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Posts Tagged ‘Josh Smith’

Young NBA Greats Relive Air Jordan Moments

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Rajon Rondo

Sony’s Sports 2K series, while perhaps not getting the same unconditional love as EA Sports, has been producing quality sports games. Unfortunately, their catalog no longer includes the NFL, thanks to the EA’s exclusive deal, but that hasn’t stopped from making great NBA simulations. Thanks to a special, highly-coveted guest start, this year’s NBA 2K11 looks like they’ve upped the ante by including perhaps the best, most famous basketball player ever.

I am, of course, talking about Michael Jeffrey Jordan. The inclusion of the man, they myth, is, from Sony’s perspective, the natural evolution of their brand. Simply put, you get to play as Michael Jordan, reliving some of his greatest on-the-court accomplishments, among other options.

If I’m not mistaken, Jordan will also be available as a rookie to be drafted, meaning you can mold his career how and on whatever franchise you see fit.

Now, something so cool — I bought a PS3 pretty much for this game — doesn’t really need a lot of publicity or marketing campaigns to attract the masses. With Jordan on the cover, the thing will sell itself. That, however, didn’t stop them from creating an awesome commercial, featuring the NBA’s new breed playing, enjoying, and reminiscing about their favorite Jordan moves.

We have Derrick Rose baking a Jordan cake, Rajon Rondo washing windows, while Andre Iguodala Josh Smith and Russell Westbrook join in from the couch. What follows? Well, see for yourself:

I, for one, am impatiently biding my time until October 5. Watch out, too, because if I’m not careful, I’ll have Michael Jordan playing for that new pro team in Lexington — the Kentucky Wildcats: NBA Edition.

H/t to YBB for the find.

Jeff Green Smashes Josh Smith

In perhaps the key crunch time play for the Oklahoma City Thunder’s win over the Atlanta Hawks, Jeff Green threw down a dunk over Josh Smith that was so nasty, ESPN’s John Hollinger had to devote an entire article — not a post, mind you, but an 800-word thesis — describing just how important and impressive Green’s dunk was. For instance:

So instead, Green took matters into his own hands. He spun away from Smith’s pressure, dribbled down the lane, and uncorked a right-handed statue-of-liberty slam over Smith that left the home crowd gasping. It’s rare to see one of the league’s top shot-blockers posterized in his own building, let alone on such a crucial play.

Considering last night’s win, the Thunder’s 23rd of the season, matched last season’s win total, I can see why Hollinger is treating it as more than just your run-of-the-mill NBA poster dunk. The Thunder, with young studs like Kevin Durant, Green, Russell Westbrook and James Harden on the roster, have been wearing the crown of “most exciting young team with a future in the league,” a designation they share with the Portland Trail Blazers. Now that they are learning how to win in the league, expect the “buzz” surrounding the Thunder to only increase.

Of course, when you have game-winning dunks like the one Green threw down over Josh Smith, the excitement increases rather easily. Just ask John Hollinger.

Where Please Let this Series End Happens

No offense to Miami or Atlanta, but you guys need to hurry up and end your series. It would help if the teams would quit acting bi-polar as well. Each game has been decided by double-digits and just when you think a team has control over the series, the other wins. Currently, the ball is in Atlanta’s court after winning the last two games, giving them a 3-2 lead over the Heat. However, don’t be surprised if Miami wins Game 6 — a home game for the South Beach team — and we go to a Game 7.

Atlanta was paced by Joe Johnson, Josh Smith (and his magnificent flying machines) and Flip Murray, all of whom scored 20 points or more. While the first five games have been a little on the boring side, we may have some real drama on our hands for these final one or two games:

First off, one of the Atlanta radio commentators — Steve Holman of 790 The Zone — absolutely put Wade on blast after a series of hard fouls by both teams. Holman didn’t take kindly to what he considered Wade’s level of prima donna-hood and wasn’t shy about sharing his opinion about it. Larry Brown Sports has the audio for you.

And then, as the game was winding down, Josh Smith decided he’d try a between-the-legs dunk on a breakaway, which he subsequently missed. Nevertheless, the Heat took Smith’s dunk attempt as disrespect, indicating there’s absolutely no love lost between these two teams. Hopefully, some of that drama will come out in these final games, turning what has been a snooze-fest into some exciting theatre.

Where Josh Smith Dunks… And Dunks (NBA Playoffs)

While the Atlanta Hawks rolled over the offensively inept Miami Heat last night — 90-64 — Josh Smith put on a dunk show that highlighted Atlanta’s Game One domination. While helping finish the Heat, Smith finished with 23 points and 10 rebounds, as well as five nasty dunks in a manner you would expect from a high flier like Smith. Smith’s dunk-a-thon went a long way in demonstrating just how thoroughly the Hawks dominated Dwyane Wade and the Heat.

Speaking of the MVP favorite Wade, if the Heat want to win just one game against the Hawks, he’ll need to do more than just put up 19 points on 8-21 shooting, coupled with 8 turnovers. It would also help the Heat’s cause if the rest of the team could shoot better than a combined 18-50. That kind of shooting would make it hard to beat the Sacramento Kings, let alone a decent playoff team like Atlanta.

Game 2 is Wednesday night.

Josh Smith Dunk Punctuates Atlanta Loss

Oh well, at least the Hawks went down with style to the Celtics, who won their 16th-straight, 88-85. The win, which puts them at 24-2, continues the best start to a season by a defending NBA champion. Ever.

More Boston/Atlanta business after the jump >>

Atlanta To Boston: It Ain’t Gonna Be Easy

Joe Johnson and Josh Smith

Who would’ve thought this would happen — besides, perhaps the Atlanta Hawks players? Who would thought the Hawks would actually be able to challenge, let alone win two games, against the best regular season team in the NBA, the Boston Celtics? If you say “you did,” you’re lying. Hell, even the Atlanta fans couldn’t have believed this.

Of course, the Hawks aren’t known for having the most supportive fans.

That is, until the NBA Playoffs come along. Then they act like Hawks lifers. Ah, the bandwagon. Ain’t it a wonderful thing? Conversely, it does help your fanhood when you have a couple of players to attach your wagon to and the Hawks have just that in Joe Johnson and Josh Smith.

After being down by 10 points to start the 4th quarter, Smith and Johnson single-handedly brought the Hawks back to tie the series at two. I say single-handedly because in the 4th, the Hawks scored a whopping 32 points. ALL of them by Johnson and Smith. No Mike Bibby. No Josh Childress. All Smith and Johnson.

Quick, raise your hands if you thought the Celtics could get beat by two players. Yeah, that’s what I thought. Here’s another query — raise your hands if you EVER thought Kevin Garnett would back down from an opposing player getting in his face after KG initiated the whole thing.

Yeah, I’m in the same boat as you too.

Speaking of KG, where the heck were you in the 4th quarter, Big Ticket? Certainly not leading your team to victory… One thing’s for sure, whatever you or I thought about this series has certainly changed.


After last night’s 97-92 Hawks victory, the Celtics are facing something they haven’t all year: a little bit of adversity. How will the “Boston 3-Party” respond when they get back to Beantown, especially if Atlanta shows up with the same confidence they’ve shown at home? Speaking of confidence, how is Boston’s? Knowing they got turned away by two players has to sting.

Will they be able to recover or will the Hawks continue to shock the living hell out of the rest of the NBA Playoff audience? As you can imagine, Celtics fans are flabbergasted by this two-game outcome, much like the beat writers who cover the Hawks are. However, the levels of flabbergasted-ness run from one extreme (negative) to the other.

Boston’s perspective:

And instead of flashing gang symbols, maybe Paul Pierce should practice free throws or make some clutch baskets. While I am it, I’ll say that dope Mike Woodson is out-coaching Doc Rivers. And f**k you again Chris Wallace for trading Joe Johnson. We’re still paying for the mistakes that piece of s**t GM made 6 years ago. I’ll lose my mind if I hear another moron say Tony Allen is a lockdown defender and should have been covering Johnson in the 4th quarter. How about someone stepping into the lane and hacking Johnson? Maybe Doc could have tried this unique concept called a double-team?

I love it when fans get riled up at their team. It makes for some of the best sports reading out there.