Archive for January, 2010

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

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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