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Lockout Heroes: Bo McCalebb

 

Macedonia is the only part of the former Yugoslavia that hasn’t been ravaged by major conflict, but it’s always been on the brink. It’s a Christian nation with a bubbling Muslim population. Albanians in the northwestern corner of the country started an insurgency when they staged a mortar attack on a police station in the small town of Tearce in 2001.

The insurgency was soon quelled by an international community that has never accepted Macedonia under its own terms. It was admitted into the European Union in 1993 as the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia instead of its preferred name of Republic of Macedonia because Greece essentially is being a pain in the ass. Continue Reading

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Lockout Heroes: Bo McCalebb

 

Macedonia is the only part of the former Yugoslavia that hasn’t been ravaged by major conflict, but it’s always been on the brink. It’s a Christian nation with a bubbling Muslim population. Albanians in the northwestern corner of the country started an insurgency when they staged a mortar attack on a police station in the small town of Tearce in 2001.

The insurgency was soon quelled by an international community that has never accepted Macedonia under its own terms. It was admitted into the European Union in 1993 as the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia instead of its preferred name of Republic of Macedonia because Greece essentially is being a pain in the ass. Continue Reading

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Report: Stefanski Could be new Raptors GM

According to a report by Yahoo! Sports the Toronto Raptors are engaging in serious talks with Philadelphia 76ers general manager Ed Stefanski about potentially taking over the general manager duties from current President and GM Bryan Colangelo.

Stefanski has been the general manager in Philadelphia since 2007 and has been responsible for a number of important moves for the franchise, including signing Elton Brand, hiring Doug Collins and drafting Evan Turner with the second overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft.

It has long been rumored that Stefanski was a possibility for the Raptors GM job; throughout the summer Bryan Colangelo has been interviewing possible candidates, including Jeff Bower of the New Orleans Hornets and Dennis Lindsey of the San Antonio Spurs. Continue Reading

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Around the Net: October 8, 2011

I’m an emotionally-stunted, irrational man-child, but even I haven’t had fights that are as grating or annoying as the NBA lockout.

More lockout news from Howard the Dunk and Lake Show Life. All signs point to us losing the first two weeks of the season at the very least. In fact, it looks like more than just the first two weeks are going to be lost as the sides don’t have another meeting schedule until next month.

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Around the Net: October 6, 2011

It looks like the NBA is canceling some games. So Michael Jordan comes through in the clutch again and delivers some much needed laughs or as they call it on the internet, lolz.

I am disappointed he’s not in the game. I think people would love to see how much smaller he was compared to how he is now.
- Michael Jordan, when asked about Charles Barkley not appearing in NBA 2K12
  • King James Gospel reports that Scottie Pippen still thinks that Lebron is going to be better than Jordan. Controversial statement. What’s not controversial is that Jordan will forever be the king of backhanded compliments.
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All-Star LeBron

The standard knock against Superman is that it’s too hard to tell good stories about a man that good and powerful. That is true, to an extent. Superman doesn’t readily fit into our favorite story, the hero’s journey.  He’s too good of a person to ever refuse the call to action. And he’s too powerful that all obstacles in his way are seen as arbitrary. The potential in his stories aren’t as readily apparent as characters like Batman, Spider-Man or Luke Skywalker. These characters either refuse the call to action at first or get in their own way of acting immediately. They also are just weak enough that some obstacles can at least seem difficult.

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Around the Net: October 3, 2011

So what went down this weekend in NBA action? Nothing, that’s what. On Saturday, the owners and players had a seven hour meeting where nothing apparently got done. Then on Sunday, Billy Hunter had to go to church which prevented everyone else from getting together to negotiate.

I hate them all. I don’t know about you guys, but I’d much rather just not have a season than be perpetually be stuck in limbo. At least, then I could get on with my life.

Oh what am I saying. I want basketball so bad, it hurts. And I’m willing to go through unbelievable amounts of anxiety to get it.

From this weekend, we’ve got lockout news and analysis from Roberto Gato, Pippen Ain’t Easy(Twice!), The Sixer Sense, Lake Show Life and Nugg Love.

Howard the Dunk posted prop bets for this NBA season. It looks like the oddsmakers are going all or nothing on the lockout.

How many games will be played by each team in the 2011-2012 NBA Regualar Season?     

82 Games                                                     8/5

51-81 Games                                                4/1

1-50 Games                                                  3/1

No 2011-2012 Regular Season                5/4

 

CP3 had a pick-up game this Saturday. It was a crime against humanity. But some people like highlights regardless of context and King James Gospel has all your needs for that sham of a game.

John Wall showed why he is perhaps the most incredibly athletic point guard of all time with some filthy dunks including an alley oop off the back wall to himself which received the largest cheer of the night.

Kevin Durant provided a through the legs hammer and Dwyane Wade gave an alley pop to himself to join in the fun. Chris Paul was running down field throwing the ball up for his teammates but also poured in 39 points. Durant again refused to pass the ball en route to a game high 48.

LeBron James, never to be outdone, provided the highlight of the night and reminded us what a tragedy it is that we will not see basketball at the highest level for a very long time.

Providing trademark tomahawks and alley oops, LeBron James decided to take it one step further with one of the most incredible one handed, full extension alley oops you will ever see.

Even more amazing than the CP3 dunkfest is the name Cazzie. As in Cazzie Russell, the 13th greatest Knick of all time according to Buckets Over Broadway:

The 6’5″ swingman, whose number 33 is retired at Michigan, brought the same Swagger he had as a Wolverine to Broadway, where he immediately became a fan favorite.

Finally, We’re Bucked takes a look at Brandon Jennings:

Mammas, don’t let your sons grow up to be scoring point guards.  The entire role is a Catch-22.  Pass too much and you’re deferential.  Shoot too much and you put the rest of your team’s offense in peril.

 

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