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Better Dunk: LeBron Over Lucas? Or Perkins Getting Mosgoved

31 Jan

By RJP Staff

We know it’s only Tuesday, but we can almost guarantee we’re not going to see a dunk better than these two all week… maybe all year for that matter. Let us know in the comment section below which dunk you like better, and we’ll highlight that as the dunk of the week.

In the Red corner you have LeBron James dunking over the 5’11” John Lucas…. and in the Blue corner you have Blake the Great Mosgoving Kendrick Perkins… If you’re not sure what a Mosgov is, click here for the poster of Blake the Great’s first performance of this dunk in November of 2010. We’d argue this one is better is better than the ’10-11 version, as he actually put his hand on the rim this time. We vote for this to become Blake’s new signature dunk… f*** the car!

Red Corner: LeBron Over Lucus

Blue Corner: Perkins Gets Mosgoved

Make sure you let us know which dunk should win “Dunk of the Week” in the comments below!

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Only player who deserves MJ comparison…

18 Jan

By Eric Freeman
via BALL DON’T LIE

Michael Jordan thinks only Kobe Bryant deserves comparisons.

Ever since Michael Jordan retired — all three times, really — the NBA has searched for the heir to his throne. Many players have popped up as pretenders to the throne, from Harold Miner to Jerry Stackhouse to Vince Carter. In recent years, people have stopped trying to find a clone and just searched for a similarly dominant great player. If you ever wondered why LeBron James is seen as such a failure, a lot of it has to do with his inability to meet the example set by Jordan.

There are many great players in the NBA these days, most of whom have never been directly compared to Jordan. Nevertheless, His Airness says only one player comes close enough to his greatness to merit the comparison. Not surprisingly, that player is Kobe Bryant. Here’s what Roland Lazenby, a great writer currently working on a Jordan book, tweeted on Sunday (via PBT)

Kobe’s ultimate competition is MJ. That’s why MJ watches him. MJ made people think what he was doing wasn’t human. Ditto the Kobester.

I never said Kobe was better than MJ. MJ just told me Kobe’s the only one to have done the work, to deserve comparison.

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The Clippers WILL Make The Playoffs in 2012 WITH OR WITHOUT Chris Paul

14 Dec

Clippers

By Chris McCoy

The Clippers will make the playoffs… I guarantee it. Before you look at me crazy Mo Williams and Blake Griffin said that… BEFORE they signed Caron Butler yesterday! And I most wholeheartedly agree!

Look up at the depth chart real quick. The Clippers have been making some moves! One of the biggest glaring weaknesses of this Clippers team the last few seasons has been small forward; what did they do? They went out and signed Caron Butler, who’ s coming off a knee injury, but should be able to provide scoring, and more importantly leadership; which is what a young team like the Clippers needs. Now the Clippers can move Ryan Gomes, who’s best suited to come off the bench, back to the pine, and allow the extremely athletic Al-Farouq Aminu – who’s still just a pup – time to grow and mature.

The Clippers also claimed Chauncey Billups off amnesty waivers. The Clippers will be responsible for roughly $2 million of his $14.2 million salary. A great pick up for a young team looking to get over the hump. *PREDICTION* Chauncey will have the type of impact that Sam Cassell had on that ’06 run. I don’t doubt that Chauncey would have rather landed in Miami, who would have been a shoe-in to win the title with Billups, but he will make a real impact on a young team looking to break into the playoffs, and make some title runs of their own in the coming years. What the Billups pickup really does is set the Clippers up for success in case the Chris Paul deal doesn’t happen, and gives them a killer back court if it does. A lot of you may recall I posed a trade for Chris Paul where New Orleans would give up Paul and Ariza in return for Mo Wiliams, Chris Kaman and Minnesota’s unprotected first round pick. Well it seems like they’ve finally wised up and decided to throw Williams and Ariza into the deal yesterday:

My potential deal; however, as laid out, won’t be happening. The NBA wants more youth back in a Paul deal, so Eric Bledsoe and Aminu would probably need to be thrown into the deal for serious consideration. *RECAP* for all of you all that like to quote me, I’m saying Aminu, Bledsoe, Kaman, Williams, and Minny’s first round pick for Paul and Ariza.

Even if the Paul trade doesn’t go down. The Clippers have positioned themselves for success with a line up that includes five former all stars and one of the best young two guards in the league. ERIC GORDON. Keeping Gordon is key to the Clippers’ success. Howard has named his four potential trade suitors and the Clippers aren’t one of them. So giving up on trading for Howard and keeping Gordon is a must. Gordon, who was the 13th leading scorer in league last year, and the chemistry that’s developing between Gordon and Blake the Great is critical to this young team’s growth and development.

The Clippers are obligated to keep Billups for the life of his remaining contract, as he only has one year remaining on his deal, so a CP3 trade would allow them to move Billups to the bench and preserve his 35 year old legs for a playoff push – especially with all the back-to-backs this year. With Paul their potential line up consists of Paul, Gordon, Butler, Griffin and Jordan with Billups, Foye and Gomes coming off the bench, without him they’re still primed to play past 66. The moves the other LA team have made have placed them in prime position for the 8th seed in a congested Western Conference. So as a Clippers fan, as I anxiously hang on to @Chris_Broussard’s every tweet for news on a Hornets-Clippers deal, I know we’ll be straight regardless of the outcome.

RARE: 60 Minutes of Rare Michael Jordan Footage From The 1990-91 Season

8 Dec

1990-91 Jordan's second MVP season

By RJP Staff

As we prepare for the basketball season, we’d thought we’d wet your appetite with greatness. Chances are with all the back-to-backs and back-to-back-to-backs you’ll be seeing some bad basketball this from every team at least a few times this season.

Most Jordan enthusiast think they’ve seen it all, but just when you think you have seen all the Jordan footage or heard all of the stories of MJ’s heroics or just athleticism, new footage, interviews, or stories surface to remind you that you need to erase any doubt that MJ is the GOAT and accept that he’s underrated at all aspects of the game.

Check out this amazing video featuring just over an hour of MJ footage from 1990-91, his second MVP season.  It’s not all dunks either, checkout this description from the video’s creator:

Here’s a video I made highlighting just how remarkably skilled MJ was during the 90-91 season. All plays are from the 90-91 season. You’ll see the usual array of athletic plays, but I also added just as many (if not more) plays focusing on his footwork, post ups, fadeaways, defense, passing ability, spin moves, bank shots and use of his left hand — all those soft skills he mastered earlier than most people want to remember. 

Jordan’s 1990-91 season is my favorite because it perfectly blends his amazing physical capabilities with a mastery (yes, mastery) of the skills he used almost exclusively in the late 90′s. Here is my tribute to that season.

**As a bonus I wanted to show a few statlines from that season. Statistically this was actually one of his most unusual.  He was consistent with a 31 ppg average, didn’t drop 50 or record a triple double all season, but when the finals came he turned into a boxscore killer averaging over 30pts & 10ast.**

  • 33 pts, 9 ast, 8 stls, 7 rebs
  • 34 pts, 7 ast, 7 stls
  • 39 pts, 9 rebs, 6 stls, 6 ast
  • 42 pts, 14 rebs, 7 ast
  • 38 pts, 19 rebs, 7 ast
  • 33 pts, 15 rebs, 9 ast
  • 34 pts, 10 rebs, 9 ast
  • 33 pts, 12 ast, 8 rebs
  • 38 pts, 12 ast, 7 rebs
NBA Finals
  • 36 pts, 12 ast, 8 rebs
  • 33 pts, 13 ast, 7 rebs
  • 29 pts, 9 ast, 9 rebs
  • 28 pts, 13 ast, 5 rebs
  • 30 pts, 10 ast, 4  rebs

Random Thought #040: Come All Star Weekend… Orlando Might Not Have No All Stars

7 Dec

By Chris McCoy

So I’m researching Orlando clubs for a possible RJP All Star party #STAYTUNED… and what do I see? Not a letter to Santa, but to the Orlando Magic GM Otis Smith, begging for CP3 in time for the holidays.

"Santa couldn't even pull that off son.... #stoptrippin"

C’MON SON. <—– Even this kid knows better than to ask Santa for that WISH! It seems like Dwight don’t even wanna be there, you know he ain’t gonna be able convince nobody else to come there. The billboard is sponsored by the website bringchrispaul.com, which was started by web entrepreneur, Ryan Totka, and is the official campaign to help keep Superman in Central Florida. He knows the only way Dwight stays put is if he gets more help…. but here’s the problem: I don’t think anyone’s coming to Superman’s rescue!

Especially not Paul.

Paul wants to be in a large market with a shot at a title every year… so does Howard for that matter… Let’s all count how many championships the Magic have… Damn, you don’t even need your fingers to count to zero. I don’t think any other image could express Orlando’s chances better than the image below of Paul and the Orlando skyline… that should tell you everything you need to know: HE’S TOO BIG FOR ORLANDO. Ain’t happening. Sorry. What y’all need to start learning how to swallow is the fact that come All Star Weekend, y’all might not have no All Stars LOL.

My Next Shoe: The Nike Zoom KD IV Weathermans Featured On The @WeatherChannel

7 Dec

Nike Zoom KD IV Weathermans

By RJP Staf

The NBA’s back… well almost. And with training camp and free agency both set to begin this Friday, not only can’t we wait to see where/if the likes of Chris Paul and Dwight Hoard end up getting traded; we can’t wait to see some of the kicks players will be rocking this year.

One pair we can’t wait to see is on the court will be debuting at select House of Hoops and Niketown locations this Saturday: The Nike Zoom KD IV Weathermans. The design, which is inspired by KD’s alternate career choice – meteorology – inspired the following tribute by The Weather Channel on The Advantage with Adam Berg. Check out more pics of the shoes and the video after the jump.
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What Would You Give Up For CP3?

6 Dec
Eric Gordon averaged 22.3 ppg and 4.4 apg last year, Curry averaged 18.6 and 5.8 apg, while Rondo averaged 10.6 ppg and 11.2 apg

By Ken Berger of CBSSports.com

The Hornets began to seriously engage in trade discussions for superstar Chris Paul Tuesday, with the Celtics, Clippers, Warriors and Mavericks among the most serious suitors, sources told CBSSports.com.

The Clippers’ opening salvo was an offer that included Eric Gordon and restricted free agent DeAndre Jordan, with L.A. hoping that the prospect of playing with electrifying forward Blake Griffin and the big stage of Los Angeles would be enticing enough to Paul that he would eventually commit to the team long term.

The details of offers surrounding talks with Dallas and Golden State weren’t known, though Yahoo Sports reported that the Warriors’ offer centered around Stephen Curry and rookie Klay Thompson. But the Celtics stepped forward with an offer that would not have to come with any commitment from Paul that he’d re-sign with Boston after the season. According to a person familiar with the discussions, the Celtics offered Rajon Rondo, two future first-round picks, and restricted free agent Jeff Green in a sign-and-trade for Paul.

The impetus behind the Celtics’ potential rental offer for Paul was intriguing: Come to Boston, take a shot at winning a title with Paul Pierce, Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett while the window is still open, and then have enough room to entice Dwight Howard to come on board as an unrestricted free agent next summer. Garnett and Allen come off the books July 1, leaving the Celtics with only $30.4 million in committed salary for next season, when Howard can opt out of his contract with Orlando.

Though Paul has never expressed a desire to play in Boston, if he liked his new surroundings and the Celtics’ chances of luring Howard, he would be in a championship-contending situation and could get his max deal of five years, $100 million six months after the trade.
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