Posts Tagged ‘Larry Brown’

NBA Style: Early Sideline Style

NBA Style

by Baron Davis

What’s going on ya’ll? It’s your boy, BD. The folks at NBA Style asked me to step in and write a piece for the blog, so here I am!

So much has been made of NBA player’s style over the years: What we wear pregame, as we walk through the tunnel, post-game, at the podium…pretty much everywhere. For this post, I decided to run a counter and turn the spotlight on the guys who roam the sidelines and make the adjustments: the coaches.

Just as player style has evolved season-to-season and decade-to-decade, so has that of the League’s coaches. You better believe that like us, some of them have had some style hits and style misses, so there was a lot out there to work with. Let’s take a look through the years: Sideline Style Part 1: The Early Days.

Coach Larry Brown: Mad scientist…only a basketball genius can pull this off.

Larry Brown talks with his team

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Extend, trade or cut – Eastern Conference All-Stars edition

by Micah Hart

It’s been a minute or two since we’ve done one of these, but with the announcement of the All-Star starters, everyone’s attention is now on which players will be named All-Star reserves.

Last night on the TNT pregame show, Kenny, Charles, and EJ gave their picks for the East, and they all agreed on five players: Atlanta’s Al Horford, and the Celtics’ foursome of Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Rajon Rondo, and Ray Allen.

There was no consensus for the last two spots, as they each picked a different pair from amongst Miami’s Chris Bosh, Atlanta’s Joe Johnson, and New York’s Raymond Felton. Given the lack of agreement,  I thought now would be a good time to revisit everyone’s favorite game, Extend, Trade, or Cut.

Just to refresh you on the rules, picture yourself as the GM of a mythical NBA franchise, and pretend that you have to choose between three players. One player you can extend with a new contract, one player you have to trade for some mythical asset(s), and one player you must cut from your roster for eternity (it’s a harsh world). You may choose each option only once.

Let’s examine the evidence:

Chris Bosh: Is he on the same level as his more famous teammates? No, he’s not. But he’s still a guy that can get you 20 and 10 on a given night, and he’s one of the sweeter-shooting big men in the game. He has caught some flak lately for suggesting that players maybe shouldn’t try so hard all the time.

Joe Johnson: For this exercise, we are only considering his merits as a basketball player. Therefore, you should disregard the fact that he most likely has at present the worst contract in the NBA. JJ’s had a bit of a down year, but some of that was due to an elbow injury, and he seems to have regained his form in January.

Raymond Felton: Has helped reignite the age decade old NBA question, is it the point guard, or is it Mike D’Antoni‘s system? On the other hand, some might argue that Felton has always been a capable PG, but was too restrained in Charlotte under the heavy hand of Larry Brown. Either way, there is no doubt that Felton is having a career year in his first season in New York City.

That’s the choices. What’s your decisions?

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