Posts Tagged ‘ Kobe Bryant ’

WHAT CAN BROWN DO FOR YOU?

Last year Mike Brown lost his job as a head coach. He was tossed away like a kid throws away the crust of the bread on a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Coaching vacancies were filled and Brown’s name wasn’t called. He was the kid who didn’t get pick to play ( the kid theme is coincidental). Now after a year away from the game and the departure of the NBA’s most accomplished head coach, Brown has been summoned to coach the NBA’s signature franchise, the Los Angeles Lakers.

Sidenote: For those of you who are thinking what about the Celtics..The Lakers have won more rings in the modern NBA era (80s and 90s).

Anyway, some fans and analysts think Brown to the Lakers is not a good move and they couldn’t be more wrong.

Here are a few reasons why..

1. They’re the Lakers:Mike Brown is going to a team that is loaded with talent and has already won two NBA championships together. The Lakers may have lost to the Dallas Mavericks this year, but they have played 100 plus games for the last three seasons. Not only do they get to rest, but they also get to have the “chip on their shoulder” driving them back to the finals. And Mike brown, who also has a few Lays on his shoulder, will drive that point home.

Former Cleveland Cavaliers coach, Mike Brown, will become the next head coach of the LA Lakers.

2. DE-fense: Everyone knows that Mike Brown’s specialty is defense. He was an assistant coach under Greg Poppavich — coincidentally the only other Western Conference coach to win a title during the 2000 era — and while he coached the Cavs he had his team in the top ten defensively every year. People criticized Brown for being too defensive minded and not knowing how to coach offense, but that’s where point number one comes into play.

3. He’s a winner: This is where many will disagree, but it’s the truth. 272 wins in his career, 42 playoff wins, two trips to the Eastern Conference finals and one finals appearance. He won coach of the year during the 08-09 season when his team had 66 wins. Of course people will say “Well he didn’t win a ring”, but that isn’t the only way to measure a coach’s success. Taking the Cavaliers to NBA finals with only one superstar and beating the Detroit Pistons to get there was an amazing accomplishment. Losing to the Spurs doesn’t mean he isn’t a good coach, it just means he got out-coached by his mentor.

Brown has done more with less in his career. He should have taken his team to two or three finals appearances, especially in the 08-09 season, however he still has time to prove to the league that he is a good coach. Remember nobody thought Doc Rivers was a good coach until he won with the Celtics. Brown is in a similar position to prove his doubters wrong and by the end of the 2012 season he could be LA’s golden boy.

EVERYTHING MUST GO: 2010 NBA FREE AGENCY

The western conference might lose some of its power after the 2010 off-season. A few star players have gone from the west over to the east and some of the stars we’re used to are getting older — Steve Nash, Tim Duncan, Kobe Bryant and Dirk Nowitzki to name a few.

Still, some solid moves were made that made good teams much better.

UTAH JAZZ

When I heard Boozer left Utah I thought, “Hmmm…Jazz might have a tough year ahead of them.” But they pulled off a great trade and landed forward Al Jefferson from Minnesota for two first round draft picks. Not as bad a steal as the KG trade, but a steal nonetheless. They also stole Raja Bell away from the Lakers, pending a physical, and have someone who can and will guard Kobe.

Photo courtesy of NBA.com

Jerry Sloan, the NBA’s longest tenured coach doesn’t appear to be going anywhere, for the moment, Deron Williams moved into the conversation for top point guard in the NBA during the playoffs and the leader of Butler’s Cinderella team, Gordon Heyward, is a very good ball handler and scorer. All things considered, I think the Jazz can make a run at the Lakers next season.

PHOENIX SUNS

The Suns quickly got over the fact that their GM stepped down and one of their star players went on a one-way cross-country road trip. They re-signed big-man/3-point specialist Channing Frye and picked up forward Hakim Warrick and Josh Childress. But their biggest acquisition was Hedo Turkoglu, the self-proclaimed “Michael Jordan of Turkey”.

Fernando Medina/NBAE Photos

The Suns, who may have beaten the Lakers if Ron Artest wasn’t in the right place at the right time, may be better than last year with the team they’ve assembled so far. Dragic is becoming a very good back-up point guard and Nash is..well..Nash. The addition of these young and athletic players could have the Suns in contention for the Western crown down the stretch.

GOLDEN STATE/DALLAS

The moves in the west coast were so bland compared to the east that the third spotlight is a tie.

The Warriors did a good job by picking up David Lee through FA as well as picking up Dorell Wright. But they’re smartest move was dumping Corey Maggette’s contract.The Mavericks were in a similar situation. They traded Eric Dampier for Tyson Chandler, but Dampier’s contract can be terminated by the Bobcats.

I don’t expect the Warriors to be competitive, but with the offensive minded players they have on the team they will most definitely be fun to watch. The Mavs, on the other hand, should contend for the Western Crown..that is if they have any toughness or heart in them.


The Top 3 Reasons I Do Not Like Kobe Bryant

As the clock was ticking down in game 7 of the 2010 NBA finals, I was busy going through peoples comments on Twitter and one struck me as very interesting. A friend of mine posted: “How could you possibly hate Kobe? Give me one good reason.”

Well I have three reasons why I absolutely hate (sports wise, not pure hatred) Kobe Bryant. Here goes:

REASON 1: OVER-HYPED

Kobe is often referred as the “best closer in the game” and the best shooter and blah, blah, blah. Kobe is in fact not that great of a shooter percentage wise. He generally shoots in the mid to low 40’s and has never shot 50% for a season. I’ll give credit for making tough shots in the 4th, but he only makes those because he’s still fresh from passing the ball into his All-Star power forward Pau Gasol and 7 foot center Andrew Bynum. Kobe has never carried a team to being great. He has always had significant help, which is necessary to if you plan on winning. But I’m tired of people gassing him up to be some tough-guy and killer. He’s from Italy not Philly.

REASON 2: CORNY NICKNAME

“Black Mamba”  is hands down the weakest nickname ever. I put it slightly above “The Big Fundamental. C’mon Son! Kobe is  not a deadly snake that kills its prey with one bite, or shot in his case. It’s especially corny compared to the great nicknames in Lakers history: Magic, Big Game James, The Diesel, Big Shot Rob. It doesn’t even flow. Kobe “Black Mamba” Bryant? I’ll pass.

REASON 3: FACIAL EXPRESSIONS

This is possibly the most annoying thing about Kobe. That ugly face he makes when he grits his teeth together makes me want to throw my TV. He looks like a mole rat when he does that. And every time he sticks his tongue out like MJ, I find it blasphemous. Even the one in the picture below bothers me.

Now let me pause for a second for all you Kobe lovers out there. There is no denying Kobe’s talent. He is a great player and easily a Hall of Famer. He does a lot of things well on the court and I respect his game. But that doesn’t mean I have to like him.

What’s HOT & What’s NOT

This weeks version of what’s hot and what’s not is a little different but it works.

For the HOT this week it’s “The Black Mamba” Kobe Bryant. Kobe is the cover boy of GQ magazine for the month of March and looks very stylish. He’s even sporting his finger cast. And in his triumphant return to the court Kobe’s golden touch won the game in the last second againts the Memphis Grizzlies. I hate to say but his jumper is unstoppable.

For the NOT we have Tony Kornheiser. Kornheiser is the co-host of the show PTI (Pardon The interruption) on ESPN and recently made some questionable comments about his colleague Hannah Storm. Here’s what he said: “Hannah Storm in a horrifying, horrifying outfit today. She’s got on red go-go boots and a Catholic school plaid skirt way too short for somebody in her 40s or maybe early 50s by now.” Now the outfit was pretty horrendous, (http://blog.zap2it.com/thedishrag/2010/02/tony-kornheiser-suspended-from-espn-for-hannah-storm-comments.html) but he had to know this wasn’t going to go over smoothly and now he’s suspended. In the words of his co-host Michael Wilbon…See ya later knuckle head!