“My job is just to do the best I can every day, whether it’s in a game, in a practice, whether it’s off the court, charity events, whatever the case may be. I just have to be a leader out there.”
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Ron Artest has been suspended for 7 games. If you have been living on Planet Lovetron and missed it, this past Sunday the former LaSalle high school standout hit OKC’s James Harden with an elbow to the side of the head.
Dan Wetzel of Yahoo Sports with his take including solid comments from ESPN’s Fran Fraschilla.
“This is him,” said Fran Fraschilla, the ESPN college broadcaster who coached Artest at St. John’s. “You go back to when I first met him, 14 or 15 years old at La Salle Academy in New York, and his greatest strength has always been his biggest weakness – that true competitive edge.
“He is an over-the-top competitor. It’s what made him the player he is and what’s gotten him in trouble.”
“The willingness to do, creates the ability to do.”
Mike Brown finding employment in Los Angeles is a very good hire. The guy’s a winner, he’s a grinder and he’s a good guy. Sure maybe Brian Shaw, Lakers assistant should’ve had the job but I think they want a fresh start at Staples. No more triangle offense. Curious to see how Kobe Bryant plays. Of course Jeff Van Gundy and Mark Jackson, both of ESPN, Brown’s last employer praise the hire. What do ya think they would do, bash it? By the way, did Brown have to fill out an application when he applied for the job? Did he have to show his social security card and provide drivers license too?
Have to love this quote from Van Gundy during last night’s telecast of Thunder-Mavericks. “Playoff basketball is all about winning and losing.” Huh?
While I’m on the subject of announcers, here’s another dandy from Jackson, also from the game last night, “Defending (James) Harden in the open court is like trying to guard Manu and LeBron James.” Oh no he didn’t!
Dirk Nowitzki is in the gym every night during the playoffs; so says his head coach Rick Carlisle. I believe him. This guy has been very good in the playoffs. His footwork on the catch is unreal; it would make the late Pete Newell smile. Everyone always likes to talk about shooting form. Every coach under the sun will give you their take on how to shoot the ball; there’s many different ways to shoot it. Dirk has a weird way of shooting, most of the time. He’s off-balance. Or, he likes to shoot off one foot. Imagine taking a kid in the gym and teaching him how to shoot like that? I’m ok with it though, I’m all about reps, the more you shoot, the better the shot gets. That’s what Dirk does, he shoots it the same way 24-7. I bet this summer at camps all around the country, coaches will be teaching kids the “Dirk”. Then everyone, including Herb Welling will be asking for the notes.
I wish TNT had the coverage of next month’s NBA Finals. Can we make that happen or what?
I have to start studying all the eligible players for the draft that is coming up. Is everyone so sure about the point guard from Duke, Kyrie Irving as the first pick?
Twitter has been very good to me. I have met some great people (not in person). But there are many wonderful minds tweeting their thoughts on the NBA playoffs. Once again, I tweeted it and now I’ll blog it; Kris Humphries, come on man!
Poor Doris Burke, the Western Conference finals have not been good to her this week. By the way, how did Rick Barry get a microphone for the Mavericks on-court championship celebration?
In last night’s close-out game, the final 8 minutes were not good to the Thunder. 6 turnovers and your best player (Durant) shooting 2-4 from field. The cat needs more FGA’s than that down the stretch. OKC will be back though, they are very young. That is, if they keep their key guys. Last night’s shooting from the field: Russell Westbrook 11-28, Kevin Durant 8-20, James Harden 7-11, Dirk Nowitzki 8-15.
Will someone please tell me why in high school and college basketball that when you fall down in possession of the ball it’s a travel but not in the NBA?
This past Monday at a press conference for the basketball Hall of Fame inductees, Jim Nantz, who was the M.C this night said Chris Mullin is from the Bronx. Not a god thing. Guy is from Brooklyn, big difference.
Greg Anderson is coaching youth baseball? Is that a good thing or bad thing? Anderson was the trainer for Barry Bonds and went to jail when he failed to testify about Bonds’ steroid use. In 2005 Anderson pleaded guilty to distributing steroids. He served 3 months in prison for that crime and spent a year behind bars for refusing to testify.
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The Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Dallas Mavericks 106-100 Thursday night in Game 2 of the Western conference finals. The series is tied at 1 as game 3 takes place Saturday.
“Sometimes you get your butt kicked, you have to take it like a man. I’m not gonna make excuses for missed layups.” Said Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle
The story of the game though was Thunder head coach Scottie Brooks keeping starting point guard Russell Westbrook glued to the bench the entire 4th quarter and going with backup point guard Eric Maynor.
As a coach, we’ve been there. As a player, you have been through it too.
Brooks said he loved how Maynor was running the club but the fact of the matter is Brooks was unhappy with Westbrook’s play.
Maynor is under control; Westbrook at times gets out of control. He likes to force the issue at crucial times of the game. In game 2 Maynor played 20 minutes and didn’t turn the ball over, Westbrook logged 28 minutes and had 4 turnovers.
If you want to know what kind of player Brooks was, look no further than JJ Barea.
Thunder guard James Harden not only scored 23 points off the bench but he rebounded and shared the ball as well. And, he played solid defense.
Daequan Cook of the Thunder was 3-3 from the field, including 2-2 from long distance.
Yankees vs Mets this weekend. They call it the Subway Series. I liked the old name, ‘The Mayor’s Trophy Game’
RIP Randy ‘Macho Man’ Savage. I had the pleasure of meeting him @ Planet Hollywood back in the mid 90′s when I worked at Planet Hollywood. I took him to the Powerhouse Gym on 23rd street & we worked out together for two hours. Great dude…He died in a car accident.
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