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The Frustrations of Having Drafted Drummond

Andre Drummond vs Wizards 2014This year I drafted Andre Drummond in the second round. Last season Drummond was a beast on the boards and put up great numbers in the paint off of easy put backs and alley-oop dunks, and I kicked myself all season for having passed on him. This year coming into the season more mature with a better coach he looked like a sure thing. I couldn’t have been more wrong. His first 12 games have been foul-plagued nightmares, the only silver lining of which has been the clear potential he’s shown in his nose for rebounding. Continue reading

Episode 151 – Totally Zenned Out

In one of the longest episodes we’ve ever done, we talked about Phil Jackson joining the Knicks front office and what type of impact he’ll have, the challenges of being an NBA fan in Europe, Steve Nash admitting money is a motivator, and Kobe Bryant taking the Lakers’ front office to task.

Special Guest: Dee Johnson (@LOQuent)

Episode 147 – Mt. Apology

On our All-Star Saturday morning show, we carved our own Mt. Rushmores, apologized to Jason Kidd, discussed Adam Silver’s desire to increase the age limit, considered the trade deadline, and so much more.

The Year of the Center – 5 Centers to Watch out for This Season

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

Episode 106 – The King Stays The King

With the big sports stories this week coming from outside the NBA, Lebron James broke a record and his Heat team decided it was time to remind people they’re still the champs. We powered through some technical difficulties that are both annoying and funny.

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Why Basketball at All? Part I

13.01.10-DetroitPistons-2004NbaChampionsandsWhen I studied abroad in England I tried to learn how to smoke. Everyone my age smoked at the time, and I wanted to figure it out, to be more than just a social smoker, to be a real smoker. It seems absurd now, but these are the things we do when we’re young. I bought a pack of cigarettes, Marlboro reds, for the records, went out to the quad of the dorms, lit one up and smoked it. When that one was gone, I lit another and smoked it too. Then I got light-headed, went back inside and gave up on cigarettes. Continue reading