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Poll: Which New York City Basketball team is in more trouble, the Knicks or Nets?

December 27, 2013

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New Yorkers including myself are finding it hard to watch NBA games because the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets have been playing bad basketball the first two months. So I ask you the question, Which New York City Basketball team is in more trouble, the Knicks or Nets? Love to get some feedback from the fans.

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Former Marquette Guard Trent Lockett signs with Sacramento Kings

September 3, 2013
(Hector Amezcua / hamezcua@sacbee.com)

(Hector Amezcua / hamezcua@sacbee.com)

The Sacramento Kings have signed undrafted rookie free agent guard Trent Lockett to a contract after playing for them during the Las Vegas Summer League.

Lockett averaged seven points, 5.1 rebounds, and 1.8 assists during his senior year at Marquette and during his time with the Kings Vegas Summer League team, he averaged seven points, 1.6 rebounds, and 1.6 assists in five games.

Terms of the contract were not disclosed and many sources believe this is just a training camp invite.  With Lockett’s signing, the Kings are currently at 15 roster spots, but they can add more for training camp.

Here is a video from MUTV Sports on the former Golden Eagle guard…

Former Marquette standout Dwight Buycks signs NBA Deal with the Toronto Raptors

July 12, 2013

Good news coming out of the NBA Summer League in Orlando for Marquette Basketball fans.

According to Darnell Mayberry, the Toronto Raptors offered their backup point guard duties to Dwight Buycks, who more than happily accepted:

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Undrafted out of Marquette in 2011, Buycks was voted as the top AAU player in Wisconsin during his senior season in high school. He then attended junior college at Indian Hills before coming to Milwaukee in 2009.

After his playing days as a Golden Eagle, Buycks has played in the NBDL along with the French and Belgium leagues. He was named to the D-League’s all first rookie team.

Currently playing for the Oklahoma City Thunder in the Orlando Summer League for the second straight year, the six foot three combo guard is scheduled to participate in the Las Vegas Summer League.

In 2012, Buycks averaged 15.1 points, 2.6 assists and 1.2 steals on 49.7 percent shooting during his stint in the D-League.

After watching Dwight Buycks during my time at Marquette I knew that he had the potential to get the call from an NBA Team. I didn’t think he was Welsey Matthews or Jimmy Butler good, but I knew with time and a lot of work he would get a call. What stands out about his play is the tough man to man defense, deep shooting range, and non-stop effort. Going under new leadership and a new regime in Toronto, I think backing up Kyle Lowry will be a good thing for him and he can grow as a ball handler and a passer. I love seeing more Golden Eagles in the NBA and you can now add Mr. Buycks to the list in 2013…

Photo of the Day: “The Block”

June 10, 2013
(Derick E. Hingle - USA TODAY Sports)

(Derick E. Hingle – USA TODAY Sports)

…First of all, O.M.G. Second of all, this is what makes Lebron the best player in the world. Finally, I am sorry Tiago Splitter that this happened to you. If you watch the replay over and over again, the timing is what makes this block so amazing. Working with Hakeem Olajuwon in the off season has really paid off for #6 on both ends of the floor. Lebron is a six foot eight monster and plays so aggressive that he can make big plays occur at any moment. Expect more of this throughout the NBA Finals…

David Stern goes off on Jim Rome for no reason over draft pick question

June 13, 2012

I had to post this story to you fans because this story is hilarious but also goes beyond the game and into reporting. Take a look at what NBA commissioner David Stern said to Jim Rome on his show today.

Via ESPN:

“I know that you appreciate a good conspiracy theory as much as the next guy, was the fix in for the lottery?” asked Rome, who hosts a daily show on CBS Sports Network.

“I have two answers for that,” Stern said. “The simple easy one, no, the second, a statement, shame on you for asking.”

Rome went on to say that he thought it was his job to ask because people wonder.

“No, it’s ridiculous, but that’s OK,” Stern said.

Rome, who used to host the show “Jim Rome is Burning” on ESPN, said he didn’t think the question was ridiculous.

Stern responded: “Have you stopped beating your wife yet?”

Since Rome has no history of spousal abuse, it appears that the commissioner was using a traditional loaded question as a tool to make his point: that the question itself, in this case about the lottery, presumes guilt.

Rome responded: “I don’t think that’s fair.”

After a little more back and forth, Rome said he hoped Stern wouldn’t hold the question against him.

“I wouldn’t hold it against you,” Stern said. “You and I have been in more contentious talks that that. But it’s good copy. You do these things for cheap thrills.”

Rome took offense to that statement, and Stern changed his characterization.

“Cheap trick,” he said. “You’ve been successful in making a career of it, and I keep coming on.”

That prompted a flurry of exchanges:

Rome: “Making a career of it? Making a career of what? What? Cheap thrills?”

Stern: “Now you’re getting mad. You’re taking on the world and now Jim Rome is pouting.”

Rome: “I’m not pouting, I’m taking offense.”

Stern: “You want to hang up on me?”

Rome: “No, I’m seriously running out of time.”

Stern: “Listen, I gotta go call somebody important like Stephen A. Smith back. He’s next.”

Rome: “OK, you go make that call and I’ll go talk to somebody else too I guess. Have a nice day. I did not hang up on him, we are officially out of time.”

This is a case of good reporting by Jim Rome and just utter foolishness by the commissioner David Stern. Honestly, I agree with Rome on his question and told my brothers the other week that the reason the New Orleans Hornets got the number one pick in the draft this season was because David Stern is part the owner and he thinks that the Hornets can be just as big as the Saints. He loved how the Final Four was a big thing in New Orleans and now he wants them to become a dynasty. I don’t blame him after the whole Chris Paul saga and the drop of the franchise the past few years but to lash out on Jim Rome was wrong. He didn’t mean to attack David Stern and also he wants the community to know the reason. It’s good reporting and Jim Rome did a good job. Shame on you David Stern, you should know better on how to deal with the media…

Photo Gallery: Milwaukee Bucks vs. Phoenix Suns on February 7th 2012

February 9, 2012

Here is a gallery of my shots from the Bucks-Suns game at the Bradley Center using my Cannon Rebel Camera. It’s pretty awesome and the shots I got were a lot of fun to take. Hope you like them folks…

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Dwight Howard breaks the record for Free Throw Attempts in a single game

January 13, 2012

(MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)

I am posting this after drinking a nice cold water and sitting on my couch thinking, did I just watch that? Did I watch the most boring second half in my entire life? Yes, I did actually do that and I have to say that I am throughly entertained. The reason was because it was something no one has ever seen in an NBA game.

With about 2 minutes left in the third quarter and Andris Biedrins in foul trouble with 5, the tallest player to guard the 6 foot 11 inches Dwight Howard was David Lee and he is only 6 foot 9. Not to mention, Howard is 265 pounds and David is 240. Howard was just muscling his way inside getting easy opportunities leading to his 45 points. 

So what could the Warriors do to stop Big number 12? The answer was send him to the free throw line. Dwight Howard had never shot more than 24 free throws in a game which he had four times previously. Certainly, nothing compared to the Warriors’ plans.

Howard eclipsed his old mark with in the third quarter, getting hacked and held intentionally at the end of each quarter. Golden State’s rookie coach Mark Jackson’s strategy slowed down the pace and refused to let the Magic’s potent shooters find their rhythm.

So what was Stan Van Gundy’s strategy when he saw what the old ESPN analyst was thinking? He said,

“I’m looking at them like, `We’re not going to run a play. He’s going to foul him,” Van Gundy said. “What are we going to bother with diagraming a play? Make the free throw, play some defense.”

That about summed up this entire game in a nut shell.

Howard broke Wilt Chamberlain’s nearly 50-year-old NBA record for most free throw attempts in a game, making 21 of 39 in the Orlando Magic’s 117-109 victory over the Golden State Warriors. He said after the game,

“I just tried to be aggressive and get to the line. I didn’t care if I missed 30,” Howard said. “I was still going to go up there and shoot the next one with confidence.”

He finished with 45 points and 23 rebounds and it was his 1st career game with 40+ points, 20+ rebounds.

He’s the only active player to accomplish that feat. The last player to have at least 40 points and 20 rebounds was Shaquille O’Neal who had 48 points and 20 rebounds against the Celtics on March 1, 2003, according to STATS LLC.

So I just had to tell you all out there that a new coach tried a new strategy after watching so many of his games year after year and Howard still beat the Warriors on their home floor. Even with Howard going 21-39 at the free throw, he shot 12-21 (57%) from the field. The guy just couldn’t get stopped.

Unfortunately, his next game will be against the New York Knicks. They have Tyson Chandler and a deeper bench so don’t expect the same result again. Just take this game in and say to yourself, did this really happen? Yes, it did. And we probably won’t see it happen again.