Monthly Archives: November 2013

Jim and Jerry Buss

The Lakers are Tilting

In poker, the psyche of a player is just as important as the cards he’s dealt. You have to keep your composure; losing control usually leads to losing money. And lots of it. Sometimes though, even the most level-headed player will get pushed over the edge after suffering one too many bad beats1. In poker parlance, they go on tilt.

The Lakers have suffered through their fair share of bad beats in the past few years. Continue reading

Episode 135 – Grit, Grind, & Grimace

We mourned the injuries to Derrick Rose, Marc Gasol, and Andre Iguodala, compared the credentials of two celebrity fans, and gave the league an All-Star game suggestion.

Special Guest: Monique Judge

Courtside with Lee and Nicholson

Lee Versus Nicholson

Courtside celebrity shots seem to be a signature of every NBA telecast.  Whenever there’s a famous person(s) witnessing NBA action in person the networks can’t seem to help themselves from telling us that they’re there, as if somehow our viewing experience will be greatly enhanced by knowing who’s in the crowd or that we even care.  This goes double for games held in Los Angeles or New York as both cities are flush with celebrity residents and sport two of the association’s glamour franchises, the Lakers and the Knicks.  Naturally, those teams sport perhaps the biggest, celebrity fans in Spike Lee and Jack Nicholson.  Both have been die-hard, visible fans of their favorite teams for many years.  You, my faithful reader, will have the privilege of deciding which of them is the cooler celebrity fan. Continue reading

Episode 134 – It’s Only A Tweet

Our latest episode included a full, exciting plate of NBA action. We talked about our feelings on new rules that were introduced this season and how they’ve impacted the game thus far, we checked in to see whether we’ve been right or wrong with our pre-season predictions. Matt Barnes made big news with both his actions on and off the court. Finally, who was a hero and who was a goat with our Performances and Embarrassments of the Week.

Episode Rundown

  • 00:00 – Opening
  • 03:55 – Rule Changes and Points of Emphasis
  • 17:00 – Right or Wrong
  • 29:13 – Matt Barnes’ ejection and subsequent tweets
  • 45:15 – Performances and Embarrassments of The Week

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What To Do When Your Team Doesn’t Matter

At the start of every NBA season there’s a line that divides all 30 teams and the division only becomes bigger as the season progresses. No, I don’t mean the lines that divide conferences, divisions or even playoff teams.  The line I’m referring to is the line that separates title contenders and everyone else. It is, after all, what ultimately counts. I like to call that line Teams That Matter.  For the record, a team that matters is one that is capable of going on a deep playoff run and a deep playoff run is making it to either Conference Finals. In our 2014 season preview, I predicted that there were maybe 8 teams that matter. That leaves 22 teams that don’t matter.  As a fan of a team that doesn’t count this season (LA Lakers), I’ve come up with a list of ways to enjoy the NBA when your favorite team doesn’t matter. Continue reading

Episode 133 – Turning the Corner

We asked two important questions this week: What kind of star is Blake Griffin, and how will Jonathan Martin’s bullying case affect the closeted gay player? We also took a look at players primed for the leap into stardom, and our Performances and Embarrassments of the Week.

Episode Rundown

  • 00:00 – Opening
  • 03:15 – Woes in Clipperdom
  • 05:40 – What kind of star is Blake Griffin?
  • 15:25 – Stars in the making: Anthony Davis, Nic Vucevic, Eric Bledsoe
  • 24:00 – Bullying in the locker room: will it affect closeted players?
  • 41:25 – Performances and Embarrassments of the Week
  • 46:00 – Fantasy update

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Episode 132 – First Impressions

Premier week of the 2013-2014 season has come to a conclusion. Our TPC Terrible Trio recapped all of the exciting action including Derrick Rose’s return to action, our first impressions, our fantasy basketball experience, performances and embarrassments of the week and did any teams change our minds?

Episode Rundown

  • 00:00 – Introduction
  • 01:29 – League Pass is dangerous if you have kids
  • 03:50 – The return of Derrick Rose
  • 11:00 – First impressions from the 2013-14 debut week
  • 30:55 – The Peoples’ Court Fantasy Basketball Experiment
  • 36:48 – Performances and Embarrassments of The Week