Revenge is a dish, best served cold … Dominance on the other hand, can take shape in different forms and guises, dependent upon one’s view …

Revenge is a dish, best served cold … Dominance, on the other hand, can take shape in different forms and guises, dependent upon one’s view …

Well the NFL season is now over and the fallout from an unbelievable end to the Superbowl (SBLVIX) still has not subsided five days after the event. Seattle Seahawks’ head coach Pete Carroll has staunchly defended offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell and has suggested the decision in many respects, was Bevell’s alone and that he agreed with the coordinator’s take and final call. My question remains, if Marshawn Lynch throughout much of the game gave the New England Patriots a great deal more than they could handle, why would the Seahawks seek to change course at such a pivotal moment in the game ? Lynch, during this contest, scored a touchdown on a short yardage gain after a reception, yet this actually escaped both Carroll’s and Bevell’s notice ? Call me naive, but the head coach’s post-game explanation given during his interview, smacks of sheer stupidity and utter nonsense !

New England ascends back to the top of the NFL world, and simply cementing their dominance of this league, as a ” true dynasty, one of the most discussed, if not one of the most alienating also, in the world of professional team sports across the North American landscape over the past twenty-five years.

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Five months into the NBA season and the talk in recent weeks has been the unbelievable play of the Atlanta Hawks and their ongoing dominance within the NBA. In the month of January, Mike Budenholzer’s vastly improved team went a staggering 17-0 , unbeaten for the entire calendar month of their scheduled games. Consider the fact, the Chicago Bulls’ team of their championship winning season of 1995-96, where they went 72-10, setting an NBA franchise record for wins in a season. The team coached by Phil Jackson was never able to achieve that feat with a roster which boasted Michael Jordan , Scottie Pippen and Dennis Rodman among the starting lineup , which was also well-served by several role players who contributed greatly to the Bulls’ success of that season.

There is a great deal to be said, for the days of dominance once had by the Chicago Bulls, as for years the franchise was waylaid by the fact the Detroit Pistons and Boston Celtics held center-stage within the Eastern Conference, while the Los Angeles Lakers were simply extending the glare of the Showtime Lakers’ extravaganza. During that time, the Chicago Bulls grew to overcome their fears and went about beginning their historic run, which rang in a new era and perhaps the most popular reign in NBA history, most certainly from a fan and global standpoint. Michael Jordan reigned supreme, as the most dominant player in the NBA and one of most recognized athletes on the face of the planet . With it, came the wealth and acclaim, few athletes today can match. LeBron James , currently, the best player in the NBA and rightfully so, the latest NBA star, seen as the heir-apparent to Michael Jordan. Kobe Bryant’s era of supremacy is slowly winding down and with it, the Los Angeles Lakers’ most recent chapter of NBA dominance. .

As good as the Atlanta Hawks appear to be and what they have achieved has been fascinating . The true test for any NBA franchise can be judged by what they have been able to do during the NBA Playoffs. For Atlanta the type of success sought, has been fleeting for an organization still seeking acceptance as an elite franchise in the NBA. This might be the season, in which the Hawks can finally stake that claim , if they make the NBA Playoffs and then go on a prolonged run, all the way to the NBA Finals.

The Atlanta Hawks’ exceptional month of January has heightened expectations for the month of February, even with the upcoming All Star Game Weekend fast approaching. Between now and then, it will be interesting to see how this team fares as it is being led by Paul Millsap , Al Horford , Jeff Teague, DeMarre Carroll , Kyle Korver and John Jenkins . Needless to say this has been a collective effort from the Hawks’ players over the course of the season . They have been able to eke out their victories on the road as well as at home against divisional , conference and Western Conference opponents .

Having gone 9-1 in their last ten games the Atlanta Hawks are as sure a bet, as you can get, for them to make the NBA Playoffs, where if things were to remain as they are, their first round opponents would be the Miami Heat , last eat season’s losing NBA Finalists . It would be definitely be an enticing first-round contest to survey , with the Heat seen as an opponent , good enough to cause an upset.

I believe the Atlanta Hawks are good enough to make a solid run through to the end of the season , winning their division outright and making the NBA Playoffs. Where they then go from there, is anyone’s guess, because during the postseason, it then becomes about the teams and their players standing tall , excelling at critical points of a game. Recent signs show the Hawks are not yet at the standard required for them to be seen as a credible contender to win it all .

If ever there was a sign to indicate , Phil Jackson erred in the hiring of Derek Fisher to succeed Mike Woodson as the head coach of the New York Knicks. Then look no further than what has been achieved by Steve Ker, the successor to Mark Jackson as head coach of the Golden State Warriors . The Knicks continue on their season of sheer ineptitude while the Warriors have not only slain the dragon, but chopped off its head. Leading me to believe, Jackson’s ego has gotten the better of him at this stage of his career.

Golden State behind the solid play of Steph Curry and Klay Thompson have led the team to the best record the Western Conference and along the way lead the Pacific Division by healthy 7 1/2 game margin over the Los Angeles Clippers. Coming off a fourteen-point victory over the Dallas Mavericks it is becoming hard to envisage any team within the Western Conference actually challenging the dominance of the Warriors over the remainder of this season.

To comprehend how the guile and tenacity shown by Golden State this season, has been such a success, you simply have to look at the margin of victory in their games where they overpower an opponent. Next up for the Warriors will be a cross-conference game against the Atlanta Hawks on the road, where the team has been very good. It’s pretty much safe to suggest, Steph Curry and Klay Thompson will be looking have their division and conference sewn up by no later than mid-March . It gives Kerr the opportunity needed, to rest a number of his front-line starters, while assessing what his bench players are able to do before the end of the season on the 15th April, 2015

Defending NBA champions the San Antonio Spurs have slowly plodded along while the elder statesmen on the team have sought to gain some semblance of consistency to their season. Tim Duncan , Manu Ginobli and Tony Parker have been the mainstays of the franchise’s successes and one of the reasons why they have been a perennial playoff team and contender for the NBA title. Seventeen straight NBA Playoff appearances and yet when fans, tend to talk about dynasties and dominance, rarely has the name of the San Antonio Spurs been mentioned in the same sentence as the Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers, Chicago Bulls or the Motown Bad Boys of Detroit under the coaching acumen of Chuck Daly, as he engineered the success of the Detroit Pistons. I suppose not playing in what is deemed to be a major-market, has a tendency of taking the gloss off a team’s achievements. While many, were surprised the Spurs were able to get past the highly favored Miami Heat in last season’s NBA Finals. It should not have come as any great surprise,if the suggestion was made, LeBron James and his teammates were simply complacent and went into the postseason foray, with the expectation of simply waltzing through through a seven-game series, merely based on having defeated San Antonio in the previous season’s Finals Series.

San Antonio now has a competent lineup beyond their Big Three of Duncan , Ginobli and Parker now joined by last season’s Finals’ MVP of Kawhi Leonard , it must be said the team does have have a formidable lineup , which I believe to be among the best in the NBA for a starting five, without delving into the contributions from the bench. It would also be remiss to not take into account the coaching staff of Gregg Popovich, a staff which includes the NBA’s only lead female assistant, former WNBA player Becky Hammon. As to whether or not this league will ever have its very first female head coach remains to be seen , but I am sure, it is something Hammon will seek to achieve !

With only the Cleveland Cavaliers , Memphis Grizzlies and Atlanta Hawks over their last ten games having a better record, it indicates at present, how competitive the NBA happens to be. San Antonio’s thirteen-point victory at home over the Miami Heat was indicative of what we know to be the frailties of a weak Eastern Conference as another franchise drops a game to a Western Conference foe. The Spurs’ next game takes them North of the border to face the Toronto Raptors at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Canada. For both teams this should prove to be a fascinating contest as they seek to maintain their momentum in the run-up to the All Star Break .

A ninety million dollar ($90 million) payroll doesn’t appear to have aided the Brooklyn Nets this season as the team struggles to make sense of their failures at this point of the NBA schedule. It would be fair to suggest the Nets have been a major disappointment for their fans and the NBA alike. Personally, I believe the team to be lacking in leadership with Kevin Garnett and Deron Williams being overpaid and offering the franchise absolutely nothing on all levels at this stage of their respective careers.

For Nets’ head coach Lionel Hollins and his coaching staff at a loss for an explanation,while GM Billy King and team owner, Mikhail Prokhorov wondering if changes will have to be made before or at the trade deadline, if the franchise is to make some sense of their season. In their last ten games the Brooklyn Nets are a paltry 5-5 , simply mirroring what they represent as a team, to the NBA fans at large, being average and representing mediocrity !

Saturday night, the Brooklyn Nets will take to the court to face conference rivals the Washington Wizards at the Verizon Center in Washington, DC. This will be game, between two teams of similar ambitions, seeking to make their presence felt within the conference as well their respective divisions could very well make or break their seasons from hereon-in. The All Star festivities to be staged at the Barclays Center, home to the Brooklyn Nets will provide a timely respite for the teams as they take stock and then prepare for the second half of the season. This will be the point where executives and team owners look to make some major deals and naturally shed players for salary cap reasons.

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As the first half of this NBA season comes to a close, which team or teams have been the biggest surprise in your opinion ? During the second half of the schedule which franchise and players will play a decisive role of making a playoff push within each conference ? Also, of the teams in the league (NBA) over the past two decades, which do you believe is the most deserving to be thought of as a dynasty ? Simply leave a comment or comments as you see fit and thanks as always for the continued support of this site, as it has always been appreciated ! Thank you !

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(1) Marshawn Lynch (24) of the Seattle Seahawks completes a catch against Tyler Gaffney (31) of the New England Patriots in the fourth quarter during Super Bowl XLIX at University of Phoenix Stadium on February 1, 2015 in Glendale, Arizona. Getty Images North America / Rob Carr

(2) Marshawn Lynch(24) of the Seattle Seahawks runs with the ball against the New England Patriots during Super Bowl XLIX at University of Phoenix Stadium on February 1, 2015 in Glendale, Arizona. Getty Images North America / Jamie Squire

(3) John Wall of the Washington Wizards handles the ball against the Brooklyn Nets during the game on February 7, 2015 at Verizon Center in Washington, DC. NBAE/Getty Images/ Ned Dishman

(4) David Lee of the Golden State Warriors goes to the basket against Travis Wear(6) of the New York Knicks on February 7, 2015 at Madison Square Garden in New York. Getty Images / Nathaniel S Butler

(5) Derrick Rose of the Chicago Bulls handles the ball against the New Orleans Pelicans on February 7, 2015 at Smoothie King Center in New Orleans. Getty Images / Mike Hamilton

(6) Jeff Teague of the Atlanta Hawks drives against Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors on February 6, 2015 at Philips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia. Getty Images / Scott Cunningham

(7) Tony Parker of the San Antonio Spurs shoots against the Miami Heat on February 6, 2015 at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas. Getty Images North America / D. Clarke Evans

(8) Becky Hammon , left , is seen here with San Antonio Spurs’ head coach Gregg Popovich . Hammon is the first full-time lead assistant head coach with any franchise in the NBA . The NBA might just be the most progressive of any of the four main professional team sports , with Michele Roberts also recently being named the Executive Director of the NBPA (Players’ Union) . Popovich believes Hammon due to her vast experience as a former WNBA player and now an assistant coach , could become the first female head coach in the NBA . AP Photo /Gary Ross
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  1. The NBA this season has been very much like those of the past with teams failing miserably to play with any real semblance of consistency or zeal . Quite why that might be , is just about anyone’s guess, but I believe it to be a lack of a real dearth of talent coming up from within the collegiate ranks and an extraordinary downturn in the quality of the coaches currently in the NBA and the recycling of coaches within the NBA coaching fraternity !

    Case in point , Brad Stevens is the last NBA head coach to be hired from among the college ranks , when Boston Celtics GM Danny Ainge made the decision to hire Stevens who had a great deal of success as the head coach of Butler .

    The Celtics might now be having their struggles , but this has come from the lack of insight on Ainge’s part in not rebuilding the roster sooner rather than later , after the franchise’s last NBA title win , when aging veterans Ray Allen , Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce were heading into the twilight of their respective careers . Instead , Ainge and then head coach , Doc Rivers , felt it necessary to pursue the defense of their title with a roster that had very little athleticism or youth as part of its core and corps .

    Boston’s failings are of Ainge’s own creation and has nothing to do with Brad Stevens’ lack of experience at the professional level.

    There are some totally dumb @ss fans currently espousing the idiocy of comparing either Kobe Bryant or LeBron James to Michael Jordan . If these idiots would simply look at Jordan’s legacy and how he changed the face of the game , then they would realize their debating the subject is actually meaningless . On their best day, neither Bryant or James come remotely close to Michael Jordan on any measure within and outside the game .

    23 has it hands down and that is a fact !

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  2. Here’s something sports’ fans may or may not find disconcerting . It’s the number professional athletes within baseball , football (NFL) and NBA earning in excess of $15 million a year . It may well be a business, as the apathetic fans tend to suggest, but when more often than not when the bullshit’s being served up their voices are nowhere to be found or heard for that matter . Much as in the same way there are dumb ass fans in the Tampa Bay area are yearning for the Buccaneers and Rays to be a success without them taking note the owners of both franchises remain fu#king clueless .

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    She obviously had no idea Warren Sapp likes to pay for sex . Whereas Kobe Bryant believes it comped and comes with room service , when he’s in the state of Colorado .

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  3. If God were to have imparted intelligence and wisdom , then how much of it could be found within the front offices of the Brooklyn Nets and New York Knicks ? I mean , what insight has either Billy King or Phil Jackson provided us with this season , other than proving they’re downright stupid when it comes to assessing and putting together talent on an NBA basketball court .

    As to the idiot , who believes the Knicks’ coaching staff is one of experience . My answer to you , please go and seek life elsewhere or better yet , try kissing your own @ss while bending over backwards .

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    NBA standings over teams’ last twelve games

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  4. Here’s all you need to know . The San Antonio Spurs are still very good and the Miami Heat not so good . The two champions of the last two NBA Finals had the two-time defending champions meeting the five-time Spurs. This contest was not even remotely close once the Spurs found their rhythm as they took down the Heat.

    The victory notched up the nine hundred and ninety-ninth win career win (regular season) for Spurs’ head coach Gregg Popovich and with it making the coach one win away from joining a a select group of NBA head coaches with 1,000 regular season victories . Popovich will will next get the chance when the Spurs square off against the Indiana Pacers at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis , Indian ,on the 9th February , 2015 .

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  5. Sunday’s results in the NBA and what it might suggest about a number of teams over their last eight games in terms of their overall play .

    San Antonio had one of their worst games of the season in a loss to the Toronto Raptors in a game played at the Air Canada Center in Toronto , Ontario,.

    Top scorer for the Spurs were the twelve points amassed by Tim Duncan in the road loss .

    With Kobe Bryant on the court the Los Angeles Lakers are deemed to fair better . Without they are less than average and simply cannot score at home or on the road. Which begs the question, beyond the prestige , why the hell would anyone want to play for this franchise, when it’s been proven they just don’t know how to draft young talented players, which has been the case of the last eight seasons .

    The Lakers dropped another game , suffering a fifteen-point loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers , where Kevin Love led all scorers dropping thirty-two points in the contest .

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    NBA standings playoff picture and with games remaining on their respective schedules.

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  6. James Harden of the Houston Rockets might well be seen as the consensus choice for the League MVP , given his impressive first half of the season , where he leads the league in several offensive categories . Yet , if the Rockets are to maintain their momentum , their defense will have to play a great deal better if they are to excel .

    “I said your Mama promised to give me some head last night , but she left her teeth at home ,but I still had sex with her anyway . What you gonna do about it #itch ? ”

    James Harden and Carmelo Anthony

    Critics may well cite the fact that Harden is not a great defensive player but neither is Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks , but fans continue to point to his great traits as a player , whatever they might be, beyond his being a relentless scoring machine .

    New York for its part remains a pitiful team , where they can do nothing right at all . So much for Phil Jackson being able to motivate players . Now it looks as if the front office will either seek to buyout Amare’ Stoudemire and his contract or quite possibly gauge teams’ interest in trading for a player who is no longer productive or ever much of a leader to begin with .

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  7. Things have become somewhat uneven for the Los Angeles Clippers as they look to sign Sebastian Telfair as the third-in-line back up behind Austin Rivers to starter Chris Paul at the point guard position for the team , coached by Rivers’ father head coach Doc Rivers . The Clippers might well have one of the better records within the Western Conference but overall they will have to contend with rivals in the conference more so than the league overall as the NBA moves on . .

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  8. So what happens now in the run-up to the All Star Break and the idiocy of the weekend’s events ? Uncompetitive games among the rookies , the same antics with the veterans and even more idiocy with the antics of skilled concepts .

    All of this idiotic debate as to who should be on the rosters of the respective All Star lineups , provides about as much interest, as seeing flies hover around fecal matter, as they seek some form of nourishment . What frigging difference does it make , when the z game itself , is meaningless and has no fu#king entertainment value whatsoever

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    During this break the NBA becomes banal as the league hierarchy tries to intimate, they know what the hell they’re doing , much like the all too idiotic insistence by clueless individuals that former commissioner David Stern actually knew what the hell he was doing the majority of the time , concerning the game. Well , he’s earning over $25 million a year , I guess it gives him the right to be a pompous @ssole ? Now that Adam Silver has taken over, it’s still more of the same.

    Monday’s results rose to the levels we’ve seen this season and yet we shouldn’t be surprised by the errant play by the likes of such menial teams as the Los Angeles Lakers , Minnesota Timberwolves , Orlando Magic and Philadelphia 76ers .

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  9. In the College Game , Kentucky (Wildcats) remain unbeaten , as they continue to mop the floor with their opponents , making a complete mockery and in many ways , indicating how much of a sham the season becomes, where in so many cases a number of their opponents tend to be either lower tiered D1 programs or competition from the D2 and D3 schools .

    John Calipari and his coaching staff seem to have things under control as they head towards being one of the top seeds in the NCAA Tournament .

    Next up for the Wildcats will be a game against Louisiana State (LSU) in an all SEC match-up.

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  10. If as believed George Karl does make a return to the NBA to sign with the Sacramento Kings becoming their latest head coach . He will be inheriting a team that is not very good and whose lone asset will be the always troubled, yet talented center DeMarcus Cousins.

    Foolhardy ? Or simply, George Karl being George Karl ?

    Kings’ senior partners , billionaires Ron Burkle , Vivek Ranadive and multimillionaire Mark Mastrov .

    For their part , the Kings remain a team , inconsistent and lacking veteran leadership among the playing staff , with a front office which has failed to place a competitive on-court product on the court, since Vivek Ranadive purchased the franchise in 2013 . The Kings are still bedeviled by financial issues beyond the fact they’re barely supported for their home games at the Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento , California but , Kevin Johnson the city’s Mayor , believes the franchise can remain a viable concern for the city and lure visitors to the state capital.

    Kevin Johnson Mayor of Sacramento


    “White baby’s need black Daddy’s too, that’s why I’m fu#king your Mamma ! So that you you can have either a baby brother or sister
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    DeMarcus Cousins

    Johnson, a former player in the NBA is either gullible , naive or just plain stupid, to believe the Sacramento Kings can attract visitors to the city . First and foremost, you do need a competitive and winning team on the court and an ownership group and coaching staff capable of making that a reality . None of which Sacramento has been able to do over the past three years much less win their division or make a playoff appearance during the last five years.

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  11. Orlando Magic executives Alex Martins and GM Rob Hennigan will be hard-pressed to find a successor to Jacque Vaughn , capable of turning around the fortunes of a franchise and team which hasn’t been competitive all season long , much less over the course of the last three seasons.

    James Borrego has been tapped to take over but again , it’s a rookie head coach with minimal coaching experience in the league.

    Orlando Magic interim head coach James Borrego .

    The team has struggled this season with their being only rare glimpses of competitiveness being shown by Victor Oladipo and where the best player on the roster just happens to be Nikola Vucevic , who has consistently shown why he is the best player and only asset on the roster.

    Hennigan during this off-season, will have to take a long hard look at the makeup of this team and what is needed in order resurrect the franchise’s fortunes .

    Over their last ten games the Orlando Magic have been pretty dire on the road as well as at home .

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  12. The Miami Heat have struggled all season long and as their record suggests , they’re no better than an eighth seed within the Eastern Conference. It’s hard to see how given their recent form how they would be able to overcome the Atlanta Hawks in a first round match-up of the NBA Playoffs .

    Considered to be the leader on the team and perhaps the Heat’s best player , Dwyane Wade has spent more time recently sidelined due to injury than he has done on the court trying to engineer victories for the franchise this season.

    From left to right, Wade , Chris Boshand Luol Deng

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  13. This is what I believe to be true concerning the Boston Celtics and it is that , GM Danny Ainge and lead managing partner , Wyc Grousbeck erred on the side of diplomacy , rather than practicality , when dealing with Doc Rivers in the immediacy of the franchise having its most recent title . Though the team was built around the exploits of Ray Allen , Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett , it was clear for everyone to see the roster was getting ” long in the tooth “ with respect to ages and careers of the elder trio on the championship winning roster .

    From left to right , Celtics’ managing partner , Steve Pagliuca , Head of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge , Brad Stevens and Wyc Grousbeck .

    Ainge and Grousbeck’s failure in overhauling the roster the year after the series’ victory would become the Celtics’ own undoing as they would fall to the Orlando Magic in the conference finals during the 2009 NBA Playoffs .

    This season under head coach Brad Stevens this young roster has struggled , because of the lack of experience and proven veteran leader on the team , resulting in their conference and divisional standing . It’s proving to be difficult to see who can provide the leadership needed among the current group of players , as no one teammate stands out head and shoulders above the others , in spite of the belief Jared Sullinger and Kelly Olnyk might be keys to the Celtics’ long-term future .

    Boston’s last victory came in a much-needed win over the dire and inconsistent Philadelphia 76ers . With the trade deadline effective as of the 19th February , it will be interesting to see what moves if any , are made by the franchise under Danny Ainge’s decision , in conjunction with Brad Stevens and the coaching staff. The Celtics’ next game will pit them in a match-up with the Eastern Conference’s and the league’s best team , when they face off against the Atlanta Hawks at the TD Banknorth Gardens on the 11th February , 2015 , in an all conference clash . All signs point to a Hawks’ victory in the contest.

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  14. Earlier in the season , we struggled to make sense of the ineptitude shown by the Philadelphia 76ers . Now , there’s no need to , because they’re still playing like crap , alongside the New York Knicks and the new kid on the block of fecal matter shame , concerning NBA ball , it’s the Minnesota Timberwolves as brought to you by those two celebrated whining bi$ches and complete fu#k-ups , owner Glenn Taylor , Head Coach and Head of Basketball Operations Flip Saunders . It’s fair say, Saunders has proven himself to be as good a head coach this season as one could claim Kanye West isn’t a frigging a#shole .

    “While Glen takes a look at the T’wolves’ finances , I am going to drop my pants and take a sh#t on this podium just like the team has been doing all season long ” .

    Flip Saunders (right) and Timberwolves’ team owner Glen Taylor.

    Ricky Rubio (pictured above) does need to leave the Timberwolves as soon as is humanly possible , because the coaching staff is simply not helping this kid achieve any type of personal or team goal , by way of a playoff appearance.

    Approaching or surpassing forty losses at this point of the season must be the ” new normal ” as it relates to the NBA .

    If the Los Angeles Lakers surpass forty losses on the season , what does that indicate to you about the team and their idiot fans whose only concerns seems to be who’ll be coming to play alongside Kobe Bryant next season ? That makes about as much sense, as the reasoning behind the lame explanations now being given, about the measles’ outbreak in the state of California , which emanated from Disneyland . The House that Walt built behind the facade of Mickey now seems to be responsible for a whole slew of things including the Lakers’ ongoing ineptitude this season.

    Bryant, left , is seen here alongside Magic Johnson

    Kobe Bryant wants his legacy to be , he’s remembered as the greatest player in Los Angeles’ Lakers’ history , bar none. It’s the simple reason he keeps on playing as he wants to leave an indelible mark on the franchise by shattering all of the records possible . Nothing wrong in that perhaps , until you realize , he might just be one of the most despised players in the franchise’s history .

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  15. LeBron James is back in Cleveland , the fans are happy , the Cleveland Cavaliers’ front office appears to be happy. Yet, here’s the rub , apart from their recent eleven game run , the Cavaliers have been far from dominant over the course of this season .

    Derrick Rose and LBJ .

    This Cavaliers’ team was seen as being the best in the Eastern Conference , because LBJ and Kyrie Irving would prove to be a formidable tandem having joined forces . The addition of power forward Kevin Love gave the Cleveland Cavaliers added firepower from an offensive standpoint and supposedly a solid defender by way of defensive rebounds .

    From a divisional standpoint the Cleveland Cavaliers are playing second fiddle to the Chicago Bulls under the leadership of Derrick Rose .

    If Lebron and his teammates are to be really sure of gaining a high enough seeding in the Eastern Conference , then their winning the Central Division will be of the utmost importance. Granted , the East has never been that competitive and that has borne out out this season by the records of the teams from the sixth seed on down .

    If there is said to be one team in the Eastern Conference who has proven to be a major disappointment over the last three seasons , then surely the Indiana Pacers would have to be considered for the dubious honor . Head coach Frank Vogel has seen his team simply disappoint their fans and GM Larry Bird as they have squandered their chance of winning their division with several mediocre performances over the course of the season.

    Frank Vogel (left)of the Pacers and team GM Larry Bird .

    The Pacers are an extremely soft team , where there seems to be no accountability among the players and it appears that Frank Vogel may well have lost control of his team.

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  16. What’s now for left for San Antonio Spurs’ head coach Gregg Popovich to achieve ? He has now notched up his 1,000th regular season victory , joining a select group of NBA head coaches to have achieved that feat .

    Kawhi Leonard, left , seen here alongside Tony Parker , Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobli .

    San Antonio for their part have been consistent and though their standing within their division and conference , belie the fact the defending NBA champions are having a very good season. Spurs’ elder statesmen on the roster , Tim Duncan , Manu Ginobli and Tony Parker are playing up to the customary standards you would come to expect of three future Hall of Fame players for this franchise. With last season’s Finals’ MVP , Kawhi Leonard now back at his very best and all signs point to the fact the Spurs are well-prepared for a long and deep playoff run during this upcoming postseason.

    Duncan, Ginobli and Parker of the Spurs .

    Thankfully , like a shark being lured by chum , the Spurs will be given the chance to feast on the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night , one of one a set of contests tipping off this evening .

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    San Antonio Spurs’ news

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  17. After last night’s result , with the New York Knicks’ loss to the Orlando Magic, should anyone still be questioning why the New York based franchise is so bad ? How naive and idiotic must their fans be , to still try and suggest either Phil Jackson much less Derek Fisher and the coaching staff have the faintest idea what the hell they’re doing much less the players themselves ?

    You couldn’t script the bull#hit of the New York Knicks any better had it been written , directed and produced by Spike Lee , an avowed Knicks’ fan. There in the midst of it all are these two buffoons (Derek Fisher and Phil Jackson [right]) conjuring up the continued mediocrity of the New York Knicks .

    Jeanie Buss must be thanking her lucky stars Phil didn’t return to the Los Angeles Lakers , not they have been any better this season .

    And a New York welcome to you , @asshole !

    Amare Stoudemire

    Now some of the Knicks’ fans are surmising whether or not the front office should buyout the remainder of Amare’ Stoudemire’s exorbitant contract ? Obviously, they are as clueless as first thought, because the player has been stealing money from the organization since he was acquired and then put on the uniform , offering them little in return by way of his productivity with the Knicks . At what point did they actually come to figure it out that now would be the time to believe this was necessary , given his lack of leadership and declining skill-set over the last three years ?

    The Knicks remain a damn joke this season , much as they were in 2013 , 2012 and 2011 . I cannot be anymore emphatic than that ! A postseason appearance in 2012 was basically a momentary phase for the Knicks as they faded beyond our memories as if in the blink of an eye . Which it was !

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  18. A contract has been finalized between George Karl and the front office of the Sacramento Kings . Hopefully , this will have been given the ” seal of approval ” by DeMarcus Cousins, because it’s my belief the Kings’ center is likely to bolt , seeking a trade if things continue to sink further South for the franchise. Granted , he’s not due to become a free agent until 2018 , but the Kings haven’t exactly gone out of their way to bolster the roster , seeking to put a competitive and entertaining product on the court . Yet , fans are griping on about how mediocre the team’s home venue just happens to be ? LOL,LOL ,LOL !!! I guess their belief should be , better off having a mediocre team , but let’s be treated like royalty , with a $ 500 million arena , they”re ‘re likely to pay for , rather than it being paid for by the ownership group.

    Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson , not exactly the smartest guy in the room filled with idiots to begin with .

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  19. So inside the space of ten days, the world of College Basketball has lost two formidable and great coaches with the passing of Dean Smith and Jerry Tarkanian . Rest in peace, as you both will be sadly missed by an engaging fraternity !

    Dean Smith (left) and Jerry Tarkanian .

    The world of College Basketball is now a sadder place with their passing . Tarkanian in spite of the controversies and how one might view his legacy there was still something about him you had to admire and that was his genuine love of the game .

    Courtesy of ESPN

    UNLV icon Jerry Tarkanian, 84, dies

    LAS VEGAS — Hall of Fame coach Jerry Tarkanian, who built a basketball dynasty at UNLV but was defined more by his decades-long battle with the NCAA, died Wednesday after several years of health issues. He was 84.
    Danny Tarkanian announced his father’s death on Twitter.

    Tarkanian had been hospitalized since Monday at Valley Hospital Medical Center for a respiratory ailment and infection. He had been rushed to the hospital by ambulance after his blood oxygen fell to dangerous levels.

    “He fought and fought and fought,” Danny Tarkanian told The Associated Press

    The towel-chewing “Tark the Shark” put the run in the Runnin’ Rebels, taking them to four Final Fours and winning a national championship in 1990 with one of the most dominant college teams ever. His teams were as flamboyant as the city, with light shows and fireworks for pregame introductions and celebrities jockeying for position on the so-called Gucci Row courtside.

    He ended up beating the NCAA, too, collecting a $2.5 million settlement after suing the organization for trying to run him out of college basketball. But he was bitter to the end about the way the NCAA treated him while coaching, and carried the grudge the rest of his life.

    “They’ve been my tormentors my whole life,” Tarkanian said at his retirement news conference in 2002. “It will never stop.”

    Tarkanian was an innovator who preached defense yet loved to watch his teams run. And run they did, beginning with his first Final Four team in 1976-77, which scored more than 100 points in 23 games in an era before both the shot clock and the 3-point shot.

    He was a winner in a city built on losers, putting a small commuter school on the national sporting map and making UNLV sweatshirts a hot item around the country. His teams helped revolutionize the way the college game was played, with relentless defense forcing turnovers that were quickly converted into baskets at the other end.

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    A jacket worn by Washington Nationals’ player Bryce Harper as a tribute to the late UNLV Men’s Basketball coach Jerry Tarkanian .

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  20. Things that go bump in the night , kids’ belief in the Boogie Man and Jeremy Lin decrying the fact he was recently benched in a game for Los Angeles Lakers which resulted in a loss . If Lin looked at his productivity . the team’s lack of consistency and wins overall this season . Then surely they align and coincide with Lin’s play over the course of this season .

    Perhaps I’m wrong but being Harvard educated isn’t all it’s cracked up to be if they’re producing idiots such as Jeremy Lin .

    It has become painstakingly obvious the Lakers’ front office doesn’t have a clue and Byron Scott is not a great motivational coach . He’s simply guy for whom things work out when’s placed in an ideal situation .

    ” Here’s my way of thinking __________ WWKB (Kobe Bryant) do “?

    Jeremy Lin

    Seeing is believing , Linsanity now needs a wakeup call , Here’s my question what was it ever in the first place ? A games where he was off the charts for the Houston Rockets and just about every clueless idiot, began to drink way too much of the Kool-Aid. Don’t you know too much sugar is bad for your system, it can make you obese and docile ?

    ” Lin-sanity ” had its day and it came and went , in the blink of an eye . Lin parlayed it all into major endorsement deals and since then, not much as occurred in terms of his being viewed as an elite point guard in the NBA . He is so far down the ” food chain ” in particular category , he is need of a veritable handout from a parochial soup-kitchen .

    While one League and Finals’ MVP continues to flourish another is seeing his career having reached its zenith ____________ is now rapidly declining , because of his team’s poor sats performances throughout much of this season .

    For Kobe Bryant and LeBron James their careers are clearly trying to match the achievements of Michael Jordan . Both players have sought to emulate Jordan in a number of ways , with each having their own manner of success . Yet, it is clear the reasons why fans to continue to make their idiotic comparisons with the six-time Finals’ MVP . It is simply because , they have nothing better to do and they cannot succinctly put into words , their sheer apathy on the matter .

    Neither James or Bryant will come close to matching the Jordan’s accomplishments .

    While Kobe Bryant has single-handedly inched closer some noted career marks in NBA history and career statistics for himself . This is what we know to be true and it is the very fact the Lakers’ last NBA triumph is and will be the last time he and the Los Angeles Lakers will make an NBA Finals’ appearance , because he is now at the twilight of his career and the very fact the front office of the Lakers’ organization has continued to fail him tremendously, by way of assembling a competitive roster to complement his skill-set. At the same time , Bryant has become injury prone and something of a liability to the team .

    LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers have been on an impressive run over their last twelve games , by far the best run within the league over the timeframe in question , but the Cavaliers while having been impressive , may not be able enough to take down a number of the teams statistically said to be better than them within the Eastern Conference , unless there is a considerable collective effort on the part of James’ teammates to play a whole lot better. Failure to do so could lead to the Cavaliers’ ouster in the NBA Playoffs sooner than anyone might have expected.

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  21. If being fat and obese is said to represent what you eat ___ the old adage being , “you are what you eat” . Then can we suggest it’s also representative of the play and coaching in the NBA ?

    Can’t say that I’ll at all be impressed with the weekend’s festivities surrounding the NBA All Star Game Break being staged at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York . If the play there is anything like the mess exhibited by both the Brooklyn Nets and New York Knicks , then you will understand why I will not be taking an interest in any of the scheduled events . The NBA’s All Star Game and the surrounding activities like its NFL counterpart the Pro Bowl , all remain a considerable joke , a complete waste of time and expense !

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  22. What use is there , in having a Skills’ Contest as part of the NBA’s All Star Weekend of festivities when those skills aren’t necessarily on display during the regular season when we see those teams on the court as the games are being played ? Case in point , simply look at the team records overall and specifically at some of the more discerning statistics which bear this point out .

    NBA and news

    2015 NBA All Star Weekend

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  23. With the All Star Game due to take place tonight it will not only be interesting to see what transpires in this contest beyond who wins the All Star MVP Award . As prestigious as the award appears to be the real aim of the players who are participants will be to get their respective teams in a position to be in line for a playoff berth this season .

    The Golden State Warriors under the leadership of Steph Curry and Klay Thompson have been at the forefront of the Warriors’ surge to the top of the Western Conference as they look to lock up that top seeding in the conference before season’s end on the .

    The most dynamic offensive duo in the NBA ? Steph Curry and Klay Thompson .

    NBA

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  24. So the West defeated the East in last night’s All Star Game festivities’ finale ? The surprise here , is not that there happened to be a winner , but the continued use of the word _ ” game” to actually describe the events that took place on the court.

    The event was not even a game, much less a competitive one , it is simply a mid-season break for the NBA to celebrate its brand , while luring the brow beaten fans to spend more of their income, needlessly , on a brand and product lacking any real direction or in a position to actually take a lead on any type of social issue , other than to create the facade that it cares . Its main purpose as it is with all commercial ventures is to make money for the principal franchisee’s , for their owners and within the hierarchy itself , where many of the executives are highly compensated for doing not a damn thing , other than being a focal point of the league .

    David Stern cannot justify his being paid $35 million in his last year as the NBA Commissioner before handing over the reins to his successor Adam Silver .

    Stern (right) and Adam Silver . It ain’t easy being creepy , but these two seem to have it down to an art form !

    Stern earned more money in 2014 than several of the highest paid players in the NBA , especially among the top-ten in that specific category . Anyone care to explain that particular idiom if they can ?

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