Tuesday, February 26, 2013

My Least Favorite NBA Players

I'm a little reluctant to write this post since it's not very nice to make a list of NBA players I don't like...but I'm still going to do it. First of all, let me preface my comments by saying I think some of these players are amazing and extremely talented and I have not criticizing their skills. They are probably good guys, but there is something about these players that bothers me. It's frustrating when I admire what they are able to do on the court but I still am not a fan of them. I think it boils down to the vibes they give off.

Josh Smith- He has some crazy blocking and dunking abilities but the guy always wears a scowl. He doesn't come across as being a happy person.

Rajon Rondo- I love his hustle play and his fake out playground moves but I think he has a bad attitude. Knowing that Ray Allen didn't get along with him doesn't help his case either.

DeMarcus Cousins- Is one of the more talented big men in the NBA, but I don't like his attitude. He is always getting technical fouls and tossed from games.

Kevin Garnett- KG is a legend but he just does too much chest pounding, trash talking, chest pounding, and attitude for my taste.

Carmello Anthony- Just doesn't seem like a team player. I know he is one of the greatest scorers in the game but I just can't put my finger on why I don't like watching him.

Zach Randolph- Maybe I'm just shallow and am biased because of his appearance but he doesn't look like an NBA player to me. He looks like a player who retired 10 years ago. Maybe it's cool that he is breaking the mold but I still don't like watching him play.

Andrew Bynum- Is just too immature, but I really started disliking him after seeing him take cheap shots on Beasley, Barea, and Wallace a couple years.

Charlie Villanueva- I once saw a cheap shot he put on a player and I haven't liked him since.

Anthony Davis- Don't hate me. I know he is just a rookie and a very likable guy, but I'm just not a fan yet. I felt the same way about Kevin Durrant his first two seasons before I warmed up to him so I've been wrong before.

These guys may be great players, but they are my least favorite players in the NBA.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

All-Star Weekend 2013

All-Star weekend used to be my all time favorite sporting event, but with time it has lost some apeal since it now seems to be more of a celebrity event than a sporting event. There is also just too much hype. I don't want to watch the musical guests perform or see Justin Bieber play basketball, I just want to see the most talented players do their thing.

Even though the event has lost some luster, I'm looking forward to the All-Star game this month. Is it just me or does it seem like half the players selected come from 3 or 4 teams? I'm still waiting to see who is going to compete in the dunk contest this year. Is the NBA going to wait until the day before the event to announce the participants an attempt to create more suspense?

Speaking of the dunk contest, please get more contestants. Having only 4 participants is like picking up the coverage during the semi-final round. Whoever does the worst automatically has bragging rights to say they were the fourth best dunker in the contest that year. The contest was much more exciting when you had more competition like the ones involving the participants in the photos below. Those were the days. You at least got to see more than a total of 12 dunks over the course of the evening.

These contestants were fun to watch

Also, please keep the lights turned on for the dunk contest. I remember back around the time when Jason Richardson won, the NBA decided it would be cool to hold the contest in the near dark. The footage looked more like it took place in a night club then it did on a basketball court. Last year's dunk by Paul George would have been cool if the ball and rim also glowed in the dark. I felt it was once of the better dunks but nobody will ever know since he elected to do it IN THE DARK!

Also lets please take it easy on the stupid props. Putting down a piece of tape at the foul line or sticking a sticker in the backboard is fine, but they have taken props way too far. I will pull my hair out if I see a phone booth, car, choir, or aircraft carrier used to somehow make a dunk look better. 

One final request...Please don't let the fans vote. I'd rather have Dr. J, Dominique, and other great dunkers decide who wins than a bunch of clueless fans texting in on their phones and turning it into a popularity contest.