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D’Antoni or Melo, Take Your Pick

70 games since the New York Knicks traded half their roster to acquire Carmelo Anthony from the Denver Nuggets, it has become apparent that the D’Antoni-Carmelo Experiment does not produce results.

The Problem:

The Knicks who were 28-26 last season prior to the Carmelo Trade have gone 32-38 since. And when we consider the ‘Melo-less 7-1 record the team posted during Jeremy Lin’s explosive ‘arrival’ to fame, where does that leave us.. I’ll let u do the math on that one.

It’s not just Carmelo’s fault, Mike D’Antoni (head coach) has not made enough adjustments to take advantage of the talented players he has acquired. My issue here is that, the Knicks are 1-dimensional, they make no adjustments offensively or defensively depending on who their match ups are. And although, D’Antoni’s free flow offense keeps many players very happy statistically, the only time it has ever produced results was under a future hall of fame floor general PG Steve Nash.

The Solution:

One or the other must go, the trade deadline is Thursday, the experiment has failed. Either D’Antoni’s despicable reign as head coach must end, or move the all star talent who demands the ball in his hands and restricts a free-flow offense. The Knicks can upgrade all positions by trading Melo, but this team is just too talented and too deep to be 6 games under .500 this season.

My Solution:

Bye-bye D’Antoni… You had your chance, you have all the talent and you’ve produced little to nothing. A talent like Carmelo will always be more valuable than a stubborn coach.

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End of an Era

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As you already know, Shaquille O’Neal (aka. Shaq, Diesel, Shaq-daddy) announced his retirement via Twitter yesterday.

Although I loved and cherished the era of Shaq in the NBA and will miss watching him play dearly, I’m not here to babble on about all that..

The fact of the matter is, Shaq’s retirement is quite significant in that it may be the last time we ever see such a low post dominant center for many many more years. You may argue that Dwight Howard is a dominant center and I would agree with you, defensively. However, offensively there are no longer any centers that can dominate the game on the block the way the Diesel did back in the day.

Nowadays, the NBA’s big men seem to drifting further and further away from the basket, which in retrospect is a wonderful asset to have, diversifying a team’s offensive schemes. But this advantage is usually nullified, as more and more players continue to fall in love with their jump shot.. and as we all know, that jump shot is one moody and inconsistent spouse.

I hope to see more players develop into post-up big men who can dictate a game’s pace, a team’s offensive or even the league itself the way Shaq did.

And now for the mushy part..

Shaq you will be missed, your on court dominance and your off court spirits — Never will there be another player like Shaquille O’Neal. . .

Sheg-it-out!

Top 10 Career Moments (Also very funny, Shaq’s Top 10 Quotes — Click)

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Phil Jackson: Unbreakable Legacy

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On Sunday night, the Los Angeles Lakers were eliminated from the 2011 Playoffs. After winning 2 NBA championships in their most recent 3 NBA Finals appearances, this year, the Lakers seemed uninterested, lethargic and lacking an edge.

But this blog just isn’t about the Lakers..

It’s about Phil Jackson.

The winning-est coach in NBA history, 11 NBA Championships in 13 Finals appearances.

He coached two of the greatest players of all-time in Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant, guiding them to 6 and 5 championship rings respectively. Other notable players, Hall of Famers Scottie Pippen and Dennis Rodman and future Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal all enjoyed wide success with Jackson.

Although he did not develop it, Jackson evolved and perfected the Triangle Offense. His style helped lead the 1995-96 Bulls team to a 72-10 record, which is the only team to ever win 70+ games in a season.

Lucky Guy! Don’t you think?

Jackson won in his first 9 championships in three-peats, first 3 with MJ and co., then another 3 in MJ’s return and 3 more with Shaq and Kobe. . . and after winning 2 in a row, Jackson had rightfully returned for the perfect ending, the one we all dream of, for one last season, one last run, for one last three-peat, one last title. . .

Instead, the Lakers were swept by the Dallas Mavericks in the 2nd-round of the Playoffs, being blown out by 30 in the elimination game.

And just when you thought matters could not get any worse. . .

Two Lakers players were ejected for flagrant plays and the Lakers had lost.

The man we all believed to be one of the luckiest, smartest and illustrious coaches in the world was disgraced, humiliated and let down, seemingly leaving the courts an apparent loser.

Despite this unfortunate ending, Jackson smiled, joked and embraced his own exit from the game of basketball at his press conference. Evidently thankful for his career, its opportunities and his unfathomable success during his 20 year run. . .

. . . then with one final smiling remark, Jackson stood, thanked the media and left the basketball world an apparent indisputable winner.

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Makings of a Classic

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The Orlando Magic and Atlanta Hawks are in the midst of a rivalry. In last year’s second round match-ups the Magic swept the Hawks while setting the record for the most lop-sided NBA series of all time, winning each game by an average of 25.3 ppg.

This year the Hawks are back, with something to prove beating the Magic 3 our of 4 times in the regular season and have now taken a 2-1 lead in the series.

Game 1 – Dwight Howard was unstoppable, racking up 46 pts and grabbing 19 rebounds! But, Magic still lost due to a horrendous shooting display by the rest of the team.

Game 2 – Howard again scored 39 pts and collected another 19 boards. . . yeah, animal, I know! This time pulling out a ‘W’.

Game 3 – Did not disappoint. . .

First, “The Fight” – Zaza Pachulia doing his best Zinedine Zidane Impression

Does J-Rich have Dwight’s back?? The answer is Yes..

and then, this. . .

Jamal, with the beauty . . . pun intended. . .

Who says there’s no such thing as miracles..

Game 4 is Tonight! and I wouldn’t miss it!

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Playa’s of the Year!

One of the most highly anticipated NBA regular seasons has come to end, but the excitement is just beginning! With the NBA Playoffs set to begin this Saturday! But first, I’ve gotta hand out my Season’s Awards.

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Most Valuable Player!

Derrick Rose

. . . . . enough said, just watch!!  MVP! MVP! MVP!

Alright, but I can’t go on without mentioning that the Chicago Bulls won 62 games this season and stole the best league record from the San Antonio Spurs on the LAST DAY of the regular season.

And obviously, D-Rose has been unconscious and as consistent as Day n’ Night..

Rookie of the Year!

This next guy is pretty incredible as well, I’m sure you’ve heard his name before…

Blake ‘the Earthquake’ Griffin

This guy’s had so many highlights, the NBA should considering re-naming the Top 10 Plays after him!

Defensive Player of the Year!

Dwight Howard 

He’s like his own SWAT team, as in he will swat that *beep*outta here.. (clever, I know..)

No seriously, a basketball looks like your daily orange in this guy’s hands.

Sixth Man!

James Harden

yeah ever since the Thunder traded away Jeff Green, Harden has become the most consistent spark off the bench! Strong Finish!

(Alot of ppl may pick Lamar Odom, but the guy’s stats are inflated because he was a starter for the first 2 months of the season… real bench numbers arn’t that impressive)

Most Improved Player!

Papa pa pa paaa I’m Lovin’ it!

Kevin Love

Fantastic personal achievement this season.. and an incredible 30-30 night! 

… just hope your cooties are contagious.. your teammates need it.

Coach of the Year!

Tom Thibodeau

No LeBron James? No Dwayne Wade? No Problem.. the Tom Thibodeau, Derrick Rose tandem is the best in the league!

First time Head-coach has shocked us all with his ability to earn his player’s loyalty and dedication! ..

Playoffs a different story, we’ll have to wait and see..


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San Antonio Spurs Bit by Injury-Bug

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Tim Duncan's injury reveals his true value

Quietly and consistently the Spurs have been cruising to the NBA’s best record, behind the play of Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker…..?? Or so we thought…

What about the Big Fundamental?? Tim Duncan, one of the greatest power forwards to ever play in the NBA. And I’ll be the first to admit, that I was beginning to doubt Duncan’s significance on the Spurs. This year, he averages career lows in points and rebounds, at 13 and 9 respectively, so why would you consider him the best Spur?

On March 21st, the Spurs were far ahead in the standings amongst the Western Conference and the entire league, and it almost seemed eminent that they would earn home-court advantage for their entire playoff run… when aging star Tim Duncan injured his ankle (WATCH).

Kobe to Duncan: Thanks man, I'll take it from here...

Since the injury, the Spurs have lost 4 straight games without their two-time former MVP, and look as though they may squander an excellent all-round season to the RED-HOT Los Angeles Lakers..

So what does this tell us??

VALUE TIMMY! Stats don’t mean much when compared to Presence, Leadership and Heart.

To make matters even worse, both Parker and Ginobili did not play against the Blazers due to injuries as well!! Both listed as day-to-day..

Get Well Soon Spurs!

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