New York Knicks

The NBA has long been criticized for lacking what makes the NFL appointment viewing 3 days a week: parity.  In the NFL, for sale shorter contracts, key injuries, larger rosters, and less impact by individual players makes for the phrase “any given Sunday” and the fact that 10 different teams have won the Super Bowl in the last 15 years. In the NBA, some people write off the regular season and playoff seeding entirely because only 10 different teams have won the championship since 1980.

Conference superiority has a lot to do with the thin upper crust of champions in the NBA.  As a Bulls fan who reaps the benefits of a #1 or #2 seed in the East despite a similar record to a Western Conference team in the bottom half of the playoff picture, I constantly preach the cyclical nature of conference imbalance.  However, even I was disappointed to see Joe Johnson on my TV in late April last year while Russell Westbrook was at home.

“Cyclical” is a stretch at this point, with the Western Conference’s superiority lasting for the better part of the past two decades.  But I’m not ready to toss the conference format just yet.  The Bulls may have returned with the exact same team, but not everyone in the East followed suit.  We’re only 2 nights in to the NBA season, and it already looks like the East may have taken a major jump towards the talent, play, and energy of Western Conference teams.  You can look at almost any team in the East right now and imagine them in the playoffs (not you Sixers).

When April comes around, it’s hard to picture the Cavs, Bulls, and Hawks without home court advantage in the first round, but beyond that, all other spots are totally up for grabs.  The Miami Heat are the most likely team to join the Eastern Conference elite with the return of Chris Bosh from a blood clot that sidelined him for the final 30 games of the ’14-15 season, joining a backcourt of top NBA guards Dwyane Wade and Goran Dragic.  Hassan Whiteside came of age last season and will complement the very capable Luol Deng and rookie Justice Winslow, who fell in to the team’s lap in the draft.  With this lineup, Pat Riley may have the best chance to challenge former Heat star Lebron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers, and aim for an NBA Finals appearance.

Since the Heat are no strangers to deep playoff runs, the Knicks and Pistons will be the more unlikely competitors in the East this year.  In New York, the Knicks made a big opening statement topping the hyped Milwaukee Bucks by 25 points on Tuesday.  Consistent play from Kristaps Porzingis, and help from Derrick Williams off the bench combined with a healthy Carmelo Anthony if he doesn’t get traded, will make them an Eastern Conference threat.

In Detroit, Stan Van’s island of misfit toys just might work.  With a surprising victory over the Hawks on opening night, all 5 starters scored in double figures and the team dominated the boards with 59 rebounds to Atlanta’s 40.  Andre Drummond is on the cusp of stardom, and when joined by a healthy Brandon Jennings and Reggie Jackson, who the team acquired mid-last season, they should be able to consistently execute SVG’s system and recapture the run they had last year before losing Jennings to an Achilles injury.

Aside from Lebron James being the best player in the world and the Cavs heated rivalry with the Bulls, and well, everyone, the East still has a ways to go to match up with the West.  But with improvements to the Raptors, Bucks, Pacers and Celtics as well, this may be the first year in recent memory that there are deserving teams who don’t make the playoffs in the East.  At the very least, we should see an 8th seed with a winning record, an overall step in the right direction.

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Miss me? Yeah, try cialis I took a little break from writing about all-things idiotic. I got caught up with new clients and working and, you know, maintaining my livelihood. Blah. But you guys are never too far from my heart, and I’ve been keeping a diligent eye on the happenings of stupid people, places and things in the sports world. Ready? Let’s do this.

The Knicks’ awful season is over and they’re still making us laugh


Some genius decided to put together a “One Shining Moment” video for the New York Knicks season and I literally laughed out loud for for two minutes and 33 seconds straight. I especially loved the ending montage of Mike Woodson faces. You know, those faces he makes on the sidelines – usually invoked by something J.R. Smith did. But then I stopped laughing for a second because I realized he was probably gonna get fired and it’s not nice to laugh at unemployed people, even if they are rich…ok, still laughing.

What would you pay $14,100 for?

I’ve been pondering this question ever since I saw this Hermes baseball glove that, at this point in time, is more valuable than my 2009 Elantra. I envisioned something that had conflict-free diamonds lining the outer rims of the fingers. Maybe chinchilla fur stitching instead of the normal cotton. Maybe some 24 karat gold trim somewhere. And then I saw it.

Would you pay $14,100 for this? Photo credit: Hermes

Really? This is it? A brown baseball glove? Where are the bells and whistles? The diamonds? The Swarovski crystal encrusted baseball that comes with it? There’s not even any gold in that thing. I’m disappointed. I’m sure it’s the most luxurious leather in all of Italy. But, no. Hermes: C-.

We’re getting married!! On reality television!!

Say what you want about the reality show, but that ring is flawless. Kudos, A.J. Photo credit: Ring Envy

This is what the world has come to: a college quarterback (A.J. McCarron) proposes to his former beauty queen girlfriend (Katherine Webb) and they get a reality show to commemorate the occasion. I’m saying it right now; if any of my friends have weddings where I have to sign a release to enter the building, I’m not fucking going OR buying you a gift. BURN.

Single moms flirt with hot college football coach

Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury is 34 and single. In his own words, you’ve got to “play to your strengths.”

Can I get a what what?! Photo credit: Larry Brown Sports

Do I need to say more?

Turns out, good things do come from Indiana

Yes. I’m judging that outfit. Photo credit: TheJayGravesReport.com

And it just so happens to be an Indiana Pacers fan with a great sense of humor. I’m not going to lie; I rarely watch the NBA. But I know that Paul George was really good for a while. Apparently, not so much anymore. A fan put an add on Craigslist for George’s missing talent.

A Pacers fan posted an ad on Craigslist searching for Paul George’s “Missing Talent” pic.twitter.com/nkdljT6Hfo

— NBA Legion (@MySportsLegion) April 8, 2014

 

Hey maybe a Cubs fan could put an ad up for missing wins or good players or something.

Too soon?

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Kobe Bryant and Nicki Minaj on the Cover of ESPN Magazine 

Nicki Minaj and Kobe Bryant will grace the cover of February’s ESPN the Magazine’s Music Issue. I must say, viagra the two iconic and often polarizing celebs look fabulous (with a capital FAB).

Kobe rocks a fitted white blazer over a T-Shirt and wax denim jeans. You know a business-swag look isn’t complete without some Nikes. Nicki Minaj’s John Galliano Wedge sandals gave me a heart attack…twice. The platinum selling rapper was reportedly upset that her forehead was altered in the photograph. Nicki, Nicki, Nicki…we’re not looking at all that. We are looking at those fierce shoes!

I am glad that Kobe is rocking out on the cover of ESPN, because he will not be doing so on the court anytime soon. The Black Mamba will remain sidelined for at least two more weeks. Although he was given a six week-long time table (which ends on Thursday) his lateral tibial plateau fracture has not completely healed. 

Kevin Ding of Bleacher Report has stated that he might be out for as long as a month. Womp. It looks like the Lake Show won’t be getting any standing ovations  because they are now tied for the second-worst record in the Western Conference. With 42.5 percent shooting and 5.7 turnovers per game, Bryant hasn’t been on his A game (or B game for that matter). To be honest, I am not sure what Kobe can do for this team, even after being cleared to play. Lakers fans can only fantasize about their glory days…while I fantasize about Nicki’s sandals. 

Lala Anthony visits ‘Good Morning America’ in Diane von Furstenberg

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The ever-so stylish Lala Anthony made an appearance on  ‘Good Morning America’ to promote her new book, ‘The Love Playbook: Rules for Love, Sex and Happiness’. As usual, Lala gave me so much life-life with her ensemble. She looked fabulous in a Diane von Furstenberg ‘Rhonda Fit and Flare dress.’ Lala is on fire right now. I must say…so is Carmelo.

On Friday night, Carmelo scored a franchise-high 62-point game against the Charlotte Bobcats. With the trade deadline soon approaching, Carmelo and the Knicks must determine whether he will stay with the team or opt out. The Knicks can offer him $129 million over the next five years. Other teams (including the LA Lakers, Chicago Bulls and Dallas Mavericks) can offer him a maximum $96 million over four years. The rumor mill is buzzing in Chicago that Carmelo actually might be considering the Windy City as one of his top picks. 

 

Lala recently told Andy Cohan of ‘Watch What Happens Live’ that Melo will stay with the Knicks. Keep your fingers crossed, Knicks fans!

JR Smith in Gucci 

Knicks guard JR Smith was recently spotted at Time Warner Studios in Manhattan– we he dressed to impress. Smith styled a sleek Gucci blazer over a button-down shirt and grey Acne sweatpants. Hmm, I wonder if anyone tried to untie his black Timberland boots.  

It’s a shame that JR’s defensive skill isn’t up to par with his fashion skills. He recently told the New York Post that defense is not his area of expertise. Okay…what else is new? When asked about Coach Mike Woodson’s defensive system, the benched player stated: “That’s really not my area of expertise. I’m more of a scoring-type player. I’ll leave that to those guys. Whatever they want to do, it’s OK with me. Just let me know,” (New York Post).

 

Miami Heat’s Karaoke Night

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The Miami Heat is one organization that works hard…and plays even harder. On Monday night, the 2013 champs took part in a karaoke, or ‘Battioke’ night. The fun-filled event was a benefit for The Battier Take Charge Foundation, which provides resources for under served youth.

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LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Udonis Haslem wore custom T-shirts that said ‘The Heatles’ (Heatles…Get it?) while performing Robin Thicke’s hit single, “Blurred Lines.”

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LeBron James also took to Instagram with photos of the Big Three performing a playful rendition of Jodeci’s “Come and Talk to Me.”  What can I say? The Heat has a little something, something to sing about. Their 113-101 win over the San Antonio Spurs was, indeed, a blowout.

“I loved the way we approached this game,” James said.”We had a great mindset and great focus defensively.” (Miami Herald) I  must point out that the Miami Heat is a cohesive unit…and it definitely shows on and off of the court. 

That’s it for now, Divas. You already know that I will be back next week to keep you fabulously posted!

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Kevin Durant Hosts a New Years Eve Bash

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Happy New Year, viagra Divas! It looks like many of the NBA players kicked off 2014 in style. Oklahoma City Thunder’s forward Kevin Durant recently hosted a New Years Eve bash with Angela Simmons at OKC’s Chevy Bricktown events center. Durant looks cool and collective in a snap-back hat and a gray sweater donned with gold chains.

As tradition has it, the OKC Thunder played a NYE home game at the Chesapeake Energy Arena. What should have been a blow-pout win turned out to be a 98-94 loss. It was just the second home loss for the Thunder (25-6). Durant scored 37 points with 14 rebounds, which were both team highs. He was indeed a beast…until the fourth quarter where he only scored one point.

Carmelo and Lala Anthony‘s NYE FAB

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It’s great to see Carmelo Anthony win again–off the court that is. He and his fab wife, Lala were photographed at a New Years Eve event in New York City. The couple made sure that they closed off 2013 off in impeccable style. Lala rocks a sexy black bustier as Carmelo sports a white sweater, a gold chain and black glasses.

Could Carmelo’s cigar be a celebratory statement for his possible split from the New York Knicks?   A former (anonymous)  team mate recently came out and voiced his thoughts about Carmelo leaving the Knicks. Now, I can understand Melo walking away from a 9-21 team record. I cannot, however, see him walking away from a franchise player’s lucrative contract. We shall see how this turns out.

Brandon Jennings Sports an All-Blue Ensemble

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The 90’s are back! At least it looks like it. All Brandon Jennings is missing is a Kid and Play  fade to complete this look. The Detroit Piston’s Point Guard sports an all-blue En Noir ensemble. He takes a mirror selfie in an En Noir Cobalt Button Up with the matching Pin Tuck Leather Sweatpants. He completes his 90’s getup with a fresh pair of Timbaland boots. It looks like he is enjoying his five-day break with the Pistons. They recently experienced a disappointing 106-99 loss to the Washington Wizards.  The Pistons need to use their time off to change up their rotation. This is the only way that their (many) L’s can become W’s. Jennings was also instrumental in changing the location of their morning shoot-outs at the Palace (where Piston games take place). That seems like common sense. Why not practice where you are actually going to play? Nice one, Jennings.

NBA wants to change heritage Jerseys Next Season

I don’t know whose bright idea it was to make sleeved jerseys. All I know is that they are no friend of mine. The NBA, however, seems to love them.

For the 2014-15 season, the “heritage jerseys”  of NBA teams will be converted to sleeved jerseys. Like I’ve said before…I like biceps classic jerseys so I don’t know about these new get-ups. I would, however buy them for myself…so the league might be on to something.

The league apparently holds the position that they can sell more jerseys because more people would wear short-sleeved jerseys rather than tank tops.

Kat Graham in Chicago Bulls Jacket 

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The fabulous Kat Graham recently posed in a Terry Richardson shoot rocking a leather Chicago Bulls jacket. The 24 year-old actress/model paired the look with red pumps…and not much else. Who would have thought that an over-sized leather jacket could be so seductive?

The Bulls recently lost to the Rudy Gay-less Toronto Raptors (85-79). Although Luol Deng was back from an injury, Chicago was unable to snag the win. The Raptors surprisingly hold the fourth seed in the Eastern conference.

Although the Chicago Bulls are going through a tough time, it makes me happy to see them being fabulously represented!

Well, that’s it for now Divas! No worries. I will definitely be back next week to keep you fabulously posted on NBA fashion and hot topics!

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It’s official Bulls fans, site our men in red will kick off their 2013-2014 season on October 29th in the exact same place last season’s playoff run was snapped – American Airlines Arena against the defending Champion Miami Heat. Clear your calendars ladies, viagra it doesn’t get any better than this!

It was just over a week ago that Derrick Rose self-proclaimed he is the best player in the league and now he has the perfect opportunity to back himself up. To be the best you have to beat the best, click and right now the reigning MVP Lebron James is sitting atop his NBA throne just waiting to be challenged.

We say, bring it King James.

The season opener won’t be Rose’s official “return” as he is slated to play during the Bulls’ preseason, but all eyes will be on the point guard to see how he matches up against the defending champs. The night will also feature the Heat accepting their championship rings and hoisting their banner – maybe tune in a few minutes late.

The NBA released the full 2013-2014 season schedules on Tuesday afternoon and the Bulls will be showcased quite a bit making 33 appearances on national broadcasts.

Games to Watch this Season:

  • October 31: Bulls will host the New York Knicks in their Halloween home opener at the United Center at 7 p.m.
  • December 25th: For the fourth straight year Chicago will participate in the NBA’s Christmas Day festivities facing a very revamped Brooklyn Nets team (Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce traded east coast cities over the off season). This will be the team’s first meeting since a battered Bulls team booted a healthy Nets team from the playoffs during the postseason.
  • March 7th – 17th: This Bulls homestand is a doozy. They take on five playoff teams over a 10 day span. You’ll see the Memphis Grizzilies, Miami Heat, San Antonio Spurs, Houston Rockets, Sacramento Kings and Oklahoma City Thunder. I’d recommend scoring some tickets to witness the action in person!

See full season schedule here: http://www.nba.com/bulls/schedule

Buckle up Bulls fans! It’s going to be an exciting season so make sure you’re ready for the wild ride.

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Pink's Pulse

Missed a few headlines this week? Worry not, find I’ve got my finger on the sports pulse for you. Below is my weekly round-up of what’s trending or what’s coming up in sports: perfect for sports bars, store cocktail parties, board rooms, and well, just knowing your week in sports.

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  • Stanley Cup Finals: Is there any bigger story in Chicago than the Stanley Cup Finals?  NBA Finals? Forget them. The Stanley Cup Finals have taken over the city of Chicago and will continue for the next two weeks. Of course, all of Chicago and Boston watched the first game of the Finals, and the longest game of this NHL season. What a game it was! With miraculous saves, big-time hits, and shots on end…Game 1 was a must-watch. It did take triple overtime for the Blackhawks to get the W, but it was well worth it. Make sure to get these games on your calendar. The next three games on Saturday, Monday, and Wednesday. And make sure to strut your Blackhawks gear!

  • Tebow Signs with the Patriots: The most famous backup quarterback is officially

    From Beforeitsnews.com

    playing football again in the NFL. Tim Tebow was cut from the New York Jets about a month and a half ago. Since then, we haven’t really heard much on the whereabouts of the hunky quarterback. Now, he’s been signed with the New England Patriots, where I presume he will be backing up Tom Brady. From Mark Sanchez to Tom Brady, basically complete opposites of the NFL spectrum. I thought the Jets officially, and unjustly, ruined his career. Even though I’m not a fan, it’s good to see him given a real second chance at playing football.

  • Bulls involvement with Team USA: According to an ESPN report, Chicago Bulls

    From NBA.com

    head coach Tom Thibodeau was added to the coaching staff for Team USA. Thibs will be working under Duke’s Coach K for the next three summers. More good news about Team USA is that Bulls forward Taj Gibson got invited to work with the team and will attend minicamp July 22-25 in Las Vegas. I’m really glad that Thibs and Bulls players are finally getting national recognition for their play. They deserve it.

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  • Bears making offseason moves: The Chicago Bears are stripping away their

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    problem children starting off with OL Gabe Carimi. Carimi was the Bears first round pick two years ago, and has done nothing but disappoint since. His production was questionable coming into the season, and the Bears finally traded him to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Bears also released fullback Evan Rodriguez after two offseason arrests. I’m glad to see the Bears are letting go of their problems. It’s about damn time!

  • Jason Kidd’s wacky week: About a day after the Chicago Bulls beat the

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    Brooklyn Nets, Nets head coach P.J. Carlesimo was let go of his duties. Since then the Nets have been in search for a new head coach. Well, the search is over but I find the replacement a little weird. Newly retired Jason Kidd, who helped the New York Knicks in their playoff journey this season, was announced as the new Brooklyn Nets head coach Wednesday evening. Maybe it’s just me, but I find it a little bizarre that a former player is handed a NBA head coaching job without any coaching experience. I don’t find it sketchy, but I seriously question the move. I think this may come back to haunt the Nets.

  • Chad Johnson gets jail time: Chad ‘Ochocinco’ Johnson makes the news yet again, but not in the way he wanted to. Johnson was sentenced to 30 days in jail after violating probation in a domestic violence case involving his ex-wife, Evelyn Lozada. Or, those that remember correctly, when Ochocinco headbutted his wife. Gotta love him. It’s sad that Johnson was sincerely trying to make a comeback to the NFL last season, and this probably killed his chances. These NFL players really need to learn to respect their wives.
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