Twenty years ago, the Toronto Raptors were completing their inaugural season under then-head coach Brendan Malone with star player Damon Stoudemire taking home the Rookie of the Year award. Flash forward two decades. The classic “Dino” uniforms are now an occasional throwback, Malone is now an assistant under Stan Van Gundy at the Detroit Pistons and Stoudemire is nearly a decade retired and the head coach at Pacific University. The Raptors are also in the Eastern Conference finals.
Comparing players is pointless and impossible. How do you compare the effectiveness of a 7 foot center with a 5’8″ lightning quick point guard? How do you effectively rank a player playing in NCAA basketball vs one playing in the MPL? In saying that comparing and debating players is also pretty much one of the most fun basketball debates whether it be NBA legends or local league Irish ballers.
Here is part 2 of our run-down of the top 100 reasons how you know if you are an Irish Basketball player! If you have any to add please hit us up in the comments, on Facebook, Twitter or Snapchat! If you missed part 1 of our list you can check it out by clicking here.
26. You get hyped watching an Irish international team beat Russia on a Saturday afternoon! (Sorry, had to throw it in there, COYBIG!)
Check out out part one of our list of how to know when you are an Irish basketball player and let us know if you have any others that might feature in parts 2 to 4! Shout out to Hoopsfix.com and their list of things that make you know when you are a British basketball player which I think originally started on the old streetball.co.uk message boards?
1. You miss basketball not being on RTE purely because of Timmy McCarthy’s Commentary. ( Timmy Soundboard ) Boom Shack-a-lack-a!
The Minnesota Timberwolves are a team on the rise and could be a title contender not too far down the line.
Now that game 6 is upon us, I’ve read more articles and seen more posts about who people think the Finals MVP should be WHEN the Golden State Warriors win the title and frankly, that bothers me. Lebron James has willed his team into a position of winning the NBA Championship. The numbers he’s putting up are staggering, even more staggering than the video game stats he usually puts up. But the fact that people are now assuming that he should be the MVP from the losing squad completely diminishes Lebron’s maturation as a poised, attacking, leader. Yes, this Cavs team is injury-riddled and overmatched talent wise, but five days ago we were all marvelling at Dellevedova’s heart and at Tristan Thompson’s motor and at Lebron’s patience with the ball and ability to insert his will in this series. So, to dismiss these Cavs after losing games 4 and 5 doesn’t seem right. Same way it didn’t seem right to dismiss the best team in the NBA after they lost games 2 and 3.
Miles! That is the difference between LBJ and the rest of the world….NBA players look ordinary against him. When you have a game changer like Lebron controlling everything you have a chance against anybody. He started the game aggressively with 10 shots attempts in the first quarter continuously getting into the paint and putting pressure on the Warriors D from the outset. In short he was a wrecking ball of power and force that played with a controlled tempo and overall game awareness of Magic Johnson in his heyday. This day was another ridiculous set of numbers put up by the world’s best player finishing with 40 points 12 rebounds and 8 assists with 4 steals and 2 blocks – but that doesn’t tell the whole story. The fact LBJ is playing point guard and has the ball in his hands all game long means that his team is for the most part going to get a shot up every possession and in most cases a good shot.
Lebron James Triple double comes a close second to the clutch plays of Delly
From the outskirts of Northeast Ohio to the inner city of Cleveland everybody is living and dying and then living again with the Cavs. Last night was a roller coaster of a game in Oakland that had twists and turns to rival anything a Cedar Point roller coaster can offer. The Cavs came out with a simple game plan…..get Lebron the ball in an attack position and let him get to the paint. He responded in a big way scoring 10 points in the first quarter and it was obvious from the outset that the Cavs missing Kyrie just meant that the style of basketball was going to regress into a 90’s looking Knicks Heat game. Iman Shumpert and Matthew Dellavedova a started at the guard positions and were all over Steph Curry and Klay Thompson from the outset. Steph was obviously bothered by the Delly D and intense physicality fighting through ball screens and off ball screens to really make life difficult for the MVP. Klay Thompson on the other hand was lights out all game. It seemed like he made tough contested shots look routine and really kept the Warriors within striking distance.