Friday, February 27, 2009
With so many great coaching peformances this season, its hard to pick just one but the Best Directing Award goes to Coach Popovich of the Spurs.
He's wonderfully orchestrated a great season for the Spurs this year. Despite having to battle through some key injuries to Duncan, Parker and Ginobli.
He did it by maximzing his bench efforts and making guys like Roger Mason Jr and Matt Bonner believe they were stars. He turned them into key contributors on a squad who many have counted out, including myself.
Pop has done a great job with the Spurs again and has slowly thrust them among the leaders of the Western Conference.
Having said that, the Spurs still ain't winning a title this year.
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Lamar Odom gets the nod for his supporting role with the Lakers this year.
We probably wouldn't have said this two months into the season when he was leading the charge off the bench with the second unit but Odom has turned things around dramatically.
His skills were never in doubt - we're talking about a 6'10 forward who can rebound and lead the fast beak all in one fluid motion. Let's not forget that when Lamar came into the league, his passing skills were compared to some dude named Magic Johsnon. The injury to Andrew Bynum certainly had a lot to do with Odom's resurgence and gritty work on the boards. His role is clearly defined and he's playing with a renewed confidence. The NBA is made up of dozens and dozens of players who answered the call when given the opportunity and Lamar is one of them.
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
We're just over the mid way point of the NBA season and while we won't handing out any little gold statues or treating you to renditions of your favourite flics in a musical medley, we at The NBA Breakdown wanted to hand out our own version of the Academy Awards.
Ladies and Gentlemen - It's a time where we collectively pay tribute to those that put it all out for love of the game.
The NBA Breakdown proudly presents: The AUDLEYS
Actor in a Leading Role
While many seem to feel that this years MVP award is a two horse race between LeBron James and Kobe Bryant. But I'd like to inject D-Wade's name into the mix.
The tale of Dwayne Wade and the Miami Heat is more than just a feel good story of the year. We're talking about a team that only won 15 games a season ago only two years removed from their championship year.
D-Wade was a shell of his All-Star self after battling a variety of injuries and the Heat was forced to re-tool by sending Shaq-Daddy to Phoenix in a mid season trade.
This year, a healthy designer Band-Aid wearing Flash leads the league in scoring and nightly highlights. Wade alongside some good young pieces in Daequan Cook and Michael Beasley have propelled Miami in the Eastern conference standings and have them poised to make it back into the playoffs.
Oh yeah - I forgot to mention that Flash helped a family displaced by fire move into a brand new home through his foundation just in time for Christmas - ahhhh geez - Thanks D-Wade.
Monday, February 23, 2009
Audley and I just wanted to let you know the SLAM/NBA Breakdown Trivia Challenge has returned!
Our March trivia question and contest information is up on slamonline.com right now!
Of course, we're going to give away another great SLAM Prize Pack. Let's just say our February winner, Ariel B from Brooklyn, was happy with it. Infact, here are his thoughts, via e-mail, when he first saw the SLAM Prize Pack.
"Dave, I just got home and wanted to tell you of my reaction to the gift! TRULY AWESOME! OMG WOW!!!! AWESOME!!!! This was truly an ideal prize and im glad i got to win it. I would like to thank you and Audley and wish you guys truly nothing but the best with your radio show! Ill be tuning every sunday!!!!!! Best, Ariel B"
So, will YOU be the next SLAM Prize Pack winner? Well then, what are you waiting for? Log on to our slamonline.com contest page for the trivia question then tune into The NBA Breakdown on Sunday March 8th at 9pm EST for your chance to win!
Friday, February 20, 2009
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Saturday, February 14, 2009
During our program, HANDLE writer and author of the blog, allballsdontbounce.com, Duane Watson will also be with us to discuss mid-season reports on various players and teams plus we'll get his opinion about the upcoming NBA trade deadline.
So, celebrate the All-Star Game with your friends at The NBA Breakdown! For hoops talk, the way it should be!
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Shame on you Audley Stephenson! Shame on you!
You see, unlike Audley, I'm looking forward to this Sunday SOLELY because of the NBA All-Star Game in Phoenix. Yes, there are some player injuries which will prevent us from seeing the full menu of the NBA's best talent, but it will still be an interesting game to watch. I hope Dwight Howard and Shaq will have a comedy routine on the court. That would be hilarious! Infact, I can't wait to have D12's Shaq impersonation as my ringtone.
Anyway Audley, enjoy your girly giggles this Sunday because it will NEVER happen again! I will even up our Fantasy Team Matchup season series. Oh yes, I WILL!!!!!!!!!!!!
Monday, February 9, 2009
The league puts its best talent on display for all to see.
It's a showcase of skills and abilities like no other.
This annual event has given me a ton of memorable moments. My personal favourites include:
Vince's performance at the 2000 Slam Dunk contest;
Stephon Marbury hitting two big 3 pointers to help give the Eastern conference the come from behind win;
Jordan's last All-Star game;
Magic Johnson returning to the game to take MVP honours;
Glenn Rice beating Wilt Chamberlain's record of 23 points in a quarter
Larry Bird walking away victorious with his finger in the air while the ball was still in flight in the 88 3 point shoot out.
These memories are reason enough to love All Star Weekend but thanks to my buddy Dave, I'm about to love this year's February weekend classic that much more.
You see - Dave and I squared off in our fantasy match-up once again with nothing but sheer humiliation on the line.
Dave lost as expected and now he has no choice but to continue embarrasing himself by impersonating an elephant.
It's silly, childish and immature and I wouldn't have it any other way.
Hey Dave - thanks for making this year's All Star Game UN-PHORGETTABLE
So how did he do it?
By correctly answering the following skill testing question:
“At the 1987 All-Star game, what injured player did Seattle SuperSonics big man, Tom Chambers replace on the way to capturing the game’s MVP award?”
The correct answer is:
If you missed out on a chance of winning, not to worry!
Keep it locked to The NBA Breakdown because next month we'll be giving another listener the chance of becoming a winner.
Congratulations once again to Ariel B!!
Check out The NBA Breakdown Sundays @ 9pm EST- For hoops talk, the way it should be!
Saturday, February 7, 2009
You see, Sunday night at 9pm Eastern, Audley and I will be giving away a SLAM Prize Pack to the first caller with the correct answer to a trivia question that is posted on slamonline.com. So again, I ask, are you READY? Will YOU be the one to take home this great prize pack? Well, then prove it to us. Call in during our show Sunday night at (347) 237-5199 with the correct answer for your chance to win.
Besides the prize giveaway, former NBA all-star forward, Tom Chambers and SLAM Executive Editor, Lang Whitaker will be on the show. So, listen to The NBA Breakdown Sunday night at 9pm Eastern. For hoops talk, the way it should be!
Thursday, February 5, 2009
However, there is a one-on-one battle that you won't have to wait until the end of the season to see the results.
Dave & Audley, hosts of the the best basketball internet talk show on the planet square off in another head-to-head battle for basketball bragging rights in their fantasy league this week.
At this point, the season series is tied at 1 win each.
In this latest matchup, if Audley loses he'll have to make a donkey noise and profess that Dave Mendonca, is the reason why people listen to and support The NBA Breakdown.
If Dave loses, he has no other choice but to wail like an elephant and say that his basketball knowledge is inferior to Audley.
Be sure to keep it tuned to The NBA Breakdown to hear the latest on this MASSIVE Fantasy matchup!
If you're not familiar with the history of these two trash talkers, check out where it all started.
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
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Tuesday, February 3, 2009
So now that you've heard from the Prez and my little buddy Dave, it's time to flip the coin and check out the other side.
Nobody's doubting that Kobe is off the chain - he's a ridiculous scorer with a true killer instinct. Plus his will to win and desire to utterly humiliate his opponents put him on another planet.
The thing is Kobe, you're not alone.
You see, there's this 6'8 monster named LeBron who has more than enough physical gifts and greatness to snatch the crown off of you and place it on his own head.
We're so used to seeing him dominate that we often forget that he's only played five full season in the league. Whereas Jellybean Joe Bryant's favourite Laker has been around for 13 seasons.
Take a good look at the stats and you'll see that LeBron's footprint has left a bigger imprint on the game at the five year mark than Kobe did.
Kobe - 6,178
Lebron - 10,689
Kobe - 1,141
Lebron - 2,572
Kobe - 1,353
Lebron - 2,692
Hey guys, I don't make up this stuff - the facts speak for themselves.
LeBron has been just as impactful as Kobe with the exception of the 3 rings Kobe garnered playing alongside Shaq.
LeBron has the speed of a fleeing gazelle, the intensity of a caged beast and the heart of a lion. His intangibles make him equally as dangerous as the player formerly known as #8 plus he's poised to take the game to another level.
The fact that this debate is taking place speaks to how good he really is and why he's got people throwing their hands in the air in amazement.
Some guy named Mike..
No offense LeBron, but Kobe is the true KING right now. He's massively talented. He's fearless on the court. He's a 3-time NBA champion. The man is an assassin. He has the killer instinct. He will attack his opponents with pure hate and ferocity. LeBron, you don't have that yet. If it's Game 7 of the NBA Finals, and I need someone to take the championship-winning shot, Kobe is my guy. He's hit so many big daggers in his career. He embraces the challenge every time. LeBron is beginning to do that, but Kobe is (as Shaq calls him) a BEAST. Don't get me wrong, LeBron is insanely talented, but he still needs some seasoning in the killer instinct department. I think he'll show it in the playoffs this year since I picked his Cavs to face the Lakers in the NBA Finals. Until then, as long as Kobe can stay healthy, he's the best of the best.
Hmm, since I'm a Knicks fan, I'm just going to take a timeout and dream about something that probably isn't realistic any time soon, but it sure would be nice to have.....
Yeah, I know. Keep on wishing man.
Sunday, February 1, 2009
the Italian all-star team of Tony Danza, Sylvester Stallone and Liza Minelli...
Your favorite cast member from the TV shows, Happy Days and Charles In Charge, Mr. Scott Baio...
And, of course, who could forget, the legendary, Chef Boyardee!! Anyway Mo, congratulations again. Be sure to send us a postcard and FedEx us some pasta as soon as you can. In the meantime, VIVA ITALIA!!
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