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The NBA lockout is over….
Friday , Oct , 28 , 2011 J.N.

The NBA lockout is over….

If you want it to be. As you may have heard, the owners dropped the 50/50 Basketball Related Income precondition to keep the talks going. People are running their mouths over Twitter claiming that the NBA lockout is supposedly nearing its’ end. We will see. Are you sure? I have accepted that the 2011-2012 season is canceled a long time ago. After what Dwyane Wade said about teams not needing to be competitive and Kevin Garnett’s negotiation room antics, the diehard fans revolted against the players. Fans are calling players stupid, but they need to calm down. We want our NBA game back as much as President Barack Obama, but the inside sources got us blue balled. The NBA lockout is ending, eh?

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Drew vs. Goodman League at CSULB – The Final Thought
Monday , Oct , 24 , 2011 J.N.

Drew vs. Goodman League at CSULB – The Final Thought

The half time show was ass. Three kids were dancing around shouting through the speakers. If they were good, we couldn’t tell because the sound check guys did not do their jobs. There was too much feed back. I cannot understand what they were saying. The kids looked more like ravers on drugs dancing around with decorative clothes and back packs. They claimed that swag is dead, but their sign is messed up. It reads “Swag is dead.” A slash mark crosses the sentence. Does that mean that swag is not dead? They meant to say “Swag.” A slash mark crossing that word makes sense. No one was amused. Swag itself was not amused.

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Drew vs. Goodman League – John Wall vs. James Harden
Sunday , Oct , 23 , 2011 J.N.

Drew vs. Goodman League – John Wall vs. James Harden

The main event game took place at Cal State Long Beach in Long Beach, California. The game did not take place in Los Angeles. People need to get that right. The celebrity game started off the night on a low note. I did not think it could get any lower until these no name rap groups came out to perform. It was a blood bath. No, no one killed anyone. When I say blood bath, I meant they killed my ears. They were dancing and singing for the crowd, but the crowd just did not give a damn. Shout outs to performing with heart and the silent awkwardness that followed.

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Drew vs. Goodman League at Cal State Long Beach – Celebrity Game adventures
Sunday , Oct , 23 , 2011 J.N.

Drew vs. Goodman League at Cal State Long Beach – Celebrity Game adventures

I recently questioned why street ball games are special. Why the hype? The answer arrived on a Sunday night at Cal State Long Beach. The game took place at The Pyramid stadium. If you ever drive past it, you can mistake the blue pyramid as a cheap imitation of Las Vegas. As it is in SoCal (Southern California), the day was hot. I know it was since my contact lens dried up. Bah. Humbug. Manufacturing tears to keep the contacts glued to my eyes is hard work so I had to remind myself that the  2011-2012 NBA season is gone. Now I know how it feels like when doves cry.

 

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Who is at fault for this lockout?
Saturday , Oct , 22 , 2011 J.N.

Who is at fault for this lockout?

Derrick Rose recently said that the current NBA lockout is “not our fault.” That makes sense. He is a player. He is a part of the Player’s Union. Captain Obvious is obvious. Why would he state something that does not need to be said? It’s not just Rose, but for the rest of the players. This generic statement is an easy statement to make. We understand the need to put blame on someone. Someone has to go down. Upon further examination, is the blame truly on the owners? 

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Did Michael Jordan play in a watered down era?
Wednesday , Oct , 05 , 2011 J.N.

Did Michael Jordan play in a watered down era?

Recently, I noticed that fans are questioning if Michael Jordan played in a watered down era. The question has been posed time and time again. I do not understand why it gets brought up in the first place. Seriously? WTF? Dude. Stop it. I bet the question came up as a statement when Jordan was dominating the NBA. I would not be surprised if it came from an old timer during Bill Russell’s era. I am shaking my head at this garbage. Today, the question became a meme. Are you trying to discredit Michael with the question? 

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The Greatest NBA Team of All Time Criteria
Tuesday , Oct , 04 , 2011 J.N.

The Greatest NBA Team of All Time Criteria

We went through the NBA MVP Criteria and the GOAT player criteria. Those were easy to do, but this is the toughest to sift through. What are the greatest teams ever assembled besides the 1992 Olympic Dream Team? Where do we start? I am pretty sure that this has been done before by other writers and analysts, but I will keep it simple without the discussion devolving in to “playing era” talk. Punching numbers in to a system to calculate outcomes between great teams do not work. And basketball videogames are not the answer either.

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Eliminating Dynasties
Monday , Oct , 03 , 2011 J.N.

Eliminating Dynasties

Dirk Nowitzki’s Dallas Mavericks winning the 2011 NBA title dispatching the best the league has to offer is a great thing. In the same way that Tim Duncan’s Spurs and Hakeem’s Rockets won, a new team winning the title refreshes the competition instead of regulating to the same franchises consisting around the Lakers and Celtics. The matchup gets stale unless you are a Lakers or Celtic fan. The faces are different, but the same teams remain. Green is green. Yellow is yellow. It’s like watching a bad film going through several remakes. You just have to wonder why. 

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The MOST Underrated Player from the 1990s. Who is this guy?
Sunday , Oct , 02 , 2011 J.N.

The MOST Underrated Player from the 1990s. Who is this guy?

It’s tough being quiet. Most of the time, you just do not think you need to say anything. It’s hard work to move the mouth to talk. Actions say more. In reality, we want to be recognized. We want the credit. Once we speak up, people feel that we’re douche bags. That is why it is better not to comment, but we choose to speak when necessary. 

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1990S NBA’S MOST UNDERRATED PLAYERS VOL. Pearl Jam
Friday , Sep , 30 , 2011 J.N.

1990S NBA’S MOST UNDERRATED PLAYERS VOL. Pearl Jam

I don’t know when the NBA lockout will end. No one knows. People claim to have insiders in the negotiations, but they do not really know crap. The summer has been dry with barely any news. I’m sitting here listening to Don Henley’s “Boys of Summer” and realized that the NBA is in deep shit if the season is lost. Major League Baseball took years to get back to where they are now. Hockey is trying hard to get back. I do respect that the NBA is keeping their negotiation details quiet unlike the NFL. It pays to be silent. 

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1990S NBA’S MOST UNDERRATED PLAYERS VOL. Horny
Friday , Sep , 23 , 2011 J.N.

1990S NBA’S MOST UNDERRATED PLAYERS VOL. Horny

I missed all of my Wrestlemanias during the 1990s.Yep, all fo them. Pay-per-view was expensive back then. Thanks to the Internet, I finally caught up on what I was missing and realized that I did not miss much even though it was great. Now, I watched Jordan, Bird, and Magic's top games from the late 80s until 1992. Those guys truly knew what they were doing. Jordan was lightning quick and acrobatic.  I missed out on a lot of NBA games because I did not have cable. Thank you Internet. You truly saved the day. 

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1990S NBA’S MOST UNDERRATED PLAYERS VOL. Eat lead, slackers!
Thursday , Sep , 15 , 2011 J.N.

1990S NBA’S MOST UNDERRATED PLAYERS VOL. Eat lead, slackers!

Being underrated is not a bad thing. It never was. It’s a good thing because people know you are good, but do not get enough credit. That is it. The only bad thing is the lack of acknowledgement. Then again, who cares? An underrated player gets to do their thing without the attention, spot light, and talking heads analyzing and scrutinizing almost every single thing on the basketball court. Let this be known that the real players move in silence. Past editions are here and here

 
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Tracy McGrady’s NBA Legacy – When was he ever underrated?
Tuesday , Sep , 06 , 2011 J.N.

Tracy McGrady’s NBA Legacy – When was he ever underrated?

I’m laughing at the notion. Actually, everyone should be laughing because when the hell was Tracy McGrady ever underrated? We’re not talking about Mark Aguirre underrated here. Aguirre never made all NBA First teams and never averaged 32.1 points per game for a season. McGrady retired two years ago and the T-Mac today is nothing but a rusty old aging robot for the Detroit Pistons. I’m trying to give the idea a thought – was McGrady underrated at any point in his career? 

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How Dangerous is Blake Griffin?
Monday , Sep , 05 , 2011 J.N.

How Dangerous is Blake Griffin?

I’m not talking about Javaris Crittenton dangerous. It’s more like “scary player can dominate the NBA like Jordan” dangerous. The kid right now is already in many people’s top ten lists. Charles Barkley, Karl Malone, Tim Duncan, and Shawn Kemp were not THIS explosive. They were not this good early in their careers. Griffin is so good that I had to acknowledge that he might be a future triple double factory in this piece. Seriously, how great can this kid get without factoring in injuries like he sustained in his first year?

 

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Derrick Rose’s Bulls is not “one player away” from winning it all.
Monday , Sep , 05 , 2011 J.N.

Derrick Rose’s Bulls is not “one player away” from winning it all.

Who said that Derrick Rose’s Chicago Bulls were one player away from winning the title? Anyone saying this over and over again is wrong. What makes you think this? What makes you feel this? The Bulls lack a quality shooting guard. That is true, but that does not make them just one player away. When was the last time this was said about another team? Did LeBron in Cleveland need one more player? What about Dirk’s team or Kobe when the Lakers got Pau?

 

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Lakers guaranteed the 2012 NBA title already? No way!
Saturday , Sep , 03 , 2011 J.N.

Lakers guaranteed the 2012 NBA title already? No way!

Book it. It’s over. There is no need for the 2012 season even if the lockout ended right now. "Win it all," Artest said when asked what will the Lakers do in the 2011-2012 season. "Win the whole thing. That's a guarantee.” Wow. Interesting. And here we go again. Why must you do this? And why must some of Laker Nation have to front run so much? Why? Dallas Mavericks dominating the Lakers was not enough? You were not entertained?

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1990S NBA’S MOST UNDERRATED PLAYERS VOL. Kobe for Vlade
Friday , Sep , 02 , 2011 J.N.

1990S NBA’S MOST UNDERRATED PLAYERS VOL. Kobe for Vlade

Only the diehard basketball fan will know these guys. That is why we’re here. Word. The guys do not get much love, but shout outs. Even during their playing days, they only got praise during live telecasts, rap music, or Space Jam. Sometimes we wonder how come the underrated players cannot take it up another level to become a superstar.  They have the tools and physical qualities to do it. I suppose it comes down to mindset. Volume 1 is here. 

 

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1990s NBA’s Most Underrated Players Vol. 1
Friday , Sep , 02 , 2011 J.N.

1990s NBA’s Most Underrated Players Vol. 1

Flannels. Space Jam. Pearl Jam. Super Nintendo. Genesis. The Shawshank Redemption. Pulp Fiction. 2pac. Biggie. Jordan’s Bulls. Slam Magazine. Here are some 1990s tidbits from a person who lived through that decade. Back then the internet was in its’ infancy. No one really knew how to use it before 1996 came around when college kids sold fetish sites for millions. There was plenty of lag, disconnections, and people “phishing” for accounts to get online. 28K and 56K modems were terrible. 

 

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Comparisons. Vol. Next Bird
Friday , Aug , 26 , 2011 J.N.

Comparisons. Vol. Next Bird

Penny. Kobe. Vince Carter. LeBron. Grant Hill. T-Mac. Kidd. These guys were labeled as the next Jordan or Magic Johnson at one point until their careers played out and we had to resort to this: “Let them be themselves.” It makes sense, but why do the comparisons come up in the first place? I know these discussions are brought up sometimes and people will dismiss them. Understandably so, the debates grow tiresome and repetitive. The search will continue, but not many people question why the issue even arises. 

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Street ball games are not special. Why so much hype?
Wednesday , Aug , 24 , 2011 J.N.

Street ball games are not special. Why so much hype?

The NBA lockout has definitely affected coverage of pro basketball during the summer, which is obvious because there is no basketball to report. People are desperate for NBA action that they have to resort to covering recreational leagues around the nation. Kevin Durant’s street ball exploits, Kobe Bryant dominating, John Lucas III lighting it up, and LeBron James getting dunked on by little Asian kids was just the stuff shown around networks and Internet. Fans are that thirsty for that action.

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