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The Mavs and Spurs Talk Tough
Saturday , May , 20 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

The Mavs and Spurs Talk Tough

Given the teams still in the mix have the night off, it's little surprise that news has been a little slow over the past twelve hours or so. Still, with the playoff situation being what it is, there's more than enough to discuss before the deciding games take place. In particular, the escalating war of words between the Dallas Mavericks and San Antonio Spurs has been a source of interest, with both sides launching fresh verbal darts by the minute. Despite an approaching game seven between the west's best teams, the media continues to focus on the hype surrounding what I've taken to calling “Nutgate”. Even if public interest in the fiasco dies down soon, Michael Finley's groin will already have received as much attention as any NBA player's since Wilt Chamberlain roamed the earth. Mark Cuban, of course, had a lot to say about the situation, and much more besides. Every action film's got a villain, and Mike plays one on TV. When he was here, there were many times when he'd bait a guy into doing something so he can try to get a technical...When it's your team, it's a crafty veteran move, and when it's the other team, it's a plot. It's not personal. Read More
Vince Carter, Nets Believe They Can Win 2007 Title
Friday , May , 19 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Vince Carter, Nets Believe They Can Win 2007 Title

Long-time readers of SLAM magazine will remember a particular cover caption which later came to be a source of embarrassment, reading, if memory serves, “New Jersey Nets Champs by 2001? Count on it.” It was with the collapse of the pre-millennium Nets in mind, then, that I read today's report that New Jersey believe they can win the NBA title in 2007. “I think we can win. If the bench gets stronger, that definitely helps," said Jason Kidd, who on breakup day last year was ticked about being asked to play GM, but this year gave some thoughts. "The league is getting tighter, becoming compressed. If you look at the top 10 or top five, it could go either way.” Ason's title aspirations may be a little hopeful, but he makes a good point nonetheless. Having seen how the big boys have struggled in these playoffs, it's clear there's a greater degree of parity among the league's upper echelon than we've seen in a while. Midseason title favourites Detroit and close runners-up San Antonio should have had an easy path to the finals, but both have found themselves trailing at points in the postseason. Read More
LeBron James to Re-sign with Cleveland Cavaliers?
Friday , May , 19 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

LeBron James to Re-sign with Cleveland Cavaliers?

The debate that has consumed the state of Ohio since he first pulled on a Cleveland jersey looks as if it may soon be over, with the indication being that LeBron James will re-sign with the Cavaliers. Of course, the smart money was always on King James inking a long-term deal to stay at home, but recent developments have made it all but a certainty for some. In particular, their surprising run of form throughout these playoffs has helped convince LeBron that the team isn't as far from a championship as previously thought. “As good as we are now? I didn't think we could be this good this fast,'' James said. ''With eight new players, a whole new coaching staff, a whole new organization... I knew with the offseason acquisitions that we were going to be a good team. We've come a long way in the last year.” Considering what he's already accomplished in his short career, I shudder to think what LeBron's going to do to the league if he finds himself in a stable long-term situation such as a five-year extension with Cleveland would offer. Given that he's grown from a top-tier player into a living legend in just three years despite the numerous personnel changes around him, there's no telling what he'll have achieved by the time he's thinking of signing his third contract. Read More
Stephen Jackson Opens Academy in His Name
Friday , May , 19 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Stephen Jackson Opens Academy in His Name

Given that there are only seven teams left in the playoffs, that means that the players of the remaining twenty-three are doing what they do when hoops isn't on the menu. Typical off-season time-fillers range from running a business to partying to simply spending time with the family. Less common as a summer activity, however, is founding an academic institution, but that's exactly what was on the agenda for Stephen Jackson, who today opened the Stephen Jackson Academy in his hometown of Port Arthur, Texas. I hate to be one who always does this, but right now I'm trying to unearth the hidden elements of insanity in this story. It's certainly a noble venture for which I give Stephen Jackson all due respect, but I simply can't take this report at face value. The Stephen Jackson Academy, scheduled to open in August, will emphasize academics and fine arts. It will initially be open to children in kindergarten through sixth grade, with plans to add grades seven through 12 later. Also to be offered are classes teaching kids how to look scary even when they're smiling, and a seminar examining the quickest routes to a fan whose face you need to break. (Just kidding, Jax. Please don't bite me.) Read More
Mavericks’ Jason Terry Suspended for Game Six
Thursday , May , 18 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Mavericks’ Jason Terry Suspended for Game Six

Being punished for a punch so discreet that it wasn't even featured in the highlights is one thing, but it's another entirely when the contest you have to sit out happens to be game six of a playoff series against the reigning NBA champions. Unfortunately for the Dallas Mavericks, the latter of these scenarios became reality today when Jason Terry was suspended by the league for smacking former Mav Michael Finley upside the head in the final seconds of last night's thriller in San Antonio. Terry and Finley jostled with 3.4 seconds left in San Antonio's 98-97 victory on Wednesday night. Terry wound up on his back, grasping the ball, but Spurs forward Manu Ginobili got a hand on it, too, to force a jump ball. While officials were trying to sort out who had possession, Finley was visibly angry and needing to be restrained by teammates. He appeared to be making a fist and telling his teammates that someone had punched him. Nothing was called at the time. Neither team mentioned it during postgame interviews. For a punch that apparently merited a suspension, surprisingly little is known about exactly what happened. I'm yet to speak to someone who saw anything but Finley's reaction, and it's evident that even the officials covering the play didn't have a decent look at what went down. Still, the league saw something and decided it was enough to put Jet in a suit for an elimination game, and there's nothing that can be said or done to change it. That won't stop Mark Cuban trying, though. "Unbelievable," Mavs' owner Mark Cuban wrote in an e-mail to The Associated Press. "Michael Finley does a pile driver with his hip to Jason's head while he is on the ground. Jason is on his back with Ginobili laying on top of him. "No question he tried to get Finley off of him and he should be fined for that. But to suspend him is questionable." Read More
Is Kobe Bryant the Blue Power Ranger?
Wednesday , May , 17 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Is Kobe Bryant the Blue Power Ranger?

For those of you fortunate enough not to have heard it yet, the please-let-it-be-a-joke rumour of the day is that Kobe Bryant may play the part of the blue Power Ranger in an upcoming television series. As someone whose entire experience of the Power Rangers consists of being hit in the head by an action figurine of my cousin's, I'm happily ignorant of the significance of this announcement if, by a million-to-one shot, it happens to contain even a grain of truth. I know it's not quite up to the level of being cast in a Star Wars flick, but I've been told that the Rangers have quite the following nonetheless, consisting of equal parts children and nerds. Read More
All-NBA Teams Announced: My Thoughts
Wednesday , May , 17 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

All-NBA Teams Announced: My Thoughts

The league's All-NBA teams were announced today and, as usual, there were more than enough “interesting” decisions to get our jaws moving. Before I give my take on the selections, however, let's take a look at the teams. [Notes: The first number in parentheses indicates the number of first-team votes that particular player received, and the second is their total number of points. Five points are awarded for a first-team selection, three for a second-team selection, and one for a third-team selection. The voting panel consists of one hundred and twenty-six members of the North American media, including a representative for each of the NBA's thirty franchises.] All-NBA First Team
Guard - Steve Nash (106; 583)
Guard - Kobe Bryant (110; 597)
Forward - LeBron James (116; 610)
Forward - Dirk Nowitzki (105; 584)
Centre - Shaquille O'Neal (45; 402)
All-NBA Second Team
Guard - Chauncey Billups (21; 378)
Guard - Dwyane Wade (13; 373)
Forward - Elton Brand (15; 309)
Forward - Tim Duncan (17; 277)
Centre - Ben Wallace (44; 363)
All-NBA Third Team
Guard - Allen Iverson (1; 104)
Guard - Gilbert Arenas (0; 79)
Forward - Carmelo Anthony (0; 97)
Forward - Shawn Marion (4; 270)
Centre - Yao Ming (30; 261)
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Larry Brown and New York Knicks Soon to Part Ways
Tuesday , May , 16 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Larry Brown and New York Knicks Soon to Part Ways

Although his agent recently claimed that he'd be back in New York next year, insiders say that Larry Brown is about to be bought out by the Knicks. Following a season which saw Brown do everything to help the team slip up but drop banana skins on the court, there might not be a man in NYC who'd like to see him come back for another stab (and that is the word) at coaching in the Big Apple. Still, for all his efforts to make a bad team worse, he looks set for a fat payday if James Dolan does as expected and signs the sheet to send him on his way. "The number is $25 million," reveals the same snitch who leaked Sunday's story regarding the Knicks' plot to create coach space for Thomas by bustin' Brown to an unrestricted private. That's the magic number echoing throughout the dead brain chamber of Cablevision (biz)czar James Dolan. It's roughly $19 million lower than what's owed over the next four years in salary and perks to the 66-year-old. Of course, Coach Larry will have little trouble finding a franchise willing to take on his baggage and reimburse him (and then some) for that theoretical nineteen million in lost earnings. With the buyout a certainty in the minds of many, there is already speculation concerning who may be the next franchise to sign Brown’s paycheque. Charlotte and Sacramento are possibilities, but those who know Brown well say Golden State may be the most logical landing place. At age 65, Brown ideally would seek a team that is playoff-ready. Brown and his wife, Shelly, prefer to live in a big city. And Brown would like to work for an organization that would allow him to move into a front-office role if he was unable to coach. I doubt that there are many jobs which reward such flagrant underperformance with a three-year advance and the opportunity to move to a better position, but the head coaching spot with the Knicks appears to be one of them. Still, I tread the thin line between hatred and admiration for what Larry Brown has done over the past year. Sure, you can question his loyalty for negotiating a deal during the playoffs, and his talent for systematically ruining New York. However, from his perspective, he's taken two buyout cheques totalling thirty-two million dollars while setting himself up for a cushy job with the Warriors at the simple expense of having to watch the Knicks all year. Play on, player. If there's a one-second clip which exemplifies New York's season, this is it right here. Read More
David Stern: Seeding System Will Change
Tuesday , May , 16 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

David Stern: Seeding System Will Change

Having recognised the error that led to the San Antonio Spurs and Dallas Mavericks meeting in the second round, the league has decided to make a few adjustments to the seeding system that the rest of us knew would be a disaster the second it was announced. Yesterday, big boss man David Stern (D-Steezy to his boys) revealed the nature of the alterations which will take effect next season. Under the new proposal, the top four seeds would be slotted by record among the three division winners and the team with the next-best record. Had that been in place this season, the Spurs still would have been No. 1, but the Mavericks would have been No. 2. And they couldn't have met until the conference finals. It's still not as sensible as, say, the seeding method in place the year before last, but Stern has explained why things won't return to how they were in the past. "I think if you're going to have a division structure, then give some credibility to that fact.” Whatever you say, Dave. The changes may be a step in the right direction, but it still won't do enough to counter the sort of foolishness that made it favourable for the Clippers to drop a few games at the end of the season. What's more, it'll still allow for the possibility of a lower seed having home-court advantage, an idea which is as clumsy as it looks. He may not have solved the seeding issue, but Stern did at least drop one of the quotes of the day when asked about the upcoming ban on the tights certain players have taken to wearing this season. Read More
LeBron James Nullifies Rasheed Wallace’s Guarantee
Monday , May , 15 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

LeBron James Nullifies Rasheed Wallace’s Guarantee

Having run his sizeable mouth in front of the nation's media barely twenty-four hours ago, Rasheed Wallace now has egg on his face following the Detroit Pistons' loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers. For those of you who weren't within earshot (his big talk was said to be audible as far west as Kansas), 'Sheed offered a pretty unequivocal guarantee of success in game four. Peep the highlights of yesterday's diatribe. “I know we're going to win it. We're going to bust their ass. Tomorrow night is the last game here in this building for this year. “Y'all can quote me, put it back page, front page, whatever. They can send whoever they want to send. I know the crew I think they're going to send. But it don't matter. I know we can do it, and they know we can do it. We know what we've got to do.” Oh, how the haters will laugh. Although you can probably tell that I'm enjoying this, it's not because I harbour any particular resentment towards Rasheed and his antics. On the contrary, I admire the man for his bravado in repeatedly guaranteeing victory, trashing his opponents, and generally talking smack when others would keep their mouths shut. Still, I can't help but find it a little amusing when someone as gully as 'Sheed directly calls a team out in the press, only to stink more than his favourite herbal remedy. His contribution of ten misses in thirteen attempts was a major factor in Detroit's thirty-three-percent shooting, which itself was undoubtedly the main cause of their defeat. Now, having dropped two on the trot, Detroit are tied with LeBron and pals, who may well smell blood and carry their momentum into game five. Few expect Cleveland to knock the MoTown Mob out of the postseason, but if the Cavs can steal another game and force the series to seven, they'll be making life a whole lot easier for the Heat, the Pistons' likely opponent in the conference finals. The saying "Once bitten, twice shy" apparently doesn't mean much to Rasheed, however. Despite coming up short on his promise to take tonight's game, he was willing to tempt fate again in the post-game interview. "I ain't worried about these cats. There's no way in hell they beat us in a series. They played well. I give them credit. We lost. We shot thirty percent, and they had to play their best to beat us." There's a reason this guy's so popular. Read More
NBA Notes and Quotes: Larry Brown, Tim Duncan, and more…
Monday , May , 15 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

NBA Notes and Quotes: Larry Brown, Tim Duncan, and more…

Agent Says Larry Brown Should Be Returning to the Knicks Well, what would you expect him to say? It may have made for more entertaining news, but I doubt Joe Glass would remain an agent for long if he'd been honest and said “That dude's gone.” Still, as this article notes, he was saying much the same thing right before he and the Pistons parted ways. "As far as we're concerned, he's coach of the Knicks, and he's going to remain the coach of the Knicks unless we're told otherwise," said Joe Glass, Brown's longtime agent. "We have not spoken with anybody from the Knicks in a week." "I'm not going to comment on Larry's feelings through all this, and there really isn't anything else to say," said Glass, who negotiated Brown's $8 million buyout with the Pistons last July after Detroit owner Bill Davidson also came to the realization that he'd better off with a different coach. The divorce of the Pistons and Brown turned into a bitter breakup, and this one appears to be heading that way, too. The Utah Jazz Are Losing Mad Money It might not come as much of a surprise to many of you, but the Jazz haven't exactly been the most profitable NBA franchise since the Stockton-Malone era ended. In fact, according to Larry Miller, the deficit has been in the eight-figure range over the past few years, although he doesn't seem to be sweating it considering the dent it must be making in his pocket. Miller authorized a quarter-billion dollars in long-term contracts to Jazz players during the summer of 2004, including $86 million to Andrei Kirilenko, $68 million to Carlos Boozer, and $50 million to Mehmet Okur. By doing so, Miller hoped eventually to return the team to championship contention - but he also nearly doubled his payroll within two seasons. And it's not a decision he regrets. "Being competitive on the floor is important to us, and we believe we are headed in the right direction," Miller said. "You have to be smart about it, and I think we have been. This [loss], it's an eight-digit number. . . But it's something we were prepared for." Having twenty-five million dollars is one thing, but being rich enough that you can lose that sort of dough and still talk like a rational human being is something else entirely. I once misplaced twenty-five dollars, and I cursed as if I'd taken a shot of pepper spray to the eyes, so Larry Miller is either a calmer soul than I am, or he's working with Bill Gates-type cheddar. Also of interest in the article linked above are the profit and loss estimates for certain franchises. The NBA is believed to be mostly profitable, though there are exceptions. The Memphis Grizzlies, for example, are believed to have lost more than $30 million last season. Forbes magazine, in its annual franchise valuations last winter, figured that 10 NBA teams lost money in 2004-'05, led by Portland's estimated $31.5 million bath. On the other hand, Phoenix ($44.4 million), the Los Angeles Lakers ($38.2 million) and Chicago ($34.7 million) all cleared $30 million in profits, the magazine calculated. Tim Duncan is Fun to Watch; Ron Artest Is Hilarious If you read only one thing today (other than my work, of course), make sure it's this article on Tim Duncan. While it is centred on the reasons the author believes Timmy to be an exciting player to watch, the highlight of the feature comes courtesy of everyone's favourite bipolar baller, Mr. Ron Artest. "I remember one time Kevin Garnett was mushing him, and shoving him in the face; and Tim Duncan didn't do anything, he didn't react. He just kicked Kevin Garnett's a--, and won the damn championship. You know what I'm sayin'? That's gangsta. Everybody can show emotion, dunk on somebody, scream and be real cocky; but Tim Duncan is a ... he's a pimp." I promise to personally cover the costs if anyone should decide to have the phrase “Tim Duncan is a pimp” tattooed alongside a picture of Ron Artest. Check out the clip below to see Tim and Brent Barry killing it in a recent commercial. Read More
The Knicks Want Ben Gordon
Monday , May , 15 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

The Knicks Want Ben Gordon

Whether or not Larry Brown returns to coach them next year, what's clear already is that the Knicks are about to undergo a major personnel overhaul. With the second round of the playoffs barely halfway through, there's already talk of a potential summer deal, one which would bring second-year Chicago guard Ben Gordon to the Big Apple. A native of Mount Vernon (just north of The Bronx, for those who didn't know), it's unlikely he'd be averse to a trade which moved him back home, despite his apparent happiness in Chi-Town. So, what are the chances of BG7 becoming Madison Square Gordon any time soon? Preliminary reports don't seem to confirm anything, but given that Isiah Thomas will be looking to ship one or both of Steve Francis and Stephon Marbury out of town, it certainly looks as if he'd be fit to plug a gap. What's more, as a twenty-three-year-old on a modest salary, he'd help give New York the two things they need most: youth and financial flexibility. Still, all we know for sure at present is that the Knicks and Bulls have held trade discussions in which Ben Gordon's name featured prominently. According to sources in Chicago and a source close to Gordon, the Knicks were interested in acquiring the Mount Vernon native in exchange for, "one of the Knicks elite guards" and a No. 1 pick in next year's draft. My advice if I were Zeke and the Bulls offered me Gordon in exchange for Steve Francis and a top pick would be to pull the trigger before they realise what they're doing. Franchise might currently be able to contribute more in the right situation, but that probably won't be true for long. If Larry Brown is expected to be a feature in NYC next season, the same would go for a swap sending Marbles to the Windy City. If you're not sure why New Yorkers are so excited by the prospect of Ben suiting up for their team, the clip below should give you a few clues. Read More
NBA Notes and Quotes: 14th May 2006
Sunday , May , 14 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

NBA Notes and Quotes: 14th May 2006

Shaq and Pat Riley Want Justice One of the more prominent themes of this year's playoffs has been Shaq's foul trouble, which often forces the big man to the bench at the worst of times. Today, he and Pat Riley have drawn attention the part the officials have played in the Diesel's problems. "As soon as I touch someone, they fall down," O'Neal said. Coach Pat phrased his complaint a little more technically. "You have post defensive dislodgement," Riley said. "You cannot dislodge a post defender with multiple backings, but there are times he doesn't overpower anybody. He just backs in and guys go the other way." Read More
Phil Jackson: Kobe Bryant Isn’t to Blame
Sunday , May , 14 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Phil Jackson: Kobe Bryant Isn’t to Blame

After a number of theories had been put forward by the media and fans alike, Phil Jackson today decided to speak out against those who saw Kobe's passivity in the second half of the Lakers' game seven against the Suns as being the reason their season ended. On the face of it, it's difficult to argue against them, with the game tape clearly showing Kobe waving off a number of scoring opportunities, at times moving the ball without so much as looking towards the hoop. However, Jax puts the all-important “game plan” at the centre of the fiasco, playing the angle that Kobe was merely following instructions. "Kobe went out with the game plan in mind," Jackson wrote in an e-mail. "Get the ball inside! Kwame [Brown] couldn't get anything to fall for him.... L.O. [Lamar Odom] the same. [Steve] Nash had banged his knee the first half and we went at him but Smush [Parker] couldn't score. "Now we're 20 down and I put in [Brian]Cook to get the screen-roll game going and they doubled Kobe and left Cook open ... "He [Bryant] finally tried to bust through the defense and got called for a charge and committed a turnover. So there you go. We're down by 25 points and things have slipped away." Read More
Mike James Wants a Return to the Houston Rockets
Sunday , May , 14 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Mike James Wants a Return to the Houston Rockets

If there's one thing we've learnt from Mike James' recent rise to prominence, it's that the man isn't afraid to talk a little crazy crap from time to time. From comparing his time in Toronto with Jesus' public ministry to insisting he'd have been a legitimate MVP candidate if only the Craptors had won a few more games this year, he's said more than enough to convince us that he's a tad eccentric. However, I'm fairly confident he's being honest when he claims that he wants to go back to the Rockets next season. Cynics will say that it would also mean getting out of Toronto, a nice city with a horrible franchise, although James has stated his main motivation as being that his house is in Houston, which is also his wife's hometown. "Houston is my first choice," James said. "Seriously, Houston is home. My wife is from Houston. We just bought our house in Houston. I want to go home." Read More
Is Larry Brown Being Bought Out?
Sunday , May , 14 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Is Larry Brown Being Bought Out?

I feel I can say that the Knicks stunk like Vlad Radmanovic's armpits this year without exhibiting any particular bias, and most would agree with me on that. Similarly, I don't think I'm putting forward my own opinion when I say that Larry Brown and his crackpot tactics were a major contributing factor in the pitiful performance of the team most saw as a middle-of-the-pack performer prior to the start of the season. Well, it seems as if someone finally broke this “news” in the luxury suite, and now halfwit/entrepreneur James Dolan may buy out the rest of Larry Brown's contract. This means that the man whose line-ups were largely determined by a dartboard and a magic eight ball will be invited to take a little break from work in exchange for a payout roughly equal to the annual turnover of some small nations. According to a report in the New York Daily News, Madison Square Garden chairman James Dolan is considering buying out the final four years of Brown's contract, worth at least $40 million. The Knicks declined to comment and would neither confirm nor deny a report that Knicks president Isiah Thomas would be named as Brown's successor. Read More
Is Sofoklis Schortsanitis Coming to America?
Saturday , May , 13 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Is Sofoklis Schortsanitis Coming to America?

As a Greek, I was as excited as I'd been in a while when I first heard of a promising prospect going by the name of Sophocles Schortsianides (or, as you've probably seen it rendered, “Sofoklis Schortsanitis”) shortly prior to the 2003 draft. Happy as we were to see him drafted by the Clippers early in the second round, my hoummos-eating homies and I were beginning to wonder why it had been nearly three years without any indication that L.A. were planning on bringing him stateside. Having heard reports that he'd lost his work ethic and gained a few unnecessary pounds, I was worried that we might never see the hulking Hellene make it to the league, but today's report from the Clipper camp has quelled my concerns. Read More
Notes on the Second Round: The Keys to Victory
Friday , May , 12 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Notes on the Second Round: The Keys to Victory

Ah, the second round. The pretenders have been sent home, the contenders are starting to flex their championship muscle, and the officials are taking abuse from everyone and their mother. Who wouldn't love it? As I write, eight teams are still chasing the gold, and, two games in, only one series is tied, with the others looking as if they could easily go the full seven. In order to determine who's most likely to make it to round three, we'll be taking a look at each match-up in turn and assessing what each team needs to do to survive. Let's get right into it. Read More
Chuck’s All-NBA Second Team
Monday , Apr , 24 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Chuck’s All-NBA Second Team

What's good, folks? For those of you who haven't yet checked out my All-NBA first team, you can find the relevant article here. If you already have, read on. The CYE All-NBA second team G - Dwyane Wade Here by virtue of a more rounded line than Gilbert Arenas, D-Wade can no longer be seen as a precocious youngster on his way to stardom. Having put up twenty-seven, six and seven despite facing double teams on an almost nightly basis, the man Shaq dubbed “Flash” has gone from being a vision of the future to a present power who may have been considered an MVP candidate were it not that he plays alongside a former winner of the award. With a wingspan just shy of 6'11'', he's capable of causing havoc on defence, being one of the few stars of his generation to put in equal effort on both sides of the ball. Barring a mental major or physical breakdown, Wade should be featuring in all-league teams for some years to come. Read More
Chuck’s All-NBA First Team
Saturday , Apr , 22 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Chuck’s All-NBA First Team

They made me do it. At the time of year when seemingly every article, column and message board topic concerns the All-NBA team selections, I like to lie low and hope nobody presses me too hard for my opinion on the matter. Why? Because there are so many conflicting voting philosophies that ten different experts can easily fill out and justify ten unique ballots. For this reason, I didn't want to have to undergo the process that inevitably ends with ain inbox full of angry emails questioning my methods, credentials and, inevitably, my sanity. But they made me do it. I've never been one to give into peer pressure before, but so many of the cool kids (i.e. other sportswriters) were doing it that I finally yielded and set to filling out my own ballot for the All-NBA teams. What follows is the work of hours of video analysis, number-crunching and coin-flipping. Uh...scratch that last part. In order to give you all some insight into my methodology, I'll lay out the two main criteria I used to determine whether or not a player should make the team Read More