Archive for December, 2011

3 Game Sample? – Lets Jump to Conclusions!

Posted in NBA on December 29th, 2011 by andrew – 1 Comment
Kobe

Source: slamonline.com

My head is exploding with NBA goodness. I may or may not have watched 80 games over the long weekend. But lets focus on two topics to keep the post nice and light – the Lakers and Shaquille O’neal. read more »

Introducing – Bear

Posted in NBA on December 27th, 2011 by andrew – Be the first to comment

BearAt Transition D-fense we have a certain mode d’emploi – offer an alternative point of view, support it with facts, and use lots of puns. Recently I was approached by a mountain of a man with a congruous perspective as I on NFL football. His name is Ari Finewax, or as he is affectionately known – Bear.

Much like Transition D-fense’s founder, Ari has dominated his favourite sport’s predominantly Jewish league. Though his supreme athleticism is the main reason for his success, Bear’s team’s titles are the result of ungodly hours spent on Sunday watching the NFL. It is well known among his peers that Sunday is reserved for pigskin and his world-famous chili.

Ari is going to question the conventions of coaches, players and commentators. He’s going to to give you a new way of thinking about America’s obsession. And he’s going to do it in a fun, blunt, sarcastic, informative and humourous way.

 

2011-2012 Standings

Posted in NBA on December 24th, 2011 by andrew – 1 Comment

Here are the projected records of every relevant team for the upcoming season according to Transition D-fense. Be forewarned – this list is going to be 100% accurate.

East

1) Chicago Bulls – 46 and 20

2) Miami Heat – 41 and 25

3) Orlando Magic – 39 and 27

4) New York Knicks – 36 and 30

37) Toronto Raptors

Everyone else – does not matter

West

1) Oklahoma City Thunder – 46 and 20

2) Dallas Mavericks – 45 and 21

3) Memphis Grizzlies – 41 and 25

4) Los Angeles Lakers – 39 and 27

5) San Antonio Spurs – 38 and 28

6) Denver Nuggets – 37 and 29

7) LA Clippers – 36 and 30

#8) Meh

 

 

2011-2012 – The Big Picture Part 2

Posted in NBA on December 24th, 2011 by andrew – Be the first to comment
Dirk Nowitzki

Image source: barcelonafc.blogspot.com

Here’s Part 2 of Transition D-fense’s large-ish NBA preview. To conclude this historic series of posts we look at the Western Conference and crown the next NBA champ.

Dallas

It’s just hard to repeat. Your team has to be special to evoke that desire and energy to combat every team’s best shot at you every night. I don’t think their hero of last year’s post-season has the will to bring the Mavs back. And this is before considering that Chandler has left.

Dallas was fortunate to have the Lakers hand them Lamar Odom for nothing, but as we’ve been harping on – how fast and how well will he fit in to Rick Carlisle’s system? What about Jason Terry? Is he willing to tatoo a second Larry O’brien trophy on his arm before game 1 like last year?

Facts: The mileage is high. The roster is slightly worse.

Educated conjecture: The Mavericks don’t have the same passion to make it back to the promised land. Specifically, 45 and 21, 2nd seed, and a conference semi-finals exit.

So who finishes first, and marches all the way to glory?

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2011-2012 – The Big Picture Part 1

Posted in NBA on December 24th, 2011 by andrew – Be the first to comment
Derrick Rose

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Before offering my overall season predictions, keep in mind the following:

a) There has been unprecedented player movement. Which new-look team will gel the quickest and which won’t be able to pick up the pieces?

b) Training camp was all of two weeks. The most-repeated phrase by sports anchors was “in a game where neither team shot 40%.” Everyone will be sloppy out of the gate. Tough to project which teams will be able to execute on either end and how fast.

c) The 3-man Heat roster lasted all season plus playoffs in 2010-2011 with no significant injuries. Will the arguable title favourites be able to withstand a treacherous schedule with their whole team of three players intact?

d) Is OKC ready to make the leap? Or will their lack of poise in the crunch, and lingering conflict between Westbrook and KD stifle the Thunder?

e) I realized yesterday that the name of the blog is the American spelling of “defence”. Now I can’t decide whether to change it.

f) Is Dallas motivated to make another run? And does its motivation matter given the loss of their defensive anchor Tyson Chandler?

The theme above is uncertainty. No one can know how these questions will play out. But not to worry, Transition D-fense will stick its neck out and foretell. For Part 1 – we’ll discuss the East.

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Digging for Gold….en Nuggets

Posted in NBA on December 23rd, 2011 by andrew – 2 Comments
Carmelo

Good riddance. Image source: noontimesports.com

Over the next few posts I’m going to select some intriguing teams to preview. Today we examine the Denver Nuggets.

In a shortened season with rampant player movement, roster continuity will be a major benefit. With a two week training camp riddled with horrendous preseason games, teams have lost out on the usually lengthy offseason used to integrate their new acquisitions. We spoke of the sexy Clippers playoff-caliber lineup, but the predicted record (36 and 30) was worse than most expectations simply due to the time it’s going to take to develop the necessary chemistry.

It’s easy to point out the great teams that haven’t endured much turnover. But in a 66-game schedule there are going to be at least a couple sleepers. Transition D-fense did some mining and found the Nuggets of Denver laying in the weeds.

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Raptors Season Preview – Do I Have To?

Posted in NBA on December 20th, 2011 by andrew – 3 Comments
Bargnani

Please leave. Image source: basketnation.it

 

Over the next few posts I’m going to select some intriguing teams to preview. Today we examine my hometown team – the Toronto Rebuilders Raptors.

I remember Bryan Colangelo declaring prior to the 2010-2011 season that while he was conducting his annual roster overhaul, he didn’t think the team was “rebuilding”, rather “retooling”.

Hash tag “eye roll”.

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The New-Look Clippers

Posted in NBA on December 16th, 2011 by andrew – 1 Comment
CP3

The Clippers - from fun to relevant. Image source: slamonline.com

Over the next few posts I’m going to select some intriguing teams to preview. Today we tackle the big-splashing Los Angeles Clippers.

Talk about a whirlwind in LA. First it’s Chris Paul to the Lakers, only to have the deal inexplicably nixed by the league. Then talks with the Clippers heated up, cooled, died, lingered, marinated, titillated, cooked and culminated in a blockbuster.

Was Gordon, Kaman, Aminu, Minnesota’s unprotected first round pick and my collection of Dominique Wilkins posters worth it?

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The Underrated

Posted in NBA on December 12th, 2011 by andrew – 2 Comments
Taj Gibson

Taj - A diamond in the rough. Image source: kmtv.com

Tough to compile a list of underrated NBA ballers, what with the Internet and absurd contracts. But here’s a quick list of studs to watch a bit closer.

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Shaq Attacks the Airwaves

Posted in NBA on December 6th, 2011 by andrew – 4 Comments
Shaq

Shaq on TV = fail. Image source: abc15.com

There have been gobs of excitement over The Big Aristotle joining TNT.

Gobs.

But why?

Shaq was lauded for his candour as a player – openly ripping Kobe, referees, and the Rupaul of the NBA. But was he ever articulate? Did he ever say anything memorable that was basketball related?

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