Monthly Archives: April 2008

stat-watch: triple double, no turnovers

Chris Paul ended the first round in style today, posting a triple double ( 24 points, 11 rebounds, 15 assists) without a single turnover in the Hornets’s win over the Mavericks.

Remarkably, Paul had 60 assists to only 6 turnovers in the five game series.
Also amazing is Paul’s 50% shooting percentage (appallingly good for a PG) and his 5.6 rebounds a game.

In short, CP3 averaged 24.6 points, 12 dimes, 5.6 boards, and only 1.2 turnovers a game for an entire series.
Too bad the Hawks didn’t draft him….

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Making a U-Tern

U-Tern:

Marvin Gaye – Give it Up (U-Tern Remix)

Stevie Wonder – All I Do (U-Tern Remix) – FIXED

So that Marvin Gaye post from a while back was missing maybe the best Marvin remix I’ve ever heard. And while I was fishing for it I ran into another quality U-Tern joint, a remix of Stevie Wonder’s “All I Do.” This U-Tern fella is killing it on the remix, so eat up his blog and RSS it for sure.

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What’s hot: Truth and Soul Records

Truth and Soul Records: they are so amazing, and so is their podcast.

I’m just wrapping up the March podcast, featuring Chairman Mao spinning records that make me nostalgic for a time that I never actually experienced. You can order their new release “Fallin’ off the Reels, Vol.2” from Turntable Lab and receive a free shirt along with it!

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stat-watch: mamba madness.

The first stat-watch of the playoffs, and it comes as the Lakers sweep the cordially indifferent Denver Nuggets out of the playoffs. I’m bitter about this, because the Warriors could have totally made that series more interesting.

But even though it was only marginally competitive, likely MVP Kobe Bryant made every game worth watching. 49 points? crazy dunks and assists? The closest to a 5×5 so far this playoff season? Yes, yes, and yes.

So today, the Mamba went for 31 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists, 3 steals, and 2 blocked shots. Just flexing his muscles? I hope so.

ps. why did he cut his hair?

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NFL Draft Review

We haven’t had a ton of NFL Draft coverage here on VFT this year (though Rahim’s Raiders work has been very good). However, I am a huge draft nut and have been following the process, so I’ll try to coalesce my opinions on the Draft into this post. As a general rule, I don’t grade teams’ drafts, but I do rank them, so that serves as a good general idea of where teams fall.
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1. Kansas City Chiefs– Simply put, I was blown away by what they did. Instead of getting jumpy and making big moves to dump some of their excess picks, they made smart moves when they had to and produced a very important class for their long-term success. Dorsey was one of my favorite guys in the draft, and Brandon Albert’s versatility on the line will work wonders for a team with as much in flux there as the Chiefs. He can play Guard or Tackle and will be put in the best place to help the team. Beyond the First Round, KC got players I really like in Brandon Flowers, Jamaal Charles, Brad Cottam, and a few intriguing guys in Brandon Carr and Barry Richardson. Fantastic, fantastic draft.

2. Cleveland Browns– This will surprise alot of people, considering the Browns didn’t pick until the Fourth. However, it is only fair to consider trades involving their draft picks as relevant to the draft, and their moves were spectacular in that context. In effect, they walk out of the 2008 Draft with Corey Williams and Shaun Rogers to go along with their underrated Day 2 haul in Beau Bell, Ahtyba Rubin, and Martin Rucker (among others). Cleveland didn’t need developmental talent as much as they needed ready to roll players and they used the draft to do exactly that.

3. Dallas Cowboys– While I stand by my assertion that they could have gotten Felix Jones with their second First and just picked Mike Jenkins there instead of trading up, Jerry Jones did a very good job. Those two guys will be put in the right situations for them, and Orlando Scandrick could end up being a difference-maker in the long term as well. Guys like Martellus Bennett and Tashard Choice were solid selections as well. Some are criticizing them for not drafting any WR’s, but this year’s class is terrible and I have a sneaking suspicion that there will be a few bigger contributor WR’s available down the line who fit the profile a little better….

4. Pittsburgh Steelers– They were put in a fantastic situation because they have the personnel to make taking the Best Player Available a valid strategy, made much easier when guys like Mendenhall and Sweed are up for grabs in R1 and R2. Both should be significant contributors and natural fits, and I really like Bruce Davis, Tony Hils, and taking a flier on Dennis Dixon.

5. Philadelphia Eagles– This starts first and foremost with the Panthers trade. Regardless of how it turns out (my projection: Panthers are one of the best non-playoff teams), having that extra first rounder next year will pay dividends. That could be in the form of the pick itself or possibly as a great piece in a potential WR trade. From there on, they made smart picks from Trevor Laws and DeSean Jackson (who fills both the slot WR role and the PR necessity) to the underrated Andrew Studebacker and the risky but talented Jack Ikegwuonu. Continue reading

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Hansbrough’s decision is bad news all around.

Tyler Hansbrough’s decision to stay in school next year is bad news for him and for my favorite team, the Golden State Warriors. Here’s why:

First, Hansbrough can only hurt his stock by remaining in school: we already know exactly what kind of player he is, and he just won NCAA Player of the Year. All he can do is repeat these achievements, there’s no better personal accomplishment. Winning the NCAA title won’t make teams value him any higher than today, because he is such a straightforward player (though this can often happen with other, less well known players). He’ll be a hustle rebounder and a nasty interior player who likely won’t be a starter until until he can develop a reliable midrange game. He’s that this year and he’ll be that next year.

If Hansbrough was to come out, many projections had him going in the late first round. Danny’s Mock Draft (not his latest, this one was done before rumors of Hansbrough’s return had spread) had T-Hands going to the Warriors with the 19th pick, and I think that was a great spot for him. The Warriors are in desperate need ot rebounding, energy, and inside scoring, and Hansbrough is a player who would have instantly been able to contribute 10 minutes off the bench.

His return to UNC removes one good possibility for the Warriors, who will be cash-strapped and must immediately improve their team through the draft if they plan to make the playoffs. Its just as important to note that Hansbrough runs the risk of getting hurt or having some as yet unknown flaw exposed, which could derail his chances in a manner similar to Roy Hibbert’s recent fall from grace.

I am a big fan of the bird in the hand being worth more than two in the bush. When it comes to your future livelihood, its best to play it safe and jump to the NBA when you know you’ll make it. I don’t foresee him falling out of the first round next year, but unfortunately its always possible, and its a risk that I wouldn’t be comfortable taking.

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In New York, justice remains out of reach.

The police officers who shot unarmed and innocent Sean Bell were acquitted late this week. To most onlookers, the events that resulted in Bell’s death point toward excessive force and wholly inappropriate behavior, first by the undercover officer that imagined Bell was attempting to locate a gun in his car and then by that same officer and his partners, who unloaded 50 shots into Bell and his vehicle before ever seeing a sign that Bell might be armed. Not only was Bell unarmed, but there never was a gun in that car and as it turns out, that undercover officer had pursued Bell to his vehicle solely out of wild suspicion.

Bell’s death recalls the painful memories of Abner Louima and Amadou Diallo, and the impotence of the justice system serves only to remind us that what happened to the Jena Six was not an isolated incident – justice is blind to all but race and power.

When Louima’s case shocked the nation, outrage was smoothed over with guarantees that it would never happen again. When Amadou Diallo was shot 41 times for no justifiable reason, the police claimed again that, though the system was not going to be reformed and the police were guilty of no wrongdoing, there was no reason to be indignant because it would never happen again.

In the weeks following this latest police acquittal, let us not forget this history when the State of New York attempts to placate us by guaranteeing that Sean Bell’s death will be the last of its kind.

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