Archive for February, 2010

Take the shot — LeBron James

Posted: February 25, 2010 in NBA, State the case

Stank-0, I like this concept.  I will state the case for one, Lebron Raymone James.

 pic courtesy of wikipedia.org

I could go on and on about what a physical specimen he is, but I won’t.  You already know that.  The NBA has never seen anyone with stats like LBJ.  Six feet 8, two hundred fifty pounds give or take about 20-25.  

From the low post on out, LBJ is strong enough to power up a shot against single coverage and sometimes double teams.  His shot from deep has gotten better but his mid-range J is wet. 

He shoots 47.1% from the field, 32.8% from deep, and 73.8% from the line.  That means he can win from the charity stripe if necessary.

Let’s get to the subject at hand.  He already has experience with taking game winners.  This is from the playoffs last year.  I’m sure you all remember the buzz beater right?  If not, then peep the vid below. 

http://www.youtube.com/v/2if2iO3tUcE&hl=en_US&fs=1&

He has hit them in the regular season as well.  The second vid is against the Hornets. 

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In short, Lebron will not get shook taking the last shot.  What’s even better is with his ball handling skills, he can pass out if there’s an open teammate.  You don’t give LBJ the rock so he can pass off in the clutch, right?  It’s the ability to pass off that makes defenses have to stick close to their man.

 If I only have 5 seconds left in the game, I want LeBron R. James taking the shot to win the game. 

Take the shot?

Posted: February 23, 2010 in NBA, State the case

Now Stank-0 has some people in mind but this was prompted by one of the security guards at work.  It’s very simple actually.  In the NBA right now, if there’s only 5 seconds left in the game who do you want taking the shot? 

Stank-0 has three people in mind but maybe there are more.  Scratch that four if not five.  This will be a series and Stank-0 will see if he can get the rest of the team to each pick a person after we get some thoughts about who those individuals are. 

Each of the people that Stank-0 will mention has the bonafides to take that last shot, however, there was only one name on Stank-0’s mind when the security guard asked him the question.  Stank-0 will not spoil it right now, but all the writers will reveal whom they think is that person to take the shot. 

Here are my preliminary people, in no particular order. 
Now those were the 4 that immediately jumped to mind, but a case could be made for more.  Ladies and gentleman, we have our next state the case.  Agree, disagree, or other admissions?
Stank-0 will have to include one more person. 

Cruisin’

Posted: February 23, 2010 in Big XII, college basketball, KU


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(AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

With #1 Kansasvictory tonight over OU, they have earned at least a share of their 6th straight Big XII regular season title.  With their record at 27-1, they are about to enter into some rare company.  At least record-wise, this team has to be considered among one of the best in KU’s history, and still have games to play.  Now Stank-0 doesn’t believe in hyberbole especially in February, but this team has a chance to be very special. 

As big of a fan of Sherron Collins that Stank-0 is, Xavier Henry is that dude.  Freshman and straight hoopin!  It’s so sad that it’s a very real possibility that he will declare after this season, but that’s a whole ‘nother post right there.

Stank-0 would appreciate a few more trap games to get them prepared for the Big XII tourney and of course the Dance. KU is a 1 seed in the Midwest bracket. LOCK IT UP!

Is KU ready to dance or not?  The floor is yours.

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Inside the deals

Posted: February 18, 2010 in NBA, trade

Well the Wizards kicked this all off by dealing Butler, Stevenson, and Haywood to Dallas.  The Wiz are clearly doing two things: 1. blowing this team up and starting over and 2. clearing cap space to bring in fresh blood.  They received some players in return.  One of those players, Drew Gooden is now on his way to the Clippers in exchange for Al Thornton. 

The Wiz get: Josh Howard, Al Thornton and some spare parts aka expiring contracts

The Mavs get: The Butler to replace Howard, Stevenson as trade filler, and Haywood to fill in for Dampier. 

Win-win for everyone! 

There are whispers that McGrady and Martin are exchanging places.  The deal hammered out Wednesday night would send Martin, Kenny Thomas, Hilton Armstrong and Sergio Rodriguez to the Rockets for McGrady, Sixth Man Award contender Carl Landry, Joey Dorsey and an undisclosed amount of cash.  McGrady wants to be a Knick, for some very strange reason, so he may eventually move again. 

Kings get: Landry, McGrady, Dorsey, and some cheese

Rockets: get Martin to pair with Ariza and some parts

Rockets got the better of this deal. 

The Wiz then dealt Jamison to the Cavs for Z.  Washington also gets a 2010 first-round draft pick from Cleveland along with the rights to Emir Preldzic, who was selected in the second round of last year’s draft.  The Clippers receive Gooden for Thornton, and the Cavs also get Sebastian Telfair. 

It is expected that the Wiz will buyout Z’s deal enabling him to re-sign with the Cavs in 30 days. 
 
Sorry but the Wiz got swindled on this on.  The Cavs will basically get Jamison for free. 
 
Then there are the Knicks sending Nate Robinson to the C’s for Eddie House.  Not sure what the thinking is on this one.  There are comparable players maybe it’s the contracts.  Some particulars
 

House is making $2.86 million in the final year of his contract. Still to be determined is how exactly the Celtics and Knicks can swing a deal given that Robinson is a base-year compensation player, meaning only about $2 million of his $4 million salary this season can be counted in any trade. The Boston Globe reported that, according to a source, J.R. Giddens would be headed to New York in the deal as well.

Still don’t see why they are dealing for Robinson, do they need a court jester up there?

That’s about it for right now.  Just looking from a distance, the Cavs clearly got the better of all the deals, with Dallas right behind them.  The Mavericks are interested in Z after his buyout.

UPDATE!:  McGrady is a Knick!  In other salary dumping moves, the Knicks unloaded Darko to Minnesota for Brian Cardinal.  To go from #2 pick to being dealt straight up!?  Ouch! 

Lastly for now, the Sixers and Bucks are in a 4 player deal.

This is decidedly more about basketball but applies to all sports.

This is that game when your team isn’t as sharp because they generally came off an impressive win.  Or they are going deep into hated enemy territory.  Ah yes, the trap game. 

We’ve seen a few lately.  KU had a trap game last night and skated (just barely) through it.  Syracuse fell in their trap game to Rutgers.  Hell Cornell got their first ranking in decades and then lost in their trap game.  Tonight, UK has a potential one agaist Miss St.

How to know when you are in or going to a trap game.

  1. When your shots just outright refuse to fall.  If you can’t throw a ball into the ocean that night, you are in a trap game.
  2. The team you would normally blow the doors off of, is hangin in the game.
  3. Their shots are falling and keep falling and falling and…. which leads to
  4. The crowd keeping the opposing team in the game.  The volume’s decibels start climbing and suddenly the place is rocking.
  5. Your team has an unusually high number of turnovers.

Stank-0 will say this for the generally viewing audience a trap game is must see TV.  If that’s your team, then you are sweating worse than a whore in church.   

There are more ingredients to the perfect storm that is the trap game.  Any ideas?

On to the next one!

Posted: February 8, 2010 in NFL, playoffs

(AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)

Football is over!  Ponder that.  While NOLA dances the night and next couple days away, let’s do the post mortems. 

  • This Super Bowl just didn’t have that “it” factor.  Some of you think Stank-0 is too harsh, but how many of these playoff games will we be referencing in 5 years?  It felt like a really good regular season game.  If Stank-0 was forced to pick a game from the playoffs it would be GB @ AZ
  • In Stank-0’s mind, the bar for the Super Bowl was set by the Giants vs. Patriots.  Last year’s game, though, was very very good.
  • Coach Caldwell doesn’t seem devastated by the loss.  He seems motivated to get back. 
  • Not sure a 100% Freeney would have been able to get more pressure on Brees. 
  • Does this win signify that Brees is in Manning-Brady company or elevate him up there? Stank-0 has some thoughts on that.  
  • Which if any Saints free agents leave to get a payday?
  • Was the INT on Manning or Wayne or just a good defensive play? 
  • Can we put out an APB for Reggie Bush’s Super Bowl performance?  
  • Stank-0 feels like Manning vs. Brady is over.  Manning is the best QB on the planet. 
  • Stank-0 will say this again.  Don’t let the CBA expire and not get a new agreement.  If you want to see what happens to a league when you stop playing, look at the NBA and NHL.    
  • Not that it is an air-it-out league will we ever seen effective ground games in the Super Bowl again?

Draft is coming.  See what Stank-0 and the team can cook up for a live blog. 

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New king in town!

Posted: February 6, 2010 in dunk, NBA

Forget all the other dunks you have seen on here and this season.  We have a new sheriff in town and Stank-0 doubts anyone will do better.

http://www.youtube.com/v/VhyN-qCgjV0&hl=en_US&fs=1&

Disgusting!  Please believe, once better versions are available, they will be added.  For now, enjoy.

Since there’s no better vid right now, here’s a peace offering.

http://www.youtube.com/v/4jmiiR4hjPY&hl=en_US&fs=1&hd=1

In your own house!

Posted: February 4, 2010 in Big XII, college basketball, dunk

As you know, Stank-0 detests K-State and to a greater extent, Mizzou.  With said enjoy this young Aggies frosh Ray Turner banging out on a Mizzou defender. 

http://www.youtube.com/v/sjrPSDinP0I&hl=en_US&fs=1&color1=0x3a3a3a&color2=0x999999&hd=1

h/t Aunuwyn

Trifecta, basketball edition

Posted: February 1, 2010 in Kobe Bryant, NBA, NCAA

Normally, we have a double play, but there’s alot goin on to write about. 

Sunflower State Showdown

Peter G. Aiken/Getty Images

Well dear readers, the subject of the first “State the Case,” Sherron Collins, was the hero in the KU @ K-State game.  Collins tried to end the game but had a costly turnover, which led to OT.

In OT, with time ticking away, Collins made the lay-up on a serious dribble drive that gave KU the victory.  I’m sure that Stank-0 is pleased with the win.  KU remains perfect in the Big XII. 

For two teams that have been meeting since 1907, I don’t know if they will ever top this one.  EVER. 

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Dealing A.I. for Billups might have been one of the smartest moves the Nuggets ever made.  Billups aka Smooth just finished up the best January of his career.  Of. His. Career.  Billups is one of the 5 best PG’s in the league.  He proved it today against the Spurs without the services of 30 points per game scorer Carmelo Anthony. 
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It was all good because K-Mart picked up the slack with 27 points on 9-15 shooting.  K-Mart was stroking it from 15 feet from either elbow.  Affalo also chipped in with about 18 on great shooting. 
If the Nuggets can win like this with Melo out, wait til he comes back. 
From watching the Spurs today, their window of opportunity has closed.  They are still Western Conference powers but they can’t put the clamps on anyone anymore.  They are 11-19 against .500 or better teams.
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I was worried this game would be a blowout because All-Star Rondo took over the 1st half.  Young boy was everywhere.  Couple that with the fact that Kobe was dinged up (finger, bad ankle, back spasms) and it looked like the C’s would run away with this one. 
Even with Kobe dinged up, he’s still formiable.  He had a horrible shooting game but took over in the closing moments to sink a free throw line fadeaway with Jesus Shuttlesworth playing perfect D to put the Lakers up one.  That was all they needed.
With 7.3 seconds left in regulation, the C’s run a pick and roll and Pierce is headed toward the basketball when he dishes to Jesus Shuttlesworth on the backside of the play.  Odom switches off KG to put his hands up and Shuttlesworth’s trey clangs off the rim.  Game! 
The Legend of the Black Mamba continues to grow!