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Shook Ankles: Throwback John

August 31, 2011 Leave a comment

Throwing it way, way back, here we have Kenny Anderson mincing Mr. Duke into itty-bitty pieces. Things have been slow lately, but if you miss me, please check out my latest work on Red94 and Buckets Over Broadway. Shaky Ankles will be a proactive force to be reckoned with in the weeks ahead.

Recommended Reading: LeBron James And Chris Paul Will Team Up On Tuesday

August 29, 2011 1 comment

Recommended Reading is a daily (occasional) rundown of truly superb NBA related literature, pictures, and videos. Some is brand new, others are timeless. Enjoy!

NBA: Kevin McHale’s post moves are sweet.

NBA: Muggsy Bogues. Also sweet.

: An explanation on how Cazzie Russell allowed the Celtics to dominate the 80′s.

The Painted Area: Lovely details on EuroBasket 2011.

SB Nation: More summer basketball that doesn’t count! The Goodman League will play the Melo League on Tuesday. Watch out for LeBron, Chris Paul, and Carmelo joining forces. Also, with Eddy Curry climbing aboard the roster reads like an old “Which One Doesn’t Belong” SAT question.

True Hoop: For visual learners, here’s an easy to follow graph explaining the NBA’s labor negotiations and why what David Stern has said isn’t entirely true.

The Basketball Jones: Tyreke Evans making everyone look foolish.

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Shook Ankles: Is K-Mart This Good? Or Is Monta That Bad?

August 24, 2011 Leave a comment

 

That’s a tough question to answer. Really, really tough. To be nice, Martin dooooes look quick…

(We’ll leave it at that.)

Commentary: Tim Hardaway Does The Right Thing

August 23, 2011 Leave a comment

 

“I don’t like to be around gay people. I’m homophobic. I don’t like it…I hate gay people.”

Four years ago Tim Hardaway uttered those words. Words powerful enough to alter a legacy and shatter a reputation. Words with enough meaning to create a destructive, likely irreversible consequence. The league’s reaction to their speaker was swift separation, like a butcher knife to a steak’s artery clogging fat. The public reaction was horrified disbelief. How could someone be dumb enough to say that on the radio? Faster than it once took him to magically transform his defender into a folding chair, Hardaway’s image mutated from King of the Killer Crossover to homophobic bigot; it was well-deserved.

Speaking as someone who grew up in a particularly accepting environment—with well over a handful of homosexual friends and members of my family—my personal reaction to Tim Hardaway’s intolerance was strenuous. Growing up he was a basketball player I emulated everyday, practicing elusive ball handling moves on make-believe opponents until I was confident enough to showcase them in a real game; watching the mid-90′s Miami Heat with no rooting interest besides Tim Hardaway’s individual success.

When it came time to make this website, Hardaway hung over my conscience. I tried to separate “I Hate Gay People” with “I Love When Basketball Players Make Each Other Fall”, but, obviously, that’s a very difficult thing to do. I stayed away from including him for a few months and chose not to place his image on my banner, realizing in the end what he represented spreads wider than a simple basketball move, and it wasn’t something I aspired to align with.

But deep down a small part of me felt bad for Hardaway. Everyone in this country has a fair opportunity to speak without fear of imprisonment or punishment, and the five-time All-Star chose to take advantage of that right and express himself demonstratively—as a public figure unaware of his own cultural significance, and the self-destructive aftermath his words would quickly create. Hatred is strong enough to project people as one-dimensional. Hardaway learned this the hard way. But he learned, nonetheless.

“It’s not right to not let the gays and lesbians have equal rights here,” said the 44-year-old, who has been working with gay rights groups in Miami and is now lending an assist to El Paso’s “No Recall Group,” opposing the recall of Cook and City Reps. Susie Byrd and Steve Ortega, who voted to re-establish domestic partner benefits for gay and unmarried partners of city employees.

“If I know El Paso, like they came together when the 1966 team won a championship and Don Haskins started those five guys,” Hardaway said, “I know the city will grow and understand that gays and lesbians need equal rights.”

Hardaway told ABC-7 his “change of heart” came from those closest to him.

“My family and friends came to me and were like, ‘What are you doing?’” Hardaway said. “I talked to them and they made me understand that wasn’t right.”

Hardaway, whose jersey was retired last year by the Miami Heat, has only recently begun to gain acceptance back in NBA circles. He is currently the vice president of community relations for the Heat.

Just as freedom of speech is one of our great nationalistic satisfactions, so is redemption. When mixed with time and an understanding majority, a sincere apology will usually yield forgiveness. But a sincere apology does not come in the form of words. A sincere apology in such a serious circumstance is only powerful when presented in physical action. Last Thursday Tim Hardaway subjected himself to the public in a non-basketball related way once again, standing up for the equal rights “Gay and Lesbian people have no right not to have.” He could easily have sat for his remaining days as a recluse, living in the shadows as a private dweller whose legacy was bulldozed from beloved NBA player to condemned philistine, but he didn’t.  It was brave for him to speak out in what could publicly be seen as an artificial attempt at regaining the admiration he once had, and if he truly believes what he’s saying—which I believe to be the case—then Hardaways’s cultural standing should change once again. Instead of celebrated professional athlete and owner of one of the most feared basketball moves this game has ever known, Tim Hardaway should be seen as something far more important: A compassionate human being.

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Recommended Reading: The Goodman vs. Drew League Game Sounds Like Fun!

August 22, 2011 Leave a comment

Recommended Reading is a daily (occasional) rundown of truly superb NBA related literature, pictures, and videos. Some is brand new, others are timeless. Enjoy!

The Basketball Jones: Capital Punishment, the recent Goodman vs. Drew league game, was a rare opportunity to see some of the greatest basketball players in the world compete in a loose, unguarded atmosphere. Here are some highlights. Watch Ya Head!

CelticsBlog: Big Al back in Boston? Yay or nay?

TrueHoop: Delonte West is a funny man.

Truth About It: More from Capital Punishment, including some incredible flip book pics of a nifty Kevin Durant reverse.

Fox Sports: Kevin Martin is the most underrated player in basketball. There, I said it. Here’s a quick interview he did with Fox Sports a couple days ago.

 

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Shook Ankles: Is Steve Nash A Permanent Fixture?

August 18, 2011 2 comments

Every player ages. Every player slows down. Every player retires. Every player expires. This was believed to be truth before Steve Nash. As of today, the Suns starting point guard is 37-years-old, and in the clip above, which took place in the 2010 playoffs, he crosses up a then 24-year-old point guard and a then 21-year-old power forward. But he doesn’t just cross them up, he befuddles them in every which way, blind-folding both youngsters and putting them on skates. Is Steve Nash the greatest 37-year-old basketball player who ever lived? Despite no statistical measures or analytical data to support the claim, the answer is a resounding yes.

 

 

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Essay: Evaluating The Wonders Of A NBA Amnesty Clause, Part V

August 17, 2011 Leave a comment

 

Here’s Part V of Shaky Ankles’ analysis into the league’s worst contracts—team by team. Read more…

Shook Ankles: Old School Sebastian Telfair Is Good Sebastian Telfair

August 16, 2011 Leave a comment

Here he is; raw, uncut, and, relative to his time in the NBA, in a rare and dominant form. Being the naive basketball fan I am, I’ve always liked Sebastian Telfair. I was excited when he came to the Celtics and kept convincing myself he’d find his way, someday growing into a legitimate starting point guard. To my eternal disappointment, none of this has happened, nor will it ever. And so this is what his legacy has been reduced to: Scraping the tip of the league and forever being labeled as what happens when hype, promise, and expectations don’t live up to what everybody said they would. (In other words, the exact opposite of LeBron James.)

 

 

 

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Recommended Reading: Rasheed Is Still Balling

August 12, 2011 Leave a comment

Recommended Reading is a daily (occasional) rundown of truly superb NBA related literature, pictures, and videos. Some is brand new, others are timeless. Enjoy!

The Triangle: Detailed article on the North Carolina Pro-Am, told through the eyes of a true basketball scholar: Rasheed Wallace.

Sports Illustrated: Yes, there may be a lockout. And the NBA’s latest news may be less exciting than watching paint drip from a ceiling. But please, for the love of GOD, nobody tell Sports Illustrated. Recent work on SI.com has been fresh, seeping of knowledge. Here’s one on why Tex Winter’s Triangle Offense is slowly fading into basketball’s background. Reading it will make you smarter.

SI: Here’s legendary scribe Jack McCallum’s tribute to Arvydas Sabonis.

SI: And just like that, his denunciation of Dennis Rodman.

As teams like the Atlanta Hawks and Detroit Pistons are purchased by eager ownership groups, the New Orleans Hornets continue to twist in the wind.

HoopSpeak: Really enjoying this Technique of the Week segment.

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Shook Ankles: Brandon Jennings Points The Biggest Skeptic Out And Makes Him A Believer

August 11, 2011 Leave a comment

This grotesque move occurred a couple days ago at the Dyckman Summer League in New York. What are the odds Scott Skiles sees it and incorporates “Brandon Jennings tells his teammates to move” into an offensive set next season? 342,649 to 1? What if he made the lay up?

 

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