The New York Knicks are playing phenomenally so far this season. Offensively they average 104 points per game which is in the top 5 and their defense is in the top 5 as well as their opponents average 92 points per game. Carmelo Anthony is playing like the best player in the league carrying this very talented yet old Knicks team. Seems to me that the Knicks play better without Amar’e Stoudamire, but I love Amar’e with the Knicks before Melo came to town 2 years ago, maybe now they can make sacrifices and play amazing when he gets back.
The San Antonio Spurs is the team I’m most sure about going into this season. My money is on them being in the NBA Finals come June. They’ve won 3 straight games without Ginobili, their young guys are playing extremely well, Tony Parker is carrying them offensively and Tim Duncan is giving 110% to their cause of winning another Championship. If their big 3 does not get injured, expect my bet to be true.
The Miami Heat statically so far are the best offensive team in the league scoring 115 points per game, but defensively they are the worst team in the league as their opponents average 114 points per game. It’s their bench thats the problem, so that means Ray Allen & company has to put more effort on defense than offense, because their starters are doing just fine.
The L.A Clippers prior to their horrendous loss to the Warriors this weekend were my favorite team to watch. Jamal Crawford has not disappointed as he crosses over anyone that challenges him. Their bench is one of the deepest in the league and Chris Paul against the Lakers had 18 points, 15 assists, and only 1 turnover which is unheard-of. Deandre Jordan and Blake Griffen’s defense and offense is slightly better, and their highlight dunks are ever apparent..but they sure as hell need to work on their rebounding and boxing out. They gave up 16 rebounds to the worst rebounding team in the league (Warriors).
The L.A Lakers won their first game and frankly I’m disappointed as their record (pre-season included) is 1-12. I know pre-season stats shouldn’t be a topic of conversation…but a team with Kobe Bryant should be a team with a winning mentality and I know that the Lakers really need to reevaluate themselves. Mike Brown has to know what to do so he can make the Lakers the best they can be with Steve Nash.
Damien Lillard is the real deal averaging 21 points and 9 assists so far this season. He’s done so against some very good point guards in Steve Nash, Westbrook, and Jeremy Lin. Expect more greatness against Darren Collison, Chris Paul, and Tony Parker.
James Harden after scoring a combined 76 points in his first two games was slowed down by the Blazers only going 8-24 and the Rockets couldn’t help themselves without him playing well. He needs to step up every game the same way Kobe did back in 06′.
The Charlotte Bobcats will be much better this year. Kemba Walker scored 30 points on opening night and lead his team to victory. They are much more talented this year and they play with a lot of enthusiasm and courage. They did lose to the Mavs by 30 the other night, but that doesn’t mean this team is only going to win 10 games this season…right?
The Denver Nuggets are so stacked offensively it seems coach Karl doesn’t know what to do with them, actually I think that’s why they are playing so horridly. They will make the playoffs this season, and by that time hopefully they will be ready to compete for the ‘chip with that deep, deep roster.
The Bucks have a true emerging superstar in Brandon Jennings. He has been unstoppable averaging 21 points and 13 assists per game. He hit a game winning 3 pointer with Irving and Varejao all in his face. Monta Ellis please gel with this man so you two can smell the second round!
Jeff Teague is taking over Josh Smith’s star spot in Atlanta. Everyone aside from Teague reminds me of the Atlanta during the Walking Dead episodes. I mean come on, Josh Smith wants to be an all-star he better play like one. I’m rooting for this team.
The Orlando Magic isn’t surprising me one bit! They are playing like true underdogs each game and it’s the best basketball to watch. These guys are going to be tough, gritty, and exciting. Go Magic! Hope for the best because now they can succeed and rebuild without Dwight Coward.
Here are over 25 facts on some of your favorite NBA players, Ex-Players, Hall of Famers, & NBA Players you love to laugh at! Enjoy!
RARE NBA FACTS
Pau Gasol attempted medical school
Kwame Brown has a daughter named…”Kwameeri”
Jason Williams has a tattoo in Japanese which means “F*ck Y’all
Emeka Okafor’s real name is Chukwuemeka Ndubuisi Okafor
Manute Bol killed a lion with a spear when it was threatening his village
Kevin Garnett’s mother was a Jehovah’s Witness, and he was nineteen before he celebrated his first Christmas and Halloween
Irony; The Cavs beat the Heat 148-80 in ’91. Largest margin of victory ever in the NBA
Vince Carter was a drum major in high school
Tim Duncan has a wizard merlin tattoo
Ray Allen’s real name is Walter
Scott Skiles briefly served time in jail after violating the terms of his parole related to a charge of marijuana possession and cocaine
Dennis Rodman didn’t play a second of high school basketball, and was only 5’11″ when he graduated. He grew eight more inches by the time he was twenty, at which point he quit his job working nights as a janitor at the Dallas-Forth Worth airport to play basketball at Cooke County Junior College.
Houston’s Dikembe Mutombo’s real name is Dikembe Mutombo Mpolondo Mukamba Jean Jacques Wamutombo.
In 2004, “Da Bull” (Bulls mascot) was arrested for selling marijuana
On Jan. 6, 2005, Rip Hamilton led his team in scoring, yet didn’t make a field goal. All of his points were free throws
On April 5, 1993 during a championship game between Duke and Michigan, Chris Webber tried to call a timeout that his team did not have, with 11 seconds left in the game and resulted in a travel turnover that cost Michigan the victory.
In 1980, Spencer Haywood admitted to planning to kill his coach
A.C. Green holds the record for most NBA games played by a virgin (1,192)
Detroit Piston Charlie Villanueva has 3 older brothers all named Robert
During a Orlando game in 1990, someone snuck into the Bulls locker room and stole his #23 jersey. So MJ had to wear #12 for one game.
The Ron Artest/Metta World Peace Section! (Outlandish Facts!)
Artest admitted that during his early years with the Chicago Bulls, he drank Hennessy Cognac in the locker room during halftime.
During his rookie season in Chicago, he was criticized for applying for a job at Circuit City for employee discounts
He once attended a practice with the Indiana Pacers in a bath robe.
Ron Artest held the press conference to announce his declaration for the NBA draft in the Queensbridge Community Center.
On November 19, 2004, a plastic beer cup was thrown at Ron Artest’s head by a fan, which caused Artest to charge into the stands and create the biggest fan/player brawl in NBA history.
Playing as teammates on an AAU squad, Ron Artest and Elton Brand once had a fight during the warm-ups.
He was suspended for two games by Pacers Coach Rick Carlisle after he asked for a month off because he was tired from promoting an R&B album for the group Allure on his production label.
Brian Scalabrine is more than just a basketball player, I’ll forever stand by that statement. When it comes to popular basketball players whom don’t have much statistics to be worth mentioning, Brian Scalabrine is at the top of the list. Though all his career averages are in the single digits (3.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg, & 0.8 apg), Brian Scalabrine has made over 20 million dollars, and made fans out of all of us. What makes him such an icon? Its a variety of things.
He practices hard and plays hard, every time he’s on the court. He is mentally prepared and physically prepared for any situation. Brian’s advice to us all is to stretch thoroughly, breathe properly, and think positively.
Brian has a bad case of luck, which is a good thing for every team he has ever been on. Upon being drafted to the NBA in 2001 by the former New Jersey Nets (Brooklyn Nets), he helped his team make it to the NBA Finals against the Los Angeles Lakers. In 2007 when he signed with the Boston Celtics, Brian Scalabrine earned an NBA championship, getting his revenge on the Los Angeles Lakers receiving the title “The White Mamba” (Killer Contrast to Kobe Bryant’s The Black Mamba”).
Brian has the flexibility of an 8 year old gymnast, and shows it on the regular. During the NBA Finals (regardless of him knowing that Coach Doc Rivers didn’t plan on putting him in the game) he showcased his incredible stretching talent, leaving Doris Burke speechless. He also held his own basketball camp, where during free time he showed the kids how to moonwalk like Michael Jackson (by the way, only very talented people can do such move). Dancing has relived Brian of his restless legs while he sits on the bench, so after a great play happens for his team, he does a shimmy antoine walker would be proud of. Only an Icon can have so much confidence.
Confidence. Brian’s confidence can only be matched by likes of Kobe Bryant, Allen Iverson, and other incredible athletes. How does that work? Brian is 6’9 with white skin and red hair. He has no shame in his appearance, game, and work ethic. He embraces everything thrown at him and that makes him a basketball great. When a reporter asked him how it felt to not play a single minute in the NBA Finals he addressed the reporter exuding so much confidence that for a second, everyone in the room went blind. Brian told the reporter “Why would you think thats funny? I tell you! It’s not that difficult to do because GUESS WHAT?! Maybe now you can say i didn’t play a second, but in 5 years, you guys are going to forget, in 10 years i’ll still be a CHAMP, in 20 years i’ll tell my kids i probably STARTED, and in 30 years i’ll tell them i got the MVP, I’m really not too worried about it”.
Intelligence. Brian is so far ahead of everyone when he plays basketball. Why? Because he carefully exams and dissects every move as he sits on the bench, and when he goes in he already knows what’s going to happen at the end of the quarter. He’ll already know he scored that 3 and slammed that dunk, he’ll know he took a charge and he will get knocked out for a while, but he does it with pride. There has been times when Brian tried to surpass his incredible talent of telling the future and messed up. He tried dunking on Derrick Rose and he failed, as the point guard threw it away, also he tried inbounding the ball to Rajon Rondo but he thought Rajon was going one way and Brian threw it the other way, incidentally to an opposite player, as the opposite player scored 2 points before the buzzer rang. It’s alright Brian, nobody’s perfect, but you’re damn close.
His personal life. Brian is not only an incredible athlete, he is also a devoted husband and father. He married his wife in Hawaii, like all real men do. They have two children who are destined to be either presidents, hall of fame athletes, or Adam Sandler’s kids best friends. Regardless he loves his family. When Brian had a hamstring injury, he quickly tried healing it by his own remedy, not the teams doctor remedy. He flew to the islands of Fiji on his own, and perfected the art of yoga while only eating fish he’s caught, boar he’s hunted, and water he’s found deep inside the island where fresh water tastes like heaven. Brian has tasted the difference between bottled Fiji water and real Fiji water, he said “it’s the best water in the world, and before I left I gathered gallons of the fresh water and brought it back home. I’ve learned how to brew it, and soon after I retire, I will show the people of this good world what real fiji water tastes like.”
Athlete’s for Hope. Brian is a member of ‘Athlete’s for Hope’, which is an organization where athlete’s share their time, talent, and wealth with people all over the world. It’s a prestigious group of successful athletes including the likes of: Muhammad Ali, Lance Armstrong, Steve Nash, Jeff Gordon, Tony Hawk, Alonzo Mourning, and of course Brian Scalabrine.
Brian, you have inspired basketball fans all over the world to be better athletes, people, and lovers. ‘The White Mamba’ is a living legend, an icon, and a friend to all the citizens of this world. If there are a few sporting games you have to attend before you die or run out of money, attend a Yankee’s vs Red Sox game, a game between Kobe Bryant and LeBron James, Peyton Manning vs Eli Manning, and a game where Brian Scalabrine shows you his greatness on and off the court. Thank you Brian Scalabrine, White Mamba, Chuck Norris’s long lost nephew. I hope a team picks you up soon, enjoy this offseason with your family, stay flexible my friend.
Today I will dedicate an article for just Javale McGee. Here’s a little background on the 7-footer whom plays for the Denver Nuggets. Javale McGee played his first few years in the NBA for the Washington Wizards, evidentially that’s where he got his ‘stupid’ trademark. Javale was known for running back on defense while his team still had the ball, classic post game interviews, running the point guard, not knowing where to be on the court, attempting a triple double while losing by 20, asking coach and his teammates irrelevant questions, and goaltending…everything. Here’s a quick video demonstrating his stupidity: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AgSYA3Gb7oI
Javale, regardless of all that is still a 7 footer whom is quick, agile, and as athletic as a guard. He’s explosive, and he just recently learned how to play the right way this summer by the most skilled big man of all time; Hakeem Olajuwon. Hakeem said Javale will rise from being a solid player for the Denver Nuggets, and will become a star this year. I’m really excited to see that happen. I think Javale is capable of doing that, especially with a proven team like the Nuggets, an exceptional coach, and a new player named Andre Iguodala who will do a lot more for the Nuggets than people think. This team is scary! Anyway, in honor for Javale McGee’s high praise by Hakeem The Dream, i’ve made a couple Javale McGee memes. It could be the end to his stupidity, so let’s relish in it until the season starts. Enjoy!