As we enjoy watching Yao Ming's Houston Rockets take on Kevin Garnett's Boston Celtics, let's not forget the style and grace of a matchup of these teams from a past era. Here we have Hakeem "the Dream" Olajuwon taking on Kevin McHale in Game 6 of the 1986 NBA Finals. Classic action.
The Warning of the Night goes to you, Eddie House.
Eddie seems to think that the Big Three in Boston refers to his propensity to jack up shots from the outside. The man who never met a shot he didn't like took the Warning of the Night as he displayed the deadly sin of Greed. Leading a 3-on-2 fast break versus the Houston Rockets last night, House looked up to see Ray Allen and Kendrick Perkins ahead of him... perfect... they were there to try and corral the rebound on his missed three. His confidence was not unfounded though -- he had managed to hit 1 of his 12 threes prior to this match and 3 of his 18 shots overall on the season to date.
Greed is Bad, Eddie.
Tonight we watch the Houston Rockets take on the Boston Celtics in the much anticipated matchup of the Big Threes. If you can't watch the game, well you can read my game notes in real time...
Two of the best things in the wide world are sports and video games. One of my favourite sites to check in on brings both of them together in one big peanut butter and jelly sandwich. The site I'm referring to is SportVideoGames.net. If you want to find out the latest developments in video games across all of the sports genre, this is the place to come -- I'm not just talking about basketball either. So I was thrilled to have the opportunity to talk to Michael J of the site about what is going on in the world of NBA video games.
As many of you may be aware, things have hotted up a little this season in the world of NBA gaming, as it appeared that EA Sports had come to the party and given 2K Sports some competition. Have they caught up in the race? Let's see what Michael J has to say as he answered my questions.
Well, just in time for the second week of the season, we have the conclusion of the NBA Blogger Previews for the entire league, now including the Pacific Division. Here they are, all in one place for your easy reference enjoyment. I'll put a link to these previews on the Resources page of A Stern Warning.
You will no longer see either of these people in Denver from now on...
As we already know, Allen Iverson has reportedly been shipped to the Pistons, meanwhile, Carmelo Anthony has FINALLY gotten rid of the thug look, ditching the cornrows.no comments
Word on the street is that the Denver Nuggets and Detroit Pistons have pulled off a major trade that will send Chauncey Billups and Antonio McDyess to Denver in exchange for the Answer, Allen Iverson.
Billups grew up in Denver and played for them previously in one of his many NBA stops before he established himself as a star with the Pistons from 2002-03 onwards. Billups in Denver adds a distributor to the Nuggets' offence, along with a much needed additional big man -- an area that is quite shallow following the departure of Marcus Camby in the offseason.
The big question however, is if AI in Detroit suddenly makes them a threat again. Iverson, despite never finding an illusive title, flourished in a slowed down, halfcourt offense during his Philadelphia days -- much like the style he would be required to play in Detroit. The run and gun style of the Nuggets clearly never was enhanced enough by Iverson to make them a contender, perhaps Detroit is a better fit.
A discussion in the Hoops Hype Forums got me thinking. Someone erroneously remembered the incident where a Yahoo! Sports boxscore writer decided to have a little bit of fun and described Robert Horry's reason for not playing as DNP - too fat.
In fact, the actual reason given on the Yahoo! boxscore was DNP - old age!, which I find even more hilarious. NBA Fanhouse covered the story at the time, via Truehoop (Henry Abbott is always on the ball).
So yes, this got the finely tuned wheels turning in my head on what other little party tricks the boxscore henchmen could throw in there to make us laugh. As an NBA fan there are almost too many jokes that could be made from this perspective, so I'm going to throw a few out there and leave it to you the reader to come up with some more in the comments below, or via the A Stern Warning Forums.
Eddy Curry : DNP -- Gymnastics World Championships
If you missed this little revelation, New York Knicks' fan favourite (*cough*guffaw*) Eddy Curry, once had a dream. His dream was to be a gymnast of the highest order, swinging his agile body over a pair of parallel bars and tumbling across a floor mat with a streamer flying in one hand.
Reggie Evans : DNP -- hand caught in a mouse trap
Wedgie Evans landed his place in infamy for putting his hand in places it is not supposed to go. The video below says it all. I'm not saying he hasn't learnt from his mistakes, but perhaps if he wakes up late one night looking for a midnight snack, he might get caught out.
Gilbert Arenas : DNP - strained fingers
Agent Zero, aka Hibachi, aka The Black President and countless other nicknames, is an admitted video games addict. He loves himself some Halo (some would argue I could have cut that sentence short at, "he loves himself") and he has even secured himself an NBA Live cover -- something he cherished so much that he came out to announce it whilst his team was struggling in a playoff series against the Cleveland LeBrons. He even admitted to turning up to at least one game, in 2005, tired as he had been up all night prior, playing video games. Don't be surprised if Gilbertology ever gets a DNP due to sore gaming fingers and thumbs.
Brook Lopez : DNP - snowed in at the Neverland Ranch
Lopez, also known as "the Lopez twin that got drafted first", once once asked by Sports Illustrated which singer/band he would like to be a roadie for. He chose Michael Jackson. I'll leave the rest of the subtext of that one to you (including gratuitous twins jokes etc).
Hit us up in the comments or the forum with your best and worst DNP suggestions.
Do you remember just this past past offseason when there was drama at the NBA Rookie orientation camp? Well, of course you do, as we're only less than a week into the regular season.
In case you were sleeping, the big news was the discovery by NBA officials of Mario Chalmers and Darrell Arthur in their room with reportedly, a bunch of ladies and a bunch of weed. Needless to say, David Stern, the Miami Heat and the Memphis Grizzlies were not thrilled with this little scenario.
Jumping forward a number of weeks and both Chalmers and Arthur are doing everything in their power to make people forget that incident. They want to be remembered for playing dope, not doing it. As Chalmers said in a recent interview with InsideHoops, he has put the offseason events behind him, "It’s a new day. I’ve dealt with all those issues and I’m ready to play ball. I’ve put all of that behind me.”