1250 WSSP in Milwaukee is reporting that the Bucks have signed assistant coach Larry Krystkowiak to a two-year deal to become their new head coach.Â KrystowiakÂ would replaceÂ Terry Stotts who was fired earlier on Wednesday.Â The news comes as no surprise as Krystkowiak was speculated to be the leading candidate to replace Stotts once the firing was announced.
When a team wins 13 games in a row, even if you’re De La Salle high school football, you’re generally pretty elated about it. You’re obviously not going to be celebrating unless the 13th game won you a championship — but it’s still something to feel good about. That is, unless you’re Gregg Popovich.
The Spurs had just got done beating the Clippers 93-84 Tuesday night in San Antonio, and judging by his post-game interview, you would’ve thought he was Doc Rivers.
The Spurs’ execution, Popovich said, was poor.
Their focus? “Poor.”
Attention to detail? “Poor.”
“We blew an opportunity to progress and get better,” Popovich said, matter-of-factly. “That’s the goal, to get better every practice and every game, and we wasted that tonight … It doesn’t mean a damn thing. What means something is getting better.”
Luckily Timmy D’s with me, a W’s a W’s a W
“I don’t think we took a step backward … We might have taken one to the side a little bit, but it’s a win. We just move on to the next one.”
Now, which reporter’s going to be crazy enough to ask Popovich where he’s going if the Spurs win the NBA title?
Disneyland!! The film room!!
Special thanks to the fine ladies over at Girls Gone Sports for this video.Â While Tony Parker might have some serious skills on the floor…and yes, the Spurs are starting to come on strong…he certainly shouldn’t waste any more of his time trying to make it as a rapper.
Stick to basketball homie.
Let me say this first: I am totally ripping off the exact post that my MLB Fanhouse homieÂ PostmanR makes at We are the Postmen.Â Before you get all hissy about it, this is the highest compliment I can pay to someone because I pride myself on tryingÂ to generate as much unique content as I can.Â Now that I’ve gotten that out of the way…on with the fun
I’m pretty fond of the Nike commercial with all the ballers lined up side-by-side doing the Resevoir Dogs thing. You know, the one below. Maybe it’s because they’re all wearing white. And angels where white. And these players are like angels. Or something. But anyways, here’s the vid:
And here is quite possibly the best mock job of a commercial I’ve ever seen.Â The future members of the Albanian National Basketball Team:
That is just too good for words.
As I teased it with a few co-workers over the weekend, coming soon to larrybrownsports.com, “Paul Pierce for NBA MVP.” Well, hold on to the seat of your pants because I’m about to take you on the ride of your life.
Forget Kobe, dispell Dirk, lose LeBron, heck, even nix Nash. Here’s what I’m talking about. Paul Pierce for NBA MVP, Paul Pierce! How do I have the gall to make such a ludicrous suggestion you ask? Check this out:
It wasn’t long ago that the ’06-’07 Boston Celtics were being talked about as one of the worst teams in NBA history They had lost what, 18 games in a row?!?!. They straight up sucked. The Royals thought the Celtics were bad. People were saying they should tank the season to get Oden (or Durant) and maybe they still should.
But those days seem like decades ago.
Behind stud Paul Pierce who’s averaging 25 ppg, just over 6 rebounds, and 4 assists per game, the Celtics have climbed back to respectability. Consider
Without Paul Pierce the Celtics are a putrid 2-22, which is a .083 winning pct.
With Paul Pierce, the Celtics are 15-21, a decent .417 winning pct.
To be fair, we must eliminate the games in which Paul Pierce got injured and returned from injury, because he didn’t play enough to make an impact. That would yield a .441% (15-19) with Paul Pierce. Expanding that logic over an 82 game season makes the Celtics
Without Paul Pierce 7-75, which according to ESPN.com is the 4th worst team EVER
With Paul Pierce 36-46. In the hunt for the 8th seed.
If that doesn’t prove Pierce is a difference maker, then I don’t know what does. Isn’t that what a superstar and MVP is supposed to be? Someone without whom the player’s team would be atrocious and unable to reach the levels that they do with the player?
That’s what I thought! Say it with me now, Paul Pierce for MVP.
That was the breaking news headline on ESPNEWS a few moments ago…no details just yet, but it’s weird. That’s such ambiguous news. Rather, the suspension isn’t ambiguous, but the reason is.Â Lindsey Hunter suspended for 10 games for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.
What does that mean?Â Was he busted using performance enhancers?Â Steroids?Â Do they even test for that stuff in the NBA?Â Was he caught doing blow, smoking a joint?Â What, what, what?Â I’m on a need-to-know basis and I don’t know!!Â
I digress, now at least you know the news.Â At the time of this posting, there is no other information available.
UPDATE: Turns out Hunter was suspended 10 games for…taking his wife’s diet pills??Â That has to be the most bizarre way to get busted.Â His quote was my favorite:
“I just hope people don’t think I’m out smoking marijuana.”
All day Tuesday ESPN was running a stat prior to the Mavericks/Nets game since Dallas was approaching one of the best records in NBA history through 60 games. Here was the graphic of best teams through 60 games:
’95-’96 Bulls 54-6 Won Championship
’96-’97 Bulls 53-7 Won Championship
’66-’67 Sixers 52-8 Won Championship
’82-’83 Sixers 51-9 Won Championship
’71-’72 Lakers 51-9 Won Championship
and now it includes
’06-’07 Mavericks 51-9 ?????????????
While the numbers speak for themselves, it’s safe to say that the Mavericks don’t come anywhere close to commanding the type of respect those other teams do. Why is that I wonder?
Probably because after Dirk Nowitzki, the team’s owner, Mark Cuban, is the only other recognizable figure of the franchise.
HOWEVA, despite the fact that Dallas may have to go through the juggernaut Suns, Duncan and the Spurs, Yao’s Rockets, or the Jazz, I will go on record now and say that the Mavericks will win the NBA title this year. How can I be so certain you ask (besides the fact that the graphic says so)?
The Mavericks play excellent defense, they have a passing point guard (who is also deadly from long-range), Dirk is a stellar scorer (and yes, a leader too), Dampier and Diop are nails inside, and Josh Howard, Jerry Stackhouse, and Devin Harris are underrated scorers. Also, Avery Johnson has excellent control of the club, and let’s not forget, they were up 2-0 on the Heat in the finals last year.
As another note, the Mavs have won 16 straight and have already clinched a playoff spot (on March 6th!). I think the clinching certainly is worthy of the Avery Bunch video being relaunched, no?