Thursday, October 06, 2005

30 Reasons to Get Fired Up For the 2005-06 NBA Season - #7

The NBA should continue to see a flourish in scoring, thus bringing back memories of its glory days in the 80's.

#7 - Continued Increase in Scoring

Last season 10 teams averaged more than 99 PPG, up from only 2 the season before. Blah blah blah. Scoring is up in the NBA, it's going to continue to rise with the success of fast-paced teams like the Suns and Mavericks, and we're all going to benefit from this. That's all you really need to know. Is it important? Sure. Is it a reason to get fired up for this season? Absolutely when you consider that a bunch more teams like the Bucks, Magic, Bobcats, Warriors, Celtics, Cavaliers, and Clippers are going to adapt to the uptempo style this season and further the trend. But that's just about all I have to say about this. So I decided to have a little fun in this #7 slot and change things up a bit.

You ready for season two of the Robert Swift Show?

#7- 50 Random Reasons (to Get Fired Up For the 2005-06 NBA Season)

1. Robert Swift, Year 2-- the next Darko?

2. Shaun Livingston, Year 2-- the next Magic?

3. Another year of Derek Fisher wearing his headband the right way, and not like it's an ear-warmer.

4. More Kevin Harlan and Doug Collins

5. Boston's FIVE man battle for point guard-- Dan Dickau, Marcus Banks, Delonte West, Orien Greene, and Will Bynum. So exhilerating that I can barely contain myself.

6. Listening to Al Michaels and Hubie Brown try to pronounce Martynas Andriuskevicius

7. The shocking makeover of Ndudi Ebi. Those of you non-Minnesota fans probably have no idea what he looks like, but for those of you who do, wait until you see what he's come with this season. He's gone Scot Pollard on us.

8. The hope that someone had a video camera when KG ran into Ndudi Ebi for the first time on Monday, and that this person will be kind enough to dub me a copy.

9. Pavel Podkolzin and DeSagana Diop's battle for minutes

10. Watching Seattle's shrewd management decisions blow up in their face

11. More national TV games for the Spurs = more Eva Longoria air time

Because I know you didn't want a small side pic.

12. Nate Robinson's theatrics during garbage time (until we get so frustrated that he never plays meaningful minutes)

13. Any opportunity you have to hear Mason RIP the Pistons' starting lineups once again.

14. Paul Shirley's blog, whether he finds a team or spends the season looking for one

15. Ant's typical, "I wasn't thinking at all, but I'm going to focus hard tonight" excuse for why his picks sucked the night before.

16. The moment Allen Iverson hands over a blank check to David Stern for refusing to ever adhere to the new dress code

Iverson's rugged attire is no longer AI-okay.

17. Steve Nash in a 3-piece Armani suit

18. Mateen Cleaves, back for another season

19. Charlotte's furious battle for minutes at the two guard between Keith Bogans, Matt Carroll, Kareem Rush, Bernard Robinson, and Alan Anderson.

20. Detroit's thrashing of Larry Brown and the Knicks at the Palace on December 2nd

21. The Charlie Ward Era as an Assistant Coach in Houston. Who doesn't like this guy?

22. Listening to Charles Barkley talk about Viktor Khryapa having a bad game

23. I just saw the original Vivian from 'The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air' on a Microsoft commercial, and that deserves a spot because this is the first time I've seen her since she inexplicably left the show.

24. In fact, this deserves two spots. I missed you, Vivian. Welcome back.

25. Listening to Keith Van Horn get continually shit on by every single announcer for no good reason. Has anyone ever had anything nice to say about this guy?

26. This year's crop of Hardwood Classic jerseys

27. Hearing Elgin Baylor's excuses for why his Clippers have fallen 10 games below .500

28. Damon Jones' reaction the first time his new teammate LeBron James dunks over someone.

29. February 23rd - Ron Artest's return to Detroit

30. Witnessing Jermaine O'Neal take on the leadership role in Indiana with tremendous success

31. It's a rule that NBA TV has to show at least one game for every single team during the season, meaning they're stuck showing Atlanta and Charlotte at some point. Their solution? December 27- Charlotte at Atlanta on NBA TV.

32. The chance that the Maloof brothers will finally show up to a game with multiple women under their arms and at least one feeding them grapes.

33. The Lucas Tischer Era in Phoenix (don't ask me why)

34. Shaq's reaction the first time Antoine Walker launches an ill-advised three

35. The Toronto Raptors currently have FOUR Williams' on their roster-- Aaron, Alvin, Corey, and Eric. So that's why Babcock decided against signing Jay Williams. (That's right, Babcock decided to bring in undrafted rookie Corey Williams, 36 year old journeyman Robert Pack, and the indescribably mediocre Tierre Brown to be his team's third-string PG over Jay Williams. Sorry, I had to let that out).

36. Rob Babcock's inevitable firing

37. Witnessing Anthony eat his words when the Wizards pile up 10 more wins than the Celtics this season.

38. Another season of Hubie Brown's hilarious laugh.

39. January 24th- Phoenix at Orlando: Amare vs Dwight Howard (sorry he doesn't get first name status just yet)

40. Watching Phil Jackson reluctantly get off the bench during a timeout to diagram a play for the 16-17 Lakers.

41. Less Stephen A. Smith on ESPN's studio show? You know, because he's fucking EVERYWHERE.

42. The possibility that I might actually care when the Arkansas Rim Rockets collide with the Tulsa 66ers

43. The new Pistons red alternate unis. Wait till you see 'em.

44. Approximately 7 months in which I won't be subject to a WNBA ad.

45. Grant Hill's ongoing quest to become a Hall of Famer

46. Brian Cardinal and Trenton Hassell's inspirational journey to show people that it's okay to go bald and not completely shave your head.

"You da man, Trent. I know what it's like to inspire people. Just be strong and avoid the rogaine and the bic."

47. At least one more year of Dikembe Mutombo

48. The fact that while I was just searching for a picture of the balding Trenton Hassell, I found a published interview with him in which the writer actually asked him this question: "What is it about defense that makes you play it so well?" (My Lord. Considering how hard it is to break into the sportswriting field, you'd think it would require more than a 4th grade education).

49. The inevitable fight for playing time between 2 outlaws in Portland-- Travis, and Ruben Patterson.

50. MORE NBA SOURCE, BABY!!!!! (C'mon, you KNEW that was coming)


At 1:39 AM, Blogger atma brother #1 said...

Great job as always Paul and The NBA Source Crew! Why no luv for Stephen A? Check out my piece: Steven Gets an A

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At 9:09 AM, Blogger Anthony Peretore said...

Paul, it's Will Bynum not Conroy, DUMBASS. Not like any of them have a chance anyway. And yes, I look forward to shitting the bed on my picks and coming up with new, more complex excuses. We should actually compile them as the year wears on. As for the Celts, let's wait and see. You're probably right about the Wizards and their tremendous low post game. Bring on the Preseason baby!

At 9:24 AM, Blogger Ken said...

Dude, Steven A. sucks as an analyst! Haven't you ever noticed that he never gets it right?

At 9:27 AM, Blogger Paul Benedict said...

Will Conroy, Will Bynum...I always get those two confused. Conroy is actually in the same boat as Bynum in trying to make the Lakers. Sorry bout that.

At 12:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There's nothing more humorous than Stephen A.-hole Smith talking about hockey on Quite Frankly. Also, I can't believe Mateen Cleaves is still making NBA rosters. It seems like teams never use him. Joe Dumars is a GREAT GM, but I cannot believe he wasted a draft pick on this dude.

At 2:02 PM, Blogger Creek! said...

Will Conroy... Didn't he write "The Prince of Tides"? Or is he the one who plays for the LA Kings? Or am I an idiot?


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