Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Is it because during the last two decades, the NBA or the American game relied more on (or highlighted) athleticism over fundamentals, and that has wiped out a whole generation of white American star players? White Americans may just be as lacking fundamentally/Bball IQ-wise as many black American players, but at least blacks still have the athleticism part. They (white american ballers) don't have the confidence or fearlessness of some European players. It's been beaten out of their system for the last 20 years. White american players have been chickified (ie sissyfied/neutered/emasculated).
In the past, American old school players were able to do three things on offense: shoot, drive and post up. Now it's just 2/3. Prime example: Lebron James, Amare Stoudemire, Dwight Howard
There are still lots of good white players in the NBA, but most of them though are from Europe and South America.
Friday, April 22, 2011
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Thursday, April 14, 2011
Now my team the Phoenix Suns will not be making the playoffs this year, which means I'm looking for other teams to get my interests up for the postseason. Usually I just ignore the East.
I will not be making a prediction on which teams are expected to win, but I will select winners based on
1) who I want to win. Personal bias
2) Which potential matchups in the ECSF will be more entertaining to watch
-First two series, Chicago v Indiana and Miami v Philly. I hope the Bulls and Heat sweep their opponents cuz I don't intend to watch those games.
-NY has a shot at beating the demoralized Boston Celtics. I hope they do. Amare's an ex-Sun and I'm rooting for him and D'Antoni. (will be watching this)
-ex-Sun JRich and Orlando, see ya at the semis. I'm hoping for a sweep vs the hapless Hawks. (Will be watching)
-Orlando v Chicago and Miami v NY is a hit in the boxoffice IMO. Those matchups will force me to continue to follow the East. Orlando upsets Chicago and Miami will prevail over the Knicks (sorry Amare)
-Florida series in the Eastern Conference Finals: Orlando v Miami, I don't care who wins. Will be watching this one.
Saturday, March 26, 2011
I've been a longtime NBA fan since the Bird-Magic era, but I won't miss the NBA if it shuts down for a year or two.
The National Basketball Players Association and team owners met for two hours without making any progress in talks to reach an agreement to avert a lockout, said Billy Hunter, the union’s executive director.
“I can’t say anything transpired,” Hunter said in a televised press conference last night. “Everyone realizes time is of the essence to avoid a lockout. We don’t want one.”
The two sides met yesterday for the first time in two months amid the National Basketball Association’s All-Star activities in Los Angeles. The members of the All-Star rosters and the team owners were invited to the negotiating session.
“There definitely was a commitment to trying to get this process done in this room,” said Derek Fisher, union president and a member of the Los Angeles Lakers. “We haven’t gotten too far into what the Collective Bargaining Agreement will look like.”
The CBA expires June 30. At last year’s All-Star week meeting, the players rejected the owners’ original proposal to make changes in the structure of salaries and contracts.
Many NBA teams are feeling the financial pain after 2008. The owner of the Charlotte Bobcats, BET's Bob Johnson, recently sold his team to Michael Jordan at bargain prices. The NBA recently bailed out George Shinn when it bought the New Orleans Hornets. The NBA owners are looking forward to making significant changes in the new collective bargaining agreement after the last one expires, and I predict they will get most of their way:
While the players and owners disagree on several issues, a hard salary cap definitely remains a divisive topic. The owners want one, the players do not.
"Probably one of the biggest impediments for getting a deal has been their demands for a hard salary cap, and we've indicated that we just don't see any way possible for us to accept that," Hunter said. "Obviously, we're willing to discuss and see where it can go."
The owners are also looking for a drastic reduction in player salaries, shorter contracts and a reduction of guaranteed contracts. The players oppose those proposals, too.
"I tried to humanize the process," Fisher said.
Thursday, March 3, 2011
Let lebron get as much money as he can from teams that can afford to pay him. No more caps on spending. Let unprofitable teams fail or go bankrupt--instead of propping them up artificially like what the NBA is doing right now. Let's improve the quality of the teams and players by downsizing the league.
Monday, February 21, 2011
The NBA All Star weekend needs a reboot. Here are a few simple steps to revitalize the event:
1) Keep the 3 pt shooting contest and Rookie-Sophomore challenge. Drop the Skills Challenge, the Shooting Stars Competition and the Slam Dunk Contest.
2) Introduce new contest: 3-on-3 basketball with international U-19 participants for boys and girls student athletes. If the NBA is targetting the youth, this needs to be done.
Called FIBA 33, it is played on a half-court with both teams scoring in one hoop over two, five-minute periods. Play is kept quick by a 10-second shot clock and no time-outs, while teams can win inside regulation by reaching 33 points.16 countries (8 boys team, 8 girls team) start competing on Monday during elimination round, with semifinals scheduled on All Star Friday, and Finals on Saturday. $20,000 prize for the winners with chance to meet all their favorite NBA stars in one area.
On-court rules have been devised to ensure the talent load is spread across the four-player roster and avoid having one player dominate a match.
No dunking, please
Players cannot score on a defensive rebound, and must pass outside the three-point line to begin a new play. Teams must pass at least once before shooting and dunking is not allowed...
UPDATE: 3) Make Los Angeles the permanent All Star game venue.