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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

These are a Few of My Favorite Things

Just a few list of my favorite hoop related items...

Favorite Current Players (not playing for the Bulls)
1. Stephen Jackson- tough, intelligent, clutch, and just doesn't give a Fck
2. Joe Johnson- versatile, smooth, and if i was 6-7 and 240,  he has the game i would probably have or wish to have
3. Monta Ellis/Stephen Curry- best backcourt in the NBA, just hope GSW keeps them together
4. Gerald Wallace- fearless, plays with great effort, versatile and one of the few dues older than 30 who can acceptably wear braids
5. Ray Allen- the prettiest "J" in league history, if given a choice between his jumper or Prime MJ's hops,
 I would rather have Ray's Shot

Favorite Teams that Never Won the Big one
1. 2001-2002 Kings....Bad Luck, Questionable Officiating, and Lack of Toughness stopped the most entertaining team of the 2000's...Two of the best passing big men (Divac, Webber) along with a clutch performer in Bibby. Great team chemistry and spirit...If they only secure that rebound before the Horry shot..
2. 1999-2000 Blazers....If you were picking a team to against And 1 in a game played outdoors, these were your guys..Rasheed Wallace, Bonzi Wells, Steve Smith, Greg Anthony, Damon Stoudamire brought the streets. The Euro flavor of Arvydas Sabonis and Detlef Schrempf.. The glue guys like Stacey Augmon and Brian Grant all held together by the savvy of Scottie Pippen...One bad quarter kept them from a title and doing the impossible, making Mike Dunleavy look smart
3. 1993-94 Sonics...This is Gary and Shawn in their primes...The year after MJ skipped down , the NBA was up for grabs with teams having their first real chance.. 6 players scored in double figures for the team with NBA's best record. Their fatal flaw was no real go to guy when they needed a basket. Became first #1 seed to lose to a #8 in playoff history when Mutombo's Nuggets beat them 3-2 in a memorable series that birthed the legend of Nuggets reserve guard Robert Pack who probably is selling Boost Mobile phones
4.1991-92 Warriors...What's not to love about a team that averaged almost 120 points a game, had no regard for defense and played like a Sunday Afternoon Men's League team on steroids. That was Golden State...Despite trading 1/3 of the popular Run TMC trio, the Warriors rolled off 55 wins coached by Don Nelson and his "Nellie Ball" style. Chris Mullin averaged 26points per game and Tim "Crossover" Hardaway averaged 23ppg and 10apg...GS also featured the first European guard to make it big in NBA , the forgotten
Saruna Marciulonis who aveaged 19ppg. The problem was the lack of rebounding and this thing called defense.. They were eliminated in '92 ECQ by the Sonics when Shawn Kemp put on a personal Dunk contest and shot blocking exhibition
5. 1984-1987 Bucks...166 wins in a 3-year stretch...Talented, Balanced Small Market team who played in an inconic arena, The Mecdca....Scorers all over the place led by All-Stars Sidney Moncrief , Jack Sikma and Terry Cummings. Great role players in Paul Pressey, Ricky Pierce, Craig Hodges, John Lucas...Two things held them back:  A dirty work guy who could defend the post and rebound and this small obstacle called Bird, Mchale and Parish (eliminated by Celtics in '86 and '87)

Hidden Gems or "I should hit record on DVR if I ever catch it on NBA TV or ESPN Classic
1. 1995 McDonald's All-American Game- Count the Future Pros including KG, Pierce, Carter
2. 2002 ECQ Game 5  #8Pacers vs #1Nets...Questions you will ask yourself: How the hell did Nets earn a #1 seed  with Jason Kidd and the Washington Generals?  How the hell did the Pacers earn an #8 seed with Reggie Miller, Ron Artest, Brad Miller, Jermaine O'Neal, Al Harrington and Jalen Rose?
3. 1988 NBA Finals Game 6 or 7- Basketball at its best, Physical, High -Tempo, and Well played. Heroic performances by Isiah in Game 6, Magic and Worthy in Game 7
4. March 1999 Lakers at Orlando- Shaq returns to Orlando but 20 -year old Kobe erupts for 38 points, 33 in second half as the Lakers as the Lakers defeat Penny Hardaway's Magic on national tv. The game that establishes Kobe as the Lakers go-to guy for the next 12 years.
5.December 1986- Dominique gets one over on MJ as the Hawks beat the Bulls. The Human Highlight Film pours 57 on the helpless Bulls whil MJ gets a ho-hum 41. Might as well have cleared the court and let them just play one-on-one...Later in this season, MJ would exact revenge with a 61-point night in the Madhouse on Madison

Five Guys You Want as Teammates and Run Streets With
1. Chris Webber (retired)- Highly Skilled, Unselfish, Runs the Floor and Very Smooth. I can imagine at most All-Star Weekends after a practice or in hotel lobby, C-Webb is the guy even the biggest stars ask "What's going on later on?"
2. Chris Paul- Great Passer, Charismatic Leader, Competitive, and a Great Bowler (has own shoes and been   on cover of magazines). Type of dude who will always give you a lift and who doesn't need a good anchor when you at Brunswick
3. Anderson Varejao- Great Hustle, Rebounds, Plays D and Doesn't Need or Want the Ball much, and Brazilian. I don't care if you sell water on the side of the expressway, being Brazilian gets you a leg up with women
4. Kenny Smith (retired)- Mostly on his work for Inside the NBA on TNT, Kenny appeals to wide variety of audience which means he blends in well at any party. Kenny is good at the 40-40 with Jay-Z, He can also get you in at the older playas party  sponsored by your favorite Cognac. One of the few New Yorkers who doesnt give off that NY arrogance and pretty funny dude
5. Lamar Odom-Versatile Big Man, Stat-sheet stuffer, and probably the most popular Laker amongst teammates. Like Kenny Smith, a New Yorker without the standoffish vibe. Very down-to-earth cat. Above Kobe, probably the one Laker you feel good to get a title. Classic Lamar moment: 2001 appearance in Jadakiss "Knock Yourself Out " video wearing his own Clippers Jersey


  1. Ok Ronaldus, your lists are pretty good I must say don't disagree with them for the most part. But i had to point out a few things you missed or didn't feel important. What about the Portland Trailblazer from 89-92. had it not been for Detroit and Chicago they could have easily won like 3 or 4 titles. Especially in 92.

    Seondly, how could not include Reggie Millers miracouly 8 points in 9 seconds in 95 playoffs against knicks. Im just saying lol

  2. Good Call on Reggie's Miracle but if I was going to put a Reggie Moment on there, his 25 point 4th quarter in 1994 vs Knicks or the GW three over the Bulls in 1998 would go first..