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Matt Ravida Video of the Day: Welcome to the Adam Morrison Show

It has been a while since the Matt Ravida Video of the Day posts have been made, so why not bring it back with one of the top individual performances from this past summer’s NBA Vegas Summer League, from none other than the self proclaimed “Great Moustachio” himself, Adam Morrison.

“Adam Morrison vs. the Celtics in Summer League”, is the title of the video on youtube and its most likely the appropriate title as Morrison puts on a show. Scoring from angles all over the court, draining threes from beyond deep and even showing off a bit of his rebounding 4-6 from three point range.

Nonetheless, here is the amazing video, and be prepared for your jaw to drop a lot during this video….do not say I didn’t warn you.

Told you all that it was pretty impressive. The man with diabetes can still really ball.

Did you guys hear the MVP chants at 1:22?

Written By: Matt Ravida

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James led USA Basketball Squad get Second Win Against a Surprising Brazilian Side

Washington, United States- With the American side being down at the end of the first quarter 27-17, James pushed a 25-5 run that showed how deep and defensively solid this team was.

James led all scorers with 30 points, also with 6 rebounds and 4 steals to lead Team USA to a 80-69 victory. James had great support from Kevin Durant, who was playing in his home city Washington, finished 11 points and Chris Paul finished with 10.

Team USA sustained a lead all through the second half with their smallest lead being 6 points with under six minutes left in the fourth quarter.

Alex Garcia led the Brazilian side with 14 points. Varejao also recorded 12 points and 13 rebounds.

The exhibition game was a great identifier that this team is no where near their full potential. Playing in a fast tempo style game is when Team USA is absolutely unmatched. The key to a USA gold medal is if they continue to outrun and tire the other teams out.

Team USA will face Great Britian in Manchester in 3 days.

Written by: Mohamed A. Mohamed

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NBA Power Rankings: The 5 Best Sixth Man Award Winners

Nonetheless, these players are known as the 6th man. The best player coming off the their teams respected benches.

All these players are talented players, and at one point in their career they were starters. But at the point they won this award, they were their teams 6th man.

So here is a list compiling the five best players to ever win this award.

5. Jason Terry, Guard, Dallas Mavericks (2009)

Stats of the Year the Player Won the Award

Points Per Game: 19.6

Rebounds Per Game: 2.4

Assists Per Game: 3.4

Blocks Per Game: 0.3

Steals Per Game: 1.1

Terry is another example of a great scorer in this league. Like Crawford, if Terry was on most other teams he could be a starter.

But some odd reason coming off the bench, Terry has been at his best. Averaging 12-19 points every season since becoming a role player off the bench.

4. Jamal Crawford, Guard, Atlanta Hawks (2010)

Stats of the Year the Player Won the Award

Points Per Game: 18.0

Rebounds Per Game: 2.5

Assists Per Game: 3.0

Blocks Per Game: 0.2

Steals Per Game: 0.8

Crawford as turned into an elite scorer in this league. He is simply a pure scorer. One of the bes the NBA has to offer.

He could easily be starting any 20+ others teams in the league.

But when you play the same position as a player by the name of Joe Johnson, it is tough to crack the starting line-up.

Nonetheless this is why Crawford is the reigning 6th Man of the Year winner. And is arguably the front runner to repeat the award come next season.

3. Detlef Schrempf, Forward, Indiana Pacers (1991,1992)

Stats of the Year the Player Won the Award

Points Per Game: 16.1, 17.3

Rebounds Per Game: 8.0, 9.6

Assists Per Game: 3.7, 3.9

Blocks Per Game: 0.3, 0.5

Steals Per Game: 0.7, 0.8

Detlef Schremf is a very underrated player in the league. He was a crafty big man that played multiple positions because if his size and athleticism as a bigger player.

Schremf was also a very good three point shooter, shooting roughly 38% for three for his career. And in the 1994-95 season he hit 51% of his threes, helping his team to the NBA Championship, where they lost to the Bulls.

He was also a three time all-star, and Schremf along with Dirk Nowitzki are the only two Germans to ever reach the NBA Finals.

2. Manu Ginobili, Guard, San Antonio Spurs (2008)

Stats of the Year the Player Won the Award

Points Per Game: 19.5

Rebounds Per Game: 4.8

Assists Per Game: 4.5

Blocks Per Game: 0.4

Steals Per Game: 1.5

Ginboli is one of the better role players this game has ever seen. He could easily start for the Spurs. But he was given the bench role, and took it better then most players would ever.

Ginobili won the the award back in 2008. But has helped the Spurs to three NBA Championships in his eight year career.

Manu is a slick player that can score with the best of them. He is a great driver to the basket with the wicked left hand of his.

The year he won the 6th man award he averaged career highs in points, rebounds and three point shooting percentage. Shooting 40% from beyond the three point line.

1. Kevin McHale, Forward/Center, Boston Celtics (1984,1985)

Stats of the Year the Player Won the Award

Points Per Game: 18.4, 19.8

Rebounds Per Game: 7.4, 9.0

Assists Per Game: 1.3, 1.8

Blocks Per Game: 1.5, 1.5

Steals Per Game: 0.3, 0.4

Go figure! Kevin McHale, one of the greatest power forwards, and Boston Celtic to ever play the game started less than half the games he played in? McHale played in 971 career games and only started 400 of those games!

McHale was a beast down low. With his 7’7 wingspan. He used every inch of that to his advantage. He was not the quickest or fastest player on the court. But he combined his length, with his high basketball IQ, to play great defense, and use those soft hands to score around the basket.

McHale coming off the bench played a key role along with all-time great, Larry Bird in the teams championship run in the 1984 season.

As you can see in the headline, McHale won this award twice in back-to-back seasons.

Though, in the 1984-85 season McHale did start 30 games near the end of the season after a knee injury to Cedric Maxwell.

McHale is the the top player to ever win this award for many reason. He made all-stars, lead the Celtics to championships. And did most of this coming off of the bench.

Written By: Matt Ravida

NBA Trade Rumors: Howard Heading to the Lakers Not the Nets?

It has recently been reported that the Los Angeles Lakers  have once again emerged as the favorites to land the prize possession, Dwight Howard.

The Lakers have been in talks with the Houston Rockets and Orlando Magic on a possible deal that will would send Dwight Howard to the Lakers and have Andrew Bynum sent to the Houston Rockets with the Rockets willing to give up numerous draft picks and cap-friendly contracts to Orlando.

Houston would more than likely be absorbing the contract of Jason Richardon’s three year $18.6 million he has left on his contract. Though the Lakers have mentioned they would be willing to absorb Richardson’s contract if they are acquiring Howard.

If the Lakers were to acquire Dwight Howard, it could put them as heavy favorites to not only come out of the Western Conference but also contend for a championships. A sixth championship for Kobe tying him with Michael Jordan.

The Lakers starting lineup would stand at this:

  1. Steve Nash
  2. Kobe Bryant
  3. Metta World-Peace
  4. Pau Gasol
  5. Dwight Howard

Talk about MVP galore, throw in a few defensive player of the year awards, some all-star appearances and you have yourself a starting five that can compete day in and day out with any team in the league. No matter how many of the same type players the Heat keep signing.

Overall if the Lakers are to somehow pull of this miracle trade and get Dwight Howard in a Laker uniform, it would not only shock the entire NBA world, it would solidify the Lakers as true title contenders.

Written By: Matthew Ravida

Rashard Lewis Signs Two-Year Deal with the Miami Heat

Rashard Lewis, right, defends a shot against his new teammate Chris Bosh, left.

The Miami Heat just keep stacking up on the veterans as on Tuesday morning, the Miami Heat signed Rashard Lewis to a two year deal at about $3.3 million.

Lewis had a meeting with the Heat, Hawks and Knicks earlier this week and announced his decision this morning.

Lewis like his new teammate, Ray Allen,Lewis 10th all-time in threes made in his career with 1,690. He is also has a career average for 16.1 points per game.

With bench players such as Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis, who were teammates and all-stars in Seatlle, Miami will get great production from both players as they bring added three point shooting abilities to an already stacked three point specialist team that will now contain Mario Chalmers, Mike Miller, Shane Battier, Ray Allen, maybe James Jones whether or not be retires, and now Rashard Lewis.

Combined these players have scored a combined 7,770 threes: Allen with 2,718; Lewis with 1,690; Miller with 1,351; Battier with 1,041; Jones with 597; and Chalmers with 373.

Lewis did not play the last 33 games of last season due to a knee injury which is now presumed to be completely healed and ready for the coming year.

Written By: Mohamed A. Mohamed

Is the 2012-2013 NBA Season the Year the Heat Surpass the Bulls 1995-96 All-Time Season Win Record?

Miami’s Big Three celebrating their championship win.

Jordan, Jackson, Pippen and Rodman showing off the trophies.

From the first day Miami’s “Big Three” were formed, comparisons to the Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen’s Chicago Bulls were made and whether or not the Heat could match or surpass the 95-96 Jordan and Pippen led Bulls single season record for wins with 72.

The Big Three have finished both their seasons second in the East with a 58-24 the first season and 46-20 in the second season which was shortened due to NBA and NBPA disagreements.

Michael Jordan’s 95-96 Bulls are considered by many as the best basketball team in NBA history and that the 72-10 record is one of few records that cannot be touched. Although many teams like the 71-72 Lakers, 66-67 76ers, and most recently the 08-09 Cavaliers (who also had the likes of LeBron James), have come very close but still came up short in matching or surpassing the Bulls record of 72 wins in a season.

The next portion of this article is to show you why the LeBron James led 2012-13 Miami Heat team has the ability to surpass Jordan’s 95-96 Bulls as the team as the single season most winningest  team of all-time.

  1. LeBron James is finally mastering his game!
  • Coming off a stellar championship run, LeBron James is showing why he is the best basketball player right now! He averaged 30,3 points per game, 9.7 rebounds per game, 5.6 assists per game and a career high 1.9 blocks per game. If this continues on to the start of the next season you can be sure to see LeBron James lift his fourth Maurice Podoloff Trophy (Regular season MVP).

2.  Heat seem to be  more hungry then ever!

  • After being asked if he was satisfied with one champion, James replied “There is no way I am satisfied with one, the journey is still going and I’m going to push myself and my team to be back here every year possible.
  • Players now that they have to come back next year and defend their title and prove to everyone why they are the World Champions!

3.  Signing of Ray Allen Improves bench.

  • The signing of Ray Allen, who leads the league in all-time three point field goals made, adds a reliable bench scorer and relieves pressure off the Big Three.
  • Allen will be a lethal threat coming off the bench. He will bring a reliable three point shooter that almost never misses if left open. Yes, the Heat do have shooters in Mike Miller and Shane Battier and both came alive in the Finals when it needed most but neither ones stroke was anywhere to be found during the regular season and this is about getting the all time single season wins record.

Head coach Erik Spoelstra and LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat celebrate their championship win.

4. Pressures on Erik Spoelstra have finally been relieved. 

  • With every mistake Spoelstra made being scrutinized by media, he always tried to play it safe and didn’t make too many hard decisions.
  • Now with championship experience Spoelstra will not need to be the same coach he was years before and use the freedom given to him by Pat Riley.
  • The players also on many occasions praise their coach, so don’t be shocked to see a smarter more risk-taking Erik Spoelstra.

5. Players have never been more comfortable with their roles on the team.

  • LeBron now knows that this is his team, and that he needs to take a commanding role. He also needs to not shy away from big moments and takeover the way he did in the Finals against OKC.
  • Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh know they’re roles and showed it in full display these playoffs.
  • Bosh is the energetic player who they desperately needed to give the crowd energy and something to feed off of.
  • Wade is the second offensive option and showed  he can thrive that way putting up 25.2 points per game throughout these playoffs.
  • Players such as Mike Miller, Shane Battier know that on offence they need to get open and give LeBron options.
In conclusion, this shows that if any team could beat the 72-10 record made by Michael Jordan’s Bulls, it can be LeBron James’ Miami Heat. They have the pieces, they are coming off of a championship win, and signed a great free agent in Ray Allen. We’ll just have to see how this season and the Miami Heat’s journey pans out.

Written By: Mohamed A. Mohamed & Matt Ravida

Who Is The King of Court Cuts: Blake Griffin, LeBron James or Vince Carter?

After years of watching the likes of The Score and waiting for the moment every time Court Cuts was to appear. So going through the many different court cut videos of players I could find, I came up with the conclusion that these three players: Blake Griffin, LeBron James and Vince Carter had the three most jaw dropping Court Cuts of any other player.

So now that I have narrowed the list down to three players, I want to see your own personal opinions on whose Court Cuts video is the best of all-time.

First we have Blake Griffin, this mix was taken from his college days at Oklahoma and his rookie year with the Clippers. A constant you will see throughout this video is that Blake Griffin dunks over anything and everything in his way.

Next we have the “King” LeBron James. James is fresh off his championship season, so nothing better than showing a video of the good times he had in Cleveland.

Lastly, we have the Half Man, Half Amazing, Mr. Air Canada himself, Vinsanity, the one and only Vince Carter. As you can tell from the introduction alone you know right away who my vote is for the winner of the best Court Cuts video of all-time is. His video includes ridiculous windmills, eye-popping athleticism, a French seven footer being crowned, a dunk that is considered to be the best dunk of all time, and a nice poster to give to Alonzo Mounring and many other victims. The words to describe Carter’s Court Cut video is endless and I still think this video does not do any justice for the dunking abilities of Mr. Carter.

Without further adieu here is the video of the greatest dunker’s to ever touch the hardware.

Now it is your turn to give your opinion on who you think has the greatest Court Cuts video of all time.

Written By: Matt Ravida