Should Kobe Bryant Retire Soon? Charles Barkley Thinks So!
Kobe Bryant has been a controversial figure throughout his basketball career, but regardless of how you feel about his personal decisions, there is no question that he is a superstar on the court. Many would argue that whenever Kobe Bryant retires he will be one of the top 10 basketball players to ever play the game.
However, no matter how great he is, he simply can not play forever. There is already speculation about how much longer Kobe can continue to play in the NBA.
Recently, basketball legend Charles Barkley voiced his personal opinion about how much longer Kobe should play basketball, and in a statement that is sure to anger fans of the Los Angeles Lakers and Kobe Bryant, he expressed his desire to see Kobe Bryant retire at the end of this season.
It was not a mean-spirited comment, but based more on his own experience playing in the NBA as he was getting older, he felt like he played longer than he should have. According to the CBSsports article, “Barkley Hopes Kobe Bryant Retires This Year, For Kobe’s Sake” by Matt Moore, Barkley had this to say,
“This should be like a farewell tour, play 20, 25 minutes a night. The Lakers aren’t going to make the playoffs. Could he play some more? Yeah, of course. His best days are behind him. I hear these fools on TV, talking about, ‘Kobe’s going to get healthy.’ Old people don’t get healthy; they die. Old people don’t get healthy. Father Time is undefeated.”
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Offensive rebounding is one of the underrated skills nowadays. But with the passing of Moses Malone, who is arguably one of the best offensive nba rebounders of all time, the subject of offensive rebounding is trending again. The last great offensive rebounder was Denis Rodman, who even though was not as tall as other big men, had a knack for the ball and knew exactly where to position himself to get the offensive rebound. Nowadays, among the best offensive rebounders in the league, the names of Andre Drummond, Tristan Thompson and DeAndre Jordan come to mind. Who is the best among them? Let’s take a look.
The Case for Andre Drummond
In the past two seasons, Drummond grabs more than 400 offensive rebounds per year. The last man to get more than 400 NBA offensive rebounds in a season was Jayson Williamson, who did it 17 years ago. For comparison, two years ago, Drummond grabbed 440 offensive rebounds to lead the league, while Jordan was second on the list with 331. Last year, they were closer, with Drummond grabbing 437 and Jordan getting 397 rebounds. Drummond average 5.3 offensive rebounds per game, which was one of the reasons how he managed to get 13.8 points per game, despite no play was designed for him.
The Case for DeAndre Jordan
Drummong might get more rebounds, but when DeAndre Jordan is getting an offensive rebound, in half of the cases it ends on the NBA Top 10 plays and on a highlight reel. DeAndre Jordan has the flair and style in offensive rebounding, as almost all of his rebounds end up with putbacks slams. One reason why Jordan is not getting as much offensive rebounds as Drummond is the Clippers strategy and philosophy of coach Doc Rivers. Doc doesn’t want his players to sacrifice offensive rebounds for transition defense. Instead, he instructs them to start going back when the play is almost at the end. Last season, as a team, the LA Clippers ranked 28th in offensive rebounding, but lead the league in points allowed in the first six seconds of the shot clock. If Jordan gets more freedom to crash the boards, he might as well eclipse Drummond and get more rebounds.
The case for Tristan Thompson
Since the start of his NBA career, Thompson has averaged at least 3 offensive boards per game, getting career high 3.7 offensive rebounds per game during the 2012-2013 season. But it wasn’t until the 2015 playoffs when Thompson was inserted into the starting lineup and was able to show his skills on the glass. Tristan averaged 4.4 offensive rebounds per game, always positioning himself close to the ball. He was one of the main reasons why the Cleveland Cavaliers were able to get to the Finals, despite poor shooting and playing without Kevin Love.
This might be a subjective answer, but we must say that Jordan has the potential to be the best offensive NBA rebounder among the three. The reason is simple, he is the tallest, has the highest arms, and is the most athletic of the three. Drummond might develop into a better offensive and complete player, but Jordan is stronger than him and knows how to position himself better in order to get an offensive rebound. The moment Doc Rivers unleashes him and allows Jordan to sacrifice transition defense for more offensive boards, the league will see the true potential of DeAndre Jordan.
Anthony Davis says the Pelicans will take 100 shots per game, who will take the extra shots?
During the 2014-2015 season, the New Orleans Pelicans were among the bottom teams in shots taken per game. The Pelicans took around 85 shots per game last season, and it seems like next season will be quite different. Star player Anthony Davis said in an interview that new head coach Alvin Gentry wants the team to take 100+ shots per game. So, with that in mind, who will take those extra shots?
Anthony Davis is the obvious choice here. He is the proud owner of the biggest contract in NBA history, courtesy of the five million contract he signed this summer. Last season, Davis averaged 17.6 shots per game. What Gentry wants to do is expand Davis’s range up to the 3-pt line. He also noted that he wants Davis to take more shots on the fly, with an up-tempo playing style. Davis is a beast inside, and he has a nice touch on his jumper. The problem is, defenses were mostly ready and settled for him last season. With an up-tempo style, Davis’s shots can sky rocket up to 20 per game. That is Carmelo Anthony (who is also on of the highest paid NBA players) territory and Kobe Bryant, but Anthony Davis is far more efficient than any of them.
For the past two seasons, Gordon is relatively healthy, appearing in 64 and 61 games respectively. His shots are down from his first two seasons with the Pelicans, but that should be expected with Anthony Davis in the lineup. However, with more shots available next season, Gordon could see his 11 shots per game rise up to 14 or 15 per game. The shooting guard is tailor made for an up-tempo offense, where he can catch and shoot from the 3-pt line before there is a defender with a hand in his face. Gordon’s 3-pt percentage rose to 44.8% last season, and 39% the previous season.
Holiday is another player that could benefit from the more up-tempo style of play, as the point guard is great in the open floor. He is among the most underrated point guards when it comes to drives to the basket. Few people can drive as hard and as efficient to the basket as Holiday. While he doesn’t have a great jump shot, Holiday can get some extra shots in the fast break. Last year he averaged 13 shots per game, but you can easily see him getting to 15 per game.
With the move from the Miami Heat to the New Orleans Pelicans, Cole’s shots rose from 6.5 to 9 per game. With a full training camp with the Pelicans, Cole could potential scratch double digit shots per game. He will be the de facto backup point guard, no matter that Tyreke Evans will have the ball in his hands as well. But Cole can run a ton of pick and roll action with Anthony Davis, something that will produce opportunities for the five year veteran.
New Orleans Pelicans Ticket Prices
Since signed by the New Orleans Pelicans in the 2012 NBA Draft Pelicans tickets have risen 74% on the retail market. The retail price on Pelicans tickets during their 2012-2013 season was $51.00 per ticket. The 2015-2016 secondary market ticket price for New Orleans is $89.00 per ticket on average.
New Orleans Pelicans Attendance
The New Orleans Pelicans attendance for home games has also risen. In 2012 they ranked 24th in the league with a total of 498,618 attendance for home games. In 2015 their attendance grew to 683,757. A 37.13% rise in attendance.
Jamal Crawford Four Trade Scenarios for LA Clippers
Jamal Crawford has been on the trade block since February last year. Doc Rivers recently said in an interview that he will be surprised if Jamal Crawford doesn’t finish the season as a Clipper. And while Rivers could be right, the other, harsh reality is that the Clippers will not trade Crawford just for the sake of unloading his contract. They want something in return, and few teams will offer goodies for a 30+ years old backup guard that doesn’t defend. Crawford can light it up on a given night, and he is way more consistent in doing so than someone like J.R. Smith for example. With that being said, what the Clippers can expect to get back? The Clippers could use a backup small forward and swingman, preferably someone who can defend. They could also use a backup center.
Jamal Crawford to Sacramento
This would be an underrated move by the Clippers, but the Sacramento Kings actually have a player that the Clippers could use, and his name is Omri Casspi. With the signing of Marco Belinelli, the Kings will probably have fewer minutes to offer to Casspi. Omri is a decent defender, and good enough shooter from distance to work in Clippers. The problem might be the Sacramento Kings organization, as they already have a logjam at the guard position. However, the Clippers can solve that solution, taking back Darren Collison as well as Casspi. Collison has already served as a backup to CP3 and played for Doc Rivers in Los Angeles. Or they can try to find a third party to facilitate the trade. In any case, Casspi would fill a role in Los Angeles, and he costs $3 million per year, compared to Crawford and his $4.6 million per year contract.
Jamal Crawford to Miami Heat
The Miami Heat were among the teams mentioned during the summer as a likely destination for Jamal Crawford. They would love to have him, but the Clippers might be asking too big of a price. If not, the Heat have the contract of Chris Andersen to offer. The fun part is that this trade looks perfect on paper, as the Clippers will shed money and get a decent backup center in return. Andersen basically does the same things as Jordan, which is get lobs, defend, and putbacks via offensive rebounds. The difference is Jordan is more talented and younger.
Jamal Crawford to Detroit Pistons
The Detroit Pistons acquired Steve Blake in a trade this summer before he even get to play for the Nets. And the likely scenario is that they would trade him as well, as long as they get a good player or a pick in return. Blake is an ideal candidate for backup in Los Angeles, as he is stable point guard, one that can run the offense and doesn’t commit turnovers. He is also decent spot up shooter and costs less than $2 million per year.
Jamal Crawford to Toronto Raptors
The Toronto Raptors desperately need someone outside of Kyle Lowry and DeMar Derozan to score. Jamal Crawford fills that void. The Raptors would have to give up Terrence Ross, and they wouldn’t mind to. Ross looks like he is not part of the Raptors future, and with the signing of DeMarre Carroll, he will see even fewer minutes next season. Ross could be a valuable backup SG/SF in Clippers, and he fits well into their athletic roster.
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This week, we bring you our NBA 2015-2016 Infographic!
During the off season we have season we have heard of many rumours of trade-offs and contract negotiations of key NBA basketball players. If you missed out on this, don’t fret – check out our infographic below! There, you’ll find a great visual representation of the confirmed top 10 highest paid players and and their career earnings to date. This season will be a record year for the salary cap, with the 2016-17 season looking to jump even more.
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The schedule for the 2015-16 NBA regular season was released a few days ago and it is quite obvious that the league officials have done everything in their power to make the schedules of individual teams much more manageable and humane than past ones. Of course, there will always be those who are not happy, but that is simply the reality of creating a schedule which includes 30 teams playing 82 games in a season.
Now that the schedule is out, we can also find out when certain games will take places – matchups that will have that something special going for them and that will be the highlights of the regular season. These are the games we will be looking at today.
New Orleans Pelicans at Golden State Warriors – October, 27
Some say that the Cavs – Bulls is the best game of the first night of the 2015-16 NBA Season, but we believe that it is the Pelicans at Warriors game that you should tune in to. For one, we want to see how the last season’s champs Warriors are looking. In addition to that, we all want to see how good Anthony Davis got during the off-season. Will he be able to single-handedly demolish the Champs?
San Antonio Spurs at Oklahoma City Thunder – October, 28
Durant is back and this is his first game in months. The dynamic in the Thunder camp has changed and we all want to see how the new and improved Russell Westbrook will handle Durant’s return to team. Also, we are so psyched to see the new Spurs. It promises to be one hell of a game.
Dallas Mavericks at Los Angeles Clippers – October, 29
DeAndre Jordan slighted the Mavs big time during this off-season and he is probably glad that the first meeting of the two teams is going down in LA. Still, we are pretty sure that the Mavs will be coming over mad and crazy and it will make for a spectacular game.
Atlanta Hawks at New York Knicks – October, 29
The Hawks will probably dismantle the Knicks but we still want to see how the home crowd will welcome Kristaps Porzingis. Here’s hoping they don’t boo him.
Los Angeles Clippers at Golden State Warriors – November, 4
Everyone loves Clips vs Warriors matchups. They are always energized, high-powered and there is no shortage of amazing moves. On November 4th, we will also want to see if Clippers are good enough to stand up to the Warriors this season.
Los Angeles Clippers at Dallas Mavericks – November, 11
DeAndre is coming to Texas.
Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State Warriors – December, 25
It’s Christmas time and we got last season’s finalists playing in California. It should be a real Christmas treat, with Cavs hopefully heathier than they were in the Finals last year. This is a game that might give us an insight into whether Cavs have a better chance this season.
Are you a Coldplay fan? If so, you’re not alone! Picking up where Pink Floyd left off, Coldplay has gained legions of fans with their ethereal, haunting music and personal, yet imaginative lyrics. For the most part, Coldplay has always kept their music at the forefront, rather than their personal lives. That said, the band’s long history has offered some interesting moments.
Here are some fun facts about Coldplay:
• Coldplay’s first official song was a joke song called, Ode to Deodorant.
• Chris Martin’s great-grandfather convinced English Parliament to introduce daylight savings.
• The New York Times once called Coldplay “The most insufferable band of the decade”.
• Coldplay’ fourth studio album, Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends, was named after a painting by Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. The painting was a still life of watermelons.
• The liner notes for Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends state that the album was recorded in bakery, a nunnery, a magic shop, and a church.
• MADTV has parodied three Coldplay songs: The Scientist, Viva La Vida and Speed of Sound.
• The 13th of January is known as St.Ode’s Day to Coldplay fans. This is to commemorate the date that a copy of the original Ode to Deodorant demo tape was leaked onto the Internet.
• Four puppets, representing the band members, were created for the video for, Life in Technicolor ii, These puppets were photographed at various tourist attractions and random places in the city or area that the band was currently performing in during the tour for Vida La Vida.
• Chirs Martin appears in the movie, Shaun of the Dead as both himself and a zombie in a yellow hat.
• The cover photo for Parachutes was taken by the band using a disposable camera. The globe in the photo also appeared in the videos for Don’t Panic and Shiver.
• 15% of all of Coldplay’s band profits go to charity.
• Coldplay is rumored to be playing the upcoming Super Bowl halftime show at Levis Stadium in 2016. Last year Katy Performed at the Super Bowl halftime show.
The National Basketball Association released the NBA official schedule for the 2015-2016 season, and as always, NBA Christmas Day schedule and games are cream of the crop. Many people believe that the official season in the NBA starts after Christmas day, when teams get their feet wet and contenders emerge, while pretenders fall back in the standings. Here are five reasons to tune in on Christmas Day and spend the day and the night watching basketball.
The NBA Christmas Day Schedule kicks off with the Heat hosting the Pelicans and the young rising star, Anthony Davis. This will be the first time fans get to see Davis play on a Christmas day, and the young star will surely not disappoint. The Heat are regulars on Christmas day for the past several years, and they always put on a show. This year’s Christmas day games will be competitive, with almost every team making the playoffs the year before and watching Davis probably destroying the Heat is a nice appetizer.
Since the World Cup in 2010, Chicago’s Derrick Rose and Kevin Durant from the Thunder have been marketed as the next generation stars in the NBA. And While Durant has established himself as one of the top 5 players in the league, Rose won an MVP award following the World Cup, but has been injured ever since. The Thunder and the Bulls were and still are up and coming teams, and they have had several Christmas day matchups in the past few years. The two teams play either on opening night, or on Christmas. And since they meet just twice during the regular season, watching them on Christmas makes it that much more special.
The Cavs at Warriors matchup is the highlight of the NBA Christmas day schedule. This will be the first time the two teams meet after the Finals, and this time, the Cavs might be healthy. With Love, James, Irving, Curry, Thompson, Green and Iguodala, there are more than enough stars on the floor to entice your attention. Toss in Lebron’s motivation for revenge, and this might turn into a playoff atmosphere game, if not Finals atmosphere. By Christmas, we might even know the roster for Team USA, and both Curry and Irving compete for a spot. If one of them doesn’t make the cut, he will definitely have a reason more to go at the other.
The battle for supremacy between Texas teams is one of the most interesting and intriguing in the league. The Christmas Day schedule will take us to Houston, where the Rockets will welcome the new, refreshed Spurs team that is hoping to get back to the Finals. The Rockets have the same goal in mind, with this being a crucial year for them as Dwight Howard is nearing free agency. The Rockets have their own Big Three in Howard, Harden and Ty Lawson. And if Lawson manages to keep his head in the game, the race to the division title in the Southwest division might be one for the ages.
It is the swan song for Kobe Bryant, one of the best players in the past 20 years. Bryant left a significant stamp on the league, and this might be the last time fans get to see him on Christmas. Kobe has hinted this might be his last season in the league, and it will all depend on his health at the end of the season. But coming back from serious injuries the past two seasons, one has to wonder how long till Kobe says enough is enough. The Lakers Clippers game is the last game on the 2015 NBA Christmas Day Schedule.
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photo credit: Flickr / zennie62originaldate 1/1/0001 6:00:00 AMwidth 640height 329B: Kobe BryantKobe fell even further than Jordan in the 1996 NBA draft. He was picked by Charlotte hornets at #13. He was traded on draft day to Los Angeles Lakers with whom he won 5 championships and earned 15 All-Star selections.
photo credit: Wikimediaoriginaldate 1/1/0001 6:00:00 AMwidth 1075height 1024C: Karl MaloneKarl Malone also slipped to the 13th spot, in 1985. Dallas Mavericks promised to take him with their #8 pick, but it wasn’t until Utah Jazz drafted him that he found a home in the NBA. Malone became the second best scorer in history of NBA, with 14 All-Star selections and 2 MVP of the regular season awards.
photo credit: nbaramblings.comoriginaldate 1/1/0001 6:00:00 AMwidth 640height 360D: Larry BirdLarry Bird was first drafted in 1978 but decided to stay in college another year to play Magic Johnson for another title. Boston Celtics drafted him at #6 that year and they managed to retain the rights till 1979 when Bird actually entered the league. Once there, he led the Celtics to three titles, one of which was in his first season.
photo credit: Flickr / Kip-koechoriginaldate 10/15/2010 6:57:13 PMheight 324width 503orientation 1camerasoftware Adobe Photoshop CS2 E: Joe DumarsJoe Dumars was one of the core parts of the 1980s Detroit Pistons Bad Boys who won two titles, while also being a 6 time All-Star and a Finals MVP in 1989 when Pistons swept Lakers and he averaged 27.3 points in the four games. How low he slipped in the 1985 draft? To number 18. Yes, Dumars slipped to #18.
photo credit: Otto Greule Jr / Getty Imagesoriginaldate 1/1/0001 6:00:00 AMwidth 1200height 900F: Tony ParkerTony Parker almost slipped out of the first round at the 2001 draft until Greg Poppovich decided to draft a 19-year old kid from France. He turned out to be the perfect piece for the new big three he was building, together with Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili. And really, Tony was an integral part of four of Spurs’ titles also earning one Finals MVP award.
photo credit: sportsblog.comoriginaldate 1/1/0001 6:00:00 AMwidth 3834height 2556G: Manu GinobiliManu Ginobili not only fell out of the first round in the 1999 Draft, but he almost fell out of the second round as well. Greg Poppovich once again showed his prowess and drafted Manu at #57. He stayed with the Spurs ever since and contributed to 4 titles, while also earning one award for the Sixth Man of the Year.
photo credit: Wikimediaoriginaldate 1/1/0001 6:00:00 AMwidth 800height 597H: Willis ReedWillis Reed was a special kind of player who used his force, his strength and his will to stand up to the likes of Bill Russell, Wilt Chamberlain and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. He was the crucial part of New York Knicks’ two titles and perhaps the most beloved athlete in NYC history. Willis was picked 8th at the 1964 NBA draft, making him one of the best steals ever.
photo credit: Wikimediaoriginaldate 1/1/0001 6:00:00 AMwidth 857height 598I: Clyde DrexlerClyde the Glide was a star at Houston, but for some reason, he fell as low as #14 at the 1983 draft. He was picked by the Portland Trailblazers and he became a franchise player. He turned out to be a 10 times All-Star while winning a single championship, albeit with Houston Rockets.
photo credit: rantsports.comoriginaldate 1/1/0001 6:00:00 AMwidth 640height 360J: Stephen CurryIn 2015, Stephen Curry proved to everyone that he is a real star capable of leading his team to a championship. It also became obvious that he is one of the greatest shooters that have ever played the game. Still, in 2009, the Warriors were able to get him even though they only picked at #7.
photo credit: Wikimediaflash 16cameramake Canonheight 2314camerasoftware Adobe Photoshop Cameoriginaldate 2/25/2015 3:00:25 AMwidth 3015cameramodel Canon EOS-1D XK: John StocktonJohn Stockton played for Utah Jazz for 19 seasons and he missed 22 games in his career. In his entire career. He led the Jazz to playoffs every single year for those 19 years and he had more assists and steals in his career than anyone else. And it isn’t looking like anyone will match those numbers. In 1984, he was picked at #16.
photo credit: saltcityhoops.comoriginaldate 1/1/0001 6:00:00 AMwidth 576height 324L: Dirk NowitzkiDirk Nowitzki was picked at #9 in the 1998 draft and many wondered why Dallas Mavericks chose him that high actually. Don Nelson always knew what he was doing and he struck gold with the 7’0” German. Nowitzki became a regular All-Star and he led the Mavs to two finals, winning one.
photo credit: Flickr / keithallisonoriginaldate 1/1/0001 6:00:00 AMwidth 1024height 683M: Sam JonesWe are going way back with this one, more precisely to 1957 when Sam Jones was picked at #8 by the Boston Celtics. He became an important part of the first Celtics Dynasty, always coming through when the team needed him most. Jones won 10 titles with the Celtics. Yes, 10 titles.
photo credit: Dick Raphael/NBAE / Getty Imagesoriginaldate 1/1/0001 6:00:00 AMwidth 800height 450N: Denis JohnsonSeattle Supersonics drafted Dennis Johnson with their 29th pick in 1976 (which was then a second round pick). In 1979, he led them to a title and won the Finals MVP. In 1983, Red Auerbach brought DJ to Boston where he would win two more titles and serve as a Magic Johnson-stopper.