The other day, Myles Brown tweeted out his basketball version of the now famous “fuck, marry, kill” game. Today Triangle Offense posted their first round of said game “max, trade or amnesty” with the following rules – given a list of 3 players which player would you give a max contract, which would you trade and which would you amnesty. Oodles of fun was had.
For part 2 of our Hoops Exchange series, Andthefoul.com’s Jhony Gutierrez joined me for a quick Q & A. Topics included rule changes, Magic Johnson’s tanking comments and our early season MVP.
Here’s my first question – which of these commercials do you think is funnier?
Both of them are great, especially if you know the NBA and the reputations, real or perceived, of the players involved. They won’t get me into a Foot Locker anytime soon, but I laugh every time I’ve seen them and can’t decide which is funnier. I am leaning towards the Harden one.
I thought Foot Locker did a great job tapping into humor stemming from well-known NBA storylines, and as a result, it reached its target audience: hoop heads on social media.
NBA athletes are continually benefitting from the exposure that social media allows for. No longer do they have to be a star in a major market, they can now pull off sponsorship deals that resonate from anywhere in the states (not that Houston and S.A. are small markets per se), which creates great opportunities for video content like Foot Locker created. Continue reading
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
Dissatisfied with the fan vote, the Court unveiled their own All-Star starting lineups, and also handed Mid-Season Awards.
The Peoples Court crew gets 2014 started off with a rousing episode of NBA resolutions, Steve Nash’s chip-chasing fate, and LeBron James’ place among the all-time greats.
- 01:30 – NBA resolutions
- 10:20 – Sadly, another injury update
- 17:45 – Steve Nash, chip chaser?
- 26:30 – Problems in Denver
- 33:00 – LeBron vs. Michael
- 50:05 – Performances and Embarrassments of the Week
- Nuggets suspend Andre Miller for two games (Yahoo Sports)
- LeBron James is the greatest ever (Box Score Geeks)
Dwight Howard’s exodus (or cowardly flight, depending on who you ask) to Houston has instantly made the Rockets a playoff staple for the next few years. Houston’s assembly of stars starting with James Harden and most recently D12, has turned a scrappy feel-good squad into a Western Conference title contender.
Yes, I said title contender. I believe that the Western Conference is a realistic ceiling for this team. It’s not just the arrival of Howard, as we’ll see, there are a number of other factors that give Houston an edge on their Western conference foes. Continue reading
The NBA returned from the All-Star break, mourned the passing of Dr. Jerry Buss, and yawned through the trade deadline. This week we talked about why the trade deadline was so quiet and the story lines that will shape the stretch run of the 2012-13 season.
- 00:00 – Introduction
- 03:25 – Remembering Lakers’ owner Dr. Jerry Buss
- 13:25 – Billy Hunter ousted as union head
- 17:48 – If a trade deadline falls in the woods, and nobody hears it, did it actually fall?
- 23:15 – Second half story lines
- 50:15 – Performances and Embarrassments of the Week
- Lakers’ owner Dr. Jerry Buss passes away (NBA.com)
- Trade Tracker 2013 (ESPN)
- Chris Paul and Blake Griffin on Jimmy Kimmel (YouTube)
- Warriors debut new sleeved jerseys (NY Daily News)