If Isaiah keeps up these numbers, he’ll be getting a call from the big club. Read More ›
If playing in the league was easy, everyone would do it.
Caught behind a solid string of PG’s including Jeremy Lin, Patrick Beverley and Aaron Brooks, Isaiah Canaan headed down to the Rockets D-League affiliate, the Rio Grande Valley Vipers—and because our boy’s a pro, he’s been killing it ever since.
Sunday’s game might’ve been Isaiah’s finest yet. 22 points, 13 dimes, 9-14 from the field, a blistering 4-5 from downtown, a team-best +26 plus/minus … we could go on. And this isn’t just one game: he’s averaging 22 and 10 over seven games, and Rockets fan sites are starting to clamor for the little big man out of Murray State to come back to the big club. League officials have certainly taken notice, naming Isaiah the D-League player of the week.
Isaiah’s got too much game to be down for long, but to us, this is a great lesson. These hurdles happen to almost every player; hell, we remember a time when you couldn’t take two steps without hearing that Michael Jordan was cut from his high school team. At some point, everyone gets told, “no”—it’s how you handle it that counts.
Well, take notes. Isaiah’s showing you how.
Does Lance have any non-believers left? Read More ›
He’s been wrecking box scores and holding up fantasy teams for a solid year, but last night, Lance Stephenson notched his first career triple-double, dropping 13 points, 12 assists and 11 rebounds on the Grizzlies. It’s an achievement reserved for the best in the league—10+ in three separate categories—and through eight games, Lance is playing like exactly that.
Oh, and just as important: through those eight games, Lance’s Pacers are 8-0. Not a coincidence.
Still, it’s an amazing feat— Kobe has only done it 19 times. Jordan? Just 28. So this is special. Like Kobe and Jordan, Lance is a shooting guard, meaning he doesn’t have the ball-handling responsibilities of a point guard or have to rebound like a forward.
But really, that’s the story of Lance. It doesn’t matter if he’s asked to rebound or distribute the ball—he does it because he’s about the team. There are only a few spots left on the Lance bandwagon. Better get your ticket.
The Admiral joined the Commander in Chief to honor our veterans. Read More ›
Imagine how hard it is to get to the NBA. The sacrifices you have to make. The sweat you need to leave on the floor.
Now imagine you put in all that work, became the best player in college ball—all while serving in the US Naval Academy.
Serving our country is a greater sacrifice than most of us will ever know, but that’s exactly what David Robinson did. Robinson wasn’t highly recruited out of high school, but he spent the next six years working himself into the top prospect in basketball, all while balancing his military obligations. That’s right, six years, not four—after being drafted first overall by the Spurs in 1987, “The Admiral” spent two years in active duty and didn’t debut with San Antonio until ’89. It’s sacrifice on top of sacrifice.
In honor of Veterans Day, Robinson, who also participates in the NBA’s Hoops for Troops campaign, joined President Obama at a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns in Washington, D.C. Read USA Today’s full article here, and have a happy Veterans Day. If we can learn even a little from our veterans, we’d be better players—and, of course, better people.
Jamaal got some NBA run for the first time, and showed a glimpse of what’s to come. Read More ›
A big shout-out to our boy Jamaal Franklin for making his NBA debut last night in Memphis against the Pelicans. It was a day he’ll never forget, and we’re proud to have been a small part of it.
In classic Jamaal style, he gave Grizzlies fans a little taste of what they’ll see in the future. On his first trip down the court, Jon Leuer missed a short jumper, and Franklin pounced on the rebound for the putback. Not a bad way to welcome yourself to the NBA.
A few minutes later, Jamaal swatted Tyreke Evans at the rim. He added another layup to finish with 4 points, 2 boards and a block in 11 minutes, and the Grizzlies were a team-best +14 with him on the court. But the numbers don’t really matter today—welcome to the League, Jamaal. You made it.
…of answering the same two questions. Read More ›
Anyone who’s seen Lance Stephenson play knows he doesn’t get tired easily. That’s the privilege of being Born Ready—he’s still running when other guys are mouth-breathing. But lately Lance has had a great reason to be tired: he’s been hearing the same three questions for weeks.
He’s nasty on the court, but off the court Lance has too much class to get up in a reporter’s face. Good thing we’re here—here are the answers to the questions Lance has been getting lately.
1. What about your contract for next season?
He seems pretty focused on dropping 17, 5 and 7 every night while locking down his opponents’ best scorer. Something tells us the contract will take care of itself.
2. Do you care about starting?
No. He cares about finishing.
3. You’re playing at close to All-Star level. Can you keep it up?
Funny, his opponents have been asking that question too. Why don’t you ask them?