Posts Tagged ‘basketball’

Good vs. Championship caliber coaches

There is a big difference between good coaches and championship caliber coaches. For this example let’s use Mike D’Antoni. He has been considered a good coach while in Phoneix with the Suns and big things where expected when he came to the NY Knicks. Granted NY was horrible his first couple years but after they acquired Amare stoudemire and then later in the season Carmelo Anthony and Chauncey Billiups it felt like they had turned the corner. Which brings us to this year although the Knicks lost Chauncey they were considered to be title contenders with the signing of new NBA champion Tyson Chandler! Sadly the Knicks have gotten off to a 2-4 start and the main reasons Defense. Don’t get me wrong I think Mike D is a great coach unfortunately his greatness only extends to the offensive end. Don’t believe me check this article.

PUBLISHED Thursday, Jan 5, 2012 at 11:58 am EST It’s too early to be sounding the panic alarms, but the season has not been going well for the New York Knicks. They’re 2-4, and after beating the Celtics on Christmas Day, they've dropped four of their last five, including home losses to the Raptors and Bobcats, nether of whom came into the season with particularly high expectations. This, after coach Mike D’Antoni said before the season the Knicks had “the ability to win it all,” The New York Post notes. The Knicks are fortunate that the Giants are in the NFL playoffs and controversy continues to surround the Jets. Without the buzz around New York's NFL teams, the town's tabloids would be having a back cover field day with its pro basketball team. During Wednesday night’s 118-110 loss to Charlotte, chants of “Let’s Go Giants’’ and “Let’s Go Rangers’’ were mixed in with boos at Madison Square Garden, The Post reports. In a statement no one is buying, D'Antoni, per Yahoo! Sports, said of the Bobcats, “You’re talking about an NBA team. They’re good.” D'Antoni is the final year of a $45 million contract, Yahoo! notes. “We understand why the boos were coming. We’re not playing well,” forward Carmelo Anthony said, per the New York Daily News. “They want to see a team that goes out there and playing hard and we're not doing that right now. Like I told my guys today just stick with it. It can't get no worse.” No one has ever believed in the Knicks’ defense under offensive-minded coach Mike D’Antoni, and, sure enough, the team’s biggest issue appears to be on the defensive end. Tyson Chandler was acquired this offseason to address the defensive deficiencies, but the team's new center stresses thing will take time to jell. The Bobcats shot 55 percent from the field on Wednesday, and Charlotte center Boris Diaw scored 27 points, a night after being held scoreless in a 14-point loss to Cleveland. "The offense was good," D'Antoni said, according to Newsday. "Just bad defense." But the Knicks believe there’s time to turn their season around. “It takes time to be a good defensive team,” Chandler said, per The New York Times. “We just have to dedicate ourselves to get there.” Added D’Antoni, “There are 62 more games left. Or 60 games left. I didn't major in math. So we know what we've got to do. They're good guys, a good group. They're talking about it. We'll solve the problem. We'll get it done here. But better to get it sooner than later. So we've got to get it going." If a home game against the Bobcats wasn’t enough to stem the tide, maybe a matchup against the lowly Wizards will be. The Knicks play at 0-6 Washington Friday night.>

Cavs owner Rips LeBron James

So today was a pretty strange day. The biggest player in basketball held a news conference and announced he was riding off into the sunset with two other All-Stars (one arguably a superstar in Dwyane Wade). I personally have never seen anything like it and not sure I will anytime soon but the best theatrics of the night was yet to come.  Dan Gilbert the owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers posted an open letter to Cavs fans castigating his former player who he was furiously courting just hours earlier. Here is the letter verbatim:

Dear Cleveland, All Of Northeast Ohio and Cleveland Cavaliers Supporters Wherever You May Be Tonight;

As you now know, our former hero, who grew up in the very region that he deserted this evening, is no longer a Cleveland Cavalier.

This was announced with a several day, narcissistic, self-promotional build-up culminating with a national TV special of his “decision” unlike anything ever “witnessed” in the history of sports and probably the history of entertainment.

Clearly, this is bitterly disappointing to all of us.

The good news is that the ownership team and the rest of the hard-working, loyal, and driven staff over here at your hometown Cavaliers have not betrayed you nor NEVER will betray you.

There is so much more to tell you about the events of the recent past and our more than exciting future. Over the next several days and weeks, we will be communicating much of that to you.

You simply don’t deserve this kind of cowardly betrayal.

You have given so much and deserve so much more.

In the meantime, I want to make one statement to you tonight:


You can take it to the bank.

If you thought we were motivated before tonight to bring the hardware to Cleveland, I can tell you that this shameful display of selfishness and betrayal by one of our very own has shifted our “motivation” to previously unknown and previously never experienced levels.

Some people think they should go to heaven but NOT have to die to get there.

Sorry, but that’s simply not how it works.

This shocking act of disloyalty from our home grown “chosen one” sends the exact opposite lesson of what we would want our children to learn. And “who” we would want them to grow-up to become.

But the good news is that this heartless and callous action can only serve as the antidote to the so-called “curse” on Cleveland, Ohio.

The self-declared former “King” will be taking the “curse” with him down south. And until he does “right” by Cleveland and Ohio, James (and the town where he plays) will unfortunately own this dreaded spell and bad karma.

Just watch.

Sleep well, Cleveland.

Tomorrow is a new and much brighter day….

I PROMISE you that our energy, focus, capital, knowledge and experience will be directed at one thing and one thing only:

DELIVERING YOU the championship you have long deserved and is long overdue….

Dan Gilbert
Majority Owner
Cleveland Cavaliers

Now I can understand the anger and pain of losing not only the talent but all the revenue that goes along with a LeBron James leaving your franchise but it’s pretty funny how these owners and managers of pro teams can be so indignant when they feel they have been slighted but they have no qualms about booting, cutting, trading, suspending,  fining or outright renouncing players as they see fit!! Hey Dan grow up!!! There are plenty of other players out there, sign some and get back to work.

Basketball Trash talking at it’s best!!

I am not sure how many people saw this but it was mentioned by the crew calling the game during the Lakers and Nuggets game tonight so I just had to look it up. And I have to say that trash talking on the court never leaves you not even when you leave the court and don’t play anymore!! The setup is Cheryll Miller was supposed to do a pre-game and halftime show with Scott Pollard. Obviously his plane was late getting in and he missed both and Cheryll was not happy. This is classic!!!