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NBA All-Star Weekend

I had the proverbial foot out the door on this NBA All-Star Weekend, anticipating more flash than substance. . .

three point contest – AWESOME. A 27 from Klay, including EIGHT IN A ROW to pull the title away from Steph? Holy moly. And this after a three-way tie to get into the qualifying round with 20? 20 used to win rounds!!!
Dunk contest – I could not have had lower expectations. That last one that even registered was Blake Griffin, and the previous contest to ‘matter’ was Vince Carter in 2000. That’s 16 years ago. I saw the texts coming in from various sources and decided to check in. LaVine? Amazing. Gordon? Spectacular. Literal unprecedented dunks – Gordon went under BOTH legs?!?!?!  LaVine did a windmill from the free throw line!?!??! And both guys hit the dunks on their first shot!?!!??!?! – with an amazing page. Unbelievable. I don’t think this can be replicated for years but:
a) best one-on-one since Jordan vs. Dominique. Seriously.
b) I don’t think you have 10 dunks stronger than the top 10 from Saturday in ANY contest. Ever.
Game itself – sure, no defense. . .but the west almost drops 200 points?!?!?! Cmon 196!!!! I don’t give a heck, that is amazing. They shot 80 3’s. EIGHTY. Really fun just to see the chase, here.
What a weekend for the NBA. Wow. ‘Fantastic,’ if you will.
Honestly, and I am NOT a Zach LaVine fan (despite UCLA), but man he can soar – not just leap, but SOAR – and Gordon. . .Gordon honestly had the best singular performance since Vince. Look at this

to recap: he jumped OVER the mascot AND went under BOTH legs. reminder = when Isaiah Rider went under ONE leg, it was mindblowing. Wow.
secondly,I’m not a HUGE fan of gimmick dunks – but the timing, smoothness and execution on this are amazing. Great, great dunk. WOW. again.
lastly, and unbelievably, and probably the MOST amazing technical dunk of the night was Aaron Gordon’s final dunk, which only scored a 47. He went tomahawk AND between the legs in the SAME dunk. Judges, admittedly, did not have the benefit of instant reply so they didnt get to score it accordingly. But it was astounding
and just to recap Zach LaVine:
yep. kid can soar.
here’s a full recap on that
Oh – and for the record, a dunk by Andre Drummond which featured Steve Nash doing a behind the back soccer/fútbol kick to set up the dunk didn’t even make the top 8.
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Dream Team Rosters: 1992 vs. 2012.

Please see below for the 1992 team vs. the 2012 “Dream Team” rosters. No stats, no editorial, no bias, no commentary.

Who has the superior team: LeBron, Durant & Kobe or Magic, Michael & Bird?

1992 USA Basketball Men’s National Team roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight From
PF 4 Laettner, Christian 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 235 lb (107 kg) Duke
C 5 Robinson, David 7 ft 1 in (2.16 m) 235 lb (107 kg) San Antonio Spurs
C 6 Ewing, Patrick 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 240 lb (110 kg) New York Knicks
SF 7 Bird, Larry 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Boston Celtics
SF 8 Pippen, Scottie 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Chicago Bulls
SG 9 Jordan, Michael 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Chicago Bulls
SG 10 Drexler, Clyde 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Portland Trail Blazers
PF 11 Malone, Karl 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 255 lb (116 kg) Utah Jazz
PG 12 Stockton, John 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Utah Jazz
SF 13 Mullin, Chris 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Golden State Warriors
PF 14 Barkley, Charles 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 250 lb (110 kg) Phoenix Suns
PG 15 Johnson, Magic 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Los Angeles Lakers
Head coach

Assistant coach(es)

2012 Summer Olympics Team roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Age – DOB Ht. Club Club nat.
C 4 Chandler, Tyson 29 – October 2, 1982 ft 1 in (2.16 m) New York Knicks United States
F 5 Durant, Kevin 23 – September 29, 1988 ft 9 in (2.06 m) Oklahoma City Thunder United States
F 6 James, LeBron 27 – December 30, 1984 ft 8 in (2.03 m) Miami Heat United States
G 7 Westbrook, Russell 23 – November 12, 1988 ft 3 in (1.91 m) Oklahoma City Thunder United States
G 8 Williams, Deron 28 – June 26, 1984 ft 3 in (1.91 m) Brooklyn Nets United States
F 9 Iguodala, Andre 28 – January 28, 1984 ft 6 in (1.98 m) Philadelphia 76ers United States
G 10 Bryant, Kobe 33 – August 23, 1978 ft 6 in (1.98 m) Los Angeles Lakers United States
F 11 Love, Kevin 23 – September 7, 1988 ft 10 in (2.08 m) Minnesota Timberwolves United States
G 12 Harden, James 22 – August 26, 1989 ft 5 in (1.96 m) Oklahoma City Thunder United States
G 13 Paul, Chris 27 – May 6, 1985 ft 0 in (1.83 m) Los Angeles Clippers United States
F 15 Anthony, Carmelo 28 – May 29, 1984 ft 8 in (2.03 m) New York Knicks United States
F 44 Davis, Anthony 19 – March 11, 1993 ft 10 in (2.08 m) New Orleans Hornets United States
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C)
  • Club denotes current pro club

 

Thank you, Wikipedia, for the copy/paste roster formatting.


 

YallKiltIt: Ralph Lawler, Racist? Clipper Announcer Suspended for Iranian Comments

Kudos to Diane Pucin for excellent reporting on the decision by Fox to suspend Clippers Announcers Ralph Lawler and Michael Smith for Friday’s game vs. the Timberwolves.

In the Clippers 106-91 loss to the Grizzlies , the two seasoned announcers had this exchange:

Smith: “Look who’s in.”

Lawler: “Hamed Haddadi. Where’s he from?”

Smith: “He’s the first Iranian to play in the NBA.” (Smith pronounced Iranian as “Eye-ranian,” a pronunciation that offended the viewer who complained.)

Lawler: “There aren’t any Iranian players in the NBA,” repeating Smith’s mispronunciation.

Smith: “He’s the only one.”

Lawler: “He’s from Iran?”

Smith: “I guess so.”

Lawler: “That Iran?”

Smith: “Yes.”

Lawler: “The real Iran?”

Smith: “Yes.”

Lawler: “Wow. Haddadi that’s H-A-D-D-A-D-I.”

Smith: “You’re sure it’s not Borat’s older brother?”

Smith: “If they ever make a movie about Haddadi, I’m going to get Sacha Baron Cohen to play the part.”

Lawler: “Here’s Haddadi. Nice little back-door pass. I guess those Iranians can pass the ball.”

Smith: “Especially the post players.

Lawler: “I don’t know about their guards.”

Now Ralph Lawler has not missed a game in 25 years. https://i2.wp.com/www.nba.com/media/clippers/polaroid_rlawler.jpgDedicated, wonderfully enthused and talented, Lawler has been overlooked in a City of Wonderful Broadcasters from Vin Scully to Bob Miller to Chick Hearn, etc. The Clippers pitiful performance as a franchise certainly has everything to do with that, but his case for inclusion into the legendary pantheon has surely taken a hit with this back-and-forth with the equally enthused but far less seasoned Michael Smith. https://i2.wp.com/www.nba.com/media/clippers/polaroid_msmith.jpg

Were the comments overtly racist? My initial reaction was agnostic, figuring this was another corporate attempt at political correctness.

After discussions with my wife, (whose parents are native to Huanusco, Mexico) who likened the exchange to “white people that thing all Hispanic/Latin Americans are ‘Mexican,” I agree with her to an extent – I think apologies (even of the profuse variety) are required from both Lawler & Smith as well as the organization, but I think the punishment was a bit harsh and will now tarnish the legacy of a solid announcer.

And frankly, isn’t a lifetime of announcing Clippers games punishment enough?
Clippers fan

I used to write for things called newspapers,

Evan Lovett