Last week, my Big Baby feature for TNT Overtime ran. I really like Big Baby, I think he should play more.
You know, if you give him a little more minutes, hes gonna be a beast.
Here is a guy who comes off the bench, thats a fan favorite
inside the Garden. His energy and attitude towards the interview and everything
was great - you can tell he was enjoying himself.
He does not have the superstar attitude - he was very down
to earth. It felt good - I think our interview went well and I enjoyed doing it
With the MVP thing, I mean its kind of hard to say. The Celtics
went from being talked bad about every night on all the sports talk shows to the
first place team in the East. Then you have a team like New Orleans thats being led by a point guard
Then you have Kobe, who they said didnt want to be a Laker,
whose team is now flip-flopping with New Orleans for the top spot in the West.
So what do you base the MVP on? Theyve all turned their
franchises around. Its just a popularity contest because theyre all
deserving, so what are you going to do? It becomes the coaches, writers or
voters like the most.
Everybody knows its tournament time right now in college
basketball. Over the years, my teams have varied. I went from DePaul in the early
80s. I also liked the Georgetown era when they had Sleepy Floyd.
I never got down with Duke, but I did like Michigan with
Chris Webber and the Fab 5. And UNLV, when they had Tark running it. But I
never really been binded by one particular team, but more so the players.
Even though I was traveling a lot, I still caught a few tournament
games. I saw the Davidson game with the young Curry kid.
What bothers me about Dick Vitale and the other people who
supposed to tell the world who are the diaper dandies and whos the All Americans
and all this preseason sh*t, is that the ones that got all the damn hype aint
the ones that are ballin the hardest.
But once someone breaks out like Curry, now everyone on the
bandwagon, but the kids probably had game the whole time. Thats why I like
[writing] this, because we can keep it real with readers as opposed to the same
people running their mouths and overlooking other players who arent All Americans,
but have All American games.
I always said look out for Monta Ellis, and he prevailed. I
also said Deron Williams would prevail. Rondo is someone I said all year was
gonna break out. I feel like when Sam was coming in that they were going to
change systems, but it seemed he took a turn and took his game up another notch.
My thing is, I just feel that the point guards in the
playoffs will be the difference on who wins.
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