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December 1, 2014

Even as a fan I usually tune out the league for a month or two after it starts. Usually most teams play horrible basketball during this period. Some don’t get their S together until February or March.

This year it’s all kinds of weird. Eastern Conference is lead by the sole Canadian team, Toronto Raptors. A team that has only won it’s division, twice. It’s putting a monster year but sadly their top scorer got injured.

Lebron’s Cavs are slowly putting it together. Kyrie is not the problem, imo, Dion Waiters is. His absence from defense forces Shawn Marion to start and Lebron to play guard. Which makes the team vulnerable on the bench. They are not going to the finals this way. Lebron’s co-coaching role is not going to help either. He needs to make peers of his teammates not talking down to them.

The Bucks are the team of the future if they keep it together. So much talent and so young. Them and the Wizards are teams that seem to be poised in taking over.

Heat, Hawks, and Bulls are not as exciting. Very inconsistent. Pau has made a comeback of sorts but Derrick Rose keeps hijacking the headlines. I never got why Derrick Rose was a big deal or even MVP. The argument back then is that his team won without other superstars, and then Mr. MVP got injured and his team won without him. He should just retire before he gets too injured to lead a normal life.

Speaking of worst MVPs. Steve Nash might retire. I am glad. He was so overrated. John Stockton played defense and leads the records in steals and did everything better than Nash and never got an MVP. Nash got two and didn’t even defend his position during that time.

But Anyways for the west is the usual. Kobe is shooting every ball he gets his hands on. He will pass MJ and should be in pace to pass Karl Malone next year.

Anthony Davis is becoming the best player in the league, all he needs is to keep his numbers. If I were Tim Duncan, I would start looking at life after the NBA. Because Davis is in his division, and they are just a SG and a Coach away from being a force in a already crowded West.

Stephen Curry is playing amazing as well, and the warriors are a great team to watch. Clippers are getting back on track after a bad start.

Trailblazers are leading their division, thanks in part to OKC’s injuries. I saw them at fan night and this is easily their best team since I have been in Portland. I don’t want to get my hopes up, but I wouldn’t be surprised if by the end of the season and the playoffs they do very good and possibly a trip to the finals.

but one big issue that lingers every year now is how unbalanced the confereces are. Every year a winning team on the west doesn’t qualify the playoff whiles losing team does in the East.

This is why the 76ers are poised to become the only 0-82 of the NBA and the worst team of any sport, on purpose.

For years, they were one of the losing teams that made the playoffs. They never won anything and didn’t lose enough to get good picks. So now they are losing and grabbing win-later players, in chances that someday they will get lucky and grab the next superstar.

This is just bad for the league in general. You have almost an entire conference who are in competition in losing the most games. They have zero interest in putting their best product. Even more they only want a Superstar to make a big business around them.

The trendy thing now is for the superstar to take a paycut in order to win, so this works perfectly for any mid-small market owner.

  1. December 1, 2014 3:30 am

    Speaking of basketball, I just watched “More Than A Game” and I consider it the best basketball movie I have ever seen. It is a documentary about the Fabulous Five, professionally made with very little “sentimentality” and not just a platform to pimp LeBron, unlike most other star-centric sports movies. Simply fantastic. The film, in 240p (lol), in its entirety is embedded below.

    And thanks for the state of the game summary, Frenik. I like basketball, but I haven’t had any time this year to keep up with the teams.

    • FrenkoFrenik permalink
      December 3, 2014 4:25 pm

      I had this reply in the back of my head for a few days. I just saw “No Crossover: The Allen Iverson Trial” and “Linsanity” both on Netflix and they hit the racial aspect of sports and basketball in different ways.

      Very different stories from two undersized scorers in a tall man’s sport. Highly recommend it.

      I have seen the Lebron movie but it’s been a while. The thing about Lebron is that he has always been good and he is sort of a genetic freak with power forward size with a point guard speed.

      It’s almost like Shaq or Wilt, since they are genetic freaks whenever they don’t get a ring, it’s on them.

      I only became a fan of Lebron when he started to put up those back to back huge PER seasons in Miami, since MJ there hasn’t been that level of efficiency and even more so on a good team. But I think the Leadership and Competitiveness is not at the same level of All-Time greats.

      I mean someone like Bird would tear it up with Lebron’s skill set. But then again what made Bird was his limited athleticism.

      but anyways for me Lebron is going to be old news. I can’t hype Anthony Davis enough, the kid can defend, block, steals, knows how to rotate and get open. Crash the glass, and has a sweet release on his jump shot. This video shows some of that against the Mavs.

      This article talks about him:

      In it talks about the recent game against the Thunder where he had: 25 points, 10 rebounds, 6 steals, 4 assists on 53% shooting.

      Those are Olajuwon like numbers. He can be the second player to have 200 blocks and steals on the same season, and this while being the high scorer of his team.

      If he gets hurt or someone gets the MVP other than him I would be seriously disappointed.

    • December 3, 2014 6:52 pm

      Thanks, Frenik. Will keep my eyes out for Davis!

    • Blankman permalink*
      December 4, 2014 12:13 am

      Yep, Anthony Davis is a beast. Too bad he’s on a lousy team.

  2. FrenkoFrenik permalink
    December 4, 2014 7:56 am

    Sixers win avoid setting a record for worst start in history.

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