Thursday, February 26, 2009

Phil Jackson talking about Celtics signing marbury

Shaq + Jabbawockeez = Shaqawockeez @ 2009 NBA All-Star Game

Kobe Bryant Last High School Game Lower Merion 95 Champion

Kobe Bryant!

Monday, February 23, 2009

Shannon Brown's 1st Block as a Laker!

I hosted my weekly chat this morning, and during the course of the rapid-fire Q&A the question came up of whether or not the Lakers should trade Andrew Bynum this summer and let the group that got them to the NBA Finals last year and the best record in the league this season continue to comprise their current rotation.

The idea stems from the play of Lamar Odom, who has put up All-Star numbers since taking his place back in the starting lineup. As a starter this season, Odom is averaging 17.2 points, 13.6 rebounds, and 2.6 assists per game while shooting 52% from the field. Meanwhile, Pau Gasol, playing back at the center position, is putting up season-highs of 22.3 points, 11.5 rebounds, and 5.0 assists per game while shooting a season-high 62% from the field.

With that in mind, consider trading Andrew Bynum.

Some Lakers fans will angrily say that Bynum is dominant and the best center in the NBA. Blah, blah, blah. You can't dominate from the bench, and historically we've seen that big men who get injured early and often usually continue to suffer injuries throughout their careers. As one regular emailer pointed out to me today, Bynum just underwent his third knee operation at age 21 and has a four-year deal worth around $50 million. Is that a sound investment?

Let's say you could work a deal with the Detroit Pistons and land Tayshaun Prince for Bynum and add-ons. Now you have a premier perimeter defender - much more important in today's NBA - as well as another Finals-tested All-Star caliber player. Meanwhile Detroit could put Bynum out there with a young core and try to build for the future, which is their new goal.

The NBA has changed. Sure, dominant big men will always have a use, but the permium in the new generation of run-and-gun offense is quicker, running big men like Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom. If that tandem continues to play as well as they have over the last few weeks, the Lakers should consider letting another team take the gamble on Bynum's questionable health. They can win a championship without Andrew Bynum.

NBA: Living The Dream

Friday, February 13, 2009

Stricklen Suffered from Sublaxation of the Patella, no ligament damage!

Summitt on Stricklen's status for Duke: We’re planning on her being there

By Dan Fleser (Contact)
Originally published 05:45 p.m., February 13, 2009
Updated 05:45 p.m., February 13, 2009

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Jenny Moshak was clinical. Pat Summitt sounded confident.

No matter the source, a sense of optimism prevailed Friday regarding Tennessee women’s basketball guard Shekinna Stricklen’s recovery from a right knee injury.

Summitt, the Lady Vols coach, went so far as to say Stricklen is part of UT’s plans for Monday night’s game against Duke at Thompson-Boling Arena.

“We’re planning on her being there,’’ Summitt said. “She looks good.”

The 6-foot-2 freshman remaining on crutches Friday after suffering a subluxation of her right patella during Thursday night’s 80-61 SEC victory over Alabama.

Moshak, the Lady Vols’ associate athletics director for sports medicine, didn’t budge from listing Stricklen’s status as day to day.

“She’s rehabbing well and progressing nicely,” Moshak said.

Summitt counts time and Moshak as Stricklen’s best allies in her recovery.

“We have some days; I have a lot of faith in Jenny Moshak,’’ Summitt said. “If (Stricklen’s) not ready, she’s not ready (Monday), but I’m optimistic.”

Asking For Support: Tennessee sophomore guard Angie Bjorklund has written a letter appealing to Lady Vols fans in general and UT students in particular to attend Monday’s game, which is a fund-raiser for breast cancer research.

“This is a cause that is near and dear to the hearts of everyone involved with women’s basketball,’’ Bjorklund wrote. “We all know someone who has gone through the battle with cancer. With the recent loss of coach Kay Yow at North Carolina State, the event is even more important this year.”

All-American Honors: Lady Vols signee Taber Spani of Lee’s Summit, Mo., is one of 20 players who’s been selected for the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association’s High School All-America game, which will take place April 4 in St. Louis. The game is held in conjunction with the Women’s Final Four.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Olympians Leslie/Thompson Reuniting?

Olympians Tina Thompson and Lisa Leslie reuniting?
Current mood: happy
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TTLL.jpgWord is former Houston forward Tina Thompson (pictured far right by The Los Angeles Times) is close to finalizing an agreement to play with Los Angeles, choosing the Sparks over the Phoenix Mercury. There is a press conference scheduled for today, but I'm told that the Thompson announcement will most likely be later in the week.

Today is supposedly all about Lisa Leslie (also pictured right) announcing that she'll retire after this season. Her playing along side Thompson almost brings together the full Olympic frontcourt that won gold in Beijing when you include Candace Parker, who plans to return from her first pregnancy this season, and DeLisha Milton-Jones. (C Sylvia Fowles plays for Chicago) The reuniting also goes a little old-school, when Thompson and Leslie played together briefly at USC, winning the Pac-10 championship in 1993-94 when Thompson was a freshman and Leslie was a senior.
And it'll it probably feel as good. Leslie, 36, is on her way out but LA GM Penny Toler is taking a page out of Storm coach/GM Brian Agler's book with all the glitzy news this offseason. Landing the six-time All-Star in Thompson plus securing Leslie while Parker is out and coupling them with trade-pickup Vanessa Hayden on the bench has championship moves written all over it. Only Toler is doing it with younger players.
The Sparks still could use backcourt help. Temeka Johnson had a rough season in 2008, which was probably due to her grandmother's death. The woman raised the pint-sized point guard. If Johnson can return to her 2006 season as a Spark and Shannon Bobbitt has learned from her rookie bumps, Diana Taurasi can go ahead and repeat that LA should never lose a game.
It all makes you wonder what's going on in Seattle. It's good that Sheryl Swoopes plans to stick around after being cut, but Agler needs to move quick on securing quality frontcourt help for F Camille Little if the Storm is going to get past the Sparks -- or anyone else. And PG Sue Bird can't average 38 minutes and make it through what appears to be a harsh postseason. The Storm needs Lauren Jackson and Janell Burse along with Yolanda Griffith just to stay afloat, it seems.
Yet, it's still early. Thompson's name isn't on the dotted line and people predicted either one of these teams to win the title last summer. And look what happened -- congratulations Detroit.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Super Bowl XLIII National anthem performed by Jennifer Hudson

Jennifer Hudson's 1st Performance since the tragedy of her family!