Monthly Archives: February 2011

“Give the Big East a Break”

At a school dance, you either get asked to dance or you do not.  Those who are asked to dance are generally much happier than those who are not.  Well 68 teams will be asked to dance come Selection Sunday (March 13th).  68 schools will be thrilled to accept the invitation.  While 279 teams will be disappointed and pray to receive an invitation to either the NIT or the CBI.  Only 19.6% of teams in the entire country get a shot to showcase their abilities on College Basketball’s biggest stage, and arguably the best sporting event in American sports. Continue reading

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I know the NBA was complete madness today.  I cannot remember a trade deadline as action packed as this one was.  But there has been one story that has been bothering me all day. And it has to do with … Continue reading

“Stars Aligning: Is this Good for the NBA?”

 

With the major move of Carmelo to New York and Deron Williams to New Jersey, could Chris Paul (pictured above) be next? Our very own Wesley Kaminsky touches on the current state of the NBA.

Wesley is a sports expert and journalist out of Philadelphia that writes for Bleacher Report.  You can check out all of his work at  http://bleacherreport.com/users/88810-wesley-kaminsky or follow his twitter @Wesley_Kaminsky

 

Remember back in the old NBA days where stars wanted to compete against one another and not join forces for the sole purpose to win a ring? I am talking about back in the days of Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, and Larry Bird. These guys did not want to play together and dominate the NBA for years to come, they wanted to battle it out and compete against each other. No, I was not around during the days of Bird and Magic, and was a baby while Jordan was in his prime, but I do know one thing, that the NBA has completely changed since then. Continue reading

“Food for Thought 2-22-11”

In the big news of the day, the New York Knicks just added the likes of Chauncey Billups (left), Carmelo Anthony (right), and others to their team. New York appears to finally be relevant again for the first time since the Ewing days.

“You had me at Melo.”  That is what the whole city of New York is saying today in light of recent developments where their beloved Knickerbockers picked up scoring machine, Carmelo Anthony.  The former Syracuse star is finally heading to play in the Mecca.  Its about time.  There is so much going on in the sporting world.  There is so much to talk about. 

So lets jump right into the day’s main headlines.

You Had Me at Melo Continue reading

“Weekly Nickel”

We have an amazing week of College Basketball ahead and I foresee Jay Wright (pictured above) leading his Villanova squad to 2 major victories. Expect Nova to be in the top 10 come Monday.

I will admit that I enjoyed All Star Weekend more than I normally do.  The Dunk Contest had a little spice to it, unlike last year’s fiasco.  Though it did seem a bit rigged to go in Griffin’s favor.  JaVale McGee put on a pretty strong showing in his own right.  Then the game.  Though very boring for a while, really picked up in the 4th.  The play of the game in my eyes was when Kobe flushed home the dunk on the break in King Jame’s grill.  And then he gave him a little pat on the butt.  Kobe sent a message last night to the Heat, Celtics, and other contending teams.  The Lakers will be ready come playoff time.  You can count on it. Continue reading

“Steve Lavin: A Genius?”

Steve Lavin's arrival in New York appears to be a match made in heaven. Can he bring the St. John's program it's first National Championship?

St. John’s is at it again.  Another top ten team fell at the hands of the Red Storm today.  A Pittsburgh team that had seemed to have mastered the rigors and challenges of the Big East Conference was unable to handle the athleticism and toughness of St. John’s on this day.  And lets be entirely real, Pittsburgh is quite possibly the “baddest” team in the land.  No team can play the grind it out physical style that Pittsburgh plays.  They have mastered what the term “winning ugly” means during the Jamie Dixon tenure.  Watching Pitt play brings back memories of the Bob Huggin’s Bearcat “Bad” Boys of the 90s and early 2000s. Continue reading

“D. Rose is the Real Deal”

Derrick Rose (pictured above) is making a strong case for the League MVP Award. The 22-year-old can do it all and is definitely the real deal.

A few weeks ago, our very own Wesley Kaminsky wrote an article entitled,“The Hype is Real: How Derrick Rose Can win MVP” (https://sportskraze.wordpress.com/2011/01/28/the-hype-is-real-how-derrick-rose-can-win-mvp/) highlighting how D Rose is a definite MVP candidate.  And last night confirmed it.  This kid can do it all.  In the words of Greg Jennings, “He puts the team on his back.”

The Chicago Bulls are dangerous.  Forget all the noise about Melo or any other trade rumors.  It is extremely unnecessary.  All the talk in the East begins in Boston and ends in Miami (or vice versa).  The Bulls are just fine with that.  In a first half where they dealt with major injuries to Carlos Boozer, Joakim Noah, and others, they are still 22 games above 500 heading into the break.  They have won 4 straight games and are dangerous. 

I had the Bulls as my sleeper pick in the East in my NBA Preseason Preview back in October, but if I had known the Bulls were going to sustain injuries to stars Joakim Noah and Carlos Boozer, I would have had this team struggling to even be in the playoff picture.  I would have been wrong.  It all comes down to one guy.

Derrick Rose.

This guy has done it all in the first half.  25 points a night to go with over 8 assists.  The numbers don’t lie.  But the stats do not possibly demonstrate all that this guy does on a given night. 

Ever seen lightning strike? If you live in Chicago you see it every night.

The kid flat-out flies around the court.  Watching him get up and down the floor is a thing of pure beauty.  The point guard is arguably the most important position on the floor at any level of organized basketball.  Your PG is your general.  Your floor leader.  And a point guard who can penetrate, shoot from the perimeter, and dish out dimes is impossible to defend.  Derrick Rose has become nearly impossible to stop.

Just ask San Antonio about the joys of playing defense against Mr. Rose.  The 22-year-old went off.  42 points, 8 assists, and just 1 turnover.  Rose made it look easy against the team that sports the best record in the League.  Now is Derrick the MVP of the first half of the season?

There is definitely an argument.  Most of the other candidates are members of teams that have other stars.  Lebron and D Wade have each other in MIA.  Durant has Westbrook in Oklahoma City.  Kobe has Pau in Los Angeles.  And I could go on.

It will be an intriguing 2nd half in regards to the NBA MVP award.  All I know is that Chicago is a team to be reckoned with and Derrick Rose is without question the real deal.

Stay tuned for the next edition of TheSportsKraze.

-TheSportsKraze