Tony Parker rocking the rec-specs

Keywords: tony parker, france

 

A couple of months ago Tony Parker messed up his eye because he got involved in some fight involving Chris Brown and Drake. Apparently the feud was over whose music was worse. The real loser in this brawl was Tony Parker, who somehow is friends with Chris Brown. He got his eye busted and now he is forced to wear these goggles in the Olympics. I thought France was supposed to all about fashion, but if their biggest star is wearing rec-specs I am going to have to question that.

 




If not for the Joe Johnson trade, Deron Williams would be in Dallas

Keywords: deron williams, joe johnson, nets, mavs

 

“I was really close to going to Dallas, I actually thought that’s where I was going to go. I had the meetings and it kind of changed my mind because once I got out of the meeting with Dallas and saw the way they way were going and the team they were putting out there and I saw that we just made a trade for Joe Johnson and I felt like that team for a longer time would be the better team. Joe got me over the hump. I’ve never played with anybody like him, a guy on the wing that can get his own shot and also get me involved and is a great defender. We could one of the top backcourts in the NBA for sure.”

 

Those are the words of point guard Deron Williams, the man the Brooklyn Nets so desperately needed to retain to remain relevant. Now what is interesting is that D-Will is giving Joe Johnson a lot of credit here. While Johnson is still a top 10 shooting guard, he is nowhere near the level he was at four or five years ago when he was averaging 27 points a game. On the contrary Deron could be playing with Dirk Nowitzki, already a champion and a league MVP. D-Will feels the Nets will be competitive for longer than the Mavs, and in the end that is what swayed him to stay in Jersey……err, Brooklyn.




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.




Kobe Bryant continues to turn heads off the court

Keywords: kobe bryant, london olympics

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.