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NBA Players in Lithuania

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So, we’ve already discussed Lithuanians (and Latvians) who play in the NBA. This year, in an interesting turn of events due to the NBA lockout, we have NBA players who will be playing in Lithuania.

Sonny Weems of the Toronto Raptors (formerly of the Nuggets) was the first NBA player to sign with a Lithuanian team. He’ll be playing with Zalgiris Kaunas, where he’ll be joined by Ty Lawson of the Denver Nuggets, who just announced his deal with the team today. The NBA players are free to return to their NBA teams as soon as the lockout ends.

I’ll let you know if any more NBA players plan to head to the glorious land of My People. (JR Smith, maybe?) If this guy’s tweet is any indication, Lithuanian fans are pretty excited about this development.

Written by Tracy

August 15th, 2011 at 1:46 pm

Why an animal abuser deserves more jail time than a guy who kills someone.

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Today I had to turn off the local sports radio station because it pissed me off so much. The discussion went something like this:

Michael Vick abused some dogs and got sent to prison for two years.

JR Smith was recklessly driving and killed a guy and got sent to jail for 30 days.

Therefore, the criminal justice system says dogs > humans.

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Written by Tracy

July 1st, 2009 at 8:07 pm

Players We Like: New Deal for J.R. Smith

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Good news! J.R. Smith (who used to be a player we didn’t like all that much, but that changed last year when he got his shit together) just got a new three-year deal with the Nuggets.

Trust me when I say that he’s going to be even more awesome this coming season. He’s been working out all summer and if you combine his pure athleticism with his improved attitude and new-found maturity, he’s going to be in-freaking-sane.

Keeping J.R. was crucial, considering what the Nuggets have lost in the off season (especially Marcus Camby). Currently, the team is worse off than it was at the end of last season, but hopefully things will go better than I expect.

In other news, the Broncos are in action tonight, with the starters expected to play approximately three quarters. I’m still calling for them to go 8-8 this year. The Rockies are out of it and the White Sox are up against the Rays (which is okay because the Twins are at the Angels this weekend).

There’s also some breaking news about a new Olympics scandal, this time with boxing scoring. Some Romanian dude commented on the fact that the scoring has been grossly inaccurate and unfair (true). The boxing and Olympics people promptly responded by suspending him and instituting some kind of disciplinary procedure against him. I’ll try to find out more about this and update tomorrow.

Written by Tracy

August 22nd, 2008 at 5:28 pm

I’ve got your Nuggets trades right here.

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Until yesterday, the Denver sports world had a few slow news days. No big problems were grabbing headlines, and nothing much was happening.

There’s always some kind of excitement in the air when a trade deadline approaches. Rumors about unhappy players who want to be traded crop up every day, and fans can’t help but think about what their teams need and who might bring it.

If you combine a bunch of slow news days with an approaching trade deadline, the result is, at least in Denver this year, pure madness. Out of boredom (or maybe it’s just human nature), people started making up problems and suggesting crazy trades. The other day, one of the morning radio guys advocated trading Eduardo Najera, J.R. Smith, Marcus Camby, and possibly also Chucky Atkins (my memory is fuzzy on that one) for Jason Kidd. According to him, this is a trade the Nuggets should make.

If you’re smoking crack with my next-door neighbors, this might make sense. Otherwise, I hope you agree with me that this trade is a terrible idea. Why would you trade three guys who contribute to the team for one guy? What happens when that one guy gets injured (as Nuggets players often do)? Who will fill the empty roster spots? How do you replace Najera’s hustle? Even if you don’t like Smith and even if he’s inconsistent, how do you replace his out-of-nowhere, one-man-comeback offense and three-point shooting? And Camby? Well, let’s talk about Camby for a minute.

I’ve said this before, but getting rid of Camby would be one of the three biggest mistakes the Nuggets could ever make. Camby is a (the?) leader of this team. I suspect he’s really the glue holding everything together and that he brings a quiet strength and drive to a team that sometimes doesn’t know what it is. He’s like the wise, elder statesman on the mountain, sharing his wisdom with the younger and more volatile players. He leads the league in blocked shots and consistently is number one or two in rebounding. He plays defense as well as or better than anyone, and that is incredibly valuable to a team known for being weak to flat-out horrible on defense.

Getting rid of Camby would completely change the entire character of the team. The Nuggets are small and fast. They need to play an up-tempo game — running the ball rather than falling into a half-court offense. The keys to playing this kind of game are (1) having good speedy players and (2) rebounding. Without rebounding and, to some extent, blocked shots, there’s no running the ball. Camby is rebounding. Nobody the Nuggets might pick up in a trade could replace his rebounding. Also, I don’t see how it’s a good idea for a small team to get rid of one of the few big men it has.

If the Nuggets got rid of Camby, we might have to revisit the 1990s and start calling them the Enver Nuggets (no D).

If you think the Nuggets need to make a trade, I hope that you’re not losing sight of the fact that, according to what one of the TV guys said the other day, the team has the best record at this point in the season it’s had in 30 years, and the third-best record it’s ever had at this point in the season. They’re only a game and a half behind Utah for first place in the division. I’m not saying the Nuggets are perfect or there’s no room for improvement, but the team certainly isn’t a sinking ship that can be saved only by trading away key players and/or bringing in someone of questionable character like Ron Artest (who would bring with him an annoying resurgence of “Denver Thuggets” jokes, neglected dogs, and domestic abuse charges).

This is my very inefficient and wordy way of saying that the only trade I think the Nuggets need to make right now is no trade at all. Let these guys play together. Even without Nene and Chucky Atkins, these guys can win the division with a healthy Kenyon Martin.

I’ll even do my part by writing relatively complimentary posts about players who need it. Just look at what’s happened to J.R. Smith since I wrote about him the other day. I’m not saying I’m responsible for his ridiculous three-point shooting, but hey, I wasn’t wrong about giving him a chance, was I?

Written by Tracy

February 14th, 2008 at 2:19 pm

J.R. Smith Responsible for Global Warming

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This just in….

Scientists studying the ice shelves of Antarctica have released new findings indicating the cause of the ice melting at an alarming rate. That cause is J.R. Smith.

In other news, the impending recession, the Iraq war, and the foreclosure crisis ripping through American cities also are the fault of J.R. Smith.

In a statement from prison, Michael Vick said it was “All that bastard J.R. Smith’s fault,” and that he hoped all those dogs would be okay.

Pretty much anything wrong in the world today can be traced back to J.R. Smith.

I’m going to admit something terribly embarrassing about myself, and I hope that, after today, we will never speak of this again. Someday, if I run for public office, I don’t want anyone using this against me in one of those horrifying political ads where you trash your opponent for mistakes made in the past.

Okay. Here we go.

I watch the show One Tree Hill.

I know. I told you it was terribly embarrassing. That show is horrible, and the fact that I watch it indicates a serious deficiency in my character. This probably rises to the level of “character issues” that would result in a college scholarship being revoked, just like what happened on Friday Night Lights, another show I watch (although I’m not actually embarrassed about that one).

On One Tree Hill, there’s this character named Quentin (and, in my defense, I had to look up his name just now because I wasn’t sure). Quentin is the bad-ass Tree Hill baller who has like mad skillz and shit but a gigantic attitude to match. In One-Tree-Hill-speak, this means that he’s a raging asshole who eventually will see the light and become less of a raging asshole or will kill people and end up in prison with unfortunate facial hair. He is cocky beyond cocky. He makes Allen Iverson’s “practice” diatribe look like kind words from a guy who likes to spend extra time in the gym developing his long-range jump shot. Quentin is too cool for practice, hogs the ball, and lets everyone in this bizarre North Carolina town know that he’s way better than they’ll ever be and nobody can tell him what to do.

So what in the hell does this have to do with J.R. Smith and adjustable rate mortgages (by the way, don’t get one of those)? Glad you asked!

My suspicion is that J.R. Smith is a lot like this Quentin character. I’ve heard about how he doesn’t like to practice. He’s not dedicated. He doesn’t have a good attitude. He doesn’t put in extra time like, say, Linas Kleiza and some of the other young players. I’ve seen him do things that indicate extreme cockiness or poor judgment, such as going up hard for a ridiculous dunk only to have the ball donk off the rim or having his driver’s license suspended five times in one year or driving into oncoming traffic, resulting in a horrific crash and the death of his friend. If you watch J.R. Smith freak the hell out after making a good shot, it’s pretty clear that this is a young man who doesn’t suffer from low self-esteem or much insecurity.

It’s clear to the world that George Karl is not a fan of J.R. Smith. I’ve heard him talk about things he wishes J.R. would do. The other day, J.R. sparked an awesome Kleiza-dominated comeback for the Nuggets, and after the game, George gave props to the players responsible for the win and then added something like “Oh, and J.R., sort of.” You can almost see the wheels turning in George Karl’s mind, trying to find a way to put the blame for Hurricane Katrina and everything that’s ever gone wrong for the Nuggets on J.R. Smith.

My love for George Karl is vast like the ocean AI couldn’t throw a rock into the other day, and I don’t doubt his judgment about J.R. at all. Well, most of the time, anyway.

Last night I was at the Nuggets/Jazz game and things weren’t going well for the Nuggets most of the time. Early on, I was three for three when shrieking to disrupt Jazz free throws (note to everyone in section 224: sorry about that!), but after a while, even that lost its effectiveness. I tried to put a hex on that Korver guy with his silly knee socks and actually might have wished a broken leg on Matt Harpring (that guy is a THUG).

While the Nuggets were busy sucking or busy trying to get back into the game, do you know what I noticed even more than the action on the court (or Rocky running around with a cake — what was that about)? I noticed J.R. Smith, going batshit crazy (in a good way) by the bench.

Here’s a guy who as far as I knew didn’t play at all (according to the box score, he played for three seconds — WTF?) and he was more into the game than half the guys on the court. He’s jumping around and yelling and he’s out on the court before the start of overtime wishing guys luck or talking shit to get them hyped up or whatever he was doing. From my seat waaay across the Pepsi Center from the bench, I could feel how much J.R. Smith wanted to win that game. He wanted it more than everybody in that building put together, I swear. That probably sounds kind of crazy, but I’ve never seen that kind of energy coming from a Nugget like that.

So I don’t know. It probably doesn’t make up for whatever attitude problems he has and whatever he doesn’t do in practice. But for whatever reason, it really kind of got to me last night. Even if he is a butt sometimes, and even if he’s just like that guy on a stupid WB drama, J.R. is an awesome player, and probably could be one of the best in the league. I kind of hope George Karl gives him another chance.

Written by Tracy

February 7th, 2008 at 9:52 pm