Monthly Archives: January 2013

Hedo Turkoglu, #HowDidHeGetPaid

Are you curious about how a player who’s never made an All-Star team became a multi-millionaire? In the second installment of #HowDidHeGetPaid, we examine the weird case of Hedo Turkoglu.

For the 2013 season, injuries have limited Hedo Turkoglu to just 6 games during which he’s only averaging 4.0 ppg, 2.8 rpg, and 2.3 apg. Still, he is due to receive a shade over $11 million from the Orlando Magic. So, how did he get paid? Turkoglu began his career in the 2000-01 season with the upstart Sacramento Kings. He was then traded to the Orlando Magic where, statistically, he had his best seasons. This culminated in 2009, when when his all around game and play making abilities were arguably the 2nd biggest reason that Magic team reached the NBA Finals. His averages of 16.8 ppg, 5.3 rpg, and 4.9 apg made the impeding free agent a player in demand. A combination of the Magic’s unwillingness to meet Hedo’s contract and their decision to make changes to that roster sealed his departure. A complex 4 team sign and trade deal saw Turkoglu land in Toronto with a $52.8 million, 5 year contract. Continue reading

Episode 107 – You Need To Be Really Good Just To Make It

Lot’s of happenings this week in the NBA and we managed to cover most of them. The coaches voted for the 2013 All-Star reserves, the Sacramento Kings are one step closer to moving to Seattle, and Brian Scalabrine proves every NBA player is really, really good at basketball. Also, we highlight Hedo Turkoglu in #HowDidHeGetPaid and Adam lays into Dwight Howard. Enjoy.

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2013 NBA All-Star Reserves

2013 NBA All-Star Game logo Last week, the NBA announced who the fans voted to start in this year’s All-Star game. Our very own Chris differed slightly from the rest of the voters and made his own decision on who should start in this year’s festivities. Now it’s time for coaches around the league to vote on the remaining roster spots and I figured I’d do the same. A few quick things before we get started. The NBA redid the lineup format this season, eliminating traditional positions and listing players as either front court or back court. Coaches must vote for three front court players, two back court and two wild cards. We’ll being doing the same here. Continue reading

Episode 106 – The King Stays The King

With the big sports stories this week coming from outside the NBA, Lebron James broke a record and his Heat team decided it was time to remind people they’re still the champs. We powered through some technical difficulties that are both annoying and funny.

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Episode 105 – From Sacramento, With Love

The past week in the NBA brought forth all sorts of goodies, including news of a potential Kings sale, an unhappy Dirk Nowitzki, and another coaching change. Apparently the week was so noteworthy that we talked for over an hour. Watch the entire episode above, or jump to a specific topic via the rundown below.

Episode Rundown

  • 00:00 – Introduction
  • 03:35 – Sacramento Kings on the move?
  • 12:10 – Quick Notes (Scott Skiles and Greg Oden)
  • 20:20 – Performances and Embarrassments of the Week
  • 27:35 – #HowDidHeGetPaid
  • 29:40 – Dirk Nowitzki questions the directions of the Dallas Mavericks
  • 41:50 – What do LeBron James and Tom Cruise have in common?

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Luke Walton, #HowDidHeGetPaid

Have you ever wondered how a middling reserve became a multi-millionaire? In #HowDidHeGetPaid, we explore how these players attained their inflated salaries, and what has transpired since.

In 2012-13, Luke Walton is averaging 2 points, 2 rebounds, and 1 assist per game, yet he stands to make nearly $6.1 million this season. So, how did he get paid? In 2005-06, Luke helped the 8th seeded Lakers push the Suns to 7 games. The next season, he posted career highs in points, rebounds, assists, steals, blocks, and minutes played. In the 2007 off season, Luke was considered one of the best free agent small forwards available. The Lakers, hoping to lock up a key contributor for Phil Jackson’s triangle offense for years to come, inked Walton to a 6-year, $30 million dollar contract, in a classic case of overpaying your own free agent. Continue reading

Why Basketball at All? Part I

13.01.10-DetroitPistons-2004NbaChampionsandsWhen I studied abroad in England I tried to learn how to smoke. Everyone my age smoked at the time, and I wanted to figure it out, to be more than just a social smoker, to be a real smoker. It seems absurd now, but these are the things we do when we’re young. I bought a pack of cigarettes, Marlboro reds, for the records, went out to the quad of the dorms, lit one up and smoked it. When that one was gone, I lit another and smoked it too. Then I got light-headed, went back inside and gave up on cigarettes. Continue reading

Athletic Performance


That is the title of a recent feature from ESPN’s 30 for 30 series. It’s subject: the men’s 100 M final in the 1988 Seoul Olympics. Namely, a near perfect sports’ moment that was ruined by the illegal drug use of one Ben Johnson.  It’s not the first time that 30 for 30 has covered anabolic steroid use in Track and Field. They did a feature on Marion Jones and her own steroid scandal in a previous season.

Track and Field, baseball, cycling and football have all had major scandals or issues with steroids or performance enhancing drugs (PEDs). I can’t even begin to count the number of athletes who have tested positive for some PED or another. Many others who have not tested positive have probably used PEDs, but have managed to escape a positive test result. Continue reading

Andray Blatche: Fantasy Hero

act_andray_blatcheAndray Blatche, 13 and 12 with 4 steals for a tidy 23 fantasy points: This is why I play fantasy basketball. Why, you might ask yourself, would a moderately above average performance from a moderately inspiring journeyman in a pretty exciting mid-season game between two mediocre teams be such an emotional touchstone for me? Why would it validate fantasy basketball for me at all? Because his performance made my hobby feel useful. Continue reading