Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Bryant: “You talking about London?” [to Rubio and Pau Gasol]
Gasol: “Oh yeah.”
Rubio: “You’re gonna be there?”
Bryant: “Fuck yeah I’ma be there.”
Rubio: “You know you’re getting the silver medal. You know that.”
Bryant: “Shiiiiiiit! I’m taking bets. If I win, I get the keys of Barcelona.”
Rubio: “I bet what you want.”
Bryant: “I’ll take it!”
Rubio knows Kobe's cock is bigger than him right? I mean I know Rubio is averaging Ramon Sessions type numbers but slow your roll, immigrant. What? He is a an immigrant.
ps- He kinda looks like ALF up close.
The alpha and the omega of NBA dunks is Vince Carter in the Olympics over a 7-footer Frederic Weis. There’s no discussion here, folks.
After No. 1, it’s all hazy and you can debate matters all you want. This Scottie Pippen dunk is pretty much a lock for the Top 5 due to the crowd reaction, the rivalry, the posturing and the power. But mostly, the studio gangster antics by Pippen after the slam.
Playoffs. Starks. MSG. In the face of Horace Grant with Jordan coming over. Leaning. Marv Albert. For me, this is a Top 5 dunk all-time, the kind of jam I’ll remember 25 years from now.
Michael Jordan’s had dozens of epic dunks, but was this his best? I like how he keeps elevating after Ewing has reached his highest point. Here’s the version with Marv Alberton the call.
From the playoffs last year, I really do think Taj Gibson’s monster 2-handed dunk on Wade is worthy of Top 10 placement in the annals of the NBA.
If we limited this post to dunks by the decade, Tom Chambers on Mark Jackson is a medalist in the 80s.
You could pick five or ten Shawn Kemp dunks, but I’ll ride with this one, which came on Alton Lister. Love how Kemp cradles the ball, then lands and points at the fallen tree. The pointing was very Jamie Foxx from In Living Color.
Speaking of cradling, this is an all-time classic. Top 10 all-time for the crowd reaction, Cooper ducking, Dr. J winding up, and the fact that it took place in the NBA Finals.
Griffin on Mozgov was filthy, but Mozgov doesn’t challenge it. He just stands there, unable to get his hands up quickly enough. I thought because Perkins leaped to contest Griffin, and the Clippers’ star was still able to throw it down in his face, Monday night’s dunk was better. I’d put Blake-on-Perk 20.
Vince Carter, when he could leap, was a bad, bad man.
Mourning also got put on a poster by Jordan. Who didn’t?
LeBron leaping over a shrimp? Very impressive. Would fall in the 15-20 range because Lucas had no idea LeBron was coming, nor did he make an attempt to thwart the dunk.
Still think this is LeBron’s best dunk.
Tracy McGrady, who was a fantastic dunker in his prime, put one down so savagely on Othello Harrington, the former Georgetown center was never heard from again.
Best dunk of Kobe’s career?
Kobe hung one on Nash, too. That’s a loud roar for a dunk on the road.
Ricky Davis using Steve Nash as a stepladder? Love this facial, and love how Davis lands and screams at the camera, “OH SHIT! OH SHIT!” I miss Ricky Davis.
Little guy-on-big guy dunks always deserve praise. This was back when CP3 had cartilage in his knees.
Kevin Johnson on Olajuwon, a legendary 90s dunk. Vocal home crowd + playoffs + Dick Enberg + Little Guy on Big Guy = Top 10 worthy.
For me, this Baron Davis dunk is the best little-on-big in NBA history. Straight on, against a larger, longer defender.
Lacrosse fights are becoming much more entertaining than hockey fights these days. Mainly because the losing fighter can't just fall down and claim he slipped on the ice. Also, lax fights last longer and everyone is allowed to leave the benches apparently. Just all around good stuff.
Monday, January 30, 2012
From Africa ..... This guy is right out of the movie Air Up There with Kevin Bacon. Respect Jimmy Dolan kids. Respect the crossover and no one gets hurt ok.
PS- IF Iowa coach Fran McCaffrey was smart he'd grab all these guys for next years team...
LA Lakers 106, Minnesota 101: There’s already panic in LA, but if the Lakers lost back-to-back games to the Bucks and Wolves, it would have been DEFCON 2. Kobe scored 35 points and collected 14 rebounds. Ricky Rubio had another nightmare from the field (2-for-13) but he did have eight assists and zero turnovers. Kevin Love went for 33-14 and if he keeps up this pace, he might finish in the top five in points (4th) and rebounds (2nd).
LA Clippers 109, Denver 105: Chauncey Billups returned to Denver and scored a season-high 32 points, including six three-pointers (or, as many as the Nuggets made as a team). Denver, which played without Birdman and Ty Lawson, had a 6-game win streak snappedand fell to 14-6, which is still good for 2nd best record in the West. The Clippers (11-6) have played fewer games than anyone else in the league to this point, but the game at Denver started LA’s toughest stretch so far this season – five games in seven nights. They’re in Oklahoma City tonight.
Boston 87, Cleveland 88: Brutal way to end a 4-game winning streak – giving up the final 12 points of the game and losing. At home. Kyrie Irving’s whirling dervish layup in traffic was the game-winner. Irving finished with 23 points and at the 1/3 mark in the season, he’s your ROY. Ricky Rubio’s been terrific, but Irving’s been off-the-charts good. For what it’s worth, Rajon Rondo did not play (wrist). Cleveland: 8-11. Boston 9-10.
Dallas 101, San Antonio 100, OT: The Spurs rallied behind their bench in the 2nd half, then Jason Terry (34 points) saved the Mavs’ with this clutch shot to tie it up. Then, Danny Green appeared to win it for San Antonio! But it was waved off by the refs. Then, Dallas survived in overtime. Some game. Dirk scored 10 points and took 13 rebounds in his first game back from resting his knee.
Indiana 106, Orlando 85: The Magic are falling apart and the guess here is that using the Super Bowl as a smokescreen, trade talks quietly ramp up this week. Dwight Howard (4-for-15 on FTs) is pissed and the hot start is a distant memory. It was a grueling week for Orlando, which lost four of five. The four losses came by a combined 86 points (8, 21, 26, 31).
Atlanta 94, New Orleans 72: The Hawks are 15-6. Yes, the same Hawks that lost
JordanJamal Crawford in the offseason and Al Horford earlier this season. Sounds like last year, right? A decent showing in the playoffs by Jeff Teague has carried over to this year and he’s playing very well (24 points in the win). For New Orleans, Chris Kaman sat out for the second game in a row due to an “organizational decision.” The Celtics may be interested.