The most anticipated player of the Minnesota Timberwolves ended his season earlier than expected. In a tight match between the Los Angeles Lakers at Minnesota on Friday, the Wolves were up 102-101 late in the game. With only 17 seconds remaining, Kobe Bryant collided into Ricky Rubio, knocking him down.
While charged a blocking foul, Rubio was unable to get up. He was taken to the bench being examined and tried walking, barely being able to apply pressure to his left knee. The Timberwolves lost to the Lakers 102-105 and probably their chances of making the playoffs.
Reports later clarified that Rubio had suffered a torn ACL, finishing his phenomenal rookie year.
March 14, 2012
The Golden State Warriors have agreed to trade Monta Ellis, Ekpe Udoh and Kwame Brown in exchange for Andrew Bogut and Stephen Jackson from the Milwaukee Bucks. Despite Ellis’ continued success for the Warriors, he has been involved in trade rumors for the past few seasons. Bogut and Jackson are both great additions for any team. How will these two teams fare with their new acquisitions?
March 14, 2012
Now that Mike D’Antoni has mysteriously resigned as the head coach for the New York Knicks, how will Interim Coach Mike Woodson handle this team? The fans chanting “Fire D’Antoni,” became an actual fact.. The Knicks were once on a seven-game winning streak. Now they are almost heading to a losing streak of the same degree. With Woodson in command of the team, how will the players respond?
March 15, 2012
What makes the trade deadline so special? It’d filled with surprising transactions made by teams who may or may not be in the rumor mill during the season. The front office of each and every management works hard to find that perfect deal during this time of the year. The deadline was like the black Friday of the NBA world. What makes trades so unique is how some search for pieces to improve their squad, while others do it to clear the cap space. It surprising to see how some front offices had already given up their playoff chances based on the deals that were made in the last few days. Who has made some glaring changes to their team?
The video doesn’t lie. Glen Davis clearly had his path diverted, due to Noah’s use of “Big Baby” repellent. Oh yea, the dunk was amazing too, like their season.
The Chicago Bulls have been playing all season with authority. With or without Derrick Rose in control, the Bulls manage to dominate with a league leading record of 38 wins and 10 losses. Their constant hustle from tip-off to the final buzzer has been remarkable.
Joakim Noah is also refreshing to watch. Ever since Rose arrived to his hometown team, we’ve seen what Noah’s game is really about: dedication. Since then, the Bulls have rejuvenated their fan base and become a reasonable favorite to win it all. This dunk is just a snippet of what their season is like so far, doing work while diverting the opposition, literally.
Lately, the Los Angeles Clippers have been dealing with a lot of adversity throughout the season. Their inconsistent effort in the month of March had fans go insane. The Clippers lost nine of the 16 games played so far this month.
Who is the person to blame?
Don’t get me wrong. Kobe Bryant is a great player, if not, one of the greats. His matured style of play reflects the name of this blog, so I definitely praise the job he has been providing for the Lakers throughout his career.
I never like the comments about players being, “old,” when they are only in their thirties. It seems outrageous to say that when they are still physically capable of doing things that many younger ones dream about.
Until Bryant’s demeanor at the free throw, and after exchange with Thabo Sefolosha last night, my argument may be a contradiction.
The Orlando Magic are currently holding the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference. Their plunge from the third seed they’ve held for most of the the season is due to the recent five-game losing streak. To make matters worse, Dwight Howard isn’t comfortable in Orlando, even after deciding to stay another year with the team. This time it was Coach Stan Van Gundy that has taken the spotlight.
In the video above from TNT, they shorten the interview with Van Gundy. From the 42 second mark, the tape captures Van Gundy acknowledging to the reporters that Howard does want him fired. The most intriguing part is when Dwight Howard enters the scene on queue. He has no idea what Van Gundy was talking about, and the coach managed to cover up his words in front of Howard. As Van Gundy leaves, the reporters immediately ask him if he wanted his coach fired. Following the “NBA code” Howard declines the accusations.
Why does this have to be brought up when Orlando had been dong so well for most of the year. Van Gundy isn’t afraid to speak out his feelings, but he also wouldn’t be the person to bring up this inside story during the season. Maybe he doesn’t want to coach them anymore? He’s tired of the team’s top player mocking his every move. It wouldn’t be surprising if he resigns after they end their season, unless they figure out a way to reach the finals, like it was 2009 all over again.
The Indiana Pacers hold the top record in the NBA for the month of April. Only losing two games during their 13 games in April, the Pacers are certainly becoming a top story in the league.