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Smack / Jul 14, 2012 / 1:00 am

Elton Brand Is Dallas’ Latest One-Year Wonder; Goodman Battles Team NYC

Elton Brand

We’ve written a lot in this space about the league’s “one more try” theme going into this next NBA season with the amount of older players getting contracts. One of the more intriguing teams trying to put it together is Dallas. On Friday they won Elton Brand off waivers to join Chris Kaman and Darren Collison as new additions in Mavericks blue. We’re sure they’re excited to have a home but it’s only temporary: all those contracts are for one year just in case the Magic hold onto Dwight Howard and he enters free agency next summer. Read More »

NBA / Jul 11, 2012 / 3:30 pm

Take Your Talents To The Broadcast Booth, Stan Van Gundy

Stan Van Gundy

There’s a certain rhythmic balance in broadcasting, incisive commentary maneuvering inside and out of the nuts and bolts play-by-play. I used to turn the sound off on my television and time the radio broadcast for Knicks games to match the on-screen action. Radio play-by-play, by necessity, replaces the visual and harps on detail, something that’s lost on television. At times it’s cumbersome and overwhelming, like some overzealous auctioneer. What’s earned in detail is lost in jumbled basketball jargon. Who’s where? Who passed to whom? Wait, what? Less is more, as they say. I eventually abandoned my plight only because the nailing down the timing between television and radio was predictably difficult. I guess I got more satisfaction out of accomplishing the feat than the intended purpose of the whole exercise in the first place. Read More »

Smack / Jun 25, 2012 / 12:14 am

Scott Brooks Would Be Succeeded By Whom? And What Would You Trademark Linsanity For?

Phil Jackson

Talk about an awkward triangle. Rumors have it that Phil Jackson and Jeff Van Gundy are next in line for the Oklahoma City Thunder job if Scott Brooks doesn’t get the new contract he wants. Brooks’ deal runs out at the end of the month, and some think he could parlay an NBA Finals coaching job into a fat new deal no matter where. Some even might think that group includes coaches looking for new jobs, but here’s what’s wrong: This whole rumor rests on the assumption Brooks would bolt for more money anywhere. Read More »

Smack / May 5, 2012 / 1:19 am

Rajon Rondo Finds His Groove; The Denver Crazies Get A ‘W’

Rajon Rondo (photo. Kozowyck)

It took a couple of hours, but Rajon Rondo finally found his groove in the fourth quarter of Boston’s overtime 90-84 mercy win over ailing Atlanta. With the Hawks down to throwing anyone they could find into the game outside of the security guys along the bench, this was very nearly a must-win for the Celtics. Losing to this pickup squad from Atlanta wouldn’t fly. The Hawks had more talent on their bench in street clothes than they did on the court. They had to start Jason Collins, who proceeded to somehow score one-on-one against Kevin Garnett, and yet still is so bad offensively that he makes Greg Ostertag look like a once-upon-a-time low post beast. Read More »

NBA, Video / Apr 16, 2012 / 10:30 am

Video: Jeff Van Gundy Speaks The Truth, Rants About Flopping

Jeff Van Gundy

Preach on! If you are following me on Twitter, you know how much I HATE flopping. I despise it so much that I’ve even began calling for the charge rule to be completely taken out of the game (taking a charge is basically flopping in my book). During yesterday’s matinee in New York, Jeff Van Gundy went on a nearly three-minute rant about the worst part of professional basketball, and it was amazing. Read More »

NBA, Video / Apr 6, 2012 / 12:20 pm

Video: Stan Van Gundy Shows off His Handles

Stan Van Gundy

It’s a well-known fact that the Brothers Van Gundy are sons of a legendary coach. And more often than not, sons of coaches can play a little bit of ball.
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NBA, Video / Jan 25, 2012 / 9:00 pm

Another Jeff Van Gundy Masterpiece

Another Jeff Van Gundy Masterpiece

While searching for his missing watch in the couch cushions, Mike Breen finds a few surprises… Read More »

Smack / Jan 18, 2012 / 12:00 am

The Heat Cut Off San Antonio’s Head; Anthony Davis Sets A Kentucky Record

Chris Bosh

Miami’s pretty good when they put it together. The Spurs played perfectly through 24 minutes, and even got two ridiculous buzzer beaters from the same player, and yet it couldn’t stop them from getting completely stomped out on South Beach. After surrendering 63 first half points, the Heat responded with 71 of their own in the second half, LeBron and Bosh combined for 63 points and Miami ran away with the game, 120-98. Going into last night, the Spurs hadn’t won a road game all year. Miami had lost three in a row. One of the streaks had to end last night, and the Heat broke their visitor’s back. Read More »

Smack / Dec 26, 2011 / 1:47 am

Derrick Rose Destroys Christmas In Los Angeles; Carmelo Anthony Goes Off

Derrick Rose

On the opening day of the regular season, it was hard to pick a leading headline. Too many great games. Matchups. Players to watch. Championship-caliber teams. And it was all on Christmas, so you know everyone (besides the entire Dallas organization) was bringing everything they had for the national TV audience. But we weren’t sure any game topped the one smack in the middle: Chicago coming from behind in the final minutes to shock the Lakers, 88-87. Chicago gave us a new meaning for Chistmas stuffing by snuffing Kobe Bryant‘s (28 points, seven rebounds, six assists) baseline pull-up at the buzzer and stealing a game they had no business winning, down double digits in the fourth quarter, and then after being down six with 54 seconds left once Kobe made a miraculous spin move fallaway. Read More »

Video / Dec 25, 2011 / 3:00 pm

Jeff Van Gundy Gets His Wish

Jeff Van Gundy Gets His Wish

This is what happens when Jeff Van Gundy wishes upon a star… Read More »