It’s officially over. Shaq Diesel is done. For as long as he’s stayed in the spotlight and for all that he’s milked it for, O’Neal’s press conference speech was interestingly speedy. He must’ve had one sentence on each one of those index cards because he was flipping through them at will. He thanked everyone, from his family to his college coach to Phil Jackson to the media for the way they treated him over the years. And what would have been a Shaq press conference without a gimmick? Just as he sat down, he fielded a fake phone call from the Knicks asking him to come be their general manager … Read More »
TAG: Joe Dumars
I’m sure if there were a way to change the date of your birthday, Joe Dumars would do it. Alas, you can’t, and this date marks the 48th birthday of the current Pistons’ President of Basketball Operations and two-time NBA champion.
But, I doubt there are too many people celebrating for him right now. Read More »
Yesterday was one of my favorite days of the year. No, it wasn’t my birthday or the night I bet my buddy that Dirk Nowitzki would go H.A.M. Rather, last night was the 27th annual NBA Draft Lottery at the NBA Entertainment Studios in Secaucus, N.J. (And if you know me, it takes a special occasion to willingly travel across the river.) With Commissioner David Stern in the house along with representatives from the 12 teams in the Lottery, go behind the scenes to relive the experience. Read More »
Following a 30-52 season, there are a lot of things that need to change with the Detroit Pistons this summer. Apparently Rodney Stuckey is not one of them. After four years with the franchise, Stuckey will be a restricted free agent this summer and word is that he won’t be going anywhere. Read More »
In a win-obsessed culture, apparently there isn’t much interest in debating a bronze medal.
During the Miami Heat’s destruction of the L.A. Lakers on Christmas Day, ABC/ESPN announcer and former NBA point guard Mark Jackson said he believes Dwyane Wade is the third-best shooting guard of all-time. That bold statement has so far flown under the radar — I imagine because Jackson didn’t declare Wade the best two-guard, and we only care about debates involving No. 1, the gold medalists. Read More »
I’ve never been one for self-help books, but over the last couple weeks I’ve been reading Rebound Rules, a motivational guide to getting one’s life in order written by my main man Rick Pitino.
Though it was printed in 2008, there is at least one chapter, “Surviving and Thriving in the Microwave Culture,” that becomes even more timely and relevant as 2010-11 sports media moves closer into tabloid territory, and jumping to premature conclusions becomes as natural as Northwestern missing the NCAA Tournament. Read More »
Who do you want your offense to run through with the game on the line? Counting down from 30th to 1st (one per team), I’ve ranked the League’s go-to guys…
TIM DUNCAN, San Antonio Spurs You know how I know Duncan is old? Justifying his spot as a Top-10 clutch performer in the NBA isn’t as tough as justifying his spot as the No. 1 option on the Spurs. Read More »
All due respect to the L.A. Clippers, but the Detroit Pistons are clearly the best 0-4 team in the NBA.
As pointed out in this week’s Dime NBA Power Ranking, Rodney Stuckey and Ben Gordon have formed perhaps the League’s most explosive backcourt so far this season, and six Pistons are averaging double-figure scoring. Two of their losses were by a combined four points, and Detroit was up 15 on the Bulls in the fourth quarter before losing another one. Read More »
You know it’s bad when you shoot 2-for-13 and it actually might have helped your preseason percentages. But that’s where Kobe Bryant is at this point. Against Utah last night, not even the presence of Raja Bell could get Kobe (7 pts, 23 mins) to pick up his game. The Jazz remained unbeaten so far this preseason with the 82-74 win in a game that was as uneventful as a Keanu Reeves performance … Read More »