Thursday, May 03, 2007

Time magazine snubs Hoops, the president

Like George W. Bush, JSB basketball correspondent Mordecai "Hoops" McCann was left off of Time magazine's list of the 100 people who shape the world.

While I was quite confused as to why I wasn't on the list -- since it wasn't so long ago Time named me person of the year -- I can't disagree with either Hoops's or our President's absence. In fact, over the last couple years, I've been trying to tell hysterical people the presidency is a vastly overrated job and that it makes little difference who holds the office. I'm glad the mainstream media has finally caught up with me. It gets lonely out in front

As for Hoops, well, let's just say he's had better years. His micro-analysis is still as strong as ever, but his prognostication, once his bread and butter, and what gave him the ear of wise men and kings, has disintegrated in a blinding cloud of Phoenix Sun hatred.

I last spoke to Hoops Tuesday night, during game five of Golden State and Dallas's first round playoff match up. Like everyone else, he was marveling at what an entertaining and fascinating series the Mavs and Warriors have been engaged in. If you are at all a fan of basketball I highly recommended watching game six tonight.

Although the final whistle probably won't end until well after 1 AM on the East Coast, and the otherworldly insanity of the crowd in Golden State's Oracle Arena will be buzzing in your ears long after that.

In his latest dispatch, Hoops breaks down what may be the most exciting first round playoff match up in recent sports history,

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Two interesting second-round match-ups begin this weekend, Pistons/Bulls (Saturday at seven ET on TNT) and Spurs/Suns (Sunday at 3:30 ET on ABC).
The Bulls swept the defending champs because of Luol Deng’s breakout performance, and their ball handlers committed remarkable few turnovers. Super-stopper Tayshaun Prince will check Deng, and Chicago's backcourt faces the best trio of defensive guards in the league. Pistons in five.
In the 2005 postseason, Steve Nash’s passing enabled Amare to torch the Spurs in a way that no player has since the arrival of Duncan. While San Antonio won the series, that performance is why many believe a healthy Amare equals a title for Phoenix. In a late regular season game, San Antonio demonstrated a defensive scheme which contained the Nash/Amare pick and roll, while denying easy three point opportunities for the Suns: they gave the other Suns open eighteen footers. The strategy worked because it broke Phoenix rhythm, and Nash is the only pure shooter on the Suns. The others are deadly in the flow of a game – particularly from behind the arc – but not able to hit the awkward mid-range jumper. The other way to slow down the Suns is to force Phoenix to play their plodding back-up center (Kurt Thomas) by overpowering their undersized frontcourt.
Contrary to the opinion of Time Magazine's 2006 person of the Year, I love watching the Suns play basketball. They were involved in almost every great game of this regular season, and many of last season's great postseason game. Teams who plays average defense can’t win a title. I don’t think the rule changes (no hand checks, more charging fouls) have changed that paradigm, so I will continue picking against them. Spurs in six.