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Smack / Sep 30, 2009 / 3:17 am

NBA starting fives taking shape; Iverson’s on the bench (for now)

Allen Iverson

Allen Iverson

One of the most interesting parts of the first few days of NBA training camp is seeing the lineups we’ve speculated about all summer finally coming together. Some of them haven’t changed a bit, some of them look real good, and some — try Chris Duhon, Wilson Chandler, Danilo Gallinari, Al Harrington and David Lee in New York — just look good and terrible … Speaking of Gallo, apparently Mike D’Antoni has fallen back in love with the kid and is talking him up big-time. After the Knicks fans booed him out of MSG at the draft, the quick assumption was that Gallo would be the next Skita Tskitishvili, but if he stays healthy and carves out a nice little Andrea Bargnani-like niche for himself, that’s a big W for the Knicks … Eddy Curry, who is fighting for that center job (at least in his own mind, maybe) along with Darko, strained his calf in yesterday’s practice. That makes a lot more sense than the initial reports we’d heard that said Eddy had eaten a calf during practice … In Memphis, Allen Iverson is officially a sixth man for the time being, as the Grizzlies rolled out a first unit of Mike Conley, O.J. Mayo, Rudy Gay, Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol. That could change with a couple 20-point scoring nights from A.I., or some combination of O.J. proving he can play the point and Conley denting the rim with his wayward threes … Meanwhile, the Grizzlies just gave Marko Jaric the Mark Blount treatment, telling him not to bother showing up to training camp and feel free with his agent to find a team willing to trade for him. At this point, who would really trade for Jaric? Unless you’ve got some owner/GM who wants to try his luck getting close to Adriana Lima, we’re not seeing it … With Delonte West turning up M.I.A. from Cavs camp, Anthony Parker is filling in as the starting two-guard alongside Mo Williams, LeBron, Anderson Varejao and Shaq. Is that an Eastern Conference champions lineup? Honestly, on paper, not really … In Minnesota, the early starting crew is Jonny Flynn, Corey Brewer, Ryan Gomes, Kevin Love and Al Jefferson. Flynn at PG over Ramon Sessions is kind of a surprise, but we get it … You notice how whenever basketball players talk about gaining or losing weight in the offseason, they ALWAYS claim to have either lost fat or gained muscle? The only person we can remember admitting they lost muscle was Emeka Okafor, after that one year when he got too diesel and needed to take weight off his injured ankle. Other than that, no one ever admits they’ve gained fat or lost muscle. Then you see dudes like Mike Sweetney and Jerome James and Bonzi Wells jiggling like a Joker The Bailbondsman video, and realize somebody’s not being honest … On that note, Kevin Love said he dropped 20 pounds over the summer (and wants a bigger role), and Rajon Rondo claims he gained 11 pounds of muscle. Rondo says he gave up fast food. That must have been hard on him. When we were in Boston to do a fashion photo shoot with Rondo last season, he was crushing some Burger King when he met up with us and looked damn happy … Did you see Andre Miller on NBA TV last night? His hair looked like an old lady in need of a trip to the stylist. Somebody get that dude some clippers, a hat, or some Soul-Glo as soon as possible … The Wizards are still figuring out their lineup — Nick Young, Randy Foye and DeShawn Stevenson will be battling for the starting SG job — but Flip Saunders kept it light on the first day, bringing in a hypnotist to entertain the squad. We don’t even want to know what comes out of JaVale McGee‘s mouth when he doesn’t have a filter … The Warriors also have yet to determine their starting five, which may or may not have something to do with Monta Ellis‘ recent comments that he wants no part of starting next to Stephen Curry. So far Nellie has pegged Monta, Stephen Jackson, Anthony Randolph and Andris Biedrins as starters, but he’s still looking for the fifth guy to join them. If you’re coaching GS, do you go with the Monta/Curry backcourt, or put Kelenna Azubuike next to Monta so you have a two-guard who’s actually decent two-guard size? Or maybe you put Monta and Capt. Jack at the guards, and have Corey Maggette and Anthony Morrow fight for the small forward spot? … And whatever happened to Brandan Wright? Is he still alive? Did he go back to UNC and is posing as a freshman named John Henson, trying to give this NBA thing another try later on? … We’re out like Bonzi …

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  • DVS

    Let Azubuike play 2, thats a sick ass name if anything.

  • BRUCE

    Mr. Adriana Lima is forever an All-Star in my book. It is okay, I take refugee in knowing Marriage is not all that cracked up to be. Hater? Yes!

  • BRUCE

    These NBA Millionaires eating Fast-Food? WTF? Quality of Life! Remember when I was in college, I ate the cafeteria crap. They went through the same thing. I refuse to eat fast food anymore. I rather starve to death.

    You only live once!

  • sh!tfaced

    I’m seeing the Nets new owner, the rich ass Russian version of Tony Stark, giving Adriana, I mean, Marko Jaric a shot at the rooster, er, roster.

    Those dumbass tats alone might cost DeShawn Stevenson the starting job.

    Jonny Flynn as the starter? Everyone who reads that line will have a “yeah, right” reaction for sure.

    With that thin-ass frame, Brendan Wright should let his PR man claim he gained pounds of muscle during the offseason.

  • alf (from melmak)

    Maybe Flip Saunders also plan to bring the hypnotist along during the regular season and make the replacement refs tilt the game to favor the Wizards. “Look into my eyes. You will allow Arenas to score 50 points tonight.”

    My meal allowance says the Warriors starting unit should be Ellis, Jackson, Maggette, Randolph, and Biedrins. Small but athletic at least.

  • KBY

    I’d trade Eddy Curry for Jaric in a frikking nano second

  • vince

    miller always looks like trash during the first two months of the season.
    bad haircut and overweight.

    EVERY year.

  • http://www.bigsweetjurg.com Hi Jurg from Denmark

    hi hi smackers from your friend jurg.

    it might take it from some person rich like jurgos uncle roman to point out that mr iverson has that money bagz tattoo on hand. this is what jurg has tought about him for such long that he reach that hand into team owner cookie jar to get cash and not get champinship. when jurg takes his game to the courts all over europa he takes it to win that game. and wins. and now u know.

    and now you know sweet england and don’t show your head back in this post for 2010. ha dee har. i love the nba and mr austin burton writing.

    hi hi from jurg.

  • http://smack! JOB33

    I’ve witnessed 2 of the greatest things on smack today:

    i lmao’ed at the calf joke..but c’mon ya’ll. cut him some slack. he did lose his daughter and (other) baby mama to murder. as a parent, hats off to the man for truckin on. i know i know. he gets paid millions to show up overweight, but can anyone say they can handle it just as well that hasn’t been in that situation?

    and @ Jurg
    man I hope you ain’t a joke. that you Tyrone? tryin to get back into speakin english? holla at me, i think i got some old english books from 4th grade layin around here somewhere

    True Thugs Come From Europe
    jah out peace

  • http://smack! JOB33

    no disrespect to you Jurg..we cool we cool

  • mumadone

    jurg is back……smack might be worth reading

  • Guitar Hero

    Gallo is a stronger version of Toni Kukoc.If he stays healthy, it’ll be a huge plus for NY.
    And can Douglas steal that starting job frrm Duhon?

  • Josh Tha roc

    Man I hope that’s the real jurgy.

  • Sweet English

    And the guy carries around more beef than Eddy Curry.

    Jurg, shut the fuck up and get off my lap, Shit aint all cookies and milk and i ain’t fuckin Santa Clause you wannabe-Borat Germany-toucher. I’v been postin in nearly every smack while your oestrogen hormone therapy has been keepin you busy, talkin about i’m not here postin.

    Only reason that YOU could POSSIBLY stop me postin here would be the severe tumor created by the effort that it takes to make any sense of anything you say.

  • vince

    germany toucher?

  • http://www.nukedasouth.net Chicagorilla

    LMAO@ the line about Brenda Wright. I couldn’t stand that dude suiting up for UNC.

  • Big V

    Azubuike or Maggette can start off at the 2 and then rotate up to the 3 or the bench depending on what’s happening in the game.

    GS has never been dependent upon consistency anyway.

  • Chi-Tizzle

    The Cleveland line up is not that bad for a deep playoff run but Orlando and Boston(healthy KG, Ray, and Paul) will still be the killers. Bad news if Cleveland doesn’t win it all. Lebron will be in the wind.

  • Chi-Tizzle

    Golden State has premature ejaculation issues and erectile dysfunction. They lack defense and bust too quick. Cum playoffs they can’t get it up.

  • Matt Sturbate

    LMAO at the Joker the Bailbondsman comment, BET Uncut was the shit lol

  • That’s whats up

    if you touch Germany in a dream, you better wake up and apologize

  • Hi Jurg from Denmark

    hi hi again to smack.

    i not know a tyrone. and am getting some english lesson still but hope to get just so too much better with this english. that was work in offseason. how do u like me now then? sweet englahds from the worst country on the EU which is his problem.

    i could go for one twitter page for jurgo so u not think – oh he tyrone tyrone again. then u will know. i like twitter too cos did somone see mr austin bunton and smack on it. so good.

    i likey germany. so much fanny to get there. and pussy. some great oral.

    this from jurg. again.

  • Brado

    Curry eating a calf comment was mega funny…..funniest thing I’ve read in smack, ever!

  • Brown

    Has anyone figured out that Jurg and Tyrone aren’t real. It’s two dudes who post ridiculous shit to get reactions from people. And it works cuz so many posters here fall for it.

    Jurg, if you’re real, why don’t you post something in “your language” so people can validate that you don’t actually speak english?

  • http://dime fan

    The Grizz are in trouble with Mike Conley. He’s worst than Duhon and doesn’t belong to be starting in the D-League. Marcus Williams should earn this spot if wins mean anything. Mayo should come of the bench for A.I. again if wins mean anything. Come to think about it Duhon isn’t better than Charlie Ward. LOL. Damn Knicks. Upsetting as a NY’er. Free Tickets are like coupons. LOL.

    Marko Jaric is horrible and that was smart for basketball fans. Go Overseas and be a star.

    Corey Brewer is not a 2 guard or a Starter. Sign Gerald Green or someone else please.

    Randy Foye should start. The Wizards are going to be good again. Last yr’s heat team. What a star being healthy does a body. MILK. lol

    Is Don Nelson bi-polar. Just too old. He needs to retire. Should have let the Knicks have Curry. What a mess of an organization. It might be worse than in NY.

    The Cavs got worse. Bye Lebron.

  • Taj

    Eddy Curry eating a calf comment.. lol… Duurrrty!

  • Diego

    Regarding the Cavs, I wonder how big Z is taking being basically totally forgotten/cast aside? I guess like Gorat, just relax on the bench and enjoy the $ flowing in.

  • http://www.niketalk.yuku.com/forums/8 NTstateOFmind

    @Brown , who cares? if they annoy you just ignore them …no need to get all worked up, some of these folks (not me) find their nonsense entertaining

  • That’s whats up

    Yeah Brown – anyone who uses the phrase “TIDDLE PIP” is alright in my book.

    you got to ease up there my brotha

  • Brown

    Who’s getting worked up? I think it’s hilarious that so many people get their panties in a bunch responding to fake posts.

  • Brown

    The Warriors should start Azubuike or Morrow, depending on if they want a shooter or a slasher. Azubuike plays better next to Jackson and Morrow plays better next to Maggette. Let Curry spell Monta and everything’s ok. Monta and Curry should only play together if the other team is going small.

  • Chitown 23/33

    How is there an Eddy Curry story every trainig camp..this bum has underachieved everywhere he’s ever been unless it was a buffet. Even at his best he was mediocre. I just don’t get. If you’re 6’10 and get out rebounded by Kirk Hinrich in consecutive years its time to switch sports. Maybe he has a future in table tennis or dodgeball. I just want his contract to be up so he can just go away.

  • LakeShow84

    The Warriors should..

    Have a fire sale..

    That roster is ugly.. Really look at it and tell me who has an uglier roster.. Boston is ugly but STUPID talented.. You got only one bright spot and thats Ellis.. who BTW aint proved squat since the team handed him the keys.. at least he’ll speak up though..

  • doc

    If the Lebrons dont win they can kiss his ass goodbye.And return to irrelevance.It will be back to local tv for them.And if I was Memphis I would start Marcus Williams unless Conley improved.AI can bring his ass of the bench damn a 20 point game.He gonna do that if it takes 50 shots to do it.

  • http://dime fan

    If you want Rudy & OJ to mature and win. START MARCUS WILLIAMS PLEASEEEEEEEEEEEEEE.

  • Da_Griff

    @sh!tfaced, it wasn’t those dumb ass tatts that cost DeShawn his starting spot.

    He wasn’t voted the worst starter in the NBA for nuthin’ ya know?
    Dude can’t shoot, dude can’t pass, and dude thinks he’s a better defender than he is. He’s forgotten everything Jerry Sloan taught him.

    He can kiss his ass goodbye once his contract expires.

  • Da_Griff

    Oh, and as for the warriors, that 4 IS their starting 5. Nellie will juggle the lineup ALL YEAR LONG. Just like last year, and the year before, and so on.

    The W’s are the proverbial train wreck in slow motion. That team is gonna be nasty next year. And that’s nasty as in that goop you find in the bottom of your fridge that used to be some kind of fruit, only you forgot what it was, nasty.

  • Da_Griff

    And to whoever thinks Gerald Green is better than ANY starter at the 2 guard in the league (yes, i’m looking at you Corey Brewer) needs to stop drinking the coolaide.

    All that stiff can do is dunk. Not even Rick Carlisle could get anything useful out of him, and he was talking him UP last year.

    Gerald Green. Shit, if you’re desperate enough to sign that guy, then you’re goin’ to the lottery next year anyway. Save your money.

  • Da_Griff

    alright, done ranting now.

  • Da_Griff

    okay, done ranting now.

  • the cynic

    eddy curry eating a calf makes perfect sense to me

  • SIR_SILK23

    LMAO!!!!!! Joker The Bailbondsman??? C’MON YA KILLIN ME I COULDN’T EVEN FINISH THE ARTICLE!

  • SIR_SILK23

    AND YEAH, WHAT THE HELL WAS THAT ON A.MILLER HEAD??? I MEAN HIS NICKNAME HAS ALWAYS BEEN “FUNNY FRO” BUT LAST NITE HE TOOK IT TO A “HOL-NUVHA-LEBEL” WAS THAT CHAKA KHAN?!?!

  • str8ganksta

    catching up on my smack and between the curry calf comment, the andre miller hair note and jurg back, this has to be the best smack in a long long time!