Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Time Filling Commentary- Irrelevant Statistics

I was watching the Bucks-Hawks game on TNT today and I heard the commentators present a stat saying something along the lines of "the Bucks have not won a game 5 since the 1960s." This comment is a waste of both airtime and energy; the comment has no significance other than to make the viewer question how long the commentators spend looking up such futile things. The Bucks have changed so much from the 1960s that it is almost like comparing two different teams. The coach has changed, the ownership has changed, the arena has changed, the players have changed- literally everything has changed. There is no point discussing such a fact other than to possibly mention how the team has improved but even this doesn't work as the team has changed so much that the old and new teams have nothing in common. To properly compare a team's current condition with its old status, a shorter time span must be considered. A good way to do this is to consider the intervals at which the team goes into the lottery. A typical "cycle" would be a team's performance from when it first comes out of the lottery to when it goes into the lottery once again. This technique would help measure how a team grows and declines and would ultimately provide a useful statistic to contemplate.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Blazers Manage Lakers... and disappoint the officials.

The Blazers and Lakers have been tough rivals for more than a decade and because of the rivalry, games involving the two teams have very high stakes. Games tended to be played at the Staples Center have a bias towards the Lakers- the Lakers are favored for last second fourth quarter calls.

Take this video as an example of a Lakers-Kings game.

Today, it came down to the last 50 seconds. With the Blazers leading by five points, the Lakers got a three pointer by Kobe Bryant, but with a little help from a moving screen by Derek Fisher. At the other end, Andre Miller gets called for an offensive foul near the three point arc which seemed more like a blocking foul. The Lakers' next possession involved a blocking foul being awarded to them when the play was clearly an offensive foul on the Lakers. But the officials can't give the Lakers the win on a silver platter. The Lakers missed 3 of 4 free throws on their next possession and then Martell Webster was foolishly fouled on a three point shot, giving Blazers the win. Everyone needs a little luck now and then, whether it's from the officials or a slumping team.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Update: Jordan Buys Bobcats. A new hole?

Michael Jordan waited 'til the last minute but bought the Bobcats late Friday night. Now Jordan is in charge of a team that is barely making its wins=losses and not drawing enough crowd to make ends meet. Jordan is already under debt after making an initial investment of $300 million when he was co-owner of the team so how will he recoup the debt with a team that loses millions every year? Another question is how will Jordan make the Bobcats an eye-catching team when his previous experiences as a team decision maker were under hot water? Jordan made a blunder drafting Kwame Brown as Washington's #1 pick and botched up in drafting Adam Morrison as 3rd for the Bobcats. The fans don't have much of an incentive to watch the Bobcats either. Who would pay big money to see a struggling team when you could see thrilling local U of NC games for a fraction of the price? As Charles Barkley stated, "There are too many teams in the NBA and the quality of play is outright embarrassing to the league". The Bobcats are one of the teams in the NBA that needs to leave after not having any success since its start. As great of a player Jordan was, his future as a team owner doesn't seem as promising.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Will Jordan Buy the Bobcats?

Michael Jordan has always wanted a team. But one might ask, how would a basketball player ever manage to make such a hefty purchase with the measly salaries they receive? Teams are expensive. The Lakers are the most valuable team in terms of cash- they're worth $607 million. The Bobcats on the other hand, are cheaper but still costly at $278 million. By investing in a team, you should not expect to make much money as most of the revenue is paid away. The Bobcats have a revenue of only $96 million. Jordan would be incurring a major loss if he somehow managed to purchase the team, which is currently looking for a new owner. The current owner has apparently incurred major losses, cutting his wealth in half, Forbes says. Jordan is currently co-owner but will have to give up much more to become the majority owner. No NBA player has ever solely owned an NBA team. Will Jordan be the first?

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Sunday, November 8, 2009

Basketball Nostalgia

As an NBA fan, I increasingly feel that the NBA is just not what it used to be. The 1990s/VERY EARLY 2000s was the decade of the NBA at its best. The Lakers won, Spurs won, and the players were.... well... different. There is no one like Charles Barkley and how he used to simply back players down until he could dunk it. Or like how Barkley pulled the chair so many times.

The stars aren't what they used to be. Back in the day, players could literally carry their teams without much help at all. Who could forget Shaquille O'Neal's grinning face against the Blazers in the playoffs? Or Reggie Miller's consecutive three pointers to erase a six point deficit?

Allen Iverson used to be amazing but now he's not much. The game 1 of the 2000 NBA finals where Iverson scored over 40 points, giving Philly the early 1-0 lead at Staples Center.

Basketball is just boring now. The stars don't try as much and there isn't the excitement that you got from watching the NBA on NBC. Brandon Roy scored two points today in addition to his disappointing season start. Oh yeah, he's got an $80 million contract. Shaq's more of a figurehead now. He's no longer double teamed or intimidating. Really, the only player left to watch is Kobe. The guy gives it 110% every game and is rarely ever tired. He is the only 1990s player left worth watching.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Funny Headlines!

In their efforts to make their articles appealing, journalists often go overboard in spicing up their headlines. Here are some funny headlines gone wrong.
  1. New Study of Obesity Looks for Larger Test Group- The previous group wasn't fat enough.
  2. Astronaut Takes Blame for Gas in Spacecraft- Yeah, passing gas in a spacecraft would be disturbing.
  3. Never Withhold Herpes Infection from Loved One- Infect as many as possible!
  4. Iraqi Head Seeks Arms- Now that I have a head, I need some arms...
  5. Tiger Woods plays with own balls, Nike says- Nike knows everything about Tiger, doesn't it?
  6. Blind woman gets new kidney from dad she hasn't seen in years- Was she blind from birth or did she just recently become blind?
  7. Typhoon Rips Through Cemetery; Hundreds Dead- Yeah I would assume hundreds are dead in a place of burial.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Back with a Blast...?

Well it has been a while but I'm going to start blogging again. I have decided to write about topics other than just the NBA in order to add some variety to this blog. Summer's getting boring now that school's about to start. The past few days have been very trite; they haven't been of much interest. A few unusual things did happen though.

I volunteered at the Oregon International Airshow yesterday (it wasn't that great) and experienced a day of boredom, apart from two events. It was really hot yesterday with scorching sunlight so I decided to take a break from trash duty (my volunteer position). I went over to the volunteer tent for some shade and noticed a plastic container containing around 20 empty beer bottles. I asked a guy why the bottles were there and he told me free beer was being given to volunteers. At the same time, an old lady who looked 90 years old walked by and excitedly interjected, asking about the beer bottles. When she found out about the free beer, she stopped in her tracks and ecstatically started towards the guy giving free beer, claiming the beer would do her some good. Honestly, I couldn't see how she would even be able to handle the beer...

The weather at the airshow was queer. I bought a popsicle to escape the heat and in five minutes time, it started raining. It felt like the temperature dropped 20 degrees in those five minutes. Then, after I was all wet, the sun came back. Being wet in sunlight does NOT feel good...

I met a 60 year old yesterday who was a total baller. This guy was so outgoing and cool, especially for an Asian. He comes up to me and talks like a gangster while making a flashy entrance. Then he goes away and jumps into a crowd. He was HIP man...

I love Call of Duty 4 and you should too. A funny thing happened today. I was playing at Ambush and decided to just openly attack the densely populated enemy base by myself. I tried to chuck a grenade as far as possible but instead, it hit a pole above me. Simultaneously, an enemy soldier shot and killed me. Expediently, the grenade I had chucked ricocheted back at me and avenged my death (by killing my assailant). I wish I had video taped the kill cam for that moment 'cause it was hilarious!

Hopefully when the school year starts, I'll have something more interesting to talk about but keep checking in! Oh yeah- the Blazers are going to win it all this season. Brandon Roy will uphold his claim to the title!
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