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Major League II Started Big Ball Dance, Not Sam Cassell or Eddie House

I’m not sure what’s more upsetting, the lack of knowledge regarding the origin of the “Big Ball Dance,” or that the NBA actually fines people for doing it. See, the origin of the Big Ball Dance dates back to 1994 and the release of Major League II. In the movie, Pedro Cerrano has made a transition from hot-head to peaceful lover, and a slump ensues. Japanese import Isuro Kamikaze Tanaka mocks Cerrano for being a sissy, and tells him one day in the locker room that he needs to sack up. Tanaka uses a dictionary to find the Japanese translation of balls and comically ends up saying Cerrano “has no marbles.”

The “no marbles” chant is used to goad Cerrano the rest of the movie. Angered by the taunts, Cerrano winds up hitting monster home runs and does the “Big Ball Dance” as a way to shut Tanaka up (as you can see above). The whole marbles thing is one aspect of the movie that was memorable, and that made it funny and cute. Every time I see an NBA player use that celebration, I think back to Major League II and laugh. But apparently someone in the commissioner’s office is clueless and taking things all the wrong way.

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Eddie House: Heat May Have Been Bored After Building 22-Point Lead

Besides the Indiana Pacers throwing in 54 points during the third quarter on Tuesday night, the other surprise was seeing the Miami Heat blow a 22-point lead. People watching this one early figured they had seen enough when the Heat raced out to the big lead against the Jazz. The Heat went from up 21 early in the third quarter to up only three by the end of it.

What happened that led to the collapse? Guard Eddie House thinks the team may have been bored. From the Heat Index via Slam Online, “For whatever reason, I don’t think we had that sense of urgency. I think we got up 20 (points) and might have just gotten bored with that process of how we got up 20.”

That certainly makes sense — they figured they had it and no longer needed to try hard. This is the type of comment House needs to keep to himself to avoid the media scrutiny that will certainly follow.

Clearly we’re seeing an issue of mental focus for Miami and it’s probably a good thing it’s happening to them early in the year. It’s like a jock screwing around in class, getting an F on a test, and seeing all the nerds laugh at him; the Miami Heat players are not as cool as they think they are, and they’re going to have to start trying harder the entire game. The party is officially over.

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LeBron, Wade, and Bosh but Eddie House Takes Last Shot for Miami Heat

One of those pathetic, cliche questions reporters feel obligated to ask (but really think they’re creative in doing so) a Big Three group of players is “Who gets the final shot?” Nevermind that the goal is to win every game by enough of a margin where a last shot won’t be necessary, but many media members think this is some huge determining factor in what makes a team. See, unless you have Scottie Pippen on your squad, this is not an issue.

Well, it only took six games but we already got an answer to the question: it’s Eddie House. The Heat were down three against the Hornets 96-93 in the final seconds and needed a three point basket to tie the game. They ran an inbounds play for Dwyane Wade who rose up for a three but elected to pass to House midair. Though Wade had an excellent look coming off a screen, he thought House was the better option. House missed it and the Hornets pulled off the surprise win, handing Miami its second loss of the season.

There’s no shame in losing to the Hornets who are 5-0 and have beaten all very good teams. Chris Paul had 19 assists and Emeka Okafor missed just one shot going 12-13 for 26 points. What’s shocking is that with all the stars on Miami’s roster, Eddie House was the one taking the final shot. Both Dwyane Wade and LeBron James talked about how nice it would be to have a second star to whom they could defer. It seemed like both guys were in defer mode in the final minute and that hurt Miami.

It’s only November so there’s plenty of time for everything to be settled, but seeing Eddie House take the final shot is not what anybody expected.

Eddie House: Middle Fingers to All the Miami Heat Haters

It’s no secret at this point that the Miami Heat have already become the center of attention in the basketball world.  There are plenty of people who already hate the Heat, and others who are “jealous as s***” of them.  One guy doesn’t give a rat’s behind what you think of the boys from South Beach, and he’s letting everyone know exactly how he feels about it.  Here’s the message Eddie House has for all the “haters” who want to see the Heat fall flat on their face.

I think, you know what, honestly, I don’t give a (expletive) about nobody else on the outside,” House said. “It doesn’t matter about anybody out there. I don’t care what their expectations are. We have our expectations and our goals. We are going to achieve them. That’s the bottom line.”

“So, at the end of the day, middle fingers to all the haters,” House said.

That’s about as straightforward as it can get, but I’m sure that’s how Eddie actually feels.  Coming over from the Celtics, the three point specialist is certainly no stranger to being on a hated squad and coming off the bench in support of a Big Three.  It may sound crazy, but the fact that House has dealt with identical circumstances in the past could be enough to make him a leader on a team that has an insane amount of star power and talent.

Whether the Heat live up to the enormous expectations they’ve set for themselves or not, I think it’s clear that the players couldn’t care less what Charles Barkley or anyone else has already predetermined about them.

Rafer Alston’s Idiotic Slap on Eddie House Puts Magic in Terrible Spot

The Lakers/Rockets game on Wednesday night was notably physical. While the Celtics/Magic wasn’t as physical, they still had their moments. The standout moment was when Rafer Alston hit Eddie House in the back of the head with an open-handed slap. Alston claims House provoked it by throwing an elbow his way (which was totally harmless). House says it was just because Alston got pissed that House was draining shots over him all game-long. Check it out in case you missed it:

My boy Matt Watson feels Alston deserves a suspension and so do I. Frankly, I don’t see how you can watch a player slap someone for no reason other than being a poor sport and not punish them for it. Alston let his emotions and hurt feelings overcome him for a moment and he could end up costing his team big time. Remember that Alston was acquired in a trade with Houston once Jameer Nelson got knocked out for the season. It was pretty clear at that point that the Magic knew backup Anthony Johnson couldn’t get the job done. Tyronn Lue isn’t the answer either. So if there’s no Alston for Game 3, who does that leave, Courtney Lee who’s coming off sinus surgery and not even a point guard for them? Lue? Johnson? Rajon Rondo’s already had his way in two games so far against Alston (though he didn’t shoot too well in Game 1). It won’t be pretty against any of those others. Nice job, Alston. Way to help the team.