As a Denver Nugget’ fan, even I don’t know what has gotten into Ty Lawson since the All-Star break. Maybe he’s healthy or maybe he was salty about not being invited. Whatever it is, I, along with the rest of Nuggets Nation, love it. After leading Denver to a 3-0 start since the break, Lawson was named the Western Conference Player of the Year with averages of 20.7 points, a Western Conference-best 11.7 assists and 7.0 rebounds (not including his 16 point, 7 rebound and 13 assist game against Sacramento). In case you missed last night’s matchup between Denver and Sacramento, well, you might have missed the craziest/wildest game of the year.
Down 3 in regulation with 6 seconds on the clock, Arron Afflalo – who’s been arguably the most clutch player in the 4th quarter since the break – hits a game-tying three, but was also fouled on the play by Marcus Thorton. Triple AAA nails all 3 of his free throws and we head into OT. Tied at 116 a piece with 9.6 seconds on the clock, Ty dribbles until there’s about 5.7 seconds on the clock and hits the game deciding 3. Let me tell you, that shot was clutch. Ty was feeling it and there was no way he was going to miss that shot. And thank God he didn’t.
Cousins is a rare breed. In fact, I’ll go as far to say that I believe if he got his act together and played with patience and poise, DeMarcus Cousins would be the second-best center in the game behind Dwight Howard. That’s how talented this kid is. Having just turned 20 years of age back in August, Cousins is a 6-foot-11, 270 pound behemoth. That kind of size makes him one of the biggest middle men in the NBA, and he’s definitely one of the nastiest.
But his immaturity is what dropped him to No. 5 overall in the 2010 NBA draft.
Most are probably thinking, “5 is a great spot!” Yes, but not when you’re supposed to be the No. 1 pick overall, except your behavior both on and off the court keeps you from being just that.
According to ESPN’s J.A. Adande, Kings head coach Paul Westphal first released the statement that DeMarcus has decided to request a trade from the team this past weekend:
In the statement, Westphal said Cousins has “continually, aggressively” shown “he is unwilling/unable to embrace traveling in the same direction as his team.” Westphal said Cousins demanded a trade. Cousins’ agent told Sports Illustrated that the player did not demand a trade. Regardless of who initiated it, the Kings clearly want to move Cousins.
The Kings had high-hopes of both Cousins and Tyreke Evans being the future of the team, but unfortunately Boogie isn’t cutout for a young team, he needs to be surrounded by veterans. Not only his attitude, but his production on the court have become a problem: He’s averaging 18 shots per game (13 points), but has a true-shooting percentage of 41%, which is awful compared to his near 49% during his rookie campaign (via Basketball-Reference).
There’s no reason he should be taking 18 shots a game and only average 13 points (Dwight, on average, shoots the ball 11 times a night and averages 18.2 points per game for his career). His rebounding (8.6 to 11.3) and shot-blocking (0.8 to 1.5) are both up, but that doesn’t makeup for how he acts. As previously stated, a veteran team is what this kid needs and a team like the Detroit Pistons could prove worthy, although there’s no telling how he will handle not winning a bunch of games because they’re basically in rebuilding mode.
Having a guy like Ben Wallace on team (excuse his recent D.U.I.) could prove wonders for Cousins. He’s a 4-time Defensive Player of the Year award winner and he has an NBA championship under his belt, things like that are what Cousins needs. Not to mention that Wallace isn’t the kind of guy who would put up with his immaturity, he might knock him on his ass.
I gave my two cents, but Adande has a few players around the league’s as well:
This is a business,” is what Kurt Thomas said he would tell Cousins. “You’re not playing for just one team, you’re playing for the 29 other teams. You’ve got to keep playing, keep your head. A lot of guys think it’s all show. You’ve got to keep your head.”
“He has too much talent to be doing all of that [stuff],” Kobe (Bryant) said. “Just play, man.”
Those are both long-time players of the league, also with one of the Top 10 players of all-time telling you, DeMarcus, that you’re too talented to be acting out like a 10-year-old kid after your sister ate the last pudding cup in the refrigerator. You’re a 20-year-old millionaire — I’m 23, and struggling — who is living his long-fulfilled dream of becoming a professional basketball player.
But can team’s trust you?
I know Detroit will take a chance on you, but what if they back-out? What if they’re afraid of how you will act if they start losing? What about if you end up on a championship contending team and coming off the bench? Will you complain about not getting your starters numbers and minutes? These are questions that we all need to know, these are questions that all need answers.
I love media day sessions. Why? Because that’s usually when the everyday basketball fan gets to find out whether or not teams will be showing off their new jerseys, ect. The Utah Jazz were the first to show off their new forest green unis, then you know the Kings had to reveal those new dope black jerseys (same link, just scroll to the bottom) with script lettering. Brought out yesterday, the Miami Heat have another arsenal added to their already stacked squad: all black with white outlining. Peep the photo below for the first look at South Beach’ new gear.
The Golden State warriors also revealed a little somethin’ somethin’ on their new jerseys: a new 50-year anniversary patch near the right shoulder. Rumor has it that the Mavs still have to show off their new alternate jerseys, Toronto also and a few throwbacks, not including the 2012 All-Star game uniforms.
It looks like David Stern and the NBA felt bad for LeBron bouncing on the Cleveland Cavaliers last summer so they laced them up with the winning of this year’s NBA Draft Lottery. The Cavs were represented by Cav’s owner, Dan Gilbert’s son Nick Glibert who is seen holding the jersey above. Due to a trade, the Cavs also hold the #4 pick in the draft. This draft position leaves them in a nice position to grab some solid talent and start building for the future. Let’s hope Gilbert does the right thing and gets Derrick Williams at #1 and then either point guard Brandon Knight or combo guard Kemba Walker at #4. Check out the rest of the lottery results below:
- Cleveland Cavaliers (from L.A. Clippers)
- Minnesota Timberwolves
- Utah Jazz (from New Jersey)
- Cleveland Cavaliers
- Toronto Raptors
- Washington Wizards
- Sacramento Kings
- Detroit Pistons
- Charlotte Bobcats
- Milwaukee Bucks
- Golden State Warriors
- Utah Jazz
- Phoenix Suns
- Houston Rockets
Poor Gary Neal of the San Antonio Spurs. The only time I ever hear his name or make a post on him is when he’s getting dunked on. J.R. Smith already gave him a Dunk of The Year candidate earlier this season and then last night Tyreke Evans gave him the business. Also getting his dunk on in Oklahoma City was none other than Blake Griffin who let Nick Collison know that he can’t hang in the air with young Blake.
Tyreke Evans is MONEY! You could tell that shot was nothing but net as soon as he let that go. I think what went unnoticed between all of this was O.J. Mayo’s tough shot to put the Grizzlies ahead. Very impressive too.
Samuel Dalembert is a respectable shot blocker and shot blockers get dunked on. #ItHappens.
Don’t look now but the Miami Heat are playing exactly how everyone thought they would be playing – dominant. With 8 wins in a row, Dwyane Wade provided an exclamation point with this sick putback dunk in the lane last night against the Kings. After the jump check out a nice 2 handed flush D-Wade had from Pitbull Carlos Arroyo and an even nicer alley-oop that Wade threw to LeBron on Friday night against the Golden State Warriors.
Derrick Rose showed Tyreke Evans last night that he’s still a couple years away with competing with D Rose and others for the elite Point Guard title in the NBA. First, Rose hit him with the mean crossover and then hit him with the old school post-up-backdoor-cut for the easy 2-handed flush. Rose finished with 30, 7, 7, and the win while Evans had 17, 6, 9, a loss, and some sore ankles.
Sorry AP but I had to bite your title because that was the best possible description of the dunk Wesley Johnson had on Luther Head’s head last night. The Minnesota Timberwolves probably won’t win a lot of games this year but Wesley Johnson, Johnny Flynn, and Michael Beasley will keep them on YouTube highlight reels…
Source – Dime