NBA Power Rankin...Jerry Sloan shocked the NBA by stepping down this week. Dan McQuade is shocking the world with his latest NBA Power Rankings. OK, not so much shocking as tweaking ... but read 'em anyway.
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30. Cleveland Ca...When there is an ongoing news story -- like the Cleveland Cavaliers' 26-game losing streak -- we can always count on local TV stations to come up with inane ways to cover them. For example: "Psychologist weighs in on Cleveland Cavaliers' 26-game losing streak." "So what you need to do is follow the Stockdale Paradox," Dr. Michael McKee tells the TV station. Admiral James Stockdale survived torture in Vietnam using this strategy; apparently, this is how bad things have gotten for the Cavaliers.
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29. Washington W...This Sunday is another Super Bowl, only instead of the top two football teams going at it for the Lombardi Trophy... Cleveland is playing host to Washington. The Cavs should have a 27-game losing streak coming into the game, while the Wizards will be 0-26 on the road coming into the game. Hopefully the Cavs will bring Christina Aguilera out to do another incorrect version of the national anthem.
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28. Toronto Rapt...Reggie Evans' wife is pregnant, and she's about to give birth. How close? Here's what Evans told The Globe and Mail: "Right now he’s, like, two centimetres? As in being eight from 10 [centimetres dilated]." That's a Canadian newspaper, so its wacky spelling and measurement system has been retained in that quote. Or maybe when someone plays for Toronto, he has to talk in Canadian English.
26. Sacramento K...The Kings aren't all that interesting this season, so let's continue the coverage of Arco Arena's name change: The place becomes Power Balance Pavilion on March 1, so the ARCO ARENA letters are being taken down and season ticket holders will be entered into a raffle to win a letter. Where would one put a giant letter from a stadium sign?
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25. New Jersey N...The Nets should really have stayed in the hunt for Carmelo Anthony. They've really fallen out of the news since ending their pursuit of 'Melo. Of course, not many 16-37 teams get national pub; the Nets were just an exception before.
23. Charlotte Bo...The Bobcats' secret weapon: Michael Jordan! Okay, only in practice. But, hey, the Bobcats' owner might actually be able to crack the Bobcats' rotation. He'd help pump up attendance a little bit, at least.
17. Houston Rock...Yahoo! has these new-ish "Fan analysis" game recaps, user-generated content that the company hopes will show up on Google (or, um, Yahoo!) searches. More clicks equal more page views equal more advertising dollars, etc. The best headline on any of them: "Houston Rockets continue Lazarus-like rise, win third straight." In the Gospel of John, Jesus raises Lazarus from the dead; the Rockets winning three straight is apparently a similar feat.
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16. Philadelphia...Despite nearly blowing a late lead, the 76ers won a close game last Friday against the New York Knicks. Sure, Philly lost the rematch of the home-and-home on Sunday, but then came out and torched the Hawks, 117-83. Now only if they'll start outdrawing Villanova at the Wells Fargo Center.
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15. New York Kni...Ha! Knicks coach Mike D'Antoni says New York's fans are hurting the team by chanting for Carmelo Anthony. Good job, Knicks fans. And here we thought Clippers' owner Donald Sterling was the only fan who booed his own team in the stands.
10. New Orleans ...The Hornets may have lost four in a row, but they're still hosting Hornets Day at the Zoo Sunday! It will feature "Hornets players, Hugo, Honeybees, Stingers, Hornets Drum Line, live music and interactive games." Man, there sure are a lot of Hornet-related puns there. How is there not a secondary mascot named Buzz?
8. Denver Nugget...In Denver's game against the Mavericks on Thursday night, Carmelo Anthony had a dislocated finger popped back in while a teammate was attempting a free throw. He didn't even come out of the game! He scored 46 in that win over the Mavericks, which was maybe the best game of the year so far. Oh, and Anthony also scored 50 against the Rockets. That's finally enough to distract everyone from attempting to comprehend the meta-tattoo Chris Andersen has of someone (himself?) dunking a basketball.
5. Chicago Bulls...There's a great chapter in The Undisputed Guide to Pro Basketball History (put together by the guys at FreeDarko) about YouTube basketball highlights; one of the insights in the essay is how the famous footage The Shot -- Michael Jordan's celebration punch of the air after buzzer-beater against the Cavaliers in the final game of a 1989 playoff series -- wasn't even shown on TV at the time. The footage CBS used after the winning shot? Right: Coach Doug Collins running around the court celebrating. Collins now coaches the 76ers. He has much less hair now.
In other news, Derrick Rose is awesome.
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4. Boston Celtic...Kevin Garnett has taken a bit of heat recently for perceived (okay, not just perceived) dirty play. Guess who defended him? Who else: Kobe Bryant! "He's a great guy," Bryant said, obviously. Kobe also called the Lakers the "good guys," which is incorrect. It's "lesser of two evils." But don't be hard on Bryant; it's not like he studied characterization in lit class in college.
2. Miami Heat (L...On Thursday, LeBron tweeted: "Man its gonna be crazy and weird seeing anyone besides Jerry Sloan walking the sidelines for the Utah Jazz!" James needs to go back to tweeting about the Cavs losing and talking about contracting teams. Good LeBron is just too boring.