Archive | January, 2011

RJP All Star Team

31 Jan

As the coaches vote on the All Star reserves, we bring you the RJP All Star teams… check them out.

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How do we feel about some of the snubs?

Ellis: “As a Warriors fan, I may be a little biased here, but it’s a shame Monta repeatedly gets left off the All Star team because Golden State is a sub .500 team. He’s clearly the second best shooting guard in the West, and is 6th in the league in scoring! Stop playing the man and put him on the team!” – Chris

Allen: “He’s about to be the all-time leader in 3 pointers made, his team is #1 in the Eastern Conference, and he’s playing some good basketball right now – he’s keeping his team in games night in and night out, and as a major factor in his team’s success he definitely should have made the team.” – Darius

Bosh: Nice guy Durant said he’s a punk, so keep his punk a** home.”
– Jumaane

Bargnani: “Doesn’t make the team because his team isn’t winning enough games” – Amar

Granger: “I’m not one of those guys that say you don’t deserve to be an All-Star because you’re on a bad team, you just REALLY have to deserve it if you’re on a bad team (i.e. – Blake the Great and Kevin Love)… Granger hasn’t been phenomenal this year… I don’t think anyone from any of the sub .500 Eastern Conference teams have been – notice how Philly, Jersey, Indy, Washington, Cleveland, Toronto, Charlotte, Milwaukee, and Detroit have exactly ZERO All Stars combined… #justaying.” – Chris

Boozer: “He’s been hurt… and I just don’t like his b**** a**” – Amar

Duncan: “Sit your old a** down somewhere; get some new blood in the game.”
– Jumaane

Aldridge: “There are just too many good power forwards in the west… maybe next year.” – Karim

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Durant calls Bosh a fake tough guy

30 Jan
Miami Heat v Oklahoma City Thunder

KD and Bosh both got technical fouls for this verbal altercation in Sunday's game

Bosh and Durant both had a lot to say after Sunday’s Heat-Thunder clash:

Bosh:

“He was telling Harden to dunk on me,” Bosh said. “He said dunk the next one. I expressed that, no, he’s not going to dunk that. And he expressed, yes he is. We just kind of went back and forth. I don’t think it was anything to get a tech over. It was just talking”

Durant:

“I was talking to my teammate and [Bosh] decided he wanted to put his two cents into it. I am quiet guy, laid back guy, but I’m not going to let nobody talk trash to me. He’s on a good team now so he thinks he can talk a little bit. There are a lot of fake tough guys in this league and he’s one of them.”

“I’m no punk. I wasn’t even talking to him first off. He decided to butt in and I’m not going to just let that slide. Especially in our house. Like I said, he’s not one of those guys I look at and say he has a rap for talking back to guys or getting into it. He’s a nice guy. I’m not going to let that type of person say something to me like that.”

Usain Bolt popping bottles on the track

30 Jan

Jim O’Brien gets the boot

30 Jan

Jim O’Brien’s future as Pacers coach was in question heading into a four-game road trip, and team president Larry Bird didn’t get the answers he wanted.

Bird fired O’Brien on Sunday after the team squandered a promising start to the season by losing seven of its past eight games.

Bird had discussed the team’s coaching options with owner Herb Simon, saying he wanted to see how the team performed on a Western swing against the Los Angeles Clippers, Golden State, Portland and Denver.

“We were in three of the games and the Denver game we didn’t really have a chance,” Bird said.

The Pacers returned to Indiana to play the Orlando Magic on Wednesday, with O’Brien’s status tenuous. Orlando won 111-96 win, and Bird had seen enough.

Indiana hired O'Brien in May 2007

“We came home to Orlando, and really, the game was over in the first three minutes,” Bird said. “So that’s when I really started thinking that we really probably needed to do something. I called Mr. Simon up and he said, ‘whatever you want to do’ and so, here we are.”

The Pacers went 121-169 under O’Brien in a 3½ seasons and are 17-27 this season. O’Brien was ejected in his final game, a 110-89 loss to Chicago on Saturday.

Assistant coach Frank Vogel will take over for the rest of the season. He has been a scout for the Los Angeles Lakers and Washington Wizards, and served as an assistant coach for O’Brien in Philadelphia and Boston.

Bird was bothered by O’Brien’s refusal to give more minutes to the team’s young players. Bird said he’d like to see rookie Paul George play more, and he was frustrated with how little forward Tyler Hansbrough played early in the season. He felt that O’Brien’s public berating of center Roy Hibbert damaged the 7-foot-2 center’s confidence. Bird and Vogel agreed that Hibbert is an important piece of the team’s future.

Bird also said he would like to see rookie Lance Stephenson get onto the court. The second-round draft pick has not played this season.

Many fans criticized O’Brien because he constantly changed lineups, at times leaving players inactive, then suddenly making them starters and sometimes leaving players who were performing well on the bench for long stretches.

Vogel said continuity is important, but he’ll be careful.

“You want to have a steady rotation, but if you’re losing games, how do you stick with a steady rotation?” Vogel said. “We’re trying to find combinations that work, and you’ll see that play out over the next few weeks.”
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Herschel Walker wins second pro fight via TKO

30 Jan

Herschel Walker continues to defy Father Time. The 48-year-old former NFL and college football star toyed with Scott Carson to pick up his second career mixed martial arts win on the Strikeforce card in San Jose, Calif.
Walker knocked Carson down with a left hook in the opening minute of their fight at the HP Pavilion and brutalized him on the ground for the next two minutes. Referee Dan Stell stepped in to save Carson at 3:13 of the first round. Walker is now 2-0 and said he plans on moving forward with his MMA career.
“MMA is my love,” Walker said, when asked about talk of an NFL return.
Walker has been successful in every athletic endeavor he’s attempted, so he’s very demanding of himself in MMA.
“I was okay. I took a kick where I thought I was getting a little too excited,” Walker said. “When you’re in MMA, you should be able to take a kick like that.”
Walker was a bull from the get-go.
“(My trainer) Javier Mendes told me I have to be on offense. Being a young MMA fighter I gotta control what I’m doing in the cage,” said Walker.

ESPNU #1 Recruit: Austin Rivers drops 42

29 Jan

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Stop plagiarizing

29 Jan

by Greg Bing

Sky hooks. Fade aways. No look passes. You name it the, old cats wrote the book for generations to come.

Question: What pages have we added since they left the game? What bit of innovation have we seen since days of old?

(I’m reasonable, I’ll give you a minute to brainstorm)

Answer: None.

People say all the time that players today could dog walk
[dog walk – noun – To completely demoralize and humiliate the opposition with no concern or regard for feelings – Now back to our regularly scheduled program]
players from generations past because they are faster, stronger, quicker, and nearly unstoppable. Please… If that was true how do the present day Celtics get to the championship year after year? They’re retirement home for the NBA, but currently sit atop the Eastern Conference standings. How is that possible? It’s possible because they have an era of players who are still innovative and play with their minds; finding ways to win and still bringing that fourth dimension to the game, a dimension that makes spectators ask, “What will happen next to the game?” When’s the last time you saw a great dunk NBA dunk contest? How about before Vince Carter? Name the last really good one…

I’m not trying to bash the new generation of athletes, all I’m saying is be inventive. If there is a player in your way, jump over him, shoot 3s from four feet behind the line, set a double screen – one roll to a shot and the other roll to the basket, whatever man, just be creative. Change the game and give us something new to look at.

The reason we don’t buy Madden anymore is because its the same thing with better graphics. So we’re not buying these old crossovers and played out dropsteps any more. We’re not buying these fade aways any more (Jordan lol). It’s good to have these moves in the arsenal, but basketball is a game of skill and creativity, and we just want to see more of that.

Long story short, put some new pages in the book. Stop plagiarizing. Where’s the shirt for that? LOL.