Cease and desist ………..

Cease and desist

David Stern enters his last season and the NBA commissioner looking for the year to be an eventful and a fully entertaining one. He has found some cordiality and a somewhat uneven truce with the NPBA (union) , who themselves will be going through a tumultuous stage of non-stop litigious to and fro , with former Executive Director Billy Hunter . The former union leader has brought about a multi-million lawsuit against the union , Derek Fisher , who until June of this year was the union’s President . With the Los Angeles Clippers’ point guard Chris Paul having won a unanimous vote to Fisher , the union will now to forge head in seeking a calmer environment , while looking to throw out the civil suit for wrongful dismissal , slander and libel action brought by Billy Hunter . From my own perspective , I believe that the union has been acting under a veil of secrecy with regard to its actions and that was most certainly true of the former executive director . At the same time, why there seemed to be no oversight in place to monitor Hunter’s alleged actions and activities has to come into question. Yet this all will be left in the hands of a jury and a federal judge to decide what will be deemed a justified outcome. One way or another, whatever the decision made, the losing party is likely to appeal the verdict .


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As to the season itself , LeBron James and the Miami Heat will seek to add to their current legacy as the organizations seeks to win its third consecutive NBA title . Having won in 2012 and 2013 , this season the team is likely to be viewed as the prohibitive favorites to win it all. Will there be a worthy opponent and challengers coming from within the Eastern Conference ? Well that remains to the seen , but most certainly the Chicago Bulls , Brooklyn Nets , Indiana Pacers and New York Knicks , are the four teams thought to have the best chance of derailing the Heat’s hopes at this juncture. I believe a great deal of that will now come down to the coaching acumen shown by Tom Thibodeau , Jason Kidd , a first time head coach in the league, Frank Vogel and Mike Woodson .

Far too often I have read pieces, some of which have been written quite articulately , that tend to simply gloss over the importance of the coach and simply delving into which player or players matter the most in order to bring about a victory for the team . Last I looked , if a head coach did not have the strategy of a game-plan in place, more often than not, the victory being sought actually ended up in defeat. Which brings me to the conclusion , are Kidd , Vogel, Woodson and Thibodeau on the same level as Erik Spoelstra as a head coach ? After a difficult first season , the Miami Heat head coach has now come into his own and given his managerial style , a few more title wins and he could very well surpass his mentor and current Team President Pat Riley as perhaps an even better coach and motivator of players. Clearly , Spoelstra has been able to get his trio of superstars to buy into his philosophy , while at the same time, he has been able to get the supporting to come along for the ride, while contributing greatly to the success of the team . Two titles, says a great deal about the young coach, a third , fourth and may be a fifth , would raise the decibel levels even higher and place on the same plane, as perhaps the likes of Gregg Popovich , or dare one say it, Phil Jackson ? Now detractors could make the argument, that when you coaching two or even three superstars on the same team, you are supposed to win. Spoelstra, like Jackson have suffered the slings and arrows of misfortune of have lost to teams in the Finals , where the roster of players they were coaching at the time were highly favored. Yet complacency and immaturity on the part of the Los Angeles Lakers in 2004 led to their ultimate downfall against the Detroit Pistons . In 2011 , once again, we saw those same familiar traits with the Miami Heat , as Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks laid waste to the Heat’s ambitions that season.

In the Western Conference , we could be on the cusp of seeing the all too quick descent of the Los Angeles Lakers into a deep abyss of mediocrity. Clearly, their fans, are either that naïve or simply not educated enough to now realize that this team in its present guise , is simply not good enough to now challenge even their own neighbors at the Staples Center the Los Angeles Clippers , never mind the likes of the Oklahoma City Thunder , San Antonio Spurs , Houston Rockets and dare I say it either the Golden State Warriors or Houston Rockets ? No amount of suggestion, that while Kobe Bryant remains a Los Angeles Lakers’ player, then just about anything is possible. Unfortunately, Bryant is now on the downside of an illustrious career and cannot be asked to continually do it all by himself . The five-time NBA champion may well have been able to do it on his own three or four years ago , but not now , on aging legs and what is in all honesty an injury riddled body, when there has been little if any support coming from his surrounding teammates . It begs the question , why does he put his body through such torture when his legacy has already been assured as one of the top-fifteen players ever to have played the game and graced an NBA basketball court ? It certainly cannot be for the money !

Lakers’ fans remain delusional, while Mitch Kupchak and Jim Buss seem to be intent on ruining the legacy built by Jerry Buss and the great Lakers’ players of the past, even if that is not their original intent. My question for the Los Angeles Lakers’ fans, did you ever at any time, have any implicit faith in Mike Brown ? Do you now have, any faith in the coaching style of Mike D’Antoni ? It is not as if, he has made the practice of defense a policy of or much less an aspect of the Los Angeles’ Lakers’ game since he succeeded his predecessor. Instead, all I continue to hear is a great deal of bitching and whining from the Lakers’ fans still living in the past, who are just not willing to accept the inevitable and that this team in its present guise just is not good enough to win an NBA title, and that is in spite of the false bravado coming from Kobe Bryant. That may well prove to be a motivating factor for Bryant, but he even must now realize the truth and accept it for what it is, the window of opportunity has already been shut for this team. Can we please stop it also, with this ludicrous obsession also that in 2014 , either LeBron James or Carmelo Anthony will come in riding on a white steed to rescue the damsel in distress, known as the Los Angeles Lakers ? Idiots such as Chris Broussard , Stephen A Smith , Skip Bayless and Tim Legler are paid for their stupidity and their combined knowledge of the NBA even with their breaking stories , pose just about as much of an attraction, as a group of individuals during an act of flatulence , each of whom, have eaten several plates of baked beans . They simply begin to stink up the joint .

While Miami opens up the defense of their title , starting their season with a home game against the Chicago Bulls at the AA Arena in Miami , Florida on the 29th October , when the league opens its regular season schedule . The Bulls and Tom Thibodeau will welcome back point guard Derrick Rose who missed much of the 2011-12 postseason when in the opening round the top seeded Bulls lost their opening series to the Philadelphia 76ers . The injury shook the young point guard mentally more than it seemed to have done from a physical standpoint. Rose’s seventeen-month delay seems like an eternity to the franchise’s fans , but now that long delay will come to an end when the get to see the player and his teammates return to the court in the first of several preseason opening games in the lead-up to the Bulls’ regular season opener. . The first of those preseason games will be on , Saturday , 5th October against last season’s .. Eastern Conference Finalists the Indiana Pacers. A team that many believe will be amongst the most serious challengers to the Miami Heat this upcoming season.

The Orlando Magic this past season ended the year with a league worst mark of 20-62 , with a team that was simply out of its natural environment . First year head coach, Jacque Vaughn struggled to get any semblance of consistency out of the team throughout much of last season. Never able to maintain a lead during a game , not being able to defend with any zeal , pretty much summed up the woes of the franchise. A shake up within the front office was meant to bring about changes that would be of benefit to the franchise , but yet things remain bleak for the Orlando Magic , who now have to contend with a declining attendance and a major drop-off in its overall fan-base , as well as major corporate endorsers no longer prepared to sponsor the success starved organization . As to what this will now mean to Dan De Vos , Team President Alex Martins , GM Rob Hennigan , Charles Freeman and Jim Fritz , may well mean a concerted effort on their part to try something new. The on-court product, remains the main issue, along with the lack of veteran leadership on the roster. That team will now be placed in the hands of Jameer Nelson and Hedo Turkoglu , as the presumed leaders of the Orlando Magic. A great deal also will be asked of Jacque Vaughn and his coaching staff as they embark on their reason . Orlando will begin their schedule against the Indiana Pacers at the Bankers Field House in Indianapolis , Indiana.

In a division (Southeast) where the Orlando Magic will have to contend with the Charlotte Bobcats , Atlanta Hawks , Washington Wizards and the defending NBA champions the Miami Heat. It remains to be seen how this team will be able to contend not only within their division but within the Eastern Conference never-mind the rest of the NBA as a whole . David Stern profligates the charade that the league remains competitive , but like Major League Baseball (MLB) , it now has now become a league of the ” haves ” and ” have not’s” . A ” soft ” salary cap that no one seems to be interested in abiding by , but yet we have a group of idiots still trying to create the perception that the NBA has no real underlying issues concerning its business template .

I have never been a great admirer of Mark Cuban , who apart from being a constant thorn in the side of David Stern , he has proven to be an egotistical and narcissistic asshole . Not content with those traits, it now appears that the Dallas Mavericks’ owner is about to have his day in US Federal Court , as he seeks to prove his innocence against the charges of insider trading , and profiting to the tune of $750,000 . All of this, for an individual whose net worth is estimated to be in excess of $ 2.5 billion . It makes me wonder how the mega-rich can now survive in this day and age if three-quarters of a million dollars will prove to be that much of a loss . Not content with having mocked the US Justice Department with preceding the charges against him , but Cuban has taken upon himself to suggest that the motives behind the case has been the fact that he has been politically outspoken and critical of the SEC (Securities & Exchange Commission) . That last statement might well be the most ludicrous of the claims being made by self-aggrandizing and always publicity seeking owner of the Mavericks . If he wishes to prove his innocence , then do so by appearing in court , rather than continuing to make a complete ass of himself , because he is not being judged in the court of public opinion in this case. That will ultimately take place in a Federal Court , where he will be judged by a jury of twelve of his peers , with those individuals adjudicating his guilt or innocence. After-all, is that not what the Justice System is meant to be about ?



Picture gallery

Though the season has yet to begin within the NBA , what if anything do you believe will be the most interesting or thrilling event that is likely to take place over the course the schedule ?


Picture and slideshow gallery details below .


(1) Former NBPA Executive President Director Derek Fisher , left is seen here at the dais, alongside Billy Hunter . The union’s former Executive Director is seeking punitive damages from the union for wrongful dismissal , libel , slander and damage to his reputation . Fisher and the union state that Hunter acted outside his parameters in establishing deals and the hiring of certain family members to maintain certain entities within the NBPA’s structure including its pension fund . There also allegations of misappropriation of union funds exceeding $250,000. All of the allegations in question have been vehemently denied Billy Hunter’s lawyers , who state that this essentially a character assassination attempt by the union . AP Photo / Brandon Jones ………

(2) Four-time league and two-time Finals MVP LeBron James will be seeking to guide the Miami Heat to the franchise’s third straight NBA title . In 2014 the player can opt out of his existing contract to become a free agent but it seems highly unlikely he is like to leave the franchise to play elsewhere . Getty Images / Robert Woods …

(3) Miami Heat President Pat Riley and head coach Erik Spoelstra are seen here celebrating the team’s 2013 NBA title series’ victory over the San Antonio Spurs . In a series that went to a seventh game , the Heat were pressed throughout the Finals by the Western Conference representatives . Spoelstra will seek join Red Auerbach and Phil Jackson as the only coaches in NBA history to have won three consecutive NBA titles . Getty Images North America / Paul Hanson …

(4) Los Angeles Lakers’ head coach Mike D’Antoni is seen here talking with players Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol during the interval of a game played at the Staples Center last season . Throughout much of the year the team struggled and with the departure of center Dwight Howard to the Houston Rockets as a free agent , questions arise as to how good the team is likely to be in its present format . AP Photo / Chris Marshall ……

(5) From left to right Orlando Magic executive Alex Martins , head coach Jacque Vaughn and general manager Rob Hennigan . AP Photo / Phil Coulter ….

(6) Dallas Mavericks’ owner Mark Cuban seen here polishing the Larry O’Brien Trophy after the team’s triumph over the Miami Heat . The often outspoken owner will face insider trading charges having sought to manipulate the stock price of a small tech-firm while seeking to make a profit of $750,000 from the trade . All charges which Cuban and his attorneys deny . AP Photo / Kelly Myles ….

(7) Derrick Rose of the Chicago Bulls . The young point guard, after a seventeen-month layoff makes a welcome return for the team hoping to contribute to Bulls’ success this upcoming season . AP Photo / Paul Mayhew ….



tophatal ……………… 09/30/2013


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Author: tophatal ...........

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30 thoughts on “Cease and desist ………..”

  1. As conceited a #hithead as he looks , Mark Cuban will always remain a conceited ba$tard .

    As with last season there will not be a team within the Eastern Conference truly good enough to challenge the Miami Heat and Lebron James is likely to win his fifth league MVP award .

    The Orlando Magic will once again fall flat and remain at the bottom of the Southeast division .

    If the union loses their motion against Billy Hunter it could prove to very costly case the NBPA .


    tophatal …………….


  2. The Lakers won’t be competing for a championship this season, but they will be in contention for a seventh or eighth seed in the playoffs. The need an influx of young talent and possibly another coach before they can think about competing for a championship.


    1. The Lakers simply cannot compete this season , not with that roster or without a real scorer beyond Kobe Bryant and it is as plain and simple as that. Their fans seem to be immune to that fact and are now hoping that either LeBron or Carmelo Anthony , will come riding in , to the rescue in 2014 . The fact of that happening, is the likelihood of Miley Cyrus getting up on stage and flashing her breasts merely to seek some added attention . Last I looked , Cyrus’ tits were nothing to write home about or to express joy , in having seen them .


      Miley Cyrus

      Do you really want to see Miley’s ‘snatch’ or tits on show ?



      Personally , I’d rather have Denise Milani’s assets on view any day of the week and at least three times each on Sunday , if not more !

      tophatal ……………..


      1. I’ve said it before, as long as Kobe is there, the Lakers will have a hard time attracting big time free agents. The Top players aren’t going to want to come in and play second fiddle to Kobe.


        1. Maurice

          Do you honestly believe that Mike D’Antoni can coach or lead a team to the NBA Finals , given his lack of a coaching mindset when it comes to defense ? Look at his coaching record as proof of that fact . Kobe is not the only issue with the Lakers , it also happens to be the head coach as well . Jeanie Buss can say all she wants and that she’s happy with the present situation (blatant falsehood) because her boyfriend Phil Jackson wasn’t rehired.

          Courtesy of Yahoo Sports

          Lakers’ Mike D’Antoni, Jeanie Buss now ‘on same team’

          By Marc J Spears

          LOS ANGELES – Los Angeles Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni said he and executive vice president Jeanie Buss are on good terms after the two met recently in the wake of comments Buss made in her book in which she criticized her brother for not rehiring Phil Jackson as coach last year.

          “There is a process you have to go through, and I think everybody is good now,” D’Antoni told Yahoo Sports. “We just have to make it work in the sense that we got to win. Everything is good. It really is.”

          D’Antoni was named the Lakers’ coach on Nov. 12, 2012, five games into last season after Mike Brown was fired. Jackson was widely expected to be hired, but Lakers executive vice president of player personnel Jim Buss – who hasn’t often seen eye to eye with Jackson – made the call to hire D’Antoni, much to the chagrin of his sister Jeanie. Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak delivered the news to Jackson during a late-night phone call.

          In a recently released update to her book “Laker Girl,” Jeanie Buss wrote that she felt “played” by her brother Jim after he contacted Jackson for the opening last year. She added that Jackson prepared 36 hours for a job that her brother wouldn’t have hired him for in “a million years.”

          “How do you do that to your sister?” Jeanie Buss wrote. “How do you do that to Phil Jackson?”

          Caught in the middle was D’Antoni. Jeanie Buss also wrote in the book that Jackson was told by general manager Mitch Kupchak that D’Antoni was hired because he was a better fit and that an expected public relations hit would last only about a month. A Lakers spokesman said Sunday that Jeanie Buss isn’t granting interviews at this time.

          Lakers fans who backed Jackson voiced their displeasure toward D’Antoni’s hiring during the team’s struggles last season. D’Antoni was 40-32 during his first season with the Lakers. He lost Kobe Bryant to a season-ending Achilles tendon injury just as the team appeared to gain traction in mid-April. Dwight Howard’s impending free agency and struggles in D’Antoni’s system also became regular storylines.

          Click on link to read in full.

          ” They hired who ? ” Phil Jackson ” I know Phil , it’s frigging insane ” ! Jeanie Buss


            1. D`Antoni refuses to change in terms of his coaching style in spite of the asinine statements we can attribute to him last season concerning the Lakers and their playing defense . Simply look at the team’s stats in 2012 and then also in the postseason where they were pitiful . It will be the same for this Los Angeles Lakers team in 2013 when they start their season . A team is only as good as the coach who chooses to lead by still be example .

              tophatal …………


  3. The Heat are still the favorites again in the East, but it will be interesting to see how the Bulls will do with Derek Rose back. The Pacers and the Bulls will challenge each other to see who will face off against the Heat.


      1. I agree, the Heat will more than likely win another championship. The only thing that might keep that from happening is if LeBron has an injury preventing him from playing in the playoffs. Otherwise, the Heat will win it again.


        1. Ronbets

          Derrick Rose spent a great deal of time during this off-season with close friend Kevin Durant working out together , with the point guard , supposedly packing on an extra 15 lbs of muscle to add to his physique . If we to tend to see a more physical style of play from Rose to go alongside the play of Carlos Boozer and Joakim Noah , then things will certainly become more difficult for a number of opponents they will face this season .

          I don’t believe that the Bulls can derail the Miami Heat , but I do believe that they could make life very difficult for them in the process . The only team that has given the Heat any real problems , just happened to be the Indiana Pacers , because the Heat had no one who could match the physicality of Roy Hibbert and his play .

          tophatal …………….


              1. I don’t think the mental aspect will be the issue ! Not if during practice , the likes of Joakim Noah , Luol Deng , Nazr Mohammed and Taj Gibson have been really been going at him hard during those routines . There’s been a reason why Tom Thibodeau has really been putting him through this type of a routine in preparation for the Bulls’ preseason and their regular season opener against the Heat .

                Chicago Bulls’ news

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    1. Ronbets

      Milani has a way making me feel weak at the knees for some reason and it’s the same with Ewa Sonnet as well !



      What’s not to like about her extraordinary assets ?


      Ewa Sonnet & below .

      I’d bet she’d be willing to take at least one or two for the team ?


      tophatal …………………………….


  4. Tophaat,
    I’m not a fan of any particular team unless they are on my bet sheet for the day. However, I became an anti-TXRanger fan after Monday nite’s bottom of the 1st inng. Imagine those fk’en morons in attendance @Arlington giving Nelson Cruz rousing ovation upon his return from a 50 game drug suspension?


    1. Ronbets

      Bud Selig’s handling of this ” Biogenesis scandal” continues to be a joke . The punishment meted out to the players who were suspended , was nothing more than a slap on the wrist . The fact that both Jhonny Peralta and Nelson Cruz are allowed back onto their respective team’s postseason rosters , simply shows how out of touch baseball remains with reality . Yet, fans are chiming on about how great it will be, to have instant replay in baseball for 2014 . Idiocy knows no boundaries with many of the fans and baseball’s hierarchy , itself ! .

      Peralta & Cruz

      Peralta & Cruz


      Jenna jameson makes housework or should I polishing a candelabra seem so intoxicating and sexual .

      tophatal ……………….


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