Monday, February 15, 2010
By: Stephen Jared House
You’ve heard about the kid. His famous scoring shows he put on in college. Beating Goliath (Georgetown) in the NCCA Tournament, single handily almost making the Final Four at Davidson! Leading all of men’s college basketball in scoring last season while teams zeroed in their defense on him night after night. Stephen Curry captured the hearts of Americans in his three years playing basketball for Davidson, a tiny school is a sleepy little town tucked away in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Curry is also known for another reason. He has been known for this before he ever hit his first three, or laced up his first pair of Nike’s. He’s the son of one of the greatest shooters in the history of the National Basketball Association, Dell Curry. He has always heard people say, “Hey, that’s Stephen Curry, he’s the son of Dell Curry” Talk about a long shadow to try to get out from under!
Let’s be honest, college basketball is more popular with mainstream America than the NBA. Anyone who watched college basketball knows who Stephen Curry was. But I would wager that only about fifty percent of those people know where Curry is playing now. A.) because he plays for the Golden State Warriors and B.) because, well he’s in the NBA. Now while the Warriors aren’t on national television regularly, they do have a few games on in prime time, but being on the west coast they start at eleven pm, and unless you are a writer like me, a college student, or an upper addict you probably won’t be staying up to watch Golden State and Portland play until one o’clock or later in the morning.
I was a critic of Curry’s when he was drafted and my prognostication for him was, “Going to be a good player, never great. Starter for a good team, bench player for a championship caliber team. One dimensional role player who will knock down open shots, but can’t create for himself because of size and strength and certainly can’t play defense.” Go back look it up on my older posts. Yeah I know, I’m eating crow as I type. Now I’m not saying that if you put Curry on the Lakers that he would start, Hell no, but just about any other team he would be, and all but the defensive assessment that I made have been proven wrong. I will stand by that til the day I die that he will never be able to play defense! But back to where I foolishly said he couldn’t create his own shot, we let’s look at his stat line from Wednesday night, the last game before the All-Star break. Mr. Curry recorded seven 3’s, 10 rebounds, 13 assists 3 steals, and 36 points all while shoot 50 percent from the floor that night! That’s a triple-double that you see from the likes of LeBron James and it still makes you say, Wow! Not too shabby.
As a rookie he is averaging 14.8 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 4.9 assists. Those would be Rookie of the Year number if not for the fact that Tyreke Evans and Brandon Jennings are having even better years. The most impressive stat that pops out to me when I see the box score is not the points or the threes but rather the time he plays. Curry averages 34 and a half minutes per game. A lot of veteran starters don’t play that much.
Father Dell was a sniper and one of the best ever. He is still the all-time scoring leader for the Charlotte Hornets/Bobcats. He was the recipient of the 1994 NBA Sixth Man of the Year Award and ranks 28th all-time in three’s made. But if Stephen Curry keeps making progress he might make people start to say, Hey, that’s “Dell Curry, his son is Stephen Curry.”
-Stephen Jared House
Friday, January 29, 2010
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Wednesday, January 27, 2010
BRINGIN’ DOWN THE HOUSE
By: Stephen Jared House
ALLEN IVERSON AN ALL-STAR?
The debate is raging, and it’s my turn to weigh in on it. Now if you read regularly you know that I criticize Allen Iverson just as much and his most as his most loathed opponents, but I do really like the guy. Not only do I respect and like him as a person but also as pound-for-pound the best basketball player to ever step on the hardwood.
Iverson has put on some of the most capitivating offensive performances in the history of the Association. Two images of Allen Iverson I will never forget would be, stepping over Tryone Lue during Game 1 of the 2001 NBA Finals after sinking a fade-a-way three from the corner in front of the Laker bench. The Lakers not having lost a single game in the play offs looked to make a clean sweep to the Trophy but Iverson’s heavily under dogged 76er’s squad beat the Lakers in that first game. Although they only won that one game and lost the Finals that image will be scorched into my memory longer than any other from the series. The second would when Iverson was a rookie and crossed over His Airness, Michael Jordan his crossover dribble that is the nastiest that the game has ever seen.
Then there are the bad moments, like Iverson’s infamous press conference where he reiterated “Practice, Practice? Man we talking about practice, Practice!” (Granted I totally agreed with him on the issue.) Or last year in Detroit when he was clearly concerned about playing and was not going to come off the bench even though that’s what the team needed.
Now Iverson is getting pulverized in the media because the fans voted him in as a started in the All-Star Game. Let me remind all the basketball pundits out there, The NBA has the best All-Star game in all the four major sports. The NFL has to supplement half of the Pro Bowl roster with other players because the players elected do not want to play! The fans have total control of who they want to see in the game, and that’s why they watch it! Sorry Zach Randolph you are having a great season, but people would rather see A’mare Stoudemire than you. It’s all about the fans and that’s what David Stern sees and he will never tinker with that fomula.
Allen Iverson is done in the Association as a player of any consequence. His speed and quickness are corroding before our eyes, and it looks like he will never get that elusive championship. But Iverson will leave a huge footprint on the game of basketball. In the demographic of males ages 19-28 he will be remembered has one of the best players they saw from the time they started watching basketball. His cat-like reflexes and balletic drives down the lane will be shown on highlight reels for the rest of time.
So why not let him start this All-Star game? He is more than likely going to retire after this season. Let him go out with one last hurrah. Let him have the center stage, put him in the limelight one last time. One the biggest of stages the greatness in players is extrapolated. When All-Star Sunday is all said and done don’t be surprised when the largest award, the game MVP trophy is being held by the smallest man on the court.
Marie Antoinette was alleged to have said “Qu’’ils mangent de la brioche”(Let them eat cake”). When she heard that the people of France had no bread to eat. This year’s All-Star cry should be, “Let them have Iverson!”
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Thursday, January 14, 2010
According to an Evansville Police Department affidavit, an undercover detective had several e-mail exchanges with her, and she agreed to meet him in a room at the Casino Aztar Hotel.
Before the meeting, the detective spoke to her on the telephone about what would take place there. The conversation was recorded.
Cotton allegedly let the detective into the room and asked him to place a "donation" under the telephone, according to the report. According to her web postings the officer said her rate was $120 an hour.
I've never watched American Idol past the first demos. Not really any reason to do so. Because the winners, outside of Carrie Underwood (soon to be Carrie Underwood Pecker), never do shit. Kelly Clarkson can kiss my dick for all I care, and Taylor Hicks?? Dude's probably doing side gigs at Metzger's Tavern in the slums of Hendo right now just to pay his highlighting bills. And Metzger's doesn't even have live entertainment, so good luck with that, you old, grey haired, non-singin' asshole. And I'm not even going to begin to get into Rueben Studdart and Adam 'not that there's anything wrong with that' Lambert.
But that's enough about the losers. I wanna talk about 'Pants On The Ground'. Get ready for your 15 minutes of fame, old black dude. This was obviously a publicity stunt by Idol, being that you can't be on the show if you are over the age of 28, but that's neither here nor there. But this won't be any normal fame, I'm talking Willie James Huff aka Funky Chicken and Balloon Boy type fame. So far today I've seen him talked about on 3 morning shows and facebook status' galore. So without further ado, congrats, old black dude, you will be pop icon for at least the next 3 1/2-4 weeks.
BOOM! That Just Happened!!!!!