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Blake Griffin’s MVP case

Posted by mvetack on January 20, 2011

No I am not confusing the MVP award for the Rookie of the Year award, Blake has already wrapped that one up.  I am indeed talking about the league’s Most Valuable Player going to the Rookie for the Clippers.  I know every part of that sentence does not have to try at all to be wrong but let me prove to you that you should at least think about it for a minute.

First off Stats

The first thing you look at in a box score, after who won the game, is probably the leading scorer or the compelling player’s stat lines.  Did Kobe go for 50?  Did Rondo reach 20 assists?  Did Kevin Love get another 30 30?  Stats are one of the biggest indicators of how valuable a player is.  It is not the only thing but it is a big and accepted way of evaluating players.

At exactly the half way point for the Clippers, Blake Griffin has played in and started 41 of his team’s 41 games.

PTS – 22.7 – Good for 12th in the league

REB – 12.7 – Good for 4th in the league

AST – 3.4 – Good for tied for 55th with the likes of Paul Pierce and Lou Williams

BLK – .63 – Good for tied for 91st with Derrick Favors

Double Doubles – 33 – Good for 2nd in the league

To highlight his MVP worthy numbers…

22.7 – 12.7 – 3.4

News and Notes

Blake Griffin has surpassed 40 points twice on the season including a league high 47 points in a game vs the Pacers this week.

Griffin had a 14 game 20 and 10 streak end to the Lakers in a 18 point 15 rebound victory over the Lakers.

Blake just had his 27 game double double streak end to the Timberwolves with a 29 point 8 rebound 6 assist win.

Blake is Trending

One of the biggest stats Blake Griffin has going for him is just how quick he is improving during his rookie year.  Check out his per game stats by month and how every one of them is trending upward.

Points – 16.7 – 20.9 – 23.0 – 27.8

Boards – 11.0 – 11.7 – 13.5 – 13.6

Assists – 2.3 – 2.7 – 3.9 – 4.3

Blake is showing that his ceiling is limitless.  In just his first season of NBA action, Blake is making improvements in just a couple of months that most times take big men that first enter the league a couple seasons.  And it is not just the numbers that are improving,  its how hes getting to those numbers.  It is not just dunk after dunk, oop after oop, fast break after fast break that is getting his points.  He is starting to use more than just his athleticism to get to the basket and to rebounds.  His spin move rivals Dwight Freeney’s of the NFL,  he can handle the ball up and down the court like no other big man, and he has court vision and touch on the ball that just should not be allowed at his size.  His mid range game is not great but it has definitely improved.  In his 47 point night vs the Pacers, Blake scored just two points on dunks while knocking down 82 percent of his free throws.

Human Highlight

Apart from the stats and always improving game, Blake Griffin has the Clipper more than just a watchable team.  They are now a must watch team for NBA fans and at times leading SportsCenter on a weekly basis.  Every single night he has a highlight or two that you have to send a link to all your friends.  The Clippers have always been second fiddle to their arena mates in the LA Lakers.  In fact, they have often been 4th fiddle in LA when the circus comes to town and USC is playing football.  Blake is trying to change that.  I’m not saying the Clippers are on the same level or close to the same level as Kobe and his Lakers (Despite Blake leading his Clips to a victory in their latest meeting), but for stretches they  are my choice in team to watch in LA.

Winning Games

Besides the highlights and fall off your couch moments Blake brings on a nightly basis, he has the Clippers winning games.  Two seasons ago the Clippers won a total of 19 games followed by just 29 last season.  With Chris Kaman on the shelf for most of the season, Blake has his Clippers at 16 wins at the half way point and on pace for the teams most victories since the 2006 season.  Measuring the value of a new player on a team can be as easy as the win loss difference since the player joins the squad.  Blake is certainly impacting the win column for the “other” team in LA.

Former MVPs

The Last two traditional Big men to win the MVP were Kevin Garnett of the Timberwolves in the 2003-2004 season and Tim Duncan in the 2002-2003 season.  Here is a comparison of Garnett, Duncan, and Griffin’s stats

Garnett – 24.2 pts – 13.9 reb – 5.0 ast

Duncan – 23.3 pts – 12.9 reb – 3.9 ast

Griffin – 22.7 pts 12.7 reb – 3.4 ast

As you can see his stats are just about where Duncan and Garnett’s were during their MVP seasons.  With Blake’s game and stats trending upward,  it’s not crazy to expect his season averages to close in on these two MVP seasons b two future hall of famers.  I know the Clippers are not going to sniff the Finals and probably won’t even have a view of the playoffs, but the Clippers are improving and Blake is a huge reason why.

Griffin is putting up MVP stats, has a buzz around him and his team on a nightly basis, and most importantly is bringing wins to LA.

Now, will you at least think about Blake next time you and your friends argue about who is the NBA’s MVP?

 

Stats and info found at basketball-reference.com

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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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The 9 types of Sports Announcers

Posted by mvetack on May 14, 2010

Every sports fan shares a relationship to a certain extent with announcers, especially home town announcers.  Sitting on your couch with cheetos covering your fingers, your dog passed out on the floor, and your faithful announcer on the TV is just a regular day for you.  Whether you like it or not, or realize it or not, you spend a lot of time with announcers.  Even the ones that do just Nationally televised games you come to know and love (or not).  Here is a guide to the 9 types of announcers your have probably come across in any and all sports.

The Cynic

The cynic is possibly the most annoying of announcers.  He does know a lot about his given sport and makes sure people know it.  Any play or shot that is bobbled or missed he makes sure the whole audiences knows about it for a while.  Up 7-0 in the 8th and your SS is a little late backing up a throw to second?  The Cynic will point this out and talk about it for the rest of the game.  In the Cynic’s eyes an opposing teams lead is always just out of reach and a lead is never safe.  Everyone deserves to be traded and does not deserve their pay check.  The interesting thing about the Cynic is the better the team the worse shape they are in.  Going for a perfect 16-0 season? You will probably lose in the first round of the playoffs.  Too much of the Cynic may lead to excessive use of the mute button.

Probable teams the Cynic announces for –  Mets, Sharks, Chargers, Hawks

Super Fan 99

Super Fan 99 is exactly that, a super fan.  This guy lives and dies with his team and has no problem showing every single emotion on his sleeves.  During the course of a season you will probably hear this man cry, laugh, cheer, and yell in anger multiple times.  Every win is greater than his child’s birth and every loss is worse than the day his best friend died.  Do not try to argue against his team as it will probably end with blood, tears, and broken bones for someone.  The off season for Super Fan 99 is longer than a cross country road trip.  Although you can not knock his passion, you can certainly knock his “homer” style of announcing.

Probable teams Super Fan 99 announces for – Bruins, Lakers, Packers, Gretzky

Old and Crazy

You may have seen Old and Crazy in a science book with the alias Albert Einstein.  This guy is older than that oak tree at the house you and your friends dare each other to walk up to on Halloween.  With old age does not always mean wisdom for Old and Crazy.  Yes at some point in his life he probably made a fine announcer.  But now, he is the best remedy for someone who struggles to to fall asleep.  A ground ball out in the third inning will be followed by a run on sentence lasting till the sixth inning by Old and Crazy.  It would be one thing if there was any meaning to his incoherent rambling, but you definitely end up a dumber person because of him.  Most of his commentating has nothing to do with the football game you are watching or sports in general.  Because of his age and lack of caring, there is always the chance you will hear a couple cuss words or racist comments in the telecast.  The only hope you have when dealing with the Old and Crazy announcer is the fact that the man upstairs may be calling him soon.

Probable teams Old and Crazy announces for – Dodgers, Rams, Hartford Whalers

The Professional

There is nothing great about the Professional but there is nothing terrible either.  This guy is worried most about what critics and fans think of him than anything else.  Coming dressed as if he were meeting the President and treating his announcing career as if he were a news anchor really makes him look out of place.  Clean cut with his looks and what he says is his style.  The Professional tries his best, and succeeds, so much not to be a “homer” in case he gets the call from Fox or ABC to be a national guy.  A walk off HR gets the same reaction as a second quarter punt to the Professional.  Although you may not dislike the Professional, there is nothing really to get excited about when listening to him.

Probable teams The Professional announces for – Blue Jays, 76ers, 49ers

Fame Seeker

The Fame Seeker has one goal in mind entering every single telecast.  That is to get his voice on SportsCenter.  You know how it goes sometimes on Sportscenter, a game winning shot is made and Scott Van Pelt and John Buccigross let the announcer “take it away”.  That is where the Fame Seeker wants to be at the end of the night.  The Fame Seeker is up all night writing witty sayings that he hopes will catch on in the general public.  If he is so lucky to call a triple overtime game with a buzzer beater or a perfect game, he will knock his partners out of their chairs and cover their mouths just so he can shout out his own “Do you believe in miracles!!!”.  Because the Fame Seeker is trying too hard to be the “He Gone” guy, he never will find the fame he is looking for, well he may end up on a viral video saying something like “Bingo Bango”.

Probable teams The Fame Seeker announces for – White Sox, Bobcats, Your local College team

Story Teller

The Story Teller is almost always an ex-player or coach that has found his second profession in the booth.  His go to strategy is to relate (the thinnest way possible) something that he sees to something that happened on his team back in his day (which was always a better time).  By the end of one season with this guy or even one game, you will know what size shoe he wears, who he roomed with in 1972, and how much he did not get paid back in the day.  The Story Teller is very knowledgeable about the game and more than likely able to write a great book.  The problem is, he pretty much says a books worth of stories in just a couple of hours every night.  Just about every commercial break the Story Teller is certain to start a story that in no way he can wrap up in the given time, but don’t you worry you will hear it when they come back.

Probable teams the Story Teller announces for – Reds, ESPN

Mr. Fundamentals

Mr. Fundamentals is always an ex-coach from any level.  He also is more than likely to have a kid playing as a role player in the league he announces for.  Alley Oops, baggy shorts, the DH, and two running back systems are not for Mr. Fundamentals.  With a Jason Richardson between the legs dunk at one end and a post up turn around jumper from the elbow from Garnett at the other end to choose from to talk about, it is Garnet’s Elbow jumper all the time.  Mr. Fundamentals is always holding a bat, ball, or both while announcing for a chance to show off the fundamental way of bunting, shooting, or gripping a curve ball.  If you are an 8 year old watching this telecast you should pay attention and learn a lot from this guy.  If you are a 32 year old, watch and create a drinking game of some sort.

Probable teams Mr. Fundamentals announces for – Jazz, Braves, Tim Duncan

Idea Man

The Idea Man is the youngest guy on the list.  He plays fantasy sports more than he bathes and has the solution to every team’s problems (especially his own teams).  After a 2 – 2 start he is calling for a 23 way trade that would get rid of the quarterback and get a future hall of famer in his prime, and don’t worry, it makes sense trust him.  The Idea Man played high school sports and captained his college intramural team.  He shouts out of the booth down to the Outfielders to shift left and right all while looking up every stat imaginable so he can “tell” the team who to call up from the minors.  Draft day is more entertaining to the Idea Man than a Rocky Marathon in 3-D! Which by the way would be fricken awesome.  5 out of every 250,000 of the Idea Man’s ideas actually happen and 1 out of those 5 actually work.

Probable teams the Idea Man announcers for – Red Sox, Redskins, Knicks, his own fantasy team if he could

Living the Life

The Living the Life announcer might just be the most likable of all the announcers.  Although he cares for his team, he realizes that it isn’t the end of the world if they lose or make a questionable decision.  The Living the Life announcer realizes that he gets to talk about the game and team he loves on a daily basis and gets paid for it.  In the off season he is probably sitting on a beach with a cold drink in hand until the sun goes down.  Living the Life tells it like it is and has fun along the way.  No one gets more excited about the Aflac trivia question then this guy and no one will congratulate you more if you get it right.  Living the Life has probably retired from his career job to live in his dream location covering his favorite or just most convenient team for the area he now calls home.  The only reason to hate this guy is for the life he has which you are jealous of or you are over passionate and expect him to be the same.

Probable teams Living the Life announces for – Jaguars, Marlins, NBA Kings, any and all Spring Training games

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62 Unorganized thoughts on All Star Weekend in Dallas

Posted by mvetack on February 15, 2010

  1. The city of Dallas is absolutely in love with Dirk Nowitzki.  The Mavericks all time leading scorer certainly deserves the praise and roar that he got  from the crowd all weekend.  Dallas embraces Dirk while outsiders criticize parts of his game.  Jealousy?
  2. Steve Nash and Dwight Howard are currently battling for FDP.  That is Funniest Damn Player in the NBA.  Dwight Howard has no problem clowning on vets like Tim Duncan (in a deep monotone voice repeating “Timmaaaayy while Duncan was at the charity stripe) and Shaq (Impersonating him many many times) during All Star Weekend.  David Stern should implement a new rule requiring Dwight to be mic’d up at all times.  Nash on the other hand has made all of us in the internet generation laugh ever since Youtube began.  This weekend the happy-go-lucky 34 year old Canadian had three great moments of hilarity.  A) Flexing with a Ben Stiller like “serious” modeling look on his face. B)  After Derron Williams conceded his final run in the skills challenge to Steve Nash, Nash ran from his seat on the bench in attempt to mock block Derron. C) Rising from below the stage during introductions on All Star Sunday with another classic goofy look on his face.
  3. H.O.R.S.E. is a pretty entertaining event for 7:00 on Saturday Night.  It would have been a lot more entertaining if they didnt have about 45 commercials in an hour long segment.  Hmmmm I wonder why they had to go to a shoot off because of timing issues.
  4. The sound either at the stadium or on the broadcast on TNT’s part was awful.
  5. Apollo Anton Ohno’s Gold Medal race was timed perfectly during a commercial of the Dunk Contest.  Truthfully though, would not have missed much if you flipped to the Olympics during the whole Dunk Contest.
  6. The Rookie Sophomore game reminded me of high school for some reason.  I guess it goes back to you hear people brag about an upcoming class of athletes in a school when you think your class is the dominate athletes.  You then want to prove that your class is the better class. The Rookie Sophomore game gets to prove it.  NOTE: My class had an extremely athletic and successful class one year ahead of us and another very good one below us.  We were not too bad, but we definitely were overlooked.
  7. Rajon Rondo cheats at gimmicky lassoing games, and still fails.
  8. Defying odds, the quietest 108 K plus people in the world all happened to buy tickets to the NBA All Star game.
  9. I was really hoping for Amare to be traded mid All Star game just so he would be representing the wrong league for even a quarter.  This would not have meant much at all but would have been a cool anecdote to know thirty years from now.  Come on Suns/Cavs/Sixer pull that trigger!  Speaking of that Amare trade, the question on all the PTI/Around the Horn/First Take type shows was along the lines of. “Would the Amare trade be the last piece of the puzzle to get a championship for Cleveland?”.  I know records don’t win championships but the Cavs have the best record in the NBA and people are talking about them as if they are third in the East.  This team smoked the Lakers twice and according to the “experts” the Lakers are getting their names engraved on their rings already.  The Cavs are really good.  They can win the Finals with this team.  What they should ask is will this trade hurt their chances of winning the Championship.
  10. Daryl Dawkins easily out flashed Craig Sager with his suit on Saturday Night.  His Jacket was stupid gross.  Although Craig Sager did blind many across the country with his tie.
  11. With H.O. and H.O.R., Rajon Rondo stayed with Durant shot for shot for a lot longer than most expected.  I have a feeling that Durant would have taken atleast 15 minutes before he missed got to H.O.R.S.E.  Omri Casspi proved that he is not the only Israeli that knows about basketball; he brought a louder cheering section for H.O.R.S.E. than America brought for an entire All Star Game (Seriously that was pathetic).  Also from the H.O.R.S.E. game, Kevin Durant is a very nice young man.  After Kenny, Cwebb, and Chuck were ragging on an OKC fan for making a “terrible” pass to Durant on his missed three point attempt, Durant made a point atleast three times to tell the fan that it was a great pass and it was his bad (The pass was fine by the way).  And finally, last from the H.O.R.S.E. contest, Rajon Rondo officially has no emotion.  Cwebb for some reason, maybe I missed it earlier on on TNT, yelled Rondo for a very long time for some sort of inside joke and Rondo just stood their with a blanker face than Greg Oden for the whole agonizing 15 seconds of it.
  12. Props to the Basketball Jones guys for getting Derrick Rose to look happy for a couple of seconds in his life.
  13. Kenny Smith has a man crush real hard on Kevin Durant, seriously I think there is going to be a restraining order on him by next season.
  14. The Dunk In was a pretty cool addition to this years festivities.  Twitterverse really hated on it and said it was boring.  Not sure what people were expecting.  Fireworks? A full introduction and bells and whistles of the Saturday Night Dunk contest?  People, if they didnt have it you would have seen more commercials and vague discussion on the first half of a Rookie Sophomore game.
  15. Missing dunks in a dunk off means a lot more than it does in the Main Event on Saturday night.  Eric Gordon had some really good dunks, maybe even the best of the weekend, but the problem was he missed too many leading up to them that the wow factor was gone.  Flashforward to Saturday night, Nate Robinson was his usual Slam Dunk self and missed numerous attempts at his dunks yet the people still give him more points or whatever you call it in the judging because of his height.  Making all of your dunks on the first try is the most under appreciated and undervalued aspect of a good dunk contest.
  16. DeJuan Blair nearly stole the Rook Soph MVP from a deserving Tyreke Evans in the final two minutes of the game.  Correct me if I’m wrong but on one possession Blair grabbed 4 rebounds and scored 4 points all while shrinking men into little boys in the paint.  The Spurs need to get this guy in the game more.  For nothing else he brings excitement to every rebound and battle down low.
  17. Bosh is officially 100% a star.
  18. George Karl toyed with us all night long saying he was going to go with a 4 point guard line up in the fourth quarter.  I know he wanted to win and started coming back so he didnt want to blow it with the Billups, Derron, Nash, and Kidd lineup but that would have been a site to see.
  19. Steph Curry can flat out shoot.  Watching him shoot a basketball somehow excites me.  I guess its not his fault that he lost the 3pt contest, he did lose to one of the greatest shooters in NBA history. Yeaaaaaaaaa, right Paul.
  20. So Paul Pierce had something to prove in the 3pt contest.  Pierce used the platform of the 3pt contest to prove to us all that he is indeed one of the best shooters the NBA has ever seen.  Yea just like Brent Barry proved to us that he is one of the greatest dunkers in NBA history when he won the dunk contest in ’96.
  21. Did I mention Steve Nash is hilarious.
  22. Brandon Jennings hair once again is amazing.  The “gumby” look is a classic and the only reason why I hope he doesnt keep it is to see what he busts out next trip to the barber shot.  On a basketball side of things related to Jennings, I thought he was the quickest guy with the basketball dribbling through that Jerry West forest during the Skills Challenge.
  23. Overall the Skills Challenge again was a great contest to watch.  They don’t break it up with too many commercials so there is a lot of action that keeps you into it.  This event by far has the biggest stars (Russell Westbrook is not too bad a last second replacement either).  This is odd because this event actually shows the majority of skills needed to be a good basektball player.  The Dunk Contest and 3pt Contest are a lot less embarrassing and a player is putting a lot less of themselves and their games out there during those two events compared to the skills challenge.  The Skills Challenge, on varying levels, tests the players on shooting, layups, speed, dribbling, cutting, quickness, passing, composure, athleticism.  If you fail miserably at the Dunk Contest people think, “Oh ok so X player can’t exactly do a windmill dunk” or in the 3pt. “Ok so maybe this guy should take a step towards the hoop before thinking about shooting for now on”, but failing at the skills challenge one might say, “Maybe this guy shouldnt run, shoot outside, take a lay up, pass, or pretty much step foot on a basketball court”.
  24. Shannon Brown is a disappointment.  On a related note, Kobe got dressed in his warm-ups for nothing.
  25. Was LeBron at the Saturday Night festivities?  Out of all the players in the league he would be the first guy I would think cameras would find for reaction shots or just sitting court side shots.  Yet I can not recall seeing him a single time and neither can my friend that was also watching the coverage.
  26. The Dunk Contest is not dead, creativity on the other hand might be.  Every single year that the Dunk Contest is less than stellar, all the talk is “The Dunk Contest is dead, they should just not even have it.”  First of all for all of you digging the grave for the Dunk Contest it was only two years ago that Dwight Howard’s Superman contest happened and only one year ago that he raised the hoop to twelve feet and Kryptonite jumped over Superman.  Yes this Dunk Contest was pretty fricken lame but its one year.  Even two or three years like this does not mean the contest is dead.  The Super bowl is the biggest football or even sporting event in America every year.  And you know what, that has been full of laughers.  A ton of Super bowls have been really bad games and yet we still love it and sooner or later there is an amazing one.  The first and biggest problem I believe that exists in the Dunk Contest, even when it is a really good one, is there is only 4 dunkers and two rounds.  So if the NBA screws up and picks 50% contestants as not too impressive, good for about one pretty good dunk and 25% contestants as average but not amazing, and 25% contestants as really good and Dunk Contest worthy (50% of this one would be Gerald Wallace and Shannon Brown, first 25% is DeRozan, and final 25% is Nate Robinson).  That is why there should be 8 contestants every year.  Even if you don’t get huge names 8 guys will make it so much more exciting.  So even if the ratios are the same as they were this year (that whole percentage thing I just did up there) we would have an exciting contest.  50% not too impressive good for one pretty good dunk would be 4 guys, 25% being average but not amazing (2 more guys) and 25% as really good and  Dunk Contest worthy (2 more guys).  So we would have a 4 dunker final with 2 pretty good guys that have some good dunks and 2 great dunkers.  Expanding the contest to 8 contestants allows for mistaken selections and will give us four dunkers in the finals that  will more than likely put on a good show.  Later in the week I will suggest another way the Dunk Contest could get a shot of excitement.  So stay tuned.
  27. The shooting stars is a quick but fun to watch event.  A terrible run on the actual game shots can be saved by a quick make from half and a perfect first portion of the shots can be ruined with an inability to make the half court heave.  This was the one event that I was completely right in predicting.  I went with the Texas team and Dirk hitting the half court shot to win.  How does Dirk not hit the half court shot, hes Dirkus Circus!
  28. If anyone did not catch it on youtube, Stephen Curry hit back to back 3 quarter court shots during some type of warm up ( I believe rookie sophomore game warm up ).  I don’t have the clip but youtube Steph Curry long shot or something like that and you can probably find it.
  29. LA hosting the All Star game and weekend next season will be amazing if they dim the lights in the crowd like they do for Laker games.  Watching the game yesterday I was imagining the spotlight on the court and the rest of the stadium a couple shades darker.  How cool would that look?!?
  30. Those Nike Highlighter looking shoes were nasty.  Not in a good way.  I am all for the whole gaudy looking is cool thing with shoes but those were just wrong.
  31. I am finally giving up hope that I will ever take part in a Slam Dunk Contest so I am giving away the one dunk that I know I would do if I was in one (Doing it on an 8 foot or 7 foot hoop probably will not get me to the All Star Game weekend).  Feel free future NBA Dunk Contest contestants, this is a gift to you from me.  Use it correctly and you may win the whole thing and “save” the dunk contest in a city near you.  This is not super complicated but looks really cool and challenging.  Shoot a free throw, or if you are really daring a three, and bank it in from straight on.  As you shoot it, approach for your dunk and grab the ball with two hands under handed after it goes through the net and wind mill it back in for the dunk. So basically you are alley-ooping yourself as you make the shot.
  32. Some woman apparently got kicked out of the stadium and her 8,000 dollar seats for talking to Kobe during the game.  If this story is true, I feel it was a little more than just talking to him that got her kicked out.
  33. I really wish the weekend/game was on ABC, NBC, or FOX only for the fact that my TV picks those channels up in HD.
  34. Using Twitter really added to the All Star weekend and was a really cool and a new experience.
  35. Steve Nash ( I know this guy again ) had a athletes dream weekend.  Friday night his home country, Canada, was hosting the opening ceremonies and Nash was being seen by millions upon millions across the world holding one of the four torches to light the Olympic flame with the likes of The Great One, Wayne Gretzky.  The next night Nash was goofing around on the hardwood winning the skills challenge, and then less than 24 hours after that he was being raised on a platform as an All Star Starter and soon was playing with the greatest players in the world.  Not a bad weekend.
  36. The Eastern Conference starters is the team I would want to party with, the Western Conference starters is the team I would want to have a nice calm conversation with.  The Eastern Starters rose from the underground (pretty cool way to do introductions) and showed off their dance moves while the West starters came up calm cool and collected.
  37. Ranking the performances at the All Star game from 3 down to 1… Usher, Alicia Keys, Shakira Shakira Shakira.
  38. Mark Cuban looked extremely creepy and awkward as they panned to him real quickly after Jerry Jones mentioned him in his sideline interview.
  39. Did anyone else pray before the game that the gigantic HD screen did not fall and crush the best basketball players in the league, Patrick Ewing, Stan Van Gundy, George Karl, Gabriel Union, Shaq, and a host full of celebrities and NBA legends?
  40. OK Shaq, if we HAVE to choose who Superman is…  Well one was starting for the East and running up and down the floor making plays and entertaining many, the other was sitting in the stands watching.  You tell me who Superman is right now.
  41. The Dunk Contest was pretty much an in game dunk contest.  Almost all of those dunks we see in games every week.  The scary thing is, is those dunks were not that far off from what was wowing people twenty five years ago.  We have pretty much seen every type of dunk there is thanks to amazing athletes, world wide sports coverage, and youtube.  Yes they were not that impressive or creative but I can see the pressure these guys have on them to try and come up with something that will impress us.
  42. The West starters were tall.  Whenever you have a 7 footer as your starting SG you know you have the height advantage.
  43. I should have put money on Tim Duncan winning the opening tip.  Has he ever lost one?
  44. Derron Williams can rise up.  For a short two minute span Derron Williams was amazing.  Assisting teammates, mostly Durant, with pinpoint passes and even getting up near the rim himself for some tomahawks, Derron really impressed in his first ever All Star Game.
  45. Zach Randolph is very very very quick moving from back to the basket to facing the basket and swinging to his left.  He also goes to work on the boards even in an All Star game.
  46. Pau ran the floor for three straight possessions at his full speed non stop.  The West had a three on one break and Pau sprinted down court as the trailer and got rewarded with the pass and he finished with the flush.  Then he sprinted back on defense, while some teammates slowly jogged, and re routed his sprint to get a hand in the face, of Pierce I think, on a three pointer that was missed and then began sprinting down court again for the potential fast break before a foul was called.  Much respect Pau, much respect.
  47. LeBron is a good power dunker  but is an over rated overall dunker.
  48. If Doug Collins was in fact LeBron for the day I would like to see this only if he kept his body but had all the physical and basketball skills of LeBron.
  49. I really hope Derrick Rose gave Wade some pamphlets and brochures of Chicago and the Bulls.
  50. The quickness of the Eastern All Stars won them this game.
  51. The 2003 draft class is really really good.  On the floor Sunday night representing the 2003 class was LeBron (1 overall), Carmelo (3 overall), Bosh (4 overall), Wade (5 overall), and the often 2003 forgotten player drafted Kaman (6 overall).  Amazing talent in those top 6 picks and a lot of All Star games in the future for them.
  52. James Harden’s outfit and beard win him best All Star look.  Baron Davis and Andre 3000 would be proud.
  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.
  54. Chris Kaman and David Lee’s All Star debuts were nothing spectacular but they held their own.
  55. It is always fun seeing Nash and Dirk playing together.  How did Mark Cuban let Nash get away (aka force him out)?  How cool of a duo is Nash and Dirk.  Could have gone down as one of the best pairs of teammates of all time.
  56. I was kind of rooting for the West, and I have no clue why
  57. Kevin Durant knocking down that off balance deep three at the buzzer was one of the top moments of the All Star Game.  Durant didn’t force anything through out the game and just played his style ball.  The first time he got the rock he did three or four shot fakes and ended up passing the ball to Dirk.  Durant is not there to try and grab the spotlight.  Soon enough he will have no choice but to.
  58. The story gets sadder and sadder for Greg Oden.  Durant was on the floor at the All Star game, Oden was at home watching and or rehabbing.
  59. Flash is the perfect nickname for how Dwyane Wade plays basketball
  60. Everyone is hoping for a Kobe vs LeBron Finals, after watching the All Star game, besides seeing my favorite team go to the finals, I want to see LeBron vs Carmelo.
  61. Dwight Howard was killing the East with fouls late in the game.  Besides biting for Dirk’s head fake, he also fouled Pau twice on the offensive end of the floor and sent him to the line during crunch time.
  62. And finally, my final thought on the weekend that was NBA All Star Weekend…  Dirk should have taken the game winning shot, not Carmelo.

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