Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Kyle Korver

I was recently pleased to see that Cleveland traded Kyle Korver to the Utah Jazz. I have always liked Korver and am glad to see him playing with the Jazz again. He seems like a pretty good guy and I have always been in awe of his 3 point shooting. He has made more 3 pointers than any other active player and is currently #4 on the all time list after Ray Allen, Reggie Miller, and Jason Terry. If he stays healthy he will move up to the #3 spot this season.

The first time I remember seeing Kyle Korver it was not his shooting that caught my attention but the fact that he looked like Ashton Kutcher. By the way, if there is ever a movie about Robert Horry, Will Smith had better get the role because they also look so similar. Sorry to get distracted with the whole evil twin topic. By the way you can see my original post from 2011 about NBA look-alikes.

Anyway, I really like seeing Korver make shots but I am not blind to the fact that he frequently struggles trying to defend some of the younger and more athletic players. Even so, when a team needs to stretch the court out or if they are looking for someone who can get a 3 point shot off fast and usually make it, then he is the guy. I'm wishing him the best with his transition back to the Jazz and I'm hoping Utah get the bugs out soon and start playing like they were at the end of last season.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

My least favorite NBA players part 2

Several years ago I did a post highlighting my least favorite NBA players. It's time to add some more names to the list.  I admit I am being judgmental because these guys are great athletes, incredible ball players, and probably good guys too, but my spidey senses make it hard for me to cheer for them when they are playing basketball.

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Draymond Green- He's a great defender and an intense competitor but I don't like his kicking and abrasive attitude. Golden State's team looked invincible last year and I expected a 5 year run with that squad so I am surprised to see them struggling as a team recently due to their own players not getting along. Green is a big part of that.

Russell Westbrook- I've been a big Westbrook fan for a long time but things are changing. He's probably the most athletic guy in the NBA and I love his rim abusing dunks but I've been getting negative vibes since he averaged a triple double last season. He's now coming across as more of a stat padder when I watch him fight his own big men for rebounds.

James Harden- is an amazing offensive talent. I liked him when he was in a supporting role in OKC but since he has been the "go to" guy in Houston I have had a hard time liking him. He has gotten better as an all around player over the last two years but I still am just not a fan of the Beard.

Chris Paul- I can't really pinpoint what it is about Paul that bothers me but I guess deep down inside I just don't trust the guy. He is an amazing floor general so his ability is not in question. It's probably more of his attitude. Seeing how my prior list included Carmello Anthony you can imagine that I'm not a fan of the Rockets.

Trae Young and De'Aaron Fox tie for this spot for the same reason. I don't like their hair style. I know I am a shallow human being and probably going to hell for being so judgmental but they'd both look much better if they trimmed their hair and sharpened it up to match their game.

Dwight Howard- I used to love watching him play but over time he has fallen from grace with me. I think it started when he was trying to get out of Orlando. It also doesn't help that his performance has dropped so far over the last several seasons.

Lamarcus Aldridge and Al Horford- They are both great players but I think they are so boring. They remind me of Tim Duncan's little brothers who are even less flashy than the Big Fundamental.

Marcus Smart- I admire his hustle and tenacity but I think he can be a loose cannon. He has attempted some of the most blatant flops I have ever seen. Anyone who acts like they were body slammed by Hulk Hogan and goes into convulsions just rom Kyle Korver barely boxing him out is hard to cheer for.

Bonus- least favorite commentator- Tommy Heinson. I know he is a legend and has been announcing the Celtics games forever but he is way too biased. I've seen so many highlights over the years as he turns a blind eye to his home team during his commentary.

The funny thing is I don't hate these guys. I'd probably still think it's cool to meet them if I ever ran into them but I have a hard time cheering for them.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

The Michael Jordan vs. Lebron James debate

I grew up watching and idolizing Michael Jordan. I think he is the greatest player in the history of the NBA. I have also been a huge Lebron James fan since his rookie year and he has lived up to all the hype since he entered the league. I love both of these players and am getting a little tired of people always arguing over who is the greatest player.

I've been guilty of ranking players by order of greatness in the past and will probably continue to share my opinion about it in the future, but one thing I 've learned when doing this is that there are many very passionate fans out there. We all have our preferences and favorites, but some of these fans have some serious blinders on and can be very close minded and angry if they don't agree with you.

One problem with this debate is how to define greatest. Is it the best player, most successful, highest skill level, most records, most amazing highlights? Winning championships is definitely part of the equation but I don't like putting too much stock into that. Bill Russell is amazing with his 11 rings, but you also have to remember that Sam Jones has 10, Tommy Heinsohn, K.C. Jones, and John Havlicek all have 8. Jim Loscutoff and Robert Horry have more rings than Jordan too.

I think Lebron is a better all around player but Jordan has more tenacity and killer instinct. They play at different positions, in different times when there have been changes to how the game is played, and one of their career's is still not over yet so this further complicates the debate.

Anyway, I think as of today that Jordan is still the GOAT but Lebron is right on his heels. I also have no doubt that by the time Lebron retires he will be the undisputed GOAT. I love both players and don't see the need to bash either one. I think Kobe best summed it up this week when he tweeted "We can enjoy one without tearing down one. I love what he’s doing. Don’t debate what can’t be definitively won by anyone."

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Mark Eaton- Shot Blocker and Author

I love shot blocking! One of the greatest shot blockers in the NBA was Mark Eaton. He led the league with an average of 3.5 blocks per game. Here is a sample of his work from a monster night he had against Chicago in 1986.

Mark recently came out with a book called The Four Commitments and you can check out the details on the Amazon link below.

The Four Commitments

Friday, March 16, 2018

I Love The Current Jazz Squad

I first started watching the Jazz in the early 80's. I loved how Adrian Dantley played so big for his size at only 6'5" and he could post up on anyone and always get to the free throw line. I loved Darrell Griffith and his exciting dunks and high arching three pointers, as well as Ricky Green's hustle and assists. Frank Layden was just as entertaining as any of the players.

Over the next several years Mark Eaton, Thurl Bailey, John Stockton, and Karl Malone joined the squad and were the core of what I remember about Jazz basketball. In the early 90's Jerry Sloan took over as head coach and I loved his no-nonsense style. By the mid 90's Jeff Hornacek and Byron Russell joined the team as the Jazz faced the Bulls for 2 NBA finals.

In the early 2,000's Andrei Kirilenko and Matt Harpring joined the team but this was also a sad time as Stockton and Malone retired and that left a huge hole. Shortly after Carlos Boozer and Darin Williams were the star players but things were not quite the same. I later enjoyed what Memhet Okur,  Paul Millsap, and Kyle Korver brought to the team.

In 2010 Gordon Hayward came along and I loved his hustle and style but I was upset with how things were going and with the pressure that led up to Jerry Sloan leaving. I have to admit that by the 2011-2012 season I didn't care to follow the Jazz like I used to.

What changed this for me was when Quin Snyder was made the new head coach. I like his style and this was around the time they acquired Rudy Gobert. Some might call me a fair weather fan, but I am finally in love with the Jazz again. I've always appreciated Ricky Rubio's skills but I really think his game has flourished in Utah, Joe Ingles has proven to be an amazing sharp shooter from behind the arc and I like his personality. Derick Favors has great hustle, and Gobert is amazing when he can stay healthy. My favorite surprise has been the rookie Donovan Mitchell. It's hard to make comparisons to prior players for his unique style of play. He is so fun to watch and I am finally happy to be a Jazz fan again and watch this entertaining squad. I hope they can keep playing like they have over the last month and solidify a good playoff spot.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

All Star Weekend

I recently enjoyed the highlights from NBA Allstar Weekend and was glad to see Donovan Mitchell win the dunk contest this year but I still have a couple problems with the event.

1) The Judges- Back in the mid 80's I remember being baffled and couldn't figure out why Joe Piscapo and Martina Navratilova were judges for the contest. They took it a step further this year with DJ Khaled, Chris Rock, and Mark Whalberg. Seriously? A couple years ago they got it right when they had all past dunk champions judging the event. Despite the unqualified judges this year, I took comfort in the fact that they were probably cheating off of Dr. J. after each dunk. Even so, there were way too many 50's given out. A perfect score of 10 needs to be reserved for spectacular dunks that blow your mind, not just every good dunk.

I saw this online and thought it was a good recap of the event.

2) The size of the field- This bothered me even more than the judges. I felt all of the participants were great dunkers but why only start with 4? They don't do that with the skills challenge or 3 point contest. There should be 6 to 8 good dunkers participating in the event at the beginning and then eliminate a couple each round like in the olden days. It's like playing 3 on 3 half court for the All Star Game.

I'm sorry if I'm a broken record each year complaining about the dunk contest but this is the NBA and they should be able to figure out what makes an amazing event for the fans.

Friday, January 26, 2018

The Greatest Dunker of All Time

I love watching the great dunkers of the game and there are many of them, but Vince Carter has been the absolute greatest in game dunker of all time. I honor of his birthday today I am sharing this video of him commenting on his favorite dunks from his career. There is an obvious Olympic leapfrog dunk that has been omitted but these are just from the NBA.