Find out who our panel thinks will miss the playoffs that made it last year, and which teams will replace them.
After a surprising Friday night in the NBA, we went in deep on the Heat, Nets, and Lakers, lamented the increasing number of key injuries around the league, analyzed the Andrew Bynum/Luol Deng trade, and ripped into JR Smith.
- 01:45 – How worried should the Heat be about losing to bad teams?
- 10:20 – How excited should the Nets be about five game winning streak?
- 16:10 – Has Mike D’Antoni lost control of the Lakers?
- 24:35 – Injury update: Bledsoe, Holiday, Anderson, Splitter
- 29:10 – Bynum for Deng: how did the Bulls and Cavs make out in the trade?
- 38:00 – Where should Andrew Bynum end up?
- 44:00 – Performances and Embarrassments of the Week
- 47:30 – JR Smith, from untying shoes to DNP
- NBA Nickname Night (ESPN)
- JR Smith fined $50k for untying shoe laces (CBS Sports)
- Andrew Bynum traded for Luol Deng, picks (ESPN)
Our latest is episode is full of goodies as we discussed parity in the NBA, previewed Kobe Bryant’s return to action, introduced a fun game to the show and gave you our Performances and Embarrassments of the Week.
- 00:00 – Opening
- 01:39 – It’s the Return of The Black Mamba
- 14:45 – Introducing the Change Game
- 23:52 – Performances and Embarrassments of The Week
- 29:18 – Should Brooklyn fire Jason Kidd?
- 38:00 – Has parity arrived in the NBA?
The Brooklyn Nets slow start has them looking like another team who made big moves but struggled last season.
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.
- 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
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.
Andray 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
It’s our final episode of 2012, and we took the time to talk about our favorite moments of the past year, plus Avery Johnson’s firing, teams and players that are on our radar, and debuted a new segment, “3 in the Key with Lamont.”
Christmas is next week, which means that most teams have played about 25 games. With a quarter of the season done, here are a few things I’ve liked and disliked about the season so far: Continue reading