Who is the Next Popovich?

As I was driving today a thought came into my mind. Who is the next Gregg Popovich? For that matter who is going to be the next George Karl, Zen Master Jackson, Larry Brown, or Jerry Sloan? The NBA has been blessed by some coaches with “character” and “charisma” over the years. These fab five are on their way out. In fact Larry Brown is already gone. At age 70 I have serious doubts that he will choose to coach again. There is a good chance this is the final year of Coach Zen- especially if he wins again. Jerry Sloan is hanging by a thread. George Karl wants to continue to coach. After his courageous bout with cancer how much does he got left? This leaves Popovich as the last great standing. Young coaches come into the Association. Some succeed but to be frank most fail. Of the active “young” coaches who passes the smell test?  Avery Johnson was wildly successful early in his coaching career with Dallas. Even with that success he got bounced. He did the “required” stint with ESPN to repair his image. This “repair job” got him the lowly Nets Coaching gig. Granted, the Nets are relo’n to Brooklyn, but they are a long way off in regards to competing. Time will tell if Johnson’s inspirational crap can return this hapless franchise to respectability. Will it be Johnson or his BILLIONAIRE owner that recruits players? Kobeofthenba’s BS meter is raised. He will wilt under the pressure of the NY lights. The lights are much dimmer on the Jersey side. Scottie Brooks – This man has a...

Donald Sterling: The Court Jester

The Clippers have been a sad, sad, NBA Franchise for many years. Donald Sterling has always entertained me. He has been heckling players for years. Now, he has set his sites on the fat, out of shape, lazy, Baron Davis. I wish I lived in LA just so I could witness this train wreck. I remember when the Clip signed Baron Davis. He just came off a great year playing for Nellie and the Warriors. That was the last good year the Warriors had. They were so much fun to watch. I loved the no defense run and gun style of the Warriors. Alas, that was then and this is now. Baron Davis has logged a TON of minutes in the NBA. His knees were shot then. He can barely even get up the floor now. This reminds me of the end of the Chris Weber era. Weber understood the game and still yearned to play. He just lost all his ups. Baron Davis can’t jump. At this point Chris Kamaan can out jump him. Who said white men can’t jump? Donald Sterling signed Davis when he thought he was going to resign Elton Brand. Once Elton bolted years ago Sterling was stuck overpaying a fading “name.” The irony? Sterling has a reputation for not paying NBA players. The man who never pays now has to pay. No wonder he has gone to heckling him courtside. He knows he is stuck and Sterling is trying to guilt Davis into retiring. A quote from Baron Davis (courtesy of ESPN): “I have no comment on that. You just get to this point...

The Last 48 Hours

Sorry devote Le Basketbawl followers…. I won’t let my brain cramps continue. Tis’ the Season to lose the balance of life and the blog and chain. Add to that and the Lebron escapade made me physically sick. I just couldn’t bring myself to cover that debacle. Who the hell is Jodie Meeks? He scored 26 points for the 76ers and lead them to victory. All I know is that Evan Turner (the #2 pick) was benched for this cat. I found pics on this guy with Milwaukee so I guess he came from there.  His stats ain’t nothing to write home about. Either way it was nice to see the 76ers stick it to their old coach “Larry Brown.” Though to be quite frank it was probably better for the fans because I’m not sure there is a player left on the 76ers roster that Brown coached. Either way the Bobcats were made to look like a laughing stock against the lowly Sixers… The Mavs won their 9th in a row beating the D League Sac Kings. Barea did everything he could to help the hapless Kingdom by missing 2 free throws in the final seconds of the game. This gave the Kings a chance but the bust of the draft Demarcus “can’t play” Cousins gave the game away. It’s irony this happened because the Mavs are such a good free throw shooting team. Dare I say the Mavs may do some damage this year in the playoffs? The season is early but they are looking like a fine wine….unlike the Miami Cold. However, it is my forgone conclusion...

The 70 Win Spurs; 5th World Championship?

The San Antonio Spurs are off the hook. They are the best team in the west and this is hard for myself to admit. Last night the old man Tim Duncan had a triple double. Granted, it was against the no defense Warriors but it is an impressive feat nonetheless at 34 y/o. This season he is still averaging double digits in scoring (15PPG) and rebounding (10RPG). Can the old one keep this up? If so the Spurs are on their way to a 5th World Championship. 15-2 is one impressive record. Let lebasketbawl be the first to go on record—-the Spurs will win 70 this year. In the NBA you need to have the players. That is just one facet however. Without the Coach you won’t win. Not many understand the pschye of the NBA player. That is why Jerry Sloan, King Zen, George Karl, Doc Rivers, Larry Brown, and Greg Popovich are so highly reverered.  Not only are they great coaches but they are great coaches that preach defense. Just look at the Miami COLD. It is obvious Eric Spoelstra is the wrong man for the job. Pat Riley is another one of the great coaches that can handle the NBA egos. He will have to come down from “the golden owner’s booth” to save this big 3. The Spurs have all the makings of a champion. A SG in Ginobili averaging 21 PPG and 5 APG. He is unselfish and is willing to give up the rock in the name of the team (ala the opposite of Mr. Turkey – Allen Iverson). A PG with a pornographic chip on his shoulder (Brent Barry’s ex-wife): Tony Parker isn’t able to get...

What Do Kobe and Jack Have in Common?

Jack and Kobe HATE to Lose! My boys are on a streak of sorts. 3 Losses. I’m not alarmed just a bit surprised. At 13-5 the wheels are far from falling off. Kobe has held up his end of the bargain scoring 41 against the Pacers and 29 against the Griz. The problem here is simple….NO BENCH. The bench scored a measly 24 points against the Griz and Pacers. King Zen has been through this before. Give him some time and he will let his bench play through this. Every year the Lakers find that bench player who steps up ala Shannon Brown. The Lakers are playing a man down without Bynum. So in reality Odom should be that spark off the bench. With Odom in the starting lineup the Lakers have less to turn to. World Champions are World Champions for as reason. I know my boys will look back at this as a lil bump in the road….more then we can say for the pathetic Miami...