Chicago vs. Indiana Game 2 Notes – Officiating, Finding Boozer and Traveling Through Time With Rose

Was this a foul?

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Ladies and Gents, your NBA 2010 All-Star Starters AND Reserves

East
Allen Iverson
Dwayne Wade
LeBron James
Kevin Garnett
Dwight Howard
West
Steve Nash
Kobe Bryant
Carmelo Anthony
Tim Duncan
Amare Stoudamire

And now The Reserves, featuring no less than 7 first timers.

East
*Al Horford
Joe Johnson
Paul Pierce
*Rajon Rondo
*Derrick Rose
*Gerald Wallace
Chris Bosh
West
*Kevin Durant
Pau Gasol
Dirk Nowtizki
Chris Paul
*Zach Randolph
Brandon Roy
*Deron Williams
* – First timers

You know what I like about voting the All Star Selections? It’s an exercise in democracy the way it’s become in the modern age – a popularity contest. Except this time it’s out in the open, unlike when we’re voting for our leaders, where we pretend we’re doing the right thing.

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NBA's A-Comin'

Yup this blog’s been quiet. Blame it on working on my other blogs and stuff (yada excuses yada yada). But hey why not let’s get right back into it, starting with a vid re the top 10 plays of the 2009-2010 season!!

I gotta say that Kevin Durant (#10) dunk is damn exciting. It’s great to see someone whom was all just potential finally coming up and playing like an All Star like we all expected him to, and not racking up hospital bills or doing other stuff not happening on the court. And yes I’m talking about Greg Oden.

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Jordan vs. Russell Again?

So as everyone knows MJ shot his mouth off about how Bryon Russell ‘threw wood into his fire’. Well guess what. In recent news, the Utah Jazz NBA D-League owner is offering a $100,000 donation to the charity of the winner’s choice to see MJ play Russell play one on one.

Even earlier than that, Russell already said how willing he’d be to take him on, saying “I’ll play his a— right now, This is a call-out for him to come play me. He can come out here in his private jet and come play. He’s got millions of dollars. He can pay for the jet. He can meet me at the Recreation Center in Calabasas.” to Yahoo Sports.

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Best John Stockton Link Yet

In preparation for the oncoming Hall of Fame weekend in the US (Sep 10-12), I’ve naturally been privy to all the hype, particularly when I go YouTube-ing (which I tend to do when I’m working bored). It’s hard not to be. You can always tell what the NBA’s trying to cook up if you notice an inordinate number of NBA sponsored YouTube videos re a particular player or event. For example, if it’s All-Star weekend, nearly every basketball video on YouTube’s front page is showing All-Star games, interviews leading to All-Star games, etc. (assuming of course, that you have a YouTube account), and so on.

At any rate, the one thing I know that’s hard to find on YouTube are John Stockton related material, but since a few weeks ago, that’s been radically changed. Highlights and more highlight reels abound, but today I think I’ve found the best.

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Man, Dominique Is Here.

First, a local video:

And now the lineups. For the NBA, we’ve got:

  • Robert Horry
  • Vlade Divac
  • Tim Hardaway
  • Dominique Wilkins
  • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
  • 5 to 6 up and coming talents from the NBA Developmental League or D-League.

From the PBA, we’ve got:

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Basketball News From All Over (My Version At Least)

I gotta admit I’m grasping at straws here. The UAAP Finals are still a few weeks away, and even then my team’s almost nearly out the door (and deservedly so, since, well, let’s admit it, they suck this year). At any rate, here’s a look around what’s going on, not necessarily in all of basketball, but mostly what’s gotten me interested:

Rubio to stay in Spain – If you need more proof how drafts aren’t all that relevant, then here it is. What was mostly considered the second coming of Pistol Pete has decided to wait out till he’s 21 to play with the Minnesota Timberwolves, who owns his rights from when the NBA draft was held last June.

My opinion? Good for him. At 19 he has a world of opportunity available to him to improve even more in Europe, which is even better than a kid in the US trying to improve via competing in the College ranks. Sure the ‘Wolves are gonna miss out on a crowd drawer, and they worked their ass off trying to get this deal, but you can’t fault a kid for wanting to get better first and staying home. Heck, you can’t even fault the kid for changing his mind because he’s exactly that – a kid, and as such prone to such things.

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