“THE IRON LEG”
Dirk Nowitzki showed the world his step back jumper. Kobe Bryant watched Dirk win the 2010-2011 NBA Championship. Now, Kobe shoots Dirk’s step back jumper.
Some people might slight Bryant for so clearly jacking “The Iron Leg.” Not me. I think it’s incredible. And awesome.
Dirk created the best post-Olajuwon post move in basketball, Kobe understood it’s value, and put it in his game. That’s why he’s great — anything to get better. Last night, Bryant used it in the Playoffs.
You know, imitation is the highest form of flattery, but before you go thinking Kobe’s handing out compliments…
“I improved his move. I can shoot mine from the three-point line. He can’t do that… Dirk does it well, I do it better. Mine’s a little sexier.”
I hope he doesn’t ‘cease and desist’ my fellow tumblrer feardabrow.
Trademark of the Day: Kentucky basketball phenom Anthony Davis, likely to be snapped up by the New Orleans Hornets with the No. 1 pick in Thursday’s NBA Draft, has trademarked his famous unibrow — he now owns the rights to the phrases “Fear The Brow” and “Raise The Brow.”
“I don’t want anyone to try to grow a unibrow because of me and then try to make money off of it,” Davis explains. “Me and my family decided to trademark it because it’s very unique.”
I give the brow less than two seasons and it’ll be gone!
No NBA for me tonight …
In the spirit of Game 7, I shall watch Love & Basketball !
A sad trend has started to developed in the first round of the 2012 playoffs. It started in Philadelphia when Sixers fans cheered Joakim Noah’s injury and it happened again in Memphis last night.
The biggest bone of contention with Blake Griffin is his flopping. Griffin isn’t tough enough. He falls down with the slightest touch. So when he went down late in the third quarter after making contact with Marc Gasol, the fans at FedEx Forum began to boo and Twitter started to call Griffin, “The Boy Who Cried Wolf”.
I would hope at this point we as basketball fans would be able to tell the difference between a flop and an actual injury. Obviously watching the game on television, I had a better understanding of what happened and the knowledge that the knee Griffin strained was the same leg that he injured back in 2009 and sidelined him for an entire season. This isn’t a soccer and a trainer isn’t going to come out with a magical spray can, when a trainer comes to the floor, it’s probably an injury.
Fans have the right to boo any player they want, but can we just hold off when it comes to an injury? If the injury was faked, then boo the player as soon as he gets back up and runs around the court.
As for Griffin and Paul’s injuries: Blake Griffin sprained his left knee and is expected to have an MRI today and Paul has a sore right hip.
AP Photo/Mark Humphrey
“Everyone knows that Steve loves New York and that New York loves Steve. I love Steve. It would be great to have him here next year.”
—Amar’e Stoudemire to the NY Daily News
Amar’e wants Steve Nash in New York. Who wouldn’t, except maybe Jeremy Lin? I am not a cap expert, but unless Nash signs for the vet minimum it’s unlikely that the Knicks front office can both sign Nash and keep Lin with the mid-level, executing what would be an enticing mentor-mentee relationship.
Nash is undoubtedly more accomplished and has greater skills but he only has 1-2 good years left. We have seen Lin’s talent but what is unknown is his consistency. So what would you do if you were the Knicks?
Keep Jeremy or free Steve?
Perhaps in spite of Stephen A Smith’s diatribe on Monday morning, Knicks interim coach Mike Woodson has stated that Jeremy Lin will not play in game 5 against the Heat on Wednesday. Woodson said that Lin is not physically ready for action yet.
The Knicks have lost Iman Shumpert and Baron Davis to major knee injuries (Davis is expected to be out for a year) in this series. Everybody’s favorite, Mike Bibby will start on Wednesday night.
Due to the fact that I was at the gym at the time, I only heard bits and pieces of Stephen A. Smith’s rant about Lin’s inactivity in this series. Smith believes that if Lin is able to get shots off in practice, then should be able to play for maybe 12-15 minutes off the bench for the Knicks. It is an all hands on deck situation for the Knicks; they are the walking wounded, but how effective is Lin going to be if he’s just at 70%? We all saw how effective Lin was against the Heat in mid February at the height of Linsanity…
(Via Yahoo! Sports)
I hate to take a cynical note on this, but I don’t think Mark Emmert, the president of the NCAA, or anyone else in the NCAA really cares about young men going to college—or at least attending college classes. I think what they care about is whether or not these young men play college basketball, and I think what they would like is to have the NBA’s cooperation in doing anything they can to keep boys playing college basketball for as long as they can.
The simple reality is that most basketball and football players who wind up in the pros had little or no interest in going to college in the first place. They want to be first in line for the professional drafts that will take them away from the world of amateur sham, very reasonably wanting their talents to produce revenue for themselves and their families instead of university athletic departments. Now, when the boys are in the best position to make that pay for them, colleges pretending to show some concern.
“It makes a travesty,” said Emmert, “of the whole notion of student as an athlete.” One might call that poetic justice since for nearly a century colleges have been making a travesty of the notion of athlete as student.
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