Posted on: February 15, 2012 2:57 pm
Posted by Royce Young
The final piece to the Linsanity puzzle has been laid. It now has it's own picture post meme thing.
It's called "Linning" and here's how you do it: Make a circle with both your hands and put them to your eyes like you're looking out binoculars. Like this:
Where does it come from? The origin is Landry Fields, a Stanford grad, and Lin, a Harvard grad, and their pregame handshake ritual.
So now you know how to "Lin" and can't annoy your friends by making them do it in public places and such. It was only a matter of time before this happened.
If Jeremy Lin was going to be the Tebow of the NBA, he was going to have to have his own thing. Main difference with Lin and Tebow though? There's really no debate about Lin. Because he's actually good.
Posted on: February 15, 2012 2:36 pm
J.R. Smith will be returning to the United States sometime this week and he's already eyeing a few teams. Smith changed his Twitter bio to say, "NYK? LAL? LAC? CHI? ORL? IND?" recently so that should give you an indication the directions he's looking.
But according to HoopsWorld, The Magic might have the inside track to get the erratic scorer. The report says Smith is looking for more than a veteran minimum deal and that the Pacers are not interested back in Smith. And if Smith wants more money, that would eliminate the Clippers and Lakers as well as they can't offer more than the vet minimum.
That puts the Knicks with the ability to offer the $2.5 mini-mid-level deal and the Bulls who can offer a $1.9 bi-annual exception. The Magic though can offer the most -- about $4.9 million -- but don't necessarily have a spot for Smith, especially if he wants to start. Orlando already has Jason Richardson and J.J. Redick while Smith could likely start for the Clippers, Bulls (depending Richard Hamilton's health) or Knicks.
Earlier in the week via ESPN LA, Chris Paul said he likes the Clippers' chances of nabbing Smith.
Acquiring Smith really could almost be like a good deadline trade, but without having to give up anything. He's going to make an impact on the court, but it's just a matter of where he chooses. He's got teams ready for him, but it's up to Smith to go for money, a contender or a prominant role. There really isn't an ideal fit in that regard right now, at least in terms of teams Smith is interested in.
But a decision should be coming soon. So hang tight.
Posted on: February 15, 2012 12:14 pm
Edited on: February 15, 2012 12:15 pm
Posted by Royce Young
So it wasn't a soaring dunk over someone. But Jeremy Lin's pull-up game-winning 3 set the NBA Twitter world on fire all the same. His story is something every player in the league respects because it's one of hard work and believing that you can make it. It's kind of crazy to see how many opposing players seem to be rooting for the guy.
Here are some of the best reactions from Lin's 3 to beat Toronto:
Posted on: February 15, 2012 11:34 am
Brook Lopez's season almost ended before it got started. Right before the season began, Lopez broke his foot and hasn't played a game yet. But he could be returning soon, according to ESPN New York.
Lopez is out until at least Thursday, according to the team's official injury report, and coach Avery Johnson told reporters the team isn't ruling out a return before the Feb. 24-26 All-Star break.The Nets' season is already over. The team isn't going anywhere, isn't going to make a playoff push. But Lopez's return is underscored by the fact he's the top trade chip the Nets have in trying to acquire Dwight Howard.
So him returning in late February could be a big deal. Why? Because it means the Magic would have two or three weeks to watch him play before the March 15 trade deadline. The Magic could watch him on his healed foot and just see if he's a good enough piece to acquire to part with their franchise guy.
Lopez isn't as attractive a piece as Andrew Bynum, but he's a seven-footer who can score. I'm not sure he's a franchise building block, but he's got the potential to be a top five center in the league. He's a bit soft and doesn't scrap for rebounds, but he's only 23 and has plenty of time to improve and grow as a player.
The Nets obviously don't want to rush him, but the sooner he comes back the better. Whether its before the All-Star break or after, getting a couple weeks of play out of him before the trade deadline could quietly big a really big thing.
Lopez averaged 20.4 points per game last season, which put him second in that stat among big men (behind Howard).
Posted on: February 14, 2012 1:09 pm
Edited on: February 14, 2012 4:06 pm
Posted by Royce Young and Ben Golliver
The 2011-2012 NBA season continues. Here's the ninth weekly installment of CBSSports.com's NBA Power Rankings by Eye On Basketball's Matt Moore.
What did he get right? What did he get wrong? We're here to break it down and take it down.
1. Too High: Los Angeles Clippers at No. 4. You might be thinking, "Didn't I already read this before?" The Clippers were too high last week and the Spurs too low. And wouldn't you know it, they both moved up this week. The Clippers are a fine team in the West, but fourth best in the league? Even after losing Chauncey Billups for the year? I mean, Kenyon Martin was a nice pickup but not THAT nice. It just doesn't make sense to me to place the Clippers above the Spurs, or really even the Mavericks for that matter, especially after losing a top starter. -- RY
2. Too Low: San Antonio Spurs at No. 5. The Spurs have won seven straight, risen to second in the West and are getting maybe their best player back. It's not that they're too low, it's that they should be in the conversation for the top three right now. Putting them at No. 5 is fine, I suppose, but having them behind the Clippers is criminal. I wouldn't even argue with you if you wanted to bump them ahead of Oklahoma City right now. -- RY
3. Most Overrated: Milwaukee Bucks at No. 19. It's not easy to be considered overrated when you're ranked No. 19 out of 30 but that's the case when you're the ninth best team in an Eastern Conference which goes -- maybe -- five teams deep. The Brandon Jennings distraction, the Stephen Jackson distraction, the Andrew Bogut injury, it's all bad. The Bucks are just outside the playoff picture, but would be the third worst team in the Western Conference right now, better only than the New Orleans Hornets and Sacramento Kings. By season's end, the Kings would probably pass them. 2-5 for their last seven, Milwaukee's recent wins have come against the Toronto Raptors and Cleveland Cavaliers. The March schedule will kill this team. -- BG
4. Most Overlooked: Dallas Mavericks at No. 9. A 4-game winning streak over Western Conference foes -- highlighted by a late Dirk Nowitzki winner against the Portland Trail Blazers in double overtime -- was all the reminder anyone needed that this team will be a major factor come playoff time. Expect them to keep getting overlooked. They might just have the toughest lead-up to the All-Star break of anyone in the league coming up -- with games against the Nuggets, 76ers, Knicks, Celtics and Lakers over the next eight days -- so there's a good chance they don't separate from the West pack until March or April. Even if the breakout never comes, this will be a feared first round match-up and the early-season questions will be a thing of the distant past. -- BG
5. Sure Thing: Oklahoma City Thunder at No. 3. How do you know that you're a really good team? You spend your week on a ridiculous road-trip that includes four games in five nights in some of the toughest buildings the NBA has to offer. You emerge 3-1 -- with wins over Portland, Golden State and Utah -- and yet all anyone wants to talk about is the loss, a close one to Sacramento on national television, with the fanbase fighting to keep its franchise in town. Watching those four Western Conference teams get up for the Thunder made it clear that OKC's reputation as the team to beat in the West is firmly established and agreed upon. Watching OKC match energy with energy on the road only underscored the point. -- BG
6. Wild Card: New York Knicks at No. 15. So, about that whole Linsanity thing. The funny thing about it is, the Knicks have now won five straight and are back in the Eastern playoff picture. And that's with Amar'e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony returning. Which is what makes them so intriguing. Are they going to lose their mojo? Will Lin get marginalized? Or will it all be a perfect marriage? The Knicks could be rocketing up to the top 10, or the bottom could fall out any second. -- RY
Posted on: February 14, 2012 12:35 pm
Posted on: February 14, 2012 12:00 am
Posted by Royce Young
Each night, Eye on Basketball brings you what you need to know about the games of the NBA. From great performances to terrible clock management the report card evaluates and eviscerates the good, the bad, and the ugly from the night that was.
Posted on: February 13, 2012 8:44 pm
Edited on: February 14, 2012 12:03 am
Posted by Royce Young
Roburt Sallie had himself quite the day. And by quite the day, he had everyone talking about how he was cut from his Spanish team for taking a penis enlargement pill. At least that's what his Spanish team said.
The former Memphis Tiger talked with CBSSports.com's Gary Parrish in a radio interview today and wanted to clear the air about this penis enlargement stuff.
Two things he attempted to clarify in this absolutely must-listen interview: 1) He did not take "ExtenZe" but a male enchancement pill called "Black Ant." The difference is that "ExtenZe" is to enlarge your penis while "Black Ant" is just something to increase sexual potency. As Sallie put it, he just wanted to try it out to see what's up. The jokes write themselves, you guys.
But he did not take a pill to enlarge his penis though. He wanted to make that very clear. As he shouted repeatedly, "If you really think that I've taken 'ExtenZe' to enhance my penis, then you must be crazy."
Of note too: Sallie says he disclosed that he took the enhancement pills and also says he has not been paid. He wasn't "cut" as the team says, but actually released himself.
Listen to the whole thing. It's worth the 11 minutes.