“I’m going to push him (Deron Williams). I want the best for him. When we sit down and talk about goals, team goals and also individual goals, I’m going to push him and I want to get him back to double-digit assists.”
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I love basketball players that play with energy.
Whether it’s on the defensive end of the floor, hitting the offensive boards or running the floor hard; if you play with energy, people will take notice.
If you have been watching the NBA playoffs, you have heard coaches talk about “playing with energy,” or, “we gotta bring more energy,” and the sad/disturbing quote, “we didn’t play with energy.” Some call them clichés or coach-speak; I’m here to tell you they are gospel!
This past Saturday ESPN analyst Jeff Van Gundy made an eye-opening, but not surprising statement on basketball. “
Joakim Noah is NOT one of those players JVG is talking about. Last night Noah’s energy willed the Chicago Bulls to a 90-82 victory over the Brooklyn Nets in game two to even the series at one. With his performance, Noah joined my “Soldiers” crew in the playoffs joining Chris Anderson, Kenyon Martin, Gerald Wallace, Matt Barnes, Tyler Hansbrough, Kawhi Leonard and Serge Ibaka.
“Just trying to affect the game. Just find a way,” Noah said.
Like usual, Noah was all over the floor. Finishing at the rim, setting screens, snatching offensive boards, helping on defense with deflections and blocking shots.
“Noah plays the game for the love of it,” said Bulls teammate Nate Robinson. “He plays with his heart on his sleeve.”
And it shows Nate!
Resolve. Hustle. Determination. Guts. Hunger. Grit. Heart. Bring the juice. Call it what you want. These are just a few words to describe a player’s responsibility when they step on the floor.
“A guy who gives you less than what he has to give is one, telling you what he thinks of you (coach) and two, telling you what he thinks of himself,” said Pete Carril.
You don’t have to worry about Noah giving all he has.
“Jo’s giving us everything he has,” Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said.
Whether you agree or not, it’s the player’s responsibility to come to play every night. But when is this desire formed? Here’s Noah’s high school coach, Billy McNally from Poly Prep.
In my two years coaching Jo without question what stands out most to me was the way he was in practice. He was incredible. His desire to improve and his attention to detail. I think what makes him a great player is that first of all he is a great person. His will is so strong and his unselfishness so genuine. Jo would go all out in the smallest drill; a warm up, free throws, whatever. He was so receptive to every small teaching point.
Long before “motor” became a buzz word. Jo was a terrific “buy in” guy. We had a great culture and an awesome core group of guys at Poly (Prep) when he joined us. Jo was all about the team right away.
When I see him play now I say what I’ve always believed; he plays the game, within the game, within the game. If you don’t go hard he makes you pay.
I think the way Jo plays has been great for the game and kids who want to know how you should play.
Like him or not, Noah has always played hard and with energy; he knows no other way. Noah is one of those players you hate to play against but would love to have on your team.
“Overall, our team played passionate basketball. That’s a plus because it was ugly in that Game 1,” said Noah.
Basketball players that play with energy love to compete. Players who don’t play with energy are too cool. You want guys that compete. Too many players go through the motions and will not do the little things to help their team win. Too many people in basketball put too much emphasis on stats. It’s about time we reward and recognize players like the group of soldiers. Maybe Five Hour Energy can sponsor this group. But make no mistake, these guys don’t need that crap. They play hard because they care. It’s their continuous effort, that keeps them on the floor.
Chasing and diving after loose balls. Crashing the offensive glass and moving your feet on defense. Bouncing off the bench when the coach calls your number, sprinting up and down the floor in transition and showing enthusiasm; all traits connected to successful players.
After the game at his press conference Thibodeau said Noah, “Willed it.”
A player’s “Will” is tied into passion and energy and it usually equals success. Last night Noah scored 11 points, grabbed 10 rebounds, blocked two shots and handed out three assists.
I scratch my head and often wonder why more players don’t play with energy? There’s a quote about playing hard that I have memorized, “If you don’t have the effort, and you’re not enthusiastic, you won’t be efficient!”
ESPN and TNT go bananas over dunks. I wish they would spend the same amount of time on “hustle plays” as they do when guys dunk. It doesn’t take a talent or a top 10 national player rating.
“Just found a way,” Noah said last night in the press conference following Chicago’s road victory.
Finding a way is a trait energy guys possess. Finding a way is what “winners” do on a daily basis.
“Losers” are lost when it comes to “finding a way.”
Noah has been battling plantar fasciitis, an injury he refuses to use as an excuse. Energy guys don’t use excuses. If you have never had this injury, take a sharp object and stick it in your arch and rip it to shreds (Just kidding, don’t do that). Trust me though, it is painful.
By the way, Jo needs to do something about those Le Coq Sportifs he wears on his feet.
I love watching Noah play the game at both ends of the floor. The former Poly Prep standout is a player that every coach would love to have on their team. When Noah steps on the floor, he empties his tank. I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention Noah’s bench behavior. When the Bulls are playing well and he’s resting on the bench, he’s the first one up to cheer them.
Wednesday night the Milwaukee Bucks were on defense, up three and less than seven seconds to play against the Orlando Magic.
It was a perfect “foul or defend’ situation.
The ball went to Tobias Harris. As he made his move Bucks head coach Jim Boylan wanted his team to foul.
“It was under 5 seconds and we were trying to foul right there,” said Bucks head coach Jim Boylan. “They called a continuation.”
Rewind to February 19 of this year the Bucks were in the same situation against the Brooklyn Nets. Milwaukee elected to defend and the Nets made a three – and later won the game in overtime.
Tobias Harris of the Magic had the ball with 5.2 seconds left in the game. Marquis Daniels went to give the foul and the ref made the call; but Harris launched the three-point shot and got the continuation.
Nothing but net.
Possible four point play.
Luckily, Harris missed the free-throw and the game went to overtime.
It’s the first time this season in the NBA that the team using the “fouling” strategy has backfired. (Before the Bucks fouled Wednesday night, teams that gave the foul were a perfect 13 for 13 on the year when they fouled.)
“Everybody has all the stats and all the numbers (about late-game fouling when leading by three), but there’s a human factor in these games, too. You have to take that into account. He (Daniels) got there a little late.”
I have the stats Coach Boylan, your decision was a smart one.
For the 100th case of the year in our Foul or Defend study at the NBA level, the Brooklyn Nets found themselves up three on the Phoenix Suns last night, with less than seven seconds to play and on defense.
Deron Williams gave up a foul to Goran Dragic before he could get off a game-tying three-point shot.
Dragic went to the foul line where he made the first shot and missed the second on purpose. The Suns grabbed the offensive rebound (a no-no of course) but missed the put back.
Game over, thanks for coming, arrive home safely.
For the thirteenth time this season, an NBA team has fouled in the Foul or Defend – for the thirteenth time the strategy has worked.
It’s also the second time this season under the guidance of PJ Carlesimo the Nets have had success fouling in the Foul or Defend.
What’s amazing is that I scanned the internet this morning looking for a mention of the Nets giving up a foul or a comment by PJ and not one story includes the strategy or a quote?
I wish a reporter would ask a coach in the post-game press conference about their decision.
Updated numbers in the NBA:
13 fouled – 13 have won
21 have made a game-tying three-point shot
24% success rate
No matter who you talk to or listen to, everyone has an opinion on the late game situation; up three points, on defense, and less than :07 to play.
Last night in the MSU-Indiana game the Hoosiers were up three, on defense with less than seven seconds to play in the game. Spartans guard Gary Harris pulled up for a possible game tying three-point shot from the left-wing.
Will Sheehey, the Hoosier defender put his hands straight up. The refs thought he fouled the shooter; a foul was called with 3.7 seconds left on the clock. Three shots for Harris.
Now, where do I chart that?
Under the “foul” category?
Or leave it alone?
Harris missed the first, made the second then had to miss the third on purpose.
Victor Oladipo of the Hoosiers secured the rebound, was fouled and made two free-throws at the other end, game over.
Last night we had four foul or defend situations in college and the NBA.
The Milwaukee Bucks led the Brooklyn Nets and had a decision to make. They elected to defend, Joe Johnson banged a three and the Nets went on to win in OT.
-Longwood fouled Liberty and came away with the win.
-Missouri, who I thought was a foul team defended Florida. The Gators got a clean look from the corner but missed.
-Neveda up three on Fresno State decided to defend but gave up a three-point shot to Kevin Foster with 6 seconds left. In the extra session the Bulldogs won.
Overall stats: (As of 2/19/13
Division One Games:
25 fouled – 23 won
56 made three’s
10 fouled – 10 won
16 made three’s
The year was 1970, I was six-years-old living in Brooklyn, New York. It was the first time I fell in love; in love with the New York Knickerbockers.
That was forty-two years ago. It was also the year the Knicks won their first of two NBA championships.
How can a young boy growing up in the schoolyards of Brooklyn not be affected by the way the Knicks played the game?
“The New York Knicks in 1970 had a team that a college coach could take his team to see and say, ‘now there’s the way the game is supposed to be played,” said the late Pete Newell.
Walt Frazier, Bill Bradley, Willis Reed, Phil Jackson and Dave Debusschere were together for both titles and all likable guys. The Knicks hit the open man, defended well and played the right way. Red Holzman was the head coach who made it all happen. Red’s assistant coach was Danny Whelan, he was their team trainer.
In 1973 the Knicks had a starting five that all came from non-high major colleges: Frazier (Southern Illinois), Earl Monroe (Winston-Salem), Bradley (Princeton), Debusschere (U of Detroit), Reed (Grambling). I’m not sure you will ever see that again.
The Knicks were a team dedicated to one common purpose: Winning a championship!
It’s now 2012 and there’s a new kid on the block. The Brooklyn Nets will begin play this season on Flatbush and Atlantic Avenues. Some of my friends, who USED to be Knicks fans have switched over and will begin to root for the Nets and they have asked me to join them. It must be noted that some have said to stick it out and be loyal.
I have a tough decision to make, I know. Do I hang with the Knicks or change my allegiance and go with the Nets?
As a kid I watched the Knicks on television and listened to the games on the radio. Marv Albert doing the play-by-play alongside Cal Ramsey who handled the analysis. I can’t forget the night while watching the Knicks play in Phoenix where Suns guard Ron Lee crashed into the press table after diving after a loose ball and spilled soda all over Cal’s new sport jacket.
The Nets of the 70′s were a fun team to watch. The ABA had the red, white and blue ball and the three-point shot. They had the dunk contest and some really cool team nicknames. The Nets had Julius Erving, Larry Kenon, Brian Taylor, ‘Supa’ John Willamson and the ‘Whopper’, Billy Paultz. They were coached by one of my favorites of all-time, Kevin Loughery. His favorite play was ‘LA 23′. In 1976, the Nets defeated the Denver Nuggets in the final championship before the merger.
On Christmas night in 1976 I attended my first Knicks home game; I was 12. My older brother and I sat in the red seats just a few feet from the court. It was Erving’s first season as a member of the Philadelphia 76ers after coming over from the Nets. Philadelphia, behind Brooklyn native Lloyd Free led the Sixers with 30 points leading them to the 105-104 win. I rode the ‘A’ and ‘F’ trains back to Brooklyn heartbroken.
Brooklyn has always been a great place for basketball. Back in the day the schoolyards were filled with outstanding players. You could find a good run almost anywhere. High school basketball both the CHSAA and PSAL in Brooklyn was king. Outdoor summer league action was also very popular.
In 1978 the Knicks drafted Micheal Ray Richardson, an unknown, but very talented point guard from the University of Montana. ’Sugar’ quickly became my favorite player. I loved the way he defended and shared the ball. In the schoolyard I would emulate his game; including the “over-the-head” finger roll on a lay-up.
In 1982, after four seasons that saw the Knicks make the playoffs just once (losing to the Bulls 2-0) Sugar was gone; traded to Golden State. I was bitter for a short time but something positive came out of the trade; New York received Brooklyn native Bernard King.
Hubie Brown was the new Knicks head coach. The energetic, hard-working, passionate coach got the Knicks to the Eastern Conference semi-finals in his first season. Scraping up money to attend as many home games as possible was the norm for me. Reading about my team every single morning in the New York Post, New York Daily News and the New York Newsday; I became an expert. I also came around to embrace Hubie and even memorized his legendary “POWER RIGHT” call on offense.
Scrounging up loose change to buy Basketball Digest each month kept me up on not only the Knicks but the entire league. I would be remiss if I didn’t mention Pete Vecsey of the Post providing the best coverage around the league.
As a teen, my love for the game was growing. I began to feel like an expert by taking notice of other players and teams. I became a huge NBA fan, I was so into it that I could tell you where every player attended college.
My life-long friend Glenn and I went to the Garden on Christmas night in 1984. MSG was sold out. “This place is electric,” he said as we watched both teams warm-up. King dropped 60 on the Nets. Little do people realize the Nets won the game and Michael Ray, playing for the Nets scored 36 points, including 24 in the second half.
While Sugar was a member of the Nets, I loved watching them play too. I would catch a bus at Port Authority and make the short trip over to the Meadowlands. At first there was no stop for the arena, I was left off at the racetrack and had to walk through the grass and the mud to get to the game.
One night I missed the bus back to the city and Darryl Dawkins gave me a lift.
The highlight of 1984 came when the Nets upset the defending champs Philadelphia 76ers in the first round of the Eastern conference play-offs. Before the series Erving announced, “You might as well mail in the stats.” OK Doc, whatever! That’s why we play the games.
The Nets won the series (3-2) and beat the Sixers in the fifth and deciding game on the road at the Spectrum. The place was stunned; as well as the rest of the league.
After Knicks home games we would wait outside the Garden for the players to get autographs and try to get their sneakers. One night we walked with Hubie from the Garden to the parking lot across the street where he kept his car. Hubie had a stat sheet in one hand, a can of diet soda in the other, a black leather bag over his shoulder. He talked to us like we were his coaching staff.
One season I attended 39 of the 41 home games at the Garden. You could use your high school student I.D. card to get half off of a ticket. We bought a ticket for $8, sat in the blue seats but snuck down after each quarter. By the fourth quarter we were sitting behind the Knicks bench. Being a die-hard hoops fan cost me my first girlfriend too. I put the Knicks ahead of a wonderful girl. Big mistake.
During the 80′s, (one the best decades of pro basketball) the NBA scheduled pre-season doubleheader exhibition games at the Garden; 6PM and 8PM. It was there, in 1986 that I first caught a glimpse of a future Hall of Famer, Dennis Rodman. The ‘Worm’ minus the tattoo’s and body piercings was a rookie with the Detroit Pistons in the six o’clock game. There were about 400 people in the stands.
This year’s Knicks squad has gone back to an “experience” philosophy with guys like Jason Kidd (39), Kurt Thomas (39), Rasheed Wallace (38), Pablo Prigioni (35) and Marcus Camby (38).
I lived through Pat Riley, who came on board in 1991. Riley brought a different brand of basketball than the one he used in LA. Instead of the fast-breaking, up-tempo style, Riley came in with the “tough-guy” approach. The Knicks had guys like Charles Oakley, Xavier McDaniel, Anthony Mason and Greg Anthony to provide the muscle. They battled every night.
Riley coached the Knicks for four seasons reaching the finals in 1994. Assistant coach Jeff Van Gundy took over after Riley left. JVG is a grinder, one of the hardest working guys in the profession. Five years later the Knicks made it to the finals against the San Antonio Spurs (the strike season). New York’s regular season record was 27-23. But they came up short in the finals four games to one.
Things have not been the same since.
Lenny Wilkins, Don Nelson, Herb Williams, Larry Brown and Isiah Thomas all tried to bring the glory days back to the Garden. Since Holzman stepped down in 1982, the Knicks have had 16 head coaches.
The Nets made it to the NBA finals twice (2002 and 2003) only to find themselves on the losing end. It’s been five years since they have tasted the play-offs.
Mike D’Antoni arrived in New York in 2008. His uptempo style called “.07 seconds or less” in Phoenix was met with mixed emotions in the Big Apple. Some said that style was only good for the regular season and would not work in the playoffs. D’Antoni was gone after three and half years, making the playoffs just once.
D’Antoni gave Jeremy Lin a chance last SEASON. Lin brought excitement to the Garden. The Harvard graduate who was cut by three teams, played in the D-League and was sitting at the end of the Knicks bench when D’Antoni called his number. In 35 games, Lin scored 14 points per game and dished out 6.2 assists per game. Lin wound up getting hurt and missed the last part of the season, including the playoffs. No offense to Carmelo Anthony, but Lin was by far the most popular Knicks player.
This past summer the Houston Rockets (a team that cut him last year) signed him; the Knicks refused to match the offer. Fans were ticked off, including me. When I think back to the Knicks of the early 70′s, Lin is the one player who would fit in rather nicely with them.
The past twelve years the Knicks have been difficult to watch. They have not won a playoff series during this stretch. From 2001 to 2010 they managed to make the post-season just once! This is NEW YORK CITY…THE MECCA OF BASKETBALL!
A few months ago Phil Jackson was interviewed on HBO’s, Real Sports. The former Net and Knickerbocker said of the Knicks “the pieces do not fit.”
I have been with the Knicks for a long time. I have a chance to switch teams.
Athletes file for free-agency and leave their team, right? Why can’t fans switch teams?
Here’s the deal; I’m a basketball guy, not a fanatic that dresses up in a jersey, attends games and screams like crazy. I don’t call into sports talk radio shows and place blame on the coach for the team’s loss. I coach high school basketball and enjoy players that play the right way. I don’t live and die with the Knicks results anymore. I think it’s great that Brooklyn has a team to call their own. It’s also fantastic that New York City now has two NBA teams.
I welcome the Nets to Brooklyn with open arms and will still keep a close eye on the Knicks.
From this day on… I will root for both teams!
Yes, you read that right. I will cheer for both New York basketball teams. (On nights they play each other, I will sit back, relax and enjoy the game.)
So good luck to both the Nets and Knicks. I hope to see you both in the Eastern conference finals someday.
-Coach Steve Finamore
Bernard King’s Journey to Springfield: Bleacher Report.com posted their All-Time New York Knicks team. Bernie made the cut; he gets the start at small forward. (Frazier, Monroe, Reed, and Ewing) So here you have a guy on the New York Knicks all-time team and he is NOT in the basketball Hall of Fame? What really separates King from Carmelo Anthony, though, is the multi-faceted, two-way nature of his game. Not only was he a deft and willing passer, but he didn’t shy away from responsibility on the defensive end. He was superb at defending the passing lanes, and when healthy, could keep even the most elusive of athletes in front him.
1-This day in hoops: September 26, 1973 the late, great Wilt Chamberlain signed to coach the San Diego Conquistadors of the ABA. ‘The Stilt’ coached just one season; the squad went 37-47.
2-Bleacher Report on Ohio State men’s basketball; mainly DeShaun Thomas.
3-Howard Beck of the New York Times on the Brooklyn Nets. “Our focus is not beating the Knicks or being better than the Knicks,” said Billy King, Nets general manager. He added, “I don’t consume myself with the Knicks and anything they do.”
4- SB Nation.com with their list of the Top 100 College basketball players in the nation. Cody Zeller of Indiana checks in at # 1. Do you agree?
5- MLive.com Scott DeCampsat down with Tom Izzo for a Q&A. Izzo on Social Media: I hate it (he smirked). I think it’s going to be the death of all of us. I know there’s a plus to it and communications people will be mad at me, corporately there will be people mad at me, because it is a good marketing tool in some respects but, again, we’ve done what we do so well – we throw something out at young kids. We said, “Here, deal with it,” and we forgot to educate them on how to use it and how critical it can for them and how damaging it can be. …
I try to tell my guys, “Anytime you text, tweet, Facebook, do any of those instant messaging (things),” — I’ve got ‘em all now, and I’ve got an 18-year-old daughter – “just make sure what you say on there, you can say it right here with the TV cameras live and well. If you feel comfortable with that, then cool. If you don’t, you’re in trouble.” It is a new animal to deal with, though.
Jeremy Lin, a guy who was sleeping on his brother’s couch just a few months ago signs an offer sheet with the Houston Rockets, so the Knicks get Raymond Felton. Will Lin be back in the Big Apple? If not, there will be a lot of upset fans on 33rd and 8th.
The Nets pick-up C.J. Watson as a back-up to Deron Williams. Some are calling Brooklyn’s backcourt of Williams and Joe Johnson the best in the league.
Can you imagine coaching a basketball team with Kevin Durant coming off your bench?
Kyrie Irving wants to play Kobe Bryant one-on-one with the loser promising to pay $50,000 to the winner’s charity. That challenge brought me back to 1995 when Shaq was going to play Hakeem, Kevin Garnett vs Joe Smith & Kenny Anderson vs Nick Van Excel. It was to be televised on Pay-Per View in Atlantic City. I was at the press conference at the All-Star Cafe. Never happened. It’s funny because the chain restaurant wasn’t even complete yet. The players pulled up in limo’s and there was no one there to greet them.
Irving, the NBA’s reigning rookie of the year will not be playing anyone one-on-one for a while; he broke his hand out of frustration by slapping the padding on the wall during the Cavs practice in Las Vegas. Keep those emotions in check!
Have you been watching the NBA Summer League? I have. It’s been interesting to say the least. Mike Dunlap is the only head coach running the show on the sidelines for his team. I love how hard he has the Bobcats playing. They are also sharing the ball, defending and running good stuff on offense. Rookies Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Jeffrey Taylor looked good. Interesting tidbit on Dunlap’s hiring. After sitting down with Michael Jordan, MJ mentioned that Dunlap was a guy he could play for.
AAU season is in full swing with tournaments all over the country. Big ups to Camp Darryl out of Michigan; they are in the championship game of the Hoosier shootout. Darryl Matthews, the head coach and director of the program told me this morning that he’s been taking his team to the shootout for past 10 years. In his first four years Camp Darryl was 0-16.
Watched Outside the Lines on ESPN Sunday morning; their topic? College athletes who transfer schools. Norm Chow and Jay Bilas were guests. I think the NCAA should examine this issue and look to make some changes.
Reading a lot of quotes from college basketball coaches on how happy they are to be able to work their players out in the summer. What took the NCAA so long to put this rule into place?
We had some interesting movement around the NBA the past few days.
Hey, it’s pro sports, athletes move.
After the NBA Draft took center stage (did you hear the fans boo David Stern?) it was all about the “vets” packing up their gym bags and changing their address. Speaking of the draft, I found it odd that Michigan State’s Draymond Green slipped to the 2nd round. The Warriors selected the six-foot nine forward from Saginaw with the 35th pick overall. I will go on record as saying Green will have a fine NBA career.
Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports on how Ray Allen left Boston and why the shooting guard is taking his talents to South Beach. This move will be interesting. The Heat are filling in the pieces (that is, if they have any missing pieces).
“He felt he was getting respect that he hadn’t gotten from [Celtics president] Danny [Ainge] and [coach] Doc [Rivers] anymore,” a source close to Allen said Friday night. “…The presentation was incredible.”
Allen is the guy you always saw shooting on the court hours before anyone else arrived (See Larry Bird from the 80′s). Allen was the guy with the good rep, positive character, that is well liked.
Steve Nash to the Lakers. What a get! Kobe has a guy who can get him the ball and take some pressure off of him. My only concern is Nash wears jersey number 13; a guy they used to call ‘The Big Dipper” wore that number back in the day for the Lakers.
Jason Kidd to 33rd and 8th. This deal reminds me of past New York deals in bringing in perimeter players that were at the end of their careers. Guys like Paul Westphal, Mo Cheeks, Doc Rivers, Kiki Vandeweghe, Derek Harper, Rolando Blackman, Mike Newlin, Randy Smith, and Penny Hardaway. I think Kidd will be ok; but Jeremy Lin, who I love signed an offer sheet with the Houston Rockets, the team that let him go last year.
I had to laugh when I recently read a story about Lin. At the bottom of the article readers are permitted voice their opinion so they leave comments; it’s amazing how so many people forget about what Lin did for the Knicks organization last season. How about starting in 25 games and scoring 14 PPG and dishing out 6 APG? Not to mention he brought the team back from the dead.
My guy Double R told me the “Garden was like a Morgue” before Lin got off the pine.
Phil Mushnick of the NY Post on Jeremy Lin and also some cool tidbits about Walt Frazier. The man they call ‘Clyde’ talks about how sitting out one year in college helped him and also how his college coach Jack Hartman insisted he play defense or get off the court.
There was even an academic connection between Harvard’s Lin and SIU’s Frazier. Frazier told Trautwig that he became a genuine college student the season he had to sit out because of poor grades. “The best thing that ever happened to me.”
That season, he only could play on the student squad in practice sessions against the varsity, and he was only allowed to play defense, which is when and how he learned to play defense.
Frazier recalled that his defense was so disruptive to the plays coach Jack Hartman tried to run that, “He’d holler, ‘Frazier, go sit down!’ That’s where my love for defense developed.”
Did you see this story on agent Andy Miller and his ties to AAU teams? Is there really a problem with this? Here’s a guy trying to help kids play basketball. Help me out with this, please!
My guy Carl M. from Brooklyn pleads with me every day to “check out this guy Mirza Teletovic on You Tube!”
Mitch Abramson of the NY Daily News on a boys high school basketball coach suspended for recruiting violations.
After leading Forest Hills to a second-place finish in Queens ‘AA’ a year and a half ago, a league-wide investigation revealed Chobhaphand tried to lure a former junior varsity player from Francis Lewis to Forest Hills. Chobhaphand was slapped with a year-long ban, forcing him to miss the 2010-2011 playoffs and all of last season.
How about the middle school principal who used her daughters to plant a camera in the locker room? Check out TheBlaze.com for the story. Seems like the coach of the basketball team yells at the team too much and the principal wanted to see if the daughters story was true.
Please keep the word ‘dream’ out of the conversation the rest of the summer when talking about the 2012 Men’s United States Olympic basketball team.
Just once I wish the “guys in the truck” would put a microphone on David Ortiz of the Boston Red Sox when he gets on base. I find it refreshing when he stands at first base or second and chats it up with an opponent. Baseball is a fun game. Enjoy yourself! Let’s hear what Big Papi is talking about on the base-paths!
Do you ever hear the media say, “if the season ended today”?
To me that statement doesn’t make any sense.
But you can finally say that today; final night of the regular season in the NBA. They’ll have one day off, then start the first round of the play-offs.
Everyone has the Heat or the Bulls coming out of the East.
But not so fast my friend.
Don’t sleep on the Pacers and Knicks to knock one of these teams off.
Listening to Hubie Brown Wednesday night work the Knicks-Clippers game was a treat. I have heard some people mention that it’s a ‘coaches clinic’ when Brown breaks down the play.
Brown is by far the best basketball analyst on air.
The former Knicks head coach mentioned the 4 greatest guards in the history of the game (Michael, Magic, Oscar and West). Brown also noted that someone will have to move over to make room for Kobe Bryant.
Ron Artest has been suspended for 7 games.
If the Bobcats lose to the Knicks tonight, they will go down as having the worst regular season winning percentage in one season.
Yesterday a friend and I were discussing the Brooklyn Nets and their new logo. I thought they should have used the Brooklyn Bridge in the background with maybe a block ‘B’. Or better yet, how about an image of a rim and backboard connected to the bridge itself?
Quote of the Day: ”I think the most important thing for me looking back, isn’t that I got to the NBA, I enjoyed the path to the NBA. When I am done with my life, I don’t want to look back and have regrets, and wish that I had tried harder here or more disciplined here. Enjoy the moment, live and cherish those four years. Because I am already out of college, those were the best four years of my life and they flew by. So I want to make sure .. you remember college is a blessing and you need to enjoy it.” -Jeremy Lin, New York Knicks