Dwight Howard’s press conference with Houston Rockets legends attending was the impetus for trying to figure out which NBA teams have the best big men of all-time. The quotes by Shaquille O’Neal and Kareem Abdul-Jabar about Howard not living up to the hype in Los Angeles helped as well.
When putting together a basketball team, unless you’re fortunate enough to have a star like LeBron James or Kevin Durant, the most traditional approach to take is to build the team around the two rarest and most valuable pieces a team can have: a great point guard and a great big man.
And when you look around the NBA, there’s just not many “greats” at either of those positions.
Everybody knows the Chicago Bulls have the point guard to build a team around in homegrown superstar and MVP Derrick Rose. However, not many people give them credit for having a top-of-the-line big man, which, they may indeed have currently blossoming in the windy city.
The NBA unveiled its All-Defensive Teams yesterday.
LeBron James was the leading vote-getter. Joining him on the All-Defensive First Team were Serge Ibaka, Dwight Howard, Chris Paul, and Grizzlies guard Tony Allen.
You’ll notice that Knicks center Tyson Chandler, this year’s Defensive Player of the Year, didn’t make the first team. He is on the All-Defensive Second Team with Rajon Rondo, Kevin Garnett, Kobe Bryant, and Luol Deng.
How can the Defensive Player of the Year not make the All-Defensive First Team?
Woah. Who would have ever thought that Tim Tebow would be back in our lives so quickly?
After five stellar performances by Jeremy Lin – another guy who doesn’t look the part based on stereotypes associated with his sport, is outspoken about his religious beliefs, who has come in for his struggling team and, it seems, single-handedly turned them around – people are calling the young fella Tim Tebow 2.0.
But is that really a fair comparison? Is Jeremy Lin really redefining the point guard position?
Is Jeremy Lin really doing something no point guard has ever done before?
You know what he’s been doing, but let’s take a closer look and discover how Jeremy Lin has been so successful over the last week.
I have read way too many columns this week that went somewhat like the following:
Miami is the better team, and they will more than likely win the title. They have the two best players in the series, and they can always score during crunch time. However, if Dirk plays really well, and the Mavericks shoot well from three-point range, and Dallas’ big play tough, and JJ Barea has a huge series, and the Heat struggle…Dallas can win.
I hate writers that try to have it both ways. What has “Sports Analyst X” really said in the previous paragraph that the knowledgaeble sports fan doesn’t already know?
To be honest, it’s tough to be a blogger. Half of the blogosphere is full of authors just trying to be controversial and drive traffic. “If I say that Kobe is better than Jordan, people will read it.” Another 30% of writers are just, to be honest, either boring or stupid.
We, at MSF, try our best to be interesting, but informative. The reality is that many people will visit MSF only after they have visited ESPN, FoxSports, and SI. I feel bad for these people, because outside of a few bold writers that offer legitimate insight, they really don’t get to read anything compelling.
I understand that many of you will disagree with what I’m about to write. That’s fine. That’s the best part about sports: having conversations (read: arguments) about what we think is going to happen. But I refuse to be like “Sports Analyst X.”
Here are the two things that Rick Carlisle MUST do and WILL do in order to win the series for Dallas.