Monthly Archives: March 2013

Spend Wisely – Examining Andrew Bynum

It was the biggest trade this past summer.  A four team blockbuster deal involving the Denver Nuggets, Los Angeles Lakers, Orlando Magic, Philadelphia 76ers, 13 players and 2 draft picks. Three of the aforementioned teams should be at least somewhat happy with the moves they made. The last team probably isn’t.  Before we get into why they aren’t let’s quickly summarize where the first three teams stand. Continue reading

Episode 115 – We’re Going Streaking!

With March Madness underway, let The Peoples Court provide you with a tournament free haven. Here, it’s all NBA, all the time. This week we talked more about Miami’s impressive win streak and their chances of sustaining it, Denver’s less-publicized win streak, Andrew Bynum’s season-ending surgery, and we played a game of “Either/Or”.

Episode Rundown

  • 00:00 – Introduction
  • 02:40 – Andrew Bynum’s season is over
  • 05:30 – D’Antoni tears into Lakers
  • 09:55 – “We’re going streaking!” Miami continues roll
  • 24:35 – Oh by the way, the Nuggets have a streak of their own
  • 32:45 –  Performance and Embarrassments of the Week
  • 40:10 – A game of “Either/Or”

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Episode 114 – You Heard It Here First

It seems that every time the three of us get together, it turns into Steroid Hour with Chris, Lamont, and Adam. It’s not our intention, but every week something happens that makes it more apparent that steroids play a huge role in the NBA. We also talked about our experience going to a Laker game, George Hill’s exasperation with the lack of support from Indiana’s home crowd, Kobe Bryant’s ankle injury and a detour into steroids, former players getting booed, Miami’s impressive win streak, and Adam’s bold prediction.

Episode Rundown

  • 00:00 – Introduction
  • 02:15 – The Peoples Brothers go to a Laker game
  • 05:40 – George Hill upset over lack of fan support in Indiana
  • 17:55 – Kobe Bryant’s Anklegate
  • 26:23 – STEROIDS!
  • 30:40 – Should former players get booed?
  • 41:45 – Performances and Embarrassments of the Week
  • 56:30 – Miami’s won 21 straight games, and Adam makes a bold prediction for the rest of their season

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Episode 113 – The Bill Cartwright Classic

You know it’s a good show when not even a cat can derail the proceedings. Adam recounted his experience at the Wizards game from eight rows up; our Performances and Embarrassments of the Week took a fun tangent to Kobe, steroids, the NBA’s planned HGH testing; we pondered how Tyrus Thomas got paid; and we came up with a fantastic replacement for the dunk contest.

Episode Rundown

  • 00:00 – Introduction
  • 02:58 – Adam from eight rows up
  • 12:35 – Performances of the Week
  • 18:10 – Kobe had such an exceptional week that we explore where he got the “juice” to do it
  • 22:25 – The NBA plans to move forward with HGH testing next season
  • 35:10 – Embarrassments of the Week
  • 43:05 – Dunk contest improvement suggestions
  • 47:00 – Tyrus Thomas, #HowDidHeGetPaid
  • 51:10 – JaVale McGee vs. DeAndre Jordan in the Bill Cartwright Classic (another potential dunk contest replacement)

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Tyrus Thomas, #HowDidHeGetPaid

Have you ever wondered how a player who’s been inconsistent and nothing more than potential became a multi-millionaire? In the third installment of #HowDidHeGetPaid, we examine the case of Tyrus Thomas.

Tyrus Thomas is due to receive $8 million dollars this season from the Charlotte Bobcats. This despite having played in only 18 games this season and averaging slightly less than 5 PPG, 3 RBG and 1 BPG. So how did he get paid?

Thomas was part on LSU team that made an improbable run to 2006 NCAA Final Four. His dominating and athletic performance during that year’s NCAA Tournament led the Portland TrailBlazers to drafting him 4th overall that summer. The Blazers then traded him to the Chicago Bulls for LaMarcus Aldridge. He showed some promise, more athleticism and potential in limited playing time with the Bulls, but not enough as Chicago traded him to the Charlotte Bobcats during the 2010 season. For the remainder of that year his 10 PPG, 6 RBG and blossoming potential were enough for the Bobcats to ink to a 5 year, $40 million contract. The hope from the Bobcats was that his athleticism would grow into a corner piece for the franchise.

Coach Mike Dunlap has called Tyrus’ effort this season inconsistent. Thomas is at risk of being amnestied this off-season and the Bobcats have gotten little return on their investment into his potential. And that’s how got paid.

Eight Rows Back: Notes from a Wizards Game

I have a rule about going to sporting events: If I can’t see it better in person than I can on TV then I’m not interested in going. The hassle of parking, costs and crowds just isn’t worth it if I could see the action better from my couch. But last Wednesday my brother and I got tickets 8 rows behind the Washington Wizards bench for their matchup against the Detroit Pistons. There were two things I notice simultaneously about the game: How familiar it is and how foreign it is. Continue reading

Episode 112 – Lakers v. Cuban

In the first ever Peoples Court Basketball Trial – Lakers v. Cuban – the Lakers, represented by Chris, accuse Mark Cuban, represented by Lamont, of insider trading and tampering, presided over by the honorable Fredara Hadley. Court is now in session!

Episode Rundown

  • 00:00 – Introduction
  • 03:20 – Lakers v. Cuban
  • 16:27 – Judge Hadley’s ruling
  • 19:00 – Tony Parker on the mend
  • 22:30 – Derek Fisher signs with Thunder
  • 26:15 – In a shocking move, Knicks acquire Kenyon Martin
  • 31:40 – Andrew Bynum’s future
  • 41:30 – Performances and Embarrassments of the Week

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