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« Reply #69 on: Feb 16, 2014, 12:05:07 AM »

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Teletovic improving …


George Eddy's International Show
One international player who has shown a lot of improvement this season is the Brooklyn Nets Bosnian three-point gunner, Mirza Teletovic.

He has been pretty much flying under the radar screen since he arrived in Brooklyn but the season-ending injury to center Brook Lopez openned up some more playing time for Mirza who is scoring more than Kevin Garnett while playing less.
He also has a higher Player Efficiency Rating (PER) than Kevin which shows he is using the playing time intelligently after having to accept a lot of DNP-CDs (Did Not Play-Coach's Decision) in his first season and also in the first month of this season.

Along with Joe Johnson, he is the best and most prolific three-point shooter on the team at 41 percent; in fact, he was a career 40 percent three-point shooter during his six seasons in Vitoria, Spain. Everyone remembers his incredible three-pointer from 11 meters out at last summer's EuroBasket in Slovenia when he scored 31 points against the future finalists, Lithuania!

Teletovic's life and career have never been easy as he grew up during the horror of the Bosnian war before moving to Belgium as a fully-fledged professional at the tender age of 18.

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He grew and improved drastically during his six seasons in Vitoria and even averaged over 21 points a game in his last Euroleague campaign.


Teletovic is a big unknown at the NBA level. Technically a 26-year-old rookie, the 6’9” power forward made his mark as the leading scorer in Euroleague in 2011-12. He can — and will — shoot the three like nobody’s business, and hit 43.1% of his three-pointers for Caja Laboral last season. He’s been compared to a poor man’s Ryan Anderson, but seems a bit more shameless with his gunning. 
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He bought out the hefty freedom clause in his contract for $2 million (as Luis Scola and Tiago Splitter did before him) because Vitoria has become well-known for its smart policy of signing young, rising star talent to long-term contracts with expensive NBA buy-out clauses. If these players are obliged to stay longer than expected in Europe, there is a positive aspect, because when they finally do go to the NBA they are more mature and ready to have an immediate impact.

I thought Mirza would show off his skills last season but his coaches used the Gregg Popovich method of bringing him along slowly, letting him learn the system and a good lesson in humility to boot! After not playing at all against the Chicago Bulls in the 2013 playoffs, Teletovic has more than doubled his playing time and stats this season becoming the first power forward off the bench while averaging over 10 points a game in December and January.

This good stretch culminated with his NBA career-high, reference game against the Dallas Mavericks and their porous zone defense, scoring 34 points and hitting seven of 11 three pointers! Brooklyn have won 13 of their last 18 games after a terrible start and despite numerous injuries, they are in good position to make the playoffs.

At 28, he is at the top of his physical and technical form as the resolutely modern-day, three-point shooting 6ft 9in power forward that the ambitious Nets will be able to count on in the future!


Teletovic has played an increasingly important role during this good run...

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« Reply #68 on: Jan 19, 2014, 12:24:45 AM »

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It took a full week for Joakim Noah
to digest the Luol Deng trade to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

It took a full week for Joakim Noah to digest the Luol Deng trade to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The usually affable Noah refused to talk to the media while he came to grips with the fact that his good friend and ideal teammate wasn't going to be around anymore to try and gut out wins while Derrick Rose nurses a new knee injury.

Noah finally opened up to the media to say that the trade was difficult to swallow because the NBA was more than just a business to Noah and Deng and that the two close friends put their heart and soul on the line for each game which, of course, made them perfect fits for Tom Thibodeau's defensive, grind-it-out style of basketball.

For proof of this, just look at the team stats where the Chicago Bulls are second in points allowed and LAST in points scored!

This trade was the Chicago decision-makers' way of saying that they didn't want to break the bank to keep Deng, who is in the last year of his contract, despite his great all-around and All-Star level play along with being a model citizen and teammate.

With Rose out again, the chances of playing for a title were very thin anyway so the Bulls are going to try and rebuild on the run and hope, just like the other 29 franchises, to profit from the best draft class in years to reel in a top flight performer at discount, rookie - scale contract prices.

Of course, Tom Thibodeau didn't like the trade either but this isn't the first time he hasn't seen eye to eye with the Chicago brass...

He's taken an intelligent corporate stance by stating that in the NBA, the most important thing is to roll with the punches, dust yourself off and get ready for the next battle.

Noah was intelligent too, because he knew that if he spoke from the heart right off the bat, some feathers were going to get ruffled, so he walled himself in silence for a week to avoid the type of verbal controversy he had often created as a younger player in the league.

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Now Joakim is less naive and a more mature, political animal.


Joakim Noah is a guy I always think is going to make a great fantasy sleeper every year. That highlight video of his epic game versus the Nets in last season’s playoff game showcases some of the reasons I always think Noah will make an awesome fantasy player, he gets involved in nearly every element of the game. You see the way he moves without the ball, crashes the boards, blocking everything and hands out great passes like he thinks he’s Derrick Rose and I’m convin“ced he’s going to lift my fantasy team to success. Oh and nobody out-celebrates him. In this photograph photograph from TD Fantasy Sports presented by #eBAStatsGroup #BasketballStatistics Analysis .
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Same thing when it comes to talking about his participation with the French national team.

Noah was very happy for his French teammates who were crowned for the first time at the Slovenia 2013 Eurobasket but he admits that he doesn't feel the same fervor and investment as Tony Parker or Boris Diaw because Joakim was not raised in France and the French basketball system.

Noah is a pure product of the US system from junior high right up to his two NCAA titles with Florida.

When Noah was a finalist at the 2011 Eurobasket he was, as usual, fully motivated and invested but it was essentially done to please his dad, Yannick, a former winner of Roland Garros.

Deng, as we all know, has done a lot for the country of Sudan and for the British national team program and now we will see what he can do for Cleveland teaming up with their superstar Kyrie Irving.

Will it be for the long haul? Deng is open to dicussion with the Cavs but only time will tell.

Personally, I feel it's a shame to have broken up the Noah-Deng tandem in Chicago.

They fit so well together because they both anchored a great defense while on offense, Luol's outside shooting was perfectly complementary to Noah's passing and screening skills.


They both hit the offensive boards like madmen, in fact, they did everything on the court that way and I, for one, am going to miss seeing them play together!

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« Reply #67 on: Dec 29, 2013, 12:02:17 AM »

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Weekend eBA Basketball Magazine:

We are living a fabulous era for point guards,
probably the best NBA point guard era EVER!

With the new NBA season under way, it dawned on me that we are living a fabulous era for point guards, probably the best EVER!

It's comparable to the Bob Cousy-Jerry West-Oscar Robertson era of the early 1960s or the Magic Johnson-Isiah Thomas-Dennis Johnson period of the 1980s.

The big advantage for today's point guards is that the NBA no longer allows hand-checking on defense which liberates all these quick playmakers to run havoc over today's defenses.  

A sparkling example of this is the Los Angeles Clippers' Chris Paul - the NBA's scoring AND assist leader after three games - who brings to mind a certain Nate 'Tiny' Archibald from the 1970s.

Paul's recent duel with up-and-coming Stephen Curry - the revelation of last season's playoffs - in which he had 42 points and 15 assists was a thing of beauty. Two high octane offenses, running and gunning, produced a great show for so early in the season!

Then there's the glorious return of Russell Westbrook Sunday night which comforted the Oklahoma City Thunder fans in the notion that their team is once again ready to CONTEND.

Same thing for the Minnesota Timberwolves who won their first three games behind the adroit passing of Ricky Rubio and his mended knee. After a decent EuroBasket, I see Rubio averaging 10 assists a game this season and if he figures out how to put some arc on his jump shot then the sky will be his limit. The Wolves are among a group of five or six teams in the West that could finish anywhere from fifth to 10th this season.

A lot like the Portland Trail Blazers and their point guard jewel, Damian Lillard, who is also scoring strong out of the gate. Along with Derrick Rose and Kyrie Irving, he makes up the new generation of elite playmakers who will one day carry the torch from stellar performers like Paul, Rajon Rondo (still injured) and especially Tony Parker.

TP, soon to be father of a baby boy, has been living a dream in the last 12 months as he is coming off his best season statistically, a fourth NBA Finals where he was 28 seconds away from being champion and possibly MVP, and an historic, first-ever EuroBasket title with France and MVP trophy to boot!

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This season I feel his individual stats will be down some because of accumulated fatigue after playing non-stop with little vacation time for several seasons and this will probably be a good thing in the long run.


Don’t put your hair on Russell Westbrook.... If anyone out there is thinking of putting their hair on or about Russell Westbrook, here is a quick word of advice — don’t. He hates that ! In this photograph by Sam Alipour from The Score presented by #eBAStatsGroup #BasketballStatistics Analysis .
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Parker is the best all-time point guard finisher near the basket with his Kevin McHale footwork done at the speed of light but his coach Gregg Popovich is the all-time best coach at resting his players during the regular season in order to get them in top shape for the playoffs.

Tony, the Spurs' undisputed leader now, will get the same treatment as Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili these last few seasons, resting more and sitting out the second games of back to backs etc...

This has prolonged intelligently their careers and also the Spurs run at the top of the league when many experts, including myself, feared they were an aging team. Never again should we underestimate their capacity to renew themselves and rebound from a disappointing season!

The Spurs also have a record nine non-Americans on their roster and an European style, drive and kick passing game that produces the best teamwork in the NBA. Now Popovich just needs to learn how to foul in the money time to avoid opponents' comeback three-point shots like they do in Europe and everything will be hunky dory in San Anton! He has already evolved from a hyper-defensive, slow it down coach into a three-point, uptempo fanatic, so anything is possible.

And what about the possibilities of Deron Williams, mentored by Jason Kidd, while orchestrating the most expensive NBA roster for the highly ambitious Brooklyn Nets?

All of these story lines lead to one conclusion; the NBA has never had so many quality point guards throughout its history, and we are going to love watching them.

One last point about the playmakers; we must tip our hat to the progress of modern medicine concerning knee and ankle injuries and surgeries because most of the aforementioned players have had to come back from a major injury at some point in their careers.


In the good old days, many brillant players saw their careers shortened by the same type of injuries.

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« Reply #66 on: Dec 22, 2013, 12:02:27 AM »

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The Brooklyn Nets Turnaround

All the critics and observers who threw the Brooklyn Nets under the bus in the first month of the season are going to have to eat their words. The Nets are going to turn things around under one condition: that Deron Williams and Brook Lopez stay healthy and on the court!

THEY are the two key players to Brooklyn's ambitious and expensive win-now project which was proven by all the difficulties the Nets encountered while they were in and out of the line-up.

Too much attention was directed to Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett during the string of losses in the first month and this was unfair because at their age they came to Brooklyn to fill holes and provide valuable experience during the playoffs, not carry the team during the marathon regular season full of back-to-backs!

Brooklyn without Williams and Lopez is like the Chicago Bulls without Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah; it's just not the same team. Deron gets everything and everyone moving while Lopez is the best offensive center in the East and a darn good rim protector too.

We saw during Brooklyn's recent three-game winning streak what their team will become. Joe Johnson, their most consistent performer from the start, is no longer obliged to carry the team and using Pierce off the bench while he gets back into game shape is logical.

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Pierce and Kobe Bryant, coming back from injuries at 35, make me think of Michael Jordan when he came back as a player with the Washington Wizards, very slow but still capable of a few flashes from the past!


Brooklyn Nets forward Andray Blatche, left, reacts after hitting a free throw shot as teammates Deron Williams (8), Brook Lopez (11) and Joe Johnson celebrate during the second half in Game 6 of their first-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Chicago Bulls in Chicago, Thursday, May 2, 2013. The Nets won 95-92. In this AP photograph by Nam Y. Huh from Sports Hub presented by #eBAStatsGroup #BasketballStatistics Analysis .
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If Andray Blatche stays focused and Andrei Kirilenko (another key player) cures his back spasms, the Nets will make a nice run up the standings in the pathetic Eastern Conference where there is more talk about tanking in order to profit from the best draft class since 2003 (LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade...etc) than there is talk of trying to make the playoffs!

Of course, during the bad streak, many people enjoyed the chance to pounce on Brooklyn's owner who was trying to BUY a title, something which has been proven to be impossible by the New York Knicks. Rookie head coach Jason Kidd was highly-criticised and often seemed lost on the bench but in the long run he should have the leadership qualities necessary to succeed as an NBA coach the way Larry Bird did with the Indiana Pacers and not the way Magic Johnson failed with the Los Angeles Lakers!

The poor handling of the Lawrence Frank situation added pressure and media scrutiny to an already pressure-packed, losing period. The truth is that Frank wants to be a HEAD coach not an assistant.

Of course, in the short run, the Nets would have probably been better off if they had outbid the Los Angeles Clippers for Doc Rivers or if they had chosen the experience of a Lionel Hollins or George Karl to profit from the short window of opportunity which is open to Brooklyn for two seasons.

Now that we have gotten a taste of Brooklyn's true potential, it will take patience to let Kidd and his players acquire and maintain good health, shared experience and progress during the regular season in order to make a decent showing in the playoffs.


I feel that this will be a season of transition towards a winning culture and in 2014-2015 the Nets could be ready to make a last-dance type run at the title.

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« Reply #65 on: Dec 04, 2013, 12:32:55 AM »

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The Most Impressive NBA Player

Which NBA international player has impressed me the most in the first month of the 2013-2014 NBA season? Well...Tony Parker is the undisputed leader of a San Antonio Spurs team tied for the best record in the dominant Western Conference after being MVP and Champion at EuroBasket 2013 with France.

With practically no vacation, he presses on regardless like his French teammate Nicolas Batum who is an all-around threat and starter for THE surprise team of the first month since the Portland Trail Blazers are tied for first place in the West with San Antonio.

Dirk Nowitzki is averaging over 20 points a game with the Dallas Mavericks and Luol Deng over 18 with the Chicago Bulls. I could choose Nikola Pekovic from Montenegro, who is proving he is worth his big, new contract with the Minnesota Timberwolves putting up his best career stats, or his countryman Nikola Vucevic who is averaging a double-double on 55% shooting as a rebuilding block for the future on a weak Orlando Magic team in an even weaker Eastern Conference (if you put aside the Indiana Pacers and Miami Heat).

I have been most impressed by a player who has similar stats to Vucevic except that he is a starter for the third best team in the West, the Oklahoma City Thunder. You guessed it, he's Serge Ibaka! He did not play for Spain this summer so he came back rested and ready for the new NBA season and it's obvious he worked on his game during his time off.

Ibaka has steadily progressed each season since he came into the league. He was considered an athletic shot-blocker at the beginning but he has become an excellent shooter from 20 feet in, shooting 55 percent over his career! This summer he added a head-fake and drive to the basket move that he often finishes with powerful dunks or cool finger rolls and this makes him even more dangerous.

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His perimeter shooting has always been the perfect complement to Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook drives to the hoop because he frees up the key by spotting up outside.


On Friday night, late in the fourth quarter of the Oklahoma City Thunder's nationally televised 114-108 win over the visiting Los Angeles Lakers, Thunder forward Ibaka and Lakers forward Metta World Peace got a little bit physical with one another while battling for rebounding position following a free throw. There was grabbing of jerseys, blowing of whistles and separating by teammates; beyond that, as ESPN color commentator Jeff Van Gundy said, 'That was nothing...'
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We now better understand why Oklahoma City considered re-signing Serge even more of a priority than James Harden. Quality and durable big men have ALWAYS been a priority in the NBA!

The French-speaking Ibaka, who grew and improved in the excellent Spanish youth basketball system, is an excellent example of an amazing athlete who worked his butt off so that his technique could catch up with his athleticism. One of the best examples of this phenomenon, was, of course, Michael Jordan.

This season, Serge ranks third in the NBA in blocks and eighth in rebounding while averaging a double-double of 15 points and 10 boards in 34 minutes a game, while shooting 53 percent from the field and 80 percent from the free-throw line. He's improved about 20 to 30 percent in each stat, except for shooting percentage, compared to last season!

He's also become a master of winning details that don't show up on the stat sheet like help defense, setting good picks or keeping balls alive on the offensive glass. In a recent high-level match-up against San Antonio, he blocked Tim Duncan's shot three times and pretty much shut him down one on one, on the way to a victory of reference.

Right now Ibaka is having a better season than his legendary Spanish teammate, Pau Gasol. The affable young African will probably be a major cog on a Spanish national team hungry to win the first-ever FIBA Basketball World Cup at home next summer.


His improvement, along with the return of Westbrook and the emergence of an excellent shooter, Jeremy Lamb, to replace Kevin Martin makes Oklahoma City, once again, a major title contender.

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