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Who’s Best ‘Power Forward’ in the League?

Its like picking between two of your favorite donuts, flavors of ice cream or chocolate desserts, both are incredibly good, but depending on how your feeling that day, you may sway toward one or the other. Blake Griffin (Los Angeles Clippers) or Kevin Love (Minnesota Timberwolves)??

Blake Griffin (Left) and Kevin Love (Right)

But for the sake of argument, here are 5 categories of assessment to bring this long debated Chuck vs Shaq discussion to an end, one of many between the two.

I think the only thing we can all agree on, is that the days of a Tim Duncan, back to the basket-type Power Forward (PF) are seemingly over. The games uptempo style has brought in a new dimension to the PF’s game and these are two of the more exciting and dominant players in that category. 

Team Record:

Blake’s Clippers have a 22-14 record, while Kevin’s T-wolves are just above the .500 mark at 20-19. Although the Clippers have the irreplaceable, playoff tested CP3 (Chris Paul) on their team, you cannot discount that the best PF in the league better be helping his team to more wins.

Blake Griffin

Statistics:

Love leads Blake in 4 of 7 crucial categories (FT%, 3PM, REB, PTS), while Griffin has an edge in (FG% and AST) and both are just pitiful when it comes to blocks.. so we wont mention that any further.

Kevin Love

Games Played vs Each other:

Although, two of these games were decided by 3 points or less, the easy advantage goes to winner of all 3 meetings, the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Kevin Love

Potential:

The high-flying extremely athletic big man, Blake Griffin earns an easy advantage here. Still learning the game, Griffin has been playing on pure athleticism more than basketball knowledge. When the days of development pass, he will be unstoppable.

Blake Griffin 

In-the-Clutch:

He delivered 2 clutch fourth quarter baskets last night and sunk the game winning 3-pointer in the first meeting between these teams. Kevin Love has asserted himself as the go-to player for the Timberwolves.

Kevin Love

So if you tally up the scores………

Kevin Love is the best PF in the league today.. but, Tomorrow is a whole new day with a whole new set of possibilities.

NBA Returns Christmas Day

The NBA Owners and Players have reached a tentative agreement on a 10 year Collective Bargaining Agreement! Season is set to begin December 25th! Joy to the (basketball) World

After talks broke down mid-November, the Players Association had filed for decertification, and 2 anti-trust law suits against the NBA and its owners. Things were just not looking so bright for an NBA 2011-12 Season.

Today, there is new hope! After secretly meeting earlier this week to try to save the season, NBA players and owners met Friday for 15 hours and have come out the other side with a deal (tentative).

What makes this deal tentative?

  • Drug testing, Draft age and such ‘B-list’ issues have not been agreed on, but sides agree, these issues will not block a deal
  • Players Union must be Reformed
  • Owners and players must vote on the final revision of the CBA

What about the Deal?

  • BRI (Basketball Related Income) is slightly higher than 50/50 in favor of the players, (last CBA players had 57% of BRI earnings)
  • New strongly enforced luxury taxations will prevent big market teams from stockpiling talent. (unknown limits)
  • Each team has a 4-year Mid-Level Exception (yearly)
  • Sign and Trade is still available (for only 3 years??)

Training camp will be set for December 9th, should this deal pass.

Finally, the deal is a 10 year deal with a 6-year opt out clause. –> So we’ll probably do this again in 6 years.. BUT…

…after all, all that really matters, is that the NBA is BACK!

The Obama Classic Basketball Game

President Barack Obama made the call, the players responded and the league made exceptions. Funny how things can work so smoothly sometimes… (I think there’s a lesson in there somewhere)

Collaborating with Alonzo Mourning and Chris Bosh, President Obama will be hosting an NBA Charity Game on December 12th.

Confirmed NBA Stars include:
Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Durant, Dwight Howard, Chris Paul, Amare Stoudamire, Chris Bosh

Others:
Ray Allen, Vince Carter, Baron Davis, Tyson Chandler, Jamal Crawford, Rudy Gay, Blake Griffin, Juwan Howard, Antawn Jamison, Kevin Love, John Wall, Russell Westbrook

and the Throwbacks:
Reggie Miller, Dikembe Mutombo, Alonzo Mourning!

and maybe a surprise appearance from the ‘baller’ President himself, lacing up and joining the Stars???

 

NBA Players Reject Owners’ Offer, To File Lawsuit

The morning of November 14th, 2011 started out with a lot of hope for NBA fans across the world.

News/rumors surfaced that the Players would probably accept the Owners’ offer, bringing us all hope and a sense of excitement and anticipation…

… and then it was all crushed.

News was released that the Players have officially rejected the leagues’ offer topped with a Union decertification and an anti-trust lawsuit against the league and its owners.

What does this all mean?

  • Cancellation of the NBA season is now more likely than ever
  • Player contracts may be voided
  • Overall disappointment to all NBA fans.
These are dark days, indeed..

Dark days ahead for NBA

Carter, McGrady and Oakley Reunite

Its Friday, November 4th.. you know what that means? That means we should be watching Blake Griffin dunking on a couple of Trail Blazers, Spurs and Mavs in an old timer classic and a good ol’ Nash vs Bryant showdown…

… instead we’re chilling around, waiting on tomorrows meeting, the first meeting between the player union and NBA after the last possible deal fell apart. And listening to news on a “very real” chance that players are seeking that the union be decertified??

All great news.. as usual..

So today, we’re gonna talk Vince Carter, Tracy McGrady and Charles Oakley, interviewed by TSN’s “Off the Record” Show about their days in Toronto. And the “what if..” factor

 

 

 

Check it out!

 

… Even Chris Kaman’s Pumpkin

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By now, you’ve all heard the news. The NBA and the Player’s Union did not come to an agreement Friday as we had previously hoped, failing to agree on the BRI split. Players Union (pressured by other players and agents) are unwilling to drop lower than 52%, while the league is still holding its ground at an even 50/50 split.

But more importantly, this lockout has left us all with a sour (vomit) taste in our mouth.

Just let Chris Kaman’s pumpkin sum up our feelings.

Everything is pretty much agreed on.. one side wants 52% the other 50%. Can you guess the number were looking for? Here’s a hint, starts with a 5 and ends with a 1… yup, nearly got it.. 51%..

Lets hope the two sides can just meet sometime this week and get the childish act over and done with!

In other news, heres a cool video from Nike.. way to market the lockout lol..

#BasketballNeverStops

NBA, Players Looking to Strike a Deal

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The League and its Players have never been closer to agreeing on a new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) and hopefully its just in time to reverse losing any games this season.

Several sources believe that this deal could get done tonight (Friday night), might be a long night.. but it might just be worth it!

and I’m pumped!

Based on what I’ve read —-

Issues to be Discussed Friday Morning:

  • BRI (Revenue split) – Scheduled to be the first discussion planned for the morning, the rest of meeting can either go well or very sour. As of now the players are holding strong at 52.5% (coming down from their previous 57% in the last CBA)
  • Players would like the NBA to reopen its doors to highschool graduates, while the NBA is would like to increase the current 19yrs old, 1 year removed from highschool up to 20 yrs old and 2 years removed.
  • Larry “Bird” Rights – A Teams ability to re-sign a player, even if they are over the salary cap.

Issues that seem to be agreed on:

  • Mid-level Exception (Price and Years)  – years reduced from 5 to 3 and price expected to be reduced from $5.85M to $5M
  • Luxury Tax System (with some exceptions in discussion)
  • Revenue Sharing between Owners
  • Sign and Trade
  • *NEW: Amnesty Clause –  Teams can waive one player on the roster and erase most of his salary off the luxury tax and salary cap. However, the player would still get paid the full amount (VERY Interesting!)
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