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'Tis the day before Birdmas...

...so you'd better go out and buy some protective headgear, because this year's epic Birdmas video is going to kick your head's ass. In a good way.

If you need a teaser, how's this: To support the cause, I reluctantly donned an unnamed NBA player's official jersey...one nobody ever thought I'd wear. And a wig.

If you need your fix of crappy basketball from last weekend, check out the BAD comments.

Now if you'll excuse me, I'm off to sing a few verses of Silent Forum.

Editor's note: Yeah, I know this is kinda like me copping out of my usual Worst of the Weekend post. So if anybody wants my views on anything that happened over the weekend, ask away in the comments and I promise to reply.

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27 Comments:
Anonymous Anonymous said...
Why have the Hornets become so dreadful?

Anonymous Anonymous said...
Why can't the raptors lose more so we can get a higher draft pick?
why am I saying "we"?
Why is the media suddently saying the Heat's back on track after beating washington and Atlanta (seriously atlanta isn't that good they're better than the average team though)?
why am I so fat?

Blogger Only1KJ said...
Do you take back your preseason thoughts on Amare being a 20/10/50 player? Even if the competition for the knicks has been shitty, they also are getting these wins on the road and have had 7 back to backs already (most in the league thus far)?

Blogger zyth said...
what do you wan't for christmas?

Anonymous Anonymous said...
Jodie Meeks? Really Bobcats?

Anonymous Stockton said...
I saw the conference standings, and aparently this year ESPN was right: the power shifted to the East.
West will be reduced to a 8-team race (unless Roy gets some bionic knees and Oden meet Ponce de Leon); and in the East we have all teams in the playoff race!!!!!! It's a rat race!! New Jersey is 2.5 games from 8th seed. Anything can happen!!!!!

Anonymous AK Dave said...
Only1KJ:

I was thinking the same this weekend. I think a lot of people are simultaneously scratching their heads while shaking their heads at the whole Amar''''e! (POW!) phenomenon.

I saw the other day he had like a 32/16/3 game; which is something we all knew him capable of in the past, but he never seemed to really want it bad enough to make it happen. I tend to agree with AnacondaHL's take in the BAD comments: he is trying to woo good players to his team and at the same time establish himself firmly as "The Man" on the Knicks. History has shown that he probably won't keep it up forever.

Still, my hat is temporarily off to Amar'e! I thought he would be rendered useless without Nash spoon-feeding him wide-open dunks. I was wrong. He's also rebounding at a rate more befitting somebody of his height/athleticism. So good for him.

It still begs the question though: where the hell was this effort during all those seasons with PHX?

WV: wowbilys (what I said when I saw the Knick's 12-9 record yesterday)

Anonymous Stockton said...
How long until Griffin serves his time in LA? He'll get early parole or he must take all his contract?
Poor guy...
For what I've seen, he's like a young Malone... he would KILL with Sloan's pick and roll...

Anonymous JJ said...
Do you think Kevin Love will make All-Stars this year? And does he deserve it?

Blogger Murcy said...
will there be a bawful christmas list this year? loved them in 07 and 08 and sorely missed it last year.

also: I know the knicks are beating shitty teams but at least they are beating them. where do you see them finishing up, both in terms of win-loss and seeding?

Anonymous Don Mølse said...
Will the Spurs win >72 games?

Blogger Basketbawful said...
Why have the Hornets become so dreadful?

Well, they were never as good as 11-1, in part because they are a dreadful offensive team (ranked 20th in O-Rating, 23rd in PPG). Then too, they've lost to some good teams: Mavs, Jazz, Spurs (twice) and Thunder. Of course, they've also lost to the Clippers and Knicks (at home!).

After CP3, West and Okafor (who's not a scorer), there's a pretty big drop-off in talent and efficiency. They're 24th in Pace, which means opposing defenses can set up against them, which puts all the pressure on Paul to be on the floor creating for his 'mates in the halfcourt. Plus, their management is all fucked up.

The Hornets have to bust their ass on defense to really compete. And they're a good defensive unit...but, unfortunately for them, you still have to outscore your opponent.

Why can't the raptors lose more so we can get a higher draft pick?
why am I saying "we"?
Why is the media suddently saying the Heat's back on track after beating washington and Atlanta (seriously atlanta isn't that good they're better than the average team though)?
why am I so fat?


Don't worry, they will; because apparently you're a fan, and for that, I'm sorry; because the media wants Miami's c*** in its collective mouth SO bad; because of Kobe Bryant.

Do you take back your preseason thoughts on Amare being a 20/10/50 player? Even if the competition for the knicks has been shitty, they also are getting these wins on the road and have had 7 back to backs already (most in the league thus far)?

I have to admit...STAT (and Raymond Felton) are trying to make me eat my words. As they've continued winning, I've found myself coming up with reasons I wasn't wrong about my predictions of doom. The best I have is that their competition has been crap. But you know what? Wins are wins.

So for the moment, I'm backing off (slightly) Sun Tzu and the Bricks. But I will be interested to see what happens when they go up against some better teams.

what do you wan't for christmas?

See below.

Blogger Basketbawful said...
Jodie Meeks? Really Bobcats?

Man, I see this happen in pickup ball all the time. Guys get an idea in their head that so-and-so isn't a player worthy of respect, and that player ends up burning them.

Meeks is shooting 47 percent on threes this season, and the bulk of that impressive percentage came in three big games: a 4-for-5 outing against the Thunder, a 5-for-8 night against the cHeat, and his 7-for-10 performance against the Bobcraps.

Meeks is no All-Star and never will be. But he can light it up from the outside if he's given open shots. [Looking at the Bobcraps] We all know this now, right...?

I saw the conference standings, and aparently this year ESPN was right: the power shifted to the East.
West will be reduced to a 8-team race (unless Roy gets some bionic knees and Oden meet Ponce de Leon); and in the East we have all teams in the playoff race!!!!!! It's a rat race!! New Jersey is 2.5 games from 8th seed. Anything can happen!!!!!


Well, uh, +1 for ESPN. Or something.

Do you think Kevin Love will make All-Stars this year? And does he deserve it?

Nope. In part because the Timberwolves suck ass, and also because the ASG is for the fans and dudes who shoot a crummy percentage and just pound away at the boards aren't really what the voters or even coaches are looking for, you know?

As for whether he deserves it, well, at PF, he'd have to beat out Pau Gasol, Dirk Nowitzki, Blake Griffin, Paul Milsap, Luis Scola...

...so as well as he's been playing, he's probably not there just yet.

will there be a bawful christmas list this year? loved them in 07 and 08 and sorely missed it last year.

I'm going to try to put something together, yes.

also: I know the knicks are beating shitty teams but at least they are beating them. where do you see them finishing up, both in terms of win-loss and seeding?

With the sheer number of lousy teams this season and the way they've been performing -- they lead the league in road wins?! -- I think they just might win 40-43 games. Oh, God, I just threw up in my mouth.

Blogger Basketbawful said...
Will the Spurs win >72 games?

Nope. And, really, the whole "Will [Team X] win 72 games" storyline needs to be dropped until a team is actually very close and has a very, very realistic chance of doing it.

Anonymous Anonymous said...
Aw come on man.

We Wolves fans ask for so little. A win once a month or so. The occasional pro-Love article by stat geeks.

So after the completely unexpected pummelling of the Cavs, I was excited to read all the bawful details.

Although, I guess you could argue they've already suffered enough this year.

Anonymous Blizzard said...
I loved that "I was only focused on kids" comment from Lebron, it just epitomizes his style. Not just the ego, but the unfathomable lack of self-awareness, the bone-headedness combined with the apparent belief that he can effortlessly outsmart everyone.

Anonymous AK Dave said...
@Blizzard:

This year has provided us with some great material from NBA players. We should all take heed. For instance, Carlos Boozer has shown us that if we foolishly injure ourselves, we can simply cover it up by saying "I tripped over a bag, man." Furthermore, according to Carlos, our body fat percentage somehow plays a role in how we get injured.

LeBron James has further shown us that if you do something really self-serving and insensitive, you can subtly blame others ("They're my friends!") or claim you "were only thinking of kids."

Try those out next time you call in sick from the office: (I tripped over a bag, man!), do something to piss off your girlfriend (They're my friends!) or alienate yourself from a particular social group (I was only thinking of kids!)

I, for one, feel like I'm armed with some awesome excuses, and plan to fuck up royally in life this year so that I can try them out!

Blogger Wild Yams said...
Mr. Bawful - Now that Steve Nash has replaced Larry Bird as your all time favorite player, will we be seeing a Nashmas post on February 7th?

Blogger Basketbawful said...
Mr. Bawful - Now that Steve Nash has replaced Larry Bird as your all time favorite player, will we be seeing a Nashmas post on February 7th?

Heh, no, I'm afraid not. Ironically, Mr. Nash and I have the same birthday...so I'll probably just toast Captain Canada with a shot or five.

Blogger AnacondaHL said...
Perhaps to one-up the man love that is the Birdmas holiday season, you could do a Nashentine's Day. (I will have single-digit membership to this club.)

Blogger Dooj said...
Perhaps to one-up the man love that is the Birdmas holiday season, you could do a Nashentine's Day. (I will have single-digit membership to this club.)

There's a double entendre in there somewhere...

Anonymous The Other Chris said...
I wholeheartedly endorse AnacaondaHL's call for a Nashentine day. It can and should include such activities as having a mullet and/or bad back, drinking Vitamin Water, being the most ridiculous man in the world, wearing a Canadian tuxedo (jeans + jean jacket), playing in pickup games in ridiculous disguises, and having an arsenal of awesome dance moves.

Blogger matt said...
Just wanted to point out that Terrence Williams tweets like Avery Johnson talks. So can't they just all get along?

TheRealTWill Terrence Williams
LIKE IVE SAID BEFORE I ACCEPT WHATS PUT BEFORE ME WITH OPEN ARMS NEVER POUT JUST PROVE PEOPLE WRONG IS WHAT IM AFTER GO NETS IS WHAT I YELL

Blogger BJ said...
It's not vitamin water unless they've taken a dramatic left turn the last couple years; it's more of an extremely sugary Sprite, only in assorted fruit flavors. Lovely stuff.

Anywho, question. No bullshite; has your critical opinion of the Heat changed now that they've won a few?

Another question. How's the Jazz lose at home on Friday to a team that never beats them there?

Blogger Michael Hsu said...
We'll see what kind of team the heat are at Christmas.

Anonymous Anonymous said...
Me and my friends (ok, the voices in my head) were sooooooo looking forward to seeing what you could possibly say about the Suxers latest debacle: up 12 with under 5 minutes left, and lose. Then I realized that they are so goddamned boring, nobody IN Philly cares, so why would anyone else. Thoughts?

Blogger BadDave said...
Nash is Canadian. We shout out on Boxing Day.

Bawful - Are the Pacers for real? I hope not, and I want to wake up from this nightmare before Christmas.

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