively. it just seems otherwise to us.

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Clippers need an Oakley(s) October 20, 2014

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Blake Griffin embarrasses others. Easily.  As a result, others stop playing bball and start playing tough. It’s all fake tough-ish and usually fake tough ish just enough to try to keep Blake from embarrassing the others and off his game.  The argument pro his not retaliating is always the same… “Take one for the team.”

“On one hand, everybody tells me to do something; on the other hand, people tell me to not complain and to play ball,” Griffin said.
http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2236295-blake-griffin-discusses-hard-fouls-possible-retaliation

Well, since the pro argument is controversial, how bout some con? How bout the team picking up one of those real dudes who will check you for your fake tough-ish nonsense? Blake is too valuable to lose? Find someone who nobody wants to receive 6 fouls from and assign him ‘Check that’ duty. Leaving Blake on an island makes the Clips look like all that nonsense is ok – and they matter way too much for nonsense to be even thinkable when playing against them. They are potential NBA champs for real. All nonsense aside. This is chess, not checkers. Y’all really can bball, and they ain’t really trying to bball.

Check that. Play bball. Please. I love this game way too much. Woohoo!

Good To See Inside Stuff with KG November 3, 2013

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(That rhymed, just saying)

I was a big fan of the Ahmad version and don’t expect  any less greatness from Kristen & Grant. She makes him look good. Real good. What a beautiful surprise. 😉

After this first interview of Grant’s with the intensely beloved KG (K-Boogie!) , it looks like they’re off to a great start: http://www.nba.com/video/channels/nba_tv/2013/11/02/20131102-insidestuff-garnett.nba

Keep up the good work. Good stuff. 🙂

Just Keep Winning, Just Keep Winning November 3, 2013

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The tanking 76ers are 3-0. Who knew? Who cares. Just keep winning!  If that’s the tank, then these fish are OFF THE HOOK! Hats off to the fish! Fishtown, stand up!

Ok, ok – I’m back. 😉

WOOHOO!

City of undefeated basketballhttp://sports.yahoo.com/video/bulls-vs-sixers-031209345.html

NBA Basketball Is Too Black (Again) October 27, 2010

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I read this wonderful article by True Hoop contributor, Zach Harper, and immediately smelled the same funk coming out of the NBA summer rule book this year as I had last year:  Players can’t talk about techs, but we can.

I don’t know that I necessarily agree with the actual policy the league is implementing, but I do know I can respect the spirit behind it.

Game 7 of the LAL vs BOS series saw bball tv popularity reach levels not seen since #23 torched Utah for his second three-peat.  So why more behavior policing – now?  I think NBA Basketball is still too Black.  Again. The only reason these behavior policing policies on millionaires is acceptable to even the most common of us is because we believe we’re watching savages make more money than us and we want to tighten the leash on them. It’s easy to forget these are rich, powerful, adult men, isn’t it?

Another question(s): With all these "Good of the Game" policies being introduced (ironically as punishments), shouldn’t there be some measurable positive impact on the game that comes along with the policy’s introduction? Meaning, if a politician raises your taxes then he typically has to justify what’s he’s trying to pay and why paying that is better for you than you keeping your money – right? Well, what bill is the NBA trying to pay? Who said the current bill was too high? And finally, do you ever get your money (freedom) back?

Doesn’t really matter though. Us Blacks won’t do anything about it anyway.

Who Knew#2: TNT’s NBA Overtime Is On The Web! December 20, 2008

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I’m not the biggest Charles Barkley fan, but the collective of Charles, Kenny Smith, Ernie (last name?) and whomever else guests with them during bball games is most often light fun and entertaining.  I happened to be up late watching the Cavs at the Nuggets and decided to actually visit the NBA.com link like the announcers promoted to see what kind of video they had there.  Most of what was there was clips, and most of those clips I had already seen; but when I looked a little deeper in the cliplist, I found almost 30 minutes of TNT Overtime coverage online:  http://www.nba.com/video/channels/tnt_overtime/2008/12/18/nba_20081218_insidenba.nba/index.html?player=tnt_overtime.  Nice suprise for a hoops addict like myself.

Scrabble Entry: S-h-a-q-t-a-s-t-i-c. Challenge? December 6, 2008

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You love Shaq, not just for his HILARIOUSLY stoic  “Don’t worry about it.” response to ESPN’s Stu Scott’s questioning Shaq about how he got so many ‘Q’ tiles in this game of Scrabble: 

You love him because shaqtastic is actually LISTED in a published dictionary:  http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Shaqtastic.  I know, I know – but it’s published and the first ‘shaqtastic’ entry was in Sam Fram 2003.  If challenged…  it’s arguable :-).

All hail, The Big Aristotle!  The game should miss him when he’s gone.  I know I will.