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NBA Summer League play began on Sunday, with the Orlando Summer League getting underway (it runs through July 12th, while the Las Vegas Summer League is from July 12-22). It was the first chance for many rookies to get their first NBA (ish) action.

One such player was the Nets' Mason Plumlee, who was selected 22nd by Brooklyn in the June draft. While the Nets lost their Summer League opener 76-67, Plumlee put up 10 points and grabbed 14 boards, and threw down a monster dunk over Pistons rookie guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (the eighth pick in June's draft out of Georgia).

Here's video of Plumlee's posterizing dunk:


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That awkward moment when you're waiting for your favorite NBA player to run out of the tunnel for the game and soon find out that the player has been traded.



That's a shame.

Also of note, the open-mouthed stare of disbelief from the woman next to him:


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Tracy McGrady hasn't averaged at least 10 points per game in the NBA since the 2008-2009 season. Most of you probably don't even know that he played for the Atlanta Hawks this season, averaging a whopping 5.3 points per game.

But none of that matters to the Chinese beer company Xuejin, apparently:


I'm just so curious as to how this commercial came about.

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Tracy McGrady was an amazing basketball player during much of the 2000s. He even led the NBA in scoring twice. However, injuries in recent years have left him as a shell of the player he used to be. Additionally, he's never been out of the first round of the playoffs. So with less than stellar play(even if it was mainly due to injuries wearing down his body) in recent years, and never advancing past the first round of the playoffs, you rarely hear NBA fans speak well of him these days.

But again, there was a time when the dude was pretty damn awesome, and this performance he had against the San Antonio Spurs on December 9(my birthday fyi), 2004, is a great example of that:


13 points in 33 seconds of the game's final minute, to win the game, against an elite defense. Pretty awesome.

However, I will say that the YouTube description of the video is probably taking it a bit too far: "McGrady rampage smokes the San Antonio Spurs. The greatest performance in the history of basketball."

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In fourth quarter action of tonight's Detroit Pistons-Cleveland Cavaliers game, the Pistons' Charlie Villanueva got tangled up with the Cavaliers' Ryan Hollins. And then all hell broke loose.

Villanueva and Hollins were quickly separated after basically trying to rip each other's heads off, but after Villanueva was ejected, he absolutely lost his mind. He tried sprinting after the Cavs' bench to fight Hollins, but was held back after trying hard to get away. He then signaled at Hollins to meet in the Cavs' locker room area, and ran down that tunnel in that direction, again while people tried to hold him back.

Here's video of the scene:



Understandably, they take that sort of stuff seriously at the Palace following the Pacers-Pistons fight in the stands years ago. But part of me wishes Villanueva got away and his fight with Hollins continued. That was going to be some super crazy shit.

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In tonight's Miami Heat-Detroit Pistons game, Rodney Stuckey was kind enough to provide another highlight for us to make fun of Chris Bosh. And unless you're a Heat fan, you likely enjoy such highlights.

Watch Stuckey's posterizing dunk over Bosh:



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Here's A Headline FAIL From ESPN.Com

Posted by Matt Clapp | 2/27/2011 03:25:00 AM | , , ,

(Picture Of How ESPN.Com's NBA Page Currently Looks At The Time Of This Post)

Just thought I'd point out that the word is spelled dysfunction.

P.S. It's not because of a personal problem that I know that. I promise.

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The Detroit Pistons lost to the Memphis Grizzlies by the score of 107-99 Wednesday night in Auburn Hills. However, the Pistons' Chris Wilcox had the NBA's play of the night. So at least there's that!

Check out Chris Wilcox's sensational reverse up-and-under layup with his off(left) hand:



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Many of you know that I'm a huge Chicago Bulls fan, and of course that means a huge Derrick Rose fan. So when Derrick does something awesome, I'll put those highlights up here and there.

I mean, he does something awesome every game, but I don't want to completely annoy you with every single sick D-Rose highlight, so I try to pick the super extra badass ones only.

One such play would be this alley-oop dunk that he had in Monday night's victory(in which he put up 29 points) against the Detroit Pistons.

Via our good friends at Docksquad Sports(go thigh five them now):



And yes, that dunk immediately reminded me of one he had against the Atlanta Hawks last year:



Pretty amazing stuff from a POINT GUARD.

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As you've probably heard by now, Charlie Villanueva said on Twitter Tuesday night that Kevin Garnett called him a "cancer patient" during Tuesday's Pistons-Celtics game in Detroit:

Link(Charlie Villanueva's Twitter)

I've already heard people say, "Well that's trash-talking." Um, no; it's complete bullshit and very UNfunny. It is FAR past the acceptable limits of trash-talk.

Unacceptable trash-talk topics: Diseases, racial slurs, sexual orientation questioning, hateful comments about the players' children, etc.

Acceptable trash-talk topics: Saying you banged their mom/wife/girlfriend, talking about how shitty their game is, telling them they have no chance to score on you, telling them how much their team sucks, etc.

Keep in mind that Villanueva suffers from the skin disease alopecia universalis, which likely is the reason Garnett made the "cancer patient" comment. In case Villanueva hadn't heard enough crap from immature assholes throughout his life, here he is at the age of 26 hearing that he looks like a cancer patient from a 34-year-old.

But we all certainly say stupid things that we regret, and we live in a forgiving society. So today, Garnett got the chance to either clear up what he was saying or at least apologize. Here's what he said:

“I am aware there was a major miscommunication regarding something I said on the court last night. My comment to Charlie Villanueva was in fact ‘You are cancerous to your team and our league.’ I would never be insensitive to the brave struggle that cancer patients endure. I have lost loved ones to this deadly disease and have a family member currently undergoing treatment. I would never say anything that distasteful. The game of life is far bigger than the game of basketball.”
Link(Boston Herald)

Give. Me. A. Fucking. Break. That's the biggest crock of shit explanation I've ever heard. All you had to do was apologize, and we would soon forget this ever happened. But instead, you say he's "cancerous to the team and our league? Really? You seriously think we're all going to believe a scientific-sounding "cancerous to the team and our league" comment is used during trash-talk of an NBA game from a guy that didn't even attend college? Nice try.

Sadly, there surely are some people out there that will buy your pathetic explanation(these are either Celtics/diehard Kevin Garnett fans in denial, or people that can't even tell you who our President is), but the rest of us just think you're more of a dickhead than we did last night, which I didn't think was very possible.

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Please Detroit Please

Posted by Poorly Acquitted | 7/07/2009 08:28:00 AM | , , , ,

Today is decision day in Detroit. Allegedly Joe Dumars is set to decide later today whether to offer the Head Coaching job of the Pistons to Avery Johnson.

Please Joe. Plllllllllllease make the offer. For the sake of everybody else if not to improve your own team.

Johnson has proved he's a winner as a coach, so that should be incentive enough for Dumars.

I have some data that Joe simply can't ignore.

Joe you will be doing basketball fans throughout the world a favor by hiring Avery away from ESPN.

I can't stand Avery on ESPN's NBA coverage. I seriously feel like he's going to swallow me right through the TV. Dude has the biggest mouth on the face of the planet. Good gracious, that shrill little voice. Going on and on during halftime and pregame at decibel levels comparable to a mouse, or Jimminy Cricket.

I can't even spell Jimminy, that's how worked up I am!

If Avery's analysis came out of Jeff Van Gundy or Marc Jones' mouth it would be wonderful. Almost everything Avery has to say is accurate and pointed. He's not shy about being critical in an understandable and non-obnoxious (see Charles Barkley, Steven A. Smith, Chris Broussard, etc.) way.

But dammit, that mouth and the voice. I seriously feel like I'm in a Freddy Kruger flick when Avery is on the tube.

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Stephen A. Smith of ESPN reported this morning that Nuggets and Pistons are "very close" on a deal that would send All-everything Guard Allen Iverson to the Pistons for Chauncey Billups, Antonio McDyess and Cheikh Samb.

More to follow as this plays out.

This would be ironic on so many different levels the most interesting being:
1.) A full on admission by the Nuggets that the Iverson-Melo experiment failed.
2.) This would be McDyess' third stint with the team that drafted him.
3.) Chauncey Billups would return home and seemingly end his career with a second stint with his home town Nuggets.

Link(ESPN)

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Rigged? Fine By Me!

1.7% chance!

2 days later, I still can't contain my excitement.

My Chicago Bulls hit the NBA Draft Lottery jackpot and are getting the chance to choose between drafting Memphis point guard Derrick Rose, or Kansas State forward Michael Beasley.

I'm in shock, and I think everybody was in shock aside from those who would say it was inevitable a team like the Bulls would get the top pick due to the NBA Draft Lottery being rigged. If that's the case, I'm just glad my team is on the good side of that.

Although there were some nice moments in the 2006-2007 Bulls season that included a sweep of the Miami Heat in the 1st round of the playoffs, and gave the Detroit Pistons a quality series in round 2, this was easily the most excited I got since the Jordan glory days. Mainly, it's the unexpectedness of this that really got me feeling like a fat kid in a candy store. Furthermore, it's nice after a disastrous 2007-2008 season in which they came into the season as a sexy pick to be the best team in the East, only to win 33 games and get their head coach Scott Skiles fired by Christmas.

As for the awesome lottery night, my buddy Brooks and I were flipping between the lottery and the Cubs game. With the Bulls expected to pick 9th, and less than a 3% chance to even get into the top-2 which is really all that matters in this draft, I was far more interested in the Cubs game in the 1st 20 minutes of the time allotted for ESPN's lottery coverage.

The 14th pick goes to the Warriors, 13th pick goes to the Blazers, 12th to the Kings, 11th to the Pacers, 10th to the Nets, everything is going as it's supposed to. I look at Brooks and say something like, "And here's the Bulls at #9. Just happen already so I can go back to the Cubs game and stop foolishly thinking the Bulls have a chance at Beasley or Rose."

Then the Bobcats logo comes out of the envelope. I just stared for a second with a "Huh?" look, then screamed out while hopping off the couch, "THIS MEANS THAT THE BULLS ARE IN THE TOP 3 RIGHT? RIGHT? YEAH THE BULLS ARE IN THE TOP 3! HOLY SHIT THE BULLS ARE IN THE TOP 3! NO FUCKING WAY! UNREAL!"

I ran around the apartment like an A.D.D. kid at recess. That commercial break felt like an hour to me. Within what was probably just 30 seconds of my crazed excitement, I started saying/yelling at Brooks something along the lines of, "Oh shit they're going to get the 3rd pick aren't they? I fucking know it. That's going to piss me off more than getting the 9th pick. After Beasley and Rose they're all the same. This is going to be a giant fucking tease."

In my nail-biting and shaking state, the commercials are over and it's time for the opening of the 3rd pick envelope. Out comes the Minnesota Timberwolves logo, followed by probably 100 "HOLY SHIT", "FUCK YEAH", "YES", and "UNREAL" screams from me.

At that point, I didn't even really care if it #1 or #2, but once it was the revealed that Miami was #2, I definitely followed with more jumping up and down.

Following my bouncing off the walls, I started chugging Modelo Especial's in celebration like it was my job. I probably owe Brooks a few beers for dealing with me on this awesome night, as the names Beasley and Rose were blurted out by me more than I say "boobies!" at the strip club.

As any of you loyal readers of our blog have probably noticed, I'm a huge fan of Beasley and Rose. I think they are both future All-Star's, and are each two of the best college players in terms of NBA potential that I have seen in a long time.

I never imagined the Bulls would get the chance at either of them, and especially not the chance to choose between the two of them. Both fit big needs for the Bulls: a great point guard and a low-post scorer. Therefore, it's really unknown right now who the selection will be. I honestly think it's a 50/50 right now, and that could certainly change with personnel moves prior to the draft, which I think will happen.

So, who do I think the Bulls should take, who do I think they will take, and what trades could happen? Who's their coach even going to be?

I will surely write about all that and other NBA Draft material maybe even in the next day because I'm so excited and can't stop thinking about this.

Right now, I'm just going to enjoy this "dilemma".

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