Welcome to the NBA Down Under digest which will be a weekly recap of all the latest developments on and off the court, from the smart moves to the worst of the worst. All of the daily off-season workings of the NBA will be available every Sunday morning for your reading enjoyment. Lets see what happened this week around the Association.
This Week In The NBA
Dream Team Tells Koby To Dream On There has been a tremendous amount of chatter the last few days about who is better - the Dream Team or Kobe's team. This surfaced after Kobe said that even though (I'm paraphrasing here) the game would probably be close, the current version of the U.S.A. Olympic Team would beat the 1992 team, known worldwide as the Dream Team.When Sir Charles (Charles Barkley) heard about this, he followed Kobe's comment up with, "There are only three guys that could make the Dream Team." This has provoked so much conversation that reporters took it upon themselves to chase down the great Michael Jordan and pose the question to him. To me, the question was rhetorical, as what would anyone expect his "Airness" to say? Well of course the answer is obvious as MJ responded with "I absolutely laughed. Jordan went on to explain the reasons for his laughter, but when all the smoke clears the real reason the Dream Team would prevail in this game is with the intensity that this game would be played, all the definitive plays would be in the half court, just like an NBA finals game. Thank you to our friends in Las Vegas for coming up with hypothetical odds on this contest, and according to their odds makers the Dream Team would be installed as 8 point favorites. I think at this point the argument has now been rendered moot! Stern Scorns Porn I don't know where to begin with this story (yes I do). Porn stars Sara Jay and Angelia Castro are giving free blow jobs to Miami Heat fans. That's right folks free BJ's. Now I'm not going to say that's enough of an incentive to move to Miami, but what a great marketing idea by the girls. This whole thing actually stemmed from a bet between the winning porn stars mentioned above and two other porn stars from the Oklahoma City area. When the winning team in the NBA finals was determined the winner of the bet would be determined. The girls decided that this would be such an honor that if their team won they would get to deliver the prize to their delirious fans; Wooo hooo! Needless to say this sent NBA commissioner David Stern into a tailspin and NBA attorneys immediately issued a cease and desist order. It seems the girls shouldn't have used the NBA name in their advertising. They have set up a web site called Team BJNBA where they explain the rules of the contest and where the fans can pick up their prizes (or is it deposit their prizes?). Anyway, as of this writing the girls are doing fine, and the web site is still up. The event is scheduled for August 2nd at the swingers' club, Miami Velvet. I'm sure I'll have more on this next week! NBA Using Missile Tracking Missile tracking on its surface is not what you think it is. Instead it is a sophisticated tracking system that 10 NBA teams are using to track the efficiency, and inefficiency of their players. The system records every bit of movement 25 times per second or 72,000 times per game. It is done with special cameras that are installed on the catwalks in the arenas. The new system is even being used to track prospective college players as possible draft picks. Certainly a new and fascinating technology. Flopping in the NBA With all the controversy about flopping in the NBA, especially since Jeff Van Gundy has been a color analyst on NBA games and drawn so much attention to it, I feel we need to talk about it. It reminds me of older controversies such as when everyone was up in arms about rookies no matter how good they were not getting any calls in one on one situations against league superstars and in most cases even veterans. Let's face it folks, it is one of the most difficult calls for an NBA official to make. All is not lost though, as I have the solution. Instead of continually having to make a difficult determination one of every three times down the floor, just DON'T call it. That's right, as soon as officials start ignoring it, the flopping phenomenon will magically disappear. There, took care of that didn't I?
Youtube Clip of The Week
In an expected but unfortunate result the U17 World Basketball Championship was won by the U.S.A. over Australia. This according to David Stern could be the last time we see the NBA professionals in the Olympics. Enjoy London basketball fans. The NBA announces two preseason games in Canada, one game will be played in Winnipeg and one in Montreal. NBA stars Nick and Ja Vale's hit series is back. Bigger, Better the second time around. Reports are that Steve Nash called Kobe Bryant before the trade to the Lakers to make sure Kobe was on board. A wise move I would say. I stumbled across this web site courtvisionanalytics.com and found it quite fascinating. You may want to check it out. Lo and behold, much to my chagrin, Anthony Davis showed up with the U.S. Olympic team. I guess his sprained ankle made a remarkable recovery. Kevin Durant off the bench, now that proved to be masterful.
Tweet Of The Week
https://twitter.com/MazzESPN/status/223085468621869057 Tell me about it.