It's that time of the year again where the Rockets gather around the mic and sing the classic Hanukkah song.
This time around, Dwight Howard, and the rest of the Rockets do their best rendition of the song including Howard trying to make a rap out of the song, a few players admitting they don't know the song, and for some reason Aaron Brooks starts to sing the theme to the cartoon series, "The Animaniacs."
Check out the video but be ready to yell, "Turn it off!" as your ears bleed out of sheer agony.
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Warriors bench helps quell Pels
Warriors 102, Pelicans 101
The Warriors have had their issues in recent games. The team is still finding its way without Andre Iguodala and being without Andrew Bogut for Tuesday's game was not going to be a big help either.
Thanksgiving on the road is going to be tough.
The Pelicans made it all the tougher with Anthony Davis running toward the rim and being able to finish anything that was thrown toward the rim and the guard trio able to knock down shots and provide it to Davis. This was going to be a rough ride for the Warriors. Especially if the Warriors were going to struggle with their starters -- a -2 was the best +/- among the starters.
Golden State though found a way.
Klay Thompson scored 22 points to match Ryan Anderson's 22 points off the bench for the Pelicans. Eric Gordon missed a 3-pointer with time winding down to enable the Warriors to escape with a win. It really had to be a team effort for the Warriors to eke out this win. Jrue Holiday had 17 points and seven assists and Eric Gordon added 16 points and seven assists himself.
New Orleans had every chance to win this game. The Warriors got the job done on the road. They get some re-enforcements back the next time out.no comments
Recently, Knicks' J.R Smith admitted to already pushing the panic button after New York's early season record (currently at 3-10).
3-10 is a tough pill to swallow if your the Knicks considering the team has the talent to make waves in the East, one can see why Smith is pressing the panic button. But don't tell that to head coach Mike Woodson who is ready to "punch" the panic out of Smith.
“To be sitting here after 12 games talking about I’m in a panic stage, I might need to punch him out and get it out of his thought process.”
Clearly Woodson isn't pleased with Smith tossing in the towel just a few games into a new season but Mike wasn't alone. Smith's teammate, Raymond Felton, also felt Smith went a bit too far with his statement.no comments
On Draft Night, the Pelicans made a dramatic move to change their organization.
Already with Eric Gordon and Anthony Davis as the basis, New Orleans traded the draft rights to Nerlens Noel for Jrue Holiday. They further reformed their team when the Pelicans traded Grievis Vasquez to Sacramento for Tyreke Evans.
Now the Pelicans were not just rebranding the team off the court, but completely overhauling it on the court with a trio of superb young guards with All Star potential.
This is a group with tremendous potential.
Holiday was an All Star last year in Philadelphia, emerging as a strong scorer and capable leader for the undermanned Sixers team. Gordon has been a bit unsettled in New Orleans after his restricted free agency flap, but when he is healthy he is one of the best shooters in the league. Evans is a former Rookie of the Year and a dynamic ball handler who can share the scoring and point guard load, allowing Holiday to play off the ball some.
Why can't it work? Holiday said the three-guard lineup allows the Pelicans to throw different things at defenses. There is more ways for the team to attack and more space for the three guards to play with. Particularly with Ryan Anderson back in the lineup and able to spread the floor even more with his shooting ability. There is always someone able to attack the basket.
"We've all got the ability to get to the basket and create our own shots," Evans said. "We're not used to playing with each other but we all know the game. We all got that basketball IQ. When we're out there, we try to do what we do best and make something happen for the team."
Entering Monday's game, the Pelicans have had a few false starts and sit with a 6-6 record. The trio of guards have played a total of 47.3 minutes in 11 games this season. The group is posting a net +/- of +13.9 per 100 possession. The team is shooting better than 50 percent from beyond the arc and 46.4 percent from the floor. The trio seems to have a net positive gain offensively with a 114.6 offensive rating.
This is precisely what the Pelicans imagined when they brought the three together.no comments
The NBA All-Star Game isn't until February but Pacers' Paul George put on a mini dunk contest last night with one tremendous windmill dunk.
In the third quarter, George stole the ball from the Timberwolves, got into the open court and proceeded to rock the rim which got the fans in Indiana up and off their seats.
And in case you didn't notice, the Pacers are 13-1. Wow!
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|After two star-studded seasons at the University of Arizona, Williams was picked with the #2 overall selection in the 2011 draft by Minnesota. In two years with the Wolves, he was nowhere near the player he was in college.|
At Arizona, Derrick Williams was unstoppable.
He made the (then) All-Pac-10 First Team both seasons he was in school, averaging 17.8 points on 58.6 percent shooting during his 69 college games against relatively tough competition.
After a down 2009-10 season in which the Wildcats were barely over .500 and missed the NCAA tournament, Williams led them to a 30-win year and Elite Eight appearance the next year. Clearly, when he declared for the 2011 NBA Draft, all the evidence that Williams deserved to be a high lottery pick--and eventual NBA star--was present.
However, it simply did not work out that way.
So it appears that Minnesota sending Williams to the rebuilding Sacramento Kings in exchange for Luc Richard Mbah a Moute is the classic "change of scenery" swap. A fellow Pac-10 alum, Mbah a Moute has been decent for Sacramento this season, but probably would be more beneficial in a contender like the Timberwolves, where he would play less but have a crucial defensive impact when in the game.
Williams, saddled with the expectations of the high pick he was taken with, never really got his feet under him in Minnesota. Sure, scoring was not a real problem for him (10.1 points per game average in his 155 games with the Wolves) but efficiency was major one. The college standout never shot better than 43 percent from the field in any season (42 percent overall) and hung around the low 30s in term of three-point percentage, a number which is not good at all for a swingman like himself.no comments
Kobe signs two-year extension
Lakers vs. Wizards, 7 p.m./NBATV
Kobe Bryant will spend all 20 years of his career in Lakers gold. At leat, that is pretty much the assumption after he signed a two-year extension worth north of $45 million.
Bryant is going to be the NBA's second highest paid player despite being 35 years old and coming off surgery to repair a rupture Achilles. Bryant is back practicing and might be returning to the court in the next month or so. This contract ensures it is Kobe's team for at least another two years. You have to imagine though that it means this is the final contract of his career.
What a career it has been for Kobe. The Lakers will have their work cut out for them to stay in the packed Western Conference race. The Lakers are 7-7 and a half game out of the postseason entering Monday's play. It is too early to look at the standings that closely, but not too early too worry about falilng too far behind.no comments
The Warriors and Blazers game was not only heated on the scoreboard, things also got heated between the players late in the third quarter between Andrew Bogut and Joel Freeland.
The two got tangled under the Blazers' basket when Bogut swung an elbow at Freelend. That's when things erupted as the two teams gathered around, trying to separate the two when LaMarcus Aldridge came into the fray and shoved Bogut.
Check out the fracas last night. I expect the league to hand out some fines and possible suspensions over this incident. Especially if punches were thrown and for Jermaine O'Neal who left the bench.
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If you believe in the East Coast bias, this is not the post for you.
Currently the Eastern Conference is reaching epically bad levels of struggles. Sure, it is early in the season and there probably is not much use in looking at standings quite yet. But just look at the standings:
After you get past Indiana and Miami and even Atlanta there does not seem to be a great team in the bunch. Brooklyn and New York's struggles have really put a wrench in the standings. Still, you would expect some team to race out to a fast start and look really good even if they were to fade later. This just seems like high levels of futility.no comments