Join us to say farewell to David Stern and select our All-Star reserves, snubs, and surprises.
Christmas is coming which means that a little more than 25% of the 2013-14 NBA season has been played. Now’s a perfect time to share with you a few observations I’ve made about the season thus far. I even ran them by outgoing NBA Commissioner David Stern1, who allowed me to type up some of his remarks. Continue reading
In a classic scene at the end of the movie Juice, Omar Epps’ character Q gets into a fight with Tupac’s character Bishop. The fight leads to Bishop’s death, much to the chagrin of Q. As Q walks away, another kid tells him, “Yo, you got the juice now, man.” I bring up this scene because it’s the source of this episode’s title, which, as you may have guessed, revolves around steroids and performance enhancing drugs in the NBA. We also talked about underpaid superstars, Billy Hunter’s leave from the players union, and the role of superstars in the NBPA.
- 00:00 – Introduction
- 02:00 – Performances and Embarrassments of the Week
- 08:10 – Was it okay for the Rockets to attempt to break the record for three-point field goals at the end of a blowout?
- 13:00 – Steroids in the NBA: who around the league might be juicing?
- 33:00 – LeBron is underpaid!
- 44:05 – Superstars should take a more active role in the union
- 65:15 – Setting the stage for Lakers vs. Heat and Lamont and Adam’s wager
- Warriors foul to stop Rockets from setting record (The Basketball Jones)
- The gaps in NBA drug testing (True Hoop)
- LeBron says he’s underpaid (ESPN)
- Kobe wants stars to take a bigger role in the union (Ball Don’t Lie)
- Comparing the annual road trips
There’s been a lot of talk lately about the showdown between San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich and NBA head honcho David Stern. For those of you who haven’t been able to tear yourselves away from the cooling embers of the Petraeus scandal, I’ll give you the Cliff Notes: Commissioner Stern levied a $250k fine against the Spurs for sending home 4 of its starters before a nationally televised game against the Miami Heat. The mainstream media has turned it into a two gunslingers staring each other down, daring the other to blink. But is that really the case? Absolutely not. Despite pure tonnage of verbiage wasted on this topic I think there are two things that have been missed. The first is in regards to the entertainment value of basketball, and the second is about the intentions of Popovich.
While there’s no question that NBA fans love to watch the stars do battle on the hardwood (or whatever space age substance basketball courts are carved from these days) it’s certainly questionable, as many pundits have pointed out, that anyone in Miami showed up that fateful Thursday evening to see the aging trio of Duncan, Ginobli and Parker take the floor (and certainly if there’s a Danny Green fan club in Miami, then it’s a very lonely one). Stern levied his fine and issued an apology to NBA fans as though Popovich’s decision was a crime against their entertainment. If Stern is truly concerned how the fan experience is affected by Popovich’s decision, he’s evaluating through a single, highly myopic lens: the Marquee. Continue reading
The Peoples Court returns with Chris, Lamont, and Adam. In this episode we discussed the San Antonio Spurs getting fined $250,000 by the league, Dwight Howard and free throws, and our Performances and Embarrassments of the Week.
David Stern, Commissioner
National Basketball Association
Last week you issued a statement apologizing to fans for something you didn’t do. Since you did that I’m hoping that you’ll read a letter from a NBA fan of more than 20 years and take it to heart. I want to thank you for the decades of service you’ve done for the game of basketball. Since joining the NBA in 1978 and becoming its commissioner in 1984, the association and basketball itself is in a much better place. The ways in which the game has expanded and grown under your watch are too numerous to list in this letter. Of course, you don’t need to be reminded of your accomplishments. You’ve had a Hall of Fame worthy career and will leave behind a legacy that anyone can be proud of.
That being said, Davey Boy, it’s past time for you hang it at all up and enjoy the fruits of your labor. I know it wouldn’t be easy for you, but let Adam Silver be the face of the league office. Let him have the final say on all league decisions, issue all the public statements, etc. You’ve groomed him and he’s ready. If he wasn’t ready for the job, you wouldn’t have named him your successor when you announced your retirement 15 months in advance. Speaking of which, was that announcement really necessary? I guess in your narcissistic mind it was so people could feed your ego and pat you on the back as you to take the scenic route riding off into the sunset. Continue reading