Our three hosts have different opinions on who will miss the Western Conference playoffs, Mark Cuban came out in support of our thoughts about D-League relevancy, and Adam Silver admitted something about the league that forces us to view the NBA and it’s franchises through a different lens.
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 →
It’s nice when the entire band plays together. You just get a fuller, more complete sound. In Episode 108 we discussed the league’s responsibility to admit blown calls, Kobe’s transition to point guard, Lamont and Adam’s side bet, how Rajon Rondo’s injury impacts their immediate and long term future, and Rudy Gay’s trade to Toronto.
00:00 – Introduction
02:55 – Performances and Embarrassments of the Week
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.”
There’s been a lot of talk lately about the showdown between San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich and NBA head honcho David Stern. For those of you who haven’t been able to tear yourselves away from the cooling embers of the Petraeus scandal, I’ll give you the Cliff Notes: Commissioner Stern levied a $250k fine against the Spurs for sending home 4 of its starters before a nationally televised game against the Miami Heat. The mainstream media has turned it into a two gunslingers staring each other down, daring the other to blink. But is that really the case? Absolutely not. Despite pure tonnage of verbiage wasted on this topic I think there are two things that have been missed. The first is in regards to the entertainment value of basketball, and the second is about the intentions of Popovich.
While there’s no question that NBA fans love to watch the stars do battle on the hardwood (or whatever space age substance basketball courts are carved from these days) it’s certainly questionable, as many pundits have pointed out, that anyone in Miami showed up that fateful Thursday evening to see the aging trio of Duncan, Ginobli and Parker take the floor (and certainly if there’s a Danny Green fan club in Miami, then it’s a very lonely one). Stern levied his fine and issued an apology to NBA fans as though Popovich’s decision was a crime against their entertainment. If Stern is truly concerned how the fan experience is affected by Popovich’s decision, he’s evaluating through a single, highly myopic lens: the Marquee. Continue reading →