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Todays Show

Posted: February 24, 2014 in Uncategorized

On From 5-6 Today. Talking Nets, Knicks, and Combine. 
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Todays Radio Show

Posted: February 19, 2014 in Uncategorized

On from 5-6 pm EST today. Talking Knicks, Trade Deadline, and Olympics.

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Should Kobe Retire?

Posted: February 17, 2014 in Uncategorized

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As the NBA wraps up its All Star festivities, something, or someone, was notably missing. Kobe Bryant, who was voted a starter for the western conference, missed the game due to a knee injury.

 

Bryant’s season has been met with constant adversity. When he finally came back from an ACL tear, Kobe played only six games before fracturing his knee. With his age, declining play, and injury problems, it may be time for Kobe to call it a career.

 

Lets start with his age. At 35 years old, Kobe may not be able to keep up. Basketball is becoming more and more of a fast paced game. With teams like the Miami Heat, Golden State Warriors, and Los Angeles Clippers feasting off the fast break, the half court team is becoming less and less effective. The only team at the moment to be fully successful playing half court offense is the San Antonio Spurs.  At 35 years old, Kobe may not be able to keep up. Bryant struggled mightily in transition in his six games back this year. If he gets back on the court, he may simply be outran.

 

As far as Bryant’s individual play, a lot was left to be desired. In six games this season, Kobe averaged 14 points, 6 assists, and 4 rebounds per game. Those numbers are well under Kobe level but aren’t terrible. The real issue comes with the less noted stats. Bryant shot 42% from the field this season. That’s well under his career average of 46%.

 

The real startling stat is his turnovers. Kobe averaged a staggering six turnovers a game in his six games this season. That is an unfathomably high number. In comparison his career high for a season is four turnovers. In addition, the NBA leader in turnovers per game this season is Stephen Curry with four. It is evident that his play is declining.

 

Lastly, it may just not be worth it for Kobe to come back. The Los Angeles Lakers are one of the worst team in the NBA this season. At 18-35, the team just lacks talent. Nick Young, Pau Gasol, and an ancient Steve Nash are leading the charge in L.A.. Despite signing a contract extension, the Lakers are trying to bring in stars such as Carmelo Anthony or Lebron James this offseason. With past problems with other stars, it may be in the best interest of all sides for Kobe to call it a career.

 

Due to all the reasons stated, it might be time for the Kobe Bryant era to end. If he does, it may do more harm than good. Derek Jeter knows when to call it quits; lets see if Kobe knows the same. 

The NBA Anti Mount Rushmore

Posted: February 13, 2014 in Uncategorized

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On Tuesday, LeBron James stated that he will end up being one of the top four basketball players ever. His current Mount Rushmore of the NBA is Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, and Oscar Robertson. These statements have led ESPN and other majors sports networks to create their own Mount Rushmore’s. Instead of following that pattern, I introduce the Anti Rushmore.

 

These players represent the worst basketball players to ever step on the courts.

 

Darko Milicic- The 2003 NBA Draft was filled with some of the biggest stars in the league today. LeBron, Carmelo Anthony, and Dwayne Wade were all taken within the first five picks of this draft. Then there was Darko Milicic. The 7’0 Serbian was taken 2nd overall by the Detroit Pistons. The next three picks; Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh, and Dwayne Wade. In his 10 year career, Milicic average 6 point and 4 rebounds a game. He will forever live in the infamy of one of the worst draft picks ever.

 

Adam Morrison- It’s sad when your most memorable moment is crying, post game, in college. That moment perfectly represents Morrisons entire career. Taken third overall in 2007 draft by the Bobcats, the Gonzaga product was the definition of a bad player.  Despite winning two championships as a waterboy for the Los Angeles Lakers, in his two seasons with significant playing time, Morrison averaged 8 points and 2 rebounds per game. He never shot over 40 percent from the field and looked absolutely atrocious on defense. His “career” is something worth crying over.

 

Luke Walton- Unfortunately, the only thing he got from his dad was his last name. the son of Hall Of Fame center Bill Walton, Luke’s career was filled with nothing but bloopers. Walton was arrogant, annoying, and a above all else terrible. Despite playing significant minutes for a decent portion of his career, the 2nd round pick from Arizona averaged double digit scoring only once in his entire career. Mercifully he retired in 2013.

 

Brian Scalabrine- I’m not going to even think about insulting “The Red Mamba.” With that being said, Scalabrine is by the far the worst basketball player ever to step foot on a court. He has gained cult status for his time spent on the bench during games. This ended up proving useful, as he is now an assistant coach for the Golden State Warriors.

 

Think we missed someone? Who would you have put on the anti Rushmore? Let us know in the comments!

The Fifth Quarter radio show discusses the fallout from the Marcus Smart incident. Starting with the incident, Gary goes through all the potential scenarios join forward

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I know that the Sochi games have just begun, and that the NHL players are only now settling down in their “accommodations”, but this has been a big issue since even before this year’s games began.

The NHL was allowed to play in the Olympics starting in Nagano, Japan in 1998. Since then, the NHL takes a 3 week break during the season, and sends their players off to wherever the games have been, and halted almost all league operations until their return. This year seemed like it was in question due to security issues in Russia.

However, there are many more issues besides security for the players.

The players who fly over to represent their country deal with a very demanding schedule, adapting to a new time zone, playing a bunch of games in a short period of time, then flying back home to readjust before continuing the season. This kind of strain that these players put on themselves can easily cause injury and fatigue. Those ill-effects can carry over into their NHL season, especially in the home-stretch and playoffs. Also, with games in the Eurasian continent, the playing rink is different sized than the standard NHL rink, thus the players have to adjust to a new rink for a handful of games.

Besides the obvious risk for the players, there is a financial gap for the NHL. In years where the Olympics are played, they don’t have an All Star game. The 2010 season, and also the 2014 season does not have an All Star event scheduled. The game, plus all the festivities that go around it, are a huge financial boost to the NHL, that they are missing out during the Olympic years. Also, teams separate and go stagnant for 3 weeks, making things more frantic when all the players return to the States for the remainder of the season. These players are also under contract for their teams, and their top priority should be to their respective team, and to do what’s best for them and their team.

There are positives to sending the players, though. The FIFA World Cup is one of the most anticipated events in the sports universe, and professional players are everywhere, playing for their respective nations. Everyone watches it, and doesn’t bat an eyelash on the ill-effects it could have on the players. With the Winter Games, it’s similar in terms of camaraderie. The games are talked about for months in advance, and are watched by entire nations when the games get really important. According to stats, 80% of Canada tuned in for the 2010 gold medal game. While the players are playing, no one seems to mind the hardships the players go through, and everyone enjoys the games and talks about it at the water coolers the next day at work.

But recent news, concerning security risks and lack of proper accommodations for the players, brought forward the question on whether the players should have been sent to Sochi. The NHL was juggling the question until the very end. Now, the question that will be asked from here until the next Olympiad, is whether the NHL would be participating in South Korea in 2018.

Considering that Korea is at the opposite side of the world, and have been in constant struggle with their Northern counterpart for years on end, both reasons for the NHL to sit the 2018 games out. Also, with recent financial issues the NHL has experienced, namely the lockout of 2012, the NHL wouldn’t be so keen as to miss another 3 weeks of revenue, as well as the 2018 All Star game in a yet-to-be-determined location.

It’s tough to compare the World Cup to the Olympics, with many differences throughout the comparison. The advantages of sending the best in the world are present. But with players under contract with an organization, and under enough physical stress as is, it’s tough for me to say yes to Pyeongchang, if it were my decision. The risks involved far outweigh the rewards.

No matter my opinion, it’s a good possibility that we may be seeing the last of the NHL in the Olympics for a while, this year in Sochi. Take a good look, it may look very different next Olympiad.