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NBA Nicknames

Posted by mvetack on January 29, 2010

Creating solid nicknames seems to be a lost art with the aliases that NBA players have today. The latest and lamest trend in nicknames in today’s sports is initials and single letter prefixes. The initial nickname is by far the laziest form of a nickname. Kevin Garnet claims the nickname of KG. KG? Really? Where is the creativity? Now I know he has one of the good nicknames in the Big Ticket so why is KG even still around? Other culprits include…

CP3 – Chris Paul #3
CB4 – Chris Bosh #4
AI – Allen Iverson / Andre Iguodala

The single letter prefix is almost as lazy as the initials. Baseball made it famous by creating A-rod for Alex Rodriguez. One ballers who has tried it out like Deron Williams going with D-Will. Here are some current stars of the NBA and their nicknames.

Kobe Bryant – Black Mamba
Recently this nickname got bashed on ESPN by both Jalen Rose and Barry Melrose. I respectively disagree. The Black Mamba is original and will never be repeated. The Black Mamba is one of the worlds most deadliest snakes and it can attack at 99 percent accuracy, similar to Kobe himself.

Lebron James – King James
New Nickname – Prince James
This one bothers me, especially since he was dubbed King James way to early in his career. You can’t be a King until you earn the crown and as of now King doesnt have his Crown. He is working and fighting for it right now but until that crown comes to Castle Cleveland, all you are is a Prince.

Andrei Kirilenko – AK-47
This is the only circumstance in which the initials number combination is acceptable. AK the initials and 47 his number works on another level. Kirilinko is from Russia and the deadly AK-47 originated in Russia. Any nickname that refers to your home country and one of its most deadly inventions is fine with me.

Kevin Durant – Durantula
New Nickname – Stretch
This one I enjoy, and I have give credit to JE Skeets of the Basketball Jones for coining this one. It is creative and a nice play on his name. Someone has to defend it a little more in terms of Durantula describing the type of Game that Durant has before it becomes legit for me. Unless you were given a nickname before you started playing sports by a grandma or neighborhood friend, the name has to do your game justice. Durant has ridiculous reach with those lanky arms and uses them to his advantage. You heard it here first boys and girls, Kevin Durant you are now Stretch.

Dwight Howard – Superman
This nickname is perfect. Looking at Howard the last thing you think is ordinary human so he must be Super Man. Also it doesn’t hurt that he flew through the air superman cape and all during the dunk contest on national TV two years ago.

Dirk Nowitzki – Dirkus Circus
Again the great JE Skeets of Basketball Jones coined this one and it fits beautifully. Dirk is the ring leader of the circus shot. Off balance, completely unorthodox, legs kicking in the wrong direction, getting bumped, and he still manages to make clutch shot after clutch shot. If Mr. Big Shot, Chauncey Billups, wasn’t already taken Dirk would have rights to it.


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Pick of the Night

Posted by mvetack on January 22, 2010

Dallas Mavericks -3 at Philadelphia 76ers


The Scuttlebutt losing streak continues and I am getting desperate. The Mavs were favored by 3.5 a couple nights ago against the Wiz and only won by one point. This line looks nice for the Mavericks and I am hoping looks will not be deceiving. The Mavericks are one of the best teams in the strong West while the 76ers are still a weak team in the even weaker East. Dirk is an MVP candidate and Iverson is the only likely All Star on the Sixers, he shouldn’t be but I guess it is what the fans want. At this point I am begging you Mavericks to beat this spread.

Mavs over Sixers – Scuttlebutt Record – (13-18)
Last pick, Lakers +3.5 over Cavaliers, resulted in a loss with the Cavaliers winning the game 93-87.

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Pick of the Night

Posted by mvetack on January 20, 2010

Dallas Mavericks -4.5 at Washington Wizards


I really need a victory here as I have lost 5 picks in a row. Looking through all the NBA action tonight this looked like the most sure thing to bet on since the question, “Is Big Mac on roids?” Dallas is one of the top 5 teams in the NBA right now and should have no trouble beating the wandless Wizards by 5 or more. The Wizards are having all kinds of troubles this season, on and off the court. Antawn Jamison is a great player stuck in an awful situation. As good as he and his number are this season, he can not single handedly stay with Dirk and the Mavs.


Mavericks over Wizards – Scuttlebutt Record – (13-16)
Last pick, Pacers +6.5 over Heat, resulted in a loss with the Heat blowing out the Indiana 113-83.

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Stat Line of the Night

Posted by mvetack on January 14, 2010

Too ridiculous of a night in the NBA for there to only be one guy. So today it will be presented in list form. Enjoy.

Al Jefferson 26 pts 26 reb 1 ast 1 stl 1 blk – L 114-120 vs Rockets

Samuel Dalembert12 pts 21 reb 1 ast 1 stl 1 blk – L 92-93 vs Knicks

DeJuan Blair 28 pts 21 reb 2 stl 2 blk – W 109-108 vs Thunder

Antawn Jamison 25 pts 19 reb 3 ast 1 stl – L 82-94 vs Hawks

Chuck Hayes10 pts 17 reb 6 ast 4 stl 2 blk – W 120-114 vs Timberwolves

Russell Westbrook25 pts 13 ast 6 reb – L 108-109 vs Spurs

Aaron Brooks 59 minutes 43 pts 5 ast 3 reb 1 stl 6 3pm – W 120-114 vs Timberwolves

Dwyane Wade35 pts 9 ast 7 reb 3 stl – W 115-102 vs Warriors

Dirk Nowitzki30 pts 16 reb 2 ast – L 95-100 vs Lakers

Shane Battier15 pts 12 reb 3 ast 2 stl 5 blk – W 120-114 vs Timberwolves

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Why we love sports

Posted by mvetack on January 6, 2010

Athletic and Skilled Big Men

Most big men are just that, big. There is not much to them. They were gifted with incredible size and the logical choice of a career, besides volleyball, is basketball. They acquire a two foot shot and simple post moves and for the next 10-15 years they will make about 50 times more than you make in your life. But every now and then a big man seperates himself from the usually clumsy big man.

These big men play the game like they are 6 foot 6 instead of 7 feet. In the case of Dirk Nowitzki they are more comfortable shooting threes than backing you down. A man like Dwight Howard flys through the air like Jordan but has the height of Shaq and the body built like a boxer. Little is more fun than watching a guy that has to duck when he walks into most homes do things that most NBA players can not do. So we thank you athletic big man, for your amazing skills and always surprising athleticism is one more reason why we love sports.

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