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Shook Ankles: Jeremy Lin Takes A Seat

November 8, 2012 Leave a comment

Last night’s Nuggets/Rockets game featured two of the league’s most entertaining teams. And in an underrated point guard matchup, Ty Lawson quickly established the upper hand.

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Shook Ankles: Chris Paul Is Messing With Everyone’s Head

November 6, 2012 Leave a comment

Chris Paul may have lost his basketball matchup with Kyrie Irving last night, but he ALWAYS wins on the battlefield of Youtube.

 

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Essay: Chuck Hayes Is Still A Hero

November 6, 2012 Leave a comment

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Chuck Hayes is the same height as Michael Jordan. Yet he’s routinely matched up against centers and power forwards as he begins his eighth season in the NBA. It begs the question: how does a guy that stands only* 6’6″ hold his own with the big boys of the league? With thighs that could crush a piece of steel, that’s how; with a 250 pound torso that’s as immovable as Stonehenge; and with great defensive footwork and an ability to crowd opponents who are silly enough to pick up their dribble.

Primarily though, it’s those thighs and big butt that serve as the foundation for Hayes’ ability to defend so well on the low block.  David West found out the hard way a couple nights ago, even though his Pacers ended up winning the game in double overtime.

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Essay: Grading The 2009 Draft Class Extensions

November 5, 2012 Leave a comment

Seven players from the NBA Draft class of 2009 signed extensions this week. Some were surprising, others not so much. Let’s take a look.

Los Angeles Clippers sign Blake Griffin (No. 1 pick) to five-year, $80 million extension

The best player of the ’09 class receives as much money as the rules allow. Seems fair. This was a great move for the Clippers, who locked up a young franchise player capable of bringing in fans and endorsements. Blake is the sole All-Star/All-NBA player from the 2009 class up until now, and he’s clearly shown he can dominate. He still has a long way to go before truly becoming one of the elite—his defense and lack of offensive creativity are problematic—but all signs point up for his development.

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Shook Ankles: Kevin Durant Puts Sasha Pavlovic On Ice

November 3, 2012 Leave a comment

 

Here’s something nice to officially kick off your weekend. I wrote last season that Kevin Durant having a lethal crossover is basically unfair; Sasha Pavlovic surely agrees.

 

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