Archive for August, 2012

Ibaka over Harden – Good Choice

Posted in NBA on August 19th, 2012 by andrew – 1 Comment

If OKC can't have both, it chose the right guy

The caption above does not imply that Serge Ibaka is better than James Harden. Harden is a monster at both ends. He can defend ones, twos and threes. He can take over offensively (49% FG, 39% 3FG, 85% FT, and 17 PPG for a third option is disgusting). Harden is the steadying force when Westbrook is out of control, and the only player off the bench that can create his own shot. His unselfishness in that bench role should also be noted, especially when he’s fighting for his first big contract.

But OKC’s choice of Ibaka while risking losing Harden was right, and here’s why: read more »

Message to the Orlando Magic – REALLY?!!

Posted in NBA on August 12th, 2012 by andrew – Be the first to comment

That's it, Orlando? Source: dimemag.com

I’m a big fan of Aron Afflalo. I appreciate Orlando was never going to get full value for Dwight Howard. But how do you trade the most dominant centre in the game for a complementary piece? Wasn’t Pau on the table? What about Andrew Bynum? ORL didn’t even get the THIRD best player in this deal (Bynum to Philly, Iguodala to Denver). Along with Afflalo they got Al Harrington at $7M per for three years, prospect Nikola Vucevic, and low, mostly lottery-protected draft picks. And they didn’t save any money.

I can’t stand internet abbreviations, but WTF?!!!! read more »

Transition D’s ESP – Spain Can Beat USA

Posted in NBA on August 5th, 2012 by andrew – Be the first to comment

The Gasol Towers can take down the Americans. Source: huffingtonpost.com

Forget that Spain frittered away its preliminary round game against Russia. Forget that Pau Gasol allowed his man to make a game-tying three with 35 seconds to go. Just remember this was not an elimination game, so Spain’s focus (inexplicably) wasn’t there.

When assessing its chances of beating the US, keep the following in mind: read more »