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Monday, November 16th, 2009 at 9:01 am  |  125 responses

The Post Up: ROY Race?

Show us what you’ve got, Tyreke.

by Holly MacKenzie/@stackmackBrandon Jennings

September 23, 1989 a star was born. Clap for him.

November 14, 2009, the basketball world was introduced to this star as he shot his way into the record books.

Yes, it’s Brandon Jennings Appreciation Monday over here. Did you expect anything less?

Hope you’re still all basking in the glory that is the goodness of this game.

So it’s a couple of days later and I’m still so happy. I don’t need to recap that for you because I know you’ve all seen/heard/read/thought about the ridiculousness of this by now, but of course I’ll do a brief little rundown anyway. With 12 scoreless minutes in the first quarter and 40 minutes played in the game, those 55 points were scored in a silly 28 minute span. Twenty-nine of them coming in the third quarter where I literally lost my mind.

I was laughing and screaming, smiling and then crying. That’s the amazing thing about sports. You can’t predict it. You can’t ever know when a rookie is going to go off and score 55 points in his seventh NBA game. These are the moments when I realize that we are the lucky ones. To love and appreciate this game so much, imagine if  we saw the ticker on ESPN and it didn’t make us feel anything.  How lame would that be? How much would we be missing out on if it was just interesting, rather than ridiculously amazing.

I’m glad we can all agree that loving this game makes everything better.

Even when it hurts. I know Raptors fans were hurting after their team lost their 11th straight in Phoenix after dropping a 101-100 decision last night thanks to Steve Nash getting a layup and the free throw to give the Suns the lead. I was shockingly impressed with the defensive effort the Raptors put forth after their first quarter (and minus the six three-pointers Channing Frye hit).

You’ve seen Ron Artest throwing Trevor Ariza’s show by now, I’m guessing?

I’m convinced that is at least part of the reason why the Rockets won this game. Okay, not really. They won because they are a team and they play like one, regardless of who they’ve got on the floor, on the bench, injured or healthy, the 12 guys representing the Houston Rockets get the whole “playing for the name on the front of the jersey” thing and it’s really, really fun to watch. Career-high for Aaron Brooks with 33, too. If I had to pick a “favorite” team to watch right now, I’m going Milwaukee, Houston and Denver. Love each of these teams and the success they are having.

New Jersey.

0-10.

I felt so damn badly for them in Miami when Dwyane had to go all superhero flashman and hit that amazing three to give his guys the win at home. It is his house and that’s why it’ll stay his house through 2010 and beyond. I think he’s sticking around. Q. Rich has become one of my favorites to watch this year because his story of reemergence is so great. I’m also really enjoying watching the evolution of Mario Chalmers. Not so great is Jermaine O’Neal missing time with a bruised hip. Hope he’s back asap.

For real, Nets. Get healthy, get your guys back and go get that W.

Don Nelson. Madness. Mayhem. Who is going to stop the mess that is Golden State?

Atlanta stand up. ATL has been fantastic. Quietly taking down their opponents, casually climbing the standings in the East, not so casually taking down the Celtics. It’s been a nice start for the Hawks.

Big win for Indiana against the Celtics, as well. Dahntay Jones is looking like a really nice pickup for the Pacers, and I’m happy I decided to pick him up in my fantasy league.

I feel like there were 80 million things that went on in the L this weekend and my brain is still firmly fixated on Brandon. It feels great to see it all falling into place for him. All of his hard work and dedication is paying off. Silencng his critics and paying off. He’s having fun. How amazing must it be, at 20 years old, to have your name now mentioned among Wilt, Kareem, Earl.

Amazing. Picture-perfect story. Everyone at SLAM knew this was coming though. I was a fan, then saw him in Las Vegas and his court vision floored me. I still can’t stop thinking about that third quarter and I didn’t even mention the Nuggets annihilating the Lakers on Friday night. An eight point third quarter from LA. Did not expect that. Most impressive part for the Nuggets? Leading by two at the half when Melo had been in foul trouble for the first and played just 12 of the first 24 minutes. Arron Afflalo has been solid for them so far this season. JR Smith was great — and controlled– in the game and Melo attacking is so much fun to watch. I really, really like Denver’s team.

I really, really like watching Ty Lawson. Brad Long said it best: Of the 80 point guards the Timberwolves drafted, the one they trade is playing the best. I know you’ve seen Lawson’s dunk from Friday night. How many of you have seen Lawson dunk while at UNC? I certainly can’t recall him ever throwing it down like that.

Speaking of Minnestoa point guards: You see Flynn getting into it with Dirk on Friday night? Crazy. I love that it’s still just November and yet, tempers are flaring, emotions are running high and every game matters. Unless… You play for the Knicks. Yikes.

Two more things: Get well asap, Chris Paul and thoughts and prayers remain with Deron Williams and his family.

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  • JOMAY

    1st! and Yesssssssssssssssss! Brandon is ROY!

  • JOMAY

    …i don’t mean brandon roy but brandon, roy. get it? :-)

  • http://www.slamonline.com Myles Brown

    Second! Milwaukee should retire #3 right now.

  • minikidd

    Brandon Jenning’s third quarter was INSANE!! On a side note, was I the only one who found it funny seeing Luke Ridnour trying to guard Golden State’s lightning quick guards?

  • jumpman3224

    Can Brandon Jennings please get a cover?!

  • LeoneL

    And this draft class is mediocre right? LOL

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    Boy….Kobe has looked pretty normal for the last two games hasn’t he? Imagine if he had a skill set like Brandon Jennings.

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    Of course, Myles! Jennings is just as good and as influential as Michael was, right?! THey should retire Ovechkin’s # too, since he’s about the equivalent of Gretzky, right?! Let’s retire everybody’s number because that’s exactly what LeBron said. RIGHT?!

  • http://myspace.com/brandnew Bryan

    The lakers look like sh*t. The knicks are complete idiots.

  • http://www.twofistedpress.com Pve84

    Wait, Flynn got into it with Nowitzki? Does anyone know where I can see this? I knew the effects of West publicly punking Dirk in the playoffs would be long-lasting, but this is extreme.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    Shia, the Lakers will still win 74 games. Don’t fret. I read that here…so it’s true, right? Kobe is also going to average 39 points per game. He’s going to have the greatest single statistical season in NBA history for a guard. I also read that here. I also read that Kobe is averaging more turnovers that assists. Don’t know how that could be true. He is the most perfect player in history. No holes in his game. Odd how that could be true, right? Please tell me I’m dreaming, I don’t want any of these things not to happen!!!!

  • http://myspace.com/brandnew Bryan

    What was with the kevin durant freeze out in the last 2 minutes last night? I gotta think they could come up with better plays than russell westbrook dribbling into double teams and shooting a bad jumper or throwing a bad pass. Or setting up an ice cold jeff green for a corner three. Get it together okc. By the way durant is putting up 28 and 7.5 on 44% shooting.

  • http://myspace.com/brandnew Bryan

    Eboy I know! Kobe and lebron have already met in the finals we just haven’t witnessed it yet. Meanwhile kevin durant is averaging more points and rebounds than lebron which must mean he’s a better scorer and rebounder because that’s what’s the numbers say!

  • lexluther703

    2009 Draft not shaping up to be as much of a disaster as all the “experts” predicted huh? Jennings, Ty Lawson, Ty Evans, Blake Griff is comin back, not too shabby I’d say. And I gotta throw this in there: it feels absolutely amazing to watch both the Celts and Lakers lose 2 in a row. Life is good

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    From watching the past few Lakers game, I think Kobe is dead set on proving a point: his post up game is off the charts. It’s getting to the point where he hardly faces up from the wing anymore. Denver and Houston took chances by doubling teaming him hard. This can work with Kobe because, even though he has the ability to find the open man, he won’t do that for a whole game. He just won’t.

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    Bryan: talk to me when he’s at 31.5 after 82.

  • Atrain

    JENNINGS 24/7

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    So after 10 or so games, Boston, Orlando, Cleveland and LA all have 3 losses. Yup, it might have been too early to draw conclusions after freaking opening night.

  • http://myspace.com/brandnew Bryan

    Stat boy: the numbers don’t lie RIGHT?!

  • jk_light

    Funny that with every bad game from a player (especially Kobe and Bron) the haters are right up here with eboy leading the anti-Kobe-section. Miles criticism of Lebron gets really boring with time while Z defending it is so predictable. From my years-long experience, every player has bad games, some more than others, but the end result is what counts. And there is just one team that can win the Chip. So in the eyes of many here, over 300 players in the NBA are worth a s… after the season cause they didn’t win the Championship.
    I’m excited about the season and see so many good players, even some of them will never win a ring. I also don’t like some players, but at least I can appreciate their games.

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    BTW, how freaking weird was Artest throwing Ariza’s shoe away? The look on Ariza was priceless, like ‘aw man, why you gon do me like that?’. Kind of a d!ck move.

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    Bryan: talk to me after 82. You’re intelligent enough to not draw conclusions from a 10-game sample. This is what a stat boy like myself would call ‘inconclusive data’.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    jk….I was being a bit comical this morning re: Kobe, you know, ’cause no one else is able to to. Everything’s cut and dry with these guys. Either Kobe su*ks or Lebron su*ks from night to night. It’s stupid. I’m just glad that no one says D-Wade sucks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://myspace.com/brandnew Bryan

    Eboy after ten games dwade is the best player in the league to me. Since his team is the scrubbiest and they still are like 8 and 2 or something.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Cub Buenning

    Anyone see the third quarter between the Lakers and the Nuggets on Friday?

    Melo can really play great all-around ball and was the best player on the court for most of that game.

    He was everywhere and turned a close game against the world champs into a complete boat race.

    Ty’s bang on JPowell and DJ was awesome, too.

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    You know what, I might have to take back some of the things I’ve said on the Hawks. They still don’t run any sets and won’t go past the 2nd round because of it but they can definitely take it to anyone in the reg. season. I just don’t see how you can go very far when guys just take turn running iso’s. / Props to Josh Smith for not taking 3s anymore. More players should do that. No one that shoots under 30% from deep should continue to launch them.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Cub Buenning

    Oh and Holly, we (I) call him Earl now in Denver.

    I just hope the Pepsi Center plays the intro to Jason Lee’s sitcom whenever he scores.

    “MY NAME IS EARL…..”

    Big ups to the Nugs’ management for the Dahntay/Afflalo swap. Save tons of jack and get a better (cleaner) all-around player.

    Jones’ emergence (as borderline their best player) on the Pacers is not a good sign for that team.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    Cub….I hope everyone keeps writing off the Nuggets as a team that’s inconsequential. Ty Lawson is a really nice backup compared to the ghost of Anthony Carter.

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    Did Melo lit up Ron or were the shots well contested and just happened to go in?

  • http://www.slamonline.com Cub Buenning

    I got love for the Hawks, too.

    Might sneak into that “right behind BOS/CLE” spot in the (l)east.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    Z, Melo did what he wanted.

  • http://slamonline.com/ niQ

    I’ve said it before, Jennings is the truth! I said he was the next AI and so far he’s been carrying the Bucks to first in their division! Pretty crazy if you ask me. Rookie of the year for sure. The only way Blake Griffin can make a comeback is if his team wins every game after he returns from injury. But anyways, cosign jumpman3224, GET THIS MAN A COVER!!!

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Z
    The Hawks are going to cause problems in the playoffs. I really believe this.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Cub Buenning

    HOLLY! Your boy just got moved to the BETCats?!?!?

    Along with Acie for Raja and VladRad.

    and Z, on both ends of the court, he was doing whatever he pleased. Ron Ron was around.

  • http://slamonline.com Brad Long

    Thanks for the shout out, Holly. Get well soon, Pau.

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    Allen: I just can’t see it. How are they going to survive in the half court? I guess the playoffs are all about match ups and they did take Boston to 7 games to years ago. If they get Cleveland in the 2nd round though, it’s curtains for them. Bron murders them all the time and Shaq will bully Horford and Zaza into foul trouble. They can’t do anything against Dwight either.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    Wow…..Larry Brown is going to explode.

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    I can’t believe the Cavs missed out on Jax! But, oh man, this is hilarious! Here’s your contender StackJack! Be careful what you wish for… AHAHAH.

  • Jacqueline Mitchell

    I felt so bad for the New Jersey Nets,man they deserved to get that win,but I guess it was just fate rearing it’s head once again. By the way they play harder than any team I’ve seen even without all their players and teams that have more wins .Keep your heads up fellas I’m rooting for you!!!

  • http://slamonline.com Brad Long

    WHOA! Did Whoo! really just get traded to the Cats? Really?

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Jackson might get traded again. The Bobcats have a legit scorer now, unfortunately he’s probably really pissed.

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    Good point, Allen. I don’t really understand why you make that trade if you’re Charlotte knowing fully wll that he’ll b!tch all year long about the team sucking unless there’s another trade happening. There is just no way that he’s not going to rock the boat in Charlotte.

  • slamfan4life

    The next Iverson ladies and gents

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    I always considered Ty Lawson a career backup and nothing more. It appears he may prove me wrong. Aaron Afflalo was the one player I didn’t want Detroit to give up. He is a player.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    As for Jennings: I said last week that he is a one man marketing team for the Bucks. He makes them watchable.

  • Hangtime Hec

    Ahem. Brandon Jennings > Derrick Rose. Just saying.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Cub Buenning

    TAD, as per your first comment, ditto and ditto.

    I was long on-record (until about midway thru his senior year @ UNC and after he was the difference in the ‘Heels cakewalk to the title)as doubting Ty’s ability to be an NBA starter-WRONG!

    Afflalo has been great. Most forget he was a big-time scorer at one point in his basketball life and he can still knock down the open jumper much better than “The Wealthy Tripper.”

  • http://fdjksl.com Jukai

    What I was wrong about:
    Kevin Durant- I was ragging on him in the beginning because I thought he was shooting himself out of games, but he’s getting better. He’s not 30-7-5 like a lot of people were saying before the season was going to start, but seeing him lead the league in scoring this year is not out of the question. He’s beginning to turn it up, and don’t tell Hollinger, but the team is winning a bit too!
    Brandon Jennings- I’ll point out I said the dude was leagues above Flynn, but I also said he wouldn’t excel until he got out of Milwaukee- BOY was I wrong. He is a way better scorer and shooter than I had imagined, WAY better. I don’t think he’ll wind up averaging over 20 for the season, but the kid has an astronomical future ahead of him. Is his ceiling higher than Rose’s?
    What I was RIGHT about:
    Winning 70 games- impossible. Can we agree on that now? Now that the Celts and Lakers have lost a couple of games, we can all agree that reaching that legendary 70 plateau is impossible. It’s not something one can just ‘get to.’ The stars have to align. We may not see another team do it in our lifetime. At least Eboy wont, because he’s just too old!
    Nash- Ten games in and he’s still leading the L in assists. What did I say? Eh? Eh?

  • http://myspace.com/brandnew Bryan

    Jukai 30 and 7 is about what durant is gonna finish with and probably nealy 4 apg but that all depends on westbrook and green hitting their shots. And I think everyone ewas wrong about jennings, fooled by his low fg% in the euroleages, and his ceiling is up there with rose no question and I’d go out on a limb and say a little higher since he came right in with a nasty J and is just as athletic.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    Oh, and Will Bynum for 6th Man of the Year. I’m calling it now (with respect to Jamal Crawford).

  • http://fdjksl.com Jukai

    Jenning’s jumper is what really surprised me. Maybe it was just on during his double nickle and we’re going to be disappointed for the rest of the season… but I mean, damn dude! He’s averaging 56.7% from the three! 56.7%! Even as a seven game sampling, that’s surreal.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Jamal Crawford has it over Bynum.
    But, Bynum could make a push most improved.
    Donnie Walsh’s first two drafs have produced Jordan Hill and that Gallo dude….

  • http://fdjksl.com Jukai

    TAD: I’d back you on that one.

  • http://www.realcavsfans.com Anton

    Like Iverson. Except with passing.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    To continue Jukai’s list of things he knows little about: I think he forgot to state the painfully obvious…..if, IF that little moron Rubio was in the league today….there would be little fanfare surrounding HIS nightly performances compared to Mr. Jennings…you know, as all the “experts” around here claimed Ricky would be “league changing” and Brandon would be ordinary.

  • http://fdjksl.com Jukai

    I’m still going with Chris Kaman’s 22-9 on 55% shooting for MIP.
    Maybe even Trevor Ariza– dude is 18/5/4 right now (up from 9/4/1.8) but he’s gotta improve that field goal shooting… 40% is ugly!

  • http://myspace.com/brandnew Bryan

    Even if he drops to 44% from the field and 38% from three his j is still better than rose’s. Rose is no threat at all from beyond 19 ft jennings can give it to you from anywhere he wants.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Nah, Kaman has had pretty good years before, and Ariza isn’t really that impressive. Bynum went from barely being in the league to embarassing cats nightly. That dude bounced around a lot before he got his shot.
    Jennings is a better point guard than Iverson was out the gate. Not a better player, but a better poit. He understands how to run a team, even if he shoots a lot. Actually, Jennings would have more assists if he wasn’t playing with those bums on the Bucks.

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    I hope that this is all caused by his injury because Rose is looking very ordinary so far. I don’t like how Jennings fades on his shot but hey, if it ain’t broke…

  • http://myspace.com/brandnew Bryan

    Kaman gave us like 16 and 13 2 years ago so ill go with ariza over him for MIP everyone thought he would get scrubbed up playing for the rockets.

  • http://myspace.com/brandnew Bryan

    If jennings played with other players of starter ability he would be putting up 18 and 9 easy. Like if RJ had stayed for example.

  • http://fdjksl.com Jukai

    The most Kaman’s given us was 15 and 12 on 48% shooting. If he can get ten boards a game and come out doing 22-10 on 55%, he’s got my MIP vote.
    Will Bynum, if you take his last four games, deserves MIP. In ten games? Not so much. We’ll see if he can keep up his current pace, if he can, I can change my mind.
    Of course, if we’re judging MIP on notoriety, then maybe Bynum should get it. He really did go from “who?” to “yeah, he sores 20 nightly.”

  • http://fdjksl.com Jukai

    Also, I wonder what’s gonna happen to Jenning’s stats once Redd comes back. Probably drop across the board.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Izzo

    Can Jennings be traded now, just in case? I think he only wants to be 50% like A.I.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Redd better get his mind right. The people in Milwakee LOVE Jennings. They have taken to him way more than they ever did with Redd. Redd better stop expecting all those isos and instead get to his spots and get ready to shoot.
    Kaman has played like this before for stretches. He typically starts to fade, but he’s played just like several times in the past few years.

  • http://myspace.com/brandnew Bryan

    Jennings might score less but everything else will stay even or climb and if redd doesn’t bounce back it won’t be long before jennings trumps him as option A. He can definitley be a go to guy right now.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    Bogut looks like a legit NBA center with Jennings around. He should be picking up his dinner tab after every game.

  • http://www.theonion.com/content/news/staten_island_historians_piece Lee

    Dude, enough with the Jennings/Iverson comparisons… Iverson’s an amazing player, and I know their games are similar… but I don’t want Jennings’ legacy to be a guy who, even if he led the NBA in scoring 4 times, won only 1 game in the Finals. Jennings has a brighter future.

  • http://www.theonion.com/content/news/staten_island_historians_piece Lee

    Also, Lebron should change his number to 24, just to eff with Kobe.

  • http://myspace.com/brandnew Bryan

    Birghter in what way? Championships? Because that’s not happening with the bucks. Is gonna be 4th in career ppg, beloved by a nation and revered by everyone who played against him? Its possible sure, but 99% of players would be lucky to have a career like allen iverson don’t diminish it just because of unfair practices by his last 2 teams.

  • http://fdjksl.com Jukai

    Tad: Maybe Jennings should be picking up Bogut’s checks for making him look like a legit NBA point guard… eh? eh?

  • http://www.theonion.com/content/news/staten_island_historians_piece Lee

    @Bryan: Yes, brighter in championships. I’m not knocking Iverson; again, he’s an amazing player. Incredible scorer. Tougher than nails. Just not the type of player conducive to a team trying to win a championship.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Lee
    They once said the exact same thing about Michael Jordan.
    And Kobe Bryant.
    And Paul Pierce.
    Garnett too.
    Oscar Robertson heard it as well.
    I’m not saying Iverson isn’t a problem, just saying that I don’t think his game prevented him from winning a championship. Situations win championships.

  • http://fdjksl.com Jukai

    Allen: Kobe Bryant had won three championships when they were saying that about Kobe Bryant…

  • Hoodsnake

    DWYANE WADE SUCKS! There i said it. He sucks so bad hes my 2nd choice for MVP after nash. The ‘snake has spoken. One.

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    i love wade’s skills and his forays to the hoop are electrifying but i don’t like his demeanor. very arrogant on the court and i’ve seen him look at his own teammates sideways too many times. i always thought it was kinda whack for star players to get down on their teammates because they can’t do the things you do on the court. for a lack of effort, go ahead and rip them but not for a lack of talent.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    Z….you are one funny dude.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    “i love wade’s skills and his forays to the hoop are electrifying but i don’t like his demeanor. very arrogant on the court and i’ve seen him look at his own teammates sideways too many times” Perhaps THIS IS the reason why MJ handselected Dwyane as the face of Brand Jordan for the next 10 years. Just saying.

  • http://myspace.com/brandnew Bryan

    A lebron james groupie calling dwyane wade arrogant is like a detrot lions fan calling the colts a bunch of losers.

  • http://fdjksl.com Jukai

    Perhaps you would be cranky too, Z, if you were literally carrying your awful team for 82 games. Give the dude a break. His demeanor? Really?

  • http://myspace.com/brandnew Bryan

    Wait change that colts to bucs and carry on.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    They actually haven’t been “awful” so far this season, Jukai, to be fair.

  • http://slamonline.com Tzvi Twersky

    Haven’t read comments yet, but if any of you were just introduced to BJennings you haven’t been paying attention.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    I co-sign Z on D-Wade’s demeanor particularly last year and the year before that.
    I don’t mind cats getting on their teammates on occasion, but sulking and pouting, that’s a big problem. That said, I think that Wade has improved in that respect, and I don’t truly hold it against him. But, I can’t lie, he has problems with pouting and sulking and it’s kind of childish.

  • Atrain

    Whoever says Wade sucks is a fn moron. That said…B Jennings IS R.O.Y….

    “Ima beasssssss Ima beassssss Ima beassssssss”

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    I must be watching a different Wade?

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    You guys are way late on the Wade sulking sh*t. I wrote about it….pretty much after every game, when he was going the whole prima donna route in 2007 and 2008. Last season he cut it way back and this year it’s slight at best. Not starting 2-8 makes it much easier too.

  • http://myspace.com/brandnew Bryan

    Haslem particularly looks good coming off the bench. Everyone else has been so-so which is still better than last year. Like I said before Wade through 10 games is my mvp.

  • http://myspace.com/brandnew Bryan

    From what I see though beasley is a three so why force him in at the 4? He doesn’t look comfortable in that spot and doesn’t rebound enough for it either.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Miami doesn’t run enough for Beasley to be an effective 4

  • http://slamonline.com GotHandles?

    BUCKS are my new team. Knicks are idiots

  • http://slamonline.com GotHandles?

    you think Lebron would want to come to NY to play with Jordan Hill and Chris Duhon or Brandon Jennings??????? I HATE THE KNICKS.

  • http://slamonline.com GotHandles?

    AHHHHHHHHH!!!!! I’m so pissed. Averaging 34 per at Oak Hill is enough to go top 5. All these scouts, all the money spent on picking the right guy, and you come up with such an epically awful decision. Let me be the GM. I’ll sort things out.

  • http://fdjksl.com Jukai

    Eboy: Outside of Jermaine’s play, it’s the same awful team, really. Wade is playing more efficiently (less turnovers) and Jermaine is playing. That’s really it. I haven’t seen any improvement from Beasley, Chalmers, Cook, Haslem’s still Haslem, etc.
    It really is just a healthy Jermaine and a better Wade. Outside of that, they’re still awful. They were fifth last year, so no reason for them not to move up.

  • ciroqobama

    Ricky Rubio…. hahahahaha

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    Well….it’s odd that you use the words of the first few games of the season as your point of reference. I know you think that my insult to the Suns the other day will make your insults of the Heat that much easier, which is fine, but you’re, per your MO, wrong as always. Jermaine is about as useful as t*ts on a Bull, or defense by a Sun, take your pick. After two early season great games, he’s now about as potent as Steve Nash’s dunking prowess. This is not a surprise. Beasley is about the same, Chalmers is better although not by much, Arroyo is a considerable step up from Quinn as the backup point, Joel Anthony actually makes basketball plays now instead of boneheaded ones and Quentin Richardson actually has played defense and rebounds, two things he’s never done before. Sure, they’re not winning a title with this team and may even struggle to get the 6 spot in the East, but sure as sh*t, they’ll go just as far as the “revamped” Suns this season….you know, an expected and obvious first round knockout. The difference is Dwyane is still 400 times the player that Steve Nash is so there may be hope for an upset for Heat fans as their best player can carry them for a series….there is none of that same hope in Arizona. A one dimensional player provides that lack of hope.

  • http://myspace.com/brandnew Bryan

    That was fire.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    There is the same amount of hope for phoenix to reach the second round as there is for Miami E don’t kid yourself. Miami can only beat Atlanta – (they’re either gonna play, Cleveland, Boston, Orlando or Atlanta). Phoenix can beat Dallas in a series, and maybe even portland. So actually Phx has a better chance to advance then Miami with a one dimensional player. but other then that your completely right

  • underdog

    To be honest, I had my doubts in Brandon Jennings. But it’s clear now, that he can be a leader of an NBA team, and that’s something serious, even for a vet. But I really don’t want to talk about ROY awards until I didn’t see the number one pick on the court. Oh, and is Michael Redd a goner?

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    * I thought just about anyone could beat the Lakers this season if they strung 48 good minutes together…. but Houston seriously have their ticket. I hope they have a 1st round match up against them and seriously do some damage right there. Suns could get to the WCF against the Nuggets.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Nima Zarrabi

    When Brandon Jennings was a junior, I watched a lot of his AAU games with Southern California All-Stars. Their optimal starting lineup consisted of Jennings at PG, Daniel Hackett at 2G, Taylor King at the three, Renardo Sidney at the 4 and Kevin Love playing center. During the Big Time tourney in Vegas that summer, I saw them take on Chicago’s Mean Street Express, featuring Derek Rose and Eric Gordon. After watching Jennings that day, I told myself that I had never seen a more impressive high school player in person. The thing that stood out to me was his killer instinct. In the first half, Jennings did whatever he wanted to do offensively. Meanwhile, Eric Gordon was getting his for Mean Steet. He even had a breakaway dunk in the first half that sent the fans onto the court and halted the game for a few minutes until Sonny Vaccaro came inside and restored order. In the second half, SoCal All-Stars switched Jennings to Gordon. He took it personal. Jennings locked down Gordon (might of had one basket the rest of the game) that half and SoCal All-Stars cruised to victory. The kid may have been 160 pounds at the time, but he exerted his will on all who crossed his path.

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    @Eboy. Steve Nash is one dimensional? That aint right. Can score on anyone and is such a threat at doing so, the defense gets completely sucked in to his driving and leaves open any 2 shooters at a time?! Thats not one dimensional. The way I see it, BOTH Miami and Phoenix have great chances to get to the WCF’s this year. If you considered both rosters staying healthy through out the season. I would happily back either team to get deep into the playoffs.
    ___
    sleeper watch: Eric Maynor: Filling in for D Williams at Utah for 2 games, strung together a pair of double doubles, one convincingly against Philly and lost to cleveland by 4.
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    It seems that LeBron and Kobe are under ALOT more pressure this season than in the past, has anyone else picked up on that? LeBron really needs to win a championship, and the Lakers are being straight up HUNTED down this year. Houston, Denver, you don’t want to face those two teams back to back, come the playoffs…

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    Bryan, I think I should ignore your comments from now on since you clearly don’t argue out of good faith. 1- Liking LeBron’s game doesn’t mean that I can’t see that he’s full of himself (like about every superstar) and doesn’t prevent me from criticizing the attitude of other stars. Because I like someone’s game, I can’t comment on anything from another player? That’s whack. If you like Shaq, you can’t say that Dwight sucks at FTs?! 2- This doesn’t even apply here because LeBron is THE most supportive teammate out of all the superstars in the league right now. He NEVER gets down on teammates during games. The only guy I remember him actually smirking at was Drew Gooden. That’s it. 3- So yeah, f-ck off.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    That’s a great story, Nima.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Z
    To be fair, Bron was pissed when Varejo came in fat and out of shape after that holdout. But that was justified. Bron and Dwight Howard are easily the most easygoing of the current top four or five accoridng to Slam.
    That said, out of that Top Five, only Kobe and Wade have rings.
    Maybe pouting works.

  • http://myspace.com/brandnew Bryan

    The way you talk about lebron its not just “liking his game” you’re on that dudes d*ck more than his old lady. The shaq and dwight thing are not the same. Since lebron is merely twice as arrogant as wade is BUT you defend him for it I just basically pointed out that your statement made you look like a jagoff, which I guess is not unusual so I shouldn’t have been surprised.

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    If you really think that Bron is twice as arrogant as Wade ON the court, then your hate for Bron is making you irrational. Bron is as good of a teammate as you can find. My statement had nothing to do with Wade off the court (which I couldn’t care less about). F-ck off, Bryan. Sincerely. It’s clear that your preconceived ideas will never move one bit regardless of how sound arguments might be. I defend Bron for being arrogant? Really? On the court? Really? Show me that post. It doesn’t exist. You’re a simple minded f-cker that can never construct a solid argumentation. That’s why you always revert to ad hominem attacks over the freaking Internet. I refuse to engage in further discussions with you.

  • http://Www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    Holly was going bonkers on twitter as Jennings put on his show. Bonkers. Oh and after Flynn got into the shouting match with Dirk, Nowitzki proceeded to spank that azzz in the 3rd quarter. Wake a sleeping giant, Johnny? Rookie no-no

  • http://myspace.com/brandnew Bryan

    Z: when bron made his check his stats statement , when he refused to shake hands you were there defending him. You kill me because I like lebron , but people like you make me hate him because of the way you jock on him so hard. I really wish you wouldn’t engage in discussions with me because you flip flop so much you’re a brett favre wanna be.

  • http://myspace.com/brandnew Bryan

    Just for good measure you’re the stupidest person I’ve ever encountered on slam. You spout off all this nonsense about facts but you only use which facts suit your argument at the time. You’re a ridiculous homer for the cavs you’re about as objective when it comes to lebron as bill simmons when it comes to the celtics.

  • http://Www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    Love how Drew Bogut still got a 19/11 while Brandon was taking 34(!) shots. Asked him about that and all he said was “well, he WAS on fire though”. Dry wit, gotta love them Aussies.

  • http://fdjksl.com Jukai

    Eboy: you need to relax bud.
    First off, the Heat are making it way past the sixth seed this season, and they may actually make it past the next round. The heat, outside of Wade and Jermaine, are still horrible. Arroyo is still making bonehead plays which is why he was out of the league and Joel Anthony still can’t do anything. I did forget about Q-Rich, dude’s looking good, but he’s purely a defense guy.
    What makes this team a playoff team is Wade. He can take control and dominate night in and night out. I think the team has been more segmented into role (ie you just do that, you just do that) so things are simplified and Wade’s “I have to do it ALL?” playing style is lessened. Jermaine O’Neal averaging 13-7 with a block and a half is superior to averaging injured.
    What you said about the Suns is correct, as correct as what I’ve said about the Heat. It wasn’t bad mouthing. You know me buddy, if I wanted to bad mouth the heat, I woulda done a much better job. I don’t think the team’s improved, I think things are just simplified, and they’re more healthy. What I said was, last year they got a fifth seed REGARDLESS of the team sucking because Wade was so ungodly good, so it only makes sense for them to move up.

  • http://fdjksl.com Jukai

    Although I will state that my hope riding on Steve Nash can continue this day when he’s 36, while I doubt you can depend on Gimp Wade when he’s 29!

  • http://HOTMAIL.COM STEVIE GEE

    TYREKE EVANS!!!!!!!!!!!!TYREKE EVANS!!!!!!!!!!!!BRANDON PLAYED THE WARRIORS 0 DEFENSE!!

  • Hangtime Hec

    I was waiting for someone to hate on this performance. Is this a slam record?

  • http://fdjksl.com Jukai

    Dirk is a stud!

  • http://Www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    Nowitzki! That is all. (naah not really, waiting for tomorrow’s Post up to REALLY annoy the Dirkbashers here, but for now…. Nyaaa nyaaa)

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    ^^^ “Love how Drew Bogut still got a 19/11 while Brandon was taking 34(!) shots. Asked him about that and all he said was “well, he WAS on fire though”. Dry wit, gotta love them Aussies.”
    Yo DS, when/how did you talk to Andrew Bogut? Or was that something else?

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

    Eboy, the ‘hate’ (dislike?) towards J.O is a bit unwarranted imo. The dude did great with his interior D against Shaq in the TNT game I saw. Shaq barely moved him, and JO was able to rotate to contest shots from the other side of the lane too. He aint that terrible.

  • http://fdjksl.com Jukai

    Hursty: Eboy was just so intent on ‘getting me back’ that he hated on JO. Trust me, the next time someone bad mouths JO, Whit-E will be down their throats.

  • Sporting-Lisbon-Blazers

    3 things to say: young buck has a swagger about him thats undenieble!2- TY LAWSON LOOKS REAL GOOD BUT TOOK 3/4 STEPS WITHOUT DRIBLING WHEN HE SMASHED DJ AND POWEL´S FACES!! and the Trail Blazers were ROBBED BY THE REFS IN atl tonight!!

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

    Teddy, it’s called the press. What Drew said, was very Australian though.
    And Jukai I can see that. I only skimmed the comments before. Duly noted. Might entice some interesting posts here occasionally.

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

    Also, WTF are you doing awake at 2.30? .. Although I’ve done that before for no reason.

  • http://Www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    Hey Teddy, i had a b-ball camp in S’Pore this July where Andrew was the guest coach. We got along nicely, had a few early morning shoot arounds and coached the kids. We now stay in touch via Mail & Twitter DM’s.

  • J

    about the wade/bron; every single superstar in this league has an a**hole/d-bag inside of him. well except for stock i guess.

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