Fellow basketball snob Tim Adkins joined The Court to wax poetic about the 2014-15 NBA playoff picture. Have the Cleveland Cavaliers finally turned the corner? Who will win out in the 3 team race for the #8 seed in the Western Conference? Can the Los Angeles Clippers finally breakthrough this May and make it to the Finals? And finally, will the Chicago Bulls find some consistency down the stretch? We do our best to answer all of those questions. You’re welcome.
Guest writer Tim Adkins joined me for an impromptu email exchange for some random observations about the first month of the 2014-15 NBA Season. Topics included best shooting guard, franchise players and the improved Eastern Conference.
Tim Adkins: Completely unrelated–but because I’m seeing your recent People’s Court post on the right of the screen–I was meaning to ask if y’all had started including Jimmy Butler in the best two-way two-guard conversations. I think it was last Thursday he put in work on the first half of a national doubleheader before Klay Thompson rec’d all the fawning in the second game. Made for an interesting juxtaposition.
Lamont Peoples: We’ve not had any discussions on best two-way shooting guard. Though Butler has certainly added himself to that very short list. Thompson got off to such a hot start that he got all that attention. I don’t think he can play at that high of a level for the whole season. Butler seems to be taking advantage of the opportunities given to him by a roster that’s loaded offensively. His defense is all-galaxy. If we do a segment on this would you care to weigh in? Continue reading
Derrick Rose recently said that when he sits out games, he’s thinking about life after basketball. A deeper dive into his comments reveals that he may have lost his franchise player status. Let us know if you agree.
Every season, there are only a handful of teams that affect the championship landscape. Find out which teams matter for 2014-15.
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)
The second half of our special two-part episode – check out part one here – features Lamont and Chris discussing Kobe Bryant’s latest injury, the Kendrick Perkins/Joakim Noah spat, NBA rivalries, the Houston Rockets’ onslaught of the three-point line, a new rule named after Antoine Walker, and so much more.
- 01:30 – Kobe suffers another setback
- 05:17 – Brook Lopez is out for the season
- 06:35 – Kendrick Perkins, Head of Locker Room Security
- 11:50 – NBA Rivalries
- 23:10 – Trade update
- 27:20 – A three-point love affair
- 35:35 – Should there be fours?
- 40:30 – Performances and Embarrassments of the Week
- The Peoples Court Episode 139a
- Kendrick Perkins polices the locker room (Ball Don’t Lie)
- Rockets in Revolt (TrueHoop)
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.
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