NBA Article Reflecting: Episode 1

Article 1: LaMarcus Aldridge as the NBA’s most improved player. The first article today hit home as a Blazers fan and avid Aldridge supporter. The idea of LMA winning this award should come as no surprise to anyone with any sort of basketball IQ. The Blazers could still be considered the front runners for “Story of the Year” even with a sort of dismal second half. They have endured a few sore spots since the break including a possible season ending injury to team savior, Brandon Roy followed by a nationally known trip to 24 Hour Fitness by heralded rookie Greg Oden. The one bright spot however has been Aldridge. Hitting the 20 point mark in 9 games since the All-Star break should give this second year player the edge over some of the competition. Are Hedo Turkoglu and Beno Udrih really worthy of such an award? Who the hell is Beno anyway? Article 2: The art of the NBA nap. Ross Siler of the Salt Lake Tribune threw out my favorite article in quite some time yesterday on NBA players and their ritual naps. It is very interesting to think that players are so superstitious these days that missing a nap can be the sole reason for a horrible game. Many of the players in this article admit that around the league, naptime is a well known activity. I have to admit that during my short basketball career, I found it difficult to sleep before a game. I was always afraid I would be groggy and lack enough energy to perform at a high level. According to this...

5 Reasons that Four #1’s is Great

For the first time in NCAA tournament history we have all 4 number 1 seeds making the Final Four. I couldn’t be more excited about this and this will surely be a championship to remember for years to come. Three of the four teams are from a big time conference and one for an aspiring conference; how can you ask for more? Here are the top 5 reasons that having all four #1’s is the best thing for the tourney (and my life). 1. We don’t have to hear that bulls%&t talk about “re-seeding the Final Four.” How annoying is that year after year after year? Every time the Final Four rolls around, Dick Vitale opens his ridiculous mouth and starts jabbering about having to re-seed the entire Final Four to make it more competitive. And from there, someone argues that maybe we should re-seed in the Elite 8, and so on down the entire tourney. It takes on a life of its own and I absolutely cannot stand it. A giant “Thank you” to Kansas, North Carolina, Memphis and UCLA for saving me, at least for this year. 2. You can finally assume that the Seletion Committee got it right! The four top seeds making the Final Four? Thank you Selection Committee! Whoo hoo! Now please, shut up Arizona State, Jim Boeheim, and Bob Knight. We do not need 128 teams in this tournament EVER. Do you really think that extended the tournament will make it any more enjoyable or relevant? Why make the entire regular season any more meaningless than it already is? 3. Thank god for...

Friday Deep Basketball Thoughts

Greg Oden and the 24 Hour Fitness Debacle An injured Oden decided with his team out of town that it would be ok to head on down to the local 24 Hour Fitness last night and tear up some local kids in a pickup game? I actually laughed a little out loud when I heard this and a few people gave me the “umm….weird guy!” look. I don’t really need to go into how absurd this idea of his was because it really speaks for itself here. What really makes me laugh is the fact that he went into a public facility to play a pickup game of basketball and actually thought no one would find out? Maybe this is one of the reasons David Stern would like to extend that college rule to 2 years? The guy signs multi-million dollar contracts with who knows how many companies, hasn’t played a single game yet, but thinks it is ok to play an unauthorized pick up game with some local folk? Come on Greg! At least you didn’t have the fro-hawk when Nate McMillan called to destroy your ego and make you feel like the 19 year old that you are. This Nate McMillan quote is classic though: “We called him and we told him he can’t do that,” coach Nate McMillan said Friday. Right, I’m sure that’s how it went down Nate Mac. The Return of Nene A pretty remarkable thing happened last night when Nene of the Nuggets chalked up a whoppin’ 1 minute in a game against the Mavs. That’s right, 1 minute! Of course the playing...

The Best Sports Blogs

In case you may be interested, we are running the top 50 sports blogs over at The Sports Dollar. The ranking system is almost identical to our top 25 NBA basketball...

LINKBAWL: 3/27/08

Andrew Bogut truly is a clown. Hardwood Paroxysm running an interview with the NBDL’s president. Great read. The McDonald’s High School All-American game was last night and everyone has been in love with Brandon Jenning’s House Party-esque hair. So ill. Kwame Brown the party animal. Kobe hit his league leading 15th techie last night. What’s the deal Kobester? First Colorado, then the tats, now technical machine? Carolyn of And One with a running Cavs game blog from last night. The top 10 most popular jerseys! No real surprises here? David West the 17-foot assassin. Top 10 Shaq criticisms about the Miami Heat. Is it just me or has Shaq’s banter just become childish and annoying? Enough already big man. Yes it’s true, Brandon Roy is possibly out for 2 weeks or the rest of the season. I was at the game and it was a pretty nasty fall. He actually attempted to come back but just couldn’t do it. Was still a great year my little Blazers! The Basketball Jones wants to know if you are a homer? Stop Mike Lupica on the end of the New York Knicks legacy and the continued mess that...