Champ’s Power Rankings: Week 5

November 30, 2009

give it time Brandon Jennings.

  

1. Los Angeles Lakers: The Champ is sure that the Lakers are glad that Pau Gasol’s injury hasn’t kept him out until Christmas. Sure the Suns have more road wins, but a 19 point rout  by the Lakers earns them the top spot this week, again. A good early home schedule and wins against teams like the pathetic Nets leave LA looking good early.

2. Phoenix Suns: The Pacific Division certainly looks good this year. First team to 14 wins? Impressive. With Steve Nash dishing out double digit assist nights and the team scoring in triple figures, the Suns are winning ball games.

3. Cleveland Cavaliers: Lights out shooting against the Top-10 Dallas Mavericks cancels out the ugly loss despite a late comeback against the Charlotte Bobcats. Undefeated when the team scores 100, the Cavaliers are slowly clicking.

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Champ’s Power Rankings: Week 3

November 16, 2009

the kid can play

1. Denver Nuggets: The Nuggets keep winning, in the West. Carmelo looks like he’s playing with more determination than ever, second in the league in scoring, the team is winning on the road, and J.R. Smith has had a hot return off of his seven game suspension, possibly due to his desire to be called by his real first name: Earl. The Nuggets’ ascent is surely helped by the Lakers’ current slump, but for now the Nuggets are enjoying their time as the Western Conference’s best team.

2. Atlanta Hawks: The Ivy Leaguer is a prophet, the Hawks have raced to an early 8-2 record. They have beaten both the Boston Celtics and the Orlando Magic, does a win over the Cleveland Cavaliers earn them a spot in the Eastern Conference elite?

3. Phoenix Suns: The Suns sit at the three position this week. With a very respectable record of 9-2, with losses coming to the Orlando Magic and the Los Angeles Lakers (last year’s NBA Finals) both played on the second game of back-to-back series, the Suns still impress the Champ.

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Way to Go: Brandon Jennings

November 15, 2009

Warriors Bucks Basketball

Just seven games into the rookie’s career, Jennings drops 55 points on the Warriors.

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Season Preview: Golden State Warriors

October 3, 2009

Team History:

The Golden State Warriors began as the Philadelphia Warriors, then San Francisco Warriors, and then they were the Golden State Warriors. In their time, they have had hall of fame players come and go, break and hold NBA records, and be the best and one of the worst teams in the NBA. Obviously, they have quite a bit of history to go along with that terrible logo that they sport (what is that, something from The Watchmen?).

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Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is

September 16, 2009

Recently, Warriors’ forward Stephen Jackson publicly requested a trade to Cleveland, New York, or any of the Texas teams. For his concerns about the future of his career, the NBA obliged and handed out a $25,000 fine.

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Can’t Stand Losing You

August 12, 2009

agent zero

The Washington Wizards can’t stand to lose Gilbert Arenas for another season, and for that matter, neither can the NBA.  The Association needs flamboyant artists such as Arenas to keep the current image of the league alive. Think about it, teams do not get multi-million dollar shoe deals, individual players do. The Association is an individual’s league and Gilbert Arenas is proud to represent.

Arenas, affectionately known as Agent Zero, is a scorer through and through. At 6 feet 4 inches tall, he is a beefier Allen Iverson, but not necessarily a better scorer. Arenas man not be quite the buckets getting’ virtuoso that Tracy McGrady was when he averaged 28.0 points per game for the Orlando Magic, but Agent Zero knows how to put the rock in the hole, averaging a cool 29.3 points per game during the 2006-07 season. Read the rest of this entry »


Inside the Name Part 4

July 28, 2009

When it comes to naming a team in the National Basketball Association, in my opinion, the name can fall in any one of five categories. Unbeknownst to many so-called “fans” of basketball, there is an unspoken hierarchy among the various team names. Well, unspoken until now. In a “Paints in the Point” exclusive, we go…

INSIDE THE NAME

In Part One of “Inside the Name,” we looked at animal team mascots in the Association.

In Part Two of “Inside the Name,” we looked at the assorted alliterative team names found within the Association.

In Part Three of “Inside the Name,” we looked at team names in the Association that actually make sense, given their geographic location.

Another week has passed, and now we move on to…

Part 4: Laziness

Relocation has been a part of the Association since its founding: in the first fifteen years as a league, five teams of the eight that were left in the Association’s smallest configuration relocated to larger cities and one franchise relocated twice.

Upon relocation, some teams opt for new names, but most owners decide to keep the old team name. Perhaps they do so in a foolhardy effort to retain some fans from the place they just wrenched a team from, but I call it by its true name – “laziness.”*

There are two types of laziness when relocating a team: “creative laziness,” and what I like to call “unemployed-uncle-who-can’t-be-bothered-to-even-pry-his-fat-butt-off-of-his-couch-to-defecate laziness.”

The first type is relatively harmless and perhaps not the fault of the owner. Maybe all the good ferocious animals have been taken. Maybe the dictionary required to find a classic alliteration is hard-to-find or too heavy for the feeble hands of an elderly owner to lift. Maybe the new city is not noted for anything that is a suitable basketball team name. These owners merely take the team name and try to make it work in the new city, replete with a new logo.

The second type is the epitome of laziness. It looks something like this:

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