Five Early Playoff Considerations on the NBA

5/4/12 in NBA   |   ArgunUlgen   |   10 respect

May 1, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers center Andrew Bynum (17) controls the ball against the defense of Denver Nuggets center Kosta Koufos (41) during the second half of game two of the Western Conference quarterfinals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-US PRESSWIRE1.  The NBA Really "Doesn't Care":  In addition to an incomplete season, the NBA has delivered its fans a total crap product riddled with broken parts.  By trying to squeeze 66 games into four months without a pre-season, NBA owners did what used car salesmen do:  they sought to maximize profits at the expense of their customers.  The playoffs isn't even into round 2, and a substantial percentage of all-star players and MVP candidates have been either hobbled or put out of the season by injuries.  

2.  The Knicks are going to be in Playoff Limbo for a long time:  I know, I know, they have injuries up the wazoo (Shumpert, Lin) and Amare Stoudemire never had a chance to get to 100% during the regular season (see 1) .  Next year, it will be another excuse:  Carmelo Anthony and STAT can't work together, Lin failed to develop as a point guard, the Knicks have no bench at front court.  Even if the Knicks do have a (gasp!) 50 win season for the first time this decade, they'll still have to contend with Chicago, Miami, and what should be an even more impressive Pacers squad next year once Paul George becomes a major scoring threat.  

3.  Andrew Bynum is better than Dwight Howard:  I know, I know, Howard is the better rebounder and defender, but Bynum will get there defensively, and his low post game is easily more versatile than Howard's and with room to develop.  Does anyone think that the pounding he's inflicting on Denver, with a reasonably strong front line, is going to stop next round against (presumably) OKC?  Also, as petulant as Bryant has been reputed to be, at least he is "OK" with being the #2 option on a championship level basketball team.  Howard wants to be "The Man" while shooting an abysmal % from the line and having an underdeveloped offensive skill set.  

4.  Mike Brown deserved more Coach of the Year votes:  Yes, the Lakers underperformed this year, but Brown did two things correctly by the end of a short season.  He developed chemistry between Kobe Bryant, Bynum, and Pau Gasol, and he has slowly gotten Bynum to play like a legit #1 option in the league.  This leaves open a reverse 80s throwback situation, with Kobe taking place of Kareem, and Bynum Magic.  OK, that analogy has problems, but it's a nice idea. 

5.  Tyson Chandler's Defensive Player of the Year Nod will Change the Culture of the Game:  He wasn't in the top ten in steals, rebounds, or blocked shots, and yet Chandler won Defensive Player of the Year honors, and will quite possibly be an All NBA 3rd Team player.  The award is a nod to the media's increased focus on the importance of non-statistical devices to assess the quality of a player over simple statistics.  This mentality is huge, and owners across the league would be best served to take heed to it.  Would you rather have Chandler at his current contract of 10 million / yr., or Dwight Howard at a max. contract? 
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5/8/12   |   ArgunUlgen   |   10 respect

ArgunUlgen wrote:
Kant - has there been any other year in the NBA where the frequency and intensity of injuries have compared to 2012?

By medical consensus, do you mean team doctors who are employed by the NBA? :-P. I'll read into it more, maybe there is something I'm missing.

5/7/12   |   kantwistaye   |   4201 respect

ArgunUlgen wrote:
Kant - has there been any other year in the NBA where the frequency and intensity of injuries have compared to 2012?

The medical consensus is that there is no correlation.

5/7/12   |   ArgunUlgen   |   10 respect

Kant - has there been any other year in the NBA where the frequency and intensity of injuries have compared to 2012?

5/5/12   |   kantwistaye   |   4201 respect

Your first point is true, but injuries aren't why.  Injuries happen. They suck. Its not the owners fault.

5/4/12   |   GeorgeMon   |   159 respect

I disagree about the Mile Brown assessment. The Lakers have come together inspite of him. Brown is continually at odds with Bynum and MWP, I think everyone in Lakerland is just waiting for him to be gone. Great article though!