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The Week that was in the NBA – Featuring Three Goggles

Posted by mvetack on January 18, 2011

Say goodbye to another NBA week. Kevin Garnett Returned, Blake Griffin goes for a NBA high 47 points, The Clippers claim Staples Center as THEIR court with a win over the Lakers, John Wall comes back and dishes the rock, Chris Bosh hates hustle, Clippers broadcast compares Blake to Larry Bird, Michael Jordan, LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Dennis Rodman, Dominique Wilkins, and Dwight Howard making him the greatest basketball player of all time, Carmelo rumors continue to run rampant, and the “three goggles” travels to the east coast with the Knicks seen using them.

Here are the leaders per game over the last week

Points – Monta Ellis – 31.3

Assists – Rajon Rondo – 13.0

Rebounds – Zach Randolph – 16.7

Steals – Tyreke Evans, Corey Brewer, Alonzo Gee – 3.0

Blocks – Dwyane Wade , Al Horford – 3.0

Three Pointers Made – Nick Young – 3.8

Free Throws Made – Amare Stoudemire , Dwight Howard – 9.8

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One on One basketball

Posted by mvetack on August 4, 2010

1 on 1 basketball games are a rarity.  It usually takes 6 or at least 4 guys at a gym to get a game going.  In 1995 Hakeem Olajuwon and his Houston Rockets swept then Orlando Magic stud Shaq (now a Boston Celtic) and his teammates in the finals.  According to stats and people who remember it ( I was 8 and probably in bed dreaming about what new Ninja Turtle I should ask for ) The Dream dominated Shaq in the series.  Despite being at best out played for four games Shaq left this note for Hakeem in his locker…

Despite who you think is better all time or at that time, this would still be great to see.  Here is a list of intriguing match ups I would love to see played out in today’s NBA and who I would give the edge.

First off the rules are first to 21 win by 2 winners out.  Call your own fouls.  No foul shots just possession.

Russell Westbrook vs Derrick Rose – This could just turn into a dunk contest.  I go with Rose by a hair.  This could be the most exciting match up I can think of.

LeBron James vs Kobe Bryant – This is an obvious one everyone would love to see.  The Black Mamba wills his way to a victory in this one despite a definite size disadvantage.  And as for LeBron’s great defense? I think he is a better off the ball defender than he is a one on one defender.  Kobe will just knock down shots all day and do some little things to get it done.

Dwyane Wade vs Kevin Durant – Slashing speed vs height and smooth.  I got Wade in this one as one of Durant’s best advantages in his ability to get to the line will not get him free throws in the one on one game.  Wade will disrupt a lot of Durant’s jumpers and his athleticism will make up for Durant’s 5 inch height advantage.

Carmelo Anthony vs LeBron James – A Battle of top draft picks from the 2003 draft class duke it out in a chess match.  Carmelo’s size helps him in this one along with his smooth jump shot.  I’m going with LeBron on this one as he will find more ways to score against Melo.

Brandon Roy vs Kobe Bryant Kobe wins this one but the match up is made to showcase one of the lesser known great players in the NBA.  Brandon Roy gets beat about 21 – 12 but the world knows that Portland has more than just an injured Gred Oden.

Chris Paul vs Derron Williams – Ask someone who they think the best point guard in the NBA is and chances are it is one of these two western conference studs.  Unless you ask Tommy Heinsohn and he will most definitely say Rondo.  This would be quite the battle with Chris Paul putting on quite a show.  In the end Derron wins a close one with a simple game plan of posting up Paul and draining the occasional long ball.

Pau Gasol vs Dwight Howard – Dwight Howard is the funniest and possibly most entertaining NBA player behind Steve Nash but Gasol will sweep the floor with Dwight in this one.  Gasol has too many moves and a good midrange shot that Dwight does not have.  Gasol can get on a streak and keep possession a lot easier than Dwight will be able to.  I go 21 to 9 Pau.

Ron Artest vs Ron Artest – He is the only guy that could pull this off.  I got Ron Ron 37-37.  A fight will ensue and end the game early.

Ray Allen vs Paul Pierce – Two ultimate competitors with one (Paul) trying to prove once again he is one of the greatest shooters in NBA history by beating one of the actual best shooters in NBA history.  If Ray Allen is anywhere near his normal game than Ray could win this by double figures draining three after three.  Pierce will likely get “hurt” at some point and make a valiant return to make a late charge and lose 21 -15.

Tim Duncan vs Healthy Yao Ming – Duncan is getting up their in age but he still has the fundamentals he learned in grade school to beat the forgotten Rocket star.  This will be a loooong game with Yao playing some good D on timmy but ultimately Duncan is champ again.

Vince Carter vs Chris Bosh – This game will be played at the end of the season in Toronto.  Vince wins 5 – 2.

Amare Stoudemire  vs Dirkus Circus – Dirk doesnt play great D but his outside game will give Amare fits.  Amare will have a big advantage attacking in the paint.  Whoever starts with the ball wins this one.  Dirk dominates the outside game and Amare dominates the inside game.  Dirk makes the do or die shot to start so Dirk wins this defenseless game 21-0.

I have definitely missed some great one on ones and may add to this later.  Who would you want to see play one on one right now? Am I completely wrong with who wins these games?

thanks to Ball Don’t Lie and Sports Illustrated for info/reference

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Joxygen’s Unorganized All Star weekend thought #53 back in February

Posted by mvetack on July 9, 2010

“53. Dwyane Wade really needs to get on a team or add some more play makers besides Beasley.  He looked so much more at ease on the court Sunday night.”

So now we will see that Wade should be argued as the best player in the NBA alongside Kobe Bryant.

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LeBron’s Hour long meeting with the Cavaliers

Posted by mvetack on July 3, 2010

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LeBron’s Free Agency Process

Posted by mvetack on May 25, 2010

Check out LeBron’s former coach Mike Brown’s application over at

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Illustrated Tweet

Posted by mvetack on May 21, 2010

Tweeter – @MrMichael_Smith

Tweet – Good week for the Sixers. No. 2 pick, now Doug Collins. We talk a lot about the league’s “need” for Knicks to be good, same goes for Philly.

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A look at each Lottery teams chances of getting number 1

Posted by mvetack on May 18, 2010

A midst the NBA conference championship games this week, it is the losers time to shine.  After all that hard work trying to look like they were trying while still losing, these 14 tams have a shot at changing their franchise for the next decade or two.  The presumed number one pick John Wall was in attendance at last nights Suns vs Lakers game as all eyes were on Kobe.  Tonight, at 8 oclock, after the lottery winning team is announced, all eyes will be on John Wall.  Here are a couple intriguing outcomes that could happen tonight from this years draft lottery.

The New Jersey Nets have a billionaire owner who is sure to spend just about everything to get whoever he wants in Jersey.  Although he can only give so much to LeBron, he can give as much as he wants for staff and to pay a rookie like John Wall if they get so lucky to get the top pick.  With LeBron’s pending decision on what city he will flip on its ear this summer, tonights bouncing balls could have an affect on his decision.  A Brook Lopez + Devin Harris + Number one pick + Billionaire owner + Jay-Z scenario coule = LeBron in Jersey.

The Utah Jazz own the rights to the New York Knicks first round pick this year.  The Knicks, although freeing up money to afford LeBron, may have blown their chances at LeBron now that there will be no young stud coming in to the Big Apple by way of the draft this season.  If the Jazz and their 2.2% chance win the number 1 pick, it can happen remember the Bulls and their 1.7% chance getting Derrick Rose, they already have possibly the best PG in the NBA and hes not getting old anytime soon.  Would they draft Wall and make him a shooting guard? Or would they go with the versatile Evan Turner?  This is a question the fans from Utah would love to argue about starting tonight.

The Timberwolves have the second best chance to win the draft lottery tonight.  Last year they drafted Point guards in the first round as if they were made of gold.  The Wolves drafted Flynn, Lawson, and Rubio.  Lawson was traded to the Nuggets and Rubio never set foot near the court in America as he is back in Europe playing ball.  Do the Wolves have confidence in Flynn?  Do you draft the superior Wall no matter what your roster looks like?  The Wolves have some young guys in Al Jefferson, Kevin Love, and Johnny Flynn and would love to add one more this summer through the draft.

Finally the Kings stole Tyreke Evans from everyone last season who only went on to win the Rookie of the Year averaging a 20,5, and 5.  Beno Udrih is a quality point guard, but you know the Kings would like to add Wall to their squad for the 10,11 season.

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Prince James begins his shot at Becoming King on Saturday vs Bulls

Posted by mvetack on April 15, 2010

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LeBron Opting out of USA basketball

Posted by mvetack on April 1, 2010

For at least this summer LeBron will not be with his USA teammates for the FIBA Championships due to filming a Hangover esque  movie.  It was said that anyone that skips out from the team for any lengthy period of time could be released from the team.

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Nearly a year later, your 2009 National Champs

Posted by mvetack on March 17, 2010

On year ago the North Carolina Tar Heels were on the eve of their dominate run at winning the 2009 National Championship.  Many of the major players involved in that championship season went on due to graduation or the lifestyle and step up in competition that is the NBA.  Here is a look the rookie seasons of Ty Lawson, Tyler Hansbrough, Wayne Ellington, and Danny Green.

Ty Lawson has enjoyed early success for one of the top teams in the Western conference.  Backing up Chauncey Billups in Denver, Lawson has averaged 9 points 3.3 assists 2.1 rebounds in just 21 minutes of play.  Off the bench, Lawson likes to push the pace and create plays for the likes of the Birdman and JR Smith.  Besides giving the Nuggets depth at the all important PG position, Lawson gives the Nuggets a future beyond Chauncey at point guard.

Tyler Hansbrough – Hansbrough has struggled to stay on the floor because of nagging injuries and will have to fight Roy Hibbert for some playing time next season.  In his limited 17 minutes per game, Tyler is averaging 8.5 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 1 assist per game.  Hansbrough has continued his hard work ethic in the NBA and it shows with his hustle on the court.  Hopefully Hansbrough can get on a role health wise so he can get in a flow for once to see what he is really capable of in the NBA.

Wayne Ellington – Wayne Ellington was the guy with the silky smooth jump shot you saw on a nightly basis in Carolina last season.  Ellington started the season with very limited chances to show off the silk but has earned more playing time in the latter half of the season.  Wayne is averaging 6.6 points, 2.2 rebounds, and .9 assists per game.  His jumper has not lost anything in the NBA as he shoots 38% from beyond the arch, 43% from the field, and 89% from the stripe.  Ellington on the right team and with the right role could play a key role in a playoff team.

Danny Green – Danny was the 4th, 5th, or even 6th option in Carolina.  His athleticism was his biggest asset to the championship run from a year ago.  Whether it was blocking shots, getting well timed steals, knocking down deep threes, or throwing down a slam that erupted the arena, Danny Green definitely contributed.  In the NBA, Danny Green can be seen dancing in the corner of the bench along with teammates and LeBron James more than you will find him on the court.  Green has averaged only 5.9 minutes per game and just 2.4 points a game.  Green is on a permier team and only gets to prove himself in garbage time.  As of now, he seems to enjoy his role as cheer leader and backup dancer to LeBron.

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