Cleveland general manager David Griffin has decided to bring in top Hollywood acting coach Doug Wright to improve the technique of LeBron James.
Griffin explained. “We decided that his technique was really lacking and that we needed to make a move. It has become painfully obvious that LeBron hasn’t really had any formal training so we decided to make a change. We feel like Doug Wright can help us right away.”
Wright feels like he is up to the challenge and is looking forward to working with a talent like James. “LeBron clearly has a passion for the stage! But his methods are very outdated! He looks like a soccer player most of the time! I mean, hello! It’s not 1986, LeBron and you’re not Diego Maradona!” Wright raved. “This is 2016 and we need you to be more like Draymond Green!”
After losing to the Portland Trailblazers 137-105 on Friday night the Golden State Warriors announced that they would go back to playing right handed.
They beat the Atlanta Hawks 102-92 on Monday night.
“Look, we were bored and we wanted to try something different.” said Warriors guard Stephen Curry. “We thought it might be fun to just play with our weak hand but this is the NBA and we just can’t do that every night.”
The Warriors are now 50-5 with 27 games left to play, and the margin for error is small, if they are going to break the 1996 Chicago Bulls record of 72 wins in a season.
Coach Steve Kerr spoke after the Warriors slipped past the Atlanta Hawks on Monday night.
“The guys wanted to give it a shot against Portland and just play with their left hand. And it was fun for awhile, we got away with it in the first half. But coming down the stretch it was just too much.” Kerr said. “They can’t do that stuff anymore.”
“We have actually done it before.” confessed Curry. “We beat the Lakers by like 35 earlier this year playing left-handed, and we beat the Grizzlies by 50 in November, when we all only took shots with our eyes closed. But in this highly competitve league we can’t just mess around. We have to be more serious. Although we are going to each just wear one shoe on Wednesday against Miami.”
This week on the Daly Dose Sports Podcast Clint shares a few of his New Year’s resolutions and takes a look back at the biggest moments in sports from 2015. Plus the top stories from Week 16 in the NFL and a College Football Playoff preview. Then we count down the Top 5 college football bowl games of all time. Check out Episode 57!
This week on the Daly Dose Sports Podcast Clint talks about who should have won the Sportsperson of the Year…and who definitely should NOT have won it. Also some NFL talk and a couple of NBA teams that we should keep an eye on. Not sure which college football bowl games to watch? We’ve got you covered. And counting down the Top 5 alternative Holiday movies to watch when you are sick of the same old ones every year. Check out Episode 55!
The Los Angeles Lakers are currently 3-19 so you’ll have to forgive them if they are a bit short-tempered these days.
While the team is in a rebuilding mode with roster filled with young inexperienced players there is one veteran that is apparently rubbing many around the club the wrong way.
That would be 17 time All-Star and five time NBA Champion 37 year old Kobe Bryant.
“When I first came to LA, I thought it would be cool to be on the team with Kobe.” says shooting guard Nick Young. “But every single day it’s “well you know I scored 81 points once, right?” I mean that was what? In 2004 or something?”
Young isn’t alone in feeling that way.
Jordan Clarkson tells a similar story. “We are waiting in line to get on the bus to the arena and Kobe cuts in front of everyone. He says “maybe when you score 81 points in a game, then you can get on first.”
Forward Julius Randle has a unique story. He tells of a time that he was with a dinner date at a downtown Los Angeles steakhouse. “Me and this girl that I had been seeing for a few months, were out having dinner enjoying the conversation. Kobe showed up, ate my steak, finished my drink and took my girl home with him. When I asked him about it the next day at practice he was just like “Well, let me ask you something Julian. Have YOU ever scored 81 points in a single game?”
“I mean we know how great he used to be but it’s just getting old. He can’t even score eight points in a game these days. It takes him 81 shots to get 15 points now.”
With their point guard Kyrie Irving still recovering from a knee injury the Cleveland Cavaliers have begin looking at some possible stand-ins.
They are starting with a little known veteran point guard named Uncle Drew.
Cavaliers general manager David Griffin spoke briefly about his search for a point guard to spell Irving until his return which will probably be in January.
“We saw some film on this player named Uncle Drew and he looks like the type of player that could really give LeBron some assistance. Yes, he is an older player but he is exactly the type of player that we need. A good passer. He can shoot. He has a veteran feel for the game. And to be honest, for as old as he looks, he does seem to be in better health that Kyrie.”
“The guy is probably in his 60’s but he isn’t always hurt from the video I have seen from him.” Grffen continued. “Plus he can help LeBron with his Rogaine treatments becuase the old guy still has a pretty full hair line.”
The Spurs responded to getting knocked out of the first round of the playoffs last year by signing LaMarcus Aldridge and David West. Aldridge is a significant upgrade to the Spurs as a scorer and he seems to have a boring enough personality to fit right in with those robot nerds down there.
2. Houston Rockets
You might look at the Rockets and consider them a favorite to contend for the West after they went to the Conference Finals last year. But there are still a number of questions that remain to be answered. How will James Harden deal with being jilted by a Kardashian? Can 30 year old Dwight Howard stay healthy? And what is really in Ty Lawsons’ water bottle?
3. New Orleans Pelicans
Anthony Davis might be the best young player in the NBA today. For the second straight year he led the league in blocked shots, was fourth in scoring, and eighth in rebounds. Of course, Tyreke Evans is already hurt and we know that Eric Gordon can never stay healthy. So if the Pelicans are going to make the playoffs Davis will have to play at an All-World level. So you’re telling me there’s a chance…
4. Memphis Grizzlies
If I was going to head into a back alley brawl, I would want to take this team with me. Marc Gasol, Zach Randolph, Mike Conley, Jeff Green and Tony Allen are some bad dudes. Unfortunately this isn’t a street fight. It’s basketball. And this team is another year older and still can’t shoot.
5. Dallas Mavericks
Sure, the Mavs may not have had the best offseason. Rim protector Tyson Chandler left for Phoenix. And talented shooter Monta Ellis has joined the Pacers in Indiana. And Dirk Nowitzki is just another year older.
It isn’t all bad news though. At least free agent C DeAndre Jordan said he would go to Dallas, which should really help.
We now turn our attention to the Southeast Division where the Hawks, Wizards, and Heat will battle it out to see who gets to lose against the Cavaliers in the playoffs.
Eastern Conference Southeast
(Predicted order of finish)
1. Atlanta Hawks
The Hawks lost SF DeMarre Carroll to free agency but managed to pick up veterans Paul Milsap and Tiago Splitter which should help them roll to an impressive regular season before folding once again in the playoffs.
2. Washington Wizards
The Wizards have a great ball handler and creator with PG John Wall and a terrific shooter in SG Bradley Beal. So why is it then that we always see Beal trying to create and kicking it to Wall for a low percentage three point shot? Maybe it is because head coach Randy Wittman can’t work a clipboard.
3. Miami Heat
Miami went just 37-45 last season and missed the playoffs. The Heat will get Chris Bosh back from his health scare and rookie Justise Winslow should give them some toughness and athleticism. And if that doesn’t help, Pat Riley is still leaving mean notes on LeBron James’ windshield whenever he gets the chance.
4. Orlando Magic
Orlando’s new head coach Scott Skiles is inheriting a team with some good young players. The Magic have four lottery selections on the roster and they will show improvement under Skiles who has a knack for coaching up young talent. And then in about three years they will grow tired of him turning beet red and screaming in their faces. And they will quit. And Skiles will get fired. But hey, it was fun while it lasted.
5. Charlotte Hornets
The Hornets currently have Cody Zeller, Tyler Hansbrough, and Frank Kaminsky on the roster but it may only be because the Washington Generals are now defunct.
The NBA regular season starts this week! How will your favorite team do? Check out the Daly Dose Sports NBA preview! Today we break down the Pacific Division. Can the Warriors repeat? Will the Suns contend for the playoffs? Are Lakers fans out buying Clippers jerseys? We do our best to answer these questions.
Western Conference Pacific
(Predicted order of finish)
1. Los Angeles Clippers
The Clippers took a strong team that went to the Western Conference semifinals and added Paul Pierce, Josh Smith, and Wesley Johnson. So the sky is the limit for this group. Of course, they are the Clippers so…it’s usually better to just expect the worst.
2. Golden State Warriors
2014-2015 was an amazing run for the Warriors but they did have a number of things break their way. They ran into teams that had injuries and they caught favorable matchups throughout the playoffs. It will be disappointing if they are unable to duplicate their success from a year ago. Mostly because we want to see more from Riley Curry.
3. Phoenix Suns
KD Lang Jeff Hornacek and the Suns struggled with team chemistry and too many point guards in 2014-2015. They pared the logjam at PG and brought in 33 year old big man Tyson Chandler to shore up the defense. Of course it is Phoenix, so how much defense are they really going to play anyway?
4. Sacramento Kings
The Kings went 29-53 in last season and then following the season they decided to totally overhaul the roster. Gone is Carl Landry, Jason Thompson, and Reggie Evans. And now head coach George Karl gets to deal with Rajon Rondo AND DeMarcus Cousins. The Kings could be improved. Then again, we could find Karl out on a ledge somewhere mumbling to himself.
5. Los Angeles Lakers
With newly drafted PG D’Angelo Russell, Jordan Clarkson, and Julius Randle returning from injury the Lakers have a nice young foundation that could meld with veterans Roy Hibbert and Kobe Bryant to start becoming competitive. At least until Bryant’s cataracts start flaring up. Or he gets the gout.
The Central Division is one of the most competitive in the NBA. The Cavaliers are the defending NBA Eastern Conference champions.The Bulls have a new head coach and a new system. The Bucks and Pistons are good young teams that can push for a playoff spot. And The Pacers…well they have a team too.
Eastern Conference Central
(Predicted order of finish)
1. Cleveland Cavaliers
The Cavaliers were limping by the time they met up with Golden State in the NBA Finals. But this season could be different. Head coach LeBron James has a year of experience under his belt. And point guard LeBron James should be improved as well. If shooting guard LeBron James can deliver in the clutch and power forward LeBron James can battle in the paint, then center LeBron James might be able to lead this team to a championship.
2. Milwaukee Bucks
The Bucks are the best young team in the NBA. With players like Giannis Antetokunmpo, Jabari Parker, Greg Monroe, and Michael Carter-Williams all 25 or under Milwaukee could be a force for years to come. No really. I’m not kidding. This isn’t sarcasm. They are good. And young. Stop laughing.
3. Chicago Bulls
Bulls’ management was tired of all the winning that head coach Tom Thibodeau was doing and fired him after making the playoffs for five straight years. They have brought on Fred Hoiberg to bring his up tempo high scoring offense to the Windy City. It could actually work. I mean if Derrick Rose can stay healthy…Oh what am I saying? He probably got hurt as I was typing this.
4. Detroit Pistons
Ron Jeremy Stan Van Gundy takes over in Detroit where he will try to do what he last did in Orlando. So there’s good news coming, Detroit. You are going to build up a respectable team, only to lose in the NBA Finals and then bottom out, and have to completely rebuild again. But hey, it’s still better than being the Lions.
5. Indiana Pacers
Larry Bird has told head coach Frank Vogel that he would like the Pacers to run a little more this year with the departure of Roy Hibbert and David West. And that might be good news for forward Paul George and new acquisition Monta Ellis. And it is also good news for Pacer fans that will enjoy the up-tempo style. Of course it is bad news for the rest of the team that is you know….not very good at running…or making shots…or playing basketball.