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Jason Kidd Retires from the NBA

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Jason Kidd announced his retirement from the NBA earlier today June 3, 2013. Kidd said, “My time in professional basketball has been an incredible journey, but one that must come to an end after 19 years.”

Kidd played in the NBA for 19 seasons and just turned 40 years old this past March. Kidd just finished his first season with the New York Knicks who made it to the second round in the playoffs where they were beat by the Indiana Pacers 4-2.

During his career Kidd played for four teams including the Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns, New Jersey Nets, and the New York Knicks. Jason Kidd said, “As I reflect on my time with the four teams I represented in the N.B.A., I look back fondly at every season and thank each and every one of my teammates and coaches that joined me on the court.” Kidd ends his career with 1 NBA title in 2011 with the Dallas Mavericks and 2 Team USA Olympic gold medals. Kidd had an average of 12.6 points, 8.7 assists, 6.3 rebounds and 1.9 steals a game. But overall Kidd wants to be remembered as a winner; “No matter what percentage, no matter what my numbers say in the sense of points, assists, rebounds and steals, it’s always been about winning. And it will always be about winning … making my teammates better.” And that is just how many will remember Jason_Kidd_pointguardJason Kidd as he is predicted to eventually have his name added to the Hall of Fame. Ohm Youngmisuk wrote on ESPNNewYork.com, “Kidd leaves the game as a sure-fire Hall of Fame point guard.”

Jason Kidd was a phenomenal point guard in the NBA, and one I have had the pleasure of seeing play many times. Kidd was the best at knowing where his teammates were at all times or where they would be and could get them the ball. Kidd had a way of making his assists look effortless.  Kidd was loved and respected by fans, coaches, and teammates. Head coach of the New York Knicks, Mike Woodson said, “Jason provided an incredible voice inside our locker room and I considered it an honor to say I coached him.” Also some tweets that have already gone out to congratulate Jason Kidd include:

James White @flight8, “Man it was just a honor to be in the same locker room as . One of the best to ever lace them up And a great guy.”

Kevin Durant @KDTrey5, “Congrats on a wonderful career JKidd..it was a honor playing against you after watching you dominate as a kid! Enjoy your retirement.”

Baron Davis @Baron_Davis, “ one of the great players of our time. Always tried to pattern my game after him. .”

Congratulations to Jason Kidd for a great career. I wish him the best as he moves on to the next chapter in his life.

Resources:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/04/sports/basketball/jason-kidd-announces-retirement-from-nba.html?_r=0

http://espn.go.com/new-york/nba/story/_/id/9337625/jason-kidd-new-york-knicks-retiring-19-nba-seasons

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Nate Robinson beat the Heat

Nate_Robinson_vs_AndersonNate Robinson led his team to beat the Heat, 93-86, in game 1 of round 2 in the NBA Playoffs. Chicago leads the series 1-0, winning the first game in Miami on the night LeBron James was rewarded the MVP award of the 2012-2013 season.

Last night Robinson was the Bulls MVP of the game. With just over 4 minutes left in the first half Robinson and James went after a loose ball. James fell on top of Robinson busting his lip on the court. Robinson was taken out of the game to get 10 stitches in his lip. After Nate Robinson got his stitches in he was right back on the court. Robinson said, “You have to play through it. I got 10 stitches, but you just have to continue to fight. You have to muster up enough energy and enough fight to go in there and play as hard as you can and produce for your teammates. They expect you to get stitched up and come back out there and continue to battle, and that’s what I did.” Robinson played his heart out finishing the game with 9 assists and a game-high 27 points.

Chicago Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau described Robinson as “about as confident as they come, and that’s the thing that makes him good. If he misses a shot, he has a very short memory. He always thinks he’s hot, never afraid, and will step up in a big situation. He has the courage to take and make.”

Robinson has really shown his toughness throughout this postseason, and has proven to his team that they can count on him to be there no matter what. In the first round against the Brooklyn Nets Robinson had his head stepped on and in game 6 was battling the flu. Still Robinson fought through those challenges and played. Robinson is no doubt one of the toughest players in the NBA.

After last night’s game Nate Robinson said, “God blessed me with a lot of heart and no height, and I’ll take that any day.”

Nate Robinson, 5’9″, is one of the shorter players in the NBA but he does not let that faze him. Robinson plays with all heart and that is what makes him so much fun to watch. Robinson is a fighter and will not give up even if his team is playing the so called “best team” in the NBA. It would be interesting to see if the Chicago Bulls can keep this up and knock the Heat out of the playoffs.

Game 2 will be played in Miami tomorrow night May 8th at 7:00 PM Eastern. I look forward to seeing if the Bulls can get two road wins in a row, and what Robinson will face the rest of this series.

Nate Robinson’s post game interview:

http://www.nba.com/video/channels/tnt_overtime/2013/05/07/20130506-courtside-chi-mia-gm1.nba

Resources:

http://espn.go.com/blog/chicago/bulls/post/_/id/13791/cut-lip-doesnt-slow-down-robinson

http://hangtime.blogs.nba.com/2013/05/07/naterob-the-pound-for-pound-king/

http://www.nba.com/playerfile/nate_robinson/index.html?nav=page

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DeAndre Jordan’s Dunk or LeBron James’s Dunk?

Some NBA fans and media are debating over which dunk was better; DeAndre Jordan’s dunk over Brandon Knight or LeBron James’s over Jason Terry?

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Though they are both good dunks, to me there is no question that Jordan’s dunk was WAY more impressive. The thing that put these two dunks apart was the defender. While watching and reviewing DeAndre Jordan’s dunk everyone can see that Brandon Knight was clearly guarding one man (Jordan). This made Jordan’s dunk more challenging because Knight was right there in his face the whole time. Then taking a look at LeBron James’s dunk over Jason Terry you can see Terry, alone, defending three Heat players. Terry was not able to effectively defend LeBron James making it less challenging for James, who also had a running start, to dunk the ball. So therefore DeAndre Jordan gets my vote. Keep it up “Lob City”.

What’s your vote and why?

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The Heat do the Harlem


Miami really did it this time. The Heat got together on their day off and jumped on the Harlem Shake band wagon making their own video. The video takes place in the Miami Heat locker room and starts with Chris Anderson, aka The Birdman, flapping his wings while the rest of the team stretches. Then the video cuts to the whole team dancing in costumes. LeBron James says the video was made from the “King James and Dwyane Wade” production.

Not only does the Miami Heat know how to compete on the court, but they also know how to have a good time. I like it when players can show their goofy sides to the fans. This video was a great idea and is very entertaining to the fans. I can’t wait to see if any other teams catch on and make their own.

Resources:

http://espn.go.com/nba/truehoop/miamiheat/story/_/id/9000907/lebron-james-miami-heat-jump-harlem-shake-craze

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Happy 50th Charles Barkley

charles_barkleyCharles Barkley is one of the most entertaining sports analysts on TV today. Barkley was born in Leeds, Alabama on February 20, 1963. After playing basketball at Leeds High School, Barkley was recruited by Auburn University. Barkley played college ball for 3 years before he entered into the NBA Draft in 1984. The Philadelphia 76ers drafted Barkley with their 5th overall pick. For 6 seasons Charles Barkley, #34, lead the 76ers to many competitive post-season appearances. In the summer of 1992 Barkley was a part of the original Dream Team that won the Olympic gold medal that summer, and again in 1996. Also during the summer of 1992 Barkley was traded to the Phoenix Suns where he player for 3 years. Then in 1995 Barkley moved on to play for Houston to finish out his career. Barkley retired from the game of basketball in 2000. In 2006 Charles Barkley was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Barkley was very competitive and one of the best during his career as an NBA player. Now Barkley is working for TNT as an analyst for the Inside the NBA show with host Ernie Johnson and analyst Kenny Smith.

I love watching Barkley on TNT analyzing games and just having fun. Not only was Barkley an amazing NBA player, but he has an awesome and entertaining personality as well. Charles Barkley is an outspoken person that is not afraid to tell it like it is. Inside the NBA is hilarious to watch, especially when Johnson and Smith mess with Barkley. Here are a few Barkley highlights I found to share with you on this special day that Charles Barkley turns 50. Happy Birthday Charles Barkley!

Resources:

http://charlesbarkley.com/biography/

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LeBron James on a Roll


LeBron James is tearing it up on the court. Mr. “King” James set a new NBA record last night after scoring at least 30 points with a shooting percentage of 60 percent for the 6th time in a row. James said, “I’m at a loss for words. Like I say over and over, I know the history of the game. I know how many unbelievable players who came through the ranks, who paved the way for me and my teammates. And for me to be in the record books by myself with such a stat — any stat — it’s big-time.” Before James broke the record, Arian Dantley and Moses Malone held that same record but only for 5 straight games.LeBron_James_6straight

Miami’s head coach, Erik Spoelstra said, “That’s why (James) is who he is, the best player in the game.”

Not only is LeBron James getting points and setting records for himself but he is being a good leader for his team. James takes charge when he needs to but also looks for the open man and will get his teammates involved. During last night’s game James also finished with a total of 9 assists. After Miami beat Portland last night, Spoelstra said, “(James) played a very good basketball game. That’s all you’re going to get out of me right now. He competes. He loves to compete. He loves close games. … And he’s leading us, not just with his talent.”

James has really impressed everyone with how far he has come in the past couple of years. He went from being one of the most hated players in the NBA to slowly gaining respect back as the talented player he is. Though I still disagree with the way he handled his move to Miami and his actions afterward I cannot disagree that James is an amazing player. James has impressed me with the way he is leading his team and taking control. Miami plays again tomorrow night, Thursday February 14th against the OKC Thunder. This game will not be an easy one for Miami, and will be a real challenge for LeBron James to stretch his 30 points on 11-of-15 shooting record to 7 straight games. Good Luck LeBron James!

Resources:

http://scores.espn.go.com/nba/recap?gameId=400278490

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/early-lead/wp/2013/02/13/lebron-james-record-im-not-michael-jordan/

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Delonte West back to Dallas?

Guard, Delonte West was let go by the Dallas Mavericks back in November. Since then West has not been picked up by any teams.

Delonte_WestThen yesterday news came out that the Memphis Grizzlies are thinking about signing West to a 10-day contract. The Grizzlies are expected to decide this week what they are going to do. If Memphis does not sign West he will enter the D-league. If that is the case West will have the chance to join the D-league team that is at the top of the waiver line, which just so happens to be the Texas Legends. The Texas Legends are the D-league team of the Dallas Mavericks.

Marc Stein with ESPNDallas.com wrote, “A source close to West told Jeff “Skin” Wade of the Ben and Skin Show on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM that the guard prefers a potential situation with the Legends to the Grizzlies scenario in hopes that a good showing with the D-League team could put him back into favor with the Mavs, who released him before the regular season began.”

As much as I loved Delonte West with Dallas, I don’t think it would be in his best interest to play for the Mavericks’ D-league team. With how things ended for him in Dallas, I feel it would be best for him to start fresh somewhere else and work his way up there. I don’t know all the details to the event/events that led up to the Mavericks decision to let West go, but either way it happened. Who’s to say that won’t happen again? Then that would put West back out of the NBA yet again. Also even if West does go to the the Texas Legends and plays really well, will the Mavs even consider calling him back up? West would just be wasting his time with the Texas Legends if that is not something the Mavs would ever do.

I like West and believe him to be an aggressive defensive and offensive player. I am not saying I wouldn’t like to see West back in Dallas, I just think it would be a better career move for him to be somewhere else. So I hope that Memphis signs him and he can get back on the court by next week, even if it is only with a 10-day contract to start.

History:

To read about the last incident that happened just before West was let go by the Mavericks read: Delonte West Suspended Again!

Resources:

http://espn.go.com/blog/dallas/mavericks/post/_/id/4693877/sources-delonte-west-enters-d-league-pool

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Nets Fire Coach Avery Johnson

Avery_Johnson_firedOn December 26th the Brooklyn Nets head coach Avery Johnson was named Eastern Conference Coach of November. Then the very next day the Nets General Manager Billy King had a press conference to announce the decision to fire Avery Johnson. King said “the search for a new head coach will begin immediately.” In the meantime assistant coach P.J. Carlisemo has stepped up as interim head coach.

At the end of November the Nets were 11-4, which is the best start in their franchise history. Then in December the Nets only won 3 of their 13 games. King said, “I just got a sense, as I told Avery this morning (Thursday morning), that he just wasn’t reaching them anymore.” Then the principle owner Mikhail Prokhorov added, “The Nets ownership would like to express thanks to Avery for his efforts and to wish him every success in the future.”

Coach Johnson was in the last year of his three-year, $12 million contract and was not expecting to be fired. Johnson said, “You never think when you’re a .500 team and then you’re going into two more home games at home that something like this would happen. But this is ownership’s decision, and this is what we sign up for. This is part of our business. Fair or unfair, it doesn’t matter. But again, it’s time for a new voice, and hopefully they’ll get back on track.”

I don’t feel this was a fair decision at all but that is life and sometimes ownership feels they need to make big changes when their team goes through a slump. I feel they should have given it just a little more time and I bet they would have seen a turn around. If the team was doing good in the first month of the season and not so great the second month you would think ownership would wait maybe a couple more weeks or another month and see how things go. But truth is I am sure there is more to the story that others will not know.

Avery_Johnson_Nets_CoachOver the summer the Nets re-signed their top player Deron Williams. This season Williams has not been playing to the best of his ability with a shooting percentage of only 39.8.   ESPN.com Mike Mazzeo stated that Williams “criticized Johnson’s isolation-heavy offensive system, saying he felt uncomfortable.” Could this have something to do with why Johnson was fired? The organization claims that is unfair and not true. King said, “To pinpoint this all on Deron is not fair. He was not the deciding factor in this decision. It was something in talking with ownership we didn’t like the direction we were going.” Even Johnson disagreed with the assumption that Williams had anything to do with the decision. Johnson said, “I don’t think it’s fair for anybody to hang this on Deron. He’s one player. We have 15 players, and it’s up to the coach to really maximize the team. But at the end of the day, ownership, they’re the ones that own the team. We just went through a bad stretch, a bad spell, we couldn’t make a shot. But I always thought we were gonna get it turned around, knowing full well that we weren’t necessarily finished with (assembling) this roster.”

Knowing the blame was coming, Williams denied any bad conversations ever happened with Johnson.

“First of all, I have not had one conversation with (King) about not being happy with Avery, wanting him gone, etc. It’s not my fault. But as soon as I heard the news, I knew what was coming,” Williams said. “I knew folks would blame me, would assume that its history repeating itself because of what was said about coach Sloan and me after he resigned. The last thing I would want to do is get coach Johnson fired. Any coach, for that matter. Coach Johnson is a big reason why I came back to the Nets this summer, along with Billy. I enjoyed playing for him last year. We never had an argument or a fight. We never got into it, on or off the court. I don’t even know why people would assume that.”

This being the second time the blame of a coach leaving was placed on Williams really gets you thinking. Was Williams apart of this? Or was he just in the wrong place at the wrong time? Is Williams struggles a result of the new arena, Johnson’s coaching strategy, or something entirely different? Either way what is done is done. I don’t believe it was fair, but it was not up to me. I like Avery Johnson and believe he is a good coach. I wish Johnson the best and hope to see him back in a coaching position soon.

Resources:

http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/sns-nets-fire-avery-johnson-2012,0,5310979.story

http://espn.go.com/new-york/nba/story/_/id/8783854/avery-johnson-fired-brooklyn-nets-starting-14-14

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J.R. Smith’s 2nd Buzzer Beater of the Month

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The New York Knicks played the Phoenix Suns last night in Phoenix. Since Nash left to join the Lakers during the off-season the Suns just have not been the same. Before last night’s game the Suns record was 11-17, so this should have been a pretty easy win for the 20-8 Knicks. Then came the news that two of the Knicks starting players, Carmelo Anthony and Raymond Felton would not be playing in the game. Anthony was out with a hyper-extended left knee and Felton out with a fractured right pinkie finger.

Last night the Knicks starting five were Tyson Chandler (12.6), Jason Kidd (8.1), Ronnie Brewer (5.2), Kurt Thomas (2.2), and James White (1.6). All together the starting five have an average of 29.7 points per game; only about one more point than Anthony’s average of 28.5 ppg. Maybe this game would not be as easy of a win as it should have been.

For most of the game the Knicks kept a good lead, 54-44 at the half and 68-54 with 7:13 left in the third. After that the Suns took over the lead with a 20-4 run. With only 34.5 seconds left in the game the Suns were up 97-95. Then with 10.6 seconds left J.R. Smith made a fade away that tied up the score 97-97. The Suns next possession resulted in a turnover when Sebastian Telfair stepped out-of-bounds with only one second left in the game. After the Knicks 20-second timeout J.R. Smith walked onto the court preparing himself. Smith said, “I was like you’re going to make it! You’re going to make it!”

Jason Kidd had the ball looking for an open teammate to pass the ball to and Smith was that guy. Kidd said, “We looked at each other and he knew he was going to get the ball.” Smith caught the pass and took the last shot of the game. As the ball left his hands it soared in the air to the basket, the buzzer went off, and then the ball went in. A dramatic game winning shot that was very exciting to watch. The Knicks won the game 99-97 thanks to J.R. Smith.
This December has been pretty exciting for J.R. Smith since this was J.R. Smith’s second buzzer beater this month. The first came in the Knicks game against the Bobcats in pretty much the same location on the court. J.R. Smith is doing his part on the court and has proven to be someone the organization and his teammates can count on. The 21-8 Knicks have been a pretty exciting team to watch this season. They are playing well together and, as seen in last night’s game, seem to have all the right backups when unexpected injuries happen. I would not be surprised to see the Knicks make it far this year in the playoffs.

Resources:

http://scores.espn.go.com/nba/recap?gameId=400278141

http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=8782994

http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/basketball/knicks/smith-nails-buzzer-beater-knicks-top-suns-article-1.1227975

http://www.nba.com/standings/team_record_comparison/conferenceNew_Std_Cnf.htm

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Kobe Bryant is Youngest Player to get 30,000 Points


Kobe Bryant set a new NBA record last night when the Lakers beat the New Orleans Hornets 103-87, the team that drafted Bryant in 1996. Bryant is one of the best scorers in the league and has now proved it by being the youngest player in NBA history to score 30,000 points. Bryant, 34-years-old, currently has 30,001 points in the NBA.

Before Wednesday’s game Wilt Chamberlain held the record reaching 30,000 NBA points when he was 35-years-old. Bryant is the 5th player to ever reach 30,000 points in their NBA career.

  • Kobe Bryant – 30,001 and counting
  • Wilt Chamberlain – 31,419 points
  • Michael Jordan – 32,292
  • Karl Malone – 36,928
  • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar – 38,387

After the game Bryant said, “It’s just a tremendous honor. I don’t really know how else to put it. I’ve just been very, very fortunate.”

Expecting the moment to come, NBA commissioner David Stern was happy to witness the memorable moment. Stern said, “I want to shake his hand. I think Kobe is, as a talent and a competitor, he’s up there on the pedestal with Michael Jordan as one of the greatest. Kobe has such an extraordinary run playing at the highest level for so long with the championships to prove it in a league that is extremely competitive. Kobe and the Lakers have been an important part of the league, and I wish him well for this season and beyond.”

Congratulations to Kobe Bryant on this tremendous accomplishment. Bryant is not my favorite player, but there is NO arguing that guy can play basketball.

Resources:

http://espn.go.com/los-angeles/nba/story/_/id/8718559/kobe-bryant-los-angeles-lakers-becomes-youngest-player-nba-history-score-30000-career-points

http://www.deccanherald.com/content/296834/kobe-completes-30000-nba-points.html

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