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 →
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 →
Today I received a rather innocent email from Tim. That innocent email spawned a rather interesting conversation between Tim, Lamont, and I about the status of the four New York and Los Angeles franchises. Here is that conversation, unedited. Continue reading →
As the 2013 NBA Playoffs keeps on keeping on, the crew from The Peoples’ Court asks a few questions about the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame’s voting process and wonders if anyone really cares about who gets in anymore. We also tried to figure out what’s going on in the minds of Chris Paul, Donald Sterling and the Los Angeles Clippers, decreed once and for all that legacy of the San Antonio Spurs is not boring and brought more Conference Finals analysis.
In a few weeks the road to the NBA’s Promise Land for the 2012-13 season will commence. Even though my favorite team is currently on the outside looking in at the playoffs, I can’t wait for them to start. As the regular season comes to a close, here are a few observations I’ve had about the league over the past 45 days or so. Continue reading →
On this Final Four Saturday, we delved deeply into Mike Rice’s “fiery” coaching style, Mark Cuban’s suggestion that he may draft Baylor superstar Brittney Griner, and the various injuries that are affecting numerous playoff teams. And for once, we didn’t talk about steroids!
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.
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 →
Jordan White from Hardwood Paroxysm joined us today to give of his insight to Royce White’s situation with the Houston Rockets. We also discussed Lakers vs. Clippers and the difference between a dirty and a dangerous player.
It’s our final episode of 2012, and we took the time to talk about our favorite moments of the past year, plus Avery Johnson’s firing, teams and players that are on our radar, and debuted a new segment, “3 in the Key with Lamont.”