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Aye Ya Yao!!!

Looks like Yao Ming is on the brink of another season-ending injury. Except this time, it’s in the off-season and the season it’s threatening is next year.  Not a few weeks, not a few months, the entire season and maybe even his career.  So the question to you my fellow readers is, “IS YAO MING WORTH IT?” First of all, we know he can play.  Let’s put that aside. The main question is durability.  He hasn’t played close to a complete season in four years.  This past season, he came close but broke his foot in the playoffs against the Lakers, vaporizing any chance his team had to win the series.  Now his foot is worse off than the Rockets thought.  I don’t know, look at the 2002 draft where Ming was taken 1st.  Here are some notables that some might take over him, Amare Stoudamire (9), Tayshaun Prince (23), Carlos Boozer (34) and Luis Scola (55).  I did leave out Caron Butler who I think is very underrated. I’m not saying Yao wasn’t worth the #1 pick but c’mon, for the money he’s getting, you gotta shape up or something.  I know that his size gives him trouble and I’m not faulting Yao for it but maybe the Rockets need to think about resting him MORE during the regular season to preserve him for when it counts.  Makes some NBA teams think twice about drafting bigs.  The league is shifting into a guard oriented league.  The shelf-life for big men is 3-5 years then goodbye. I’m thinking Yao needs to lift some weights or something. I don’t know.  Reminds me of Grant Hill about 10 years ago; could’ve, should’ve, would’ve… Maybe they should keep him from playing in the Olympics.  Those wheels are getting worn out pretty fast.

June 30, 2009 Posted by | NBA BASKETBALL | , , , | Leave a comment

Pistons: Wait, We Don’t Suck

tayshaun prince onthebuzzer.comGuess what? Right after I rip Billups and the Pistons apart for not showing up against the Mavericks last night, they do something stupid and beat the Spurs in San Antonio. Inconsistency, the mark of a championship team? I don’t think so.  Don’t get me wrong, it’s a good thing that they won.  They beat the Champion Spurs.  But they’re not dominating.  You need to win night in and night out to prove to me that you’re worth something in the NBA. Don’t show up when you want to. Maybe I’m being super-hard on these guys but I guess I expect more from them.  Heck, I picked them as the top team in the East.

January 11, 2008 Posted by | Ara, NBA BASKETBALL | , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Mavericks Send the Pistons Packing

dirk nowtizki onthebuzzer.comThis ain’t the Eastern Conference fellas. That’s what the Dallas Mavericks told the Pistons on Wednesday night, as they spanked Detroit 102-86. Does that prove anything??? I don’t know, but I do know that the Eastern conference just lost a hell of a lot of street cred on the same night that the Boston Celtics were upset at the Garden by the Charlotte Bobcats. The same Pistons who I had high on my list of powerhouses in the league. I mean, I can understand losing to the Mavs in Dallas, but a whoopin? After losing to the Celts, Chauncy Billups himself stated that Boston played that game like it was the Superbowl. Well Mr. “Big Shot” Billups, maybe you should take notes and start playing like a championship caliber team, because your 3 assists and 16 points aint cutting it.

January 10, 2008 Posted by | Ara, NBA BASKETBALL | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Boston Celtics: Right Back At You

chauncey billups onthebuzzerAfter losing at home to the Detroit Pistons on a questionable last second foul shot, the Celtics went to the Palace of Auburn Hills and took their pride right back.  Led by Paul Pierce’s 19 pts, 9 rbds, and 7 assts, the Celtics roughed up the Pistons, 92-85.  So, who’s the best team now.  Don’t ask this blogger, because up until tonight, I thought the road to the Eastern Conference Finals went through Detroit. Now??? I do know one thing, the road goes through either Boston or Detroit and not Cleveland or New Jersey or wheverever else.  And home field advantage, it helps, but when it comes to 2 good teams, both these clubs have proven that they can win anywhere. Anyway, gotta go, the Celtics’ bandwagon is leavin’ town.

January 6, 2008 Posted by | Ara, NBA BASKETBALL | , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Detroit Pistons: Don’t Look Now

That’s right folks, DEEETROIIIIIT BASKETBALL is in full effect. The Pistons have won 10 games in a row.  They have arip hamilton onthebuzzer.com 25-7 record and yes, one of those wins is against the mighty Boston Celtics at the Garden.  While most people are staring in awe at how the Celtics are dismantling opponents, the Pistons are flying under the radar.  But make no mistake, this Detroit team has the potential to go all the way.  Chauncey Billups, Tayshaun Prince, Rasheed Wallace, and Rip Hamilton and Antonio McDyess give this team probably one of the best starting 5s in the league, let alone the East. Their bench isn’t too shabby either, with PF Jason Maxiell, Jarvis Hayes, Lindsey Hunter and newly acquired Primo Brezec. With that said, don’t be surprised if this team punches your team in the mouth come playoff time. Don’t come running to me because I’m gonna give you a mouthful of “I told you so(s).”

January 3, 2008 Posted by | Ara, NBA BASKETBALL | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Detroit Hands Celtics First Home Loss

billups.jpgNow they’re 20-3.  The Boston Celtics lost at home on Wednesday night to the Detroit Pistons on a last second foul byn Tony Allen on Chauncey Billups.  Before everyone starts to get worried, it’s only one game.  On the other hand, it showed the league the depth, or lack of it, of the Boston Celtics.  After the big 3 and even Rondo, the Celtics are struggling for talent.  The Pistons on the other hand, have Hamilton, Billups, Wallace, McDyess, Prince, more than the Celts could handle.  Albeit, it was a shitty way to lose, but how many times have you seen someone pump fake and then jump into the defender.  You’d think people would learn.  I’ll tell you one thing, Tony Allen and the Boston Celtics learned not to jump, and also that the road to the NBA Finals runs through Detroit.

December 20, 2007 Posted by | Ara, NBA BASKETBALL | , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment