Roy Hibbert is filling out

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I’ll be honest I know that the NBA is months away but this is worthy of being looked at. Roy Hibbert looks to be putting on some serious size and at 7’ft. 2″in. he could be nearing 300 pounds in the future. There have been a couple of NBA players who’ve weighed more than 300 pounds. I think that Hibbert could get to the 300 pound club to make him the 14th player since 1990 to eclipse that mark.

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Knicks Preview 2013-2014

After a fantastic 2012-13 contest where the Knicks won 54 games, they look to improve on that number next season and make an even deeper run into the playoffs. The lineup as it stands looks impressive on paper and the 2013-2014 New York Knicks season is going to be a flagrantly fun one (bad MWP and JR Smith joke) to say the least. The Knicks have had some crucial additions / losses from the ‘12-’13 season so let’s have a quick break down to get everyone up to speed.

Key Losses:

  • Chris Copeland aka The Galloping Lesbian aka Brittany Griner – Sweet dreadlocks, but a defensive liability. Seemingly scored at will and put up high points when he was on the court, but the Knicks couldn’t afford him. He was one of the most underrated players of last season left as an UFA to the Pacers. 
  • Steve Novak aka Novakaine – Three point specialist (and fan favorite) who towards the end of the season lost some playing time / lost his only valuable asset, his shot from beyond the arc, left in trade with Toronto.tumblr_m5ld2ohUeA1rtnwmvo1_500

  • Jason Kidd aka Crash Bandicoot – Retired and is now the head coach of the Brooklyn Nets

    Too soon?!?!

  • Marcus Camby aka Marcus Camby- One of my favorite Knicks of all time. Not utilized properly, was involved in trade to Toronto which he’s PISSED about.

  • James ‘Flight’ White- Dude sucked a bag of dicks. Was supposed to be an auto-win in the dunk contest…..NOPE

  • Quentin Richardson – oh the title of this is KEY losses….this guy is a bum

Key Signings/Trades:

  • JR Smith– The reigning 6th man of the year was resigned to a 3yr/17mil. deal which he’s currently using to drive around $450k armored vehicle around NYC. Streaky shooter, but a solid player and when he’s hot….is the hottest player on the planet. Last season he seemed to have a new vision on the court; less chucking and a more balanced and intelligent selection of shots. If he can keep this up when he returns from knee surgery, the Knicks SG situation is going to be nasty. 

  • Pablo Prigioni  aka Pablo Pepperoni aka Priggie Smalls- Smart BBall IQ, able to space the floor. Needs to grow a pair and shoot the open 3 pointer. New York’s best lineups last season included Prigioni at the point and Felton playing off the ball. He is like a ghost on the court, tipping passes, ruining plays and stealing the ball out of nowhere. This guy is awesome. 

  • Kenyon Martin – One of my favorite players ever. Big man, Big blocks, Big dunks, rebounds and can fill in quite nicely when Chandler is off the court. Signing for the vet minimum is a HUGE steal for the Knicks.

  • Metta World Peace aka Ron Artest aka ??? – Fierce perimeter defense, extremely tough, makes problems for shooters on the floor. Minus the possibility of him kicking some fans asses, he’s a fantastic pick up and will prove as a TREMENDOUS bargain for $1.6 Mil. Teaming him up with local nutcase JR Smith should be a fun ride for NBA fans of all ages. QUEENSBRIDGE STAND UPimages

  • Andrea Bargnani- This is what they call in the biz as a high risk/high reward situation. The Knicks traded Novak, QRich, Camby and a few picks (‘14 2nd round, ‘16 1st round, and ‘17 2nd round) for this Italian Stallion. Known as a ‘soft’ center/PF. This is by far the most confusing move the Knicks made this year because the seven footer isn’t much of a rebounder or a defender (what the Knicks really lacked last season) he’s a stretch-4 that can help Carmelo. He needed a change of scenery, and hopefully MSG is the place to do it.

  • Beno Udrih– Tremendous STEAL for the Vet minimum. Doesn’t seem like a huge acquisition, but the dude can ball. Averaged 8.2ppg with ~5 assists in 22 mins. With an aging Prigioni/Felton, Beno is going to get some quality minutes.

    I think it’s just better to put a picture of Beno’s wife instead of him…thank me later

Other Notables

  • Tim Hardaway Jr. – Dad ISN’T Penny Hardaway. Hardaway is coming into a team with a solid shooting guard situation. He may see some minutes if there’s an injury this season, but its pretty much going to be the Shump/Smith show.

  • CJ Leslie– MVP of NC State the last couple of years. I really like his game and was PUMPED when the Knicks signed him.He’s incredibly athletic and a great scorer. Scouts say he lacks motor and sometimes gives up on plays, but Woody will whoop him into shape real quick. Similar to Hardaway he comes into a log-jammed PF situation with STAT and Bargnani so his minutes will be limited in the early going.

    The HAMMAAAAAAA

    The HAMMAAAAAAA

  • Jeremy Tyler– This guy turned so many heads in the Summer League that he got offered a contract with the Knicks. He’ll be the third center option behind Chandler and Bargnani/Kenyon. Kid’s 6’11” so he can match up with many other centers in the league. All its going to take is some quality outings to gain more minutes.

    BOOM SHAKALAKA

My Starting 5

PG- Raymond Felton

SG- Iman Shumpert

SF- Carmelo Anthony

PF- Andrea Bargnani

C- Tyson Chandler

Second Team

PG- Pablo Prigioni

SG- JR Smith

SF- Metta World Peace

PF- Amar’e Stoudemire

C- Kenyon Martin

The ’12-’13 Knicks are deep at a few positions. The PG crew of Felton, Prigioni and Udrih is pleasantly deep and each brings something different to the table. Felton has the ability to score, Prigioni is a playmaker and Udrih is a veteran who can be creative and can make a play off the dribble. The Knickerbockers are also deep at the Shooting guard position with Shump, JR and recently drafted Hardaway Jr. The forward position is swamped with talent including: Melo, Stat, MWP, Bargnani, Kenyon, Jeremy Tyler and CJ Leslie. The only position the Knicks are truly lacking is a backup big man. They have players that could potentially fill in (Bargs, Kenyon, Tyler) but none are as ‘true’ a center as Chandler. The Knicks have one more spot open on their roster so look for them to find a backup big with potential like Hamed Haddadi (who they worked out last week), Earl Barron or maybe even Cole Aldrich. The Knicks are going to make some waves this season, and still (and forever will) run NY. This may be the season Knicks fans have been waiting for since ’73.

Is that Louis CK in the background ??!?!?!?!

Lemme know what you guys think.

-DiRoma

The Dwight-Mare over?

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Everyone hated on LeBron James for his decision to create … “The Decision”. Was it arrogant and probably a bad PR move? Absolutely, and he has come out and said that he regrets making his decision on national television. However, all of the money raised by that one hour television special, approximately two million dollars was donated to the Boys and Girls Club. Dwight Howard? He just created a huge headache for a few franchises over the past few seasons, while laughing about it and consuming the NBA world in his own “impress me more” campaign. Orlando had chosen yet another franchise center at pick number one and had found success through him, but he refused to change his attitude to match the coach, who had success in the NBA. Where is the hatred for Dwight? Why isn’t he being torn apart for how he handled his situation? He toyed with franchises and left one in shambles, because he didn’t hold an interview to tell the whole world where he decided to go?

Dwight Howard has spoken for years about how he wants to be in a place where you can win a championship, but his team came close in Orlando and then he was traded to a team with championship tradition. However, both weren’t “enough” for him even though both teams were focused on winning and were surrounding him with talent to the best of their abilities to get him his first ring. In my opinion it is as simple as this, Dwight wants to be the loudest voice wherever he goes and he wants to have a lot of fun. The problem is that his coach, Stan Van Gundy and his teammate Kobe Bryant have stronger and more determined voices than he does. Consequently, Dwight saw it fit to leave and he even got Stan Van Gundy fired and now the Magic are a mess and one of the laughing stocks of the Eastern Conference. Dwight has a great personality, but it’s his attitude that needs an adjustment. It’s his desires that needed to be straightened out. We will see how well he does with these young Rockets, but he’s going to have a lot demanded of him under Kevin McHale who knows exactly what it takes to win championships as a big man.

I think it’s time for everyone to stop and look and realize Dwight Howard handled this wrong and should have remained quiet. The guy talks about winning a championship, but really what he wants is to be the center of attention and he wants to be able to goof around without somebody first asking and then telling him to be serious. He doesn’t want his determination questioned. I personally like Dwight’s personality I think he’s funny, but I question his motivation these days. We will have to see where his head is at this upcoming season, but the Rockets will be fun to watch.

Those are my two cents … cash ’em in!

Anthony

 

The Knicks Draft

Back again, let’s talk about the Knicks 2013 Draft, it’ll be short considering they had one pick again. The Knicks needed help at the point guard position and the power forward position with the questionable health of Amar’e Stoudemire. At pick number twenty-four the Knicks chose Tim Hardaway Jr. a shooting guard from Michigan. Hardaway Jr. is a good size at 6’6″ and 205 lbs and is a great shooter and a fantastic athlete who works hard to fight himself open. Tim averaged 14.5 PPG on 44% shooting and 4.7 Rebounds per game last season.  Hardaway has the athleticism and strength to get to the rim and finish. Reports have said when he is engaged and attempts to play defense he can be a solid defender, but a risk taker. That is something that Mike Woodson can polish-up. The biggest knock on Tim Hardaway Jr. is his ball handling, which is ironic because of who his father is. One would think, pops can help him enhance that aspect of his game.

I would rather the Knicks have gone with an available big man like Tony Mitchell, but I can’t argue with picking the best available player/talent in Tim Hardaway. This might signify the end of the J.R. Smith era in New York. It would be a shame after he just won the Sixth Man of the Year Award, but if the Knicks can’t afford him then it is time to bid him adieu.

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The Knicks also signed CJ Leslie who went undrafted out of North Carolina State. I love this signing because he is a combo forward who if he bulks up could be a solid Power Forward in my opinion. In a strong ACC Leslie Averaged 15.1 points and 7.4 rebounds. Leslie measures in at 6’9″ with a 7’2″ wingspan, which is exactly the rebounding build that the Knicks need against the likes of the Pacers, but only weighs in at 209 pounds. This isn’t a concern because of something called the gym.  Since he is a combo forward, his range is one of his weaknesses as well as playing with his back to the basket because of his thinner frame. He could be compared to Hakim Warrick, but let’s hope it’s a different result

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On the Mind

Let’s talk about some serious stuff first here:

Straight Class

Stay Classy, Louisville! 

Kevin Ware

I turned away at the “right” moment on Sunday when watching the Louisville-Duke game. I had to YouTube and Barstool the Kevin Ware injury and I can say I never felt worse for an individual athlete. The poor kid’s leg was hanging there and many of his teammates were surrounding him in tears and were in fear, but he has stayed positive since the horrific injury. Both coaches were torn you could visibly see, especially Rick Pitino who had to keep wiping away the tears from his eyes. Kevin Ware has been interviewed and photographed since then. I watched his interview with Rece Davis and the young man was brought to tears when speaking about his teammates and how they have handled his situation. The shirts and warm-up jerseys Louisville are going to wear in honor of Ware are pretty legit if you ask me, even though some are questioning the intention of Adidas and Louisville for selling such items. All I have to say is let them be, and watch out for Louisville even more now playing with this in their minds!

White on Rice

Rutgers coach Mike Rice has been fired over the revelation to all, he has some serious anger issues and takes it out on his players. If anybody had a pair of eyes and saw the guy at Robert Morris could have seen something like this coming. Rightfully so, the guy was fired. However, just like instances of PEDs in baseball and improper benefits in college sports, more of actions like this will come out of the shadows from coaches whom you would expect this from. Coaches jobs are hard as it is, and many can’t handle it without  succumbing to something as low as the actions that Mike Rice resorted to. I am positive this goes on more than many people not involved in sports understand, but wait till more stories come out.

You mad, bro?

You mad, bro?

Simply hilarious … courtesy of Barstool Sports:

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Aw-Burn-ed

Every since Cam Newton came into the spotlight at Auburn, the program has been under scrutiny and criticism from reporters and investigators, and rightfully so. Cam Newton was welcomed with open arms, and wallets after he’s been on record saying he couldn’t go to Mississippi State because the money was too good to pass up at Auburn, fishy. And the only reason they weren’t busted is the NCAA decided there wasn’t “sufficient” evidence. Now, it is being reported that Auburn changed the grades of at least nine players to keep them eligible, offered money to potential NFL draft picks so that they would return to school as well as violations related to recruiting. Former players are on record now saying that the Auburn coaches slid them some money to stay in school. Listen, I love college football, but it’s easily one of the most corrupt sports in the country because these athletes are unpaid and coaches do anything possible to get the recruits and keep the kids, because it ultimately means they keep their jobs. Don’t worry though the NCAA loves its precious S.E.C!

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Knicks on Fire and Nobody Talking About the Nuggets

The Knicks have won 10 straight now, without Amar’e and up until two nights ago, without Tyson Chandler. They have secured the number two spot behind championship-favorite Miami. The Knicks could be staring at a Eastern Conference Championship matchup with the Heat, which could be one for the ages, like they used to be. The Nuggets have been overlooked all year, including when they had their own 15 game win streak because the Heat were running off a small win streak of 27 games. The Nuggets are sitting pretty at the three seed and can run with or on any team in the NBA. Fear the Nuggets!

NHL Deadline 

As a Ranger fan I will touch on the deals made by the Rangers. Ryan Clowe? Brilliant move by getting somebody who was under-performing this year for not much and hoping to re-sign him to a deal now, especially since he scored two goals and an assist in his first game. Bad move, trading Gaborik. It seemed the struggles and the disappointment that the Rangers’ season has been was pinned on Gabby all along. If you take our finesse All-Star who is coming off a major shoulder surgery with no training camp and demote him to the “thrasher” line, what do you expect if he isn’t going to score or go out and throw his shoulder into someone? The first game it looked like a good trade, but Gaborik netted a goal and added an assist in his first game as a Blue Jacket. I still don’t like it, but I’m not running this team. His contract was up after next year anyway, and Richards isn’t scoring much either, shame.

Opening Week

Who’s ready for some baseball? Don’t look too much into opening week, there are after all over 150 games remaining after this week for each team. No worries Yankee faithful, we’ll be there come September and October!

Those are my two cents … cash ’em in!

Anthony

Back in the Groove

There hasn’t been a SportsGoneHam post since the end of the NFL Season, but now that has changed. We will get back into the swing of things ladies and gents. When we post and we will post more often, we will touch upon the most talked about topics of late in the sports world. You will laugh, you won’t cry, you will share, and most of all you will enjoy!

MADNESS

I give up on brackets. WHO CAN PREDICT ANYTHING ANYMORE? A 15 has finally made it to the Sweet 16, but let me tell you for sure that no seed lower than a 10 has ever won the National Championship (You’re welcome, Nick). However, this year somebody has busted a bracket (and again). I picked St. Louis banking on an emotional ride to the finals, but they ran into a pissed off Oregon team who was disrespected more than any team I’ve ever seen when they were given a 12 seed, well thanks a lot Committee! I think the Louisville Cardinals will win this whole thing now, unless Oregon just runs train on them too, then I just quit. La Salle and Florida Gulf Coast, or Dunk City, are “Cinderellas” that we can all not ignore. La Salle has two really good guards and can play close games as they’ve shown twice now, and FGCU is ready to run with the big boys. Sherwood Brown is channeling his inner Kenneth Fareid, more scoring but less rebounding, in order to lead his team to the promised land. When you know there will be upsets, but you pick the wrong ones:

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THE HEAT ARE ON FIRE?

As everyone, and probably their mothers know by know, the Heat have won 27 straight games. It’s all Mothership ESPN talks about on a daily basis, while they ignored the Denver Nuggets “modest” 15 game win streak out West. They haven’t lost a game since February 3, which means this streak is on the verge of spanning 2 months.  The past two games the Heat have been without Dwayne Wade, without whom over the past three years the Heat possess over a .700 winning percentage, kind of nuts when you think about it. Over these 27 games the Heat are shooting a ridiculous 51% from the field and outscoring their opponents by double digits. I don’t know if they’ll get to the fabled 33 games of those ’71-’72 Los Angeles Lakers, but they will certainly get close. I heard today about the talk of them being the greatest team ever if they break the streak and it’s simple, they aren’t the greatest team ever, period. Will they be up there in the talks if they break it of course, but they need at least one more ring to even be considered for that top spot.

Whattup Playboi??

Whattup Playboi??

NFL FREE AGENCY

Many guys found the market unfriendly to them, including defensive ends and defensive backs who could not find the money they were looking for. The Quarterback market, free agency or trades did not develop the way most had hoped besides Alex Smith being traded to the Chiefs so that Andy Reid would have a competent signal-caller as he took over the reigns of 2012’s worst team. The worst move in my opinion of this Free Agency Class was Joe Flacco’s contract because the other players on the Ravens saw this contract that Flacco was given and thought “hey, why can’t I get PAID too?” Boldin was traded for scraps, Ellerbe left, Ed Reed defected from the only team he’s ever known, and Paul Kruger left for the Cleveland Browns (ironically the team the Ravens used to be.) So way to go Joe! But talking about playing contract roulette by not signing the extension before last season huh? Big splashes were made by the Dolphins, Chiefs, Broncos, and Seahawks, while some have said the Giants have done well keeping their guys and adding depth. Head-scratchers are most certainly the Jets and the Cardinals, you think they’d re-watch their own debacle of a game to look at what they needed to add, but instead both teams didn’t make any moves in free agency. the Jets had an excuse in their little cap room, but the Cardinals have no excuse for their only splash being Rashard Mendenhall.

NHL QUICK HITS

The creme de la creme are the Blackhawks (who recorded at least one point in 24 straight games to start the season), the Penguins (who have a 12 game win streak of their own right now), and the Ducks who have been quietly the second best team in the West this season. Surprises include the Canadiens, the Jets, the Maple Leafs, and the injury riddled Senators who are without two of their best players, but still find themselves sitting in the middle of the playoff picture. The shortened season has provided for excitement, but desperation for many teams including the Rangers, the Flyers, the Caps, the Coyotes, the Sharks and the Preds. Many would say the Blackhawks made more people care “aboot” Hockey again, but it never left this blogger’s heart. I mean an eight seed winning the championship last year in dominating fashion was exciting for all, eh? Moral of the story watch some hockey and it won’t disappoint!

MLB OPENING

The Yanks are more banged up than bumper cars, the Blue Jays made some eye-opening moves this offseason, and the two Los Angeles teams look like well, Los Angeles teams with all-stars and big names ready to shine. The fact of the matter is, the baseball season is still too long and tenuous for most to keep track of day in and day out. This is why I will most likely opt to remain out of Fantasy Baseball this year. I will keep an eye on my Yankees and watch their games, but remember season’s aren’t decided in April or May, but in August-September. There will be a plethora of baseball stories as the season goes, which will most certainly include instant replay, PEDs, division races, trade rumors and much more. Tune in!

The OTHERS

  • Tiger Woods has regained the No. 1 ranking after his win at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, let’s see how long he can keep it and if he can win another title, we know ESPN will be all over that in 2013.
  • The USA seems to be struggling in the “football” front as Klinsmann and the boys can’t seem to play good enough defense to keep teams away from Tim Howard. The USA needs to make the World Cup if Klinsmann wants to keep his job, the problem is the countries around us are getting better.
  • NASCAR has brought back the stock car in their name rather then a drag racing car with a lip on it. It has already provided some excitement on the track and maybe it’ll keep up for this long haul of a season.

Those are my two cents … cash em in!

Anthony

(Please let me know if there’s any sports you want me to blog about and give my take on!)

It’s been a while

So it’s been two months since I’ve written anything … no lamenting so here we go!

The Kings vs the Devils in the Cup finals, the Devils (hated rival) broke my Rangers hearts and the Kings have been lighting up everyone they play sweeping or merely losing one game to each team. Now they’ve lost one to the Devils and they find themselves in the driver seat up3-1 heading toward their first Stanley Cup victory. They’ve been ridiculous on the road not losing a game all postseason, so what do you say we close this series out Kings? Connecticut’s own Jonathan Quick has been as close to perfect as you can imagine posting a ridiculous 15-3 record with a 94.8 save percentage and a machine like 1.39 GAA. Good luck beating him twice in a row Devils!

To the NBA, the Thunder await the Heat/Celtics win as they, the Thunder, ran train through the Western Conference except for a road stumble against the Spurs. The Heat and the Celtics are playing one of the best conference finals in recent years and it is certainly entertaining me as Lebron James scored a ridiculous 45 points and grabbed 15 rebounds in the Heat’s blowout Game 6 win. We head to Game 7 in South Beach where many talents will be taken on Saturday night!

The MLB has been interesting this season already with surprises of the Orioles, the Indians and the Mets. The Yankees and Red Sox struggled to find their stride but seem to be discovering it and rather quickly too. Josh Hamilton is destroying the ball, so was Matt Kemp before he hit the DL … twice. Pujols is struggling, Fielder is fitting in nicely, and Jose Reyes is having trouble getting hits in the biggest (and gaudiest) ballpark. Johan Santana has returned in a big way pitching the Mets’ first ever no-hitter We are only one third of the way through the season but there is much to look back on already.

The most interesting thing since I have last written is the amount of press an off-season of football can receive. The Saints have been put on probation since bounty-gate, head coach Sean Payton has been suspended and so has defensive captain Jonathan Vilma. Junior Seau has paced away after he shot himself in the chest, placing more emphasis on concussion treatment and work for retired athletes. The NFL Draft came with two QBs taken in the first three picks. Free agency came and went and my Giants lost two key members of their offense in Brandon Jacobs and Mario Manningham, whom both left for San Francisco. Peyton Manning is  Bronco and Tim Tebow is a Jet. I know, I know.

Well I will be most certainly posting more and you should keep checking more to read my take on some of the stories from the Sports world and even some movie reviews!

These are my two cents … cash em in!

T-Catz

Ailin’ in New York

Amar’e has given his whole body and heart to the Knicks, quite literally. Amar’e has bulging disks in his back and may be done for the season. This man’s body is breaking down before our very eyes and we are on the hook for a lot of money owed to him. What do the Knicks do now? It is being rumored that we will go with a small lineup as Carmelo Anthony may fill in as the Power Forward, while Amar’e gets his back checked for possible surgery. The red-hot knicks are now back at .500 for the first time since parting ways with Mike D’Antoni and are running into injury issues once again. But they are playing inspired basketball and are making a push to move up the playoff seedings and possibly toward the Atlantic Division crown. Boston is also on the charge as the 76ers seem to be playing mere .500 basketball no better than the Knicks or Celts.

This will be Melo’s time to shine as it was last night against the 9th place Bucks without Amar’e and Lin. He put up 28 points shot 12/12 FTs, and grabbed 12 rebounds. J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert most likely will be splitting a lot of minutes now if Amar’e is out and Melo slides over to the “4”, Landry Fields would then slide over to the “3” leaving the door open for those two. Josh Harrelson, whom I have met in person, will see an increase in minutes and so will Jarred Jeffries I’m sure because of his good defensive play. This will be a make or break run for the Knicks, and with their showing last night against a team that was made better by a deadline deal, I have faith in them. It’ll be tough considering all of the adjustments that this team, and most others, have had to go through during this shortened and clustered season. The Knicks are now 7-1 under Woodson who has rallied this team and has them playing defense no one could have ever imagined from these Knicks. The Knicks must continue this play, without their best asset so far under the Woodson era, Amar’e Stoudemire. Without Amar’e they can roll into the playoffs but it’ll be impossible for them to make noise or damage throughout without Stat in the lineup.

Those are my two cents … cash em in if you wish!

T-Catz

Not to Be Forgotten…

In one of my previous posts I neglected two superstars from the MVP discussion this year. Although I still believe that Kobe Bryant, now the Masked Mamba still deserves the MVP nod, Kevin Durant and Chris Paul are both more than worthy of at least some if not a plethora of votes.

Durant averaging 28.2 PPG and 7.9 RPG, but has his team on top of the league. The problem that will hurt Durant is the existence of Russell Westbrook. Durant has led his team in points every season since he came into the league in the ’07-’08, and has been at least the MVP of his own team since those years. He has won the Rookie of the Year Award as well as a scoring title, in other words he has been lighting up scoreboards since his first year. This year Durant has been nothing but clutch, sans that Rocket game where no Thunder player could hit water if they fell off boat. The guy is a physical anomaly in the sense that he’s 6’10”, but has the frame of a child. You look at most NBA players these days and they are in shape, but Durant is thin and lanky, which just makes his game that much more remarkable. He won’t be the strongest guy on the court, but he’ll give you as much effort as some who are. In other words, his biggest muscle is the one that counts the most and should earn him an MVP award in his career, his heart.

Lastly, we have Chris Paul, Mr. CP3. Chris Paul begun his beautification of the national scene since stepping onto the court at Wake Forest. After leaving the Hornets this year in a trade to the Los Angeles Clippers A.K.A. Lob City, Paul been placed into a bigger market with more eyes on him and sharing a building with Kobe Bryant and the “Big Brother” Lakers. Paul has led the complete makeover for the formerly nonexistent with 19.7 PPG, 8.3 APG, 3.5 RPG (he’s a 6’0″ Point Guard mind you) as well as 2.3 SPG. Paul can read the court on both sides of the ball better than most if not all in the NBA averaging 2.4 PPG. The Clippers have had many additions to their team this season, but the clear most significant addition has been Paul. They needed a leader, an MVP to take control of the team and help them continue their growth instead of stall as it seemed they may. Paul is the answer for the Clippers, and they will develop into a powerhouse over this year and however long Paul is there for. Paul most likely will not get the majority vote, but his argument will definitely be heard.

Those are my two cents … cash em in if you want!

T-Catz

Repeat Offender or Passing of the Torch?

So now that we are through the halfway mark of the NBA season, or we technically have hit that mark, there are always the question as to who the MVP is to this point? Derrick Rose, deservedly took home last year’s award and it begs the question this year, should he retain his crown? Rose is posting 22.2 PPG, 7.7 APG, and 3.4 RPG, in other words, around the same numbers he put up last year. Rose’s influence on his team, however is what put him above and beyond his competition last year. It seems that Rose continues to carry his team this year as well, however; the team fared well in his absence of 5+ games this year. Which, to the voters, may diminish their view on Rose’s presence or absence with his team. However, Rose is clearly the leader of a team filled with a few high B-Listers, in Boozer, Deng and Noah, and an oft-injured Rip Hamilton way past his prime.

Competitors look like, Kobe Bryant, Lebron James, and we all know Jeremy Lin’s name will be thrown in there. Kobe is leading the league in scoring, on two bad knees with one wrist and now a broken nose and mild concussion. In other words, “Are you kidding me?” Bryant’s throwing up 28.4 PPG, 4.8 APG, 5.8 RPG, all above his career averages. Now if you look at the Lakers without Kobe, the tale is much different than that of the Bulls without Rose. Both seem to be facilitators on their teams, but Rose’s team is more meshed to play well without him, while the Lakers have their two big men that cannot lead an offense the same way Luol Deng can.

Lebron James’ numbers are ridiculous right now averaging 27.4 PPG, 6.8 APG, and 8.1 RPG, this coming from a small forward, or really a point forward. He did most of this without Batman, Dwayne Wade, who is putting up his own numbers of course. The most intriguing and jaw-dropping statistic is that Lebron is shooting 54.7% from the field and 41.3% from beyond the arc. Statistic wise Lebron should be the hands down favorite, however his voters will be swayed because of the team he plays on.

Finally, we have Mr. Lin. No he has not played a full season, but he has taken an 8-15 team and turned them around drastically while inserting energy into an entire city. Without him, the Knicks would have been looking forward to next year and the offseason where they could hope to mesh or find themselves a point guard, one most likely way past his prime. But now the Knicks have a 23 year-old franchise point guard in the making. He saved the team, possibly forfeited some blockbuster trades, and may have saved the coaches job, because of how well he meshes into that system. The argument will be made for Lin, but after all is said and done, it will be Kobe Bryant who finds himself as MVP of the shortened NBA Season in my opinion. The guy is a gamer and is tough as nails as he shows night in and night out.

Those are my two cents … cash them in if you dare!

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