Archive for December, 2008

NBA / Dec 31, 2008 / 5:05 pm

L.A. Confidential

*Reprinted from Dime #46, on sale now*

Everybody loves the Blazers. And while that mainstream love is usually spent on Brandon Roy and Greg Oden, the real secret to Portland’s potential success is consistently ignored. Meet LaMarcus Aldridge. Read More »

Fantasy Doctor / Dec 31, 2008 / 2:21 pm

(Almost) Daily Fantasy – 12.31

Wow, there were a lot of stats last night. LeBron went off for a birthday 38, Jason Kidd had 14 points, 16 assists, 4 steals and 7 boards, but we’ll give MVP of the night to Marcus Camby. Camby had an insane 24 rebounds, 15 points, 4 assists, and 3 blocks. There is a little too much to cover on last night but here are some quick hits. Happy New Year.

Mario Chalmers – 21 points, 6 threes, 8 assists, and ZERO turnovers. Pretty amazing rookie year for Chalmers. He isn’t always consistent, but his minutes have been, and Chalmers has obviously been a very nice surprise.

Steve Blake – Another major surprise. We know Blake can play, but the Blazers are so deep that you’d think his minutes would drop off. Not so. He is not a week to week start, but he’s a solid bench player or reliable pick up. He had 21 points, 5 threes, and 3 assists last night. Read More »

NBA / Dec 31, 2008 / 12:13 pm

Charles Barkley Arrested

The AP is reporting that early this morning Charles Barkley was arrested on suspicion of drinking and driving in Scottsdale, Arizona. Read More »

NBA, Style - Kicks and Gear / Dec 31, 2008 / 12:00 pm

Top 10 Sneakers of 2008

By now you should have returned all the presents you got that you weren’t feeling and hopefully exchanged them for something sweet. I went to one of my sneaker spots with some cash I got for Christmas (Thanks Grandma!) when I got the idea that I should give a shout out to my favorite sneakers of 2008. Read More »

NBA, Video / Dec 31, 2008 / 11:04 am

Shaq moves to 8th on NBA’s all-time scoring list

Two bits of history from last night’s Suns/Grizzlies game: Hamed Haddadi made his first official appearance (2 pts, 4 mins), becoming the first Iranian to play in the NBA. And on the dunk posted below, Shaq (24 pts, 13 rebs, 3 blks) passed Oscar Robertson on the League’s all-time scoring list. Diesel and ‘Dadi crossed paths briefly in the process, since Hamed was one of only two legit big men Memphis had available to deal with Shaq.

He’s a certified Top-10 scorer, but do you think Shaq is a Top-10 all-time player?

Hit List / Dec 31, 2008 / 10:00 am

NBA Hit List power ranking, 12.31

As we wrap up this holiday season and the calendar year, the Hit List recaps the best gifts received by each NBA team in 2008…

30. Oklahoma City Thunder (3-29)For Clay Bennett: Just enough apathy. Nothing against the fans who fought to keep the Sonics in Seattle, but back when something could have been done, the city’s bureaucracy failed to step up and stop Bennett and Stern from jacking their team.

29. Minnesota Timberwolves (6-25)New uniforms, new court. Anything to start fresh in the post-KG era. Read More »

NBA, Video / Dec 31, 2008 / 9:00 am

I didn’t know I couldn’t do that

If you thought Kevin Garnett flipped out when he saw the Blazers playing 6-on-5 (and getting away with it), imagine how C’s announcer Tommy Heinsohn reacted. If anyone can find a sound clip of Tommy on last night’s call, please post it…

Smack / Dec 31, 2008 / 6:32 am

The Show, The After-Party…

If you fell under the spell of the nationwide LeBron James two-day birthday party — marked by NBA TV’s “24 Hours of LeBron” and ESPN’s rundown of the top 24 moments of LBJ’s career — your expectations were probably impossibly high going into Cavs/Heat last night. Imagine seeing the three best movie trailers you’ve ever seen, back-to-back-to-back, and all of them were for the same flick (this may have actually happened when Sin City first came out). Even if the movie itself is great, if it’s not life-altering, there’s still a letdown. So while LeBron dropped 38 points and seven dimes on Miami and turned in some highlight dunks and blocks, it wasn’t the jaw-dropping spectacle worthy of the build-up. And the only thing we really learned is that Daquan Cook couldn’t guard LeBron unless he hired Scorpion to play help D (“Get over here!”) … Not to mention the Cavs lost; D-Wade scored a modest 21, but continually made Cleveland pay for bringing two and three defenders his way by finding the open man (12 asts). Read More »

NBA, Video / Dec 30, 2008 / 2:50 pm

Who’s Better: LeBron James or Kobe Bryant?

Don’t get mad. We didn’t ask the question. But in honor of 24 Hours of LeBron, listen to Rick Kamla’s take and let us know what you think.

NBA / Dec 30, 2008 / 2:05 pm

Ricky Davis: Suspended

Ricky Davis‘ terrible season just got worse. In 13 appearances with the Clippers, Ricky isn’t getting many Buckets, averaging 4.3 points while shooting 27% from the field. It says here he hasn’t played since Nov. 22 due to a sore left knee, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s been quietly Tinsley‘d. Whenever Ricky does get activated, however, he’ll have to serve a five-game suspension for violating the NBA’s drug program. The suspension was announced yesterday.

Ricky’s two-year contract includes a player-option for next season, and while he’ll mostly likely want to stick around (who else would pay him?), 2009 could easily be the end of his career if the Clips decide to just cut their losses and buy him out. Through all the sideline drama and controversy and even his disturbing track record of losing, the one thing Ricky and his employers could always depend on was that he can score. Seeing as he’s not even doing that anymore, what is his value?