21 Questions with San Dova: April’s Foolishness
“The Playoffs have started.” –Eric Snow, NBA TV
If it was good enough for 50 Cent and Nate Dogg alike, I’m pretty sure it’s exceptionally sufficient for SLAMonline. Regardless of music, 21 Questions with San Dova is taking the task of asking those nebulous questions that seem to revolve around the force of gravity we know to be the NBA. Check for the preguntas at the top of every month or so.
1) So much for Kentucky’s title hopes…so…hands up for those who say Daniel Orton’s Kentucky’s fifth NBA Lottery pick this summer?
2) With LeBron James having dominated the regular season for arguably the fourth consecutive season, can we all agree LBJ is better than Kobe now? (And yes, LeBron had a better season than Kobe Bean Bryant in 2008, when Bean was the MVP–nothing against the greatness of Kobe, though. I like Kobe.)
3) For a guy who was compared to Larry Bird in high school, Duke’s Kyle Singler sure looks super average…2nd round draft pick at best?
4) Am I the only one excited about the prospects of the Charlotte Bobcats potentially getting a corporate sponsorship by Brand Jordan?
5) Isn’t this the time for Gilbert Arenas to really wear that No. 0? Seriously…no one’s really sure what’s going to become of his career (and psyche), so wouldn’t that number be the most timely ever in his life? What’s the point of No. 6?
6) With coach Tom Izzo’s catchy Hova-inspired nickname and arena student section (The “Izzone”–YouTube “H.O.V.A. [Izzo]“) and Michigan State’s moderately frequent Final Four trips, are the Spartans college basketball’s true Roc-A-Fella crew?
7) Is anyone going to be accountable on the Boston Celtics, besides Ray Allen and coach Doc Rivers? Kevin Garnett’s hurt, so I know he feels badly and somewhat responsible, but what about the rest of those guys? What excuse do they have for poor effort and execution?
8 ) Zydrunas Ilgauskas knew his contract was going to fetch a nice addition to the team, so why were his panties in a bunch about being used as a “pawn”? What about being thankful for getting a month off?
9) With the successful recruitment of several top-flight stars and the unexpected rise and success of Evan Turner over the past four years, isn’t Buckeye Nation a tremendously fortunate (and albeit, spoiled) bunch?
10) Anyone else wondering what Memphis, Oklahoma City and Minnesota think about Stephen Curry’s NBA prospects now?
11) Isn’t Danny Granger just foaming at the mouth for the Indiana Pacers to find a Jordan to his Pippen?
12) As well-respected as Derek Fisher’s career (as well as his person) is, isn’t it obvious there needs to be a change at point guard for the Los Angeles Lakers? Why not use Lamar Odom as the starter there (a natural point guard in his own right)?
13) For all of Jordan Farmar’s talking last off-season about being the No. 1 point guard on the Lakers (hence his change from No. 5 to his current jersey No. 1), where’s the evidence of his elevated play when he can’t beat DFish out for the job?
14) Does anybody believe in Darko Milicic?
15) Has Scott Skiles finally won-over a team? (Phoenix and Chicago didn’t work out too great with the older vets.)
16) Am I the only one hoping John Wall goes to Philly? He’s got a lot of Allen Iverson in him (the good parts).
17) What are the odds Andre Iguodala demands a trade after the Philadelphia 76ers’ season ends? 4 to 1? 3 to 1? 1 to 1?
18) If the San Antonio Spurs are already spending heavy for Richard Jefferson, why not just spend big for one of the major free agents this summer, too?
19) Where’s the accountability in Toronto? What’s up with Jay Triano? Andrea Bargnani? Hidayet Turkoglu? And why didn’t the Raptors trade Chris Bosh when it’s obviously clear he can’t win (and has never won) as an alpha dog and no other alpha dogs desire to come to Canada?
20) Isn’t it funny how Kobe’s seemingly just now starting to truly live up to being “the game’s best closer” this season and this late in his career?
21) Are the Portland Trail Blazers the most doomed successful franchise standing? Injuries, on-court discord and now one of the team’s saviors, Kevin Pritchard, is in disharmony with the front office–are we really sure Rasheed Wallace just isn’t working a secret part-time job for Portland (the next plausible reason for his sucky play with the Celtics–he’s just low on sleep with two jobs and coast-to-coast flights!)?
Sandy Dover is a novelist/writer, artist and fitness enthusiast, as well as an unrepentant Prince fan (for real). You can find Sandy frequently here at SLAMonline, as well as at Facebook, Associated Content and Twitter.