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.




The new Lebron X sneakers can do it all, at the right price

Keywords: lebron james, nike

 

Lebron James has had a pretty good year. He won his first NBA championship, his second Olympic gold medal, and now he is releasing a whole new line of shoes. The Lebron X is supposedly one of the most high tech sneakers on the market. It has built in sensors that can track various metrics, such as how high the player can jump. Now of course something like this cant come cheap. The suggested retail price has jumped around from $180 dollars up to $315 dollars. Something tells me all the fun features wont come cheap, and these sneakers will be more on the $300 dollar side of things.




Tyson Chandler may be the Defensive Player of the Year, but that doesn’t mean much to everyone

Keywords: tyson chandler, dwight howard

 

Now time for the most awkward award winner ever. Tyson Chandler of the New York Knickerbockers won Defensive Player of the Year. So of course that means he will also be on the All Defensive First Team, right? Nah, nothing ever goes as planned in the NBA. Just to troll everyone Dwight Howard was named to the First Team and Chandler was thrust upon the lowly second team. Tyson tried so hard and got so far, but in the end it didn’t really matter.




With the Warriors and Bucks dealing some big names things are finally heating up in the trade department

Keywords: trade deadline, warriors, bucks, andrew bogut, monta ellis

Monta Ellis has been dealt from the Golden State Warriors in Exchange for Andrew Bogut of the Milwaukee Bucks. Well, and some other guys were thrown in as well. The Warriors were forced to take on Stephen Jackson and his attitude problem while the Bucks picked up Ekpe Udoh and Kwame Brown. In the end though the main point of the trade was the swap of the two bigger names.

 

Andrew Bogut is a great center, he is tops in rebounding while also being able to put up about 12 points on any give night. The problem with Bogut though is that he never plays. The often injured big man has played in just 12 games this season and still has not returned to the game. Ellis on the other hand is a great scorer and passer, with 22 points and 6 assist per game he is a force on the floor. The issue with Monta was just one of the system. The Warriors were a very small team and they needed a big man like Andrew Bogut. If Bogut sees the floor then this will be a great trade for both teams, if not the Bucks are the easy winners.




A clutch 3 pointer from Jeremy Lin gets the Knicks the 90-87 win as Amar’e returns from bereavement

Keywords: jeremy lin, amare stoudemire, raptors, jose calderon, henrik lundqvist

With less then a second left to play in tonights game, Jeremy Lin pulled up over Jose Calderon and drained the game winning three. The shot from way downtown was just 3 of the 27 points Lin had tonight. The Knicks finished the game on a 13-1  run to overcome the 4th quarter deficit. With Amar’ Stoudemire returning to the lineup Lin looked to feed Stat early and often. Stat finished on most of his chances from Lin who had 11 assist on the night, good enough for his second double double. Stat had 21 points as the surging Knicks led to the extinction of the Raptors.

 New York is shining bright right now. Up in Boston, Henrik Lundqvist picked up his 7th shutout of the season as the Rangers beat up on the Bruins 3-0. Many have begun referring to the Rangers keeper as “LINDQVIST” as the Linsanity continues to spread. While this is all in good fun, Hank is still considered to be the King of New York. Jeremy Lin is far from being in the same league as Lundqvist.  The Rangers and Knicks both have a tough act to follow after the Giants Superbowl win, but at the moment both teams are helping to show why New York is the greatest sports town in the world.

 

 

And if you were wondering if I am going to continue milking the Pearl Jam references, the answer is a very hard yes.




Team Tunisia player was actually wearing USA socks

Keywords: tunisia, olympics, kobe

 

Earlier I wrote about the player from Tunisia that asked Kobe to autograph his shoes after his team got beaten by 47 points. Apparently those shoes he got signed were the same exact ones that Kobe was wearing. Made specifically for team USA. Not only were his shoes the same as the Black Mamba, but so were his socks. Not the best job of costume designing by the Tunisian Olympic squad.