Tonight, Dennis Smith Jr. played his first ever game in Madison Square Garden. It should've been one of many games played in MSG this season since the Knicks had the opportunity to draft him. Instead, the Knicks choose some bum from France named Frank Ntilikina, forcing themselves back into the continuous spiral of misery that surrounds this franchise. Dennis Smith Jr. was the only hope for this franchise, anyone with a brain knew the Knicks should draft him if by some miracle he were availiable at #9. Then, when he was availiable and the Knicks had a chance to finally pull themselves out of irrelevancy for good, they did what the Knicks do best, and butchered the fucking shit out of the pick.
I remember Knick fans trying to rationalize the decision to take Frank over Dennis Smith Jr., which I simply responded with how it will be the biggest mistake in recent franchise history. Actually, I believe I even have the tweet to prove it:
While Frank Ntilikina had 4 points, 6 assists, and 2 rebounds, Dennis Smith was busy putting up a real stat line of 17 points, 2 assists, 3 rebounds, 2 steals, and 1 block on the way to an easy win over the Knicks. That could've been Dennis Smith Jr. lighting it up for the Knicks tonight giving the fans hope for the future. Instead, Knick fans watched the trio of Trey Burke, Emmanuel Muddiay, and Frank Ntilikina run the point guard carousel in New York.
JR Smith was suspended one game for conduct detrimental to the team. Turns out that the detrimental conduct to the team was him throwing soup at assistant coach Damon Jones. Damon Jones, is a former player for the Cavs back when Lebron had his first stint in Cleveland. He's there now as a shooting coach. My guess as to what happened is that Damon Jones was telling JR to stop sucking ass and JR threw his soup at him. Was it hot soup or was it like a gazpacho. The difference in the temperature of the soup makes all the difference in this situation.
JR Smith has been terrible this season. His offense is declining, he's shooting under 40% from the field, and his 3pt % is 36%. As if that isn't bad enough, his defense is actually so bad that he's a detriment to the team when he's playing. Maybe, Ty Lue asked Jones to piss off Smith so he could suspend him, although it would've been for more than one game if that was the case. Anyways, this is a hilarious story. JR Smith out here throwing soup at coaches is peak JR, which we haven't seen for quite sometime.
All I know is JR Smith won't be allowed to have soup on his person anymore. No soup for you JR. The perfect transition into showing you an all time Seinfeld scene that is totally relatable to what is going on in the Cavs cafeteria at this moment.
Why did you have to do it to me IT. I had accepted the fate of the Lakers once again not making the playoffs. I will admit, I began to dabble with the thought last night after smoking the Heat by 20 points. Then, I looked at the current standing, and realized there's no possible way the Lakers make the playoffs. I wake up this morning and see IT talking that shit that he's trying to make the playoffs. He brought me back in and now all I can think about is the unlikely miracle it would take for the Lakers to reach the playoffs. Currently, the Lakers sit 7 games out of the 8 seed with 3 teams ahead of them, and 21 games to go in the regular season. The odds are stacked extremely high against the Lakers.
The Lakers are 4-0 since the all star break or as others might put it, since Lonzo Ball's return. If we can turn that into 25-0 after the all star break, I can almost guarantee we make the playoffs. Obviously, that won't happen. Looking at it practically, there's nothing that'd sway anyone to think the Lakers can possibly make this run. Not even the most delusional of fans could possibly think 7 games behind in the loss column could be made up in just 21 games. The Lakers young talent is good and each game they're improving, which is all that really matters. The presence on IT as a scorer and established vet is most definitley going to help improve this team in terms of winning and losing. I was the first one to say that the Lakers were going to be an above .500 team post all star break. Nevertheless, don't get your hopes up that we make the playoffs, just pray we keep playing basketball the way we are right now because this team has been fun as fuck to watch.
With all that being said, I'm the same guy that thinks St.Johns is about to run the table and win the BIg East tournament. Crazier things have happened. That's why I'm fully aboard the Lakers sneaking in as the 8th seed train. Why not us. The Jazz stink, the Clippers are even worse, and the Nuggets are notorious for finding a way to ruin their chances at making the playoffs. Lakers need to go full throttle the rest of the way. No bad games, as a matter of, fact no more bad quarters. That's what it's going to take to pull off this miracle. IT wants to prove something to the league now is the time to do it by resurrecting this Lakers franchise and carry them to the playoffs. Let's fucking go, LakeShow 2.0 boutta run it.
Anthony Davis, finally has blossomed into the superstar player that we all thought he'd become 3 years ago. Davis came into the league tearing it up, but somewhat plateau'd after his second season. It was only a matter of time before he was able to channel his inner killer and take over basketball games. Unfortunately, it took Boogie Cousins getting injured for it to be triggered inside of Anthony Davis. The last 6 games Davis has been completely unstoppable. The Pelicans have won 6 straight and you can thank AD's crazy stat line of 41.5ppg, 15rpg, 3.2bpg, and 3spg over that stretch. He's been a man one man wrecking crew, which of course at this stage of the season has sparked MVP talk.
It's great to see AD back in the MVP conversation after going ghost for a couple of seasons. He was obviously still a great player, but wasn't quite living up to the almost unrealistic expectations that were created for him. If AD can position the Pelicans as a top 4 seed then without a doubt he'll be MVP worthy. That roster without Boogie Cousins is G-league worthy. The guy is carrying the whole team on his back and he knows it, as a matter of fact he said it himself. He has choose to embrace the mamba mentality and become a young MJ for the Pelicans. I'm watching this 6'10" gazelle do things I never thought possible by a big man and it really makes me wonder could he be the next great thing. Do I think he'll have a MJ like career where he goes and wins 6 straight championships, no. Do I think he has the best shot of anyone to average MJ like scoring numbers and have huge playoff games like Mike did, yes.
I know I'll get a ton of backlash for that last comment, only because it'll be taken out of context. Anyways, it's just fun to finally see some other success besides like the three actually good NBA teams. Pelicans could make some noise in the west, I don't see any reason for them not to. The Spurs aren't at full strength and as long as they can avoid the Rockets and Warriors they'll last as long as AD allows them. If this beast continues to put up Wilt like numbers for the Pelicans, then I believe the Pelicans will finish as a top 4 seed in the west, and Anthony Davis will be the league MVP. 6 games isn't the biggest sample size, however it's not something you can ignore either. My guess he comes back to earth a little and won't end up winning MVP or being this unguardable dominant Wilt Chamberlain like player. However, the potential is most certainly there.
The FBI wire-tapping shook up the college basketball world when they came out last week with reports of players being paid. Of course, no one was actually surprised by this, however it did confirm our suspicions. Now, we're seeing the repercussions of those actions, Miles Bridges, the star Michigan State basketball player, was one of the eye popping names on the list that came out about players taking money. Some sleaze bag agent came out saying he was paid by Miles Bridges, turned out to be bullshit. What didn't turn out to be bullshit was that his family members took a private meeting with an agent without his consent last year, in which the agent paid for dinner. This breaks the even more bullshit NCAA rules. Basically, Miles Bridges almost lost his eligibility at the most crucial time in his college career through no fault of his own. A huge scandal over $40, how petty is the NCAA. Miles Bridges paid the $40, is now eligible, and has cleared his good name.
The theme of this blog is obviously bullshit. If you didn't catch that by the amount of times I said the word in the previous paragraph, then you're obviously not great at picking up context clues. Anyways, the fact that this innocent kid had to put up with all this shenanigans because the NCAA is a bunch of greedy bloodsucking thugs, is a huge load of bullshit. If something doesn't change all top notch players of out high school should go play overseas. If not that then the league LaVar Ball mentioned about paying top high school players would be a better option. We can not let the Oligarchy that is the NCAA control these kids like they're prisoners. They're the ones with all the talent. They're the one's bringing in the revenue. Therefore, they deserve a metaphorical piece of the pie, or at the bare minimum a literal piece of pie. The fact Miles Bridges had to even deal with this bullshit while he's got enough pressure on him already is just criminal.
Lebron James to the 76ers would be a move this offseason that not many would expect. The Cavs, Lakers, Heat, and Rockets have been the most talked about destinations, with San Antonio and even Golden State garnering some mention. The Philadelphia 76ers however, haven’t been much of a topic of conversation in the Lebron sweepstakes. Now, thanks to a local business in Philadelphia the rumors are beginning to swirl, what if LeBron were to join the 76ers. Honestly, at first I laughed, then I gave it some more thought, and came to the conclusion it might be his best bet at winning another championship.
Everyone will say, well the Rockets have CP3 and Harden, so Lebron should go there to get rings. Well, CP3 isn’t getting any younger, Harden isn’t a good defender, and all three of them love to have the ball in their hands. Just don’t think it would mesh the way others think it would. I think they’d look more like the Thunder than the Warriors and we all know the Thunder aren’t beating the Warriors. As for the Lakers and Cavs, neither one of those teams have a player as talented as Ben Simmons or Joel Embid, so obviously they’d have a much lesser chance at beating the Warriors.
Lebron to the Sixers makes a ton of sense to me. They got cap space to pay him the max, they have two young stars that will only get better, and who knows maybe Markelle Fultz won’t be a total bust. That’s the most talent Lebron would have around him unless he were to join the Warriors of course. Also, staying in the eastern conference is huge since it essentially guarantees a spot in the Finals for Lebron, no matter what team he’s on. I think playing in the Finals is a huge deal for him and leaving the eastern conference would put that in jeopardy.
The only reason I see Lebron not going to Philly is if he wants to stick it out in Cleveland the rest of his career or maybe he wants to build his brand even larger in LA. I don’t think Lebron really needs LA to build his brand larger so I highly doubt he’ll go to LA. This leaves Cleveland and Philly as the final options. Will he choose loyalty or try to win more rings? Do you think Lebron could win a championship if he goes to Philadelphia?
And the hits just keep on coming. The world of college basketball as we know it is soon to be flipped on it's head.
The latest findings in the FBI's Probe into college basketball and the dealings of the players, agents, coaches, and sponsors who facilitated payments for players, has brought some of the biggest names and programs in college basketball to the forefront of the conversation.
And the latest high-profile names, Sean Miller, of the Arizona Wildcats, and his superstar forward (and my projected #1 draft pick this season) DeAndre Ayton.
I am not sure what this all means for DeAndre Ayton, but I truly hope it means nothing in the grand scheme of his career, because this kid is a legitimate star. A big man who can score from all over, and use his superior athleticism and overall dominance.
I have grown to become a fan of Sean Miller's over the years, starting with Xavier and then more so during his time with Arizona.
Miller is most notably a fan favorite for the obscene amounts that he sweats during games, leaving him looking like he just jumped directly in the pool.
Best of luck to you Coach Miller, you're gonna need it my friend.
And as for the rest of the NCAA coaches, may the odds be ever in your favor.
Anthony Davis is doing Anthony Davis things. AD had a historic night last night, doing just about everything in order for his Pelicans to pick up the win in Miami. I mean just look at those numbers.
Davis' historic stat night also led to a big road win for New Orleans, which makes the performance even better. The Pelicans are currently the 8-seed in the West, and with Boogie being out for the rest of the season, AD is going to have to carry them by himself once again.
AD is currently putting up 27.7 PPG, 10.9 RPG, & 2.4 APG, and while that current stat-line is a thing of beauty, it's scary to say that he might need to do even more if the Pelicans want to make any sort of a playoff run.
Anthony Davis has had no help his entire career, and finally he gets some real help with DeMarcus Cousins, and of course just as quickly he lost Boogie to an Achilles injury. I would love to see Anthony Davis suiting up elsewhere next season, but I know he's in for the long-haul with New Orleans and I respect every bit of that. I just hope NOLA can finally do something to get AD the pieces he needs.
Seeing this news last night hurt my heart. Not only do I love Jimmy Butler, regardless of the team he plays for, but he's also the key component of my Timberwolves success.
That video of Jimmy being carried off is clearly not a good sight and he looks to be in significant pain.
However, initial reports have said that the X-Ray's taken last night have come back negative, and while today we will likely find out the final diagnosis, there is some hope.
Jimmy Butler is having a career season, and has been in MVP talks all season. While his points will never be his selling point, with 22.2 PPG, it is everything else that makes him so great, adding 5 APG and 5.4 RPG, and player First-Team All-Defense caliber defense.
I am praying for good news for Jimmy, he's a great guy and he's the biggest key in the Wolves success, and with the playoff race heating up, they're going to take a huge hit. I hope he gets good news later today and that he can help the Wolves continue their run.
I'll update this as the news comes in.
The #2 recruit in the nation that has had to sit out the entire year with an injury has been cleared by doctors to resume basketball activities. The question still remains, will he play college basketball this year. I know Missouri fans are praying for it. They’re right on the bubble for the tournament, which means every game is make or break for them. The addition of a star like Michael Porter Jr. increases their odds of winning those games and getting in. With the SEC wide open who knows, maybe he’ll even carry them to a SEC tournament championship.
Sorry Missouri fans, I’m probably getting your hopes up pretty high right now all for nothing. It’s still uncertain when he’ll return to play in a game when he hasn’t even practiced yet. He also has his future to think about. Why would he risk reinjuring himself at this point and put his draft stock in jeopardy. Right now he’d be a top 5 pick, make some nice bread, and wouldn’t have to play a single college game. Not a bad deal at all. Although, if he were to play it’d say a lot about his character. Any true competitior would want to get back out on the court and ball the fuck out. With March Madness knocking at the front door you’d have to be dead inside to not want to get back out there and compete. We’ll see what happens, though. All I know is that it’d make the tournament a whole lot better if one of the best players in the nation was playing in it.