Los Angeles has a stacked team, yet an unknown starts at shooting guard. Plus, the King sets a record and the Spanish Jesus could be gone before Easter.
Don’t get it twisted, the Los Angeles Clippers are a team to be feared. Their bench has players that can definitely start on other teams.
Thanks to an injury to Chauncey Billups, the Clippers have a hole at shooting guard. Jamal Crawford could step in, but he has been dynamite off the bench.
So who takes the starting spot? Willie Green.
Who the hell is Willie Green? Random-ass Willie Green. Did you even know Willie Green started for the Clippers? This guy has been on TNT’s “Who He Play For?” segment two straight years.
Why would anybody who is on “Who He Play For?” start for an NBA team? Green averages 6.5 points and 1.5 rebounds per game.
Back when Danny Ferry used to stink up the NBA, the San Antonio Spurs actually started him. It’s true.
I proclaimed that no team on God’s green earth that starts Danny Ferry at forward will ever win a championship. And you know what, that Spurs team that started Ferry didn’t win.
Here it is again, the 2013 version: no team that starts Willie Green will ever win a championship.
If Charles Barkley doesn’t know what team you play for then you’re a scrub. The Clippers will have a chance if Billups returns to the starting lineup. I don’t think Green will even be in the rotation in that scenario.
L.A. has Chris Paul, Billups, Crawford and Eric Bledsoe as guards; Caron Butler, Lamar Odom, Matt Barnes, Grant Hill and Blake Griffin at forward; DeAndre Jordan and Ronny Turiaf at center.
A guy who stumps Barkley on “Who He Play For?” two years in a row doesn’t belong in that rotation.
The King Reigns At 20,000 And Counting
Miami Heat forward LeBron James scored his 20,000th point at Golden State on Wednesday, becoming the youngest player in NBA history to accomplish that.
It doesn’t feel like too long ago that the basketball world was praising James as a high school prodigy. He has surpassed that as the most dominant player in the world.
Proof of such praise: last season he was MVP of the regular season (the third time in four years), won the NBA title — and MVP of the Finals — and led Team USA to the gold medal at the Olympics.
Against the Warriors, James carried the Heat with 25 points, seven rebounds and 10 assists. Miami went up big and never looked back in its 92-75 victory.
The King edged his Olympic teammate, Kobe Bryant, for the youngest-to-20,000 title. Bryant notched 20K at 29 years, 122 days while James got his at 28 years, 17 days.
James also tallied 5,000 assists in his career against Golden State.
Bye Bye, Spanish Jesus?
When Pau Gasol was traded to the Lakers he became the team’s savior. I wasn’t near a computer when the trade happened although a casual NBA fan told me the Lakers got “some good center from Memphis.”
No way it’s Pau Gasol, I thought. That guy’s an All-Star player, why would the Grizzlies help the Lakers that way?
Three Finals appearances and two championships later, that is unclear.
What is clear is that the current Los Angeles Lakers are a mess. What should have been a championship team is fighting for its playoff lives.
Bryant has played his most efficient basketball of his career. Steve Nash has missed more games than he’s played in. Dwight Howard is still recovering from back surgery and sat out some games.
The Spanish Jesus is expected to be in the lineup against Miami on Thursday. Gasol has missed the last five games because of a concussion. The Lakers will need Gasol to power the smaller Heat.
Someone should give Coach Mike D’Antoni the memo that L.A. has better size than anybody.
Forget this stretch four business, Gasol is one of the most skilled players in the NBA. He tore up the Americans in the Gold Medal game last summer with 24 points, eight rebounds and seven assists, making that contest a lot closer than it should have been.
This season, the Spaniard has pedestrian averages of 12.2 points, 8.4 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game. His numbers would have to come down when Howard’s in the lineup.
With the trade deadline approaching, will the Lakers deal him? I think Gasol has plenty of worth. The Lakers would be fools to unload him.
Maybe the Lakers will make the same mistake Memphis did and pave the way for another team to win a championship.