Archive for December, 2012

What About Dwights Feelings?

Posted: December 8, 2012 in Sports

Image                                                                                                                                                    Our focus after tonight’s loss against OKC, has to be on Dwight Howard‘s feelings. Dwight gets no help and it doesn’t look good for Howard to re-sign this next off-season. He wants a ring, not a diamond ring, a championship ring. Dwight is only getting older and he hoped to arrive to L.A. with a statement. In my previous articles i mention defense, because offense would be there right? Tonight’s loss ended in a 6 point loss. 114-108 OKC. We appreciated the great welcome from Howard, but now we have to return the favor. Which means trade Pau and find some defensive players. Why ? That is the reason the Lakers are losing. I don’t know Mitch Kupchak but i know any owner’s feelings,especially Laker owner Mitch Kupchak, and that is to add rings to the collection. There’s speculation about (Steve) Nash’s return, and what he would change. Well sorry to say, but he would not change any tempo on defensive and the Lakers will have this problem over and over again. Don’t forget there are ways of stopping this fast tempo situation the Lakers aren’t used to on defensive, and that’s to play defensive, and limit your turnovers. Play your own pace, your own game then move ahead.

published by Travion Morgan

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jovanKansas City Chiefs Jovan Belcher player died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound Saturday morning at the team’s training facility, Kansas City Police communications supervisor Kathy Childs said.

The shooting occurred at 8:10 a.m. local time at the team’s facility near Arrowhead Stadium, Childs said. She said police know the name of the player, but declined to release his name since the shooting was still under investigation.

The player was also suspected in a related shooting of a young woman at a nearby resident, Kansas City Police spokesman Darin Snapp told NFL.com’s Albert Breer.

“About (7:50 a.m), we got a call to a residence, in regards to a shooting, on the 5400 block of Crysler Ave.,” Snapp said by phone. “We arrived and the lady there informed us that her daughter had been shot by her on-again, off-again boyfriend. The young woman was taken to a local hospital, where she died a short time later.

“At about 8:10 a.m., we received a call to the Arrowhead practice facility in regards to a black male armed with a gun in the parking lot, and he matched the description of the shooting suspect,” Snapp continued. “Officers arrived, saw a black man with a gun to his head, and some Chiefs employees. As the officer got out of his car, he heard a gunshot. It appeared the individual shot himself. He was transported to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.”

Snapp said the shooting occurred outside the front doors of the facility. The player’s name will not be released until family is notified, Snapp said.

The Chiefs have released a statement in regard to the incident:

“We can confirm that there was an incident at Arrowhead earlier this morning. We are cooperating with authorities in their investigation.”

The Chiefs are scheduled to play host to the Carolina Panthers on Sunday.

ImageSo far the Los Angeles Lakers are not interested in trading Pau Gasol until, Steve Nash gets back. My opinion explains, why it takes Lakers point guard recovery to make a certain decision. As a professional ball player, your job is to hustle the floor and utilize your time the right way. Will (Steve)Nash make Pau better? I highly doubt it.

I’m not degrading Gasol, but its a new time in basketball, where offense doesn’t matter. Most will argue with the input, but we all know the term, “Defense wins games, Offense sell’s tickets. What skill would you rather have? Both right? Everyone in the NBA knows how to score, thats why they made it professionally. So using a defensive team correctly forces opposition to score less, which makes the team win.

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Just maybe if the Lakers use Pau, coming off the bench, would be a more efficient team if they decide not to deal Pau.

Pau is averaging a career low 13.1 pts and 42% field goal percentage this year, but many don’t blame him.

Over and over again i mention, its not his offensive struggle im worried about, its his defense. Pau’s knees are tearing him up and seems as mental issues are disturbing his game. Is there some personal issues going on? Is the power forward position too much? Well, I know fans are getting frustrated with Pau, not just me.

Lakers tonight look very good utilizing Pau off the bench, and look  at the outcome. Was I the only person who saw the Lakers vs. Nuggets, when Gasol is in, our points start decreasing and he volley-balls rebounds that he’s supposed to grab with 2 hands.

Get better or get lost.

published by Travion Morgan

Spurs Fined 250,000 For Resting Players

Posted: December 1, 2012 in Sports

Spurs Fined $250,00 For Resting Players

by Sekou Smith

HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — There were very real consequences for the actions of San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich resting four players Thursday night in Miami, 250,000 of them to be exact.

The NBA fined the Spurs $250,000 this evening for sending Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and Danny Green home before Thursday night’s 105-100 road loss to the Miami Heat.

Per the statement released by the league, “the Spurs’ actions were in violation of a league policy, reviewed with the NBA Board of Governors in April 2010, against resting players in a manner contrary to the best interests of the NBA.”

NBA Commissioner David Stern made clear his displeasure with the actions of Popovich Thursday night and then followed that up with the “substantial sanctions” he promised:

“The result here is dictated by the totality of the facts in this case. The Spurs decided to make four of their top players unavailable for an early-season game that was the team’s only regular-season visit to Miami. The team also did this without informing the Heat, the media, or the league office in a timely way. Under these circumstances, I have concluded that the Spurs did a disservice to the league and our fans.”

If you thought the hours after the game generated a heated debate about whether or not Popovich did right by his team, the fans and the game, you better believe the hefty fine handed down will be debated just as vigorously.

So, was penalty right on the money (sorry) or too harsh?