Ex-NBA player is now an usher

“The Mayor” is now the “The Usher.” Former 76ers player Steve Mix is now an usher during spring training games for the New York Mets. 

According to the New York Post, the 69-year old Mix just wanted to stay busy:

“I heard somebody say sometime, when you retire and you do nothing, how do you know when you are done?’’ Mix told the New York Post. “I need that place where I can hang my hat. I just need a place where I can do something.’’

Good for Mix! I enjoyed him during his time as a broadcaster for the 76ers. Glad to see he is well!

 

 

LaVar Ball: ‘Zo is the best player in the world’

In the latest chapter of Lavar says the darndest things,  LaVar Ball told TIME that his son Lonzo Ball is the best player in the world:

“To me Zo is the best player in the world,” LaVar says. Yes, even better than all-stars LeBron James and Russell Westbrook. “I don’t know if he can beat them one on one,” Ball says, conceding the NBA stars are stronger than his son, the Pac-12 player of the year and an expected top pick in the upcoming NBA draft. “But I know he can beat them 5 on 5.”

Does LaVar really believe the stuff that he says?  I hope not. I think LaVar is just trolling all of us!!

Is Dwight Howard a Hall of Famer?

Dwight Howard told ESPN that he believes he is a Hall of Famer.  

Is he right?  Good question. Let’s compare Dwight Howard’s resume to recent Hall of Famer Dikembe Mutombo.

Both are 8x All-Stars; Howard was first-team All-NBA five times, Dikembe none. Deke won the Defensive Player of the Year Award four times; Howard three times.  Also, Howard averages more points, rebounds, assists, and steals than Dikembe. Deke does average more blocks per game than Howard(2.8 to 2.0). Finally, if you do the eye test, Howard was a big reason why the Magic made it to the NBA finals in the 2008-09 NBA season. Deke made it to the NBA Finals in 2001 with 76ers, but that was Allen Iverson’s team. 

End of the day, forget how you feel about Dwight Howard. I know a lot of you hate him, but if Dikembe Mutombo is in the Hall of Fame, Dwight Howard belongs too!

Go here to see the comparison:

http://www.landofbasketball.com/player_comparison/dwight_howard_vs_dikembe_mutombo.htm

 

Dwyane Wade out for the remainder of the regular season

The Chicago Bulls announce that Dwyane Wade is out for the remainder of the regular season with a sprain and small fracture in his elbow. Wade, 35, hurt his elbow last night against the Grizzlies.  This a big blow to Chicago’s playoff hopes. The Bulls are currently one game out of the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

#THROWBACKTHURSDAY Grizzlies’ Vince Carter

We sat down with Grizzlies’ star Vince Carter back in 2014. At the time, Carter just signed with the Grizzlies. Carter discussed his battle with Iverson in 2001, the memorable 2000 dunk contest, how long he was going to stick around in the NBA, 3 point shooting, whether he is a Hall of Famer, and dunking on shot blockers.  Also, he was asked if he was the greatest dunker of all time. You will hear his answer.

Take  a listen!

LaMelo Ball defends his daddy

Lavar Ball has been making some headline grabbing comments over the past few weeks. Because of these comments, many have criticized Lavar.  Ball’s son LaMelo decided to defend his daddy. LaMelo, who once dropped 92 points in a high school game, went to Twitter to support his father:

https://twitter.com/SwaggyMelo1/status/842045303201116160

Some kids unfortunately do not have fathers, but Lavar is probably talking just a little too much. I just hope it does not affect his kids in the future.

Are the Lakers tanking?

The Los Angeles Lakers are a franchise in transition. Now, it appears they are flat out tanking. According to reports, the Lakers have decided to shut down F Luol Deng and C Timofey Mozgov for the final 15 games of the season.  One reason the  Lakers might be tanking is their first-round pick in the 2017 draft is top three protected.  Therefore, if the pick goes below three, the pick goes to the 76ers. That would be a killer for the Lakers. Currently, the Lakers have the second worst record in the NBA.

I believe this a wise decision. You have to protect your assets.  For now, the young guys play and develop. More importantly,  you try to ensure you get a top three pick in the 2017 NBA Draft. Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka have a lot of work to do to get this team back to respectability. We’ll see if they can get it done.

For now, I say tank on Lakers!!

 

 

Westbrook gets triple-double number 33

The Russell Westbrook triple-double show made a stop in Brooklyn last night; he messed around and got triple-double number 33. OKC defeated the Nets 122-104. Westbrook stat line was 25pts, 12 rebs and 19 assts. The Thunder are 27-6 when Westbrook messes around and gets a triple-double. In order for Westbrook to finish the season averaging a triple-double and being at 30ppg, he would need to average 21.8 ppg, 8.8 apg, and 7.5 rpg. Can he do it? I think he will.

If he finishes the season averaging a triple-double, he has to be the MVP.  I just can’t see how he could not be the MVP. What’s happening here is historic. This achievement warrants the MVP!

We’ll see if the MVP voters agree!