Both leagues play during the summer and regularly feature NBA players on the rosters. Kevin Durant of course stole the show.
That’s James Harden of the Thunder guarding him, oh by the way.
We’re skeptical until the video eventually gets released, but check out this little throw in on a recent article from Yahoo! Sports:
He’s working out twice a day, trying to erase some of the sting that’s still there after the Heat lost to the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA finals.
“Right now I’ve just been focusing on being a better player, working on my game every single day,” James said at a news conference before the AP interview. “Like I said, the Dallas Mavericks were a great team and they deserved to win that championship. And I’ll just use that as motivation coming into this season.”
He’s also trying to deliver on his vow to be even better whenever the Heat resume play, saying he’s been in Houston at times this offseason to learn post play from one of the game’s all-time greats, former Rockets star Hakeem Olajuwon.
“I look at what he was able to do throughout his career,” James said. “Unbelievable talent. Multiple champion. Just to see how he was able to dominate in the low post, for me as an individual, I just try to look at some of the things I feel I need to get better at and hit home at it. Our team becomes better if I continue to get better and that’s what it’s about.”
Better late than never. It’s scary to think what he could accomplish if he had the ability to back people down in the low post while still being able to drive whenever he wanted to. None of that matters of course though because there will be no basketball this year.
The NBA everybody!
Here’s the brief story. From ABC 7 in San Francisco:
Los Angeles Laker Matt Barnes got into a fight Thursday night at a Pro-Am game in San Francisco.
It happened at the Kezar Pavillion during a game between Barnes’s Dream Team and a team called East Bay.
Barnes apparently punched an East Bay player in the face, but the refs didn’t see it and Barnes wasn’t ejected from the game.
We couldn’t find footage of the actual punch but here’s video immediately taken in the aftermath. From what it sounds like, Barnes was upset at the hard defense being played on him by one of the locals. They got into a skirmish going after a loose ball on the ground and the local guy shoved Barnes when they got up. Barnes, never known to be a person who takes crap from anyone, promptly punched the guy in the face. Check it out:
Durant put a clown suit on him.
He was going up against Durant, who you know by now is currently owning all of the playgrounds in New York City.
It’s a quick hit type of morning:
-I’m not down with Tiger’s return this weekend. No matter what he tells me in his press conferences, I’m not buying that he’s healthy enough for a return to action. I wish he’d just take the rest of the year off and let the injuries fully heal. I’ll also be curious to see if Tiger is able to fully adopt the new brand of golf he’s going to have to play without the titanic power he’s so accustomed to using on the golf course. He’ll have to use some of his veteran savvy to out think the younger players on Tour the rest of his career. That and find his putting stroke.
-The David Stern interview on SportsCenter was way too uncomfortable yesterday. It was awkward and weird and you could tell Stern was way out of his element. Basically there’s two David Sterns. There’s the David Stern we see on camera all the time. He’s charming and witty and dances around difficult questions in a manner that makes even Drew Rosenaus stand back and applaud. Then there’s the legendary behind-the-scenes David Stern, he of the greatest ego and temper in the history of sports. Last night was something totally different though. You could see it written all over his face. Stern was…nervous. His whole goal last night was to attempt to divide the union’s base before this thing really picks up and although he struck the first blow, he didn’t sell his points well enough. At times it definitely looked like he was rehearsing answers off a teleprompter and he basically never directly answered any of the questions asked to him, instead going on bizarre monologues that listed tons of financial figures that no one gives a crap about. I don’t like seeing the commish like that and I wish he’d give up his ego for ten seconds and figure this thing out. Eight ball says: not likely.
-I’d like to announce this morning that I’ll be signing with the Philadelphia Eagles later today for the veteran minimum. Holy Philly! Is this team for real right now? It seems like they added every notable free agent in this past week and now if they don’t win the Super Bowl the season has to be considered a failure. Oh by the way though, there’s no way they’re winning the Super Bowl. Andy Reid is their coach, after all.
-It pains me to say this, but the Arizona Diamondbacks are everything I hoped the Colorado Rockies were going to be this season. Please excuse me while I go pound my head against my wall the rest of the morning.
-Finally, I haven’t touched on it yet but how awesome was that Tigers/Angles game this weekend? For those who haven’t seen it yet, it was easily one of the most entertaining games of the season. First you had Carlos Guillen with one of the all-time arrogant poses after a home run in baseball history, nearly stopping to stare Weaver down after he blasted it. Weaver then promptly threw at the head of the next batter. And then there was Justin Verlander’s no-hit attempt nearly being broken up with a bunt by Erick Aybar in the eight inning. Talk about your baseball drama! I personally find the unwritten rules of baseball hilarious and think they add a very unique aspect to the game. There’s no point in wasting hours debating it. Let them police themselves and sit back and enjoy the entertainment that comes as a result.
Generation Y, where it was 106 yesterday in Dallas…after the sun went down. Chew on that the next time you complain about how hot it is where you live.
He ended up scoring 66 points. The highlight was this unreal sequence in which he hit four consecutive three-pointers in the fourth quarter. Wow.
The game was at the newly opened Melo Center in Baltimore. J-Wall has clearly been working on his game this offseason. Scary to think about what he could do with all that speed in the NBA
next year in two years when the lockout ends.