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Farewell To A Top 5 Shooter in NBA History

27 Dec

1760 career 3pt made : 4th all time

90% career FT shooter – 40% career 3pt shooter – 3X all star – 1X All NBA team – 2X three point shooting star champion – 1X NBA Champion (2011)

Peja is the man. At 6’10 you wouldn’t expect this guy to be one of the best shooters ever, but the stats are all there. If you didn’t get to see this guy in his prime you just can’t imagine the feeling you got when he was on the floor. Any time he got a pass from behind the 3pt line you thought, and hoped, he would jack it up. It was that exciting to see him shoot, especially when defenders would run at him and he just had the height to shoot it over them without even being bothered. You really got the sense that once his feet left the floor the shot was good. And my my my what a magnificent shot he had.

This video really shows off what a beauty of a shot Peja had. Putting a jump shot in to words is hard, thank goodness for this video. You can really see the dynamics of his shot at the 1:20 mark. Notice how the ball has a kind of diagonal backspin, delicioso! And I don’t know why but his shot always has such a loud swish that was so satisfying. Music to an NBA fans ears.

When I first started watching ball I remember hating the Lakers and wanting the Kings to get past them and into the finals. He was on an awesome team that should have got at least one ring , that was one of the great sub story lines of the 2011 Mavericks of how great journeymen finally got their ring. He was close back then and goes out on top as a champ. He got his revenge on LA in the second round in  2011 when he gave them a flashback of what he once did to them in playoffs past.

Even later on in his career with New Orleans he showed how dangerous of a 3pt threat he was and was one of the big reasons in 2008 they were a second seed. CP3 was the first great point guard he played with since Bibby and all he had to do was spot up and knock it down.

As Peja hangs up his laces and retires I want to say thanks for the memories, a part of me always wishes great shooters would play til’ age 50 and just spot up and drain 3’s but I hope he has a good rest of his life. I imagine it will include sitting somewhere on a beach in Europe wearing fancy clothes and he deserves it.

Oh, and he also delivered one of the best NBA photos of all time. Funlarious!

BONUS PEJA!!!

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5 Jul

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Unstoppable Shots: Kareem Abdul Jabbar and Dirk Nowitzki

7 Jun

Kareem Abdul Jabbar – The Skyhook

In 1969 Kareem bust on the scene and had a reputation as the best collegiate player ever and had big shoes to fill as Bill Russell and Wilt Chamberlain were just about to finish their time in the league. Who knew the next truly great center would arrive so shortly after those 2 legends?

20 seasons later Kareem is the all time leading scorer in history and he did it with the most devastating shot anyone’s ever seen. The Skyhook. Kareem is 7,2 and then you have him turning and jumping off one foot away from the defender to get this shot off. Not only that, the very nature of the shot has him holding the ball high over his head and just flicking it forward with his hand. Once he shoots the ball’s already over 10 feet high! Lefty, with a spin, on the run, with a fake it’s all over kill before he launches that Skyhook.

Dirk Nowitzki – The One Legged Fade Away

Too bad people are just noticing this shot now. Too bad for OKC too. Much like Kareem this unstoppable shot also comes from a 7 footer, this shot has so many elements of difficulty rolled into one, but hey, if it’s practiced who cares. This is a classic fade away shot but Dirk takes a one footed jump that launches him extra distance away from the defender either backward or sideways. Once he jumps the ball is probably 10 feet high and he’s added about 2 or more feet between him and the defender as well. No one can touch it. What always impresses about this shot is that once he jumps he’s leaning back so much that no kind of contest or jump can bother the shot and, he nails it every time. Because of the one foot jump people also can’t even prepare for a block since it does not have the footing of an ordinary shot. One leg, 2 points, nothing but net.

Kevin Garnett: Required Stitches Due To Karma

31 Jan

Kevin Garnett needed 5 stitches to his head after Pau Gasol inadvertently elbowed him in the first half of yesterdays Lakers Celtics game. This could be seen as just just one of those things that can happen in an NBA game, but most likely this is a result of instant karma. Let’s be honest Garnett had coming to him for a long time now. This happens one game after an incident where Garnett took a cheap shot against Channing Frye the night before. Coincidence? No. Deserving? Ho ho hell yeah. Take a look for yourself.

Although getting your head busted open by a 250 pounder is painful, Garnett most likely didn’t mind that much.  He’s one of the most intimidating players of all time, he knows it and he loves it. He probably looked on the bright side of this injury and embraced the fact that blood dripping off his head added 10 points to his KG scare factor. He’s already high up on peoples ranks of players they respect, but don’t want to meet any time soon. Garnett will probably keep that band aid on his head after it heals just to show what a bad ass he is.

Derek Fisher is Barack Obama

29 Dec

This was Kobe Bryants comment after the loss to the Spurs on Tuesday night.

“We’re all moody,” Bryant said. “Fish got a tech today and he’s the basketball version of Barack Obama. Everybody’s a little moody right now.”

Hmm interesting I never though of Derek Fisher in this way but Kobe is absolutely right! Unfortunately Derek Fisher could never brokerage peace between Kobe and Shaq but since his second term as a Laker the similarities are astounding. Look at how he has pulled nations together taking players from several nations to win a title ,Pau from Spain, Sasha from Slovenia and Mbenga from Congo, Shannon Brown USA. It’s a virtual united nations playing basketball under Dereks watchful eye. This is just like Barack when he chills with dudes from other countries. How about the way he always remains calm under pressure even in this tough economic climate his play has remained pretty consistent. I don’t think anything should be made of this technical foul, this is just like when Obama called Kanye west a Jackass. Sometimes presidents or NBA players just have a bad day.

Stan Van Gundy, the NBAs Santa Claus

27 Dec

“My suggestion to my staff this morning was that I think the NBA is so important to Christmas that what we really need to do is increase from five games to 10” – Stan Van Gundy

Last year Stan Van Gundy was fined for comments relating to his displeasure about playing on Christmas. How could you blame him? It’s torture for Stan Van to have to go to work when all he wants to do is chill around the house modeling the new turtle neck sweater that he’s finally received. This year however he has changed his tune saying the league should change the schedule from 5 to 10 games on Christmas. Huh? Oh, offcourse I’m sure this is Stan Vans way of just going down and taking everyone with him. The comment comes off as very sarcastic and it’s a shame that a figure who resembles Santa the most in the NBA would have such a sour opinion on playing on Christmas. Ironically Phil Jackson also coached on Christmas and in my opinion if he had a beard would make a great Santa.