Monthly Archives: June 2012

2012 NBA Draft Recap

Considering their season and needs, the Golden State Warriors won the Draft selecting high character guys who fill the box score and play defense; alongside David Lee and Stephen Curry, the Warriors can be experience and a veteran away from contention. Memphis gets a positive honorable mention with their late Tony Wroten selection, certified sleeper. On the other end, the Sacramento Kings trapped Thomas Robinson with their hodgepodge of promising players from previous drafts, destined to toil away putting up big numbers on a bad team until he can escape through free agency. Cleveland gets a negative honorable mention with their early Dion Waiters selection, his interview caused other General Managers to applaud.Without further ado, my 2012 NBA Draft notes in reverse order.

  • ‪#nbadraft‬ @miamiheat trade Arnett Moultree, who I liked for them, to @sixers for future picks … Champions should know what they’re doing.
  • ‪#nbadraft‬ @warriors select Festus Ezell with the thirtieth pick, like his STRENGTH, that rounds out the first round; that’s all folks
  • ‪#nbadraft‬ @chicagobulls select Marquis Teague with the twenty ninth pick, better than his older brother Jeff Teague already, that is all.
  • ‪#nbadraft‬ Perry Jones III interview points, no eye contact, and chewing gum made him mutter, his agent didn’t prepare him properly.
  • ‪#nbadraft‬ @okcthunder select Perry Jones III with the twenty eighth pick, made of college all stars from top to bottom ‪#win‬ @nadruoj88
  • ‪#nbadraft‬ @miamiheat select Arnett Moultrie with the twenty seventh pick, 6’10 athlete that averaged a double double ‪#win‬
  • ‪#nbadraft‬ @pacers select Miles Plumlee with the twenty sixth pick, terrible pick because he’s not @nba ready, that is all
  • ‪#nbadraft‬ @memgrizz select Tony Wroten Junior with the twenty fifth pick, 6’6 point guard plays defense and has court vision? ‪#win‬ ‪#rondo‬
  • ‪#nbadraft‬ @memgrizz trade rumors, would definitely trade Rudy Gay straight up for Andre Iguodala if I were Memphis…
  • ‪#nbadraft‬ was about to comment on Perry Jones falling too far, and no one mentioned my other sleeper Draymond Green, @memgrizz are fortunate
  • ‪#nbadraft‬ @cavs select Jared Cunningham with the twenty fourth pick, for @dallasmavs, looks or plays smaller than listed 6’5
  • ‪#nbadraft‬ @espn showed the @bobcats roster, worst team in @nba history right there, no one will know any of those players in two years.
  • ‪#nbadraft‬ @atlanta_hawks select John Jenkins with the twenty third pick, has been called the best shooter available.
  • ‪#nbadraft‬ @celtics select Fab Melo with the twenty second pick, a seven footer who averages less than six boards per game…
  • ‪#nbadraft‬ listening to @espn Bilas describe Jared Sullinger involves more *he cannot* than anything else, besides a 6’9 basketball player.
  • ‪#nbadraft‬ @celtics select Jared Sullinger with the twenty first pick, YES! YES! YES! @sportsguy33 can’t wait to make excuses.
  • ‪#nbadraft‬ @sportsguy33 will collapse in agony if the @celtics take Jared Sullinger, let’s make it happen.
  • ‪#nbadraft‬ @denvernuggets select Evan Fournier with the twentieth pick, his ENTIRE highlight tape looks like a staged @nike commercial
  • ‪#nbadraft‬ @orlando_magic select Andrew Nicholson with the nineteenth pick, like his drive, hope he fills in. *high five* Canada
  • ‪#nbadraft‬ @dallasmavs send Tyler Zeller to @cavs for the 24th, 33rd, and 34th pick, Cavaliers with Barnes over Waiters would win round one
  • ‪#nbadraft‬ @houstonrockets select Terrence Jones with the eighteenth pick, best overall first round grade with Jeremy Lamb and Royce White
  • ‪#nbadraft‬ what’s with the @espn @nba ladder commercial theme?
  • ‪#nbadraft‬ @dallasmavs select Tyler Zeller with the seventeenth pick, highly skilled big, hits the boards, runs the floor, problem?
  • ‪#nbadraft‬ @houstonrockets select Royce White with the sixteenth pick, sleeper favorite of mine, @sixers will regret passing him
  • ‪#nbadraft‬ @sixers select Maurice Harkless with the fifteen pick, it’s whatever, Evan Turner is the future, needed another BIG.
  • ‪#nbadraft‬ @bucks select John Henson with the fourteenth pick, guaranteeing Tyler Zeller will be a star … Bilas said, Kruger @sportsguy33
  • ‪#nbadraft‬ @phoenixsuns select Kendall Marshall with the thirteenth pick, we may see unprecedented defenselessness ‪#bust‬
  • ‪#nbadraft‬ Chris Broussard suddenly acquired a lisp, he also feels Jeremy Lamb will find the wrong side of an @nba poster early next season.
  • ‪#nbadraft‬ @houstonrockets pick Jeremy Lamb with the twelfth pick … suit > game
  • ‪#nbadraft‬ Meyers Leonard … Shawn Bradley
  • ‪#nbadraft‬ @pdxtrailblazers pick Meyers Leonard with the eleventh pick, Lamarcus Aldridge looks forward to free agency
  • ‪#nbadraft‬ between that white dress and her volleyball background, Callie Rivers leads the *Best Looking Family Member* nomination so far
  • ‪#nbadraft‬ @hornets select Austin Rivers with the tenth pick, Eric Gordon just left New Orleans.
  • ‪#nbadraft‬ to be fair about Andre Drummond, lock him in a room with Bill Russell, Bill Russell footage, and a court w/ weights; he’ll be okay
  • ‪#nbadraft‬ @detroitpistons select Andre Drummond with the ninth pick, mediocrity in Detroit continues, Kwame 2.0 just looks happy to be there
  • ‪#nbadraft‬ @detroitpistons Andre Drummond is their perfect fit, they deserve annual busts after choosing Darko over Carmelo years ago
  • ‪#nbadraft‬ @raptors select Terrence Ross with the eighth pick, even David Stern laughed, then every commentator said *not a bad pick* ‪#BAD‬
  • ‪#nbadraft‬ @raptors as a Canadian, I am personally ashamed of our sole @nba franchise, their pick is guaranteed TERRIBLE
  • ‪#nbadraft‬ @warriors select Harrison Barnes with the seventh pick, best selection available, thought Andre Drummond made sense here.
  • ‪#nbadraft‬ Damian Lillard just threw Gary Payton under the bus, may his teammates be weary
  • ‪#nbadraft‬ @pdxtrailblazers select Damiam Lillard with the sixth pick, heard this selection all day, guess Raymond Felton is done there.
  • ‪#nbadraft‬ @sacramentokings pick Thomas Robinson with the fifth pick, he will need to bring a strong personality to change a perennial loser
  • ‪#nbadraft‬ @sacramentokings where young talent goes to flounder and prepare for a critical role on a contender through free agency.
  • ‪#nbadraft‬ Thomas Robinson continues to fall, every team that passed him by will feel that chip on his shoulder.
  • ‪#nbadraft‬ @cavs select Dion Waiters with the fourth pick, drafting for need here, filling holes
  • ‪#nbadraft‬ @cavs struck gold with Kyrie Irving last draft, struck out with Tristan Thompson, looking forward to their selection.
  • ‪#nbadraft‬ @washwizards pick Bradley Beal with the third pick, expected as much, shooter complements a team without a shot
  • ‪#nbadraft‬ @bobcats select Michael Kidd Gilchrist with the second pick, straight from my star potential list.
  • ‪#nbadraft‬ fully expect the @hornets to draft Anthony Davis’ teammate Terrence Jones with the tenth pick, transition with talent and comfort.
  • ‪#nbadraft‬ Anthony Davis is Serge Ibaka scary around the rim, then he starts blocking your three point shooters and the nightmare begins.
  • ‪#nbadraft‬ @nba @hornets first pick will be Anthony Davis, tell your naive friends you’re a psychic
  • ‪#nbadraft‬ @nba David Stern is @wwe Ric Flair
  • ‪#nbadraft‬ Preliminary @nba Bust Potential List / Andre Drummond, Austin Rivers, Kendall Marshall…
  • ‪#nbadraft‬ Preliminary @nba Role Player Potential List / Tyler Zeller, Harrison Barnes, Bradley Beal…
  • ‪#nbadraft‬ Preliminary @nba Star Potential List / Anthony Davis, Thomas Robinson, Michael Kidd Gilchrist…
Advertisements

2012 NBA Finals G5 Recap

G4 coverage was unnecessary, whoever took a 3 – 1 series lead would inevitably close out at home. Last year the Thunder were my choice to win it all this year, then the season began tailor made for the Heat, and two weeks ago the Spurs were suddenly my predominant choice. Ultimately, I chose the Miami Heat to win this series, and I really didn’t want Durant to have this loss on his resume; alas, what follows are my game notes in reverse order.

  • #nbafinals @miamiheat may not have beaten the world, but I will respect their claim as world champions until USA loses another world tournament
  • #nbafinals G5 final @miamiheat 121 / @okcthunder 106
  • #nbafinals no doubt, Lebron James is the Finals MVP, one more and he historically puts Kobe Bryant in his rear view
  • #nbafinals garbage time resembles the @nba development league showcase
  • #nbafinals Eddy Curry will receive an NBA Championship ring, the shame…
  • No joke, may watch Nashville on @abc, always intrigued by the makings of an original drama
  • ‏@Jaxn_CEO Kevin Durant is a great scorer. Not defender, not passer, not leader. Retweeted by Jorene Rene
  • #nbafinals @miamiheat up twenty six with a minute left in the third, tuning out for a bit, unlike @okcthunder, to be productive
  • #nbafinals new G5 catchphrase, @miamiheat blocks Westbrook!
  • #nbafinals when Bosh shoots imaginary bullets your way after knocking down a three pointer, then takes a foul on the other end #gameover
  • #nbafinals @miamiheat up nineteen with four minutes left in the third, @okcthunder making off-season plans
  • #nbafinals Van Gundy and I are looking to each other wondering about these calls, let them play ball refs
  • #nbafinals last @okcthunder possession ended with Sefalosha to Ibaka for the shot #losing
  • #nbafinals lead down to five, lead up to eleven, @miamiheat lead remains the constant
  • #nbafinals play resumes with a three from Durant, commentators immediately suggest a comeback… #unnecessary
  • #nbafinals G5 half @miamiheat 59 / @okcthunder 49
  • Sneaker commercials are the worst, random numbers that may or may not be statistics, and comical graphics with a catch phrase #gameon
  • #nbafinals we’re finally calling moving screens on Perkins? He almost carried Chalmers out to mid-court on the last possession.
  • @brittquita Mike Miller is already back from the dead, any performance is already astounding for him
  • #nbafinals these James Harden bailouts and flops are doing nothing to counter his memorable backdrop to Kobe’s summer game winner
  • #nbafinals @miamiheat up seventeen following a run of three pointers and excellent defense
  • #nbafinals Bosh is making a bid for best big man in this game, at least for the night, Serge Ibaka had that title locked up until now.
  • #nbafinals @miamiheat Bosh is playing like a big man tonight, Wade is scoring from mid-range, Lebron is playing lock down defense #winners
  • #nbafinals Kevin Durant can’t buy a basket, Lebron James won’t sell him one.
  • #nbafinals G5 Q1 @miamiheat 31 / @okcthunder 26
  • #nbafinals Durant pulled off a Tracey McGrady poster to end the quarter… poor Tracey McGrady, getting backhanded compliments.
  • #nbafinals if Norris Cole makes the post game podium wearing a ridiculous outfit with that haircut, then @tumblr may explode.
  • #nbafinals know how I can tell these players don’t play street ball? We don’t give up on the foul, no and ones, and they wouldn’t even count
  • #nbafinals not proud or ashamed to admit this, early during the season I had suggested Norris Cole would win Rookie of the Year…
  • Just watched a Spanish language @ford commercial with captions during an #nbafinals break, couldn’t be prouder of our progress.
  • Advance tickets are on sale for The Dark Knight Rises, which isn’t in theaters until July 20th, what has the world come to?
  • #nbafinals Chris Bosh is playing like a big third, the lower third, a third nonetheless.
  • #nbafinals why is Kevin Durant guarding Mario Chalmers? Another reason to give Lebron the ultimate respect, he steps up on both ends.
  • #nbafinals Lebron James, coast to coast, and the foul… like it’s already raining @miamiheat confetti
  • @Jaxn_CEO and master flopper James Harden hasn’t even entered yet, the court is about to get damp
  • #nbafinals alley layup for Dwyane Wade, he’s not the same from even a year ago, effective just the same.
  • #nbafinals remember when Mario Chalmers was busted for smoking pot right after he was drafted? Now he’s Super Mario #high
  • #nbafinals we’ve officially come to expect every Shane Battier shot to drop, not unreasonable following his play this series.
  • #nbafinals already see the @okcthunder strategy, get Durant started early, except Durant is not a killer, or a point guard #turnover
  • #nbafinals Kevin Durant leads @okcthunder in talent, Russell Westbrook has lead by example, stop disrespecting that man.

My Father Exercised Once

My father was allegedly a soccer savant in his heyday, despite the lack of recorded evidence, his good posture and trim suits have historically swayed belief surrounding fitness in his favor. In my twenty odd years of life, I cannot recall my father ever participating in a physically strenuous activity, much less exercise; therein lies how he thoroughly impressed me.

After weeks of expressing a desire to buy sneakers, only to repeatedly reject the notion of actually doing so, we finally went to Modells and bought him a pair of yellow and gray Nikes. After loosely browsing through sweat pants and track shirts, my father confirmed that he already owned proper exercise attire.

Quick side tangent, the Modells employee who assisted us attempted to guess my age, started with 19, then 23, then 25; she made a not so young man’s day.

My father accompanied me to exercise wearing what can best be described as a pair of windbreaker cargo shorts and an Ed Hardy t-shirt. We intermittently walked and jogged the track and stairs (*click through for video re-enactment), then completed two sets of Betty White modified push-ups, pull-ups, and dips. Still, it’s not how well, or realistically terribly he performed, my father’s effort truly impressed me out there.

2012 NBA Finals G3 Recap

* in reverse order

  • #finals final @miamiheat 91 / @okcthunder 85
  • #finals leaving Westbrook wide open is the best defensive play possible, he comes to play with pressure only #kryptonite
  • #finals @miamiheat found a solution to that Kevin Durant isolation play on the left block, part of it is simply all world Lebron defense.
  • #finals Thabo Sefalosha dunked on Dwyane Wade in reverse after picking his pocket… @okcthunder back within one
  • #finals two minutes left, @miamiheat up five
  • #finals Durant couldn’t expect to get that charge called, he needs another year to man up, especially with that kind of length.
  • #finals if you’re an @okcthunder fan and you’re not tight that Durant didn’t try for the block there, then you’re not a basketball fan.
  • #finals Chris Bosh perfectly displayed butter fingers, ruined the perfect Lebron James assist, is equalizing the Westbrook liability.
  • @bringmedabir in support of the @miamiheat, I totally agree with this sentiment, please put the ball in Westbrook’s hands, and not Harden’s.
  • #finals like game two, Durant misses another pair of free throws, would call the game over in favor of @miamiheat if not for James Harden
  • #finals one more quarter to go, @miamiheat up two at home, waiting on that one play… #thekilling
  • #finals this is an impossible amount of three point fouls committed, very original method for cutting this lead down to three.
  • #finals @okcthunder lead has grown to eleven, @miamiheat need shooters to connect against this zone defense
  • #finals not sure why teams don’t zone against @miamiheat more often, Scott Brooks is becoming an elite coach.
  • #finals @okcthunder up nine, their third quarter runs continue
  • @brittquita my money would be on Stern, the Ric Flair comparisons are uncanny.
  • #finals halftime David Stern has been the @nba commissioner since I was a ONE YEAR OLD #retire
  • @Jaxn_CEO three time scoring champion, Durant is an offensive beast, no one is going to shut down Lebron except for Lebron.
  • #finals half @miamiheat 47 / @okcthunder 46
  • #finals Shane Battier is channeling the spirit of B.J. Armstrong and Steve Kerr to perfectly compliment Lebron and Wade.
  • If only Stallone, Norris, and Schwarzenegger made The Expendables in their prime… It’s sort of sad watching them try to look active.
  • #finals Durant exchanges words with Wade? Saw him take out the mouthpiece and everything, then he promptly turns the ball over…
  • #finals Nick Collison has played 4 minutes, scored 2 points, and committed 3 fouls; new favorite @okcthunder player thanks to @brittquita
  • #finals blocking foul after the pass AND change of possession? #unprecedented
  • #finals Van Gundy quote, Nick Collison’s intangibles include proudly raising his hand to take responsibility for committed fouls.
  • #finals remember when you knew game one was over because Nick Collison was dunking left and right? Mike Miller just scored at the rim…
  • @brittquita that bad Adam Sandler movie looks like a parody of a bad Adam Sandler movie. Retweeted by @jorenerene.
  • #finals for the smaller team on the court, and against a younger team, @miamiheat are dominating the offensive glass early.
  • #finals Serge Ibaka has a mid range jumper, light touch around the rim, and just showed a hook shot; his game is smoothing out all around.
  • #finals missed the anthem and team introductions… Any Jessica Sanchez competition? More Star Wars music?
  • #finals for all the flack Russell Westbrook is receiving, his 27 points, 8 assists, 9 rebounds per game averages are spectacular
  • #finals after a day spent drowning out #usopen golf on @espn radio, it’s time to absorb the @nba

2012 NBA Finals G2 Recap

* in reverse order.

  • #finals #final @miamiheat 100 / @okcthunder 96
  • #finals all together now, you can’t be clutch in a LOSS; respect the title, and give Lebron his due.
  • #finals Clutch? Minimal contact, Durant came up short at the rim; then Lebron calmly knocks down two free throws #finish
  • #finals @okcthunder are finished, calling it early, those missed chippies will prove fatal… and @kdtrey5 missing free throws. #finished
  • #finals James Harden flops once again, look at his face when he does it, LOOK AT IT!
  • #finals the @kdtrey5 dunk over Shane Battier should be under consideration for the new @nba logo.
  • #finals that awkward moment when James Harden bowls into a defensive players and looks puzzled at the offensive foul call…
  • #finals James puts up a three … sounds eerily like Carmelo puts up a three, and we know how that turns out.
  • #finals if we know Durant and Sefalosha can’t handle Lebron in the post, why is Lebron running isolation plays from the perimeter?
  • #finals half @miamiheat 55 / @okcthunder 43
  • About this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cZ2Wvmvpszs musically themed road trip @honda commercial, did they kidnap that one black child?
  • @LunaBerry3 if it were about a black family with a single conspicuous white child, then this would happen http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/Woman-Shot-Chest-Brooklyn-Church-Avenue-38-Street-159134215.html
  • #finals these terrible Dark Knight Rises commercials worry me, were Batman Begins and Dark Knight commercials this bad?
  • #finals remember who called the finger wag. If Serge Ibaka averaged twenty plus a season … @blakegriffin?
  • #finals Lebron just tried to murder someone at the end of the quarter … and confirmed he is not a killer.
  • #finals someone finally told Lebron that he is simply stronger than Durant #KRYPTONITE
  • #finals that double flop was special, @wwe special.
  • #finals Serge Ibaka should learn to wag a finger, go full on Mutombo #whenwillyoulearn
  • #finals even on a miss, Wade already exhibited more energy than his entire game one effort.
  • #finals in case you missed it, spoiler alert, #uncledrew is @kyrieirving
  • #finals that American anthem rendition dragged, like Jessica Sanchez issued a challenge… that Sara Evans failed.
  • #finals about to change my ringtone to this Star Wars theme, it’s that serious.

Ten Songs I Love

* twitter trending topic / #10songsilove @jorenerene

2012 NBA Finals Game One Recap

* In reverse order.

  • #nbafinals is Lebron James TRULY destined to be the @nba Jim Kelly? #fb
  • #nbafinals game one deciding factor besides the starters, Nick Collison > Chris Bosh.
  • #nbafinals agreed, game is over once Nick Collison bangs on you. Congratulations on game one @okcthunder
  • #nbafinals Pat Riley is tight, and Lebron James has left the building.
  • #nbafinals Lebron is disappearing in the fourth while Durant comes alive, problem…
  • #nbafinals good finish Lebron, I’d call that a travel if I were rooting for @okcthunder
  • #nbafinals finally, Wade gets a foul shot, in the third quarter, thanks.
  • #nbafinals someone check the foul numbers while I protest the rest of the third quarter.
  • #nbafinals why do the referees keep rewarding Sefalosha for missing dunks?
  • #nbafinals EVERYONE but Wade is getting a call, this is getting out of hand; that’s how referees allow a run.
  • @lunaberry3 asked which team deserves to win? The winner, that’s who.
  • #nbafinals looking through @nba tweets on my timeline, lots of chatter about @okcthunder despite being down at the half, is that hate?
  • #nbafinals Shane Barrier got a technical foul? The Pacquiao judges are @nba referees also?
  • #nbafinals Chris Bosh transforming into Andrea Bargnani is uncomfortably working out so far.
  • @espn centuries will pass without assembling a Dream Team to rival the original; eternity maybe.
  • #nbafinals Fisher is three for three, that’s experience; Kobe is somewhere plotting against Sessions.
  • #nbafinals Daequan Cook gets a foul called before Wade? Ball don’t lie.
  • #nbafinals can the @miamiheat get a foul called in their favor? Not like we need it, still…
  • #nbafinals Chris Bosh just committed the weakest foul of the playoffs, you are the weakest link.
  • #nbafinals who are you rooting for? I have the @miamiheat sweeping four straight. #fb
  • #nbafinals first three minutes MVP, Shane Battier
  • After watching Spoelstra’s pregame speech, he needs to stay out of the way.
  • The Star Wars introduction music and subdued announcer was special, that’s how I would want to be introduced at home.
  • Have to say, Jessica Sanchez impressed me some time ago on @youtube, she may have sole possession of the voice crown, whose her competition?
  • Before we start @nba finals coverage, let’s be sure @juneambrose will cover the post game costume designs, that’s beyond me.