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Saturday, November 22nd, 2008 at 12:23 pm  |  42 responses

Line Of The Night — Chris Bosh Knows His Destination

He’s just not there.

Carterized!!by Shannon Booher

Kanye’s “Street Lights” makes this entire experimentation phase of sorts he’s in, or whatever you want to call it, worth it. That’s classic material. Can’t you see P.J. Carlesimo contemplating life, to that track, as he gets the hell out of Oklahoma City? Yeah, we can’t either.

Line Of The Night:

Vinsanity — 39 points, 9 boards, 6 assists, 1 steal

Sorry Mr. Bosh. We’ve put you through a rough week. You had last night’s L.O.N.nie wrapped up, only to have Mr. Carter (no not that one… no not that one either… yeah, that one) come through and snatch it. His clutch shots give him a shot at this honor, and then that perfect game-ending reverse alley-oop sealed the deal. Word to Lawrence Frank on that, too.

Contraction Club Of The Night:

T-Wolves — 78 points vs. the Ceatles

This franchise had it’s heart and soul stolen when K.G. was shipped to Boston, and last night he finally came back to put the proverbial stake in said heart. And then there was dust.

Where's that Conley?Memphis — 76 points vs. the Mavs

Mike Conley, supposed point guard, 14 points and 0 assists. Let us only pray to Pac above that this not the only Buckeye failure of the weekend.

Trade Of The Night:

G-State gets:

J-Creezy

The Knickerbockers get:

Al Harrington

In reality, this is a pure FREE AL HARRINGTON situation, but as soon as the deal went down, the L.O.N. offices were awash in celebration with the news that fellow Michigan alum (OK, he’s probably not official alum, but y’all know what we’re sayin’) Jamal Crawford was heading to one of our favorite teams. Of course, since he was leaving the new-fangled Knicks, where he was a key component of D’Antoni’s attack, his new situation is probably equal, at best, for the entertainment factor, but we still love it.

As a eulogy on the Al Harrington/Nellie Era, we never quite understood the problem. Seemed an ideal situation for Al, but now he’s probably headed to an equally ideal spot. Get ‘er done, Al. And pour out a little red-eye cocktail service for Jonathan Bender, while you’re at it.

Trade Part II Of The Night:

The Clip Joint gets:

Zach Randolph
Mardy Collins

The Knickerbockers get:

Cat Mobley
Tim Thomas

This is atrocious on so many levels for the Clippers that we do not even know where to start. When the season began, D’Antoni and Donnie Walsh probably had a convo something like this: Walsh:  “Hey Mike, let’s try to get Z-Bo off to a hot start so we can find some sucker to take him of our hands.” D’Antoni: “Aww man… do I have to? I was hoping to have a my own version of the Three Tenors down there w/ Starbury, E-City and him.” Walsh: “Do it. Trust me.”

Hypnotism? Blackmail? What’s your secret, Mr. Walsh? More importantly, who is going to eat cheeseburgers with E-City, now?

Hey Mr. Dunleavy, why don’t you hand the Knicks the keys to the NBA for the ’10′s? This puts them in the pole position of the LeBron sweepstakes, or so conventional wisdom says. Oh to have access to the Patriot Act wiretap trained on the James household today… ABUZZ.

Rookie Of The Night:

Derrick Rose — 25 points, 5 assists, 3 boards, 2 steals

Derrick’s jumper was certainly in full bloom (buh-doomp-doomp-piiisshhhhh) last night in G-State.  He took over this game down the stretch, hitting J after J after J after J. He even gave the crowd the ol’ finger-over-the-lips “hush” symbol after one shot. Too bad he apparently got stabbed on the court, somehow, near the end. He finished the game in pain, on the bench, with an icepack on his abdomen. Weird. This odd injury closely followed fellow rook Anthony Randolph being hit in the neck by an invisible blow dart. Some definite hijinx went down in the Bay, last night. Speaking of Randolph… he may be Nellie’s dream player. He’s a longer L-Eezy without quite the same handle. Nellie likes his handle enough, though, as he had him bringing the ball up as the point several times.  He looks raw, exciting, and wildly inconsistent. But hella fun. Another speaking of… Why haven’t Odom and Nellie hooked up? Isn’t Lamar the definition of? Somebody make it happen.

Insult To Injury Of The Night:

It has been well-documented that after comparing notes with fellow Duke alum Carlos Boozer, this past off-season, Elton Brand snaked the Clip Joint. Well, last night he added venom to the insult.  And the injury. Despite struggling most of the night, Brand nailed the go ahead jumper in the final minutes, and was right there on D to prevent the Clippers from scoring. Who knows though… Dunleavy seems to be collecting big men that make a lot of money. Maybe they’ll trade for him.

Orlando has slide under our radar a bit. They started off slow, but now are right there with the LeBrons at 2nd in the East. Nice… Rasho! You missed your chance! Two more points in you’re in the Near Ice Cube section! Ever again?… Come on J.R., don’t go out as the garbage man… Houston has to at least take a, um, quantum of solace in the fact that despite their disjointed play, they are sitting OK at 8-5… Will someone please play power forward for Charlotte? This is getting ridiculous… With limited roster, Starbury given the option to play and chooses not to… The Thunder is/are so disgusting. Sorry, Kevin…

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  • http://www.where-basketball-b-longs.blogspot.com/ B. Long

    If Vince played against Toronto every night, he’d be an MVP canidate. And I was calling for a Lamar and S-Jax trade the day after the finals ended.

  • maddskizzle

    first! wow that raptors/nets game was intense, when VC wants to bring it he definitely still can take over the game

  • maddskizzle

    dammit, second!

  • namik

    Good stuff Mr. Booher. I like your work ethic, working on the weekends. The Zach Randolph part was hilarious. Starbury has lost his mind. No love for the Lake-Show?

  • http://twentythreenine.blogspot.com Russ Bengtson

    Did VC really say he hadn’t dunked backwards in six years? It was probably a joke, but it is bad that I can’t remember his last reverse? Also, what shoes are those?

  • Myung

    DJ Augustin was the best player on the Charlotte Bobcats last night, and it wasn’t even close. I thought he was too small to make it in the League, but I think I’m wrong. He was killing the Hawks, scoring at will, and penetrating with ease (he dropped some sweet dimes to his teammates). Sorry if you’re reading this, BETCats or anyone else who roots for Charlotte, but your team (other than DJ and Gerald Wallace) is…not very good.

  • http://www.where-basketball-b-longs.blogspot.com/ B. Long

    Russ:I think those are the second version of his VC Nike Shox. I really hope that was a rebirth and not just a “one night only”for VC.

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  • http://www.where-basketball-b-longs.blogspot.com/ B. Long

    And why the hell is Jalen Rose telling America that Chris Bosh and LeBron James are going to the Knicks like he’s got some kind of inside source that no one else has. Jalen, I loved you as a player and your a decent t.v. personality, but please spare us your Peter Vescey impersonations.

  • http://twentythreenine.blogspot.com Russ Bengtson

    They might ve a variation on the VC2, but the original VC2s had full-length Shox. Those look to be a Zoom/Shox hybrid. Off to Getty Images.

  • namik

    Russ you don’t remember the reverse oop from Kidd to VC in jersey? The one where he brought it all the way down and then did he wack motorcycle thing. It was the best dunk on NBA action for that year I think. Sick dunk.

  • http://www.hoopmixtape.com Simon S.Y Lawy

    that’s a charity game for lakers, can i say that…

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    The Crawford and Randolph deals were horrible decisions by Walsh. Even if we’re going for the 2010 sweepstakes, those were simply terrible. Hopefully Chandler gets to play some crazy long minutes.
    Lebron better come to New York!

  • http://www.hoopmixtape.com Simon S.Y Lawy

    VC did the reverse alley oop for buz’ beater at 06-07 once, i don’t remember which team nets against with, i’m pretty sure that’s a buz’ beater.

  • DeQuan

    i thought the same thing about Randolph. Get him good and then send him off. Vince was wrong for last night. Raptors fans are hurting after that one.

  • http://www.hoopmixtape.com Simon S.Y Lawy

    i hope VC can play with his HEART every single night, he’s wasting his talent, he’ll be top 3 of all time if he’s working hard on it.

  • http://www.hoopmixtape.com Simon S.Y Lawy

    we will never forget the best SKYWALKER of all time…

  • http://twentythreenine.blogspot.com Russ Bengtson

    Top three WHAT of all-time? ‘Cause he’s already one of the top three dunkers, and it’s way too late for him to be one of the top three players.

  • http://www.where-basketball-b-longs.blogspot.com/ B. Long

    And just when you think they can’t, the Wiz found a way to lose. FREE TUFF JUICE! Did anyone else see Yao bang on JaVale. EAT THE HEAD, JAVALE!

  • Myung

    I’ve seen Vince play a few times this year. First of all, when he’s on, he is pretty unstoppable from 3 point land. He can probably create space for himself and make a bunch of 3′s better than anyone else in the League, other than Kobe and T-Mac. Secondly, he seems to rarely drive anymore. MJ didn’t stop driving to the hole (and started relying on the midrange game) until he was in his mid to late 30′s. I’m not trying to compare Vince to Michael directly, but isn’t it a little too early for Vince to just settle for jumpers? I’m sure he’s still got some of that explosiveness left in those legs. Then again, if you’re as hot as he’s been from outside lately, I guess I could understand why he’s shooting so many jumpers.

  • bubba

    ‘Haven’t dunked backwards in 6 or 7 years’…typical Vince, modest, even self-effacing. He has reversed it this year several times. I guess he forgot this one from 06-07. As one GM described it to Gary Sussman at the time, “One of the all-time great buckets.” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zFRRnGC9oFQ

  • WhaHuh

    free al jefferson, oj mayo and rudy gay

  • thesubwayconnection

    Haha. I feel for the Wiz. I totally thought they had that one on lock, then again, the Raptors need some bench players, because they did, too.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    Celtics-Raps tomorrow. Get your popcorn ready . . .

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    Celtics-Raps tomorrow. Get your popcorn ready . . .

  • ti-sizz

    i think someone mentioned this reverse alley-oop. it was against the magic.. vrooom vrooooooom, motorcycle!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CgdFWJtY8uY&feature=related

  • bubba

    @ Myung. According to 82games.com, 28% of VC’s FGAs this season have come from “inside”. Compare that with Kobe’s 24%. Kobe has attempted 5 more FTs than VC, 71 to 66. He still goes to the hole.

  • Myung

    I like the stats, Bubba. I stand corrected, a little. But still, just because Kobe takes it in less than Vince doesn’t mean he (meaning Vince) isn’t driving less than he used to. It just means he’s driving more than Kobe is. But either way, thanks for pointing out the error of my ways; I was just basing my post on the 4 times I’ve seen vince play. I suppose I caught him on nights when he shot a lot of J’s. I’ll try not to generalize a player based on a limited sample size.

  • Sean Gaudet

    Russ…

    Last time VC dunked backwards was during the 07 playoffs. Which was against the Raptors *sigh*

  • http://twentythreenine.blogspot.com Russ Bengtson

    Yeah, I found some of those—including the one against the Raps. He does like the long three now, though.

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  • http://joebasketball.blogspot.com JoeBasketball

    That kanye tune is SICK, shame every time i listen to it i’ll have the image of a depressed PJ in my head. Thanks guys.

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    That was a terrible last sequence for the Raptors. See how wide open Vince was when the lob was thrown? jeez.

  • Elyse

    Re: Kobe driving less than vince. I don’t think those sats say so much about driving, it just speaks to drives that end in shot attempts. Many of Kobe’s drives end in a kick out to a perimeter shooter, or a drop off to Pau or Bynum.

  • h-wag

    Russ:
    The shoes are the Nike Shox Gamer, and they are new for VC this season and not some retro stuff.

  • I am the walrus

    go hawks

  • MeloMan13

    The last buzzer beater was against the bobcats…BET cuda told u that
    Ps. I hate Vince Carter!!!.. and love him. hes so hard to figure out. sometimes are boos get to him, and other times they motivate him to do stuff like Friday…
    PPs. the motorcycle celebration is possibly the best ever

  • MeloMan13

    and why does evryone want to take bosh in 2010 all of a sudden. u ppl are bandwaganers… he belongs to the t. dot. and he got robbed again for LON.
    Slam is racist

  • Boing Dynasty

    The Nets should talk to David Stern about playing all thier home games at the ACC. Also the VC has the most under rated line up of shoes ever. VC’s > LBJ’s

  • bubba

    Elyse: Of course, that stat says something about driving, it says that Kobe and Vince got to the basket and score inside right around the same amount. Their free throws attempted are also very close, Kobe having a few more. As for assists, Vince is averaging 5.3 apg to Kobe’s 3.7.

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