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Monday, February 6th, 2012 at 8:45 am  |  30 responses

Post Up: Giant Success

Super Bowl Sunday puts the NBA on the back burner.

by Abe Schwadron | @abe_squad

I, like most of you, was having myself a Super Sunday. Meanwhile, for some reason the NBA decided to schedule a pair of matinee games. And while I’m sure they were fantastic, I was already on my way to a food coma and picking out the perfect adult beverages for the SBXLVI by the time they ended. The best part about the last football game of the season? Full attention to hoops. Well, starting tomorrow anyway. And I’m only saying this once: Congrats to the New York Giants and their fans.

Celtics 98, Grizzlies 80

Heat 95, Raptors 89

Moment of the Night: Eli Manning to Super Mario, sparking the G-Men on the game-winning drive. Manning took home the MVP, forcing us to answer tough questions like, “Who’s the best Manning?”

Tonight: Back to basketball! 10 games on Monday, and outside of the Knicks-Jazz/Thunder-Blazers doubleheader on NBATV, the best matchups include Spurs-Grizz, Rockets-Nuggs, Clippers-Magic and Lakers-Sixers. Full recaps and analysis tomorrow, I promise.

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  • AD

    Michael Vick “Im not a hater but I feel some type of way” Be afraid Giants…… Enjoy this ring now

  • http://www.slamonline.com Nick Tha Quick

    A NY team wins. Queue certain comment correlating the win to how the Knicks can also win it all in 3,2,1…(*Pending AllenP’s evaluation of the applicable use of correlation*)

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/officerbarbrady what

    The NBA should start every season on MLK Day and finish the playoffs in late July/early August. Why do they insist on competing with the NFL for half of its season instead of competing with MLB in the summer?

  • http://www.slamonline.com megatron

    This will cover up the knicks struggles for about a week

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Very classy, Abe. GIANTS!!!!!

  • Myung

    what, what would we do with the WNBA then? C’mon…

  • Myung

    We (hoop heads) love the NBA, but the NBA honestly can’t compete in America with the NFL. Globablly, soccer and basketball are more popular but here, we all know football is king. I love the NBA as much as anyone, but even I love the NFL and am sad that the season is already over. To be honest, I didn’t even miss the NBA in November and December because I love the NFL that much. I think it’s the schedule (other than the MNF and occasional Thursday or Saturday games, it’s just a Sunday commitment), the limited # of games, fantasy football (much more fun than fantasy basketball), and everything else. I’m a huge NFL fan and have just accepted that the NBA will always be battling with MLB for that #2 spot. The NBA regular season is just too boring, and I’m honestly thrilled that we cut it to 66 this year. I don’t know if shifting the schedule to not compete head to head with the NFL is the key; I think eliminating some regular season games would help increase the popularity of the League. 66 games a year is fine with me. If they did happen to tweak something, I’d like to see them NOT put the NBA All Star weekend (my favorite weekend of the year since I was a kid and continues to be, well into parenthood) on the same Sunday as the Daytona 500 and the Oscars. Maybe your target audience is different, but surely you can find a better weekend with less competition for viewership, no? And a few years ago, I remember the ASG was on Valentine’s Day. C’mon, NBA.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/online/nba/2011/01/post-up-23/ Allenp

    I wouldn’t mind a 72 game season or even 70. If they put games on national tv like they are doing this year that would be great.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    The problem with shortening the season, it makes all of the current records almost unattainable. The NBA would basically have 2 different record books.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    And that catch by manningham is one of the best catches in Superbowl history.

  • Myung

    good point, nbk, but if you really think about it, there were a lot of different eras, but we still honor all records, regardless of which era it was achieved in. look at the stiffs that Wilt played against, yet we count all his records. Look at the hand checking rules that were put into place a decade ago. MJ would’ve averaged 50 ppg if he played in the current NBA. The Bad Boy Pistons never would’ve won rings if they played in the current NBA, where if you breathe on a guy, it’s a flagrant 1. Even guys like Kobe and Bron and Dwight were given a one year head start on all the guys who were “forced” to play one year of ball after high school in college or overseas like Rose, Love, Durant, etc. Even if it’s just one year, that’s still enough to put an asterisk next to the record if you compare it with guys who couldn’t jump straight to the L from high school. We’d really need like 10 different record books. Or we could just have one record book and not care so much about records.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    I mean in a sense I understand what your saying about getting into the L a year earlier, but those guys typically break down sooner. If you look at average career length, the guys that came out of HS are not really playing for much longer then those that didn’t. But by chopping 10+ games off the send of the season your knocking 300+ minutes out of each season for each and every player. That’s my thing, for example the all-time scoring record, Kareem played 20 years of 82 game seasons. That would be atleast a whole extra season of games to a player that would start his career with 72 game seasons, minimum.

  • charliewinning

    Big BLUE!!!! That is all.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Basically, every 7 years in the 82 game NBA, would be 8 years in a 72 game NBA.

  • Myung

    Forget the 82 games. How many NBA players will ever play 20 years in the NBA? What % of NBA players lasts 20 years in the League? Kareem’s scoring record is amazing, but how about the fact that he played 1,560 regular season games? Whether a season is 82 or 72 or 66 games long, only a select few will ever play long enough to even enter the conversation. Robert Parish played in 1,611 regular season games (the record). Are we ever going to see a player do that again? I get your point, NBK, but sports is an ever changing landscape. MLB used to not have interleague games. The NFL might switch to an 18 game season. The NBA will have had a 50 game season and a 66 game season during the past 13 years (taking out 48 regular season games) and didn’t allow people after 2005 to go straight into the NBA (taking out another season)… it’s almost impossible to have unadulterated records because you can always find reasons or excuses as to why one was or wasn’t broken, thanks to rule changes, segregation, eras, better technology, medical advancements, etc

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    I feel you. I would just like a situation where records have the possibility of being broken. Take LeBron he’s on pace to break Kareem’s record if he averages 25 till he’s 33-34, if he came in with a shorter season, he would have to average 25 till he’s 36-37

  • Myung

    Just to throw this out there: if Shaq made 100% of his FT’s (impossible for anyone, but just saying), he would’ve scored 5,317 more points. That bumps him past Wilt and MJ on the all time scoring list and puts him at #3 behind Kareem and Karl. So another angle to look at isn’t just the # of games a guy played. If guys really wanted to break records, there are things within his own power to break records, rather than depending on the # of games played. BTW, as I researching these numbers this morning, I noticed Kobe is REALLY close to moving past Shaq on the all time list. Kobe’s about to jump from #6 to #5 all time THIS WEEK (might even do it TONIGHT in his home town). Considering who he’s passing on the list, that’s a pretty big deal… and I didn’t even realize it until I researched Shaq’s scoring numbers.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Myung, my point is about the playing field being level. How many free throws they make or how well they perform, are variables. Totally different.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    But Kobe will probably be #2 or even #1 on the all-time scoring list when it’s all said and done.

  • http://Www.slamonline.com TADOne

    Myung, I respect you and your opinion. But you are crazy if you think the Pistons Bad Boy teams would not have won rings within the current NBA rules. Those championship teams ’88-89 and ’89-90 were stacked. I’m actually quite surprised they didn’t win more than 2. I’m tired of people saying they just manhandled opponents and couldn’t win any other way. Isiah, Dumars, Aguirre, Rodman are all in the HOF for a reason.

  • ab40

    dear myung go do some research and see who wilt played against it were mostly good to great bigs with a few hall of famers he played bill russel 10 times that season on the regular season? But I get your point. It’s gonna be a 82 game season again next year and untill some people do real research which shows people get worn out playing that much it will be that way. The superbowl was boring again and we don’t get the commercials so I slept through most of it and watched the final minute which waa a bit more exciting. Problem is the team who is the better defensive team in these games win. Because the D can go all out which they can’t do all that often.

  • http://espn.go.com/nba/recap/_/id/310203019/miami-heat-vs-orlando-magic Jukai

    Today’s workday was almost impossible, as I was far too hungover. Wow what a fantastic night. Giants are amazing. Can’t spell Elite without Eli!!

  • http://nyill.wordpress.com Enigmatic

    Aguirre is not in the hall of fame.
    But he should be.

  • http://Www.slamonline.com TADOne

    Your correct about Aguirre. I misspoke. But yes he should be.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    F*ck the NFL.

  • http://stapledesign.com Spaceship Jay

    I knew the game was over when that pass interference wasn’t called.. and that Bradshaw touchdown should go down as a legendary move/action whenever having a drunken celebration.

  • LA Huey

    I get what nbk’s saying but I’m in favor of shortening the season. I’d rather see cats push the quality of play up becaue they’ll have an adequate amount of time to rest and prepare before each game, in addition to the fact that each game means more.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Justin Tuck and Jason Pierre-Paul are some insane pass rushers. It’s a crime to be that big and that fast. NY Football Giants!!! Best three-man WR line-up too.
    Eazy Eli has ice water running through his veins.

  • Myung

    Tim, I know you’re a Pistons fan, and I wasn’t singling out your favorite team. I was just saying that in different eras, different things were allowed and different sets of circumstances prevailed. I know those Pistons teams were stacked, bro. I grew up watching, hating, and respecting those Pistons teams but I know they weren’t just bullies. All I’m saying is that STYLE of basketball (hence their nickname) would not be allowed in the current NBA where you get called for any sort of contact. Maybe it was too strong for me to say they wouldn’t have won titles, but the Pistons thing was a very minor point in my paragraph. I could’ve easily said the 1994 Knicks never would’ve made the NBA Finals. Would that have made my point valid in your eyes?

  • Treshiq

    It was a Great Game..I love the NBa love all things basketball, and it always is #1 in my eyes. But the NFL and especially the superbowl is like a holiday. even if you don’t follow the NFl you watch… even if your team was no where near the playoffs you watch… I made the greatest food, ate..( i’m on a fasting cleanse for 14 days because of it) and had a great time!.. Love Superbowl sunday..My only beef is it should aways be heald on the Sunday BEFORE MLK day (outpatient clinic is closed.)… man that would be dope.

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