In my first year trying I dominated my fantasy basketball league, finishing 9 (Roto) points ahead of the next guy, grabbing the most assists, steals, blocks, and three pointers. Now that that is done, the next obstacle is the real NBA Playoffs. Generally, the playoffs go to the teams that play better defense, shoot better free throws and stay healthy, and that is where I trend. Here are my picks for the first round (in order of comment length). There are traditionally few upsets in the NBA, but I have a few. - Nets vs. Bulls: When the Nets fired Avery Johnson back in the day when they were 14-14 I said it was a good thing for the team and that Brooklyn will improve and not only make the playoffs but they would win a series. Joachim Noah has a bad foot that makes him doubtful for Game 1 and compromised in the series. Derrick Rose could...Read more
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March 10, 2013
I would hope that Dwight Howard is starting to figure things out, but ...Read more
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Bret Leuthner and George Bretherton talk more NCAA and then get into some other sports as well. BLSP February 19 Part 2 ...Read more
I would hope that Dwight Howard is starting to figure things out, but because he talks so much and contradict himself so often, you have to wonder. Dwight spoke to the media again and said that it took him half the season, but he understands now what Kobe was saying about keeping the clown act in Orlando.Read more
“It’s going to make me a better man and a better player from watching Kobe,” Howard said. “Besides just the expectations,” he said. “In games, I mess up and there’s somebody in the crowd saying something and I’m ready to snap at ‘em. That’s not what we’re supposed to do. “But you look at a guy like Kobe and he doesn’t care about nothing but going out there and playing hard. That’s a lesson a lot of us have to learn — especially young guys.” “I told him [Bryant]: ‘I’m afraid to miss. When I get out there, I don’t want to miss,...
Sometimes things don't happen exactly like you expect, especially in the NBA. 1. Nets can't beat good teams. (Four straight wins over teams at or above .500) 2. Pacers are a poor offensive team. (Drop 125 on New York Knicks) 3. Warriors are one of the more dangerous teams in the West. (Six straight blowout losses) 4. On the Rockets instead of the Thunder, James Harden will struggle in the second half as defenses gang up on him. (Scores 46 in a win over his old team, the Thunder) 5. Kobe is the only player on the Lakers doing any good. (Bryant is just 1 for his last 33 three point tries, dating back to January 20) 6. Lakers, Nets, Knicks, Hawks, Bucks, Celtics, Clippers and Jazz all want to make some moves. (All staying put hours from the trade deadline) 7. Grizzlies are mailing in the season by trading Rudy Gay. (Grizz are about to win their 6th in a row) 8. Utah will slide...Read more
Jerry Buss, the Los Angeles Lakers' playboy owner who shepherded the NBA team to 10 championships from the Showtime dynasty of the 1980s to the Kobe Bryant era, died Monday. He was 80.Buss had been hospitalized for most of the past 18 months while undergoing cancer treatment, but the immediate cause of death was kidney failure, Steiner said. With his condition worsening in recent weeks, several prominent former Lakers visited Buss to say goodbye. ``The NBA has lost a visionary owner whose influence on our league is incalculable and will be felt for decades to come,'' NBA Commissioner David Stern said. ``More importantly, we have lost a dear and valued friend.'' Under Buss' leadership since 1979, the Lakers became Southern California's most beloved sports franchise and a worldwide extension of Hollywood glamour. Buss acquired, nurtured and befriended a staggering array of talented players and basketball minds during his Hall of Fame tenure, from Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to...
As the NBA’s trading deadline approaches this month, superstar names are being linked to superstar locations.
Although it’s impossible to predict what will happen between now and the February 21st deadline, one thing remains certain: the contenders will bolster their respective rosters as they prepare for deep playoff runs, while the pretenders will be telling their respective fan bases to get ready for next season.
With Memphis moving forward Rudy Gay last week, the first big trade of the season has been completed; however, this should only be the tip of the iceberg this season with names such as Pau Gasol, Josh Smith, Danny Granger and Kevin Garnett highlighting the list of players potentially on the move.
Yes, it’s a forward-dominated crop that could see the Utah Jazz moving one of its two starting big men – Paul Millsap or Al Jefferson – in addition...Read more
c2c 2-6-13c2c 2-6-13 Super Bowl heartbreak for Rick's 49ers, @Mrivesx3 with UFC156, Joey Baboots from the @MTRMorningShow, NBA and LaMorte's Crazy theory of The National Anthem and Picking the Winner in the Super Bowl proves correct! [audio file="http://www.mtrmedia.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/c2c-2-6-13.mp3" desc="@c2cMTR @Rick_Montelongo @JLaMorte21 2-6-13"]...Read more
When you are a big man in the NBA, you will consistently take a beating. It just comes with the territory of banging around under the basket. But when you are a liability at the free throw line, many teams decide to just take their chances and foul a big man and deal with the results at the free throw line. Lakers center Dwight Howard only shoots 49% at the free throw line. So he most certainly falls into that category. But the problem becomes all the fouls and beating that Dwight ends up taking because of his free throw woes. Fouls that recently resulted in a shoulder injury that has left the center sidelined for the Lakers most recent stretch of games. It appears the Lakers don’t like how hard some of the fouls have been and decided to do something about it.