Lebron’s pre-game dunk-fest!

Good morning, so i woke up to the news that NBA hall-of-famer Magic Johnson has offered $1m to the winner of next years all-star dunk contest. With the hidden agenda of luring Lebron James to show us his skills…and boy has he got some! check this video out….the possibility of Lebron, Griffin, Westbrook, Ross and maybe Nate Robinson matching up at next years event…mouth-watering.

Point guards…Point out the beauty.

Point guards, point guards…..point guards. I think in recent years the position of a point guard has changed identity. What was once always considered a position where by the slightly small player would retrieve the rock from an inbound pass and take it up court and move it on to their teams higher skilled player. 

In the season i started following the NBA, we had point guards such as John Stockton, Gary Payton, Anfernee Hardaway and Jason Kidd. These guys are all hall of famers or future hall of famers, but in my opinion were overshadowed by the shooting guards and power forwards of their respective teams. For years the slam dunk was considered THE show-boat move in basketball, it still is, but the pass has developed and evolved more so and now has become one of the most beautiful parts of any great play we see in game.

For me, the turning point for point guards was Steve Nash (then at the Phoenix Suns). He orchestrated his team with precision and beauty in his ball distribution. Not only did he pretty much single-handily escort the Suns into the playoffs each season…he is still doing this today, 16 years on with the Lakers.

This now leads me on to the point guards we have the pleasure in watching this season. This season has not the best for Bull’s fans as Derek Rose hasn’t been involved at all and doesn’t look like he will make a return for this season at all! This is also the new fate for the Celtic’s as Rajon Rondo is now out for a long period of time with the same injury as Rose. Along with Nash, these two points are all-stars and among the leading assist makers in the league. NBA fans wish them a speedy return! With those guys out, we have Chris Paul (Clippers, reigning all-star MVP) who is by far the most talented and skillful point guards out there. He is a player that is constantly on nba.com top plays. He sees passes before the reciever has even decided where he’s going. Russell Westbrook (OKC, 3x all-star) brings the power to the point guard. He has the hops and he has the distribution to match CP3. But for the level of difficulty and creativeness Chris paul edges this battle of the west. Lets not forget Tony Parker (spurs) has constantly provided for the spurs and even more so this season…could it be their season?. In the east we are blessed with some great rookies and sophomores. Kyrie Irving (Cleveland, reigning 3pt champ & rising star MVP) leads the way. His game looks more complete as the season moves on…we knew he could shoot, but to win the all-star 3pt contest! he is now starting to drive down the lane a dunk over some serious big men…another string to his bow. The future looks scarily good for this kid! Ricky Rubio (Wolves), Ty Lawson (Denver), Iman Shumpurt (Knicks) are smart passers, but haven’t provided for there teams as yet, due to fitness. But don’t take your eyes off Rubio, he is a magician on the court! If there is one guy that can enter his 2nd season next year like Kyrie Irving and thats Damian Lillard (Portland). This kid is leading the way to rookie of the year and is constantly coming up with the goods for the Trailblazers, whether its buzzer-beaters or a high scoring night. Irving, Lillard, Paul, Rondo and Rose are point guards with massive futures and have the talent to further evolve this position and to create something truly great for basketball.

Feel free to comment on point guards that i haven’t given enough credit, but this is my opinion.xImage

Introduction

Iv been posting short bits of information about the Bulls on Facebook for a couple of years, to some great response. I like to think that my posts can be related to people/friends who don’t have the best access to the NBA action, due to us being the other side of the pond! Not everyone has the luxury of ESPN or Sky Sports (on sundays) for live action. I rely on streams from a reliable source, so i have now taken it upon myself to provide an accurate (as possible), amusing and interesting guide to the latest news, scores and stats from around the NBA and i also want to talk about past legends and historic moments that formed the basis of my relationship with the NBA.

Like any young sports fan the lure of the best players, best plays and numerous titles is usually associated with the “glory supporter”….This IS true, but for me, there was something different about The Chicago Bulls and Michael Jordan. At this time, football’s stars were the likes of Roberto Baggio, Romario, Gabriel Batistuta, George Weah and Eric Cantona. But for me, none of them had the same star quality as the Bull’s number 23 and to have the relaxed off court persona is what tied me into the Bulls (he is also a golfer…like me!) 

Its easy to say that one great player can take a team to back to back to back titles…twice! but he was surrounded by some of the NBA’s unsung heroes. Scottie Pippen, a scoring small forward who averaged over his career 16.1 ppg. Dennis Rodman, an extravert forward with 14.9 rpg in ’95. Tony Kukoc, sixth man of the year ’95…the list goes on, but you get what i’m saying!

To win 3 titles in a row determines that teams bond and spirit. This spirit has me hooked on following the Bulls and The NBA as a whole….it is a great sport and the mega money earners still have their feet on the ground with projects like ‘NBA cares’. Helping people less fortunate or communities devastated by natural disasters. 

So, what a way to start this blog site with a great win last night and Noah records a triple double over the 76ers.

Enjoy!