Brandon Jennings: It’s Time for Me to Become an All-Star

Whether you like him or not, Brandon Jennings has the ability to become a very good player in the NBA.  Try to push the image of him dancing to Lady Gaga out of your head and focus more on the rookie who dropped 55 points in a game on the Warriors back in 2009.  An injury threw Jennings off his game last season and caused him to have a disappointing year, but there’s no denying he sounds motivated heading into next season — assuming the NBA labor situation is resolved.

“Next year will be my third year and I need to establish myself as one of the best point guards and one of the best players in the game,” Jennings told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel via CBSSports.com. “It’s just trying to get better and better every day. Working with Scott Skiles (before the lockout), getting in the weight room, dedicating the summer to strictly basketball. It’s going to be my third year, so it’s time to become an all-star.”

If Milwaukee wants to climb to the next level, it will need Jennings to back up his cocky attitude.  There is no way the 21-year-old is anywhere near Derrick Rose or Rajon Rondo at this point in his career, but those guards have had better supporting casts.  Like Rondo and Rose, he’s an explosive point guard with game-changing ability.  However, he has a tendency to try to do way too much and take silly shots.  That comes with having to put a team on your back, but Jennings will learn how to handle his offense as he gains more experience.

While he has plenty of flaws like any other young player in the game, don’t be surprised if Jennings does indeed become an All-Star next season if he can remain healthy.

H/T to SLAM Online.

No, Allen Iverson Did Not Miss His Basketball Camp Because He was Hungover from Partying at a Strip Club

Allen Iverson has received more than his share of negative publicity over time, and much of it has been deserved. He was late arriving in Turkey after signing to play there because he missed his flight. He was defiant to police after getting pulled over in his Lamborghini. He was also being used to promote parties when he said he was taking care of his daughter. But just because he’s had problems in the past doesn’t mean everything negative said about him is true.

One of those nasty rumors about Iverson was spread Saturday, when it was said he missed his basketball camp Friday because he was too drunk from partying with strippers.

First off, let’s deal with the facts. Iverson is hosting a basketball camp called Camp Crossover this week in Greensboro. Iverson even tweeted about being at the camp on Thursday. The rumor says Iverson missed camp Friday because he was too drunk from partying with strippers. According to camp director Davon Barton, that is not true.

Barton set the record straight, saying Iverson was at the camp as scheduled. Barton added that Iverson was “active” and “engaged” with the camp.

So how did the story get confused? People twisted the story because the version they wanted to believe was much more juicy.

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Gilbert Arenas Hints that Wizards’ Front Office Leaked Gun Story

Gilbert Arenas gave his twitter followers an introspective look at his personality Thursday night. He claimed he wasn’t a role model, but rather a regular person who does nice things and some dumb things. One of those dumb things was bringing guns into the locker room when he played for the Washington Wizards.

Arenas was initially suspended indefinitely for the incident, but his suspension was extended for the season after he mocked it with this pre-game gesture. The suspension essentially ended Arenas’ career with the Wizards, and on Thursday he intimated that the team leaked the story.

Here’s what he said in a series of tweets as shared by IamaGM.com [edited for grammar and spelling]:

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Kobe Rips on Derrick Rose’s Adidas Crazy Light Shoes (Video)

Once upon a time, Kobe Bryant was an Adidas guy. Midway through his career, he switched to Nike, and he’s become quite the ferocious pitchman. In fact, he’s taking his dedication to the swoosh so seriously that he’ll even rip his enemy endorsers if he has to. Check out this video of Kobe knocking Derrick Rose’s Adidas light shoes taken at Kobe’s basketball camp:

It really looks like Kobe went out of his way to rip Adidas there. Though you have to figure, after all the great publicity Adidas got from players wearing those neon yellow shoes at the All-Star game, it’s even now. Seriously Kobe, keep in mind how your shoe looks. Do you have a right to rip anyone else’s kicks? Probably not.

Video courtesy kb24la2010 on YouTube via Sorry Bro Sports

Derrick Rose Would Not Leave His House for a Week After Playoff Exit

In order to be a great player in a professional sports league, you have to care about winning.  Caring about winning means caring about losing, too.  While it would be silly to say that there are pro athletes out there who are hardly fazed by losing, it would be even more naive to think there aren’t some players out there who care more than others.  Clearly Derrick Rose is one of them.

Unlike the boys from South Beach, Rose said he basically went into a depression when the Heat bounced the Bulls in the Eastern Conference Finals.

“Being that close [to the NBA Finals], and not getting it, hurt,” Rose said in an interview with Yahoo! Sports. “I just stayed inside the whole time. I didn’t go anywhere else. I wore pajamas, watched a lot of movies, drank Powerade and got delivery food. My body was just sore and wore out. Mentally, too.

“I’m just getting over it. …I know my time will (come) soon. That’s how I think about it. I guess you have to pay your dues.”

If he had the curtains drawn, you know Rose is a true competitor.  Derrick is a deserving MVP who has barely even scratched the surface of his potential.  We were already convinced he had the talent to lead his team to multiple championships, but now we can be sure he has the drive as well.  A guy like Rose could easily go home and count his money for a week after a huge loss to help him feel better.  Winners go home, get in their pjs, watch movies, and order takeout.

Race Horse Named After Jimmer Fredette

Former BYU star Jimmer Fredette was the most popular player in college basketball last season and the most popular player in the 2011 NBA draft class. After the Sacramento Kings drafted him, they wasted little time promoting him for the excited fans. We already knew that The Jimmer was larger-than-life figure in Utah and Northern California, but the area where he’s a true hero is his hometown of Glens Falls, New York. There, someone’s even named a horse after him.

The Saratogian explains that a colt named “Jimmer” made the trip from Kentucky to the race track at Saratoga.

Among the youngsters is a colt sure to be popular with local fans: Jimmer. The son of Elusive Quality is named for Glens Falls native and former BYU basketball star Jimmer Fredette, a top 10 pick in the NBA draft who is set to begin his career with the Sacramento Kings.

Pat Hammel, wife of Glens Falls basketball coach Tony Hammel, works on the barn staff for Bill Mott, who, along with Pletcher, is one of WinStar Farm’s top trainers. Pat Hammel suggested naming a colt after Fredette to WinStar president/CEO and racing manager Elliott Walden. WinStar liked the idea and chose this particular colt.

Truth be told, you haven’t really arrived until you’ve had a horse named after you. Who needs a statue when you can be immortalized with an equine honor of such high esteem?

via Jay Drew

Nate Robinson Considering Playing Football During NBA Lockout

Oklahoma City Thunder guard Nate Robinson said in an interview published Monday that he’s considering playing football while the NBA lockout is ongoing. While many of his fellow basketball players are making plans to play overseas, be it Turkey, France, or even Finland (Finland!), Robinson may be the first one who’s serious about crossing over into another sport.

“I might go play football,” Robinson told SLAM. “Do something that nobody’s tried to do.”

“If I can, I would love to play football a little bit,” says Robinson less than half-jokingly. “I’ve been doing a little bit of training.”

Robinson did play cornerback for the Washington Huskies football team before deciding to focus exclusively on basketball in 2003. He’s fast and he has the pedigree (his father was a Huskies running back), but this may be more of an Ochocinco-like stunt.

“Why wouldn’t you want to have an NBA player that can play football try out? That’s a lot of publicity for your organization,” he explained.

A lot of publicity for an organization? Hmm, where have we seen that before.

There was a time when Robinson could have been a good college football player, but he gave it up and now it’s too late to think about playing pro football. What he really should worry about is finding a way to become a more valuable contributor to his basketball team. Since being traded by the Knicks, he’s hardly had an impact on his new clubs. But if he is serious about playing football, maybe he and World Metta Peace can form their own league.

Chest bump to IamaGM.com for the tip