I think MJ will take MKG under his wing and try to develop him into a star. Has the attributes to defend, rebound and attack the basket, however he has an unusual shooting stroke. With the help of MJ, this can be corrected at the age of 18, as he has plenty of time to develop. May reach for Beal for greater offensive power or a big man in Robinson.
Nobody was more upset than Raja Bell after the Utah Jazz were swept with relative ease by the San Antonio Spurs in the first round of the NBA playoffs.
However, as Bell was cleaning out his locker today, he made it clear that it wasn’t the first-round exit that was so frustrating, it was the lack of communication shown to him by head coach Tyrone Corbin.
“I think everyone understands the situation we’re in now,” Bell said. “When it gets to a point where there’s absolutely no communication for months on end, we all know that that’s irreparable damage.”
The first week of the hectic 2012 NBA Playoffs are in the books and already there are plenty of story lines and drama that will likely ensure to become a very entertaining 40 nights to decide a champion. From the match ups to the injuries and records being broken, every game this weekend had worth watching and plenty of things to discuss: The Magic and Clippers are up 1-0, Derrick Rose is out and the Spurs and Heat look like the best teams in the postseason. Highlights from Weekend 1 include:
You read that headline right. And in case you don’t believe it, the game tape doesn’t lie.
Delonte West has been fined $25,000 for sticking his finger in Gordon Hayward’s ear during Monday’s triple-overtime Dallas-Utah game.
As you could imagine, Hayward wasn’t to thrilled with West’s school-yard antics.
“I wanted to fight right there, but you can’t do that…It wouldn’t have been the smart idea. I’d risk getting a technical foul, getting suspended for the season, whatever. There’s more important things than fighting someone out on the court.”
Just when it felt like the Portland Trail Blazers (25-29) had fought off their tired legs and climbed back to tie the game at 94, all the hard work and hustle instantly went down the drain so fast their heads where probably spinning.
After coming off an 10-0 run that was capitalized by one of many threes by former Jazz Wesley Matthews, the Blazers tied the game with more than three minutes to play after trailing as much as eleven to the Utah Jazz (28-26). Another division rival, the Jazz circled this game on their calendar as a “must-win” that will help them in their positing to recapture the 8th seed in the playoff standings.
He dunked two balls at the same time while jumping over a dude who was sitting in a chair in front of the basket. Is this the most impressive dunk champion ever?
Do we like Blake Griffin more? A little bit. He’s more violent, but I don’t prefer the violent dunker. Then you’ve got D-12 using the Superman cape and dunking. That was cool, but it’s not really the best ever.
Karl Malone was supposed to be helping out the Jazz, I guess. But, somewhere along the way, he ticked off the owner. Larry Miller’s son, Greg, is in charge now. So, he seems to have a problem with Malone. Check out these quotes.
On Twitter: ”Hey Karl – you’re lying. You have my number. Next time you need a seat to a Jazz game, call me. You can have mine.”
He also called Malone “too unreliable and too unstable” to be a team coach.
Malone says that Deron Williams was running the show and basically tanked the Jazz because he’s a diva. Check this out:
If you were to venture back into the archives of the 2008-09 NBA season, you may be surprised to find out that Utah Jazz point guard Devin Harris was actually one of the league’s top point guards. Harris, then a member of the New Jersey Nets, averaged 21 points per game on 44 percent shooting to go along with seven assists, three boards and two steals per game.
However, since that breakout season, Harris has seen his numbers decline.
The Los Angeles Lakers knew they had they a difficult task ahead of them to start the 2011-12 season. Never mind the fact that they had to open the season with three games in three days, but when you combine that with a brief and tumultuous lockout-shortened preseason, a new coaching staff and several key injuries, you almost have to feel sorry for them.
But then again, this is the Lakers, and after losing their first two games of the season, you could bet that the rest of the league wasn’t going to award them with any sympathy points for having to be the only team to hit the hardwood three different times in roughly 56 hours.
The Jazz have added to their coaching staff by hiring Sidney Lowe as an assistant. He was a player in the NBA, teammate of another Jazz coach, Tyrone Corbin, and he’s actually a very good coach. He just didn’t have the easiest time turning around North Carolina State. It was his alma mater, but it was something that was going to be a very difficult project.