The first third of the NBA season has been filled with tons of excitement. Join our trio of hosts as they discuss the recent firing of Sacramento Kings head coach Mike Malone, Rajon Rondo has a new home in Dallas, we give out grades to new faces in new places and hand out some early awards.
In Episode 143, we dig deep into the Timberwolves struggles and how they should approach the impending free agency of Kevin Love. We also broke down the trade between the Warriors, Celtics, and Heat.
There’s no question that since Michael Jordan the league has been transformed into a perimeter players’ league. With the exceptions of Hakeem, Shaq and perhaps Yao Ming, the most influential players of the last 20 years have all played on the perimeter: Jordan, Kobe, TMac, Vince Carter, Grant Hill, AI, DWade, Carmelo, and LeBron James. Even 7 footers who might previously have played with their backs to the basket now move more like George Gervin than they do like Patrick Ewing. Dirk Nowitzki, Pau Gasol, and Kevin Durant are three great examples of the way perception of the 7 footer has evolved over the last decade.
But the dominance of the perimeter player doesn’t mean that the center position is without value. Despite the faddish popularity of “small ball”, the traditional style of basketball with a dominant center is still incredibly effective. Dwight Howard, Marc Gasol and Roy Hibbert play more traditional center roles and are highly successful at it. So here are five up-and-coming centers to keep an eye on as they use the ’13-’14 season as they springboard into success. 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
- 12:05 – Kobe’s role reversal
- 21:10 – Lamont and Adam book a bet
- 28:10 – What should Boston do now that Rondo is out for the season?
- 40:50 – Memphis moves Rudy Gay in three-team, six-player trade
- Caron Butler fakes out the Raptors after getting blown out (YouTube)
- Kobe Bryant on his role change (YouTube)
- Kobe vs. Wilt (The Basketball Jones)
- Rudy Gay traded to Raptors (ESPN)