Friday, May 30, 2008

Top 10: NBA Players I would Pay to see...

As part of a 4 part series, in which I will rank NBA, NFL, and MLB players in terms of who I think would be worth the price of admission to go see play live...I have assembled my list for the NBA version.

This list is purely opinion and for the sake of argument, the price of admission is defined as paying for front row seats to see these visiting players come to play your home team on a given night.


10. Chris Bosh F/C Toronto Raptors (Just a favorite player of mine)

09. Greg Oden C Portland Trail Blazers (even though he has not played a professional game, I can't wait to watch his game)

08. Chris Paul G New Orleans Hornets

07. Shaq O'Neal C Phoenix Suns (yes...still worth the price)

06. Dwayne Wade G Miami Heat (Flash)

05. Tracy McGrady G/F Houston Rockets

04. Kevin Garnett F Boston Celtics

03. Allen Iverson G Denver Nuggets (another personal favorite of mine)

02. Kobe Bryant G L.A. Lakers (yes, I am warming up to Kobe)

01. LeBron James G/F Cleveland Cavaliers

There you have my list. Feedback would be appreciated and I would love to hear your list in the comment section.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Derek Fisher Brent Barry Foul

OK, so I had to comment a bit on the Barry/Fisher "foul" because of the latest developments that took place last night. Initially, I was just going to let it go and brush it off as another over-analyzed play in the playoffs, but then I heard the statement...

"The league office on Wednesday reviewed the final play of the San Antonio Spurs' 93-91 home loss to the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 4 of the Western Conference finals and acknowledged that a two-shot foul should have been called on Derek Fisher for impeding Brent Barry"

...from the league's front office. Yikes.

At first glance, Myself along with a plethora of others, felt as though a foul should have been called on Derek Fisher for bumping into Barry with a second left in the game. Shame on me for not recalling how many team fouls there were at the time, but the Spurs should have had posession and maybe would have a shot at getting Ginobli the ball.

Sidenote: Is it ironic that many analysts and experts are criticizing Barry for not selling the foul enough, but at the same time criticize Tony Parker and Ginobli for "flopping" all the time?

I did not get really annoyed with the situation until the Association made this statement, basically saying that the referees were wrong. My question is, what do they get out of making this statement?? David Stern and the NBA should be standing behind their refs and basically say, what they saw is what they called or did not call and we support and trust their calls. There is nothing to gain out of doing this! Actually, coincidentinally enough Joey Crawford was reffing the game, the same guy who threw Tim Duncan out of a playoff game before, and this could further any conspiracy theories against the Spurs in the Finals and for the Lakers in the finals.

What are your thoughts on the situation?

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