Forbes says that the average NBA Team is worth a record $1.1 billion. Are they guilty of valuing the franchises too high? The NBA might think so. Our esteemed court room takes up the case.
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)
After a surprising Friday night in the NBA, we went in deep on the Heat, Nets, and Lakers, lamented the increasing number of key injuries around the league, analyzed the Andrew Bynum/Luol Deng trade, and ripped into JR Smith.
- 01:45 – How worried should the Heat be about losing to bad teams?
- 10:20 – How excited should the Nets be about five game winning streak?
- 16:10 – Has Mike D’Antoni lost control of the Lakers?
- 24:35 – Injury update: Bledsoe, Holiday, Anderson, Splitter
- 29:10 – Bynum for Deng: how did the Bulls and Cavs make out in the trade?
- 38:00 – Where should Andrew Bynum end up?
- 44:00 – Performances and Embarrassments of the Week
- 47:30 – JR Smith, from untying shoes to DNP
- NBA Nickname Night (ESPN)
- JR Smith fined $50k for untying shoe laces (CBS Sports)
- Andrew Bynum traded for Luol Deng, picks (ESPN)
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
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
In poker, the psyche of a player is just as important as the cards he’s dealt. You have to keep your composure; losing control usually leads to losing money. And lots of it. Sometimes though, even the most level-headed player will get pushed over the edge after suffering one too many bad beats1. In poker parlance, they go on tilt.
The Lakers have suffered through their fair share of bad beats in the past few years. Continue reading
The Brooklyn Nets slow start has them looking like another team who made big moves but struggled last season.
Courtside celebrity shots seem to be a signature of every NBA telecast. Whenever there’s a famous person(s) witnessing NBA action in person the networks can’t seem to help themselves from telling us that they’re there, as if somehow our viewing experience will be greatly enhanced by knowing who’s in the crowd or that we even care. This goes double for games held in Los Angeles or New York as both cities are flush with celebrity residents and sport two of the association’s glamour franchises, the Lakers and the Knicks. Naturally, those teams sport perhaps the biggest, celebrity fans in Spike Lee and Jack Nicholson. Both have been die-hard, visible fans of their favorite teams for many years. You, my faithful reader, will have the privilege of deciding which of them is the cooler celebrity fan. Continue reading
Glenn “Doc” Rivers is more than just a husband, father and head coach of the Los Angeles Clippers. The man is a visionary, a progressive and ahead of his time. Apparently it was him who came up with the novel idea to cover up all 16 championship banners and retired jerseys hung by the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center. Instead banners of Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan and others will be used as cover whenever it’s a Clippers’ home game. This news didn’t sit well with many Lakers’ fans and guard Nick Young. Many mocked the idea and Young called it “disrespectful“. Continue reading
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