Can the Lakers pull off another 3 peat?

To start, let’s list the Lakers top players: Kobe Bryant – Team captain and longtime NBA all-star, this shooting guard leads his team in points and assists. He is undoubtedly the key to many... 

Ahead To The Future

The future of basketball is uncertain as of this point because the current audience is not focused on tomorrow but now. The teams that have the potential to win titles in the future are disregarded and... 

The Knicks

With the acquisition of Amar’e Stoudemire during the offseason, there was no question that Amar’e would have an immeasurable impact on the New York Knicks. The question moreover, was how far... 

The Clippers rise, putting Miami in demise

The Clippers extended their winning streak yesterday after an exhilarating win over the Miami Heat. With contributing efforts from Blake Griffin, Baron Davis, and Eric Gordon the Clippers came out with... 

Team Analysis : New Jersey Nets

The Nets are better than last season where they finished a horrendous 12-70 which I guess is a heads up for the future, but how much better are they, this and many more questions will be answered the next... 

D-Rose and The Bulls

Derrick Rose is one of the elite point guards in the NBA today. His ability to get to the basket and dish out assists is extraordinary. What separates him though from other top-notch point guards? The... 

Charlotte- A Happy Ending?

Before the start of the 2010-2011 season the Bobcats neglected to re-sign Raymond Felton and also traded away Tyson Chandler. With these detrimental mistakes it seemed as if the Bobcats were destined for... 

Return of the Celtics

After a devastating loss against the Lakers in the 2010 championship, the Celtics were in quite the dilemma. Many Celtic fans thought this would be their last shot of winning because of their aging superstars Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce as well as the possibility of Ray Allen not re-signing with the Celtics. As the new season neared, everything seemed to fall in place for the better. Ray Allen re-signed, Pierce and Garnett did not leave, and Doc Rivers, head coach of the Celtics stayed as well. Although the Celtics were able to maintain their all-stars and coach; the Celtics still needed to improve their team. So in order to take their team to the next level, especially because Rasheed Wallace was retiring and Perkins was hurt, the Celtics acquired Shaquille O’Neal and Jermaine O’Neal or as I like to call them, The Twin Towers. With depth from their two new big men, along with retaining their veteran all-stars, and with their rising all-star Rajan Rondo stepping up, the Celtics were looking like one of the most dominant team’s in the league. Early in the season, the Celtics looked like a championship contender when they took a huge win over Miami on opening day. The Celtics looked as good as ever especially with Rondo dishing out a total of 82 assists in the first five games of the season. Unfortunately though, the Celtics were plagued with injuries. Even with injuries from Rondo, Garnett, Shaq, Jermaine, West, and Perkins, the Celtics were still able to maintain dominance in the league. The Celtics currently have a record of 30-9 which is truly astounding, considering all the adversity they had to overcome. So far this season, Pierce and Allen have scored the bulk of the points and remain to be great contributors to the Celtics even at their old ages. Shaq has also stepped up quite a bit this season, when scoring 23 points and recording 5 blocks in his last contest. Pierce as well continues to play exceptionally well averaging nearly 20 points and hauling down over 5 rebounds per game. Bottom line- The Celtics have built a well balanced team and it should be very interesting to see how they do when all their players are healthy.

Stay Frustrated Brook

When Brook Lopez is mad, he becomes a better player. Brook becomes more aggressive, takes smarter shots, and plays tighter defense. Recently the Nets have lost 11 out of their past 12 games and Brook’s rage is beginning to accumulate and present itself on the court. In the past three games Brook has averaged 29 ppg 1.3 bpg and is shooting an incredible 64% from the field. This is the Brook Lopez Nets fans hoped and prayed for last season and now he is beginning to show his true colors. When the Nets get into a tough offense stretch which has occurred frequently this season, they need someone who is willing to sacrifice his body and drive to the rim. Brook is beginning to fill that role as he is averaging 9.5 free throw attempts a night over his last two games and connected on 86.3% of them. Typically, players make rash decisions that harm the team when they’re mad but Lopez is succeeding in concentrating his rage into great basketball.

This season hasn’t been the best for Lopez who is averaging career lows in field goal percentage at 46.6% and rebounds per game at 5.9 rpg. His true shooting percentage is also at 54% which is horrible for a center with a game like Brook. His offensive rating is only 105, a point below the league average and his player efficiency has dropped from 20 last season to a significantly lower 18.3. Brook’s scoring hasn’t been horrible this season at a shade under 19 but it’s much lower than the ppg total Nets fans expected him to put up which is around 22-23 ppg.

This season isn’t even close to over and there is a lot of time for Brook to improve his stats as well as get the Nets some much needed wins. Who knows, maybe he’ll drop 40 next?

Update on Melo: What’s next?

This overhyped deal took another twist when Melo stated this morning that he doesn’t want to talk to the New Jersey Nets. Seems like Melo is just trying to get closer to his ultimate goal, The New York Knicks. Or maybe perhaps, Melo is just frustrated about a meeting that he didn’t know about being scheduled. Either way, this isn’t a good sign for the Nets and it seems that their deal is slowly but surely falling apart.

The Tragedies and Triumphs of Darko Milicic

After seasons of playing horribly, Darko Milicic has transformed himself into quite the low post threat

Flashback MJ’s Legendary Dunk

 

Michael Jordan “A Basketball Fairy Tale”

Not many people in the world find themselves getting cut from their high school basketball team and going on to become one of the best NBA players of all time.

There’s a reason that movies, books, and posters are frequently made with Michael Jordan’s face on the cover. But the question is, how did he become so good? The answer is simple, he wasn’t hard-working, he wasn’t motivated, he just loved to have fun. If you enjoy doing something, you’re going to want to do it over and over again. Michael really enjoyed to play basketball, so it wasn’t “hard work” for him, it was simply a good time. The work he put in off the court like working out and running made it so he had a more enjoyable time doing what he loved, playing basketball.

Also Jordan loved to compete. Most people in the world would rather win than lose, rather do better than do worse, but there is a select few that love to excel in everything they do and will put in a crazy effort to do so. Jordan is one of this select few. He loved to compete in whatever he did and was always upset when his team lost. In the 1987 NBA playoff when the Bulls went up against the favored Celtics, Jordan scored 63 points and took the Celtics to double overtime almost singlehandedly but was still upset when the Bulls just fell short. Not many players would be upset about scoring 63 points and losing in double overtime but Jordan was because of his competitive spirit.

Many people say that Jordan was extremely skilled and that’s why he was so good. Jordan could jump pretty high and hit the mid range shot with efficiency but that was about it skill wise. Jordan’s aggression came from his lust for victory. His speed and muscles came from work off the court and even his jump shot came from practice. The only skill that Jordan had which few other players in the NBA had was his high jump.

Jordan was so good at basketball because he enjoyed it that much. Playing in a game wasn’t a burden for him, it was more of a good time. Jordan was about as good of a basketball player as there ever was because of his love for the game. No one can excel as much as he did in something that they don’t have passion for. I call Jordan’s career “A Basketball Fairy Tale” because well it had about as happy of an ending as a fairytale could have, he went from being cut from his high school team to one of the best players in NBA history.

Rookies On The Rise

Each year roughly 60 new players make it into the NBA. However, only a handful of rookies have success let alone potential. Here is an analysis of rookies to look out for this season

Blake Griffin- Without a doubt Blake Griffin is the most dominant rookie in the league today. So far this season Blake Griffin has a staggering 30 double-doubles. To perform such a feat is mind-boggling, yet Griffin is able to do this as a rookie. The talent and potential that lies within Blake Griffin is limitless. Not only does Griffin has the strength to overpower some of the most formidable defenders but is also extremely agile and elusive. When a big man such as Griffin can run up and down the court and maneuver smoothly through opposition it is nearly impossible to stop. His astounding ability to be as quick as a guard and as powerful as a big man allows him to play at an all-star caliber day in and day out. Griffin currently averages 22 points per game and 12.7 rebounds per game, however; Griffin averages a minuscule .7 blocks per game as well as .7 steals per game. If Griffin continues to improve and work on all aspects of his game, Griffin could be an all-time great.

John Wall- After John Wall was selected 1st in this season’s draft, he quickly lived up to the expectations. During his first few weeks of playing with the Wizards, John Wall was succeeding tremendously. Wall was among the league leaders in steals and averaged over 10 assists per game during his first seven games. During the early stages of the season Wall was phenomenal and was in the midst of becoming an all-star. This streak however ended to abruptly. Wall’s success was instantly hindered by an injury. Once Wall recovered from injury he failed to put up the numbers he had at the beginning of the season. Although John Wall hit a minor setback his game is gradually progressing back to the way he was. Hopefully Wall will continue to progress throughout the duration of the season and even surpass what he had done earlier in the season.

Landry Fields- Fields can rebound, shoot, pass, block, steal, but there is something he will never be able to do. He will never be a first round pick. Although Fields was a second round pick in the NBA draft he has had an immense impact on the Knicks this season. The rookie Fields shocked us all when he started for the Knicks on opening game. A second round pick had somehow cracked his way into a starting lineup. Although it may seem unfathomable it is all true. So far this season Fields has shot over 50 percent from the field, has averaged 7.4 rebounds per game and scores 10 points per game. Fields however has more than just stellar stats. Landry Fields is the type of player that makes big plays without being asked. This rookie hustles on offense and defense and is prominent to Knick fans for his follow-up dunks. Landry Fields has proven himself among the top rookies and continues to elevate his game.

Rookies On The Rise

Each year roughly 60 new players make it into the NBA. However, only a handful of rookies have success let alone potential. Here is an analysis of rookies to look out for this season

Blake Griffin- Without a doubt Blake Griffin is the most dominant rookie in the league today. So far this season Blake Griffin has a staggering 30 double-doubles. To perform such a feat is mind-boggling, yet Griffin is able to do this as a rookie. The talent and potential that lies within Blake Griffin is limitless. Not only does Griffin has the strength to overpower some of the most formidable defenders but is also extremely agile and elusive. When a big man such as Griffin can run up and down the court and maneuver smoothly through opposition it is nearly impossible to stop. His astounding ability to be as quick as a guard and as powerful as a big man allows him to play at an all-star caliber day in and day out. Griffin currently averages 22 points per game and 12.7 rebounds per game, however; Griffin averages a minuscule .7 blocks per game as well as .7 steals per game. If Griffin continues to improve and work on all aspects of his game, Griffin could be an all-time great.

John Wall- After John Wall was selected 1st in this season’s draft, he quickly lived up to the expectations. During his first few weeks of playing with the Wizards, John Wall was succeeding tremendously. Wall was among the league leaders in steals and averaged over 10 assists per game during his first seven games. During the early stages of the season Wall was phenomenal and was in the midst of becoming an all-star. This streak however ended to abruptly. Wall’s success was instantly hindered by an injury. Once Wall recovered from injury he failed to put up the numbers he had at the beginning of the season. Although John Wall hit a minor setback his game is gradually progressing back to the way he was. Hopefully Wall will continue to progress throughout the duration of the season and even surpass what he had done earlier in the season.

Landry Fields- Fields can rebound, shoot, pass, block, steal, but there is something he will never be able to do. He will never be a first round pick. Although Fields was a second round pick in the NBA draft he has had an immense impact on the Knicks this season. The rookie Fields shocked us all when he started for the Knicks on opening game. A second round pick had somehow cracked his way into a starting lineup. Although it may seem unfathomable it is all true. So far this season Fields has shot over 50 percent from the field, has averaged 7.4 rebounds per game and scores 10 points per game. Fields however has more than just stellar stats. Landry Fields is the type of player that makes big plays without being asked. This rookie hustles on offense and defense and is prominent to Knick fans for his follow-up dunks. Landry Fields has proven himself among the top rookies and continues to elevate his game.

The New Fresh Look of Westbrook

Russell Westbrook is an explosion of offensive talent and a threat to anyone guarding him. He has increased every aspect of his game since last season.

His points per game have gone up from 16 to a whopping 22. His assists per contest are now up to 8 and his rebounds are stationary at an impressive five. Westbrook combines a Jason Kidd all around game with a Kobe Bryant scorers mentality. He has the ability to take over games and leave his opposition in the dust. The sad thing is though that no one recognizes Westbrook enough because he is constantly outshone by superstar and MVP candidate Kevin Durant. Sure Durant’s good and all, but potential wise Westbrook is better and Westbrook is a better all around player that Durant.

Durant can score as indicated by his 29 ppg and he can rebound too as he hauls down 6 a night. His assists though are a bit on the lower side and well he gets 39 minutes a night opposed to Westbrook’s 36. Durant also plays small forward and is 6’9 while Westbrook plays point guard and is 6’3. Durant’s job on the court is to score tons of points and get some rebounds and at 6’9 his body is built to do so. He scores 29 a night which outshines most small forwards but grabs 6 boards a contest which is only slightly abover average for a small forward.

Westbrook on the other hand is a point guard, a completely different position. Westbrook’s role on the court is to set other players up and score a fair amount while doing so. Westbrook scores way more than a fair amount, averaging 22 ppg while the average point guard in the NBA averages around 15 a night. Westbrook averages 8.3 assists per game which is also above the average NBA point guards assist total that is around 6. In addition to this Westbrook averages 5 rebounds a night while the average point guard hauls down around 2 a night. Also as icing on the cake, Westbrook also has 2 steals per game.

Durant has reached the pinnacle of his talent scoring around 30 a game and averaging 6 rebounds. That great that he can put up such great numbers, but there’s no room for improvement. Westbrook on the other hand has improved every season since his rookie year and has shown no sign of slowing down. It’s tough to say how much better Westbrook will get but it’s certain that he has not yet reached his maximum.

NBA Joke of the Day

Where does Shaquille O’ Neal live?

A shack!!