Posts Tagged ‘ NBA ’

Jason Kidd going to the Milwaukee Bucks

I know I haven’t been blogging in a pretty long time.  But this situation has inspired me to write about the NBA again.  I will try my best to consistently blog.

With that being said, I’ve been reading about the Jason Kidd situation, and I think that it’s absolutely absurd.  Nets GM Billy King took a chance on Kidd and gave him a coaching position when Kidd didn’t have any coaching experience.  Even after the Nets got off to a horrible start, King stuck by him.  There are reports that King was contemplating firing Kidd, which is understandable, but he didn’t.  And now Kidd shows his appreciation by asking King for his job.

I mean, that’s pathetic.  Kidd is so stuck up, power-hungry, and way out of his league.  Just last week, the Bucks’ new owners said they are committing to long term improvement, making smart decisions and slowly building a contender.  I think this decision will force the Bucks to take a couple of steps back.

But Jason Kidd seems to be burning bridges wherever he goes.  His actions are inexcusable, and uncalled for.  I hope the Bucks now stay at the bottom of the NBA for the whole time Kidd is there.

And one last thing, what does this mean for Larry Drew?  He hasn’t been in contact with the Bucks, and he’s been nothing but a faithful coach.  I hope he gets a really great position in the NBA.

“Dream Role”

this article takes you through Natalie Nakase’s journey to be the first female coach in the NBA.  it’s a pretty interesting read, and i hope she does achieve her goal.  that would be amazing.  it’s pretty lengthy, but i highly recommend reading it.  courtesy of ESPN.

NBA’s Flopping Rule

the NBA just came up with a “stance” against the flopping that is going on in the NBA.  so if players flop, they will be fined for it up to 5 times, starting from $5,000 to $30,000.  after that, there will be a possible suspension.  i like the idea of the NBA trying to clamp down on flopping, but i don’t think this is the way to go.  or it’s not a strong enough stance.  flopping sometimes can directly affect the game, whether it be a foul on an impact player, or it leads to foul shots, or it stops the rhythm of the game.  it just disrupts the game.  and sometimes that can lead to a team maybe winning when they’re not supposed to.  i think it should be an offensive foul, or two technical foul shots, or a direct penalty of some sort.  and maybe the player who flopped has to be taken out of the game.  i’m just throwing ideas out there, as i’m not sure what the correct approach is.  and a fine is ok as well.  i think they need to take a harder stance on it.  that’s my take.  what’s yours?

NBA 2K13 Features

this SLAM article tells us some features that are going to come with the game.  for example, there will be a special court whenever the dream team is matched up with team usa 2012.  also, anything you do earns currency for your player in “my player” or “my career” mode.  and you can actually be selected #1 in the draft now.  i think i was drafted 7th in my career.  and i made every team that passed on me pay for their mistake, especially the utah jazz.  hopefully they’ll fix the all-star mode, where your player can actually start the game and be a big part of the game, as opposed to sitting on the bench most of the game and not really being a factor.

there is also a fantasy basketball mode, where you are given player cards and their stats translate to your team’s record.  and if you win the playoffs and championship, i think you get MJ himself on the team, which would be amazing.  you can play the GM, trying to sell high and buy low, trying to improve your team.

like i said before, i think this game will be the only game i play this year, as it will take over my life.  coming october 2nd, i will go into hibernation.

Video: Flagrant Fouls

here’s a video showing all the hard hits in the NBA.  this goes back to the 80s, so it’s pretty real.  enjoy.

Roy Hibbert to sign Portland offer

well, it looks like portland will temporarily have another big man to play alongside lamarcus aldridge.  i’m not sure if indiana is going to match, but if they were smart, they would.  hibbert is going to be a legitimate force in the nba, if not for his height, but he also has skill in the low post, as well as a jump shot.  so we’ll see.

NBA Free Agent Update

Here’s a blog that will be updated frequently to report anything about the NBA.

the past week or so has been busy, with the free agent period starting and many people have signing with new teams, or being traded to new ones.  here are some of the major ones that have occurred so far.

DERON WILLIAMS RESIGNS WITH THE NETS FOR $100 MILLION- i think this a good move for deron, seeing that one of the two teams he was interested in, the mavs, are falling apart right now.  there weren’t a lot of weapons with the mavericks and even though they have a really good owner in mark cuban, brooklyn has a russian owner with no restraint in spending money.  that’s good news for him.  if he went to the mavericks, he would have had dirk nowitzki, a washed up vince carter, and a washed up shawn marion.  with the nets, he has gerald wallace, brook lopez, a couple of young players through the draft, AND…..

JOE JOHNSON TRADED TO THE NETS FOR JORDAN FARMAR, JOHAN PETRO, ANTHONY MORROW, JORDAN WILLIAMS, AND DESHAWN STEVENSON- yeah, the only name that matters is joe johnson. he’s a great addition to the team, although he comes with a hefty price tag.  but then, again, nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov doesn’t care.  the nets want to win now, and while they don’t have enough pieces to do that, it’s a good start.  deron williams and joe johnson will be one of the best backcourts in the nba.  the other duo that might compete with them is….

STEVE NASH TRADED TO THE LAKERS FOR NOTHING- well, not nothing but a couple of first and second round draft picks that will be no higher than 22.  basically, steve nash wanted to go to new york at first, but then decided to stay near his kids, and so he went to LA, the team he hasn’t liked in ages.  this is a big step for kobe, assuming that he’s going to allow nash to handle the rock for at least 60% of the time.  maybe kobe’s shooting percentage will be above 45% this year.  i would that’s a given, now that nash is on there.  nash comes at a $27 million price tag, and the lakers have a payroll about the size of the empire state building.  so i would think they would try hard to trade gasol.  but this is a good move for LA, and they’re now i would say one of the top 2 teams in the west.  OKC still is the top team in the west for me.  as a bonus, here’s a poster with nash in a LA uniform.  i’m sure bynum’s happy.

KEVIN GARNETT STICKS WITH THE CELTICS- for 3 more years!! as much as i love KG, and i’ve been a fan of his since the beginning, 3 more years is pushing it a tad too far.  maybe 2 years at most i would say, assuming they still want to be in the championship/playoff hunt in the next three years.

JASON TERRY SIGNS WITH THE CELTICS- i may have to not like the celtics after this one.  they’re just getting older, but also, i hate jason terry.  he’s just a really dirty player overall, and a cocky one as well.  and the celtics are saying that they want ray allen to come back also, but i don’t know how that’s going to work.  maybe ray allen can come to the heat (hmmm)….

JASON KIDD SIGNS WITH THE KNICKS- he just spurned the mavs into thinking he was going to sign with them, then in the last minute turn and sign with the knicks.  i was literally laughing when i saw this.  and now the mavs have no one besides dirk.  i’m sure he isn’t happy with cuban right now, or cuban has a really good explanation for all this.  dirk won’t ask for a trade, but he’ll be kinda unhappy.  half man, no amazing ain’t gonna cut it in this league.  the knicks are a good fit for kidd, as he could mentor jeremy lin, who just signed an offer sheet with the rockets (that the knicks will match), and also play a bit.  i’m sure it’ll be good to reunite him with amare, maybe get him extra motivated for this season.

NICOLAS BATUM AND BRANDON ROY TO THE TIMBERWOLVES- roy is coming out of retirement less than a year he retired, although i don’t know how good he’ll be.  batum actually wants to go to minny, as i guess portland isn’t that great right now.  good replacement for beasley, who just signed with the suns.

LAMAR ODOM BACK ON THE CLIPPERS-  the clips traded mo williams, who was unhappy there, to utah, and the jazz gave the mavericks some people.  hopefully odom will be able to regain the form he had when he won 6th man of the year.  that might take a while though…

DEVIN HARRIS FOR MARVIN WILLIAMS- don’t know why the hawks just did that, but that’s the hawks.  the already have jeff teague, and the jazz has some forwards.  i don’t know.  but this deal also allows them to make a run at dwight howard AND chris paul next year.  that’s a scary thought, if they also keep josh smith, who is dwight’s best friend.

and speaking of dwight, how can people not dislike him more than lebron?  he’s going back and forth constantly, saying the magic blackmailed him to stay with them, doesn’t want to be hated (how ironic), and wants to go to the nets.  if he does go to the nets, i don’t know if i’ll root for them.  right now, he’s just an unlikable character.  the magic should just get rid of him already, and i’m not saying that orlando management is the greatest either, because they’re not, but they need to get rid of him.  dwight’s a cancer in the locker room, and in the organization.  something needs to be done, asap.  if i were him, i would try for the nets, as he has been doing.  if he goes to LA, he’ll be stuck with no one after 3 years.  so nets it will be.  either that, or atlanta or the clippers.  wouldn’t that be something.

for the complete list of transactions go to this site