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OJ Mayo: Where Do We Go From Here?

Will things get better for OJ Mayo before they get worse? What does his recent steroid bust do for his career? Better yet, what does it do for the future of the NBA? While steroids aren’t as prevalent in basketball as they are in sports such as football, or baseball, two prominent players have now tested positive for having performance enhancing drugs in their systems. Is this an issue that should just be swept under the rug?

So if you haven’t already heard, OJ Mayo was suspended on January 27th for testing positive for dehydroepiandrosterone (what a mouthful), better known as DHEA. He was suspended for 10 games. Add this to Mayo’s recent troubles this season. Mayo was taken out of the starting lineup, and also got into an in-flight fight with teammate Tony Allen over a card game. Mayo claims that the positive test was due to an energy drink. Continue Reading

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Here Come the Bulls: Why the Bulls are Ready to Contend

The Chicago Bulls are ready to contend. OK, so maybe they’re a starting shooting guard away, but I think it’s fair to say they can add one by the deadline. Still not convinced? Well, at least hear me out before you make up your mind. I promise that after I’m through, you will at least think it’s possible for the Bulls to make it out of the East. So without further ado, here are five reasons why the Chicago Bulls can make it out of the East, and contend for the NBA title.

  • Reason Number One: Consistency

The Chicago Bulls are one of the most consistent teams in the Eastern Conference. They are sitting pretty right now with a 32-14 record. That record is all thanks to the consistency of the Bulls. While they don’t go on ridiculously long winning streaks to the tune of 12 or 14 games, like the San Antonio Spurs or Boston Celtics, they haven’t lost more than two games in a row all season. One reason why the Bulls have been so consistent, is due to the fact that they haven’t had to deal with any of the drama that teams such as Orlando, or the Lakers, have had. Continue Reading

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Cobra Clutch on Mamba- Definitive Edition

Henry Abbott, ESPN’s giant among bloggers, set off an veritable explosion in the sports world with his not-so-jaw-dropping Kobe Bryant expose’ this morning. Yahoo! Sports’ blogging juggernaut Kelly Dwyer fanned the flames a few hours later in his attempt to flush the term “hater” from our collective fan-mouth by using kerosene logic-soap. Finally, SI.com’s Zach Lowe said “screw it” and dumped gasoline on the conflagration by trying to soothe the howls coming out of the streets of LA. From the reaction by fans, you’d have thought that Abbott,  Dwyer, and Lowe were holding Kobe’s family hostage while kicking puppies and ripping the “Do Not Remove” tags off of mattresses. Since then, I’ve read approximately 5,375 other articles weighing in on Kobe’s clutchness, the reality of clutchness, defending the critique of Kobe’s clutchness, double dutch -I misspelled “clutch” and it came up- , the Iron Sheik’s Camel Clutch, even Double Clutch the Transformer (lame Voltron rip-off, I still want it). Slate.com’s Alan Siegal actually had the audacity to hop into his uppity little time machine and write on the same topic in June 2010

If Kobe' was HALF as clutch as Double Clutch

Abbott pulls back the curtain on the “GAWD, Kobe’ is WAAAAY better than anyone else in he league with the game on the line!” myth, and the plot of crappy end-of-existence flick “2012” broke out. All the analysis by the 3 esteemed bloggers was cogent, well-written, factual. And all of it is only the tip of the iceberg. So pull up your socks, hang onto your hats, and clutch (see?? THERE IT IS AGAIN) your hands tight, I’m going to blow the lid off of the rest of the Kobe’ mythos. Continue Reading

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Heroes and Zeros: An Amare/Bosh Discussion

Amar’e Stoudemire and Chris Bosh have a lot in common. Both are 6’10” power forwards. Both have been All-Stars. Both were free agents in the Summer of 2010. And both are in arguably better situations now, then they were in last season. So why are people so quick to praise Amar’e, when Chris Bosh did it first? Why is Amar’e getting so much credit, so much recognition, this season, when Bosh hardly got any in Toronto? Geography, that’s why.

Let’s first look at the facts. Are they really so different? I mean, I don’t remember Chris Bosh getting any MVP chatter during his days in Toronto. Last season, both put up very similar numbers. Chris Bosh averaged 24 points a game, Amar’e averaged 23.1 points. Chris Bosh averaged 10.8 rebounds a game, Amar’e averaged 8.9 rebounds. Amar’e played 12 more games (82 total), and shot 55.7% to Chris Bosh’s 51.8%. So as you can see, both had pretty similar individual numbers last year. Continue Reading

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Heroes and Zeros: An Amare/Bosh Discussion

Amar’e Stoudemire and Chris Bosh have a lot in common. Both are 6’10” power forwards. Both have been All-Stars. Both were free agents in the Summer of 2010. And both are in arguably better situations now, then they were in last season. So why are people so quick to praise Amar’e, when Chris Bosh did it first? Why is Amar’e getting so much credit, so much recognition, this season, when Bosh hardly got any in Toronto? Geography, that’s why.

Let’s first look at the facts. Are they really so different? I mean, I don’t remember Chris Bosh getting any MVP chatter during his days in Toronto. Last season, both put up very similar numbers. Chris Bosh averaged 24 points a game, Amar’e averaged 23.1 points. Chris Bosh averaged 10.8 rebounds a game, Amar’e averaged 8.9 rebounds. Amar’e played 12 more games (82 total), and shot 55.7% to Chris Bosh’s 51.8%. So as you can see, both had pretty similar individual numbers last year. Continue Reading

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Fightin’ For That #1 Spot: The Pretenders

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Being a GM in the NBA has GOT to be one of the most thankless jobs ever.

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No Respect: NBA All Star Snubs and Other Stories

With today being the day that All-Star starters are announced, I couldn’t think of a better time to announce my first annual All-Snub team. “What’s the All-Snub team,” you ask? Seeing as how I just made that term up about 38 seconds ago, I’ll tell you. Since today is the day they announce the starting fives of each team for the All-Star Game, which is being held at the star-studded Staples Center in Los Angeles this year, I feel like I should give it up for the guys who never get any respect. Now, I’m not saying these guys deserve to be All-Stars, but they deserve to have their names in the conversation at the very least.

How about Kevin Martin for example? While guard is a stacked position in the West, what with Chris Paul, Deron Williams, and Kobe Bryant at the position, Martin often gets over looked. Averaging the lowest minutes per game (31.3) since his sophomore season, Martin is putting up exceptional shooting numbers. He’s currently fourth in three pointers made, and first in free throws made. All this while averaging 23.5 points should not be overlooked.  What’s more shocking is that Vince Carter, at the last balloting update on January 13th, was ahead of him in votes. While he may not be having a good enough season to make the team, he should NOT be behind Vince Carter in voting. Continue Reading

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Now Looking for NBA Writers

Hoops fans, do you want to write about the game that you love? Well this could be a great chance for you to showcase your skills, as Saving the Skyhook is now looking for contributing writers.

The goal is to establish a team of writers that cover a broad spectrum of the game of basketball. Currently, I focus on news-related material, as well as statistical breakdowns and opinion pieces. Our other contributor, Dan Jepperson, focuses on the D-League and opinion pieces. So in order to expand our coverage, we are reaching out to all you NBA writers out there. Continue Reading

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Recapping a Bad Night for the Cleveland Cavaliers

One of the reasons that I subscribe to NBA League Pass is to be able to watch any game that I want to. And usually, if there’s a game that’s going down to the wire, I’ll just flip right over and check out the finish.

There were a few of those games last night. You had the Pacers and Sixers with a tight game in the final two minutes or so, with the Pacers stopping their road losing streak and getting a nice win. You had the Kings and Wizards putting up 130+, which ultimately ended with the Kings missing a three to tie with two seconds left (which was taken by DeMarcus Cousins…..). Continue Reading