What’s good folks? I had to get in here and dust some things off. I’m still here and I’m still trying to keep this here blog going. 2017 ended on a sour note as my Grandma Doressia transitioned on into the after life. By contrast, January 2018 ended with me and my family moving into a new home! The emotions of both life events continue to run through my mind from time to time. Both overwhelming in their own ways. I’m thankful for both. We all should cherish our time here. We should all make the most of our time here. Most importantly we should all love and enjoy those we share this time with. I look forward to doing more of all 3 and I look forward to posting more on this blog.
After the funeral I joked that me and my family looked like the “Black Gallagher’s” as an ode to the TV show Shameless. I’ll let you all judge for yourselves. The building/club/restaurant where we gathered for the repast was “shot up” a few days later. Like I said, Black Gallagher’s.
This scene from the movie Old School sums up my rooting interest in sports.
It looked liked things were all good after I made a personal plea to the Basketball Gawds to start the New Year. The New Orleans Pelicans went on a 4-game winning streak and had a winning record (9-5) in the month of January. It was filled with highlights and monster numbers aplenty from Anthony Davis and Boogie Cousins. We even got this great cover from SLAM Magazine.
Everything was looking great. Both players were voted starters for the 2018 NBA All Star Game. There was no limit to the cash money trash talk I was ready to unleash. The Pels were in the process of pulling off a shaky but most important – at that moment – home win over the Houston Rockets on January 26. Then with little time left in the game, I knew how New York felt after watching Snoop come through in the music video for New York, New York. Boogie went down with a ruptured Achilles tendon and yeah nothing has been the same. Oh and Arsenal? Heh! I give you another picture to sum up their season.
Other notable sports news, Roger Federer continued to pad his GOAT status by winning the Australian Open. The #FlyEaglesFly Crew (Philadelphia Eagles) finally won a Super Bowl. The NBA Trade Deadline gave us a day to remember as LeBron traded his whole team. Whoa, Nellie! After all of that it’s only right that I leave off with a phrase from the legendary announcer Keith Jackson who passed on January 13. As I said…cherish your time here; make the most of your time here; most importantly love and enjoy those you share this time with.
Once upon a time Timbabland and Magoo – with the help of a few friends – showed us how to party. On Sunday night after the NBA All-Star game had ended – in which Anthony Davis won MVP and set a new record for points scored (52) in the All-Star Game – Dell Demps (New Orleans Pelicans General Manager) and Alvin Gentry (Head Coach) did their own impression of Timb and Magoo. Demps was able to pull off a trade for big man DeMarcus “Boogie” Cousins. I don’t care much to talk about the trade details because that’s been ran into the ground. What I will tell you is that I was definitely shocked by the move. When say “shocked” I mean I had to pause from playing FIFA 17 on PS4 and digest what was happening. I got a text of “congrats” and “wow” before I knew what had taken place. I’m still a bit shocked by the move BUT I’ll take a move for Boogie over Jahlil Okafor 10 times out of 10. The current landscape of sports has shown me that you have to strike while the iron is hot. I’m well aware of Boogie’s attitude and the stories of his time in Sacramento. Look all I know is that he’s likely to be on the Pelicans’ roster until the summer of 2018 (barring anything major happens before then).
The addition of Boogie means the Pelicans will see some needed space on the offensive end of the court. To take advantage of this open space the shooters will need to be ready. They haven’t been consistent thus far (and they weren’t last night) but hopefully that’ll change the remainder of this season. The tweets below from @NOLAJake show how bad the Pels were on uncontested shots versus the Rockets last night.
New Orleans is currently 2.5 games from the 8th spot in the West with 24 games to play. Before last night’s disaster I’d already put in my head that I’d take a record of 15-10 to end the season. If the Playoffs come with that then cool but I’m fine without it. *I’m well aware that the move for Cousins leads some to believe the team will reach the Playoffs. Davis and Cousins held down their end of the bargain last night against Houston combining for 56 points, 23 rebounds, 6 assists, 5 steals, and 6 blocks. So it’s clear that those two will be able to bring it. The team will need Jrue Holiday to find his way to help move the team forward.
Another key for New Orleans will be deciding what type of style they want to play. Under Alvin Gentry they’ve tried to play with a faster pace. That hasn’t worked well as they currently rank 27th in Offensive Rating according to http://www.basketball-reference.com/leagues/NBA_2017_ratings.html. By contrast the Houston Rockets are 2nd. The Rockets have made it clear as to what they want to do on offense. The goal for Houston is to play at a fast pace, share the ball to get a great shot and ensure that said shot is either a layup, three pointer, or trip to the free throw line. The shot chart in the tweet below from @Rockets_Insider shows how well that game plan worked against New Orleans last night.
The Rockets attempted 51 three-pointers! And made 20 of them. While the Pelicans took 31 and made only SIX! This is the 2nd blowout victory for the Rockets over New Orleans this season and the two teams will play twice in March. It’ll be interesting to see how the Pelicans adjust the next time the teams play. Unfortunately the Pelicans will be without Omri Casspi – who came over from Sacramento with Boogie – due to a broken thumb. That won’t help a team that’s void of confident shooters.
In hoops news closer to home and near my heart…the City of Jackson’s basketball community lost legendary coach Orsmond Jordan. I’ll always remember Coach Jordan for his time at Murrah High School in the 1990s when I was learning about the game. Coach Jordan also came over and gave a pep talk before the 9th Grade JPS Championship Game when I played. He will be missed but his legacy in the history of High School Basketball will live on. Rest easy Coach Jordan.
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