TAG: Anthony Johnson

NBA / Nov 17, 2009 / 5:34 pm

Jameer Nelson out 4-6 weeks; White Chocolate now Orlando’s starting PG

Jameer Nelson

Do we need to add Orlando to the list of teams maybe interested in Allen Iverson?

No need to go that far, but with today’s news that Jameer Nelson will miss the next four to six weeks following surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee, the Magic are suddenly thin at point guard. Jason Williams is expected to fill-in as the starter while Jameer is out. Read More »

NBA / Jul 23, 2009 / 5:42 pm

Who wants Jamaal Tinsley?

Jamaal Tinsley

Classic example of why playing in New York makes you automatically more relevant than you should be: Stephon Marbury‘s career from 2008 to 2009, a.k.a. As The Truck Turns.

While Steph was going through his soap opera with the Knicks, there was another (arguably better at this stage) NBA point guard (an NYC native, coincidentally) going through almost the exact same drama with his team and being similarly cast as the villain. But because that team was the Indiana Pacers, that player, Jamaal Tinsley, quietly disappeared. There were no “SportsCenter” updates, no newspaper blogs, no YouTube-friendly interviews, no uStream feeds, no Twitter followers. When the Pacers exiled Tinsley this past season, he simply ceased to exist on the NBA landscape. Read More »

NBA / Jun 5, 2009 / 5:11 pm

If it’s really “just nerves,” then Orlando is done

Hedo Turkoglu (Orlando Sentinel)

The audio aftermath of last night’s 25-point Lakers rout of the Magic in Game 1 has two distinct sides: L.A. fans sticking their chests out and bragging, and Magic fans rationalizing, “It’s just one game. It was just nerves. We’ll be OK.”

And that’s where they’re wrong. If in fact bad nerves — or “first-game jitters” or whatever you want to call it — is the problem, Orlando is not going to be OK. Read More »

Smack / Jun 5, 2009 / 2:39 am

Game 1: Kobe scores 40, Dwight is quiet, Lakers appear invincible

One down, three to go

In our NBA Finals preview/picks from yesterday, Dime’s Austin Burton wrote: Kobe doesn’t have to drop 40 points a night and re-baptize Dwight Howard to bring home his fourth Larry O’Brien trophy and his first Finals MVP. He doesn’t have to outshine anything Jordan, Magic or Bird did in their championship years to drop the ‘He never won without Shaq‘ label. All he has to do is win. Whether he does it scoring 21 with seven dimes or getting 30 points on 30 shots, whether it takes four games or seven, he just has to win.” Or, as we learned last night, Kobe could drop 40 points and do the facilitating thing, which he did as the Lakers dominated in a Game 1 blowout … Read More »

NBA / May 26, 2009 / 5:26 pm

Ben Wallace thinks Van Gundy should “shut the f*ck up”

Ben Wallace

It’s typical that in a crucial series where the games have gotten increasingly physical, mini-feuds will start to surface. Within this Cavs/Magic battle, it’s starting to break down into Mo Williams vs. Anthony Johnson, Dwight Howard vs. LeBron‘s Hype Train, and now, Ben Wallace vs. Stan Van Gundy. From the Cleveland Plain-Dealer: Read More »

Smack / May 25, 2009 / 6:53 am

Orlando goes up 2-1 despite LeBron’s 41

Dwight Howard

If there was a defining sound from Game 1 of the Cavs/Magic series, it was the crash of the shot clock hitting the basket support after Dwight Howard‘s dunk wrecked Cleveland’s gym. In Game 2, it was the roar of the crowd after LeBron‘s game-winner. What was the defining sound of last night’s Game 3 in Orlando? A whistle. Clearly not interested in that old saying, “Nobody pays to see the refs,” Joey Crawford’s crew sent both teams to the foul line 86 times — with LeBron (18-24 FT) and Dwight (14-19 FT) practically living there — and issued two technicals and one flagrant foul. Read More »

Smack / May 9, 2009 / 3:31 am

Another Ron Artest incident; Orlando rolls on the champs

Leave it to Ron Artest and some antsy refs to bring extra drama to an otherwise drama-less game between the Rockets and Lakers. With L.A. comfortably ahead in the final minute of the fourth, Pau Gasol went up for a layup and Ron-Ron put him down with a hard foul. Naturally, Ron was immediately hit with with a flagrant call and ejected. There shouldn’t be any suspensions or anything; even Kobe said afterwards he didn’t think it should’ve been a flagrant. Read More »

Smack / May 8, 2009 / 4:59 am

LeBron: Looking for competition

LeBron James

Following up all the drama and intrigue and controversy of Lakers vs. Rockets and Kobe vs. Ron-Ron and Derek Fisher‘s shoulder vs. Luis Scola‘s face, LeBron and the Cavs gave a long and kind of boring display — at the expense of the Hawks — that across-the-board domination can be pretty, well, boring. Cleveland has won every game this postseason by double digits, and the last four have been 20-piecings … Just like in Game One, LeBron (27 pts, 4 stls) tried to get the whole “competitive” part out of the way before halftime. Read More »

NBA, Video / Apr 20, 2009 / 8:51 am

The (Other) Rookie Surprise Playoff Performance

Headed into the playoffs we pinpointed Michael Beasley as the most important rookie of the playoffs, figuring that he has the power to swing the series in Miami’s favor if he plays up to his potential. B-Easy tried to establish himself early and often, but only ended up contributing to the blowout, as he shot 5-15 from the field.

So, aside from Derrick Rose‘s historic playoff opener against the defending champs, which rookie blasted out of the gates in round one with an impressive outing? Read More »