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Dec 23, 2010

Give back, have a big heart, and care




The Grizzlies aren't tearing up the standings right now. There's discontent in Round Town right now. It's not looking great for the Memphis Tigers to win against Georgetown tonight either... Who cares?




It's entertaining. It's fun. We're all in this together in some way. The Republican Party of the United States may not want you to think that way or believe it. But we are all in it together. We can be a strong nation and have progress. There is still the possibility that tomorrow is better than today. Let's get after it Nation of Grizzlam!



MERRY CHRISTMAS!
GO GRIZZLIES!

Dec 17, 2010

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  • Yao Ming career is over - time to move on. Right through them Rockets tonight.


    "You only exist out here because of me!"




    "Then the BAD THING happened..." -Yao on being posterized by Dhantay Jones


    Grizzlies have a little win streak going on. Let's roll it into 2011 and blow this shit up. Having a BLUE BLUE BLUE Christmas in New Orleans, San Antonio, Dallas, and Houston most of all. Look for me running down your street in my blue Grizzlies Santa Hat.

    Cheers,
  • Dec 16, 2010

    What would you do?




    sink or swim?


    fight or flight?




    play or be played?









    hero or zero?



    tied down or let loose?




    put up or shut up?


    go big or go home?





    kill or be killed?





    Dec 1, 2010

    Rabbit Rabbit Hump Day

    Wednesday, December 1st


    Don't tase me bro

    My predictions were true. Grizz win at home and Lakers go home 3x losers. Give me a cookie!




    "The sky is the limit" - Rudy Gay after beating Lakers.


    Now tonight it's an excellent face off: a track meet. ATL just slammed Toronto Sunday and had all these days off. The Raptors. But remember these Hawks have been flaky - they were 8-7 in Nov. They lost to New Jersey. They have malcontents on their bench. Grizz need to steal a win here. They're due for it.

    Losers Row

    Nov 30, 2010

    Perfect Storm – Lakers @ Grizzzzzz


    Nov. 30th - FedEx Forum
    Lakers come to town in wintry Memphis.


    Right now it's getting blanketed, at least it appears that way from the viewpoint of the heavens:

  • Grizzlies RealGM game thread – come talk with us about the game


  • 3 SOB's pregame analysis - Phil JAckson, the man who once described Memphis as "Dresden after the war". What the hell?


  • Lakers blog Links across the interwebs.


  • My predictions for this game are joyous winning for Grizzlies, coupled with a harrowing episode of anger and disdainful losing by the Lakers.

    OJ Mayo for 6th man of year. :D
    Mike Conley Jr Most Improved.
    Rudy Gay + ZBO Allstars.
    Hollins Coach of the Year. :D
    Xavier Henry Rookie of the Year.

    We got it covered! Am I wrong?

    Nov 22, 2010

    Statistics Avators for 2009-2010




    Garnett, Gasol, Gasol. How true.

    Bloodshed







    Grizzlies are slow out of hibernation this season, especially OJ Mayo. On the bright side Rudy Gay and Mike Conley are earning their new contracts. There have been a lot of very close games that should have been won, including a devastating OT against Boston and a 2OT in Phoenix. The Grizzlies can right this ship and we'll get back to amazing things.

    Kevin Garnett on the loss to league low Toronto Raptors on Sunday, "On paper they might not be whatever but as far as talent, this league has a lot of talent and you’ve got to respect that.” I think the Grizzlies have won respect since 2008. Now it's about going out there and competing.

    The three year plan by Michael Heisely is somewhat laughable and frustrating because we obviously are not where they told us we'd be. We're a team that would only get to the playoffs by luck and would get completely blown away in a 4 game series. The silver lining is that they are a team that's exciting and does compete on most nights.



    As a fan, it's soul crushing to think "what if?". Our offseason consisted of resign of Rudy Gay (keeping the course), haggling over the rookie contracts (good for the future but non-factor for present season success), and the signing of Tony Allen (an end of the bench guy, role-player, not going to move into starting lineup probably ever). It's a shame a team like this could have all the success they have with their stars (Mayo, ZBO, Gasol, Gay), but then have nothing but knuckleheads on the bench. There just isn't enough firepower on the team and it boils down to MONEY, the true evil of modern society, which is sickening. "It is what it is"… Every team has to manage salary be successful, but obviously the teams that really truly compete for playoffs in the league SPEND MONEY to do so. Trust me, I rather make smart decisions than throw more money at overpaid grown-ups to play a kids game.


    Oh well! If we're still good enough to beat a top team 25% of the time, it's still worth watching all 4 games to see that one out of 4 that results in a spectacular win! I will hope to actually watch the next one!

    Nov 9, 2010

    Bear Claw in my Soup





    ACIE CLAW




    How art thou Bear Claws, in my soup?

    Rudy Gay

    He's setting franchise records in scoring. He's becoming a leader. He's playing great defense!

    Marc Gasol

    He's playing grande. He exerts the soul of the bear. Pau is having an MVP year. Marc's the great little hermano.

    O.J. Mayo

    This little Grizzly hit the money ball when they kicked it out. Now they won't sleep on him anymore. "I've started every game of my career and blasting nearly 50% from yonder." He knows each meal begins with defense.

    Zach Randolph

    20 and 20. Contusion? Grizzlies should be undefeated with ZBO's return. All but 4 seconds worth of 1 game.

    Mike Conley

    The bear claw is like the cat claw, only bigger. And it tastes great! Allstars?


    Nov 5, 2010

    Goodbye, Oberto!


    How we hardly knew ye…
    Oberto announces retirement

    At least we'll see more late night dance parties with a bunch of awkward white guys trying to do the Dougie:


    They may not try to rely on a Steven Hill.

    No, I don't know what I'm talking about.
    But the starting center of 2007 Champions San Antonio Spurs, and 2004 Argentine Olympic gold medal winner is hanging it up.


    Back to Grizz:

    Conley is the man now, dog.

    They have to ride this new core out even with a haggard front court and abysmal bench. A win in Phoenix this Friday night would be a huge bounce back from a disappointing display at Golden State Wednesday night.

    Phoenix has had as rough a schedule as Memphis, maybe worse. They easily can put up as many points as Memphis has allowed Atlanta, Lakers, and Warriors to score in their losses.

    Grizz need to channel the power of Fabricio tonight. Gasol needs to channel the power... I must channel the power!

    Nov 1, 2010

    Grizzlies Roar



    Grizz have blasted the Wolves at home after sneaking a win by the Mavericks on the road. OJ Mayo is reawakened. Darrell Arthur is filling some big shoes. Marc Gasol is back in black and blue.

    The team travels to the city of devils in California for an NBA TV game at the Staples. It's always nice seeing the Gasol brothers going head to head.



    When a player goes down the silver lining is that it creates an opportunity for others to step up. The Grizzlies were said to have overachieved last season. In order to meet the mild expectations of some, and reach a playoff birth this season, they will have to overachieve again.


    No one is saying they are "young" anymore though. It's an exciting time in this upcoming 4 game road trip out West. Do the players on this squad have what it takes to go 50/50 against the NBA elite and continue to manhandle inferior competition such as the Wolves?

    My other biggest concern is how General Greivis and the X-Man settle into their roles. Do they ace it? Do they flail around? Or do they fail?

    Oct 29, 2010

    Rising Sun: Hakim Warrick



    Not only does Millsap get posterized, he gets the ball spiked right in his face!

    Oct 28, 2010

    Grizz Fall in Season Opener



    Long season ahead. October is still warmup time. Before long we'll be on fire!


    The Good

    Hawks offense. Al Kapone. Xavier Henry debut. Mike Conley taking it to the hole. Rudy Gay in the post looking like Pau retro. Sam Young. Darrell Arthur doing ZBO impressions. Brevin Knight. Grizz girls.

    The Bad

    New uniforms. New officiating rules. OJ Mayo. No Haddadi? Dubious rotations.

    The Ugly

    Thabeet's presence. Zaza beasting ←→ Grizzlies D. Tony Allen. Acie Law IV. Demarre Carroll. Grizzlies in suits. Super-Grizz: ugly in a fun-loving way.


    I forgot about SuperGrizz until I read this inspired blog post: I Love Memphis/

    Oct 25, 2010

    Fantasy Preview - Small Forwards



    Who's ready to BREAKOUT?

    1. Lebron James
      Let's face it. Despite what all the haters say, there won't be any slow down to the Lebron-train this season. KD might be a lock for the #1 overall pick, but having this guy as consolation prize at #2 ain't shabby.
    2. Rudy Gay
      Grizz maxed him out. He's been officially crowned as their number one option on offense. Hopefully he silences his critics.
    3. Linus Kleiza
      This is how bad the Raptors will be this season. Kleiza may become their MVP.
    4. Danilo Gallinari
      Entering the third season of his NBA career, Gallinari should step up another level. He'll get more open looks with STAT down low.
    5. Chase Budinger
      Rockets' Red Glare. I gotta throw out a wildcard just to see if it'll pay off.

    Who to avoid

    1. Trevor Ariza
      Overrated.
    2. Michael Beasly
      No one can get over being sent from Miami, Florida to Minneapolis, Minnesota in a year. I hope they have the suicide watch on him (superCOOLbeas, alright, SuperFreezing-my-ass-offBeas).
    3. Ryan Gomes
      Clippers have too many weapons of greater or equal value.
    4. Boris Diaw
      Remember Diaw for the Atlanta Hawks? Then he was like most improved a year later? That's because he really stinks - unless he's motivated by being on a good team. For him it's been too long away from a good team.
    5. Mike Miller
      He's out until January or longer.
    Miller is one of a cast of about a dozen SF you should avoid: Posey, Sam Young, Paul Pierce, Jamario Moon, Dorell Wright, Luol Deng, Josh Childress, Richard Jefferson, Vince Carter, Tayshaun Prince, Austin Daye, and Travis Outlaw.
    Guys you might look over though include Ron Artest, Marvin Williams, Carl Landry (PF?), Corey Maggott, Jared Dudley, Udonis Haslem, Shawn Marion, Kelena Azuibukake, Marquis Daniels, and Nicolas Batum (he's overrated though).

    Oct 19, 2010

    Fantasy Preview - Power Forwards

    I've all but run out of time on this preview series. Let's just beat this out.


    Who's ready to BREAKOUT?

    1. Tim Duncan
      Calling it a breakout is wrong. I just have a feeling he is going to slip off the radar this year. My only good team last year was lead primarily by Duncan's steady performance.
    2. LaMarcus Aldridge
      Have a look at his season averages. I think they'll improve. 18 ppg / 8 rbg / 2 apg. He played as much minutes as anyone too.
    3. Elton Brand
      He has fallen off of everyone's list. This year he should come back to life.
    4. Lamar Odom
      Pau probably will play the 5 with Theo Ratliff backing him up. That leaves the 4 position to Odom!
    5. Troy Murphy
      Next to Brook Lopez and Travis Outlaw, dude should put up solid numbers.

    Who to avoid

    1. Antawn Jamison
      He's lost starting role to JJ Hickson.
    2. David Lee
      I'm not sold on this guy.
    3. Yi Jinlian
      Al Thornton is pissed to come off the bench behind him and Yi has been a disappointment since day one. Not looking good.
    4. Andrea Bargnani
      Every year I end up disappointed by him.
    5. Kenyon Martin
      Bad tattoos and all.

    Oct 14, 2010

    Bear trap confirmed

    The poll indicated that 62 percent of those polled support the Rebel Black Bear. The Rebel Land Shark drew 56 percent support, and Hotty Toddy drew 42 percent.
    WTF. The survey must have asked to choose which of the 3 you approve of, multi-select style. So dumb. The quote is hilarious though because it appears they can't add percents up to 100.

    This demonstrates how stupid people really are. You can't allow them to pick the school mascot because they are too dumb to make a good choice. They picked the worst choice first and the best choice last. The Montana Grizzlies and UCLA Bruins will destory Ole Miss. Hell, Brown University has a better bear!

    Whoa, ok, maybe not. Shouldn't have gone there.

    Plus it's a stupid ripoff of Memphis Grizzlies. It's a moot point since the 3 choices for mascot are beyond horrible. Sad day for all.

    Lunacy like this makes me embarrassed to even say I am from the South…


    A BEAR


    A BEAR


    A BEAR

    Fantasy Preview - Centers


    The center can usually be an afterthought in fantasy NBA, to allow more high producing PF in their place like Chris Bosh, STAT, Pau Gasol, etc. But you can find some hidden gems with a true center that average consistent double-doubles and very high FG%. If you take the route of playing a guy like Chris Bosh as your center, you will probably lose in the Blocks category. Essentially, centers are well-rounded players that you'd be foolish to ignore. The offense and defense runs through them and the point-guard on virtually every possession. Now if only they counted screens and shot alterations in fantasy points…


    Who's ready to BREAKOUT?

    1. Marc Gasol
      The former ACB league MVP should be candidate for NBA's Most Improved. Every year he has made huge strides establishing himself as a great traditional down-low bruiser. Emerging from baby fat and the shadow of his brother, Gasol is ready to lead Grizzlies into late spring competition. He wears the Grizzly jersey with respect and shows up every night to do all the hard hat work needed from his teammates.
    2. Joakim Noah
      A lot of guys let off the gas once they get that big contract. Prior to this season he was on a rookie scale contract. Now he's making the big bucks. This guy grew up wealthy though. Money is a game to him. Just like basketball, a game. He will continue to do all those rascally moves he does and the Bulls obviously will be depending on him solely to do that, having shipped off Brad Miller, Tyrus Thomas, and Aaron Grey.
    3. Roy Hibbert
      I am a year behind on this guy. You wouldn't even recognize him from his days at Georgetown. He's a true beast now and with Troy Murphy and Jeff Foster finally sent to the glue factory, the light's turned green.
    4. NéNé
      Hilario put up great numbers last year. With all the crap coming from Melo and Kenyon Martin, I think this season will be his best. Let's just hope he stays healthy.
    5. Timofy Mosgov
      I missed this dude on my Rookie Fantasy post, so I'm adding him here. Mike D'Antoni would be a classA moron to go back to playing STAT at the 5. I think he's better than that. However, he never let Darko play so this is a risky late round pick here.



    Who to avoid

    1. Darko Miličić
      Hey Adam Morrison.
    2. Brook Lopez
      Troy Murphy is better in every facet of the game. That's just sad.
    3. Ryan Hollins
      Cleveland is so screwed.
    4. Tyson Chandler
      It's true that anyone could be GM or owner in this league. Anyone can go on their computer and read the news. These owners don't do that. I hope Obama takes all their money.
    5. Yao Ming / Brad Miller
      Rockets fans deserve better.


    Avoid all the centers on the Miami Heat. If you are in a very deep league though I might take a stab at Dexter Pittman. Please don't actually try to stab him, he'd kill you. Amir Johnson is worth a look, only because he promises to get a lot of playing time. However, he's a joker so don't expect any miracles. Safe bets: BigAL, D12, Camby, Kaman, and Shaq. Avoid Gortat, Thabeet, Andrew Bogut and Robin Lopez if you can.

    Oct 13, 2010

    Fantasy Preview - Shooting Guards



    Shooting guards do not usually dominate the first round of a fantasy draft. The #1 guy for years was Allen Iverson. Now you have been going with DWade. Of course, this year you expect his numbers to drop off because he went from a bad team to a team expected to win 70 games, and he's playing with those other 2 guys. There's a ton of guys that can play SG so the sky is the limit.


    Who's ready to BREAKOUT?

    1. Stephen Jackson
      The Capt has a pretty small supporting cast. I think he's going to produce big time.
    2. Wesley Matthews
      Guy is killing it in preseason. Rudy Fernandez is too moody.
    3. Eric Gordon
      TeamUSA players always come back playing on a higher level than everyone else when they win gold. He beat out OJ Mayo for his spot on the team, and where there's smoke there's fire.
    4. Ben Gordon
      The Pistons will be terrible, but Gordon will keep putting up points.
    5. Tyreke Evans
      This guy now has the complete game. Expect him to make the Allstar game if the Kings turn it around this year.

    Who to avoid

    1. Kobe Bryant
      The Injury to his hand will catch up to him, if not already. You might be smart to pick up Matt Barnes late, if you swing that way.
    2. JR Smith
      This dude is such a knucklehead. He's got the ability to be the best, but something is lacking upstairs. The Nuggets are on a collision course this year.
    3. Anthony Parker
      Wonderful player that should start for the Cavaliers, but a pitiful fantasy player.
    4. Kevin Martin / Courtney Lee
      Either player could be the starter, but don't expect either to produce more than last year.
    5. Corey Brewer
      They want him to take ownership in Minnesota. Unfortunately he's just not NBA caliber.
    This is a real crap-shoot. Others considered: Mike Dunleavey, George Hill, OJ Mayo, Leandro Barbosa, CJ Watson. Then I scratch my head on Joe Johnson, Caron Butler, Vince Carter, Josh Howard, TMac, Mike Miller, CDR, Ray Allen, and AgentZero. You know who's really intriguing? Nate Robinson.

    Oct 10, 2010

    Fantasy Preview - Point Guards

    Point Guard is a vital position for your team because a good one can get you wins in so many categories, especially combo guards like Tyreke Evans, Andre, Miller, Brandon Roy types. Will the new lighter jerseys benefit the floor generals? It's worth a bet!


    Who's ready to BREAKOUT?

    1. Deron Williams
      The Jazz will be strong again and Williams will produce double double averages, again. I'd guess the team will struggle and he'll be taking up some slack so his numbers will be even better this year.
    2. Aaron Brooks
      He's basically playing a contract year since he wasn't extended. He's the first scoring option and the best option. If Yao's healthy they'll get more offensive rebounds (possessions) and more assists.
    3. Ray Felton
      Nothing like a change of scenery to boost your stats. Feeding Galinari, Chandler, and STAT will be much easier than what Felton's been used to in Charlotte.
    4. Ramon Sessions
      This a guy you want to sneak in late in the draft. First, Mo Williams is a malcontent and with LeBron gone his performance will sink back into obscurity. Second, Boobie Gibson is a terrible point guard. I expect Sessions to run the Cavs and he'll be a huge payoff for folks that stash him away.
    5. Darren Collison
      He played better than CP3 at times and now he's got his own team. This could be a risky pick if the Pacers struggle mightily again and TJ Ford takes over.

    Who to avoid

    1. Jason Kidd
      He doesn't produce. He still plays, but don't kidd yourself for elite status.
    2. Steve Blake
      Even if he starts, which I highly doubt, he will be nothing more than a facilitator to start the triangle. It's a job Shannon Brown might actually do better.
    3. Steph Curry
      The only reason I'd avoid him is that he's overrated. Sharing the court with Monta Ellis is a stupid strategy too.
    4. Mike Conley
      The 4th overall pick, entering his 4th season, and playing for extension next summer, could be his last if the Grizz fail to make the playoffs. Or worse, get swept 4-0 in the first round for the 4th time in franchise history. Notice a pattern here?
    5. Mario Chalmers
      Miami is evil

    Obviously you want to avoid Gilbert Arenas. I'm at a loss for predicting Jrue Holiday. Leandro Barbosa, Jarrett Jack, Luke Ridnour are intriguing but low payoff. The most interesting questions at PG are your backups. No one can say what the Nate Robinson's, Chris Duhon's, and Goran Dragic's will do this season. Anyone can turn into the next Darren Collison, Devin Harris, or Mike Bibby. I still have faith in Ramon Sessions simply based on his fantasy production potential.

    Oct 8, 2010

    Fantasy Preview - Rookies

    Most fantasy drafts are more about who to avoid, especially in the early rounds, rather than who to go after. I never ask "who are the top 10 players this season?" I ask, "who are the players most likely to be productive fantasy players all 82 games?" You don't want to be the guy with Gilbert Arenas or Greg Oden in the last couple seasons – that's my point!

    Rookies are difficult to gauge because a guy like James Harden can be a role player that you may never use, or you could end up with Steph Curry or Brandon Jennings further down the draft order who are bonafide starters. Here's what I think.



    Who's ready to BREAKOUT?

    1. John Wall
      superstar
    2. Greg Monroe
      If Greg Monroe doesn't contribute right away the Pistons' season is over. They need an upgrade over Chris Wilcox and Ben Wallace pronto. Jerebko is out for the season so this guy should be looked at as your second or third string PF.
    3. Demarcus Cousins
      This guy could fall flat, but I think Dalembert will be his backup. He got 16 and 16 in his first outing. A monster in the making!
    4. Gordon Hayward
      Utah will need to make up for loss of Korver, Brewer, and Wesley Matthews. Hayward could easily end up in the starting lineup this year.
    5. Tiago Splitter
      I came to my senses and added him on here. Once healthy he should come out swinging and replacing DeJuan Blair on the depth chart.

    Who to avoid

    1. Evan Turner
      Pretty obvious one. He's averaging 15% FG in two preseason games and can't start ahead of Jodie Meeks.
    2. Blake Griffin
      Yes he could emerge as ROY but right now I'm not seeing it. And history is against him with the injury. I can't think of any player that missed their first season and had an above average return. (This one will possibly come back to haunt me!)
    3. Derrick Favors
      This guy had a long way to go his Freshman year at Tech, and you can see it by their poor record last season in the ACC. He's got all that upside but it may take a while for it to manifest. By the end of the year Tech was one of the only teams in the nation that came close to stopping Duke from their Title run. But close doesn't count.
    4. Al-Farouq Aminu
      I think this guy will be a solid bust.
    5. Patrick Patterson
      Houston is rich now in big men with Yao coming back. I don't think they will rely on Patterson much unless they fall out of playoff contention. So this is not a guy you want in November. Chuck Hayes and Jordan Hill would have to be injured for him to get off the bench.
    There's a handful of guys that could go either way. For that reason I'd avoid Xavier Henry, Wesley Johnson, Paul George, Luke Babbitt, James Anderson, Seraphin. Keep an eye on Babbitt if Rudy Fernandez gets traded or quits the team. I do like Larry Sanders, Dominique Jones, and Eric Bledsoe. I just wouldn't draft any of these guys!
    update: Of course, the day I send this out Blake Griffin and Aminu have a coming out party. Oh well' it's preseason only. Let's wait and see.

    Sep 28, 2010

    Review: More Than a Game



    Everyone has been dogging Lebron James lately. Frankly I have never been a fan of his either. I totally ignored him until he was in the NBA and have derisively called him "LeBrandon" even to this day. Watching this movie changed my view of his recent moves. He might have made some mistakes with how he handled the media frenzy surrounding his switch to Miami but undoubtedly we are going to see some incredible basketball for many seasons. The film is full of every single typical sports cliché you can imagine, but it has some lessons anyone can apply to their life, especially sports teams like my Memphis Grizzlies!

    Fall NBA Training Camp's Open!


    More Than a Game →

    Friendship



    A truly great basketball team is like a truly great jam band, or a truly great car company, or a truly great city council, or a really awesome tribe of indigenous warriors that hunt huge animals for weeks at a time and then make furniture out of their bones after they use every single organic material from the carcass possible for the basic necessities of life. In other words, team chemistry is as important as talent when it comes to winning at every level. Perhaps this is why Lebron chose Miami. Perhaps this is why the Grizzlies feel they have a great shot at making the playoffs this season as the next step. The continuity in the whole locker room from last season to this season should carry over to wins.


    More Than a Game →

    Manhood

    A consistent theme throughout the movie is that basketball is a vehicle for maturity, which is somewhat paradoxical since Lebron is often viewed as a man-child, never having attended college, dancing playfully in the face of opposing teams and their fans, having children out of wedlock, having too high a Vitamin Water to Book ratio, etc. He might write with better grammar than I'm doing in this post, so I should shut up I guess.


    In the post-playoff seasons of the Grizzlies where they hardly seemed to show up most nights, they looked like children. It was painful to watch. The three amigos of Hakim Warrick, Kyle Lowry, and Rudy Gay did not look to be mature at times. Us fans will never know exactly what they were going through in mid-April but to us it was just shameful to watch. With the game becoming a job, with an impeccable salary, let's hope Rudy Gay ($82Million contract) becomes all the man he can be!

    More Than a Game →

    Focus


    I noticed throughout the movie that as soon as Lebron James gained celebrity, everyone wanted to knock him down. In the 3sob.com post they mentioned avoiding losing streaks. We've discussed also how the bench must improve. The 3rd quarter slump cannot happen. The Grizzlies starters have had a target on them and teams will go after them this year. The Celtics will remember the beat down they got in Boston last March. I will remember it for the rest of my life! It's going to be hell. So we need to bring it.

    More Than a Game →

    Unity

    The Celtics called it ubuntu. The Irish called it squad. Lockheed Martin calls it Skunk Works. Maybe their organization is not entirely the same, but the end goal is. To be the best you have to be completely unified in your drive to win, in your accountability to each other, and in your trust in something greater than yourself.

    More Than a Game →

    Family

    Most basketball players are depicted as either low-life gang members rolling with some huge posse, like Zach Randolph's "Hoops Family", or as the down and out kid from the projects that made it out while being raised by a sibling and finally given a chance at an inner city YMCA to become something more than your typical street baller. At least those are the stories that get news media attention. No one cares where the hell Mike Miller came from, very banal. The truth is that a lot of these ballers do come from tragic backgrounds. Regardless of their past, all the players on the great teams usually seem to come together as an improvisational family. Early family interactions create deep psychological scripts that extend to personal relationships later in life. Any ordinary sports team can become a very special thing to people when the family element shines through.

    More Than a Game →

    GOD



    At the end of the movie the coach gets kind of religious and philosophical in the locker room. I don't know if it was the real footage from the half-time of their state championship or a reproduction but it was pretty profound to hear. He kind of said, "we've come this far, let's finish this."

    A little earlier in the film, the St. Vincent-Mary High School coach is in church. The minister sermons on making the choices in your life to overcome your situation and take responsibility for your choices. You can't go through life blaming all the people that you felt screwed you over; it is your choice to be a better person or to let those things defeat you.

    Lebron has that whole CHOSEN thing that rubs most people the wrong way, in that it comes off as pretty sacrilegious, puerile, and self-aggrandizing. Sometimes when you see him standing there at the podium in Beijing taking the Gold Medal for the Team USA basketball team, or winning the NBA MVP award for the second year straight at the youngest age of any NBA player, you can see where he might be coming from. He's got a god-given talent, no doubt about that.

    Many religions exist in the world, more than there are NBA teams or even NFL teams (32 freaking teams)! To some, god is benevolent and free. To some, god is an angry god that demands repentance. For us, God and heaven is just a ball going through a hoop, over and over and over over and over and over over and over and over over and over and over over and over and over over and over and over over and over and over over and over and over over and over and over over and over and over over and over and over over and over and over over and over and over over and over and over over and over and over over and over and over over and over and over over and over and over over and over and over over and over and over over and over and over over and over and over over and over and over over and over and over over and over and over over and over and over over and over and over over and over and over over and over and over over and over and over over and over and over over and over and over over and over and over over and over and over over and over and over over and over and over over and over and over over and over and over over and over and over over and over and over over and over and over over and over and over over and over and over over and over and over over and over and over again