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Shook Ankles: Brooklyn Nets Are Dropping Like Flies

October 18, 2012 Leave a comment

Paul Pierce doesn’t do anything uber-spectacular here, but a Brooklyn Net still falls to his knees. Good times all around.

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Essay: Why The Bucks Should Pass On Brandon Jennings

October 17, 2012 Leave a comment

Talking competitive basketball teams for a second: unless your roster has LeBron James on it, chances are you either have, or are seeking, an elite point guard. In my opinion its always been basketball’s most important position, and at the NBA level there has never been a time better than the present to support the theory. While it isn’t the be all end all of successful roster construction, having a franchise point guard is excruciatingly important if you want to compete for a title.

It’s why even with Kevin Durant, the Thunder re-signed Russell Westbrook. It’s why the Bulls are nobodies without Derrick Rose. It’s why the only player Danny Ainge would swap Rajon Rondo for was Chris Paul. It’s why the Spurs have been so consistently machine-like over the past eight years. It’s why Mark Cuban and Mikhail Prokhorov don’t like each other all that much. It’s why the Lakers were willing to guarantee a creaky 38-year-old $9.7 million when he turns 42. Read more…

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Essay: Gambling On The MVP

October 16, 2012 Leave a comment

On the surface, predicting who will win the NBA’s MVP award is extremely easy. Select a really good player on a really good team, then call it a day. But, unfortunately, as we travel through each new season, a subjective investigation is given to the word “valuable,” and all hell breaks loose. Is it designed to reward the league’s best player? Or should it go to whomever is most important to their specific team—the player most obviously carrying his team towards the playoffs.

If the world we lived in were strictly based on facts and statistics as a means to present logical evidence, the 2012-13 MVP discussion would contain seven players. Here they are, in no particular order: LeBron James, Chris Paul, Kevin Durant, Rajon Rondo, Kevin Love, Dwight Howard, and Andrew Bynum. Read more…

Shook Ankles: Joakim Noah Drops Nikola Pekovic

October 15, 2012 Leave a comment

Big men typically don’t emerge on this site with ankle breaking crossovers, but this move from Joakim Noah is more than worthy.

Essay: Betting On Rookie Of The Year

October 12, 2012 1 comment

Predicting who will win Rookie of the Year this season is monotonous. Soft arguments can be made for more than one player, but if you had to bet your life on it, Anthony Davis is the only answer. He’s a special talent, storming into the league as the most obvious number one pick since Derrick Rose. But picking him would make for a super boring column, so, before writing this piece I decided to take a look at the award’s odds recently posted around the internet on various sports books. Instead of “Who’s winning Rookie of the Year?”, I tried answering a more enjoyable question: If someone gave me a $100 bill with instructions to turn it into the most money possible by betting on one of the prodigious man-child freak athletes about to enter the NBA, who would it be? Read more…

Shook Ankles: Revisiting Kevin Garnett’s Terrifying Prime

October 11, 2012 1 comment

Here are two Kevin Garnett (yes, that Kevin Garnett) crossovers I’ve posted for no better reason than to help get you hyped for the upcoming NBA season. The clips may be old, but just like Garnett himself, they’ve aged like fine wine (distilled with liquid rabies). Enjoy.

 

 

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Commentary: Is Nick Young Capable Of Evolving?

October 10, 2012 1 comment

In a recent meeting with Philadelphia’s press, incoming Sixers guard Nick Young was asked about the Most Improved Player trophy—as in, his new head coach, Doug Collins, had previously said it should be Young’s goal, and was he interested in winning it? The answer was an interesting one:

When I first saw this press conference, it intrigued me. The prospect of Nick Young wanting to be the NBA’s Most Improved Player is an interesting one because if in the unprecedented case he were to find himself in the running at the end of the season, it wouldn’t be due to an incredible scoring average or improved shooter’s touch. In order to win the award, Young would have to correct his largest flaw: an inability to pass. It sounds simple, but it isn’t. Read more…

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Shook Ankles: The Power Of A Decade

October 8, 2012 1 comment

 

One decade. 10 years. That’s how much more time on this earth Steve Nash has enjoyed than Jarrett Jack. Yesterday, in the Lakers first preseason game against Golden State, we saw what that 10 years means on a basketball court. And, well, for Jack, it wasn’t pretty.

 

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