Without Joakim Noah and D-Rose, the Bulls are down 3-1 to the 8 seed

Keywords: spencer hawes, bulls, 76ers, joakim noah

Prior to game 4 the Bulls found out they would be without center Joakim Noah. There would be no jokes or smiles from him and Chicago fans anymore. This past year has seen the Chicago Bears lose Quarter Back Jay Cutler and Half Back Matt Forte, the Blackhawks lose captain Jonathan Toews and All star Marian Hossa, and of course the Bulls having an injured MVP in Derrick Rose. It has been a rough in the Windy City.

Cutting to the chase, all their best players are injured, and now the Bulls are down 3-1. No fun there for anyone. Except Philly center Spencer Hawes who came alive without Noah on the floor.

 

Hawes is your classic token white guy. He wears double zero as his number. I didn’t even know that was still a legal number. Even before I saw he was from Seattle I thought he looked like your classic grunge head. The guy is as 90s white as they come.

 

Anyway, I’ll skip making fun of Hawes for today. He had 22 points, 8 rebounds, and 3 blocks in yesterdays win. And playing against an injured Noah in game 3, he was able to score 21 while pulling down 9 boards. Not too many jokes you can make about those performances. Spencer and his 76ers should be able to wrap this series up in game 5, those Baby Bulls are just too hurt to make a comeback.




The return of Carmelo Anthony has proven troublesome for the Knicks record

Keywords: carmelo anthony, jeremy lin, trade, gallo, donnie walsh

A little more than a year ago the Knicks made a massive roster shake up in acquiring Carmelo Anthony. A move I will critique a bit later. First off, it is not even worth going over the dreadful effort the Knicks put up against the Spurs last night. Ever since Melo returned from injury the Knicks starters have struggled and the record has deteriorated. The Knicks were on top of the world when Jeremy Lin was working his magic, the second Melo got back that chemistry was destroyed and now Lin is apprehensive to do anything on the floor. Is Melo the problem? I say yes, and I am also one of the few who has been saying that since before Donnie Walsh was forced to make the trade for the cocky super star.

 

Since Carmelo Anthony has joined the Knicks, the Nuggets are the team that has had the better record. Danilo Gallinari has become a force in Denver, playing a strong game while also having a beautiful outside shot, a match up nightmare. Timofey Mozgov has developed into a nice little piece as a back up center. Melo on the other hand has come in to New York and made this team worse than they had been. He has developed no chemistry with any of the Knicks players and so far it looks like he will be the reason Linsanity comes to an end. The Knicks gave up a lot to get Melo, and he has yet to give any of that back.




Jeremy Lin does it again, assist the Knicks to their third win in a row

Keywords: jeremy lin, knicks, tyson chandler, john wall, wizards, steve novak

Michael Scott once said, fool me once, strike one. Fool me twice…..strike three. Well I have officially struck out on Jeremy Lin. I thought it was just a lucky game at first. Then I figured he was just on a little hot streak, everybody gets one. But after watching him dish the ball tonight, I must say that Lin is as real as the food at a Chinese restaurant is actually chicken. Actually scratch that, Jeremy Lin is as good as his high school average, 100% awesome.

Lin had a career high 10 assist tonight. But it was the way he dished the ball that really caught my eye. Through the smallest holes Lin was able to skip the ball through and avoid all of the Wizards players. Steve Novak had 19 points off of 5 threes. Novak was often found wide open after great passes from Lin. Lin has some of the best eyes I have seen from a Knicks point guard all season. He would have had even more points of Tyson Chandler wasn’t getting hacked and sent to the free throw line after every Lin pass.

The Knicks went on to win this game by a final of 107-93. John Wall had 29 points for the Wiz while Chandler led the Knicks with 25. Lin had 23 points and 4 rebounds to go along with the 10 assist. The Knickerbockers were without Melo who is out with a strained groin and Amar’e who is in Florida mourning the loss of his brother. The lack of the two Knicks superstars only makes the Lin show even more impressive.




Memphis Coach John Pastner commits an NCAA violation, but he has bigger concerns

Keywords: memphis, john pastner, ncaa violation, recruiting, twitter

 

John Pastner is a man with a lot on his plate, coaching a huge basketball school in Memphis. The stress of losing some of his assistants (among other things) led to him accidentally committing an NCAA violation. While on twitter he tweeted the name of recruit Tony Parker while trying to search for him. Coaches are not aloud to discuss recruits until they are officially signed, as a result Pastner will receive a minor slap on the wrist. But back to the stressful life of the coach, not only has he lost some coaches, but he said the main thing on his mind while trying to tweet was his screeching spouse.

 

“My wife was yelling at me because I was on the phone too loud. I was waking (the couple’s infant daughter) up and waking my wife up because I had the TV on. She was complaining that I not only woke my daughter up, but I also woke the baby inside her up because she’s pregnant.

“So I was waking everybody up, I was getting yelled at and on top of that I was thinking, ‘What’s going on with recruiting?’ and ‘Who am I going to hire?’ and I made a mistake.”

 

Thanks to Deadspin for supplying the quote. Now John Pastner and Memphis will not have to deal with too much of a penalty. They will most likely just have to have a quick meeting with NCAA officials. The main concern of everyone is probably the wrath of Pastner’s wife, now that is something to be afraid of.




Rajon Rondo calls out the Miami Heat

Keywords: rajon rondo, miami heat, doris burke

 

During a halftime interview with Doris Burke, Rajon Rondo said what we all know. He called the Heat a bunch of whiners and cry babies. Ironically the game went to overtime thanks to what appeared to be a Lebron James flop. The ball didn’t lie thought and the Celtics went on to tie the series up at 2. What was really awkward was the Rondo post game interview with Doris Burke. He was visually angry with her and the two then exchanged words off camera.




Four Stars drop on Monday night, repercussions abound for four contending franchises

 Keywords: carmelo anthony, chauncey billups, danillo gallinari, derrick rose, mvp, knicks, clippers, nuggets, bulls

Three of the hottest teams in the NBA lost some key players last night. The Knicks who have been losing for most of the season also lost one their all stars. Former Knicks point guard Chauncey Billups will miss the rest of the season for the Clippers after an achilles injury. The Nuggets Danilo Gallinari, one of the men traded for Carmelo Anthony, will also miss significant time. And of course Melo will miss about a week or two after straining his groin while being sidelined for the Jeremy Lin show. But the most worrisome injury in the eyes of most fans is the one to reigning MVP Derrick Rose, who played just 11 minutes for the Bulls last night before being pulled with back spasms.

In this strike shortened NBA season many players have taken a game or two off due to fatigue. Dirk Nowitzki had a 4 game training stint mid season. It is no doubt that the short season is responsible for many of these injuries. Rose has had back issues for a good portion of the season. Although the injury has him said to be day to day, it could become much worse as the strenuous season continues. The Bulls have been a top team in the East all season and the loss of Rose could put a damper on their championship hopes.

That being said, the injury to Gallo will proof to be the hardest to overcome. The Nuggets have been on fire since dumping Carmelo Anthony last season and picking up the young Italian. Gallo has led the way for the Nuggets all season,  he has averaged 17 points per game while being a match up nightmare for opposing defense. On the bright side we will get to see Gallinari in his street clothes, as one of the best dressed guys in the NBA I’m sure some will get a kick out of seeing what he has planned.




Justin Burrell of St. John’s fame earns an overseas honor

Keywords: justin burrell, japan, st johns

The past few weeks have been very kind to last years St. John’s seniors. D.J. Kennedy recently made his debut with the Cavs of the NBA, and now Justin Burrell has been named MVP of the Japanese Professional League. He led his team, the Yokohama B-Corsairs to a 31-21 record while averaging 18.7 points. I dug a little further and used a semesters worth of Japanese to also discover that he averaged 10 rebounds and 2 assist a game.

 

It is always cool when you see guys you watched at school do well. To be honest though I don’t have too many memories of Burrell from last season. That being said, I am still glad to see that he is representing St. John’s proudly. And I am glad that the Japanese I learned at St. John’s is actually paying off.