I’ve kinda taken a back seat at Stepien Rules lately, I dunno why I just decided to stay away from all things Cavs-related, Brendan and the increasingly fun-to-read Dave Wooley are covering things just fine anyways so not like I’ve been missed. In the time since I last came to you with my thoughts on a few things concerning the All Star weekend, some issues have arisen and some incidents gone down that has made me dust down the laptop and get typing. Without further ado people, it’s the first edition of my “Ten NBA Thoughts To Mull Over” of 2011…lets go.
Kevin Garnett and his crotch-punching, foot-sticking-in-under-the-shooter antics done my head in. Seriously, has Kevin Garnett resorted to dirt play to stop guys like Channing Frye on the defensive end? I can think of better ways to beat up Frye KG – get in the paint, demand the ball and pound the guy into the floor by dunking on his head all night long. Sure, you’re not at the peak of your offensive powers, but I’m pretty sure I could you can still drop 20 on the likes of Frye and that other Lopez kid. By the way, had that been Dirk Nowitzki or LaMarcus Aldridge, would you have done the same thing to them? One thinks not…
Speaking of Aldridge, this guy needs to be an All Star, but then again so do Kevin Love and Blake Griffin. Who gets in I don’t know, but something I do know is I now refer to Portland as “LaMarcus Aldridge and the Blazers”. Gone are the days where it was “Brandon Roy and the Blazers”, Aldridge is the face of that franchise for me and will continue to be so until Roy proves to me his knees aren’t as bad as we all think they are.
Seems like the Heat get under the skin of more that people than just the inhabitants of Stepien Rules, as evidenced by Kevin Durant going so freaking berserk he went and got himself a technical, his first of the season, his fifth of his career. Kevin Durant, you should be ashamed! Ashamed that you stood upto the playground bullies who weren’t strong enough to bully the whole place alone so joined forces, ashamed that you stood up for what you believe – that what teammates say to one another is between them and just them alone – and ashamed that you called Chris Bosh, a guy whose had less fist fights that playoff games in his entire life, a fake tough guy. Yep, Kevin Durant you really should be ashamed. Oh my God, that pig is flying…
Are Chicago the second best team in the East? They were without Carlos Boozer for the first 15 games of the season, have been without Joakim Noah the last 23 games (that’s a combined 34 points, 22 boards and 2 blocks a night to be without) yet, they are sitting pretty at 33-14 (half a game behind those guys in Miami for second place) despite having no shooting guard and being manned by a first year head coach. That’s why, ladies and gentleman, Derrick Rose is my NBA MVP at this point of the season. He gives you everything while taking away nothing (looking at you, Kobe) and is the heart and soul of his hometown who will be major players in the playoffs.
Speaking of the playoffs, have you seen the standings at the moment? If you haven’t let me tell you this – Steve Nash may just be the most important player in the NBA. Don’t believe me? Think where the Suns would be without him. Somewhere between a rock and where the Cavs are without LeBron. When discussing the new CBA, I think the league should pass a motion allowing Steve Nash to wear an Ironman-style bodysuit when he turns 40 juts so he can prolong his career and make fans everywhere happy for a little while longer.
What odds would you have gotten pre-season that at this stage of the season both the Spurs and Celtics (two teams that rely heavily on players in their thirty-something’s) would lie atop their conferences? For the Celtics, it’s not so much a surprise because we all knew they’d be pretty strong. The Spurs have been a pleasant surprise; they’ve been in juggernaut mode all season and are currently 6.5 games ahead of the Fakers out West. If I offered you even money odds right now on a Boston/San Antonio Finals matchup, would you take it?
Clyde Drexler has been quoted as saying that he reckons there could be an NBA Team in London or Europe in general within 10 years. That’s his over/under on that subject. What’s your over/under on how many NBA players heads are turned by European clubs when the lockout kicks in? Mine is 6.5, and I’m betting over on that if the lockout lasts more than 3 months. Some names bigger than others mind you…
First Jerry West, now Magic Johnson. All we’re short now is Shaq to add his piece and we’re slowly but surely collecting Laker legend after Laker legend poking fun at the current crop of Fakers. “I think the Lakers are in trouble.” “I want to see more from them” those quotes coming after West called the team “old”. You realise now that LA are almost certain to win it all after those comments don’t you?
The brilliant (even if he is a Man City fan) Marc Stein has reported that Ron Artest may want out of LA in a trade. The report says Artest is upset that all he gets is “the shot in the corner” and the majority of the blame is levelled at him, and none on Kobe, Phil or other key players. Look, Ron-Ron, you’re 31 years old, contributing 8 points, 3 boards, 2 assists and 4 headaches a week. You’ve taken 130 threes, yet only 65 free throws. Maybe both parties would be better off apart, but how many teams (with a new lower cap being mentioned and all that) would be willing to take on your $20 million until 2014? Memphis like doing LA a favour or two, maybe pick up the phone and ring them?