NBA Star/Goat of the Week – Week 21

NBA Star of the Week – Chris Paul

CP3

Don’t look now but the Hornets are back on top in the West

Chris Paul – Paul is making a strong push for MVP, leading the Hornets to a 5-game winning streak and the top seed in the Western Conference.  New Orleans has won 7 of 8 overall, including wins over Boston, San Antonio, the Lakers and Houston.  During the streak, Paul has averaged 24 points, 13 assists and 3 steals.  Anyone who thinks that these guys aren’t capable of winning the Western Conference come playoff time. better wake up.

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NBA Goat of the Week – James Dolan

James Dolan

Don’t think we forgot about you, Knicks!

James Dolan – It has been far too long since I’ve posted something negative about the New York Knicks.  Well, apparently James Dolan came out this week and said that he would prefer to keep Isiah Thomas.  WHAT?!  How is this possible?  If i was a Knicks fan, I would demand an investigation.  Something is just wrong with whats going on with the Knicks.

NBA Star/Goat of the Week – Week 20

NBA Stars of the Week – The Houston Rockets

Houston Rockets

The Rockets have been playing pretty well

The Houston Rockets – In case you haven’t heard, the Rockets have won 22 straight now, including the last ten without their supposed best player.

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NBA Goats of the Week – The Miami Heat

Miami Heat

The Heat are embarrassing

The Miami Heat – Horrible… just horrible.

NBA Star/Goat of the Week (Week 19) – Tracy McGrady & Mark Cuban

NBA Star of the Week – Tracy McGrady

Tracy McGrady

McGrady and the Rockets can do no wrong

Tracy McGrady – Even the injury to Yao Ming cannot slow the Rockets down.  McGrady has carried the Rockets since Yao’s injury and their win streak is now at 18.  In three wins last week, McGrady averaged 32.3 pts, 7.7 ast, 5.0 reb while shooting 56% from the field.

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NBA Goat of the Week – Mark Cuban

Mark Cuban

Cubes is now anti-blogger?

Mark Cuban – According to the Dallas News, Mark Cuban has banned all bloggers from the Mavs locker room. Apparently, bloggers wrote things that Cuban doesn’t approve of so they lost their access.  Of all people to pull this… what a hypocrite!

NBA Star/Goat of the Week – Week 18

NBA Star of the Week – Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant

Kobe might finally be happy with the Lakers

Kobe Bryant – Kobe is making a serious case for MVP. This week’s numbers… 34 pts, 7 reb, 6 ast, 2 stl and 1 blk while shooting 50% from the field and 82% from the line. Highlights of the week include 52 points in a big win against Dallas and this.

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NBA Goat of the Week – David Stern

David Stern

Stern has let all Sonics fans down

David Stern – It looks certain now that the Sonics will be leaving Seattle and there’s only one person who can truly be to blame… NBA Commissioner David Stern. The Sonics have been in Seattle for 40 years, have an excellent fan base and Seattle is a major market. The bottom line is that the NBA should not be leaving a market like Seattle to go to Oklahoma City, no matter what kind of arena they promise to build. Stern could’ve and should’ve done better. Long time Seattle fans are devastated.

NBA Star/Goat of the Week – Week 17

NBA Star of the Week – Lebron James

Lebron

At 23 years old, Lebron is already unstoppable

Lebron James – Lebron averaged a triple double this past week as the Cavs won 3 of 4. For the week, he averaged 28.8 pts, 12.3 reb, 10.5 ast and 2.0 stl while shooting 51% from the field. If Lebron went to 4 years of college, he would be a rookie this year… WOW!!

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NBA Goat of the Week – John Salmons

John Salmons

Is John Salmons the NBA version of Rick Ankiel?

John Salmons – What the hell happened to this guy? In a 21-game stretch in December and early January, Salmons scored in double figures every game averaging 19 pts, 5 reb, 4 ast and 1.5 stl. In only one game, he had 31 pts, 11 reb, 6 ast and 6 stl. But the last two weeks have been like nothing I have ever seen from any NBA player. I understand that Ron Artest and Kevin Martin are back and taking away some of his minutes and his shots, but that doesn’t begin to explain the monumental drop in his numbers.

In 6 games since Feb 16, Salmons has played 119 minutes and scored a total of 11 points! And he is doing nothing else either. Salmons’ total numbers for this stretch are:

119 minutes, 4-20 FG, 2-4 FT, 11 points, 10 rebounds, 9 assists, 2 steals, 0 blocks

NBA Star/Goat of the Week – Week 16

NBA Star of the Week – Manu Ginobili

Manu Ginobili

Manu wasn’t an All-Star, but played like one last week

Manu Ginobili – While other players might have been looking forward to the All-Star game, All-Star snub Manu Ginobili played like a man possessed. In two Spurs wins, Manu averaged 40 pts, 10 reb, 7 ast, 7 3-pts, and 2.5 stl while shooting 67% from the field and 91% from the line.

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NBA Goat of the Week – Dunk Contest Announcers

TNT Announcers

Settle down, guys

Dunk Contest Announcers – Usually, I love Kenny Smith and Charles Barkley. In fact, I think these two, along with Ernie Johnson make up the best studio team in sports… by far. But they absolutely killed the dunk contest for me. I expect nonsense from Tragic and Kevin Harlan, but not Kenny and Charles. I know I am in the minority here, but their man-love of everything Dwight Howard made the dunk contest almost unwatchable. Especially Kenny Smith. Calm down, man. I’ll give Howard credit for creativity and some decent dunks, but to compare any of his dunks with the best dunks of all time was ludicrous. Have these guys seen Vince Carter or Jordan or ‘Nique or Jason Richardson or Spud Webb’s 360?!

Lets start with the off the backboard dunk. They act like nobody ever did this before. Well, thats partially true. In the 2006 dunk contest, 6’6″ Andre Iguodala caught an off the backboard dunk and dunked with two hands! This was much more impressive than Howard’s one-hander. And the Superman dunk wasn’t even a dunk. It was a lot of showmanship, but not even close to the same ballpark as any of Vince’s dunks. Gerald Green’s through the legs off the alley-oop was more impressive to me. I will give Howard that he deserved to win, but the ball washing he got during this contest was appalling.

And as far as the notion that Howard is the first big guy ever to be able to jump like he can I suggest Kenny and the gang go back and watch old tapes of Marcus Camby at UMass or early in his NBA career. He would easily out-jump Howard.

Now, here is a dunk to go crazy about.

NBA Star/Goat of the Week – Week 15

NBA Star of the Week – Amare Stoudamire

Amare Stoudamire

Stoudamire was beast for the Suns this past week

Amare Stoudamire – With the departure of Shawn Marion, the Suns are going to need Stoudamire to step up huge and he did just that this week. Amare even delivered some uncharacteristic solid play on the defensive end. In four games, STAT averaged 28.5 points, 13.5 rebounds, 3.3 blocks while shooting 53% from the field and 93% from the line as Phoenix won three out of four.

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NBA Goat of the Week – Steve Kerr

Steve Kerr

Kerr is betting Shaq can put the Suns over the top

Steve Kerr – What in God’s name is Steve Kerr thinking? In Shawn Marion, the Suns gave up their most versatile player, best defender and a guy who absolutely flourished in their up-tempo style. If this was two years ago, then trading for Shaq makes sense. But 2008 Shaq is not even close to the player he used to be. This year, Shaq is averaging 14 points and 7 rebounds for the worst team in the NBA! He doesn’t play any defense, is the absolute worst player for the Suns system and has 2 more years left on his contract at $20 mil/year. Plus, all you have to do is look at what happened to some recent centers when they started to decline (Robinson, Hakeem, Ewing, etc). When big guys start declining, they decline fast… and they decline hard. This is just an absurd trade on every level. I remember when the Celtics traded for Vin Baker, I declared that the worst trade ever. I think this trade now can take that distinction. At least with Gin Baker, the Celtics were just killing an average team. The Suns had a team ready to compete this year and beyond and now they are toast. They really should have just traded Amare Stoudamire (*star of the week) for Kevin Garnett in the offseason or maybe traded Marion for Andrei Kirilenko. Not only did Kerr kill the Suns chances, but he deprived NBA fans from seeing more of the most entertaining team in a long time.