In the latest edition of The Peoples Court, we revisited the Donald Sterling saga, discussed the second round of the playoffs, and named our Performances and Embarrassments of the Week.
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)
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
With March Madness underway, let The Peoples Court provide you with a tournament free haven. Here, it’s all NBA, all the time. This week we talked more about Miami’s impressive win streak and their chances of sustaining it, Denver’s less-publicized win streak, Andrew Bynum’s season-ending surgery, and we played a game of “Either/Or”.
- 00:00 – Introduction
- 02:40 – Andrew Bynum’s season is over
- 05:30 – D’Antoni tears into Lakers
- 09:55 – “We’re going streaking!” Miami continues roll
- 24:35 – Oh by the way, the Nuggets have a streak of their own
- 32:45 – Performance and Embarrassments of the Week
- 40:10 – A game of “Either/Or”
- Andrew Bynum to have surgery on both knees (Yahoo)
- Mike D’Antoni rips into Lakers effort, calls championship “laughable” (YouTube)
- Jason Terry gets “Knighted” by LeBron James (NBA.com)
- Bill Cartwright Classic