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The NBA Lockout is all the rage but it's never too soon for the 2011 NBA Rookie Class to get over-hyped. Regardless of how bad this class is considered, one of them will win Rookie of the Year for the 2011-12 NBA season (assuming there is a season). Favorites to win are the obvious top picks like Kyrie Irving and Derrick Williams but according to ESPN's Kevin Pelton, Markieff Morris should at least be considered a dark horse.

The thinking from Pelton is that Markieff (aka Keef) is more NBA ready and will be an efficient scorer. It's worth noting that Pelton is an NBA stat geek so measuring value based on efficiency comes naturally to him. The rest of the basketball world, however, will stick to flashy points and rebounding totals which makes Morris an unlikely pick (Pelton did list him as a dark horse for a reason).

Las Vegas odds makers are skeptical as well but at least Markieff is on the list of possible Rookie of the Year possibilities. His odds are 18/1 compared to 15/1 for Marcus Morris and 9/2 for the favorite, Derrick Williams. 

If you believe in Markieff, you at least can put your money where your mouth is.

Source: NBA: Projecting rookie stat lines for Kyrie Irving, Jimmer Fredette, Kemba Walker and other top picks - ESPN


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Jim Gray, the interviewer who tossed Lebron James softball questions during the infamous "The Decision" broadcast last summer, says he has no regrets at all about doing the one-hour ESPN special in which Lebron decided to "take his talents".....well everyone knows what happened that night. In fact, everyone remembers where they were that night. I was at a steakhouse that had happy hour all day, every day in San Antonio. I booed a little. I'm getting off track.

In Gray's only interview to date about "The Decision", he joined the Dan Patrick Show to candidly answer some questions about that infamous broadcast. One interesting thing he mentions is that the idea for the one-hour spectacle was originally his idea.

Read a transcript of Jim Gray's interview here, and join me after the jump for a couple questions of my own.

Mr. Gray, did you really think that the one-hour live broadcast was primarily just a way to "explain it all to the fans at one time where he is deciding to go?" If anything, this was a media event that was all about Lebron. 

Mr. Gray, are you really surprised at the fact that there was "so much" criticism in the wake of the TV special? I certainly wasn't too surprised by the jersey burning. I'd do the same thing if Jared Dudley left the Suns

What think ye of Jim Gray's LebronLove, Bright Siders?


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The tone of labor talks is this. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

"If the people raise a great howl against my barbarity and cruelty, I will answer that war is war, and not popularity seeking."

~William Tecumseh Sherman

As you have probably already noticed, nba.com is now an old-timer's page. All current player images and videos have been scrubbed from the site. Hey, I love the historical stuff but come on now. I don't need to see highlights of every draft and dunk contest of the 90s, and this has been the NBA's content.

In a tactical move in the league's war against the player's union, nba.com and NBATV will show no current players. And, this is good for who? How? Huh? It's not good for anybody, and it's part of a scorched earth policy being spearheaded by David Stern. Stern's tactics continue to become increasingly combative, as Dave D'Alessandro of The Star-Ledger explains here.

What are the owners attempting to accomplish with this?

According to NBA spokesman Mike Bass, quoted in the Wall Street Journal:

"We do not think it is appropriate to be using video and photography of our current players at this time," said NBA spokesman Mike Bass. People close to the NBA say that the league doesn't believe it should continue profiting off players by using their images online after locking them out over issues of compensation and revenue sharing.

Well, that sure sounds noble and generous of them, doesn't it? So then, what are they really up to?

The NBA's marketing work is almost as valuable as its players, and the owners know this. By refusing to market locked out players, the league expects to drive their value down. By showing all these old-timers instead, they are driving home the point to cheer for the jersey more than the guys who wear it. There will always be some new guy in that jersey, right?

Having been in countless debates and arguments in my life, this strikes me as a "going for the jugular" move. This is the owners telling the players, "we don't really need you; without our marketing and the salaries we pay you, whattaya got?"

This might prove to be a winner for the owners but, damn. I just hope no cities are burned down in the process.


Are you bored? Are you Sun deprived? If so, get up, go get some comfort food, sit-down, relax and watch these vids.

But first, hear my words.

I find it ridiculous that team websites can't even show pictures of their current players, yet they can still list the roster? What point is the NBA trying to make? Why don't they want us to see our players? Stupid sausageheads! Screw them!

As for myself, I am not a sausagehead. I may be a butthead, but I'm really just Beavis, a man of simple taste. I like food, soda, pizza, peace, happiness, fun, love, women and most importantly My Phoenix Suns (which if you haven't noticed kind of includes all of that). So listen up Stern you Notorious Windbag, stop sulking, get off your butt, go get ya bruddas and work out a deal!

Note: I lost some nice vids ever since the lock-out due to some copyright crap. I blame David Stern. Not sure if he's the reason why, but I'm going to assume it is anyway, because I want to.

With that said, keep in mind that as you watch this, you'll be watching some footage that David Stern doesn't want you to see nor remember until he is a richer man, so enjoy;)

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Some Raja Bell with a touch of Grant Hill:

You can never have enough Dudley:

Want some Frye with that?

Need more J-Rich?

Ok, that was Nashty:

I'm going to need some water:

Beat that!

That's all folks... or is it?

 

 

 


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