Thursday, September 30, 2010
Nate Robinson and Shaq are on the same team. This pleases me for many reasons. One reason being that when they are standing next to each other, they are arguably this generation's Muggsy Bogues and Manute Bol. Also, it's funny when a really short person stands next to a really tall person because you think to yourself, "Are these two really from the same species?" But in this case the answers is no, because genies aren't people.
But mostly this makes me happy because Shaq and Robinson are two of my favorite NBA Twitterers. And now that they are both playing for the Celtics, they can combine their awesome Twit-Powers for an outrageous, spontaneous, you can't contain this kind of fun.
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
So the Melo drama has come to an end, at least for Nets fans. Today, it became official that the proposed four-team megadeal that would send Carmelo Anthony to my beloved home state has been killed.
Which gives us the perfect opportunity to dedicate the necessary time to the most troublesome news bit from the weekend. Reportedly, after Kobe crashed the party, what added most to Melo's hesitancy about moving to Jersey was discussions with former Nets who "warned" him about the Nets' dismal fanbase and poor placement on the New York-area sports totem.
Look. We're not going to dive into the details here, but trust us, these criticisms are unfounded. Yes, we know games at the Izod Center in recent years had the atmosphere of a child's wake; we were there. But things are clearly very different now, so no former Net has any idea what being a Prokhorov employee means.
First and foremost, Bynum is a Jersey man. Born and raised in the Garden State, I automatically am drawn to him knowing that his basketball career started in my favorite place. Although, simply being an NJ native is not enough for me to claim that I somewhat admire this man. No, it's that this past June, he declined to immediately get the knee surgery he required to be ready for opening day and instead decided to attend the FIFA World Cup in South Africa!
I am on record as being a fan of soccer, so after hearing that Bynum will now miss the beginning of the season because he went to go watch soccer games in Africa elevates his status for me big time. Good work, Drew! You're not so bad after all.
Finally, he looks a lot like one of my favorite comedians.
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
If you hadn't already guessed it, we here at No Regard are pretty heavy into fantasy basketball. Throughout the season, we'll take the occasional moment to ignore real-life NBA implications and take a look at things from an IFL (In Fantasy Life) perspective.
For this first edition of Fantasy Voyage, we'd like to throw a question out there: Should Kevin Durant be the unanimous #1 pick going into this season? We're pretty positive he's got the scoring title on lock, but do LeBron's new surrounding weapons make him an even more dangerous fantasy option? What about CP3 and Kobe?
If you are fortunate enough to get that top spot, what are you doing?
Friday, September 24, 2010
5. "How do u hide ur Jim Johnson gettin excited in skinny jeans. Lol that's terrible. U r a boy. Get u some hammer baggy pants and go hard."
- Mike James
4. "I told yall yesterday about iguodala night right?? Yall ready for iguodala night????"
- Andre Iguodala
So despite the emotional roller-coaster the Knicks have imposed on us this offseason, we at No Regard remain excited. I mean how could we not be? Dolan, Donnie, and D'Antoni (ahem, The Killer D's...) have cobbled together a team of guys that can really play. A low seed in the playoffs is no longer wishful thinking, but a reasonable expectation. For these Knicks, led by Amar'e, it's time to get serious, to focus on basketball; in other words, this ain't no party, this ain't no disco, this ain't no fooling around. Or is it...?
There has sure been a lot of 'Melo wants out of Denver' chatter since LeBron made his decision to play in Miami. The experts have spent the last two months breaking down the potential suitors for Anthony and it makes me sick. So, Denver Nuggets, I plead of you this:
Decide either way what you are going to do about Melo immediately! It's killing us out here!
It's not that I'm upset to hear that Carmelo might leave Denver. It's that I can't bear any more agonizing days in which I spend my minutes debating the different places he might end up and how that might effect the NBA.
Seriously, I cringe thinking about how, for almost two years, I was so obsessed with where LeBron was going to end up I found myself saying phrases like, "He's staying, bro. No way he leaves his hometown without a ring," and "He's coming to the Nets, dude. How could he say no to BK, Jay-Z, and one of the richest people in the world?" on a daily basis.
Now, with all the Melo conversation going on, I again find myself saying phrases like, "He's staying, bro. No way he leaves Denver without a ring," and "He's coming to the Nets, dude. They have the most to offer him. How could he say no to BK, Jay-Z, and Devin Harris?" on a daily basis.
So Denver, bro, get on your horse and move him already. Or don't move him. Whatever it is you want to do, do it ASAP. But send him to the Nets, dude. How can you say no to Melo in BK, with Jay-Z and Devin Harris?
But, alas, Lacob and fellow new owner Peter Guber, could not wait until 2011-2012 for a total "rebuilding". And as much as I love Nelson on a personal, drinking buddy level, this might end up being a really smart decision. Barring a remarkably good season, Nelson would have probably been out after this year. With all the new pieces in Golden State, it makes sense to give them a new coach from the get-go, rather than disrupting things after one season. Additionally, Keith Smart seems like a nice fit. The players like him, he's been very involved with leading the team, and if things don't work out, the stakes aren't all that high, economically or for the new owners' reputation. It's a safe choice, yet one with a high ceiling that could produce surprisingly good results.
That said, we'll miss Don. A lot. His tenure with the Warriors has included so many great moments and for at least a couple of us here, some of the most fun-to-watch basketball we've ever seen. All we can hope for is that, since he'll still make his $6 million for the upcoming year, he's fine with covering the tab when we invite him out for Scotch.
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Antoine Walker is back in Boston and taking advantage of the league's newly implemented 4-point shot, but the Celtics aren't the only team making a risky roster move, with the Nets signing a Harlem Globetrotter. Also hoping get to creative with its roster, OKC creates Hard Collison (James Harden sitting on Nick Collison's shoulders wearing a custom parachute jersey) to toughen up it's frontcourt.
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Pau Gasol and Brook Lopez are two of the best big men in the league right now. Pau was dominant all year alongside Kobe to help Los Angeles win it's second title in two years and Brook looks like he might someday be a 25 and 10 guy for the Nets. What do they have in common? For starters, they both have brothers who are big-men in the NBA.
How cool would it be to see the Gasols and the Lopezes on the same team playing with the Black Mamba?
Also, I love how poor Ekpe Udoh is the only lottery pick to not have his own video. That Jeremy Lin looks innocent enough, but he's a goddamned scene-stealer, I tell you.
Friday, September 17, 2010
- Stephen Curry
4. "Anybody got any info on where we're at with time travel? I've waited long enough!"
- Muggsy Bogues
Thursday, September 16, 2010
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
I know it's been (approx.) two million years since I last posted something. I'm really sorry about that. In the interest of full-disclosure, you should know that it's because I'm big into Labor Day. I actually treat it more like Labor Month than Labor Day - a full month reserved for kicking back and not going to work or school. My kids love it more than anything, not having to go to the first couple weeks of class. (Secret: Kids learn less in the first month of school than in any other month, so you might as well use September to hang out with them.) Which brings me to the point of this post: Manliness.
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
So yeah, we might have a hero on our hands. Favorite lines go in the comments.
[Hat tip to Ball Don't Lie]
The 2010 FIBA World Basketball Championship was the "Freaks and Geeks" of international basketball tournaments. Each time I tuned in, it felt like I was one of about a dozen people watching magic unfold. It seemed like the barrier for entry was simply flashing your NBA Geek ID at the bouncer (who in this flight of fancy is played by that 300-pound Greek dude). But like Apatow's martyred TV show, this year's tournament, and specifically this version of the US national team, will prove its longevity in the minds of NBA fanatics.
So for the handful of you who were right there with us, watching Coach K and Kid Delicious conquer foreign lands, we think you'll argee with us on what we'll miss the most.
FIVE THINGS WE WILL MISS
1. This USA Team.
We'll never get to watch this collection of basketball players play together again. Which is a cosmic shame, because they were the personification of adrenaline, unity, and humility. Durant and Rose are a duo so forward thinking they probably drink Svedka vodka. Kevin Love is the most talented white guy to ever wave a towel on the bench (I'm too young to mention Celtics-era Walton). The Westbrook-Gordon combo was a Pollack painting off the bench. So raise a glass to the B-Team (and while you're at it, try to come up with a better nickname for them; they earned it).
2. The Turkey Fans.
Monday, September 13, 2010
Friday, September 10, 2010
The FIBA World Championships have been great fun. We all know this. It's given us basketball games in a European soccer match atmosphere. It's given us one last, clear look at Tiago Splitter before he finally walks through the NBA's front door this season. It's given Louis Scola a very large stage on which to perform very strongly and this weekend, it all comes down to Turkey-Serbia-USA-Lithuania.
So grab a beer and drink...
That stands for the Original Greg O. As you may have heard, Greg Ostertag may end up playing and/or assistant coaching with the D-League's Texas Legends, who have a name only our EndlessPat could love.
We hope that you're all as excited as we are about seeing Ostertag back on the court, and if you're not, we think this tribute will help get you there.
Suck it, Oden:
I have believed for some time now that the Saturday night events at the NBA's All-Star weekend rank as the best All-Star events for any current American professional sports league. However, there is a certain competition that Stern has yet to implement that he needs to seriously consider. This event would kill it.
How about it, David? Host a 1 on 1 tournament in Los Angeles during this years All-Star festivities.
Whoa. I know, crazy right? But ponder it for a moment and try and come up with some sort of legitimate argument which suggests that hosting an 8 person 1 on 1 tournament during All-Star weekend is not a brilliant idea for David Stern to think about.
Here's how the single elimination style tourney should be played out. Select 8 potential 1 on 1 players in the NBA via fan voting. For argument's sake: Kobe, Lebron, Melo, Cp3, Wade, Howard, Durant, and Rondo receive the most votes and all agree to compete in LA. The names are put into a hat and the bracket is randomly selected by luck of the draw. First round and semi-final games would be played to 7 with 3's counting as 2's and 2's counting for 1. The final match will be played to 11. Please take a moment and picture what might be witnessed if this were to go down.
Everyone grows up playing 1 on 1. It is ball in its most basic and fundamental form. Undoubtedly, games are won and lost based on the outcome of individual 1 on 1 battles throughout 4 quarters of play. Being able to watch the most ridiculous ballers in the world go at it in a 1 on 1 situation would be unforgettable. Seriously, let's put aside the "What if someone gets hurt?" nonsense and facilitate the coolest thing ever this February.
Thursday, September 9, 2010
Please stop making people with neck tattoos look like monsters.
Deshawn Stevenson & Chris Andersen, on behalf of the People with Unfortunate Tattoos Association (PUTA).
Seriously. Stop hitting ladies. You know?
The Russians battled in the first half, keeping the game close with offensive rebounding and solid jump-shooting, but they could not find an answer to America's gambling defense during the 3rd quarter. It was a dominating half for the Yanks. Looking ahead, they potentially face a piping-hot Luis Scola-led Argentina team in a game that awards the winner a spot in the finals of this tournament.
Two more wins and Lady Liberty proves once again that basketball's international crown rightfully belongs to the United States of America. Enjoy those cheesy snacks, Westbrook; you burned off those calories, man.
Our relationship with LeBron is reaching Inception-sized levels of confusion. He was so good and kind to us for so long; he made us happy. But this summer we realized he was more Zooey Deschanel than Meg Ryan, more manic pixie dream girl than stable and perfect object of affection. Or maybe he's most like Sarah Marshall.
See? He's got us all mixed up. Regardless, during "The Decision" and its aftermath, we finally realized we were in a destructive relationship. All the things he did that made us happy? He did them for himself, not us. We should have figured this all out long ago, but any time the thought trickled in, he swooned us with another new handshake or giggle-inducing look-away pass. "See?! He's a great teammate! He cares!" We know he's bad for us, but we just can't shake him. Reminders of the good times are everywhere... Jesus, we named our site after one of his grandest highlights.
So, as any heartbroken young adult is taught to do by John Cusack, we've made a mixtape for you, LeBron. Listen to the entire thing. Some is vicious, we admit; we want you to know you hurt us. But pay attention, because we have room for forgiveness and we want some form of success for you. We're compassionate. But we'll never go steady again.
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Every year--and particularly this year, when blogging has forced me to pay even closer attention to the goings-on of the basketball world--this end-of-summer interest increase gives me the same sense of the Guilties, for I have never paid close attention to the WNBA, and to this day I can count all the active players I can name on my hands and toes.
Friday, September 3, 2010
- George Hill
- Muggsy Bogues
Thursday, September 2, 2010
Onto the knock-out stage of the tournament where much tougher foes await like Spain and Greece. Will KD, Rose and Duke's Head Coach do enough to lead our heroes to FIBA immortality, or will Minnesota's lost boy carry Spain to international basketball triumph?
We'll just have to tune in to find out. How lucky are we to get to see the smile pictured below playing in one-and-done basketball games in early September?
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
This is a great signing by Ainge. Looking beyond the stories swirling about his off-the-court activities (which include West and his relationship with a former teammate's mother, and his infamous motorcycle joy-ride that involved high speeds, the police, and a shotgun in a guitar case) it is clear that this young man has serious potential to be a great guard in the NBA.
West is quick, a natural scorer, and a player that can come off the bench and ensure there is almost no let down when Rondo needs a break. He has been dominate for games playing in Cleveland and will provide much needed depth for Beantown at the guard position.
Miami at Boston opening day cannot come any sooner. There is so much to look forward to.