Step back, Flip it and Reverse it

February 19, 2010

As I write today’s blog, Charles Barkley and his new Taco Bell commercial just flashed on the screen.  Very funny no doubt.  Who doesn’t love Chuck?  However, it made me hop in my wayyyyy back machine for this classic.

Once again fellas, thanks again for your comments.  To chime in on the bass ackwards comments, you are absolutely right about NCAA making money off of guys like OJ Mayo, Michael Beasley even Kevin Durant.  Those guys were gold mines for what many would consider “underachieving” basketball programs.

Moving along.

We have had a ton of excitement this week in the league, and rather than blowing up this spot with info you already know, I want to throw in my two cents on some things.

1. It is truly unfortunate that Amare didn’t get any love this week.  Sitting around all week being told you are rocking the purple and orange for the last time, only to find out you are posting up a while longer.  One might compare it to playing Little League baseball.  Remember being hyped all week for that summer game?  Being gassed up all day with that beautiful summer weather, only to have your little baseball chubby left for nothing when the thunder-storm rolls in around the evening hour.  Okay…maybe it isn’t quite the same.

2. Ty Thom and Salmons leaving= good riddance.  Let’s be honest folks.  Those two were given Alfonso Soriano on the Cubs love, and to no avail.  Tyrus broke his official Bulls balls the moment he guaranteed Dunk Contest victory and was the lowest score.

Tyrus Thomas dunks for money.

Salmons has been as consistent from the floor as a drunk guy pissing in a toilet seat at the bar.

3. How does it feel watching some of our favorite NBA stars shopping around like it is going out of style?  Not only does it make me feel old to think that T-Mac and Jamison are considered seasoned vets and “roll players” but we are witnessing an era in the NBA now that will see nobody holding down a city for their entire career.  I could name two guys right now that I predict will forever wear the same uniform. A. Tim Ducan. B. Dirk Nowitzki.  That is it.

4. After many arguments with friends, I am still flying high on my “The Cavs really missed out on Troy Murphy” sweepstakes.  Say what you will, but the guy is a force and one of the most consistent players in the league.  He is 6’11, can knock down the three, rebounds like a beast and shoots an outstanding percentage from the floor.  If you make other centers guard him in the playoffs, good luck.

5. Kevin Martin to Houston.  I’ve said to before and I’ll say it again.  I cannot support any shooter in the league that I can’t shoot with on NBA Live or 2K.  Case closed K-Mart and Ben Gordon.

6. For those of you that tuned into Dallas and Phoenix the other night, you caught a classic scuffle with Dirk and Grant Hill.  Mark Jackson said it best, as I paraphrase, “This isn’t exactly the Klitschko’s going at each other”.  Two sleeper fighters.  Dirk uses his wooden dentures to bite Grant.  Hill uses his piano fingers to poke Nowitzki in the eye.  If you don’t see it playing out like that…well picture something MORE realistic.

7. Lebron cries and doesn’t shake hands after a classic battle with Melo.  Get a life LBJ.  You are an ambassador to the game.  We all watched.  We get it.  No one tries harder than you game in and game out, so man up.  Take the loss in the chin and get back at it.  In case you forgot, you just rattled of 13 wins in a row and now have Antawn Jamison.  Deal with it.

8. Speaking of Jamison, I recently shared a comment with Casey.  If players choose to spell their names awkwardly, then I am going to pronounce them that way.  So, Antawn and Dwyane Wade…get it together and swap some letters for us.

9.  The Dunk Contest was horrendous.  I don’t necessarily feel that I need LBJ or Dwight in the contest for it to be successful, but if you are going to take some of these young, low-key ballers, then you have to explain to them that this is their moment to shine.  Show some personality.  Get hyped.  Even Nate Rob bored me.  Maybe he is still trying to recover from the kryptonite…regardless, I am going to need some more flair.

10. Food for thought.  I posed this question to a few friends recently, but I’ll drop it out there for others.  Off the top of your head, can you name me one cut up WHITE euro baller?  It’s harder than you think.

Casey and JonJon

Makin’ That Paper

February 10, 2010

Ok, now that I have your attention.  I had to get at least one Mbenga shot into this blog at some point.

I simply cannot help myself.  To the sports world, talking about whether or not a kid should have to go to college or not is along the lines of Christians discussing abortion, Creationism, The Big Bang Theory, the chicken or the egg, even the ever popular question of who framed Roger Rabbit?

Fine.  Sure.  It might not be on that level.  However, it is always a conversation that leaves the college purist scrambling around the bar looking for supporters, sweating like a kid whose parents just caught him watching porn and trying to justify that he was watching a movie on Skinemax before the soft-core moaning erupted.  Meanwhile,  the usually lone NBA fan stands casual saying, “I am already in the minority with this argument, so hit me with your best shot”.

Regardless of how you feel, I’m not going to pull any punches because I am very emotional about the idea of going to the league.  I am a million percent in favor of these kids going to the league if they want to go to the league.  To fathom that people put so much value on education blows my mind.  You have a kid, probably being pursued early in his high school career by major college programs, so he knows that his education is going to be free.  However, let’s consider the player that is a poor student.  His parents do not value education because regardless of his GPA, he will make big bucks. So, if the student/athlete does not care about bettering his educational life, then why should we?  The league is a BUSINESS.

Honestly, if Lebron James decides to go straight to the NBA, blow out his knee and cannot read a Dr. Seuss book, why do I care?  Does Lebron care if I sleep in a cardboard box or my king size bed?  Not a chance.  My point is that these guys that basically take a dump on their education to pursue hoop dreams have made a choice.  Do I commend all of those athletes out there that finish their degrees or go back and receive them…absolutely.  Good for them.  But, if you mean to tell me that I have to hear another person tell me about how important college is to these young men, then they can go fly a kite.  I graduated from the University of Kansas.  I have shared class with some of the NBA’s young talent.  Trust me.  My out-of-state tuition has no problem funding a baller sitting in the back row with his hood up listening to Jay-Z.  Clearly, they have made a choice.  It is very obnoxious to hear the same old song and dance.  This is the classic line right here:

“Jon, what about all of those guys made the jump and it didn’t work out”?

Well friends, let me tell you.  At the risk of dropping life bombs on you, I’ll leave it at this.  We make choices in our lives that are sometimes good, and sometimes bad.  Say what you want, but if I am a lottery pick and make millions of dollars and blow out my quad tomorrow…sign me up.  We scoff at the idea of making 1.5 million dollars, but that is an amount of money that many of us will never make in our lifetime.  Regardless if I can’t read the Men/Women sign on the bathroom, with millions of dollars, I can find a way to make a living.

Wrap your mind around this process.  For those of you that don’t know, a player with the intentions of joining the draft in the summer can essentially play the entire season without attending one class the spring term.  How does that grab ya?  So if you college lovers out there are so happy that Michael Beasley and Kevin Durant gave you one year of cheap thrills, just know that if B-Easy doesn’t show up for your bowling class anymore, it is because he has decided to stop humoring you with talks of returning.  Even though every draft board and expert says he is a lock as a top 5 pick, you go ahead and say how much you love the idea of him returning next year.  That is as valuable to me as Akron fans saying, “if only the year rule was intact for Lebron”.

Again folks, why do we deprive these young men the opportunity to get paid?  Why waste their time with a semester of college when they truly do not value it?  I’ll be the first to tell you that watching Kevin Durant in Allen Fieldhouse a few years ago was without a doubt the best live performance I have ever witnessed.  He could have made the jump.  Pay these guys their money.  I have said it before and I will say it again.  There is a reason people do not go watch open heart surgeries.  No one watches an accountant do taxes.  People want to be entertained, and if Kobe, Lebron, KG or Shaun Livingston have the opportunity to play against the best athletes in the world, then so be it.  Livingston signed on for 14.5 million before touching the NBA court.  Whether or not he is a superstar or showing you to your seat at the Staples Center, he has enough money to last him a lifetime.

Stop wasting players time. Stop wasting college basketball’s time.  If these guys want to jump to the league, then it is what it is.  Like Lupe Fiasco says, if the opportunity is there, who are we to deprive them the chance to “stack that cheese”.

Casey and JonJon

Don’t Be a Dirk

January 29, 2010

After a short sabbatical to take in the finer things in life such as WWE Raw in Champaign and the recent investment of Modern Warfare 2, we are back.

Today’s blog is geared  towards answering some earlier questions and tapping into the regular discussion in the Chicagoland area…in Vinny Del Negro we trust?

However, first things first.  A few weeks ago we tapped in the greater side of Dirk and his golden locks.  With that spurred a few questions from new reader Dave:

From someone who lives in the suburbs of Dallas, certain topics have been brought up as Dirk reached the 20,000 point total this past week and am curious to hear your thoughts. Obviously, Dirk doesn’t have the pub like D Wade, Kobe, LBJ, etc., but should he be? That’s what’s been discussed down here in the media. The three main questions were as follows:

1. Is Dirk worthy of being mentioned with greats like Kobe?

2. Is Dirk a future Hall of Famer?

3. Who has had a better career….Dirk or Iverson?

As far as Dirk being mentioned with greats like Kobe, I think it is fair to say that to the average NBA fan, he has no chance.  In a world of Nike puppets, shoe endorsements, fast food and soft drink commercials, Dirk gets lost in translation.  However, to the avid NBA fan, Dirk has to be considered one of the top 10 players in the league without a doubt.  I pose this question to you the reader.  Take a look at the Dallas Mavericks since Dirk has been in town and dabble at his impact.  Or, you could let me help you.

Aside from Dirk’s first full season in Dallas which was the 1999-2000, the Mavs have never won less than 50 games.  Until his arrival…1987-88.  Like Sheed says, “Ball don’t lie”.

Wrap your mind around the German being the Mavs all time leader in:

Points, rebounds, free throws attempted, free throws made, field goals attempted, field goals made, minutes, games played, 3-point field goals made, 3-point field goals attempted.  Not to mention he is a close second in steals and blocks.  Throw in seven consecutive all-star appearances, a league MVP and All-NBA honors every year and we are talking baller status.

So, there you have it folks.  The numbers speak for themselves.  I guess that would answer the first two questions.  In the grand scheme of the league, Dirk is fantastic for the league.  Because he doesn’t get picked up for a DUI or attend huge golf outings, we often sleep on his game, but the guy is a beast.  He has to be considered part of the upper echelon of league icons and definitely a future HOF.  In a world of free agency, salary arbitration and signing bonuses, Dirk has been a staple for the Dallas faithful.  He has mentioned many times he loves playing for Mark Cuban and loves the city.  He is a loyal member of the organization, and I hope for Mavericks fans that he is a staple for years to come.

Casey and JonJon

Triple Deke?

January 17, 2010

It is a slow Saturday night, and before I decide to let my hair down for the evening, I thought I would take this time to post a few videos in honor of the Dikster…Dikembe Mutombo. 

I know what you are thinking, and you are not alone.  I too search daily on ebay hoping that someone will be selling that adult Mutombo jersey from the Hawks where the basketball is in the birds talons.  Unfortunately, that day does not seem to be coming fast enough.  The handful of fans out there sporting that fine specimen of basketball memorabilia are sitting on a cherished treasure.

Regardless of your personal opinion of Deke, the guy was one of the best defenders in the history of the NBA.  In case you are sleeping on the guys crazy skills, he only sits second in NBA history in blocks behind Hakeem with over 3200 and in the top twenty in rebounds with over 12000.  With that said, I have posted a few videos to honor my man Mr. Mutombo on this beautiful saturday night.  And remember, if you happen to come across that mid-nineties Hawks jersey, throw your friend Jon a bone.  Enjoy.

Casey and JonJon

Some impressions:

Finger waggin:

Deke on his game:

Sweet Mutombo parody:

Hair Today-Gone Tomorrow

January 15, 2010

Let’s be honest.  We are all internet junkies.  Not only do we choose to surf the web “on the reg”, we also have a ridiculous obsession with sports.  ESPN has taught us that if we habitually seek updates from what Dan Patrick refers to as “the mothership” then we will never be disappointed.  Honestly, how frustrated are you when you check every half hour and it is the same ol’ crap on there? 

When we check the headlines we are looking for the most ridiculous news we can find.  We are at the point where player robberies and choking coaches are nothing new.  Coaches across America can thank Latrell Sprewell for putting his mitts on PJ back in Golden State, because now the roles have been reversed.

I like to compare our daily dose of desired drama to living in my town.  Sure, we all get the newspaper, but what is the first thing we usually do when we open up that beast filled with stories on war heroes reuniting and crop devastation?  We turn to the blotter to see who robbed, shot, boozed and loss and even got a little too touchy with the ol’ ball and chain.  We have to be filled with the daily grind of other’s misfortunes.  Nothing makes us feel better about ourselves than knowing someone robbed Seven Eleven and slipped on the mopped floor knocking themselves unconscious, only to wake up in cuffs.   It is the same with our sports.  I log on the net daily hoping to read something like “Candace Parker actually a man” or “Greg Maddux  shit on teammates on team bus”. 

Well sports fans, we are not going to talk about the standard.  Today we reach out to something off the regular track.  A topic that most do not discuss sober.  We are talking hair.

This post is something that has been on my mind for a while and completely random.  I want to talk about the baller known as D-I-R-T-Y.  Dirk Nowitzki.  Recently, if you heard, Dirk took a trip to the local barber and “got his hur did”.  As basketball fans, we can only assume that by all-star time in a few weeks, those flowing locks will be bouncing off his shoulders again. 

Honestly, has anyone ever witnessed someone grow hair faster than the German?  The guy grows hair faster than Tim Allen in The Santa Claus.  My take on the million dollar movie…Dirk was their first choice but he was too tall and the reindeer don’t trust anyone who grew up with the metric system.

Regardless, not only is the guy a rock star in Cubanland, he has also stepped up the hair scenario.  Call me crazy, but the moment Drew Gooden came to town, Dirk knew he had to step his game up.  Let’s take a look shall we.

Welcome to the League:

A young, wet-behind-the-ears Dirk.  Going with the Zack Morris college years look.  Check out that fresh bling in the ear. 

The Standard:

This is the Dirk we all know, and if you are like me…learning to love.  This is the standard look when DIRTY hits the office and goes to work.  Granted, it looks like he is rocking George Washington’s wooden false teeth, but that’s for another day.

Accessorize:

What do you do when you take a trip overseas to find inner peace and your game goes down the tubes to start the season?  Answer=get a headband.  Dirk stepped up the flash and threw on the sweat-piece when times were tough.  Not to mention Drew Gooden joins the roster looking like an extra from Bloodsport and Kickboxer.

Global Game:

Nothing says I love representing Germany in the Olympics like some rings that look branded on your head.  The only way this fad catches on is if Chris Kaman jumps on board after shedding his serial killer look.

All American Boy?

Nothing says Johnny Unitas, 1970’s football and America like a fresh buzz cut.  For you Dirk fans, have no fear, because next week it will be back to normal: long, full, voluptuous and splashing along his neckline like the net after he drains another ridiculous shot. 

Once again, just something that has been on my mind lately.

With that said, I want to hear what you guys want to talk about.  What is on your mind?  I guess you could say this is our FUBU, if you will.  So let’s have some comments and get the ball rolling.

Casey and JonJon

Welcome and reflect

January 12, 2010

Today recognizes the first edition of Ice the knees, Ice the 3’s.  This blog is dedicated to basketball fans far and wide.  However, we will not waste our time talking college hoops.  We have one intention and one intention only…spurring NBA basketball knowledge and opinion.

Hopefully, our viewers use this as an opportunity to not only expand their knowledge, but also drop some stats on us.   The inspiration is a similar story that  you fans can recognize.  Casey and I were sitting around, calling each other out on ridiculous statistical claims ranging from terrible Chicago Bulls draft choices to whether The Dream Team could defeat the Redeem Team.  Finally, we decided that the beauty of our conversations truly develop with the aid of other opinions.

So, with that said, here we are.  We hope you enjoy.  Let the opinions fly.  And most of all, this blog is for you.  Help us keep it alive and make it a winner.  I leave you with some knowledge from Stephen Jackson on winning.

“Just say I’m from Somalia and I need food.”


Casey and JonJon