Maybe I watched too many Wesley Snipes/Woody Harrelson movies when I was younger, but for some reason, I just love it when white guys get a good dunk in. It’s almost becomes a red-letter day, because it’s just such a rarity. Sure, there are exceptions, but day-to-day, it’s not a regular occurrence; and no, I’m not talking about a two-handed, fast break finish from Dirk Nowitzki, either.
I’m talking a highlight reel-quality dunk, and thanks to Kris Humphries, that little hole in my life was again filled.
There were reports going around the WWL this morning that Louisville head coach Rick Pitino put feelers out, expressing interest in the head coach for the New Jersey Nets. Needless to say, Kentucky fans took this bit of news with lots of glee. Unfortunately for fellow members of the Big Blue Nation, it looks like those reports were false — it’s either that or Pitino was put off by the fact the rumblings were made public.
While rejecting the idea, Pitino offered these thoughts to ESPN’s Pat “4D” Forde:
“I have no interest, period,” Pitino said Thursday. “I’m done with coaching professional basketball. I’ve put the professional ranks behind me.”
Sounds pretty definitive.
Pitino’s comments have been supported by Nets’ president, Rod Thorn, who also denied the rumors. So for now, it looks like Ricky, Ricky, Ricky is staying in “The Ville” for the time being. Apparently, Pitino’s keen to be apart of the opening of the brand-spanking-new $250 million arena designed for the Cardinals’ men and women’s basketball teams.
Of course, there could be other, unspoken reasons why Pitino doesn’t want to go help the New Jersey Nets. Fixing a team that’s managed a mere four games (out of 52) is no easy task, and I wouldn’t blame any coach for shying away from such a project. Then again, the amazing attendance numbers could be just the thing to sway even the most stubborn coach’s mind.
I mean, who wouldn’t want to be apart of such undying support?
Of course, if the Nets put a better product on the floor… As you can see, it’s a vicious circle, one that Rick Pitino wants nothing to do with — at least until the Cardinals’ season is over.
When an NBA team is 44 games into their season before they get their fourth win, it’s newsworthy. Welcome to the 2010 New Jersey Nets, who finally got their first win of the new year by beating the Los Angeles Clippers, 103-87. Now their record stands at sterling 4-40.
Four wins and forty losses.
It’s hard to put into words the level of futility that’s been on display from the Nets, but hey, a win’s a win. Who knows, maybe this will launch the Nets on a 38-game winning streak, of course, the team would still be below .500, but hey, who’s counting (besides those pesky league standings keepers)? Terrence Williams — who is experiencing something of a rookie letdown since he joined the Association — provided highlight(s) for this rare Nets victory:
As for the Nets, the win is their first since December 30, when they beat the New York Knicks. That was preceded by the December 8th win against the Chicago Bulls. The Nets’ initial win came against on December 4th against the Charlotte Bobcats.
That’s it. That’s the list.
As an example of the Nets’ futility, a comparison: As indicated, the Nets have four wins all season. Conversely, in the last 12 days (starting from January 16th), the Cleveland Cavaliers have won six games.
If the Nets want to avoid eclipsing the 1972 Philadelphia 76ers for worst NBA record ever, they have their work cut out for them. The 76ers record was a paltry 9-73, meaning New Jersey need six wins in their final 38 games. Considering the Nets have only won four out of 44, I’d say the odds are against them.
So what happens when a twin brother dunks on his sibling? Does the cosmos collapse as a result? Do the laws of nature permit such a thing? Would such a dunk create a rip in the fabric of space/time, causing the universe to collapse and forming a singularity? Well, since we survived the Grant twins playing successful basketball, I’d say the general public is safe — but you can never be too careful.
Just ask Brook Lopez of the New Jersey Nets, who got absolutely posterized by his twin brother, Robin, who plays for the Phoenix Suns. While it’s widely considered the Brook is the better player out of the two, who combine to give us almost 14 feet of a basketball player, Robin won this particular round. Of course, one could argue Robin won all the rounds because he doesn’t have to play for the New Jersey Nets. So while Brook might be the better prospect, his brother is in a much better basketball environment, something the 118-94 final score indicates quite nicely.
Furthermore, Phoenix has a record of 25-18. The Nets, on the other hand, will be lucky to win 20 games all season — in fact, a double-digit win total for the season looks doubtful, considering the Nets’ 3-38 record.
Oh and one more brother-on-brother thought, when a twin dunks on his sibling, does the dunker share the same kind of “Oh damn, I just got housed” feeling the dunkee does?
When I woke up this morning, there was a fair amount of buzz concerning a hard foul committed by New Jersey Net Devin Harris against Cleveland Cavalier Jamario Moon. Naturally, the side of me that appreciates a good tussle was eager to see the video footage. Now that I have, I’m not sure what the fuss is all about. Sure, Harris’ foul was indeed intentional, and he got kicked out of the game for his efforts, but if Harris doesn’t make contact with Moon’s head-and-neck area, that’s just another physical play in a game played by chiseled athletes.
Now this is a flagrant foul:
Again, this isn’t to take anything away from Devin Harris. He committed a hard foul to stop a layup. Granted, there was probably a great deal of season-long frustration tied up in that foul, but Harris didn’t exactly “drop the hammer” on Moon either. I don’t know. Maybe I’m just jaded.
You know how a picture paints a thousand words? Well, sometimes in sports, one play can serve as a microcosm for the season to date. A great defensive play, followed by a nasty dunk or a timely basket can easily be such a reminder, but what happens if you are the receiving end of such a play? That can be used to sum up your efforts, as well.
Just ask the winless New Jersey Nets.
If, perhaps, you are wondering how and why a team can be so ineffective (I.E., bad), just watch the lead video. Three missed layups and one lazy pass later, Milwaukee Bucks rookie sensation Brandon Jennings collects a steal, explodes between the Nets he just stole it from, races down the court and finishes with a two-handed dunk.
That, friends, is ineffective basketball at its finest. 0-12 records don’t grow on trees. You have to work at being this bad, and poor efforts like the one I just described go a long way towards a team being winless almost a month into the season.
Over at YouTube, one of the uploads of Andre Iguodala’s nasty baseline jam against the New Jersey Nets called it a “f**k dunk” and you know, I think they’re on to something. If ever there was a f**k dunk, this one is it, because “posterize” doesn’t quite seem to capture all its beauty. When you dunk on three people — in this case, Brook Lopez, Josh Boone and Terrence Williams — in such acrobatically-destructive ways, you’ve passed posterization and moved on to the rarefied air of f**k dunks. For the record, Iggy’s dunk helped give the Nets their eighth straight loss, moving them to a lottery-bound 0-8 on the fledgling 2009/10 season.
Now, you might scoff at the fact a dunk in the first quarter impacted a win in any significant manner, but when you consider the fact the Sixers won by three points, that dunk, while being extremely filthy, was also an important basket for Philadelphia.
Remember, all these points have a tendency to add up.
The fine folks at Nike obviously don’t like seeing their golden child being dunked on, and so, seemingly at the behest of King James, they removed all footage of LeBron being baptized by Xavier’s Jordan Crawford at one of LeBron’s skills summer camps. According to those who saw it, it was a pretty nasty dunk by Joe Crawford‘s younger brother, a two-handed jam that was apparently so nasty, LeBron and his supporting company didn’t want the video — or pictures — appearing online.
Too bad LeBron doesn’t have the same kind of creative control with the NBA like he does with Nike. If so, there’d be no footage of Courtney Lee’s dunks over LeBron during the Cleveland/Orlando series. For that fact, I will thank the maker. And YouTube: