For The Love Of Basketball 50th edition
It’s the monumental edition, 50 articles and counting… I’d like to thank HoopsVibe.com (formerly known as Basket-ball.com) for providing me this universal space to talk ish about the greatest sport in the world.
So here we are, the season’s under way, and it’s been quite an interesting premiere week.
* The Clippers are undefeated.
* The Hawks are winless.
* The Sixers got SMASHED at home by the Bobcats.
* Kobe won a game at the buzzer.
* Earl Watson signed a 5-year $29 million deal with the Nuggets and already has 3 DNP/CD (Did Not Play/Coaches Decision) this season.
* And Shaq Diesel blew out a tire (badly sprained ankle), and will be out a few weeks.
But without a doubt, the most surprising development of the first week of the season is that juggernaut known as the Milwaukee Bucks. They’re 3-0, and it’s an impressive 3-0. They came back from 7 down against the 76ers with 1:10 left and forced overtime to pull out a victory on the road, the next night they came back from 19 down and beat the Nets in New Jerusalem, and in their home opener, they took out the Heat. So I’d like to give them Team of the Week status and dare them to make me do it again.
I want to forewarn everyone to not forget about the Pistons. Besides the Bucks, no team impressed me more last week (destroying the Sixers, winning a nail biter at the horn against the Celtics, and massacring the Raptors by 33). They’re the defending Eastern Conference Champions and I get the feeling that Game 7 defeat at the hands of the Spurs in the Finals left a bitter taste in their mouths. Forget about Larry Brown leaving them high and dry, I think it’s more important to them to prove that winning the Glory in 2004 was not an aberration.
According to the American Heritage Dictionary Third Edition:
Hate – 1. To feel hostility or animosity toward; detest. 2. To feel dislike or distaste for.
After hearing Red Auerbach’s latest comments about Phil Jackson, I’ve come to the conclusion that he must simply hate the guy. Time after time Red makes it a point to try and diminish Phil’s accomplishments. And it’s all due to relevancy. It’s obvious to me that Red abhors the fact that Phil has led the same amount of teams to the championship. The throne no longer belongs to one man. And it drives him crazy. He no longer understands what an amazing achievement that is, he only sees that he has to share the spotlight with someone else, it’s so greedy that it’s disgusting. Hater.
And while we’re on the subject of old, delusional Boston Celtics, did anyone catch that surdiculous (absurd + ridiculous) statement by Celtic analyst Tom Heinsohn the other night?
He said, “…By the end of the season, the Celtics will have a better team than the Pistons…”
With him, Red, the Theo Epstein debacle, and Tom Brady’s foolish “is there more to life” comments on 60 Minutes, be wary of drinking the water the next time you plan on visiting Boston, Massachusetts.
–Shaq came into the season 25 pounds heavier than last year, and now with his latest ankle injury, he’ll be unable to keep active, which means an EVEN fatter Shaq once he returns to action. Karma baby… karma.
–I know it’s early, but how ‘bout those New York Knickerbockers (0-3).
–They say money is not the curer of all ills. For Joe Johnson’s sake, let’s hope that it is.
–Tracy McGrady is only 26 years old and he already has back problems. Not a good thing.
–I think the Lakers are on the verge of setting an all time high for teams giving up the most lobs in an NBA season.
–Damon Jones proclaimed that he was the best shooter in the world, and then proceeded to lose the starting point guard spot to Eric Snow (who didn’t register his first field goal until the THIRD game of the season). LOLOLOLOLOLOL!!! What an effin’ clown.
–I know Pau Gasol is trying to shed his soft label, but what’s up with the beard?
–Shout out to Greg Anthony for reppin’ the Lakers on ESPN’s NBA Shootaround.
–Where are all the dope basketball shoes? The new stuff is LAME, if it weren’t for retros, I’d be walking around barefoot.
Aiight– until next time.