In an effort to save the earth, I plan on ramming my Toyota Prius into the NY Knicks practice facility tomorrow afternoon. Is there anything worse in the world to own right now than a Knicks player for fantasy purposes? Possibly Lehman stock, but I think it’s debatable.
What an abomination the past few days have been. For the third consecutive week of fantasy hoops, everything I did was wrong. I’ll start with the benching of Andrew Bynum, who won first prize for his impersonation of Bill Walton, circa 1974. Bynum, who was iffy to play after hyperextending his elbow the previous scoring period, went nuts in every big man category, concluding the weekend with a 21-point, 11-rebound, five-block effort last night against the Rockettes. My centers of choice – Jermaine O’Neal and Amar’e Stoudemire – were their typical inconsistent selves. Nothing would please me more than to leave my carbon footprint in the side of the overrated Stoudemire’s cranium.
I see that Stephen Jackson was just traded to the Bobcats for Raja Bell and Vlad Radmanovic. What’s the over/under on the amount of days it takes before Larry Brown issues a Fatwah on Captain Jack, six weeks? Does MJ intervene by telling the world that Bryon Russell couldn’t stop him from completing this? Jackson, I’m sure, will curry favor with Brown from the moment he arrives, but when the losing commences and he is not allowed to unload shots at will, trouble will begin. This won’t end pretty.
Getting back to the damn games, how about this Brandon Jennings character? Was that an optical illusion or did he really drop 55 on the Warriors the other night? I’ve always said that college isn’t for everyone. Why is pretty much every franchise in professional sports named for a city except for Golden State? Do the Oakland Warriors not sound cool enough? What is Golden State?
The Hornets, minus an injured Chris Paul and a jettisoned Byron Scott got trounced in Atlanta on Saturday and that could be a sign of things to come for both teams. New Orleans rookie Darren Collison should be the beneficiary of many of Paul’s minutes and could be a decent source of assists and steals the next few weeks. If Collison can’t step up, expect Bobby Brown, fresh off the Bell Biv DeVoe reunion tour, to provide an offensive spark.
As for the Hawks, they are rolling right now and receiving exceptional play from Josh Smith. This blocks and steals fiend is putting up numbers reminiscent of his phenomenal 2006-07. He stopped chucking up ridiculous threes and is shooting a robust 60 percent from the field. Al Horford has been a man in the interior and the pending Mike Bibby/Jamal Crawford/Joe Johnson disaster has actually not been a disaster at all. The three-headed monster is thriving as the talented Hawks, who have already won in Boston, are turning into legitimate contenders in the East.
In one of the biggest stories of the weekend, the Kings kept on winning without Kevin Martin, defeating the Rockets 109-100 on Friday. Rookie Tyreke Evans continued his stellar play with 20 points, six rebounds and four assists and the vastly talented Jason Thompson erupted for 27 points, 11 boards and two blocked shots. Now in his 24th year in the league, Kenny Thomas appeared in the contest.
The Clips broke their losing skid on Sunday with a nice win at Oklahoma City, despite a 40-point night out of Kevin Durant. Chris Kaman continued his absurd play with 25 points on 10-of-15 from the field and added seven caroms. Baron Davis is beginning to snap out of his year-long funk, exploding for 24, 5 and 6 with three steals in the win.
Along with Jennings and Evans, Houston PG Aaron Brooks has been one of the season’s biggest surprises. He is currently averaging 18.3 points and 5.9 assists and is coming off a 33-point barrage against the Lakers.
How is it only Nov. 16? It’s going to be a long season.