Sometimes I just don’t get what the NBA is thinking. There is a new 90-second pre-game rule, which gives players 90 seconds to return to the court after introductions. The NBA says it’s to speed up the games. They are going to ignore all of the fouls that could be no-calls resulting in free throws that slow down the game. They’re also going to ignore how long it takes for free throws to be taken. Can’t do away with TV times outs either. So now we’ll miss out on awesome pre-game rituals like this
Why is this a problem? Especially the Ellis/Maggette dance. I’d watch an entire half hour of that.
The year: 2013. Thanks to the new penalties instituted by the NBA in October of 2012, all flopping has been eliminated from the game. But these rules didn’t go nearly far enough. Players have responded by diminishing their core strength and maintaining a high center of gravity, increasing their chances of falling over legitimately. Gregg Popovich has pioneered the “reverse screen,” intended to channel the on-ball defender into his check at a high speed. Dirk Nowitzki now spends entire offensive possessions on one leg, and Nike has teamed up with Dwyane to market the first set of high heels for basketball, the “Pump Fakes.”
Massive discontent with this state of affairs led to the recent ouster of David Stern as commissioner. He has been replaced by Jeff Van Gundy, whose first act was to abolish the foul in the NBA. These rule changes have paved the way for a new superteam, destined to dominate the postseason for years to come.
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The starting backourt of J.R. Smith and Gilbert Arenas is the best in the league at containing dribble penetration. Continue reading
A lot of people have said they expect the Knicks to be a top 5 defensive team. Where do you think the Knicks will rank on offense compared to the rest of the league?
The Knicks are on a five game winning streak which not only coincides with D’Antoni getting fired, it coincides with Carmelo Anthony trying! The Knicks beat Toronto and Philly. Ten things to worry about for the rest of the season. Some other news around the league, Fisher and Turiaf getting signed, Odom retiring and not telling anyone, and the battle for the last two playoffs spots in the east. Download Episode 114
The Knicks played two very winnable games against the Indiana Pacers and showed everyone the team we all thought we were getting at the beginning of the season. Faried vs Shumpert, Fisher vs being homeless, Woodsons performance for the rest of the season vs chances of keeping his job for another season. Download Episode 113