The MVP Race Isn’t Fair My Friends

I know what you’re thinking, “Enough with the MVP chatter!” And I know just a few days ago while in my basketball funk I bashed on all the MVP posts and preached for originality. Well, today I’ve thrown myself into the fire and needed to share my own thoughts, as I haven’t up to this point. I think many of us take the opinion that deciding on the MVP before the Playoffs is completely ridiculous. After the Dirk Nowitzki fiasco from last year, the MVP award became somewhat of a joke for the first time in years. This year however, we have experienced one of the most intriguing and possibly controversial MVP races of all time. You have the young up and coming superstar in Chris Paul and the veteran Michael Jordan-esque player in Kobe Bryant. The stats put up by CP3 are remarkable for such a young talent, but Kobe in all his greatness has never won the league’s most prized award. How can this possible be decided? A quick look at their Playoff stats: Kobe: 33.5 points, 5.25 rebounds, 6.25 assists CP3: 24.6 points, 5.6 rebounds, 12 assists Have we ever seen such a split vote amongst the NBA voters and bloggers? The “internet” NBA lovers have voted for CP3 but the “actual” NBA voters seem to be leaning toward Mr. Bryant. There have been countless articles, posts and rants thrown around that no one can agree upon. After each player finishes a game, we are sent another argument as to why this or that player should be our league MVP. How can this possibly be decided?...

A Little NBA Season End Venting

The regular season wrapped last week, the playoffs are well underway, and I’m a little frustrated. The season itself was fantastic and I have zero complaints about it, but now that it is over I’ve become almost annoyed with the lack of creativity I’ve seen. Just because the playoffs start doesn’t mean we all have to beat things to death with 1000 same topic posts, do we? How many “My vote for MVP goes to…” posts can you possibly have? At some point don’t you start wondering if anyone is going to care? I mean, people started writing these in week 2 calling Dwight Howard the MVP and by the end of the season and 15,000 posts later, the majority had switched over to either Kobe or CP3. So now we are onto looking for the simplest little tweak or bias to our post to try and get people to see our vision? It’s not up to us! How many “Tonight’s playoff preview…” posts can you possibly have? I understand that there are few games right now and being playoff games they are always exciting, but why does each person need to write their own game preview? Doesn’t ESPN, SI, Yahoo, and every other major website or newspaper do this for us already? Throwing your own flair into it must be the reason, right? How many “Kobe and the Aston Martin…” posts can you possibly have? I actually thought the initial video was pretty lame. I’ve seen this stunt done by skateboards and extreme sport guys for years. Maybe because Kobe got all “thugged” out with Heart-Man Turiaf it...

Reasons! A Quick Look at NBA Playoff Stats

  How about a quick look at some stats from the NBA Playoffs? Here is a list of 5 box score stats for each series through 2 games that stand out as to reasons why every team is up 2-0. (With a little side commentary to go along with them, of course.) Suns vs. Spurs: Spurs lead 2-0 Grant Hill scores 5 points in 2 games with Finley or Parker guarding him? Huh? Leandro Barbosa scores 0 points in game 2. Weren’t you the sixth man of the year last year? Ginobili sure as hell isn’t flopping come playoff time is he? Shaq, 11 points 5 boards in game 2? Oof. Tony Parker plays 91 minutes in 2 games and thanks himself for taking half the season off. Amare goes for 66 points in 2 games. Obviously the Spurs know he can’t beat them by himself and are game-planning this. Mavericks vs. Hornets: Hornets lead 2-0 Brandon Bass scores 19 in game 2. When Brandon Bass is your second leading scorer, you won’t win much. Jason Kidd averages: 9 pts, 6.5 rebounds, 8.5 assists, 2 steals, 2.5 turnovers. Chris Paul averages: 33.5 pts, 4 rebounds, 13.5 assists, 3.5 steals, 2 turnovers. Chris Paul And…Chris Paul Raptors vs. Magic: Magic lead 2-0 Bargnani totals 14 points and 4 rebounds in 2 games. Buuuuuuust! Wasn’t he on my White Boy Bust list? Dwight Howard with 8 blocks, Raptors team with 2. Can you say “presence”? J.J. Redick with 0’s across the board. This being a reason the Magic are up 2-0. Rashard “Overpaid” Lewis goes 0-9 on 3’s in game 1....

Getting out of a Basketball Blogging Funk

I know I haven’t posted in almost 5 days (Sorry!) and the only real excuse I have is that I was a little busy with the family this weekend and I didn’t have a chance to watch ANY NBA games. Sounds absurd huh? For a guy running a basketball blog? Well you’d be surprised at how fast a weekend can go! Friday was carne asada steak taco night which kicked ass until the next morning when my stomach wanted to blow up. Too much beer, whiskey and taco meat truly DOES a number that you shall never ask to be repeated. Saturday featured my Mom owning up some bowling tourney while I consumed cheap bowling alley $2 Michelob’s and cheered! (First place after the first day; solid work Mom!) After napping off the bad beer we readied ourself for dinner. We ate at a fantastic Indian restaurant called the Bombay Cricket Club which you should all try the next time you stop in Portland. Finding myself so fascinated with cricket on a mini-tv during my Lamb Tikka Botee was something to see. If only I knew what the hell was actually going on or what the hell was firing up my mouth I would have been golden! Then came Sunday and a quick recap on Saturday’s Playoff games followed by the Mom’s team not fairing so well. More cheap beer and a disappointing finish in the tourney sent me home for the day hoping for something exciting. For good reason the basketball was finally turned on, but I didn’t actually sit down to watch it. Instead I set up...

The List: 10 NBA Videos of the Week

How about a list of the top 10 videos for this week of the playoffs? There are so many videos out there that a compilation just sounds like a great idea. 10. Kenny Smith jumps an Aston Martin. 9. Bob Delaney just ejected a fan? 8. Haywood drops LeBron. 7. Ernie Johnson doing his own toolbox Stevenson. 6. Kobe Bryant with a Jordan-esque moment. 5. People are loving this Steve Nash “60 Million Dollar Man” video. 4. LeBron shuts up toolbox Stevenson. 3. Kirilenko and the flop of the century. 2. Shaq hit in the “scrotum.” 1. Michael Jordan – Maybe...