Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Around the Association: NBA Thoughts

Just some random NBA-related thoughts on the first day of February:

  • How fun was it watching Minnesota Timberwolves point guard Ricky Rubio draining 3's all night on Monday? I wouldn't expect that to happen again the rest of the season, but hopefully Rubio can use it to gain more confidence in shooting open 3's. Even a slightly below average shooting Rubio would be an elite player with all of his other skills. Keep him!

  • LeBron James roasting Charles Barkley was one of the funniest things I've read in a long time. I've been very critical of James in the past and despite him clearly being the best player on the planet (and arguably of all-time) he just always seemed to say the wrong things. Not this time. Barkley has run his mouth for far too long, and LeBron correctly called him out. I love Barkley on TNT, he makes the show incredibly entertaining, but his opinions are wrong 98% of the time so I don't blame LeBron for calling him a hater and pointing out his mistakes.

  • The Chicago Bulls dealt with some strange locker room issues this week, but a team meeting last Friday reportedly helped heal the wounds. I found it very odd though that the younger Bulls players complained about Dwyane Wade's lack of practice time. What did they expect from an oft-injured aging star? There's no reason for Wade to practice every day at this point in his career. The players that complained about that are just bitter because Wade called them out. The Bulls may have to completely blow up their roster if they want to continue to employ Fred Hoiberg. Wade and Jimmy Butler are not a good match with the former Iowa State coach.

  • DeMarcus Cousins is one of the most dominate and talented big men I've ever seen play the game, and he's without a doubt the worst player to watch in the world. He whines about every call, every non-call, he whines from the bench, he whines on the court. I think George Karl was a prick and Cousins got a bad reputation from that, but his on-court facial and body expressions need to stop. It's time to grow up and act like the superstar you are.

  • Zach LaVine passing on a third straight dunk contest was incredibly disappointing to me. I don't blame LaVine at all, he's certainly free to do what he wants, but he had single-handedly brought back the dunk contest to entertaining levels. The only thing that could have saved it is if Andrew Wiggins decided to fill LaVine's spot, but he's also passing on the event. Aaron Gordon should run away with the award. Expect another disappointing NBA All-Star Saturday night.


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