The NBA returned from the All-Star break, mourned the passing of Dr. Jerry Buss, and yawned through the trade deadline. This week we talked about why the trade deadline was so quiet and the story lines that will shape the stretch run of the 2012-13 season.
Around the age of 5 or 6 I picked up a basketball for the first time during recess. I wasn’t yet big enough to get the ball to the rim. Girls were still carrying cooties back then so given the choice between playing hide and seek with them or chucking a basketball 8 feet into the air at the rim, I went with the latter. Sometime later, I’m at my father’s house for the weekend. He turns on the TV to a Lakers’ game. “Dad they play basketball on TV?” “Yes, son, they do.” “That team has a player named Magic?” “Yes, son.” “Is that really his name?” “Yes, it is.” I was hooked. Basketball became my favorite sport and the Lakers were my favorite team. Continue reading →
With the All-Star break comes midseason awards, Hedo Turkoglu on ‘roids, Derrick Rose’s very patient approach to his return from injury, what we look forward to seeing this All-Star weekend, and a very timely placed Ron Jeremy joke. Enjoy the show!
This season, four NBA franchises have changed head coaches. These types of coaching changes occur when a team is struggling and failing to meet expectations, whether those expectations were realistic or not. Either that, or a head coach doesn’t get along with his player(s). Most of the time I’m not a fan of midseason coaching changes. To me it’s like trying to fix a brick wall with scotch tape. When a team struggles the reasons for the struggle go beyond just bad coaching. Sure, coaching could be part of it, but a sub-talented roster or bad chemistry could also be part of the reasons too. That being said, coaches are always easier to remove than players and I thought now would be a good time to examine the teams that have changed coaches both before and after the change happened. Continue reading →
In a classic scene at the end of the movie Juice, Omar Epps’ character Q gets into a fight with Tupac’s character Bishop. The fight leads to Bishop’s death, much to the chagrin of Q. As Q walks away, another kid tells him, “Yo, you got the juice now, man.” I bring up this scene because it’s the source of this episode’s title, which, as you may have guessed, revolves around steroids and performance enhancing drugs in the NBA. We also talked about underpaid superstars, Billy Hunter’s leave from the players union, and the role of superstars in the NBPA.
00:00 – Introduction
02:00 – Performances and Embarrassments of the Week
08:10 – Was it okay for the Rockets to attempt to break the record for three-point field goals at the end of a blowout?
13:00 – Steroids in the NBA: who around the league might be juicing?
Every year the Bulls, Lakers, Clippers, and Spurs embark on lengthy road because their home arenas are occupied by events.The Bulls’ Circus Trip occurs every fall when the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus takes over the United Center; Staples Center plays host to The Grammys every February, sending the Lakers and Clippers packing; and the Spurs must vacate AT&T Center when San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo comes to town. Continue reading →
It’s nice when the entire band plays together. You just get a fuller, more complete sound. In Episode 108 we discussed the league’s responsibility to admit blown calls, Kobe’s transition to point guard, Lamont and Adam’s side bet, how Rajon Rondo’s injury impacts their immediate and long term future, and Rudy Gay’s trade to Toronto.
00:00 – Introduction
02:55 – Performances and Embarrassments of the Week