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Michael Jordan: I Could Have Scored 100 Points in Today’s Game

Michael Jordan may officially be taking all this NBA 2K11 nonsense to the head.  There’s no arguing the concept is a fun one for gamers.  Heck, back in the day I remember being frustrated as s*** that I had to play basketball video games as a player who was clearly supposed to be Michael Jordan but was given a name like Joe Schmo.  Jordan never gave video game companies permission to use his name because he wanted to get paid if they did.  Surprise, surprise.

So gamers finally get the chance to play as MJ in a mainstream video game.  I guess it’s cool, but what isn’t cool is what Jordan said about the way the rules in the NBA have changed when he was giving an interview about the game:

It’s less physical and the rules have changed, obviously. Based on these rules, if I had to play with my style of play, I’m pretty sure I would have fouled out or I would have been at the free throw line pretty often and I could have scored 100 points.”

MJ should probably realize that he has an inordinate amount of biggest fans, so there’s no need for him to be his own.  100 points? Wilt Chamberlain only did it because he was a physical freak of nature at the time and shot the ball 63 times.  Humans hadn’t even started getting that large yet.  It would be like if one of us went to the North Pole to take on Santa’ smallest little helper in a game of 1-on-1.

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Did Gilbert Arenas Fake a Knee Injury to Help Nick Young or Was He Joking?

After stonewalling the media at the onset of training camp, it looks like the player formerly known as Agent Zero is regaining some of his personality. Gilbert Arenas did not play in Tuesday’s preseason game for the Wizards because of a knee injury. After the game, he told reporters that he planned to sacrifice playing time to give teammate Nick Young a chance to play. The plan worked, as Young tossed in 24 points and may have reminded the coaches what he can do. The interesting part of the story was pointed out by Matt Moore, who explained Arenas was smiling and laughing when he told reporters what happened. Truth About it has a video for you to judge:

Gil was smiling and laughing, but I think that’s because he was proud of himself for coming up with the plan and seeing it work. If he pulled something like this in the regular season when games matter, I think that would have been a problem. In the preseason, it was a nice gesture for one of his teammates. His only mistake was talking about it publicly because now he’ll probably have to answer to his coaches and the front office who likely won’t be able to trust him when he complains about injuries in the future.

Allen Iverson May Be Taking His Talents to Turkey (Istanbul Specifically)

30 NBA teams might not have interest in Allen Iverson, but at least a team in Turkey does. Yahoo! Sports reported Monday that Turkish team Besiktas has interest in signing Iverson to a deal. They apparently have sent him a contract and are waiting on the former MVP to sign the deal.

The best part of the story, if true, is that one of the sticking points is Iverson’s refusal to allow Besiktas to fine him more than 1% of his salary. I guess Allen knows he might run into some trouble if he refuses to practice with the club and he’s trying to protect himself. The other interesting part of the story is that former Maryland Terrapin Lonny Baxter apparently has filed a lawsuit against the club for failure to pay his salary and agent fees.

At 35 years old, Iverson probably wouldn’t offer much to an NBA team. He’s probably still good enough to be on a roster at this point, but he only has himself to blame for the lack of interest from general managers. Iverson couldn’t accept his role as a bench player in Detroit or Memphis and he became the antithesis of a team player. If he does sign the contract, I wouldn’t be surprised if he lasts less than a full season in Turkey once they get a sense of his me-first attitude.

Chris Birdman Andersen Went a Bit Overboard on the Neck Tattoo (Pictures)

It feels like we’ve been down this road so many times before so I really don’t even know why I’m bothering, but this must be addressed. Nuggets icon Chris Birdman Andersen is already well known for his wild hairstyles and crazy tattoos, but now he’s just taken things to a whole new level. Last year we saw the outline for a neck tattoo reading “Free Bird,” and apparently he spent the off-season filling it in. I don’t know what the proper term is for a filled in neck tattoo — neck sleeve, turtleneck — whatever it is, Andersen has it. He also added on to all his other tats and it doesn’t look like there’s an ink-free inch on his exposed skin.

Thanks to The Big Lead for the pics via SI Hot Clicks.

Doc Rivers Next in Line to Coach Miami Heat Big Three?

Doc Rivers has been the beneficiary of unmatched talent over the past few years, and it’s probably resulted in people thinking he’s a much better coach than he actually is.  That’s not to take anything away from Doc.  He’s the ultimate motivator and the definition of a player’s coach.  He’s a rare specimen in that he can take a group of enormous egos and talents and get them to buy into the concept of a team.  That’s exactly why Pat Riley is reportedly said to have his eye on Rivers if Erik Spoelstra can’t get the job done with the Miami Heat.

Does anyone else feel that it’s going to be nearly impossible for Spoelstra to keep his job?  If the upcoming Heat season ends with anything less than an NBA championship, he’s gone.  I get the impression that they didn’t want him to be there to begin with, but they couldn’t just replace him without giving him a shot with a revamped roster.  If he coaches them to a title, Spoelstra will keep his job.  If he doesn’t, Riley will look elsewhere.

Whether he’s one of the better coaches in the NBA or not, Doc Rivers would probably be a smart choice.  Granted, it would be tough to not be extremely successful with a roster core of Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, and Ray Allen.  The thing that Doc does so well is check egos.  With all the star power that he’s coached over the last three years in Boston, he’s never seemed to let his locker room get away from him.  That in itself makes Rivers worth hiring.

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Kevin Durant Turns Down Invite to LeBron’s Party, Reminds Us He’s The Man

It’s no secret that we’re big Kevin Durant fans here at LBS.  Last year, the Thunder star emerged as a clear-cut MVP candidate but was not given the honor.  His “where amazing happens” t-shirt may have seemed slightly out of character, but we still thought it was hilarious.  While LeBron James was holding a special on ESPN to reveal where he was signing in free agency, Durant was in the comfort of his own home hammering out an extension with Oklahoma City.

I can’t speak for LB, but I like Kevin Durant even more after hearing that he turned down an invitation to LeBron James’ party.  LeBron was supposedly hosting a party at a theater in downtown Kansas City but Durant politely declined saying, “I don’t go out to parties the day before a game.  I don’t really go out much during the season.”

I’m not trying to crucify LeBron James for hosting a party during the preseason.  There’s really no problem with that, but Durant’s RSVP is just one of the many reasons he’s a more likable superstar than LeBron.  For such a young kid he just seems to have his priorities completely in line.  We’re talking preseason here.  Not a game.  Not a game…practice.  One of the best parts about LeBron going to Miami for me is that the wealth will have to be shared more with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh.  That will take away from LeBron’s MVP resume and finally give Durant the shot he deserves.

J.R. Smith Unhappy with His NBA 2K11 Video Game Rating

NBA 2K11 is part of a popular video game series and its latest version for the upcoming season was just released. It might surprise you to find out that the actual players are just as interested in the video game as the fans and gamers are, but that’s the case. Particularly, players are really concerned with their ratings in the game. The ratings determine how good the player is in the game and it also is a reflection of what the programmers think of the players’ abilities. If you think this is a joke, I direct you to T.J. Houshmandzadeh and DeAngelo Hall, two NFL players who were upset with their ratings on the Madden NFL game and made their comments public.

Well, as I found out via the new basketball site HoopsJournal.com, Nuggets guard J.R. Smith was not happy with his rating when he heard about it Tuesday. He ranted on twitter:

man they got me ranked like 70 something wow guess who wont be playing 2k11

I could have got a better rating in madden!

No disrespect to anyone but I know they got people on there better then me that can’t guard my NIKE’S

It was brought to Smith’s attention that guys like Mike Miller and Jared Dudley had higher ratings than him. Smith’s a pretty good player, but maybe his streaky nature has him rated lower than he expected. As for a comparison amongst players, Smith is a much better shooter than Dudley, but I would give Jared the nod defensively. Miller is also a much better rebounder and probably as good of a shooter. Sorry J.R., you probably deserve better, but I’m not sure by how much.