Thursday, July 31, 2008
Rumor has it that a pro team in Italy is trying to woo former NBA All Star Shawn Kemp overseas to play basketball again. Kemp who has not played since the 2002-03 season, is far from his days of high flying dunks, but you can't blame the team for trying to capitalize on his past.
Here is a great highlight tape of Shawn Kemp at his best:
If you go back to the brawl, that's a culture issue right there. Somebody was disrespecting me, so he's got to understand where I'm coming from. People that know me know that Ron Artest never changed.
--Ron Artest in response to his new teammate, Yao Ming's, comments on about Artest's history with fighting. It is amazing that this guy still has no remorse for going into the stands after a fan and inciting a brawl. This is the same brawl that lead to him being suspended for the remainder of the season (73 games plus playoff appearances). This is the longest non-substance or gambling related suspension in NBA history. Eight other players (four Pacers and four Pistons) received suspensions, without pay, that ranged from one to thirty games in length. Each of the Pacers players involved were levied fines and ordered to do community service. Several fans were also charged and were barred from attending any events at the Palace for life. Artest lost approximately $5 million in salary due to the suspension.
Looks like Artest has nothing to feel bad about there.
Hopefully, [Artest isn't] fighting anymore and going after a guy in the stands.
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
It's SUMMER TIME and it's too hot to talk sports, although it doesn't seem too hot for A-Rod to bang another man-woman. The Talk About It Idiots are on summer hiatus but that doesn't mean you can't enjoy some past TAI fun. We've put together a best of clip to help you along. Jackie and Tim play "Colorado Rockie, Arizona Diamondback or member of George W. Bush's cabinet," talk fat people and running, Tim cries about the Dolphins, the idiots visit the Sports Psychic, talk to a broadcasting legend and play exclusive audio of Tony LaRussa sleeping off a night of drinking in his car.
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I don't hang out with the guys — never have. I don't go out drinking, look at porn, have a girlfriend or get divorced — so I'm selfish. (LA TIMES)
Seems like yesterday I was talking about the lack of big moves in the NBA, while also preaching about the impact that the smaller moves will have on the upcoming season, and here we are today with a big name changing teams.
- Ron Artest was acquired last night by the Houston Rockets for Bobby Jackson, Donte Greene, a future first round pick, and 1 million dollars in cash. Artest is a difference maker who will immediately make the Rockets one of the top teams in the Western Conference. This is the same Rockets team that had a 22 game winning streak last season without him and without Yao for most of it. ESPN's John Hollinger reports that the Rockets are going to attempt to play Artest at power forward in a starting lineup with Yao, Shane Battier, Tracy McGrady, and Raefer Alston. That is as strong a lineup as there is in the league, and they have a very good bench led by Luis Scola, Brent Barry, and Luther Head. The Rockets were one of the best defensive teams in the league last season, but had trouble at times scoring the basketball. We all know that Artest is mostly known for his defense, but the guy is a career 16ppg guy, and that will help alleviate the pressure on McGrady and Yao to carry the load. Every team would love to have a guy like Artest be their third option on offense. He can score inside and out and will demand double teams on the block, which will allow their three point shooters to flourish. It will be interesting to see how he handles covering the power forwards on nightly basis, but he is strong and crafty, which is what you need to succeed down there, and he also has Yao behind him to block shots. Artest, Battier, and McGrady are all versatile defenders who can switch up depending on the match up, so maybe it will not be an issue at all. Any Artest conversation has to include his well documented personal history, which has been shaky his whole career. Will he keep himself in line all season? Who knows, but the Rockets have two things going for them, he has a great history with Rick Adelman, and he is in a contract season and looking for a long term deal from some team. These are strong factors, but who knows with him if they are enough to keep him from straying. For the time being, the Rockets put themselves over night into the conversation with the Lakers, Spurs, and Hornets as the top squad in the West. Artest brings the toughness that was arguably the missing ingredient for the Rockets. Will the get past the first round finally? Stay tuned.
- The Chicago Bulls have verbally agreed to a 6 year, 71 million dollar deal with restricted free agent Luol Deng. Deng, 23 years old, is a key piece to the future of the Bulls and they could not afford to see him go anywhere else. He is developing into the teams go to scorer and they believe that he will flourish alongside rookie point guard Derrick Rose. Rose will push the tempo and Deng will get a ton of easy looks on the wing because of it. Is this the year Deng makes good on his talent and becomes an all star? The money they are paying him sure makes it sound like the Bulls believe so. Now the team can turn their attention to their other restricted free agent, Ben Gordon.
- Bye Bye Nets and hello Moscow. Nenad Kristic we hardly knew ya!
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Just when you thought that the NBA Off season was going to slow down we get a flurry of activity like we have had over the last few weeks. Now there have been no big moves like earlier in the off season when we had Elton Brand and Baron Davis switching up teams, but there have been some smaller moves that should not go unnoticed.
- Baron Davis's new Clippers team has not sat still since his addition by also adding Marcus Camby and Ricky Davis. Camby was stolen from the Nuggets for some 2nd round picks, and while he will not give you the offense that they lost when Elton Brand left, he will provide rebounding and shot blocking. Camby is not a great on ball defender, but he is one of the best weak side help defenders in the league. It was only two seasons ago that he was hoisting the defensive player of the year trophy, so expect good things in that regard. One of the reasons that Camby's numbers could rise is newly acquired swingman Ricky Davis. Davis is a defensive nightmare for both his squad and opposing teams. He can get you 15 points just as easily as he can give it up. His second go around with the Heat further showed his inability to take coaching. He was never an attitude issue, but the guy could not stay within the offense at all. Coach Dunleavy will have his hands full trying to get both Davis's to play with any structure, but if he can do so, this team could be dangerous. Chris Kaman and Al Thorton are two young studs who will benefit strongly from Baron and Camby's veteran leadership, and this should allow the team to sneak up on some people. Look for the team to put up high scoring marks night in and night out.
- The Charlotte Bobcats reached a six-year contract worth at least $72 million with restricted free agent Emeka Okafor. That is a lot of money for a guy who only averaged 13 points per game, but Okafor's real strength is his shot blocking and rebounding. The Bobcats did the right thing in keeping him on the squad, because they could not afford to lose him, with the lack of depth they have in the frontcourt. If they could ever find a big man to place alongside Okafor that could score the Bobcats would be very good. Nazr Mohammed and Sean May are not the answer up front, so maybe they could try to utilize Raymond Felton in a trade for someone like Zach Randolph. Coach Larry Brown might be a bad fit with Randolph, but he did make it work with Rasheed Wallace in Detroit so I would not think it is out of the question.
- Speaking of Detroit, by adding Kwame Brown to their squad they shore up their depth in the frontcourt. They needed a young replacement for Theo Ratliff who can come in and give them some quality minutes. Brown will forever be associated with the word "bust", cause he was a picked #1 in the 2001 draft, yet he is a solid addition to a veteran team like the Pistons that suffered in the playoffs against the Celtics size and length.
- Their seems to be a trend out there in the NBA to get longer in the frontcourt, after seeing what the Celtics trio of Kevin Garnett, Kendrick Perkins, and PJ Brown did in the Finals to the Lakers combo of Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom. It is a copycat league, so look for more teams to try this model, if they can, while the others will settle for the small ball approach that the Suns employed for so long.
Saturday, July 26, 2008
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
What is with all these female professional athletes fighting this week? First Danica takes a towel to the face and now Lisa Leslie goes flying by Rick Mahorn. After watching this from every angle, I don't see a Mahorn push like Leslie claimed, but more along the lines of him trying to hold her back. What resulted though was funny as players take their swings at Mahorn and then jump back when they realize nothing hurt him. Mahorn is a big dude who was best known as one of the hard hitting Bad Boys from his Detroit Piston days.
Here is a clip of Mahorn and Charles Barkley pulling a prank on Manute Bol.
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Monday, July 21, 2008
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
by tattooing his head. Yep, it looks like Stephon Marbury might have run out of places on his body, cause why else would you tattoo your head. Whoever is this guys PR person, is just not doing their job. Someone needs to remind Marbury that this offseason is the biggest of his career, with his job and career on the line. While he should be doing anything he can to impress the new management in New York, he is up to his old wacky antics. He has a history of feuding with the coaching staff and teammates and I have to believe that this won't change that.
Monday, July 14, 2008
Friday, July 11, 2008
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
After 19 years on the air together it looks as if Mike and The Mad Dog are headed their seperate ways. The logical thing would be for each to get their own show, but some question whether either has enough charisma or audience to carry their own program. For 19 years we all were fortunate enough to watch and listen as these two tried to hide their dislike for each other, while covering all things sports. They dominated the day time sports radio scene, but all good things must come to an end. Looks like it is time to start listening to Mike and Mike in the Morning.
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
I was just made aware of this great story from a friend of mine and I thought I would share it with all of you. It is the story of Darren Erman, who was just offered an assistant coaching position by the Boston Celtics. While most of you have probably never heard of Darren, he is a true success story. Below you will find a link to Darren's journey from a high profile job at a law firm to becoming an assistant coaching position at a high school and on to a volunteer position with the Boston Celtics.
I met Darren a few years ago and he was telling me how he had submitted his resume and a letter to all the teams in the NBA with hopes of being brought on as a paid assistant, but nobody offered him a job. It was Brain Scalabrine who got him hooked up with the Celtics, where he has spent the past 3 years working his tail off. After years of hard work at a fraction of what he was making out of college, Darren's goal has been realized and he is now a full time assistant. It is hard workers like Darren that are behind that scene working everyday to improve players skill sets, but never get the recognition. Without assistants like Darren running Ray Allen through shooting drills while he struggled in the playoffs, he might never have broken out of his slump in time to win a championship. He will never be mentioned in the papers, cause it is his job to do this, but the remarkable thing is how he got here. Darren is the proud owner of a championship ring and now a job title to go with it. So to Darren, congratulations and keep up the hard work.
Here is the aforementioned article: Darren Erman