Photo courtesy of cleveland.com. A year ago, Kobe Bryant (pictured above) was not a happy camper for a number of reasons. Will things brighten up this Spring for the LA superstar?
By Josh Kramer
Lucky number thirteen. Over three months later and “Throwback Saturdays” are still going strong. What was happening on April 14, 2011? How about on April 14, 2012? Let’s find out.
One year ago..
A Rough Go for Kobe
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The past couple of days have been an absolute whirlwind for Lakers superstar, Kobe Bryant. First, a key piece of the Lakers championship puzzle, Andrew Bynum, goes down with yet another knee injury. Then, later in the game, Kobe picks up a technical foul. But the technical was not out of the ordinary for Bryant, who is 2nd in the League this year in technical fouls to Superman himself, Dwight Howard.
Bryant frequently argues with referees and actually has ranked in the top ten in the League for technical fouls each of the past six seasons. I do not like when guys jabber at opposing players or whine to the referees. But I do respect Bryant’s drive and his ability to “Refuse to Lose.” He is emotional. The man just hates losing. It is a trait that Michael Jordan had. It is a trait that Tiger Woods had. Losing is not something that any of these guys ever seem to think is possible. So they each have had their fair share of temper tantrums over the years. And do not think for a second that guys like Jordan did not cry to the refs or that the other stars in today’s game remain mum towards the referees. It just isn’t true. Stars complain. And they complain frequently.
But in the San Antonio game, Kobe made a big time mistake to go along with his technical foul. He appears to have directed an offensive gay slur towards the referee. Cursing is one thing. When racist, religious, or gay slurs get brought into the game, it takes things to another level. Kobe crossed the line (To finish reading this post, click this link). Continue reading
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Tagged Andrew Bynum, Antonio Cromartie, Ben Roethlisberger, Chad Ochocinco, Dallas Mavericks, Darrelle Revis, Dwight Howard, Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers, Michael Jordan, NBA, New Orleans Hornets, New York Jets, Peyton Manning, Pittsburgh Steelers, Rex Ryan, San Antonio Spurs, Santonio Holmes, Shonn Greene, Super Bowl, Tiger Woods, Tom Brady
Photo courtesy of sportsillustrated.cnn.com. UK lost for the first time this season on Saturday. Still there is no reason for John Calipari (pictured above) and Big Blue Nation to panic by any means.
By Josh Kramer
The past few days in sports have been anything but ordinary. In fact, it has been an extraordinary past few days in regards to sports, just the way we like it. Here are the items that have caught my attention.
Have no fear, UK is here
-Any of you that know me personally are well aware that I am not the biggest advocate of the Big Blue Nation (University of Kentucky). By no means am I a guy that you will find at Rupp Arena for a showdown on a Saturday afternoon. But I will admit one thing; this year’s version of the “Calipari All Stars” is the real deal. Yes, I realize it is ironic that I am talking about this team following their first loss of the year. A heartbreaking defeat at the hands of an Indiana program that finally appears to be back from the dead. Continue reading
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Tagged Assembly Hall, Bill Self, Blake Griffin, Bobby Knight, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, Dallas Mavericks, Dan Gilbert, David Stern, Denver Broncos, Denver Nuggets, Indiana Hoosiers, Jared Sullinger, John Calipari, Kansas Jayhawks, Kentucky Wildcats, Kobe Bryant, Lamar Odom, Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, New Orleans Hornets, NFL, Ohio State Buckeyes, Rupp Arena, Thad Matta, Tim Tebow, Todd Haley, Tom Crean, Tony Sparano
Photo courtesy of watchesbydesign.com. Yao Ming (pictured above) could be a potential bargain pick up for a contender when the CBA situation is eventually figured out according to our very own Nick Craddock.
By Nick Craddock
With a Thursday midnight deadline looming, NBA owners and the NBA players union appear nowhere near close to hammering out a new collective bargaining agreement that would allow for free agents to start negotiations, as regularly scheduled, on July 1.
However, whenever the 2011 free agency period does commence, there will be some talented ballers available for general managers to sign. How a new CBA affects player contracts is yet to be seen, but here is a list of this summer’s free agents who are overvalued and in line to start taking baths of Benjamins. On the other hand, potential bargain players could reap huge rewards for teams:
5 overvalued players
1. Jose Juan Barea (Dallas Mavericks): The diminutive Puerto Rican point guard won many admirers for his performances during the Mavericks’ 2011 championship run, but whether or not this former undrafted player and star from Northeastern is ready for primetime is yet to be seen. Sure, Barea sliced-and-diced the Lakers during the playoffs, but could this career bench player sustain such success for 82 games a year in a more demanding role? Regardless of my skepticism, his playoff heroics will be the most recent memory general managers have of Barea and, consequently, he will undoubtedly cash in with a hefty pay raise. Once Barea receives a bump in pay, one can only hope he will follow the path of fellow Puerto Rican Jennifer Lopez; although he used to have a little, but then a lot, he’ll remember where he came from because he’s J.J. from the block. Continue reading
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Tagged Al Thornton, Amare Stoudemire, Andrei Kirilenko, Boston Celtics, CBA, Dallas Mavericks, David West, Detroit Pistons, Glen Davis, Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets, Jason Richardson, Jeff Green, Jennifer Lopez, Jose Juan Barea, Kevin Durant, Los Angeles Lakers, Michael Redd, Michigan State Spartans, Milwaukee Bucks, NBA, New Orleans Hornets, Nick Craddock, Oklahoma City Thunder, Orlando Magic, Reggie Evans, Russell Westbrook, Tayshaun Prince, Toronto Raptors, Tracy McGrady, Utah Jazz, Washington Wizards, Yao Ming
The Kobe and Phil Laker Era appears to be coming to a close. Will it be a happy ending?
The door is almost shut, but it is not entirely closed yet. Anybody who says they saw this coming is full of it. I realize that Charles Barkley makes his outrageous and obnoxious picks, and makes sure you know it. But outside of Sir Charles, who I struggle to give credit for predicting this, I do not know anybody who saw this coming. Things were not supposed to end like this. This was supposed to be the epic finale to Phil Jackson’s illustrious coaching career. It was supposed to be Kobe’s time to tie the greatest player of all time with his 6th Championship ring and to start the arguments of whose the greatest. Everyone knew the LA Dynasty was heading down the home stretch. But nobody foresaw it ending before June. Continue reading
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Tagged Andrew Bynum, Carmelo Anthony, Charles Barkley, Dallas Mavericks, Denver Nuggets, Derek Fisher, Dirk Nowitzki, Golden State Warriors, Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers, Mark Cuban, Miami Heat, NBA, NBA Playoffs, New Orleans Hornets, Pau Gasol, Phil Jackson, Steve Blake
Do not be surprised to see former Florida Gator Head Coach Urban Meyer (pictured above) patrolling the sidelines in Columbus in the near future. It is turning into a real possibility as more Tressel allegations continue to arise.
What is not going on in sports this week? Playoffs, MLB Action, NFL Draft Mayhem. It is a crazy week in the world of sports as was noted in yesterday’s version of the “Weekly Nickel.” But here are the main topics that have been catching my eye.
Could it be Meyer Time in Columbus? Continue reading
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Tagged Big Ten, Chicago Bulls, Chris Paul, Derrick Rose, Florida Gators, Jim Tressel, Los Angeles Lakers, MLB, MVP, NBA Playoffs, NCAA Allegations, New Orleans Hornets, NFL Draft, Ohio State Buckeyes, Urban Meyer
Allan Houston (pictured above) played a key role in helping lead the 8th seeded New York Knicks to the 1999 NBA Finals. Do not expect the Memphis Grizzlies, despite a big time win today, to roll all the way to the Finals. But the Western Conferences 5 through 8 teams are pretty solid.
2 shockers already on this first Sunday of the NBA Playoffs. The top 2 seeds in the Western Conference went down at home. Could the Spurs and Lakers legitimately lose these series and turn the NBA Playoffs into April/May Madness? It would be totally awesome with a capital A, but it will not happen. Continue reading
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Tagged Allan Houston, Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics, Butler Bulldogs, Carmelo Anthony, Chicago Bulls, Chris Paul, Denver Nuggets, Eastern Conference, Indiana Pacers, Los Angeles Lakers, March Madness, Memphis Grizzlies, NBA, NBA Finals, New Orleans Hornets, New York Knicks, Oklahoma City Thunder, Orlando Magic, Philadelphia 76ers, Portland Trailblazers, Reggie Miller, San Antonio Spurs, VCU Rams, Western Conference
As I predicted in the preseason, I am taking Kobe, Phil, and the Lakers to complete the 3-peat with another amazing playoff run. Will this be the end of the line for Phil Jackson?
The grueling 82 game regular season is finally over and playoff time is upon us. Most casual fans do not invest a heavy interest in the regular season, but come playoff time, the NBA takes center stage. There is no questioning the effort of these amazing basketball players at this time of year. It is all or nothing. This is where the men are separated from the boys. As promised, I am going to provide my predictions on how this year’s postseason will play out. Continue reading
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Tagged Andre Iguodala, Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics, Chauncey Billups, Chicago Bulls, Dallas Mavericks, Danny Granger, Denver Nuggets, Derrick Rose, Dino Gallinari, Dwight Howard, Eastern Conference, Elton Brand, George Karl, Hedo Turkoglu, Indiana Pacers, Jameer Nelson, Kevin Durant, Kobe Bryant, Lamarcus Aldridge, Lebron James, Los Angeles Lakers, Manu Ginobli, Memphis Grizzlies, Miami Heat, Michael Jordan, NBA Championship, NBA Playoffs, New Orleans Hornets, New York Knicks, Oklahoma City Thunder, Orlando Magic, Phil Jackson, Philadelphia 76ers, Portland Trailblazers, Roy Hibbert, Russell Westbrook, San Antonio Spurs, Wesley Matthews, Western Conference, Zach Randolph