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Jason Kidd, With Hair

24 Jan

We’ve been watching Jason Kidd play without hair for so long that many of his fans don’t even remember what he looks like with any. Lucky for everyone they don’t remember. 15 + years into a hall of fame career here’s the proof Kidd made the right decision going with the MJ cut. Jason Kidd may you remain follicle free for the rest of your career.

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!!!

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.