Chris Paul is Now a Clipper. An NBA Joke.

I Describe this trade in three words – A Bleeping Joke! The NBA owned team (Hornets) sent the best PG in the game to the racist Don Sterling. Why might you ask? To try to revive the joke of the NBA— The Los Angeles Clippers. Lets be honest. The Lakers already have a great audience. The Clippers do not. Why not spread the wealth around the NBA. LA is a huge market. Since the NBA is a show why not entice Hollywood? I’m sure Jessica Alba is a happy woman today. She has a reason to go to more Clip games. No reason to give Chris Paul to the Lakers when you can revive a dead franchise in the same building. In reality there are only 5 markets that mean anything – New York, Boston, Los Angeles, Miami (because Lebron exists), and Dallas. That’s it. Post lockout Stern wisely decided to pump up one of only two markets that has two teams – NY and LA. In fact, LA almost had 3 teams! Remember last year when the Kings were looking into Anaheim? They would have been the Anaheim Kings of Los Angeles. The NBA seems more like a Ponzi scheme then it does an Association. Here’s the trade directly from ESPN: The Clippers will send guard Eric Gordon, center Chris Kaman, forward Al-Farouq Aminu and Minnesota’s unprotected 2012 first-round pick to the Hornets for Paul. The Clippers will also receive two future second-round picks. Stern is trying to rebuild the New Orleans franchise. This is shady as shady comes. Sell off the pieces and stockpile the 2012 first...

LB Is Back

Ok People. I’m back. Enough fluff. I’ll be covering the NBA daily as only LB can. Since my contract has been renewed I can stop holding out. I am however looking for a side kick to help shoulder the load. If interested email: kobeofthenba@gmail.com. As always guest posting is welcome. I am on a Facebook protest for reasons I can’t write. The feed to FB will continue to autostream. However, if you wish to interact with us we will be embracing twitter daily so feel free to engage there– follow...

The Return of the NBA and the Death of Hip-Hop

Though I’m annoyed and still unsure as to whether I will purchase NBA League Pass; I am happy the NBA is back. The stalemate has ended and indeed we will see a 66 game season. The playoffs are going to be a wild ride with back to back games. I look forward to watching the drama unfold. However, will the rest of America return to watch? They were able to salvage the Christmas games. This is HUGE. Many families are accustomed to having the NBA on the tube while opening presents (mine included). The shortened season bodes well for the veteran teams like Boston and LA Lakers. Lebron should still be in shape since he marched around the country playing pickup ball. Miami will be an early favorite as ALWAYS. Bottom line is we have ball. This is big for a blogger like myself that needs the Association for headlines. Otherwise, the best I can write about is the death of Hip-Hop. That is all the new Sixers ownership could do during the lockout— fire their mascot! Maybe, now they can finally get around to trading the “other AI” Andre Iguodala!...

NBA Players Move Legal Fight to Minnesota

After filing two separate antitrust lawsuits against the league in different states, NBA players are consolidating their efforts and have turned to the courts in Minnesota as their chosen venue. A group of named plaintiffs including Carmelo Anthony, Steve Nash and Kevin Durant filed an amended federal lawsuit against the league in Minnesota on Monday, hoping the courts there will be as favorable to them as they have been to NFL players in the past. The locked-out players filed class-action antitrust suits against the league last Tuesday in California and Minnesota. The California complaint was withdrawn Monday. “The likelihood was we’d get a faster result in Minnesota than California,” players’ lawyer David Boies said. “I think the result would be the same.” NBA owners locked out the players July 1, and the labor strife between the two sides has forced games to be canceled through Dec. 15. “This is consistent with Mr. Boies’ inappropriate shopping for a forum that he can only hope will be friendlier to his baseless legal claims,” Rick Buchanan, NBA executive vice president and general counsel, said in a statement. Federal court in Minnesota was the venue for all NFL labor disputes that reached the courts for the past two decades. The NFL players enjoyed several victories over the owners there, most recently when U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson issued a temporary injunction this summer that lifted the NFL’s owner-imposed lockout. That decision was stayed and eventually overturned on appeal by the 8th Circuit in St. Louis. Boies insisted the only reason to pick Minnesota was to speed up the process. The first case...

The Players Greed Has Allowed A Nuclear Holocaust

Never did I think the Players of the NBA would allow it to go this far. This email from a 74 year old grandmother says it best: I am a 74 year old mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who, until now, would never want to miss any NBA game.  We had NBA League Pass until this season when we didn’t rejoin because of the lockout.   I am ashamed of the NBA players who think a 50/50 split is not fair.   Is it that they don’t think they make enough money?   What amazes me is that with all the charity work they do that they do not realize what this lockout has done to our economy.   Just think of all the people who are out of work because of this and all the cities who have lost business, restaurants, hotels/motels/–just everything.    I have been a Steve Nash fan and didn’t miss a game when he was in Dallas.    I just loved to watch him play.  I became a Phoenix Suns fan when he went to Phoenix even though I live in Texas.    As much as I have enjoyed watching professional basketball, the way I feel right now is that I really don’t care if I ever watch another game again.    I hope they all end up having to beg for a job from someone who feels as I do.  Thank you for letting me vent.   I know no one will ever read this or take it seriously, but I can tell you, for what it’s worth, that the professional basketball has lost a lot of watchers that I doubt will ever...

Halloween With No NBA a True Possibility – Preseason Has Died

Halloween with no NBA is a very possible event. This is something I hoped not to see. LB hoped that the idiots that run the NBA (Davis Stern and company) would have realized the importance of settling this labor dispute. I have always equated the beginning of the fall with NBA basketball. Of course, as a kid, I just enjoyed trick or treating. Now, as I have aged, I still enjoy Halloween but I love the NBA. I yearn for those first games. Another year, another storyline— will Larry Brown come back to coach yet another team? Will Lebron ramble about 7 championships then not deliver? Will Shaq dress in drag?  What NBA team will relo this year? I live for the next off the wall predictions from Chuck Barkley. I love to watch my boy Kobe in the twilight of his career. I’m waiting for his game 6 top of the key MJ moment. That has all been taken away from me. Now, Kobe is buying a Villa in Italy. He is going to play basketball overseas. This is a disgrace. What should be my time to watch basketball has been overshadowed by greed and spoiled brats. I’m not sure who is the worse brat— the players or the owners? I tend to believe it is the owners. They are lead by the pompous man Mr. Stern. Does this man not realize that by not playing ball the brand of the NBA will become irrelevant? MLB survived their lockout by allowing the roids to run rampant. With the roids we had the infamous Mcguire/Sosa race to 62 home runs....

DirectTV Shares Their Love of the Lockout – Players/NBA Set to Meet Again

I’m touched… I got a letter today in the mail stating that Direct TV won’t charge me for my NBA Leaguepass until the labor dispute is settled. Isn’t this obvious?!? But, alas, the shear fact that they sent the letter isn’t a good sign. The NBA and players have still not come to an agreement and my pained existence continues. ESPN is reporting that the players union and the NBA are set to meet again today. Lets hope they can hash out their differences and allow us, the fans, the ones who pay for their salaries to get our sport back. They claim if this meeting goes well they will follow it up on Thursday and Friday. And Pigs Fly!...

It’s Sad When NBA Basketball is Relegated to PickUp Games — Ray Ray Dancing

When ESPN is promoting a Lebron vs Durant pickup game  you know we have reached an all time low with regards to NBA basketball coverage. Is is shocking that Durant dropped 59 points playing pickup and lost? Yawn, pickup ball is as bad as the All-Star game. All they do is showboat to the crowds. This is a sad attempt by the players to attempt to stay relevant while the strike lingers on into its 3rd month. Let me know when “real” basketball starts. At least I got something to watch during the lockout. Ron Artest has joined the cast of Dancing with the Stars. He has a new professional partner Peta Murgatroyd. I know nothing about her other then that fact she is smoking! With a man as big and goofy as Ron Ron I wonder how well he will do. Artest claim he is “adept” enough to play tight end in the NFL. With a skill set like that he should have no problems winning the “Mirror Ball” for his new partner Peta. I never thought I would be so desperate as to cover reality TV but we all sink to new lows without the NBA. I will be covering Ron Ron’s reality TV foray in its entirety. Feel free to stop back at LB after each Artest...