TAG: Scott Brooks

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 / Jun 24, 2012 / 12:00 am

Hero Of The NBA Finals Must Decide Future Soon; There’s Another Unlikely Draft Promise

Dion Waiters

We can at least thank the lockout for this much: It pushed the season back and now that the Finals are over – even if they ended much quicker than any of us expected – the NBA Draft is literally right around the corner. And the first round promises are flowing. We already know about Dion Waiters. There are reports Royce White has one from the Celtics. Now, the agent for West Virginia’s Kevin Jones says he has a promise among the first 30 selections, that someone has committed to him in the first round. We can’t say we expected that. Jones was a solid college player, even if his numbers this year made him out to be a beast (20.1 points, 11.1 rebounds) but perhaps he turns into another Taj Gibson. Read More »

Smack / Jun 17, 2012 / 11:11 pm

Miami Drives To A Game 3 Win; The Thunder Can’t Find The Answer Down The Stretch

Chris Bosh

These NBA Finals have twisted the narrative and archetypes we thought we knew going in like a double helix. We thought the notions of what the Miami Heat and Oklahoma City Thunder are were entangled deeply within them just like a strand of DNA. The pressure-cooker of these Finals has changed those so far. Miami has a 2-1 lead after the 91-85 win Sunday night at home, the first of its three there. Dwyane Wade (25 points, 7 and 7), Chris Bosh (10 points, 11 boards) and LeBron James (29 points, 14 boards) combined to score the final 15 points for Miami, which brought this thing back from the brink of a nine-point deficit. Read More »

Smack / Jun 15, 2012 / 12:13 am

The Finals Are Back At Square One; Miami And OKC Combine For A Crazy Finish

2012 NBA Finals

This series is tied, 1-1, and after Game 2, we have no complaints for how entertaining it’s been. Until later in this post we’ll abstain about a no-call on KD with the game on the line. Until then, it’s time to realize this thing is far from being swept away like the wind across the midwest prairie. The Heat just made difficult plays late to hold on, 100-96. LeBron James got a fading jumper off glass over Oklahoma City’s best defender (Thabo) that he couldn’t hit if you made him “prove it” in HORSE. Dwyane Wade (24 points) had a tough drive before a feed to Chris Bosh for a dunk. After a very un-veteran-like turnover in the open court by Wade led to a three by Kevin Durant to cut it to two, James hit two free throws — 12 of 12 on the night — to ice this thing as it heads back to the heat of Miami. Read More »

Smack / Jun 9, 2012 / 12:00 am

Everyone Believes In LeBron James Again; Doc Tells His Celtics To Pack For A Week

LeBron James & Nike+

Unless you’re Skip Bayless and your job is to swim against the current of popular opinion — that being LeBron James keeping Miami almost single-handedly from exiting the playoffs was an incredible, once-every-50-years performance — LBJ was the first thing you talked to your friends about around the water cooler. And why wouldn’t he be? The wrong-footed jumpers (he even banked one in over Kevin Garnett; so filthy), the tip-dunk where his head was at the rim, the 15 rebounds, there was more than enough to go around for conversation. Read More »

NBA / Jun 6, 2012 / 4:44 pm

The Thunder Will Be Your 2011-12 NBA Champions

Kevin Durant & Russell Westbrook

The Thunder will be your 2011-2012 NBA Champions.

Book it.

After Monday night’s performance in San Antonio – a game in which absolutely no one thought they could win – the Thunder shocked us all. They battled a loud and emotional crowd desperate for a victory, overcame a breathtaking Manu Ginobili performance on a night where it looked like he was shot out of a cannon (34-6-7), endured early foul trouble with Serge Ibaka, handled each and every different look Pop threw at them, and set the tone for the rest of the game by ending the first quarter on a 18-6 run that took the air out of the arena and scared the s— of out fans. Read More »

Smack / May 30, 2012 / 12:04 am

San Antonio Puts On A Clinic, Then Withstands OKC’s Star Power

Tony Parker

Even the best teams normally give you a chance to steal one of the first two games on the road. OKC had their chance, up double-digits in the fourth quarter of Game 1, and blew it. Did it surprise anyone at all that the Spurs jumped out almost immediately to a 13-4 lead last night? Not really, at least not us. What did surprise us though was how out-classed the Thunder looked in San Antonio’s often-dominant 120-111 Game 2 win. It felt like someone tossed the jayvee out there to get eaten alive in a scrimmage against the varsity at times. Despite a nice run by OKC, there isn’t much to say for the Spurs because they’re almost laughably good. Read More »

Smack / Mar 2, 2012 / 2:03 am

LeBron Hands Portland A Gift; Steve Nash Destroys Ricky Rubio

LeBron James

Some teams get rusty with a seven-day delay like Miami was coming off of. The Heat got nastier while still being down an All-Star with Chris Bosh gone. Portland got run out of its own gym, 107-93, as the team still trying to find itself ran into a buzzsaw of a team that’s discovering how vicious it can be. Dwyane Wade (33 points, 10 assists) had a big follow block that led to Mike Miller‘s three on the other end to go up five in the second. If you liked that, the James-Wade combo platter included a two-on-one fast-break alley-oop to LeBron that had Portlanders covering their mouths. Read More »

Smack / May 24, 2011 / 2:28 am

Dirk Brings The Noise

Dirk Nowitzki

Hello? KD, you there? Russell? Heeelloooo? Scottie Brooks is that you? Damn, Dirk really shut up an entire team, an entire city. Brooks said in the postgame that if you aren’t upset after a loss like this, then you can’t get upset over any loss. He’s right. Blowing a 15-point lead in the final four-plus minutes in a pivotal Game 4 is about as low as it gets. Oklahoma City had everything lined up to punch a 2-2 ticket back to Dallas. Except Dirk wasn’t cooperating, and after Dallas’ epic 112-105 overtime win, it’s not even a question anymore. Dirk Nowitzki won’t let his team lose. Perhaps the Thunder’s only hope? Calling Mike O’Hara and Jimmy FlahertyRead More »

Smack / May 22, 2011 / 12:56 am

Dallas Turns Out The Lights

Shawn Marion

Dear Dallas, watching you shred the Thunder in the first half was almost too much. We couldn’t take it, the beatdown was too ruthless. And also thank you for killing the stereotype. As the game jumped into the fourth quarter, OKC started rolling and the Mavs started disintegrating. Again. But this time, there would be no fun. The Mavs held on 93-87, riding Dirk Nowitzki (10 of his 18 points in the final frame) late to jump out 2-1 in the series and regain control. Read More »