Monday, June 29, 2009

Yao-uch!

Bummer for the Dude -- somebody get Deke back, quick!

Thursday, June 25, 2009

2009 NBA Draft LiveBlog


Where shall we go from here? Both of these life-long friends will watch the next chapter of their lives unfold tonight. Where will each go? Will Gerald find success in the NBA without a left hand? Will Tyler find success in a league where opponents won't be call for a foul every time they touch him? Those questions won't be answered tonight, but some will. So join DudeSpin for what promises to be a highly entertaining draft. We begin with a look back at the best and worst drafts of the Dude teams in the 2000s.
Dallas Mavericks
Best pick: Josh Howard (2003, pick 29)
Worst pick: Courtney Alexander (2000, pick 13)
With their success in the last decade, the Mavericks only had 2 lottery picks in the 2000s. Without much to work with, the Mavericks enjoyed one of the best draft coups in recent memory by drafting Howard out of Wake Forest at the end of the first round. The well-rounded forward has given Mavericks fans a steady and versatile presence on the perimeter, and some fun memories on YouTube.
Denver Nuggets
Best pick: Carmelo Anthony (2003, pick 3)
Worst pick: Nikoloz Tskitishvili (2002, pick 5)
It is rather strange when passing on Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh nets your best pick of the last decade-but that's what the Nuggets did in drafting their franchise player in 2003. But picking Tskitishvili over Caron Butler and Amare Stoudamire? That takes some more imagination.
Boston Celtics
Best pick: Al Jefferson (2004, pick 15)
Worst pick: Jerome Moiso (2000, pick 11)
Turning a non-lottery pick into Kevin Garnett almost makes up for drafting Moiso in the lottery.
Houston Rockets
Best pick: Yao Ming (2002, pick 1)
Worst pick: Eddie Griffin (2001, pick 7)
Rockets have the morbid distinction of having drafted 2 players with their 1st pick in the last decade who have already passed away: Jason Collier and Eddie Griffin. But having the guts to draft Yao no. 1 despite the considerable hype surrounding Duke's Jason Williams warrants some merit.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Starwatching in the NBA

An interesting morning of NBA news for heroes of two of the dudes.

(1) Dirk Nowitzki: he appears committed to bucking the trend of irresponsible athletes and wants sole custody of his unborn child. A professional star taking on the task of single parent certainly would be unusual in this day and age, and while of course he'd have nannies around the clock, it's still an admirable decision to raise the child properly and not with a woman who has 25 identities and probably would want $25 million in child support.

(2) Yao Ming: rumors of Cleveland's new Chinese owners wanting to sign Yao are spreading. He still has another year under contract, which means he could be eligible to leave at the same time the new owners would be looking for an incentive to keep Lebron. This, of course, would be heartbreaking news for the Dude.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Oh Come on, Rick Reilly

Is he for real? The five reasons America hates Kobe somehow don't include that "incident" in Colorado a few years ago. I guess it didn't make the list because Reilly knew there was no way to defend it. Apparently Reilly joins Mark Jackson and the rest of the ESPN crew as a proud member of Kobe's fan club...a club far smaller than those outside of the media and LA would acknowledge.

Question for the Franchise...

The Crosby "snub". Does it irritate you, or do you believe he was just late to the handshake line like he claims?

Friday, June 12, 2009

Papi Finds His Roids!

3 homers in the last 5 games??? What other explaination is there?

Thursday, June 11, 2009