As the Knicks continue to lose, so does the fanfare of Linsanity

Keywords: jeremy lin, linsanity, knicks, losing

I logged onto facebook earlier today to find a post from the New York Knicks official page. They were selling Linsanity t-shirts for 20% off. Just a month ago I walked into Dicks and Modells and was immediately greeted by an entire section dedicated to Jeremy Lin. The prices gauging was astronomical and people ate it all up. I do not fault anyone though, an orange Jeremy Lin shirt sits in my closet in shame everyday. Basketball, like anything, is a business. When Jeremy Lin burst onto the scene he picked up traction quick, he was a massive money making device. Now that the Knicks are awful again, people are less excited about Linsanity and are already calling for Baron Davis to be the new starter. His ability to make a profit is gone, and with that so is his fame. The shelves will continue to be stocked with Jeremy Lin merchandise, but that may only be because no one is buying into Linsanity anymore.




Things are getting Mad in March as many final four favorites drop out early

Keywords: duke, michigan, missouri, march madness, ncaa tournament

Day one of the tournament saw Syracuse almost get eliminated by a 16 seed. If not for some help of the referees, that would have been the first major upset of the NCAA Tournament. But day two held just as much drama, as a few massively favored programs dropped to some unexpected competition. The 2 seeded Duke Blue Devils, perennial favorites, lost to a school known as Lehigh. Another 2 seed, Missouri, fell to Norfolk State. And finally there was the 4 seeded Michigan Wolverines who couldn’t get by Ohio. No not rival Ohio State, just…..Ohio. After todays activities ESPN reported that there is not a single perfect bracket left on their site. Millions upon millions of people make these brackets every year, and not a single one of them picked even the first round correctly. Thats why they call it March Madness.




Iman Shumpert will be involved in this years Dunk Contest, among three other less than known names

Keywords: iman shumpert, knicks, chase budinger, pacers, derrik williams, paul george, rockets, blake griffin

Rookie sensation Iman Shumpert will be participating in the upcoming NBA Dunk Contest during All Star Weekend. The cast features many players that the casual fan has probably never heard of. Paul George of the Pacers, Chase Budinger of the Rockets, and Derrik Williams of the Twovles round out the crew. This is one of the weakest dunk contest cast we have seen in years, Blake Griffin who won it last year has opted against defending his title. With very little effort being put into this, it may be about time the NBA nix the novelty act all together.




Kendrick Perkins calls out Lebron as twitter war begins

Keywords: lebron james, twitter, kendrick perkins, blake griffin, dunk of the year, kobe

Following the massive dunk that Blake Griffin put upon Kendrick Perkins the twitter world went crazy. One of those tweeters happened to be Lebron James who said; ”Dunk of the Year! @blakegriffin just dunked on Kendrick Perkins so hard!!! Wow! I guess I’m No. 2 now. Move over #6″

Perkins was less then amused by the Lebron response. He responded with this in an interview with Yahoo Sports:

“You don’t see Kobe Bryant tweeting, You don’t see Michael Jordan tweeting. If you’re an elite player, plays like that don’t excite you.

“At the end of the day, the guys who are playing for the right reasons who are trying to win championships are not worrying about one play. They also are not tweeting about themselves talking about going down to No. 2, I just feel Lebron is always looking for attention and he wants the world to like him.”

Now most people have not been fans of Lebron since his publicized decision to take his talents to south beach. Perkins took this opportunity to take his talents to the media and call out Lebron. Hey, Perkins is desperate to get people to stop talking about the domination Griffin thrust upon him with the dunk. Making people hate Lebron is always a good way to distract people.




Peyton Manning is now the proud part owner of the Grizzlies

Keywords: memphis grizzlies, peyton manning

 

Thanks to Peyton Manning, I now remember that the Grizzlies are still an NBA franchise. Yes, they have had some postseason success, but their relevance is still waining in a star driven league. But with Manning at the helm, along with Justin Timberlake and Penny Hardaway, this team finally has some buzz around em. It isn’t about what these guys can do as owners, it is what they bring to the table in marketability. Much like the Nets and Jay-Z, these superstars make the Grizzlies a hot commodity in the NBA among celebrities and fans alike. And it doesn’t hurt that Manning is a University of Tennessee alum.




Amare Stoudemire believes he will be back in time for the postseason run

Keywords: amare stoudemire, bulging disk, injury, dwight howard

 

Tonight the Knicks will head out to Cleveland to play the Cavs. Joining the Knicks may be our old friend Amare Stoudemire. Stat has been out with the bulging disk in his back since March 24th. While Dwight Howard, who has the same injury, is reportedly out for the season and post season, Amare will be coming back to play tonight.

 

Stat is expected to return to the starting 5. Melo has been playing the power forward position in Amare’s absence. So who comes out of the starting lineup? It may have to be Landry Fields who has had an absolutely horrendous sophomore season. That would put Baron Davis at the point and Shumpert at shooting guard. A healthy Amare could make this team a massive playoff threat.




There has been backlash abound since the Hornets were awarded the 1st overall pick

Keywords: david stern, nba draft lottery, anthony davis

 

Lets have a little recap of the Hornets season, first their trade with the Lakers got nixed due to David Stern and his “Basketball Reasons.” The reason being he didn’t want Chris Paul going to the Lakers. So after that the Hornets were forced to deal him to the Clippers, for what still seems to be a lesser package. Now many people are saying that the reason the Hornets won the Anthony Davis sweepstakes is because Stern rigged the Draft Lottery. And it does look bad as this picture of Davis in a Hornets hat has surfaced.

 

 

Saying the NBA is fixed is nothing new. Throughout this entire postseason commentators and fans alike have been screaming RefBall as calls have seemingly gone in the favor of the Miami Heat. All the way back to Patrick Ewing draft people have been clamoring that the league is fixed. An ESPN poll had about 80% of the nation thinking the league was fixed to some degree. There is some professional wrestling stuff going on in the association.