Posts Tagged ‘Lamar Odom’

Three for all: L.A. Lakers

by Micah Hart

As everyone knows by now, the compressed NBA schedule will force every team to play three games in three nights at least one this season (42 times in total). With only 66 games to stake a claim to a playoff spot or seed, how teams perform during these killer slates could have a large impact on how their seasons turn out.

With that in mind, we’re going to keep track of each of the 42 three-plays to see which teams take advantage and which teams fall apart.

I’ve come up with a completely arbitrary system with which to judge team performance, that looks a little something like this:

Game 1 win = 1 point
Game 2 win = 3 points
Game 3 win = 5 points
Game 1 loss = -2 points
Game 2 loss  = -1 point
Game 3 loss = 0 points

Bonus points:
+1 for road win
+1 for +10 margin of victory

Will this system work? I guess we’ll see how the season goes. In the meantime, let’s take a look at how the first contestants, the Lakers, handled running the gauntlet.

Game 1: Bulls 88, Lakers 87 – L.A. nearly got a win in the first game, at Staples Center, before Derrick Rose reminded everyone why he’s the reigning league MVP. -2 points

Game 2: Kings 100, Lakers 91 – A road loss for the Lakers on night #2, but perhaps not a big surprise given it was opening night in Sacramento and the place was rocking. -1 point

Game 3: Lakers 96, Jazz 71 – It’s early, but it’s hard not to think this was a huge win for the Lakers. 0-3 would be a tough way to start, and with Lamar Odom off to Dallas and Kobe Bryant fighting a wrist injury, this should give L.A. a bit of a lift going forward. 6 points

Add it all up, and the Lakers finish the swing with a total of 3 points. Respectable, as any win in Game 3 deserves plaudits, but we’ll see how that stacks up against the competition as the season wears on.

Up next: The Rockets finish up the year with three straight Dec. 29-31.

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Humphries garners a new superlative

by Zettler Clay

Yesterday, there was the question of whether LeBron James will ever stop taking heat (no pun intended, I assure you) for his move down South. Well now it seems that he gets a respite, thanks to Forbes.

It turns out that Mr. James is no longer the most loathed NBA player alive. That honor and distinction goes to recently-signed Nets forward Kris Humphries. Yes, the Kris Humphries that was just married to Kim Kardashian for all of 72 days.

I certainly saw this coming (OK, I didn’t). At least the voters (survey conducted by Nielsen and E-Poll Market Research) showed some originality in their approach. A year ago at this time, we know who would have topped this list. Five months ago, we know who would have took the crown. But basketball fans — at least the ones Forbes attracts — chose to knight a guy with a 5.6 ppg career scoring average.

*The power of the Kardashians reign again.

And for the second time in as many months, The King finished as a runner-up.

*Lamar Odom rounded the top 10 list, being voted 10th.

H/T USA Today

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Ron Artest joining cast of Two and a Half Men, announces Ron Artest

by Micah Hart

There is a question that has been on the lips of many, many Americans ever since Charlie Sheen bought a one-way ticket aboard the Crazy Train: who will take his place on TV’s top-rated sitcom*, CBS’ Two and a Half Men?

* I weep for our future

Well, the news broke today, and people can wonder no more: the new sex-crazed, cracker-of-wise misanthrope on the hit show will be … Ron Artest!

At least, so sayeth Queensbridge’s finest:

I guess Ron-Ron saw how successful Lamar Odom has been in his move to the small screen** and decided he needed to get in on the action. I can easily see him getting a rise out of Jon Cryer.

** I have no idea how Khloe and Lamar performs in the ratings – are people tuning in?

I’ll say this. I’ve never seen a single episode of TAAHM, but if Artest was on it, I’d probably give it a shot. At least for an episode or two.

Obviously Artest is kidding, but who knows? Maybe he’ll preview a taste of what the show might look like at his comedy showcase this summer.

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Catch the premiere of “The LeBrons”

by Micah Hart

Lamar Odom isn’t the only NBA player with a new TV show dropping these days. LeBron James has been promising a cartoon show based on his Nike commercial characters from a few years back, and the first episode is now online for all to see. Roll it!

What do you think? Will you stick around for more eps?

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What time is it? Khloe and Lamar time

by Micah Hart

After months and months of anticipation, it is finally here – the NBA playoffs Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom finally make their TV debut this Sunday night with the premiere episode of “Khloe and Lamar”, and if you are wondering what kind of show it will be, well, here is a little taste:

Reality TV isn’t really in my wheelhouse, so I have no idea if this preview makes you want to watch the show more or less. If the answer is yes, then definitely tune in to E! at 10 ET on Sunday for the first episode.

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The first trailer for ‘Khloe and Lamar’ is here

by Micah Hart

Set the DVR:

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Blake Griffin All-Star poster

by Micah Hart

All Ball reader Shane D. sent us this poster he created all the way from Australia, and we just had to share it. Well done Shane:

I guess it’ll have to be updated now that Mozgov and Gallinari have swapped teams, but seems like a pretty good list. Anyone disagree with the lineup? Let us know in the comments.

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Looking for that perfect unisex fragrance? Let Lamar and Khloe take you there

by Micah Hart

Valentine’s Day is but a week away. Still not sure what to get that special someone in your life? How about a bottle of “Unbreakable”, the new unisex fragrance courtesy of a little couple you may have heard of, Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom. But why listen to me prattle on and on about it, when you can hear a sales pitch from the Unbreakables themselves!

What is a unisex fragrance, by the way? It sounds like something Pat from Saturday Night Live would have used.

Of course, if Unbreakable isn’t your bag, you can always try a little splash of Numb#rs, by Kevin Love.

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Antonio McDyess, how do you rate on the Horry Scale?

by Kevin McCormack

Let’s get right to it, that was a sweet tip-in for the game-winning deuce by Antonio McDyess over the Lakers Thursday night. Nice, yes, but how does it rate on the Horry Scale?

Difficulty: The tip itself was simple, but the real beauty in this play occurred while Tim Duncan‘s missed shot was in the air. Watch it again and note how the wily veteran McDyess hooks his left arm around Lamar Odom to gain rebounding position.  When Duncan’s shot hit the rim, Odom has no chance and McDyess leaps up and taps it in.

Game Situation: The Lakers were ahead 88-87 with 4.6 seconds left when the Spurs in-bounded the ball. Down one, it’s time to get a basket or go home. Clutch play.

Importance: I’ll say medium-high to high. The Spurs have the best record in the league, but still have their doubters as to if they are actually the “best” team. Beating the Lakers in L.A., and further extending the current NBA storyline du jour that Kobe and the Lakers are in trouble, is huge. And let’s face it, there’s a pretty good chance these teams meat up again come May.

Celebration: Gregg Popovich cracked a smile! I repeat, Popovich cracked a smile!

Grade:

3.5 Horrys. The shot itself was easy, but the game situation, conference implications and the fact that this is the Horry Scale, after all, and Big Shot Rob did in fact once play for the Spurs, earns this play 3.5 Horrys.

This might be in the running for shot of the year

by Micah Hart

Is Lamar Odom in the H-O-R-S-E competition for All-Star Weekend? Cause if he can hit shots like this, he’s going to be tough to beat.

UPDATE: Via the indispensable Mike Trudell, here are Kobe Bryant and LO talking about the circus-style shot.

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