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 9

NBA Star of the Week

Paul Pierce of the Boston Celtics

Pierce led the Celtics in scoring in 3 of 4 games this week

Paul Pierce – Led by Pierce, the Celtics won 4 games in 5 nights on their first West coast trip of the season. In the four wins, the Truth averaged 27.5 points, 6.0 rebounds and 4.3 assists. He also helped hold Kobe Bryant to 6-25 shooting as the Celts hammered the Lakers on Sunday night.

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NBA Goat of the Week

Isiah Thomas is not a good coach.

What does a guy have to do to get fired?

The New York Knicks – I predicted disaster this season for the Knicks (who didn’t?), but how could anyone have imagined that it would be this bad? How does Isiah still have a job? What is Dolan thinking? Here’s the latest rundown for the Knicks this week: 0 wins, 3 more losses, Eddy Curry benched and unhappy, Jamal Crawford inactive and unhappy, Marbury doing Marbury-type things, Roy Jones working out with the team… oh, and this.

NBA Player Nicknames – Part I (Atlantic Division)

This will be the first in a 6-post series on NBA player nicknames. Up today… the Atlantic Division.

Click here for an updated list of all NBA Nicknames.

Jason Kidd aka J-Kidd.jpgJerome James aka Big Snacks
“JKidd” may be a future Hall of Famer, but his nickname is no match for “Big Snacks”

Boston Celtics

Ray Allen – Jesus, RayRay, Sugar
Glen Davis – Big Baby
Kevin Garnett – the Big Ticket, the Kid, KG
Eddie House – E-House, E-Money
Kendrick Perkins – Perk, Swamp Thang
Paul Pierce – the Truth
James Posey – the X-Factor
Brian Scalabrine – Veal, Scal

New Jersey Nets

Vince Carter – Vinsanity, Half-man Half-amazing, VC, Air Canada
Richard Jefferson – RJ
Jason Kidd – J-Kidd, Mr. Triple Double
Nenad Krstic – Curly, Ballistic Krstic
Jamal Magloire – the Big Cat
Bostjan Nachbar – Boki

New York Knicks

Eddy Curry – E-City
Jerome James – Big Snacks
Fred Jones – Indiana Jones
David Lee – Da White Howard
Stephon Marbury – Starbury
Zach Randolph – Z-Bo
Quentin Richardson – Q-Rich
Malik Rose – Shaq of the NAC
Nate Robinson – Nate the Great

Philadelphia 76ers

Samuel Dalembert – the Haitian Sensation
Reggie Evans – the Collector
Andre Iguodala – AI 2.0, Iggy
Kyle Korver – K2, K-Squared
Andre Miller – the Penguin

Garbajosa and Calderon

Ocho Special y Garbo

Toronto Raptors

Andrea Bargnani – Il Mago
Maceo Baston – Wide Mouth
Chris Bosh – CB4
Jose Calderon – the Ocho, Ocho Special
Juan Dixon – Da Juan
TJ Ford – the Little Engine, Texas Tornado
Jorge Garbajosa – Garbo
Kris Humpries – K-Hump, Humpty-Hump, Hump
Jamario Moon – the Screwdriver, Super Jamario
Rasho Nesterovic – ShoSho
Anthony Parker – AP

**Part II Coming Soon…

Part I (Atlantic Division)
Part II (Central Division)
Part III (Southeast Division)
Part IV (Pacific Division)
Part V (Southwest Division)
Part VI (Northwest Division)

NBA Star/Goat of the Week – Week 5

NBA Star of the Week

Chris Paul of the New Orleans Hornets
Chris Paul and the Hornets Got a Huge Win Against the Mavs This Past Week

Chris Paul – The third year PG led the Hornets to a 2-1 record this week, including a win over the Dallas Mavericks.  For the week, Paul averaged 28 points, 9 assists, 4 rebounds and 3 steals while shooting 52% from the field and a perfect 100% from the line.

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NBA Goat of the Week

James Dolan and Isiah Thomas
Dolan is Apparently Asleep at the Wheel as Knicks Owner 

James Dolan – What is this guy thinking by not firing Isiah Thomas?  First of all, he should have never hired Isiah in the first place, but now that the Knicks have completely quit on their coach, Dolan still refuses to make the move to fire him.  Thursday’s 104-59 loss to the Celtics was the new low point for the laughingstock Knicks.

NBA Web Roundup – Arenas Out for 3 Months

Gilbert Arenas Injury
Gilbert Arenas Underwent Knee Surgery and Will be Out for 3 Months

Links from around the NBA…

Have a Happy Thanksgiving! This year I want to give thanks to Vince Carter… for this:

NBA Star/Goat of the Week – Week 3

 

Star of the Week

 

Dwight Howard of the Orlando Magic

Howard has grabbed 12+ rebounds in 8 of 10 games this season

Dwight Howard – Howard led the Magic to a 4-0 record this week including a win over previously unbeaten Boston. The 21 year-old averaged 23.3 pts, 13.3 reb and 2.8 blk while shooting 61% from the field in helping the Magic improve to 9-2.

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Goat of the Week

Isiah Thomas and Stephon Marbury

Isiah and Marbury have made up but the Knicks still suck.

Isiah Thomas and Stephon Marbury – The Isiah/Marbury feud was front page news in New York this week. The Knicks dropped all three games this past week and are currently on a 6 game losing streak.

Isiah Thomas’ Top 10 Worst Moments on the Knicks

Isiah Thomas’ Top 10 Worst Moments on the Knicks

Another basketball season… more negative press for everyone’s least favorite former superstar, Isiah Thomas. If this offseason’s sexual harassment trial wasn’t enough, Zeke was all over the media again this week, his latest episode a public feud with PG Stephon Marbury. It’s absolutely astonishing that Thomas still has a job in the NBA at this point. This guy has to be the most incompetent GM in the history of professional sports, possibly in the history of all business.

Isiah Thomas worst trades

Today, I am going to break down Isiah’s ten worst trades, signings, lawsuits, feuds, etc. over his almost four year reign of terror as GM of the Knicks. Since I don’t have all day, we will not be discussing his previous mistakes and failures, which include: the jealous “freezeout” of then-rookie Michael Jordan in 1985 all-star game; remarking that “If Larry Bird were black, he’d be just another good guy”; the classless walkoff after being swept in the 1991 Eastern Conference Finals; his ineptitude at both Toronto and Indiana; his running the CBA into bankruptcy causing the league to fold; and the embarrassment that was his short-lived career as an NBA broadcaster.

Anyway, on to the list…

10. Oct. 31, 2006 – Jalen Rose Waived

Isiah trades for a washed up Jalen Rose and his monster contract only to cut Rose eight months later to save a mere $3 million of Jalen’s $16.9 salary. Rose’s expiring contract would have been an attractive trade chip if Isiah just held onto him for three more months. Just a totally illogical sequence of events.

9. Oct. 4, 2005 – Eddy Curry Trade

Isiah trades for Eddy Curry, a one dimensional overweight player with a heart condition, and gives up 2006 first round pick and the right to switch picks in the loaded 2007 draft. Chicago ends up with the #2 pick in the 2006 draft and the #9 pick in 2007.

Larry Brown and Isiah Thoams

8. Jun. 23, 2006 – Larry Brown Fired

Hall of Fame head coach Brown reached rock bottom in New York under Isiah Thomas. In typical Isiah fashion, the Knicks disastrous season played out like a soap opera in the media, culminating in Brown’s firing. The Knicks, with the highest payroll in the history of the NBA, finished with 24 wins and the second worst record in the league.

7. Aug. 6, 2004 – Jamal Crawford Trade

Isiah trades four expiring contracts for Jamal Crawford and Jerome Williams. Crawford and Williams had a combined $81 million remaining on their contracts while the four expiring contracts provided the Bulls with over $18 million in cap relief.

6. Jan. 6, 2004 – Stephon Marbury/Penny Hardaway Trade

In what would set the tone for his tenure, Isiah trades Antonio McDyess, 2 first round picks, cash and some players (to make the trade work under the cap) to the Suns for Stephon Marbury, Penny Hardaway and their bloated contracts. Phoenix becomes the third team to trade Starbury and the third team to make a dramatic improvement in the year after he leaves the team. Of course, with Isiah in control, Starbury is still in NY and he is still an albatross around the neck of the Knicks organization.

New York Knicks Fans5. Feb. 22, 2006 – Steve Francis Trade

Two years after trading for Penny Hardaway, Isiah decided to trade his (now valuable) expiring contract for another past his prime oft-injured guard with a HUGE contract in Steve Francis. Isiah takes on another bloated contract and provides major cap relief for another franchise, this time the Magic. Isiah’s laughable backcourt now includes three shoot-first PGs in Francis, Marbury and Nate Robinson, in addition to SG Jamal Crawford. At time of the trade, the Knicks had the following salaries on their books for 2006-2007: Allen Houston (retired): $20M, Marbury: $18M, Jalen Rose: $16M, Francis: $15M and Crawford: $7M. Wow, that is an expensive backcourt for 33 wins!

4. Dec. 16, 2006 – Knicks-Nuggets Brawl

What now seems forgotten about last seasons’ Nuggets-Knicks brawl that got numerous players suspended, including Carmelo Anthony for 15 games, is that Isiah Thomas threatened Anthony just prior to the fight. Isiah warned ‘Melo “not to go near the basket” right before Knick Mardy Collins clotheslined JR Smith, setting off the fight.

3. Jul. 14, 2005 – Jerome James Signs

After two weeks of spirited play in the 04-05 playoffs for Seattle, Jerome James signed a 5-year, $30 million contract with Isiah and the Knicks. James has averaged 3.0 points and 1.9 points over the past two years, respectively.

2. Oct. 2, 2007 – Anucha Browne Sanders Trial

A jury found that Isiah had sexually harassed Browne Sanders, “Subjecting her to unwanted advances and a barrage of verbal insults”. Due to Isiah’s inappropriate actions, the Knicks and owner James Dolan were forced to pay Browne-Sanders $11.6 million in damages. Anyone who followed the trial got a glimpse at just what kind of guy Isiah is. One minute he is professing his love for her and inappropriately touching her, the next he is calling her a ‘Bitch’ and a ‘Ho’ and threatening to start rumors of an affair if she doesn’t keep her mouth shut.

Isiah Thomas and Anucha Browne Sanders

1. Jun. 23, 2006 – Hiring Himself as Coach

‘Nuff said.