Category Archives: Allen Iverson

NBA playoffs and MLB thoughts

Chauncey Billups, Winner. 

Nuggets, better than the Lakers? 

The Blue Jays have had a great start but their pitching is too young and not good enough to keep it up. The AL east keeps getting better though and as a Red Sox fan this upsets me. 

I don’t know wether to love or hate Chris Andersen (NBA, Nuggets) His hair and tattoo’s are quite the statement. My gut instinct is to hate him because of the way he looks but I know that’s not right. 

I love seeing Melo guard Kobe. Here’s why… 

Kobe’s dirty little secret is that he doesn’t want to drive to the hoop anymore. If you take that fear away you can get up on him and put your hand in his face and make him uncomfortable. Carmelo isn’t as quick as Kobe, but when you’re talking about perimeter defense I don’t think it’s that big of an issue. Kobe will score a ton, no matter who covers him. But if you make him work you can keep him from going nuts. He did however show his iceman talents last night several times. Down by 3, momentum swinging wildly to the Nugs? Kobe sinks a 3 that barely touches the net. Need a basket to slow the other team? Kobe again. If I had a buck for every time I’ve seen him answer or end a momentum swing I’d have a thousand bucks. Plus, they’re good buddies (insider knowledge, their wives and kids hang out whenever Denver comes to LA) and Carmelo is really, really, really emerging as a player. 

The Cavs will still beat the Magic handily in the Eastern Conference Finals. Their bench scored 5 points and they lost by 1. I think that Stan Van Gundy’s “We’re all witnesses!!!!” is getting a little too much credit for the game one win. 

The Cavs practice full court desperation shots in every practice. They’ve now ended all three of their game one’s first halves with a half to 3/4 court shot. Did you see how the Magic tried to swarm Mo Williams when he made that shot? Anyone else remember a time when the opposing team was actively trying to stop a 70 foot shot? 

Interesting article in SI about Allen Iverson and his legacy. It says that he makes every team he’s been on worse, every team he leaves better, and that Larry Brown is the sole reason the Sixers were competitive. I think AI was an incredible player but I would tend to agree with the authors viewpoint. 

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2009/writers/chris_ballard/05/19/allen.iverson/index.html 

Peavy doesn’t want to leave the NL… doesn’t want to go to a hitters park, doesn’t want to drive on Wednesdays, doesn’t want to eat egg whites on rye, doesn’t want to drink orange gatorade… 

And I don’t blame the guy. Why? I can’t say… Usually I would be killing a guy for this kind of stuff. Maybe it’s because the Padres are so irrelevant to my life, I don’t know. 

I’ll say this, some of the chatter says he doesn’t want to switch leagues because of the hitters in the AL. I think it’s more that he already knows all the hitters in the NL and if he switches leagues he’ll have to start over. He earned the no trade clause, why not use it? How much of a factor was Ozzie Guillen? The 20-1 loss? We’ll never know. I’ve read a bunch of opinions on the matter and I’m thinking he ends up with the Brew Crew. It’s not like the White Sox were offering an amazing package that other teams won’t be able to match. Now that other teams see how much (little) they’d have to give up the offers will come running in. 

I hate the Phiten Titanium gear commercials. 

Dice K returns to the Red Sox tonight. His draw? Johan Santana and the Mets. Welcome back buddy. 

Rumor of David Oritz and Manny Delcarmen bring traded to the Nationals for Nick Johnson? I hate it. 

Michael Vick? I forgive him. 

I know a guy who spent time at the same prison Vick was at. He said they ate bologna sandwiches and drank red drink almost every day. You also get an hour of yard time every week. Does that sound like an NFL training regimen? I’m thinking not. I kind of hope he gets a job in the CFL first. 

Game ball goes to Eric Byrnes for dropping the ball in the stands. The expression on his face is priceless. Thanks for the laughs Eric, we love you (not really) but you stink. Sorry bud. 

Good luck out there. Happy Memorial Day.

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