The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported late Wednesday night that Wilkins was attacked by 36-year-old Rashan S. Michel. The report cites Atlanta police that said Michel attacked Wilkins because the Hall of Famer allegedly owed him money.
Michel was quickly brought into custody, but not quick enough to avoid some punishment from Wilkins himself. NBA.com’s Sekou Smith tweeted that sources told him that Wilkins was able to land “three solid blows” on the attacker.
There are some photos of the (possible) attacker. He may have been the victim depending on who you believe.
Michel was an ex-ref, and in that same Atlantic Journal Constitution article he claims Wilkins attacked him. He’s got the bruised face to prove it. Stern will make sure not many people investigate this. After Donaghy, refs are a huge liability for him. Also, the 2007 NBA Finals happened (try looking for coverage of game 3 anywhere).
Quick aside: I met and got Dominique’s autograph on the downside of his career when he was playing overseas. I approached him in an Italian airport and he was very cordial. He didn’t owe me money though, and I didn’t attack him, so this little tangent is useless.
Rose is averaging 25 points, 7.9 assists and 4.2 rebounds for the Bulls (53-20), who entered Wednesday with a two-game lead over Boston and 2½ games ahead of Miami atop the East standings. James is averaging 26.9 points, 7.5 rebounds and 6.9 assists for the Heat. He is also shooting a career-high 50.4 percent from the field this season.
James believes his production is strong enough to validate a third consecutive MVP trophy. But he also said Rose seems to be garnering more support among the media block that votes on the award. In addition to Rose and James, Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard and Dirk Nowitzki are considered the top candidates for MVP this season.
"Right now, statistically, it’s probably one of the best years I’ve had," James said. "But we’ll see. The media kind of controls it. You’ve got some guys here that have done their job also. At one point, I thought Dirk was also [worthy] until he got hurt. But Derrick Rose definitely has gotten a lot of the exposure and a lot of the media attention because of the work he’s done. He’s playing some unbelievable basketball."
Derrick Rose and Lebron James are, statistically, basically even, with Lebron slightly ahead. When compared to their teams, this doesn’t make sense to the 8 year old me who looked at every box score in the local Democrat and Chronicle and evaluated players accordingly (I was robbed of cable).
8 year old me is wondering why Chicago plays so much better and consistently? Plus 8 year old me is looking all over the local tv guide to see Rose on an ABC Saturday game.
Everyone talks about DWade running Miami, and I’ve certainly joked about it in the past, but Lebron is the better player. I’ll bet Wade knows this deep down too. So Rose is the best player on his team, and Lebron is the best on his team, but Chicago is better?
Five guys. Not the cheeseburger joint from DC either. It takes 5 guys.
Even MJ took seven years, and he’s the greatest (individual) player of all time or GIP OAT, if you will. Lebron is a great passer, but Rose is so tough and plays so freakin’ hard he’s leading them without speaking. None of these things jump out to the casual observer that sees the headline on ESPN. If you skim the article it appears that Lebron’s ego is stepping aside to herald Rose’s breakout year as a superstar. He’s not.
Probably the most telling of Lebron’s statements is “The media kinda controls it.” He claims it’s “one of his best year’s statistically,” so he believes he should be the MVP on stats alone.
We’ll see if this (perceived slight by the media) will ever light a fire under Lebron for the playoffs. It’s the same fire guys like Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah, and the rest of Thibodeau’s crew ALREADY HAVE. It’s why they’re better…right now.
“That was such a great feeling because I thought the first time we played them here, we were embarrassed and they took a little bit from us. This was the night that we wanted to get that back. For us, but more so for the fans. They have been so great for us all year. That was the great feeling; getting it back for them. Tonight they were great and they’ve been that way all year.”—
Anthony Parker, Cleveland Cavaliers
On the support of the fans after the Cavaliers 102-90 victory over the Miami Heat
Nets chief executive officer Brett Yormark said the team has offered current season-ticket holders the opportunity to buy its top ticket package, which is being called “All Access” season tickets. The offers were mailed recently.
The packages will cover 4,000 club and courtside seats in the area. Yormark said that all of the top-of-the-line All Access seats have been sold. He did not say how much they cost.
The remaining premium seats range in price from $99 to $1,500 per seat
The man is determined for the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn to be ready for next season 2012-2013. You know because next season is totally going to happen.
He’s already lured Deron (pronounced Dare-in) Williams from Utah, which is sorta like Utah re-signing John Stockton all those years; It’s easy. Let’s see if Deron and the rest of the motley crue (which blew a game against the defense averse Knicks tonight - they were up 20 at one point) can make it through 7 games in Newark this season, and around half a season next year.
HELLO LOCK OUT!
Ol’ Prok will prolly have them training with the KGB in the offseason amirite? This was my attempt to basketball blog like Mary HK Choi
“The Chicago Bulls Derrick Rose has been running rampant through the league in MVP form. The Bulls are the best team in the Eastern Conference and he is the only player in the top 10 in points and rebounds in the NBA. This seems to be a sturdy MVP resume, but we can’t forget about one player who is shooting for greatness.”—
A lot of commentators agree with Kobe’s surge for the MVP, and I wrote a piece in February calling for Amar[‘]e to be the first-half MVP (yea), but Rose should and will win.
I merely pulled this quote so I could make a derisive comment about the line-editing. It’s “assists” not “rebounds” where he’s in the top ten; unless, Rose has been Joakim Noahing the Bulls to victory. That’s right, I used a post chastising the editing of an unknown basketball blogger to also turn Joakim Noah into a verb. Syntax, diction: I am your master.
By no means am I a Dallas Mavericks fan. I’m just a hoops fan, and I really like what’s cooking in Dallas this season.
Here are five reasons why I believe the Mavs will win the NBA championship this year. Please read, enjoy and drop a comment.
Mavs head coach Rick Carlisle isn’t some bum off the street in charge of a great squad. Carlisle won a chip as a player with the Boston Celtics and has won 50 or more games five times so far in his eight-year coaching career. He coached both the Detroit Pistons and Indiana Pacers to Eastern Conference final appearances.
4). Deep bench.
If not the best, Dallas boasts one of the best benches in the league this season. Jason Terry(notes), who is averaging 16 points and 4 assists a game, can go off on any given night. But besides J.T., the Mavs have guys like Jose Barea, Brendan Haywood(notes) and Corey Brewer(notes) who can step on the floor and play big minutes.
3). Kidd and Dirk.
The curtain’s closing on the careers of both future Basketball Hall of Fame players Jason Kidd(notes) and Dirk Nowitzki(notes). J. Kidd’s in his 16th year in the league, and Dirk’s in his 12th. Both veteran leaders have been to the finals before but have lost. Both desperately want at least one NBA championship ring to sport on their hands.
Defense wins championships. That’s why the Mavs have zero so far. But Dallas is playing “D” this season, allowing 96.3 points a game, which is 10th overall in the league. New center Tyson Chandler(notes) has been the major difference. A beast in the paint, the big man gives the Mavericks some much-needed consistent energy and toughness.
1). Best in West.
The Los Angeles Lakers may be the two-time defending champs. The San Antonio Spurs may tout the best record in the league. But the No. 1 reason why the Mavericks will win the NBA title this season is because I believe they finally have the right blend of talent and depth to wear down the top teams in the West as well as whichever squad comes out the East in a seven-game series.
Um, no. Stern will instruct his officials to repeat 2007 before he lets Cuban take that trophy.
Hahahah-NBA Contributor’s on yahoo do not make money. Who am I to talk?
'Melo might have it rougher than 'Bron does because I can already tell people in New York are starting to turn…watch out.
New Yorkers aren’t Miami fans. We play/watch/live basketball, and if ‘Melo continues to lose (and it’s Melo’s team regardless of what Chauncey or Amar’e think) then the catcalls will turn downright vicious. La La won’t be able to go to home games.
Michael Jordan- “Air Jordan” Earvin Johnson- “Magic Johnson” Dominique Wilkins- “The Human Highlight Film” Julius Erving- “Dr. J./The Doc” George Gervin- “The Ice Man” Lloyd Free- “World Be Free” Allen Iverson- “The Answer” Chauncey Billups- “Mr. Big Shot” Paul Pierce- “The Truth” Vince Carter- “Vinsanity” Ray Allen- “Jesus Shuttlesworth” Vinnie Johnson- “The Microwave” Gary Payton- “The Glove” James Worthy- “Big Game James” Kobe Bryant- “The Black Mamba” Robert Horry- “Big Shot Bob” Shawn Marion- “The Matrix” Shawn Kemp- “The Rain Man” Kevin Durant- “The Durantula” Amar’e Stoudemire- “STAT” Stephen Jackson- “Cap’t. Jack” Larry Bird- “Larry Legend” Robert Parrish- “The Chief” Chris Paul- “CP3″ Stacey Augmon- “Plastic Man” Shaquille O’Neal- “The Diesel” Larry Johnson- “Grandmama” Blake Griffin- “Must See BG” Eddie Jones- “Elevator Jones”
OH COME ON “The BIG ARISTOTLE” was Shaq’s best BY FAR and how can you not mention his Corleone family quote about Wade, Kobe, and Penny?
Looks like Jeff Green finally has Celtic’s fans forgetting about their lovable giant Perk.’ He dropped 16 of his 19 in the 4th while Paul Pierce scored 20. The Celtics held Indiana to 20 points in every quarter. Only the playoffs and match-ups against Orlando, Miami or Chicago will decide if the trade was worth it.
John Kuester started an old line-up that called to mind Larry Brown’s teams, but Greg Monroe and McGrady instead of Chauncey etc. They got the win and even pored in 38 points in the first quarter before their old and weathered bodies broke down. That was enough of a cushion to get a win. Let’s go Michigan!
Chris Paul led the Hornets to the win with 26 points and 9 assists in his third game back from the mild concussion he suffered (which looked horrible live). But hey, at least Vince Carter got his 20 points amirite?
Kevin Durant scored 29 points on 12-21 shooting and Westbrook poured in another 18 as they Thunder destroyed the confidence Miami seemed to be evoking after beating LA. Miami just isn’t very good and never has been. I’m definitely looking forward to their excuses when they get bounced in the first round by the Knicks.
Dwight Howard dropped 31 and 22 for the Magic as they squeak by the Bucks and everyone wonders if maybe Vince Carter was more important than anyone thought. Also Rashard Lewis is the Floyd Landis of the NBA.
Houston relied on their weaknesses to beat the abysmal MJ mistakes, as I’ve taken to calling them. Those poor people in Charlotte. What’s that? No one watches basketball in Charlotte because Nascar drivers pull all the tail when they’re in town? Gotcha. Jordan, move ‘em to Vancouver and enjoy the herb.
This is the type of game where lines like “Cleveland simply out-hustled them,” actually work. Not many fans care even inside Cleveland or Sacramento about this game, so if anyone cares, and it looked like Ramon Sessions did, they’ll usually win. Fin.
Yawn again, except Blake, and after getting injured last year, and his ballistic play this year, he is due for a down-surge in energy. Elton Brand held him to 14 and 6 on 3-12 shooting. Brand actually put up a nice 19 and 12, on top of the defense against Griffin. Jrue Holiday and Jodie Meeks put down 20 and 22 points respectively since Iguodala wasn’t a factor. Philly is surprisingly resilient this year despite Doug Collins at the helm. They moved into a tie for 6th place in the East with my beloved Knicks (Miami is praying for a first round match-up against Philly).
Dirk had 34 and 13 and Dallas is tied with LA for second in the West behind San Antonio. Dallas will play 1st place San Antonio Friday night. For GS, Monta had 26 points and 11 assists (I’m shocked he can pass with fluidity), while Ex-Knick David Lee had 22. Dallas is a better scoring team than GS, but I foresee another fall in the playoffs.
This is a rough stretch. Since adding Melo, the Knicks are 6-6. Making matters seem more dire, Denver is 8-2 since our boys arrived.
How bad is it? Maybe not as bad as it feels. The Knicks, done with the rush of adrenaline that came with the deal are struggling to gel, especially with Chauncey being out for a week and then returning. That’s understandable. I feel that part of the Knicks’ problems will be solved with time.
It is also important to remember that the Knicks are not a finished product by any means. Melo and Amar’e are building blocks but everyone else except Fields is expendable. Yes, even Chauncey (more on that later).
Throw in a stretch where they are playing 18 games in 30 days and things are bound to go imperfectly.
That being said, there are serious issues. Here is what I think they are:
1) Defense. It’s abominably bad. It makes me feel sick. I don’t think Mike D’Antoni’s offensive system is conducive to playing defense. I don’t think he demands accountability from his players on that end of the floor, I don’t think he is willing to sacrifice offensive firepower for defensive dependability. He needs to address those issues. Or the Knicks need to find someone who can (hint: an ABC announcer who isn’t Mark Jackson. That’s right, Hubie Brown. Sike. You know who I mean).
2) The coaching staff. Look, the Knicks offense can basically run itself. Think about it like the Indianapolis Colts. Peyton is so on good on offense they let him take care of things. They bring in a defensive mind to run the show because that’s where they need to be coached up. Is Mike D’Antoni the right coach for a team that needs a creative offense (to the extent you think it’s creative to play like 8 year olds…the right word might be novel)? Yes. Is he the right coach for a team that can function on offense by running high school style p&r and pinch down screens? I’m beginning to think not. And I say staff because who are these guys? Mike D’Antoni’s pals. That’s nice. Must be fun to tour the country with your pals. If I hear about Dan D’Antoni coaching a player on a South Carolina AAU team one more time, I’m going to lose it. How about a defensive mind? No one ever mentions Dan D’Antoni or Phil Weber for coaching jobs. I wonder why. How’d Marc Iavaroni work out in Memphis? Not well. Hmm. What did the Celtics do when Thibodeau left for Chicago? Hired Lil’ Lawrence Frank off the street to help Doc. Did those guys even know each other off the court? Did Boston even care?
3) Amar’e. Is he exhausted from so many minutes? Is he hurt? Or is it something worse? His intensity on both ends has lessened, reaching just about zero on D and he skipped interviews after the first Indy loss. I was amazed at the leadership he showed when he arrived. He said and did all the right things. It was the rare case where giving someone more responsibility made them more responsible. Now that some of that responsibility has been taken from him, is he regressing? I hope not.
4) Chauncey Billups isn’t a problem…yet. He was a bit of a mess last night and continues to be very old. It’s been reported that the Knicks are planning on picking up his $14.2 million option for next year and perhaps even extending him beyond that. I don’t think they should. I think they should buy him out for $3.7 mil in the offseason, as required by his contract. How is the $14 million best used - on Chauncey? Or as cap room to sign the young, rim protecting center that the team desperately needs? There are a few available this offseason- namely RFAs Marc Gasol and DeAndre Jordan. Start Douglas next season and draft a backup or sign a cheaper guy as a free agent. If you’re building for the future, it’s best to use the money to get the hardest to find piece when it’s available. Earth to us all: next year isn’t a championship year either. Sorry. Note: this all assumes a substantially similar CBA.
5) Competitiveness. The Knicks get up for big games and come up small against crappy opponents (e.g. Cleveland, Indiana, etc). Competitive teams find a way to bring it every night. The Knicks need to find their way to a competitive, proud mentality. Think Kevin Garnett would allow Tyler Hansbrough to score 59 points in two games? Fuck no. Not everyone is KG (thank god) but the Knicks need to play with more of a chip on their shoulder. They haven’t earned shit yet.
OK, maybe things are pretty bad. Memphis tomorrow night won’t be an easy one. But they need it. They need to build momentum - which they should be able to do with games against Detroit and Milwaukee over the weekend - before taking on Boston and Orlando next week.
Look, the Knicks are a six seed. They were a six before Melo got here and they are six with him. Are they more likely to climb into contention in the next few years with him? Yes. But they need to address the issues I’ve identified, and others, before they will be able to get there.
I’ve been told that Hill notes in the N.Y. Times article that King’s unflattering remark about him was particularly disappointing because he considered King a friend. In fact, Hill reveals in his editorial that he thought so much of King that he repeatedly lobbied then-Pistons GM Rick Sund not to cut the former Wolverine at the end of training camp in ‘99. (Hill’s efforts turned out to be futile, as King was released before the season.)
Thanks to King’s insult, Hill concludes in the NYT piece that he would not have been nearly so enthusiastic in attempting to save King’s failed NBA career had he known that a decade later his former rival - and brief teammate - would treat him with such disrespect.
“It’s ridiculous for Webber to insinuate that Coach K feared the Fab Five were ‘thugs and killers.’ Coach K probably thought the same thing I thought watching the Fab Five play: They’re immature, arrogant, interested in playing for a coach they could ignore and incapable of putting together the consistent focus and effort necessary to win a conference championship. Two teams consistently beat the Fab Five — Duke (4-0) and Indiana (4-2). Let me translate that for you: Structured, disciplined, well-coached teams beat Michigan. While making money for their white university and allowing their incompetent, white coach to learn on the job, the Fab Five were not man enough to harness the courage and focus to outduel — in their minds — inferior, racist teams. Now tell me who the sellouts were?”—
• “Carmelo Anthony is an indifferent rebounder and defender, multiple sources have confirmed to NBA insider John A. Doe.”
• “With Carmelo Anthony, the New York Knicks stink, NBA insider John A. Doe has learned.”
• “Carmelo Anthony passes the ball only as a last resort, cares only about getting his points and views teammates as a necessary evil to do the dirty work and get him the ball, according to sources with know- ledge of the situation who spoke to NBA insider John A. Doe on the condition of anonymity because they are not empowered to discuss sensitive issues.”
“These guys care. They care a lot, actually. Yes, they care what people think. They care that their legacies are on the line. They care about the city of Miami. They care about the NBA. They even care about you, their haters. How do I know they care? Because I know how much you have to care to cry after a loss…
… Furthermore, the guys who cry after the games don’t cry because they are terrible and have no chance. They do it because they’re close. So close it hurts. I’ve never seen a last place team cry after a game. Nor have a seen a team with no chance for serious success do it. It’s only the guys whose will is strong enough to do something about it afterwards. My senior year of college was the biggest setback of my life. Since then I’ve done nothing but grow and get better, because my will to do so is strong.
I’m not here trying to convert anyone into Miami fans. I’m not even a Miami fan. I actually think it’s fun and easy to ridicule them. But when I see tears in their eyes, I get the idea that the fun and games are over, and maybe they’re poised to turn things around after this setback. Heck, maybe they won’t, but I’ll never again question how much they care.”
One more time, for emphasis: “…But when I see tears in their eyes, I get the idea that the fun and games are over, and maybe they’re poised to turn things around after this setback. Heck, maybe they won’t, but I’ll never again question how much they care.”
This make sense, all of it. But, if I were a Miami Heat fan (after going tanning, buying a completely different wardrobe, forgetting 95% of what I know about the NBA and all of what I know about 19th century poetry) I would get mad. Mad that it’s taken this long. Mad that they have the personnel to dominate and kick ass if they would just care about every DEFENSIVE possession and hit guys and talk shit and play like men. I would get mad, and tell them to stop crying and to go kick ass like they’re supposed too. Then again, maybe that’s why I’ll never be a Miami Heat fan.
“I think it’s good to cry. I think it’s good to let things out. In my psychology sessions, sometimes I cry with my therapist. We cry and we hug each other, and we hold each other and we talk. I hope somebody hugged them, whoever was crying. I would have hugged whoever was [crying], and got some ice cream.”—Ron Artest (via gotemcoach)
For example, at 1:15ET/10:15PT is a discussion titled, “The Decision: How Players and Teams Will Choose in the Future”, which is certainly an NBA centric topic. Its being moderated by Michael Wilbon & one of the panelists is R.C. Buford of the Spurs.
This is important, but I think it should be called: “The Decision: How Players and Teams Will Choose in the OddFuture”, as an homage to NYC media flak wank-offs and to avoid “the decision” from being mentioned yet again.
Toronto Raptors (16-42) I have a lot of friends from Toronto. They all have glasses, sport short hair and smile a lot. They read books and are constantly out and about. And yet they couldn’t name three Raptors, the head coach or the GM. I can’t say that I blame them, either. The Raptors have only two players on their roster that average over 15 points per game (Andrea Bargnani and DeMar DeRozen) and a total of zero players that average over 7 boards). Chris Bosh was probably right to leave because even if he had stayed, they still would’ve been putrid. Not to mention, it’s Canada. Playing hoops in Canada is like playing rugby in Mexico. Fan support is so lax that if this team isn’t playing in Vegas or Anaheim in three years I will be shocked.
I don’t think Tony has ever talked to some of the Toronto Raptor fans. There are a bunch of them, even though his Toronto buddies are all erudite and couldn’t explain the new hand check rules if you told them what a hand-check was.