In the wake of grand jury decisions not to indict police offers Darren Wilson and Daniel Pantaleo in the shootings of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, NBA players including Derrick Rose, Lebron James and Kobe have spoken out by wearing “I Can’t Breathe” shirts during pre-game warmups. We decided to speak out too.
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
A busy week in the NBA. We took a look at the myriad of problems happening in Indiana, Mark Jackson’s job status in Golden State and glanced at the playoff picture. We also discussed Kobe Bryant’s controversial quote in a New Yorker article and rounded things off with our Performances and Embarrassments of the Week.
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)
Jason and Adam on which players they would surround Kobe Bryant with to build a championship contender.
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)
In the first half of our special two-part episode – view part 1 here – Adam was joined by Jason McAdams to discuss the future of Kobe Bryant and the Lakers,
- 02:00 – Kobe Bryant’s future
- 08:44 – Should Kobe make the All-Star team?
- 11:30 – Should the Lakers blow it up?
- 15:15 – Being Mitch Kupchak: who would you team with Kobe and legitimately make the Finals?
- 20:00 – How to trade Pau Gasol, and more from the trade deadline
- 33:00 – Performances and Embarrassments of the Week
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?
This week we took a look at the impact of Derrick Rose’s season ending injury and what it means to his future, our feelings on Kobe Bryant’s contract extension and our Performances and Embarrassment’s of the Week. Enjoy.
- 01:20 – Is Derrick Rose still a franchise player?
- 09:30 – Los Angeles Lakers sign Kobe Bryant to a 2 year extension.
- 17:18 – Should players take a pay cut?
- 36:27 – Performances and Embarrassments of the Week.
- Derrick Rose has surgery on right knee and will miss remainder of the season
- Kobe Bryant signs 2 year contract extension with the Los Angeles Lakers
- The Lakers Are Tilting
- Jason Kidd fined $50k for spilled drink
Watching the Lakers’ two preseason games against the Denver Nuggets I realized that I really like their team: a scrappy underdog squad with an aging veteran core and unproven role players with something to prove. From a narrative perspective it’s an easy sell. Even better, they’ve got two of the most likable players in the league in Steve Nash and Pau Gasol, with Gasol on a mission to quiet his critics after a mediocre season last year spent trying (and failing) to find a way to fit into coach Mike D’Antoni’s system. Gasol already looks more aggressive and more productive in his early court time than he did at any point in the season last year. Back to crisp 16-footers, agile rebounding, and dizzying post moves.
Add journeyman center Chris Kaman, retread Jodie Meeks and Nick Young, the shot-aholic guard you love to hate, and you’ve got yourself a team with enough talent and grit to fight their way to a playoff berth, then use their veteran savvy to make it tough on whatever first or second seed they face once they get there. That’s a team I’m interested in watching. That’s a team I want to win. Nash looking for his first ring to justify joining a long time nemesis, Gasol looking to prove he’s still the player that tore up the US in the Olympics, D’Antoni looking to show the world he’s the kind of coach who CAN mesh superstars into a winning team, and Nick Young looking to prove he can hit contested 18 footers as well as anyone in the league. Continue reading