And I didn't leave work until after 9:30 last night.
It goes without saying that I had no energy to write another Livin' Large post last night. By the time I got back to my flat (that is, apartment), I crawled into bed and softly cried myself to sleep. So...this is what you get: an old video of the Clippers former mascot, the San Diego Chicken, trying to distract Larrry Bird with swimsuit posters. Oh, and of course the Clippers get hosed at the end of the game by a superstar call that goes in Larry's favor. Even in the past, they were who we thought they were.
Phil Jackson's got an answer for this, doesn't he? Interesting to hear the strategy questions of the day, though.
Bawful, you made a Dr. Horrible's Sing Along Blog reference the other day, but I haven't posted since then, so I give you props now.
Seconded. Also, stop posting at 6am, you're a monster.
Also, to Inkana:
Someone else here at Basketbawful had already located that article some time ago. Stabbed the guy with a table leg. Ron-Ron doesn't have to lie, as his life is more amazing than anyone could imagine.
CAPTCHA - prorkin. "Mat loved prorkin' random girls while Matt was still in the room."
(And look, I finally bothered to set up my Blogger username to save myself the trouble of typing my name out every time I post! Huzzah!)
Dumba$$ Smith left his feet and clearly makes contact with Bird's hand and arm.
A FOUL IS A FOUL DAMMIT
Dibs on Blake Griffin.
Axel Foley (playing 'Axel F' in my head right now): it is a shitty way to win a game. An even shittier way to lose one.
Dan B: welcome to the other side... isn't the air better over here? Also: "prorkin" is a freakin' rad WV. Nicccce!
AK Dave -- Isn't it amazing how even the freaking word verifications on this blog are entertaining? My current one for example: bearyodl. I didn't know bears could yodel! Okay, so that one was kinda lame, but I'm sure the next one will be chuckle-worthy.
Does LA really need two teams, especially when one only serves the purpose of ruining prospects' careers, functioning as a retirement home for Zeke-era Knickerbockers, and giving the Lakers an extra two home games?
(Obscure music geek reference for my best friend!)
BTW, the Clippers have provided one important thing so far: castoffs who win titles elsewhere (Walton, Cassell, Odom). So Blake Griffin will sixth-man it up for a legitimate franchise in 15 years, right?
Word verification: cruted. Doesn't that sound like something horrible that will happen to Blake Griffin? "Blake Griffin will miss the rest of the season after being cruted in the knees by a flying I-beam."
Obviously, Wild Yams' early life attendance at LA Sports Arena didn't do it for him...
This has tremendous upside potential to provide this blog with material for at least a full season.
The announcers say that the game is going into half time at the :35 second mark.
I've been looking at summer league, and I know it's not indicative of what will happen when the real teams play, but some interesting things:
- Brandon Jennings is the best rookie PG, despite his 8to's in the last game. He almost turned in a triple double the other day (9boards, 7 steals).
- Chase Budinger does not suck. He's got NBA 3 range, and at a legit 6'7 and jumping out of the gym (guy's got a 40+ inch vertical for chrissakes), I think he's going to crack the rotation in Houston this year.
- DeMar DeRozan is DeBadass. I DeDidn't know who he was when he was drafted, but I think he's going to be a player. De.
- Adam Morrison is a badass summer league player. He should just stick with that- I mean, he's GOOD at summer league games! Stick with what you're good at, right? (I'm talking to you, too, Marco Belinelli)
- You wanna know who has 2 thumbs and sucks at basketball? BJ Mullens, that's who. The "1st rounder" (and only one from the big ten, *sob*) isn't even getting PT in the SUMMER LEAGUE. Now, I get that he had tremendous upside blah blah could be good yada whatever. He sucked in college, why the hell did OKC, of all places, draft this guy in the 1st (w.t.K.G.m.o.t.sl.)ing round???
(sigh) That crack about the Cowboys high standards . . . do I need to even dignify that with an answer? If this is Engel's reaction to Messrs. Cuban and Nelson getting egg on their faces re Gortat, how did she react when the Cowboys didn't even make the playoffs? A week on suicide watch?
I'm not trying to argue that he's a bad player; I don't pay attention to college hoops so I wouldn't know. It just really caught my eye that for a guy as good as he supposedly is, he's a bigger gunner than Ben Gordon (though his percentages are astronomical, so I guess who needs to pass when you can shoot like that). I was wondering if you could shed any light on why he's been basically a pure scorer in the summer league.
On the basis of scoring ability alone I think he'd have a shot at cracking the Rockets lite rotation. Still, it always concerns me to see a 6'7" guy with such poor rebounding numbers, even if it is just the summer league (4 games in a row of 20+ minutes and 2 or fewer rebounds?).
Also, I noticed that he only has 6 fouls and no blocks in that time (and 5 steals, which isn't great, but isn't bad). Usually, I look at fouls in the summer league as a measure of how aggressive a guy is. The refs are a little more whistle happy, the aggressive players try to do too much, and the lack of chemistry can lead to a lot of late rotations. Low numbers in these categories usually scream apathy on the defensive end to me. Any insight on whether he's just too smart to be getting called for fouls?
I also found it strange that he wasn't rebounding much, but it seems that he has become the main scorer on that team, and that's his role for now. I'm also confused by his low assists; in AZ, he did a little bit of everything (or a lot of everything on some nights), so I think that's what you can expect from the guy when the season starts; but for now, his team seems to want him to shoot the rock (not gonna happen when the regular seasons starts).
Anyway, who knows. It's the summer league- sometimes guys blow up there and then disappear during the regular season. I don't put too much stock in his numbers, but at the same time, he's hitting NBA 3's, which I wasn't sure he could do, and he's being aggressive, which has always been his purported weakness, and you can't teach 6-7 with mad hops; so I think he's going to be alright.