Monthly Archives: December 2012

Kobe's Game Face

Imposing Your Will

You know that face. The focused eyes. The jutted jaw. The barred teeth. You know that face, and when you see it, you know what it means. It’s a look of determination, a glare that decrees, “I am not allowing my team to lose this game. Not on my watch.” When Kobe Bryant unveiled that face during the 2009 playoffs, I saw a man on a mission whose will would not be denied. Continue reading

Episode 103 – 2012 in the Rearview

It’s our final episode of 2012, and we took the time to talk about our favorite moments of the past year, plus Avery Johnson’s firing, teams and players that are on our radar, and debuted a new segment, “3 in the Key with Lamont.”

Episode 102 – Knick the Halls

Our holiday-themed show brought forth discussions on the New York Knicks, Amare Stoudemire, power forwards on the trading block, and an NBA Secret Santa gift exchange.

Episode 101 – Where’s Little Penny?

We spent much of this episode criticizing Kobe Bryant, but also had a vibrant discussion about the tragic shooting in Connecticut, our own personal leadership preferences, and our Performances and Embarrassments of the Week.

2 Missed Points in the Pop-Commish “Show Down”

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There’s been a lot of talk lately about the showdown between San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich and NBA head honcho David Stern. For those of you who haven’t been able to tear yourselves away from the cooling embers of the Petraeus scandal, I’ll give you the Cliff Notes: Commissioner Stern levied a $250k fine against the Spurs for sending home 4 of its starters before a nationally televised game against the Miami Heat. The mainstream media has turned it into a two gunslingers staring each other down, daring the other to blink. But is that really the case? Absolutely not. Despite pure tonnage of verbiage wasted on this topic I think there are two things that have been missed. The first is in regards to the entertainment value of basketball, and the second is about the intentions of Popovich.

While there’s no question that NBA fans love to watch the stars do battle on the hardwood (or whatever space age substance basketball courts are carved from these days) it’s certainly questionable, as many pundits have pointed out, that anyone in Miami showed up that fateful Thursday evening to see the aging trio of Duncan, Ginobli and Parker take the floor (and certainly if there’s a Danny Green fan club in Miami, then it’s a very lonely one). Stern levied his fine and issued an apology to NBA fans as though Popovich’s decision was a crime against their entertainment. If Stern is truly concerned how the fan experience is affected by Popovich’s decision, he’s evaluating through a single, highly myopic lens: the Marquee. Continue reading

Episode 100 – Back in Session!

The Peoples Court returns with Chris, Lamont, and Adam. In this episode we discussed the San Antonio Spurs getting fined $250,000 by the league, Dwight Howard and free throws, and our Performances and Embarrassments of the Week.

Open Letter to David Stern

David Stern, Commissioner
National Basketball Association

Mr. Stern,

Last week you issued a statement apologizing to fans for something you didn’t do. Since you did that I’m hoping that you’ll read a letter from a NBA fan of more than 20 years and take it to heart. I want to thank you for the decades of service you’ve done for the game of basketball.  Since joining the NBA in 1978 and becoming its commissioner in 1984, the association and basketball itself is in a much better place. The ways in which the game has expanded and grown under your watch are too numerous to list in this letter. Of course, you don’t need to be reminded of your accomplishments. You’ve had a Hall of Fame worthy career and will leave behind a legacy that anyone can be proud of.

That being said, Davey Boy, it’s past time for you hang it at all up and enjoy the fruits of your labor. I know it wouldn’t be easy for you, but let Adam Silver be the face of the league office. Let him have the final say on all league decisions, issue all the public statements, etc. You’ve groomed him and he’s ready. If he wasn’t ready for the job, you wouldn’t have named him your successor when you announced your retirement 15 months in advance. Speaking of which, was that announcement really necessary? I guess in your narcissistic mind it was so people could feed your ego and pat you on the back as you to take the scenic route riding off into the sunset. Continue reading