Posts Tagged ‘NBA

03
Jun
09

How to make the NHL more popular

I hear the complaints from Hockey fans left and right.  Why do we not get any love on ESPN.  It is a very similar complaint I have living in California, why must they always talk about the Yankees, Red Sox and Cubs?  Last week the Dodger still had the best record and the league and took a series from the reining World Series Champs.  Yet all we saw was Big Papi still suck at the plate, and the Yankees hit another home run out of their band box.  I know I can’t change what Sports Center reports but I know what Hockey can do to change the popularity of their sport. Stop competing with the NBA finals.

Out here in California, majority of the people could care less about hockey.  It is foreign to us and it is played on the VS network.  They are those teams that get to use Staples Center when the Clippers and Lakers do not have a game.  Mainly the only connection to Hockey as a child for us is from the movie Mighty Ducks and Airbone.  Yes, I know it is pretty sad, but out here in the west we just don’t care.

So I propose to the NHL and fans world wide to change their seasons start and end.  It would work wonders for the sport.  Check it out.

Super Bowl Sunday is the first week of February, the NBA finals take place in mid June, the World Series is played in October.  Lets assume that the postseason lasts a month.  This means the month of January, October, and June are taken.  Hockey should change their season schedule to end and have playoffs at a different time then trying to compete with the NBA finals.  I would recommend April or August.  That way there is nothing to exciting happening with the big three.  If hockey was on during these times when the other sports were “slow” they would not have to televise games on VS.  It could be done on ESPN or TNT.  Possibly attracting higher ratings and getting people to follow hockey.

Trying to compete with the NBA they lose tons of potential fans.  If I had my choice to watch LeBron and Kobe or Syd and Ovie, I would chose LeBron and Kobe.

I think if hockey wants more fans to see their unreal post season, which this post season has been, then they need to change the schedule and dates of when they start and end.  They will never get more coverage then the NBA.  It just wont happen.  Time for a change NHL.

01
Jun
09

Mills to the NBA

Its a big day yet a sad day for Moraga and Saint Mary students and Alums.  Aussie point guard Patrick Mills swept the nation this year coming off of a break out performance for Australian in the Beijing Games.  Coach K even said he was glad he did not have to face Mills with his beloved Dukies.

Today was the day for Mills to opt out of the draft and stay another year at school and play ball for Saint Marys.  Many students thought Mills would stay and fore go the draft due to an injury that shortened his performance in his final year.  Saint Marys came up one spot short to make the NCAA tournament this year.  The quarter final game in the NAIA against San Diego State was Mills last performance for the Gaels.

As a Saint Mary’s alum it is a sad but exciting day.  I look forward to the team that will sign him and I know the town of Moraga and Gaels alike will all be behind him 100% for his future in the NBA.  Good luck Patty and thank you for the brilliant past two years.  Make all of us proud. SMC will miss you….

With love from Kaliphornya- Aussie Aussie Aussie

(look here for all Mills updates and articles in the future)

28
May
09

Bobby Jenks and Phil Jackson

The Major League Baseball Association needs to take a page out of the NBA’s book.  Just this past week after a game four loss to the Denver Nuggets, Phil Jackson commented on the performance of the refs.  The complaint was due to the lack consistency in regards to the way the game was called.  He said that his players did not know what a foul was or was not.

Ensuing the following day Phil Jackson was slapped with a $25,000 fine.  To say this fine is a bit hefty would be an understatement, yet by issuing such stiff penalties it cleans up the post game banter in the press room, and keeps the conversation for the most part on hoops.

Lets jump over to the MLB now.  About a month ago Bobby Jenks, and his Chi Town White Sox, got hit six time from the Texas Rangers.  When Jenks came in to close, the very first pitch he threw behind Ian Kinsler.  Jenks got his point across along with a warning.  After the game Jenks admitted he did it on purpose.  The very next day Jenks was slapped with a seven hundred and fifty dollar fine.

What is the MLB doing in regards to protecting its players?  If Phil Jackson can get a $25,000 dollar fine for verbal banter in a post game conference then a pitcher should get that for throwing at a player purposefully.  Even the flagrant foul penalty or the technical foul penalty in the NBA is much stiffer than the throwing at a player penalty.  The MLB needs to get some sort of policy in order for fining a player, that amount is just ridiculous and quite laughable.

For a more comical approach on this category check out Zach from Lost Angeles blog HERE

26
May
09

Denver is Hardcore with a capital H

What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think about game four of the Lakers Nuggets series?   Chris Anderson aka Bird Man, tattoos, J.R (I am a huge THUG) Smith, Dante Jones’s play is so dirty you might see it on Red Tube, or the lack luster hustle and effort by the Lakers?  To me, all of those things come to mind in that particular order.

First and foremost, the Lakers stunk the joint up in game four.  There were two or three guys that came to play, Kobe, Bynum, and Gasol.  Bynum and Gasol were a stretch.  Second off the Nuggets killed the inside and cleaned those boards the best they knew how.  It was truly a one sided game all 48 minutes.  Props to Denver for sticking one to the Lakers.

OK, now is where I talk about what was running through my head last night.  Lets start with the obvious.  Denver has a lot of tattoos.  No I take that back, the Lakers have a lot of tattoos, the Nuggets, well when they play Carmello, Smith, Anderson, Martin, and Carter together, it looks like something you would see on National Geographic’s show “Taboo”.  I don’t know what is going on with that high altitude but I am truly thinking of becoming a tattoo artist and setting up shop right next to the Pepsi Center.  Better yet, the Nuggets organization can hire me to become the team Tattoo artist.  That way it can be another perk for the players to sign with the Nuggets.  Hell, maybe LeBron would want to play for Denver on that alone?

Chris the Birdman Anderson, this guy has been through a lot over the years and it is great that he cleaned up his life and made it back to the NBA.  Should we really feel bad for this guy though?  Should we jump on his pity train?  What about Joe Schmoe who is now three years sober and is holding down a steady job at Best Buy finally being able to put food on the table for his little girl?  Just because Anderson is in the NBA does not mean he is any better than the thousands of recovering addicts in this country.  Time to bounce from that pity party.  When I become a parent I want my child to have Chris Anderson as a role model.  “Kids, this is how you save money, I am going to use the needle that was used for your first tattoo and then use it to shoot up with heroin, grab that giant rubber band over there for me.”  Ohh yeah and what is with these alter egos, “So Chris what is the Bird man?”  “I don’t know you are going to ask him.”  That answer was super douchey.

J.R. Smith, the guy can shoot you into a game and can shoot you out of a game.  Him and Kenyon Martin are the Rasheed Wallace of this NBA generation.  These two guys are strung so tight I would not be surprised if some time in their career they one up Ron Artest and Stephen Jackson.  I love when J.R. Smith makes a three and he is talking shit like he is at Rucker Park the whole way down the court.  Settle down bro, you just light up Sasha Vujachic.  He is shooting 15 percent from the field this series and is averaging more turnovers than points per game.  That right there is straight ballin, no………it really is.  You are super hard core.

K-Mart, sick nickname, if you have another child you should name him Wallace Martin, then he could be Wall-Mart.  Settle down out there man.  The NBA is not out to get you.  Stop bitching at the refs every time a foul is called.  If you hold Pau’s arm as though you are walking down the aisle with him on your wedding day, then that is probably going to be a technical.  On that note, you did look super hard though.  As Mr. Cuban once said, you are just a Thug.

Danita Jones, the only reason anyone knows your name is because of Kobe Bryant.  You are the sacrificial lamb, which enables J.R. Smith and Mellow to guard Kobe when the game is on the line.  The sole reason you get to start the game is because the Nuggets know you will not do anything except foul Kobe.  They don’t want you in the game when it counts, you are just a scrub.  I would recommend you stop pushing Kobe when he is not looking, and for sure not trip him, because without Kobe, you would be just another no name NBA player.  Settle down my friend.

One final note, back to the “Birdman”.  Watch how he plays the game.  Every trip down the floor he is the last one down.  He trails thus giving him the ability to get a running start at getting blocks and boards.  It is smart on his behalf and it makes rebounds and driving dunks that much easier.  This type of play excites the crowd, especially when he flaps his wings like a bird.  I think since Kobe’s nickname is the Black Mamba, every time he runs down the court and does something sick, he should lie down on the floor and slither back to the other side of the court.  Or possibly if LeBron does one of his towering dunks maybe he should get on all fours and run back on D like the king of the jungle.  All I am saying is that unless you are staring in Angeles in the Outfield three, chill out on the flapping on the wings.

Peace out Denver Thuggets-

17
May
09

The Nuggets are good, the sole reason the Lakers will not lose

The Lakers took possession’s off, they didn’t play defense, and they barely escaped the undermanned Houston Rockets.  What is going to happen in this next series?  According to Chuck (Sir Charles) Denver wins.  We all know the Lakers are the most talented team in the NBA, yet as we have come to ask the whole Houston series, where is the heart?  Where is the intensity?  Where is the fight?

According to everyone the Lakers will not match up with Denvers physicality, intensity, or day in and day out fight.  I beg to differ.  As I said earlier and as we all know the Lakers are deep and extremely talented.  They have a history of getting a big head and thinking that they are entitled to get to the finals again.

Going into the Houston series, the Lakers were laid back.  They had not lost to this team once during the regular season and felt as though they would walk all over them.  Game one was an eye opener as Houston stole home court and the first game.  Phil and the boys made their adjustments and went on to win games two and three.

Yao Ming goes down with an injury and the Lakers get complacent once again.  The Rockets stomp on the show and the Lakers answer back with an even bigger spanking.  Game six the Lakers had the Rockets with their back against the wall, and once again the boys in Purple and Gold got complacent.  Game seven well the Lakers new they had to come to play and that is what they did to clinch the series.

The reason the Lakers will win the Denver series is because Denver is good.  There were four must win games for the Lakers this season.  Two against Cleveland and two against Boston.   The Lakeshow won all four of those “statement” games.  When they have to come and play they will do so.  As bad as that sounds, this is the Los Angeles Lakers team we have become used to seeing.

The reason the Lakers will not be complacent to the Nuggets, because they are a good team.  The Lakers almost lost this last series to a not so good Rockets team.  If they do the same against this team, well its game over.  Due to the fact that the Nuggets are far better than the Rockets it then makes the Lakers all that much better and have them bring their intensity.

Houston was that wake-up call in which all Lakers and Laker fans were looking for.  With a small line up, it allowed Bynum to get extra minutes to get his confidence back to a level near what it was when he got injured.  A speedy Aaron Brooks helped the Lakers figure out how they best defend against the pick and roll.

If Bynum comes out and plays the way he did in game seven, the Lakers play with energy, and they guard the pick and roll the same way they shut down Brooks in game seven they will get the series 4-1.   After all that said I am hesitant in even remotely thinking that there will not be a repeat performance of games four and six from the Lakers.  Lets see what they are made of.

Buttnuggets here we come-

08
May
09

Lakers Answer with physicality

I still have nightmares of the NBA finals from last year.  The Celtics held serve at home.  The Lakers won game three, lost a million point lead in game four, and won game five.  Game six, well that’s when the nightmare started.  The Lakers were soft, under tested, and humiliated.

As I said in my previous Lakers Rockets article, I think that game one was a great thing for the Lakers.  They found out that they can not cruise through the playoffs the way they did through the season or the previous year.  They are finally being tested.  Last game the Lakers got up fifteen and the Rockets would not go away.  Luckily they went into half with a nine point lead and maintained it in the second half of play sealing the victory.

In that half, the Lakers looked like a team from the 70’s and 80’s.  They had a similar resembelance of the Celtics last year.  They got in the other teams face, played physical, and showed them that they were not going to be pushed around by the NBA bad boy Ron Artest and the Houston Rockets.

As we all know Derek Fisher will be gone for tonight’s game after De Cleating Louis Scola.

Fish has been kicking it with Rey Maualuga....Fight on

Fish has been kicking it with Rey Maualuga....Fight on

I feel that this will once again benefit the Lakers.  As much as I love Fish and his leadership on the court his shooting has not been there for the playoffs.  He has shot 26% from the three point line and 42% from the field.  His defense has been in question going against the speedy Aaron Brooks.  Shannon Brown will most likely get the start.  Shannon is faster and a better defender than Fish, he also has been shooting the ball relatively well and brings an energy to the court.  Did anyone see him hit is elbow on the rim going for that block against Scola in the first half last game?  Yeah the guy has hops.

With Fish out Farmar and Vuj will both get significant PT and hopefully will step up to the challenge.  They will not be playing in “dead time” and trying to prove themselves yet playing within the offense when it counts.  If either of their games are on it should be  a lot of fun for Lakers fans.

Last but not least, lets look at Kobe and Ron Ron.  Ron has a short fuse and Kobe knows how to get under his skin.  Artest has been killing it from the field as of late and the Lakeshow needs Ariza and Odom to step the D up on him.  When it comes to defending Kobe, Artest and Battier are the toughest it comes.  They will ware Kobe out and make him trust his teamates.  As long as the other Lakers are knocking down then they shall be fine.

The Lakers once again need to pound the ball inside and get Yao into foul trouble.  With Yao in foul trouble that keeps Bynum out of foul trouble and on the floor longer.  If we can do this then the Lakers will force the Rockets into a shooting team which makes the odds stack up even more against them.

Tonight is going to be a hostile environment to say the least.  The refs are going to call a tight game, making the chances of Yao and Bynum to pick up some cheap fouls.  If the Lakers execute and stay tough, then there should be no problems getting one if not two W’s in Houston.

Game time 7:30 pacific, lets go lakeshow-

04
May
09

Power Rankings

You know it is a great time to live in LA when the Dodgers and Lakers are both number one in the power rankings and it is 75 degrees outside. Yes it is ok to be jealous rest of the country. Have a happy Monday.

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