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LeBron James, Or How I Learned To Stop Hating and Embrace The King

September 17th, 2010
So you're probably getting wind of LeBron's Q-rating taking a George W. Bush-esque fall from grace (remember, Dubya had a Gallup Poll approval rating higher than 90% following 9/11).  Everyone, their mom, and Mark Cuban is taking shots at LeBron, but it's important to note that LeBron's attitude has remained ...

NBA 2011 Projected Playoff Seedings: Eastern Conference

August 3rd, 2010
The last time a team from the Eastern Conference won the NBA Finals was the Boston Celtics in 2008, when they defeated the Los Angeles Lakers in six games. Since then, the Lakers have won the NBA Finals two years running, most recently against the Celtics in a grueling ...

Tyreke Evans Will Drag The Kings to the NBA Playoffs in 2011

July 28th, 2010
The city of Sacramento is known to Southern Californians such as myself for a couple unflattering things:  housing the (inherently) incompetent Governator, and the Sacramento Kings losing to the L.A. Lakers repeatedly during their 1999-2002 Playoff runs. Then a friend of mine from Sac-Town asked me to write something about the ...

NBA Trade Rumors: Is New Orleans Better Off Without Chris Paul?

July 23rd, 2010
Chris Paul wants to move out of New Orleans.  Should New Orleans be saying good riddance? In my last column about Chris Paul, I unfortunately compared LeBron James and Chris Paul's attitudes and presented them as comparable. Please don't get the wrong idea; Chris Paul's wish to be traded is nowhere near ...

Rockets Texas Hold ‘Em: Yao Ming, K-Mart and Brooks a Flop or Trips?

July 22nd, 2010
In July 2009, the Rockets received news that would have meant a death-blow to most teams.  Their star center, Yao Ming, would miss the entirety of the 2009-2010 NBA Season to surgically repair a hairline fracture in his left foot.  The injury was described as "career-threatening," and many basketball analysts declared ...

NBA Free Agents 2010: Why Chris Paul and the Lakers Shouldn’t Happen

July 22nd, 2010
According to Yahoo! Sports sources, Chris Paul wants out out of New Orleans.  New Orleans brass had allegedly promised Paul that the roster would be upgraded to improve his chances of contending for an NBA championship.  Needless to say, New Orleans has done an excellent job upgrading the Hornets' roster this off-season, ...

When Stars Align: Comparing NBA Greats with the Hottest in Hip-Hop

July 20th, 2010
Ever since Ice Cube had the brew and his girl had the Chronic, and the Lakers beat the Supersonics, rap and the NBA have been inextricably intertwined. In fact, before NBA Players dressed like rappers, rappers dressed like NBA players; often donning their favorite player's authentic or throwback in ...

Kobe Bryant’s LA Lakers vs. Miami Heat: Return of the East-West Rivalry?

July 14th, 2010
Pac vs. Biggie.  Death Row vs. Bad Boy. Crowded, uptight New York vs. smoggy, lazy Los Angeles.  And now... Sunny Los Angeles vs. Sunny South Beach? The East Coast vs. West Coast (excuse me, the Least Coast vs. the Best Coast) rivalry is primarily one that was engendered by hip hop superstars Tupac ...

Kobe Bryant’s Doin’ Work: Mamba Recruiting For the Los Angeles Lakers?!

July 13th, 2010
  As recently as last season, during the regular season, I openly detested Kobe Bryant.  I could write a book on why I hated Kobe Bryant. I hated that he was shooting the Lakers out of games, taking an NBA high 22 shots a game on a team that had the league's best ...

2010-2011 NBA MVP Predictions: It’s Wide Open This Time

July 10th, 2010
LeBron James has lost his chance to three-peat as regular season MVP.  Since the regular season MVP award is basically only considered in the annals of "Greatest Player Ever" discussions and Hall of Fame voting, and since LeBron already has the latter locked down and just signed his way out of ...