Sports Enyi Time: Talking NBA Draft, Free Agency & Blockbuster Trades

Back again after a short break, Sports Enyi Time is here to talk NBA Draft, free agency, and to discuss a few blockbuster trades that have already gone down. Check it out!

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WTF Weekly: Chris Paul Edition

By Jay Cox
PSDC Writer

Welcome to my weekly dose of WTF here on Project Shanks. With the NFL season over and football gone for the next six months (I know, I know it is truly sad time in America), your favorite writer gets to talk about other things. Things that will hopefully keep you amused or at the very least curb your boredom for five minutes while we all wait on football. This will be a weekly article dedicated to some WTF moment in sports or pop culture or just whatever I feel like ragging on.

This Week: Chris Paul

Photo Credit: Chuck Crow, The Plain Dealer

Photo Credit: Chuck Crow, The Plain Dealer

Okay, I am going to come to Paul’s defense here since it has been a dog pile on him by the media since Friday. If you are unfamiliar with this situation let me set the stage for you. The Clippers were trying to get the ball up the floor in a hurry. They inbounded and the baseline ref didn’t like the way it was done. She stopped play at which point Chris Paul asks her about it and then she T’s him up. I’m not here to discuss what is and what isn’t a technical, just on what happened in the aftermath. [Read more…]

Old Foes Team Up In Tinseltown

By Ryan Haidinger
PSDC Writer

The Los Angeles Clippers have agreed to a three-team trade that, in part, brings sharp shooter J.J. Redick to Lob City. It will be interesting to see the relationship between Redick and All-Star point guard Chris Paul develop over the season. On one hand they should play off each other very nicely on the court, on the other hand they haven’t always played nicely off it. In an ESPN the Magazine interview with Dan Patrick (June 05, 2006), Paul had this exchange:

DP: What kind of pro do you think J.J. Redick will be?
CP: J.J. will be a really good pro though he wouldn’t have said that about me. In a newspaper this year, he mentioned that he didn’t like somebody on last year’s Wake team. I pretty much knew it was me.
DP: So what will happen if J.J. ends up on your team?
CP: Oh man, that would be the toughest thing.

This interview occurred over seven years ago but it was interesting to see one player speak so openly about another, and it will be interesting this fall to see them team up.

Follow Ryan on Twitter: @RyanHaidinger

The Clippers Need A Coach. Who’s In?

By Matthew Carpenter
PSDC Contributor 

The NBA’s most intriguing job opening is in Los Angeles:  Metta World Peace is hiring a new personal chef . The Clippers are replacing Vinny Del Negro.

The story is that Chris Paul got Del Negro fired (or not renewed) and Paul came under fire from some fans and writers as if he’s the first “star” to dictate an NBA team’s staffing decision. The story should be that Vinny Del Negro needed to be let go and Paul shouldn’t have had to do the dirty work. In fact, it should’ve happened after 2011-12. Some things are self-evident. Del Negro showed little growth during his second stint as a head coach. No secondary offensive action. Terrible game preparation. Terrible roster management. At practice, teaching team defense is apparently on the “don’t” list. Arbitrarily juggling lineups and hiding two of your best perimeter defenders (Barnes and Bledsoe) for huge chunks of time is on the “do” list. Who knows? While Vinny can’t connect with his players, he’s great at smooth-talking the Suits. Maybe he’ll be able to con his way to a third NBA head coaching gig, but I doubt it.

I might be in the minority, but I view the Clippers as the Thunder’s biggest Western Conference threat entering the 2013-14 season. I hate to discount a Gregg Popovich-coached team, but the bubble has to burst someday. Doesn’t it? Maybe not. The undeniable talent on the Clippers is just enough to entice a lot of good coaching candidates to come work for Donald Sterling – owner, slumlord and general asshole. [Read more…]

Chris Paul Breaks the Hearts’ of Grizzlies Fans

Chris Paul beats the buzzer and the Grizzlies to take a 2-0 series lead.

NBA Playoffs Preview: Clippers vs Grizzlies

By Robbie Marbury
PSDC Big Man

The 2013 NBA playoffs start this weekend, and like almost every other NBA season the first-round matchups in this year’s NBA playoffs are dull. This season has a couple of intriguing series, like Boston Celtics versus New York Knicks or Los Angeles Lakers versus San Antonio Spurs, but the main event to this year’s first round will begin Saturday night when the Memphis Grizzlies and Los Angeles Lakers square off.

 

Let the Bloodbath Begin

I call this a main event not only because the Clippers/Grizzlies series is expected to be the most evenly matched in the first-round, but also because these two teams are going to turn this series into an old-school, beat’em up, knockdown, drag-out, brawl. And, there might literally be some fighting. No joke, there will at least be a couple of escalated shoving matches. These two teams had round one of this battle during last year’s Western Conference Playoffs. This year is going to be round two of what is beginning to be one of the best rivalries in the NBA. [Read more…]

2013 NBA Awards Wrap Up

By Robbie Marbury
PSDC Big Man

This year’s NBA award winners for Most Valuable Player (LeBron James), Rookie of the Year (Damian Lillard) and Sixth Man of the Year (J.R. Smith) didn’t really take too much thought. They were all three winners by a landslide. The remaining awards for the 2013 NBA season (Defensive Player of the Year, Most Improved Player of the Year and Coach of the Year) are a little tougher to decide, so we have to break out a full scale ballot and reasoning with each award.

Defensive Player of the Year

1. Marc Gasol – Gasol has anchored the number two ranked defense for the Memphis Grizzlies. He is third in the NBA in defensive rating at 95.5 points-per-100-possessions, and is seventh in blocks and steals combined in the league. The most telling part of Gasol’s greatness is that according to 82games.com when he is off the court the Grizzlies defensive rating jumps to 105.5 per-100 possessions. That means that with Gasol on the court Memphis has the second-best defense, but when he is off the court they rank 24th, the equivalent of Phoenix. [Read more…]

NBA MVP 2013: LeBron James, NBA MVP 2018: ???

By Robbie Marbury
PSDC Big Man 

The NBA post-season awards circuit is going to be pretty much cut-and-dry this year.  With the exception of Most Improved Player and Defensive Player of the Year, every other award has been locked up, and in most cases the awards have been locked up for a few months.  The most popular, and normally most discussed, award is the Most Valuable Player.  Well, this year, for the fourth time, the MVP trophy will be in the hands of LeBron James.

That’s right, LeBron James is the NBA’s MVP this season.  I know this is a shock to some of you.  All season long we have had to endure multiple media members try to tell us someone else would take the award.  First it was Kevin Durant, then Chris Paul, and we even had Skip Bayless trying to tell us Tony Parker was the MVP.  Let’s be real, LeBron is the best in the league and he will own this award for as long as he wants to, and Skip, you can tout Parker all you want but I don’t think we are at a point as a country to give a Frenchman an MVP for a major U.S. sport, sorry. [Read more…]

PSDC Random Stat of the Day

By Johnny Griffith
PSDC Stat Man

Boldly going where no one in wearing a Clippers jersey has gone before…

As I sit in giddy school-girl anticipation of the newest entry into the Star Trek franchise, I found myself browsing the wire looking for a snippit for today’s random stat and something jumped out at me that just about seemed perfect.  So citizens, buckle up, don’t stand too close to a red-shirt and read on for the Random Stat of the Day.

The Clippers defeated the Knicks, 93-80, to improve their record to 46-21 and return to their high-water mark for the season at 25 games above the .500 mark. Prior to this month, the Clippers’ franchise–whether in Los Angeles or San Diego, and including eight seasons as the Buffalo Braves (1970-1978)–had never stood 25 games above the .500 mark.*

*Stats courtesy of Elias Sports Bureau via ESPN.com

Boston Celtics Blowing It Up and Other NBA Trades

By Robbie Marbury
PSDC Big Man 

On Sunday afternoon, the Boston Celtics announced that their All-Star point guard, Rajon Rondo, would miss the rest of the season due to a torn ACL. This is a huge blow to a team that had high hopes for the playoffs.

Now, it remains to be seen why the Celtics had high hopes. Boston is holding onto the eighth spot in the East, and will probably continue to be eighth unless Andrew Bynum comes back and lights a fire in Philadelphia, in which case Boston would miss the playoffs. With the Celtics being three games behind Milwaukee for the seventh spot, chances of them getting higher than eight are pretty slim. So, if you are resigned to the fact that you are going to be the eighth best team in the East, you have to realize your first-round opponent will be Miami. The Celtics played an inspired game without their best player and beat Miami on Sunday, but Miami is floating through the regular season and waiting for the playoffs start to turn up the heat. (See what I did there?) There is no way that Boston would beat Miami in the playoffs, with or without Rondo. [Read more…]

NBA Flop Rule is in Full Effect

By Robbie Marbury
PSDC Basketball Jones

Blake Griffin has taken a pretty large step backwards this season, like one of those post-steroid dropoffs the MLB went through when they decided to test for illegal drugs.  Now, I am not saying that Griffin was taking any illegal substances, but he was benefiting from what is now illegal in the NBA…flopping. [Read more…]

Who Will Advertise on Your Favorite NBA Teams Jersey?

By Robbie Marbury
PSDC Staff

Last night it was announced that the NBA Board of Governors have approved advertising to be on NBA jerseys.  The NBA’s deputy commissioner, Adam Silver, said that the NBA would sell a patch on the shoulder, and that the NBA expects to add around $100 million in revenue from the advertising patches.

This got me to thinking, what would be the best advertising matches for each team?  Here are some of the hypothetical future ads for teams.

Los Angeles Lakers:  AARP

The Lakers have more players headed to retirement than most companies.  Kobe Bryant is 33 and Steve Nash is 38.  Those two would be great high-profile spokesmen for AARP.  The Lakers also have Pau Gasol, Steve Blake and Metta World Peace all over 30.  And Andrew Bynum already looks like a seven-foot version of Redd Foxx. [Read more…]