David Stern discusses only allowing players 23 and under to compete
Keywords: david stern, kobe bryant
Commissioner David Stern has been floating around an idea that would put an age restriction on NBA player’s competing in the Olympics. The rule would prevent anybody over the age of 23 from playing basketball in the Olympic games. Of course a major change like this would garner quite a bit of backlash, led by none other then Kobe Bryant.
“It’s a stupid idea. It should be a player’s choice. Basically, it’s just a dumb idea and we discuss it that way.We just discuss it like that and kind of voice our opinions through you (media) guys.”
I 100% disagree with Kobe on this one. I think Stern is spot on with this idea, which is something I will probably never say again. The Olympics are supposed to be a competition for amateurs. It sort of loses some luster when you have a team of All Stars and MVP’s.
Personally I don’t think they should stop at 23. I would prefer that the Olympics was restricted purely to college basketball players, or guys straight out of college like Anthony Davis. The whole professional thing has led to just USA domination, which has gotten quite tiresome. Now I honestly don’t expect either of these things to happen. Unfortunately the players have too much of a say in these types of things, and they will not let Stern restrict them from playing for their country.
Backlash abound as Josh Selby receives a 3rd place vote for Rookie Of The Year
Keywords: iman shumpert, josh selby, rookie of the year
The Memphis Grizzlies snagged Josh Selby with the 49th overall pick in last years draft. He played like a late 2nd round pick averaging just 2 points and 1 assist while appearing in just 28 games. So as you could imagine there has been a few angry tweets calling out the merit of the voting process. Personally I find it hilarious, obviously Kyrie Irving would win, the voters may as well have a little fun.
With all the talk of fixing the draft, and fixing games, the NBA doesn’t really need anymore controversy. Despite the landslide victory for Irving, people do not find the love for Selby as funny as I did. But these are the same people (see John Hollinger of ESPN) who are saying Iman Shumpert didn’t deserve the first place vote he got. While Shump is not as good as Irving, he did deserve that recognition as he was part of the defensive culture change in New York.
Tebow to the Jets, Lin on the Knicks, the friendship will continue to bud
Keywords: tim tebow, jeremy lin, jets, mark sanchez, timsanity
I’ll admit that this has little to nothing to do with basketball, but this is huge news in New York and of course I have an opinion on it. First off I will try to make the little connection this has to hoops. Tebow and Jeremy Lin are both very open about their faith and have had conversations with each other to show their support. Who knows what having Tebow in the big city could do for Jeremy Lin. I think Lin having that star power will be a good influence on him though.
That being said, this is going to lead to absolute mayhem for the Jets. Tim Tebow fans basically forced him to become the starting quarterback in Denver. There is one thing that most Jet fans have in common. They absolutely abhor Mark Sanchez. The second Sanchez throws an incompletion the fans will be screaming for Tebow to be the starting quarterback. It will be a crazy ride as Timsanity is about to take off in New York.
Last week Kobe was caught shirtless with two girls. A couple of days into the Olympic games he was seen checking out the girls volleyball team. And now, we have this. And this I am sure is not Vanessa Bryant, who came over to London to keep an eye on her husband. Looks like she needs to start doing a better job.
The never ending debate on a topic nobody will ever agree on
Keywords: lebron james, flop, legend
Read so many articles about this today on my daily rounds. For every Lebron hating article I read, there was an article on the next site that was supporting his every move. The whole Lebron James movement is just too big now- it’s become one of those annoying topics where no matter where you have the conversation, or who you’re having it with- it’s always going to come down to an argument.
The above video is where the actual injury took place- LBJ is a good flopper, but it’s safe to say he definitely went down in true pain on this play. How he treated the injury afterwards is questionable, but comical nonetheless.
The below video has some profanity in it- LBJ airing out his pain via some friendly S bombs on the sidelines. The guy who put the video together nailed it at the end with the repeat/rewind right action on the good part.
Some people love to hate the guy, while others love to glorify the guy, both sides have equal say in the matter . For me, if I stepped away from the situation and cast my vote as an outsider: Leg cramping does hurt, no argument there. But, there also has to be a drive in an athlete of his caliber to battle through a certain amount of pain. I’m not discounting the pain he felt from the injury, but I am saying that Allstar athletes at this level of sports are always expected to perform under almost any circumstances.
The wife of the Nets owner wearing her teams new gear
Keywords: beyonce, jay z
Jay-Z really has it all. He has an NBA team in Brooklyn, a famed music career and a gorgeous wife. And he combines all of those things at once. Pleasure overload right there. Here we have Beyonce, a star in her own right, rocking her husbands new gear.
Throughout the season many have berated Dwight Howard for not being a team player. However now things have taken a turn that nobody expected, and Howard has informed the Magic that he will not opt out of his contract. Whether or not this means Dwight is in it for the long haul has yet to be determined, but for now this is a good sign for the Magic. Dwight has often been compared to Shaq, not only because of his great play but for his interest in leaving Orlando. Those comparisons will be put on the back burner for another year. The only team this really has a negative effect on is the New Jersey Nets.
As the Nets make their move to Brooklyn they will need some star power in order to draw in fans. If Dwight Howard is not a Net, it also means that Deron Williams is more then likely to not resign with the team in the off season. With the absolute disgrace of a product that has been the Knicks, the Nets are primed to take over a restless fan base. Without a big name or potential for a winning squad, the Nets will remain in the shadow of New York.