Live, hoop and die

What’s good? I’m Nate. I’m part of the transition 3 team. This blog got its name because we are three friends who grew up together playing and talking about basketball. Each of us also has a pretty deadly three point shot.  I’m originally from South Carolina, but I live in Washington, DC.  My motto is live, hoop and die. If you do those three things, you’ll have a successful life.

At the end of each day, you’ll find our parting shots. They are just a rundown of the important stories in basketball for that day so you don’t miss anything.  Here they are for today.

  • Kobe Bryant just surpassed Lakers legend Jerry West as the leading scorer in franchise history. Kobe’s all around game including his defense, his ability to come through in the clutch and his knack for winning championships makes him the greatest Laker ever in my eyes. Bill Plascke of the L.A. Times disagrees saying that Kobe is behind Magic and West…for now.
  • Is Chis Paul the best point guard on the planet? I’d say it’s close between Deron Williams and Paul, but the debate may shift in Williams’ favor. The New Orleans Hornets’ star is expected to miss some major time after he undergoes knee surgery tomorrow. Standout point guard, Chauncey Billups of the Dever Nuggets will replace Paul as a reserve guard in this month’s All Star Game.
  • Lebron James is making a strong campaign to repeat as league MVP. Has anyone been more dominating individually this season than Lebron James? If he keeps this up, his second MVP will be a lock in no time.
  • While the MVP will likely come down to Lebron or Kobe, the NBA needs to make room for Kevin Durant. The man is ballin! He’s a legit candidate for MVP and he might be the best player in the league in the not so distant future.
  • Boston fans, you can breathe a sigh of relief. Paul Pierce’s strained left foot is not a serious injury and he’ll be listed as day to day.  Celtic nation was understandably on pins and needles when Pierce went down against Washington on Monday. The 2008 finals MVP has a reputation as a warrior and has never been known to fake an injury…

Finally, the game of the night is Boston vs. Miami. I see Wade going off…and by going off, I mean going to the foul line 15+ times. In the end, though, Celtics by 9.

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3 Responses to “Live, hoop and die”

  1. The debate between Paul and Williams shouldn’t even be a debate. Paul is much better. The Jazz have been, talent wise, top 5 in the West the last few years, yet struggle to make the playoffs. They finished 8th last year. Other than Paul, the Hornets have a boderline All-Star and then a bunch of mediocre players who do a few things well. They finished ahead of the Jazz last year and two years ago challenged the stacked Lakers for 1st place in the West.

    Paul makes that team go and elevates the play of all his teammates. Yes, this year Williams has performed better, but Paul had been plagued by injuries. Thankfully the injury is not serious and he will only be out for about a month. If both were at full strength and switched places, the Jazz would be in the same conversation as the Lakers, Celtics, Cavs, and Magic. The Hornets wouldn’t even be in playoff contention. Basically, it’s Paul and then a few notches below him are Nash, Billups, Williams, and Rondo…in that order.

    Speaking of Billups, he is still vastly underrated. Nuggets were 12-3 in January and Melo only played in 6 of those games. Melo has definitely improved this year, but Billups is the best player and leader of that team. They are only 3.5 games behind the Lakers, and while I think the Lakers will win the whole thing, if they meet the Nuggets in the playoffs and play like they did last year against them, they will lose.

  2. The switch teams argument is silly. There is no way that a ball dominating Chris Paul is going to thrive in Utah. I think Paul lucked out by landing in New Orleans. He gets to hold the ball for as long as he wants and then pass it. Williams runs the Princeton offense.

    Paul’s individual talent is unmistakable, but Williams is a better fit for an organized team and system. Paul reminds me of Nash, whereas Williams reminds me of Stockton.

    So I think it is debatable who is the better point guard. What isn’t debatable is that Williams is a better player. When you include defense and rebounding, Williams brings more to his team each night. While Paul is a good steals man and fantasy player, Williams uses his strength and frame to play sound fundamental basketball. He’s just the better ball player in my opinion.

  3. I love playing the “What if?” game, especially in regards to Chris Paul, who we all now know was the premier player in the 2005 draft class, yet Atlanta and Portland both passed on the opportunity to select him. This didn’t make any sense, because at the time, Atlanta needed a ball-distributing PG!

    Imagine the Hawks, right now, with Chris Paul instead of Bibby at PG. They wouldn’t have drafted Marvin Williams, so they’d have a starter’s spot open at SF – and if I were Mike Woodson (and I often am in NBA Live 10) I’d play CP3 at PG, Jamal Crawford at the 2, and let Joe Johnson take advantage of his quickness and range by playing SF/swingman. Put Josh Smith and Horford under the basket . . . and that is one undersized-yet-dangerous team. The “Suns East”

    As far as comparing Williams and Paul goes, my own go-to factor for evaluating point guards compared to each other is how well the team they’re on plays with them in the lineup versus without. As a ball distributor and pilot of the offense, great PGs are expected to elevate the play of players around them. Williams definitely does; I don’t see the Jazz being a factor at all this season if they had mediocre PG play. Since Paul’s out with an injury for the rest of the season, we get a chance to truly evaluate his impact on the Hornets (a roster in need of some talent upgrades), and also to see if Darren Collison can be a viable NBA starting PG sometime in the future.

    Steve Nash is still the best, though. If you don’t believe me, look at the career numbers for every one of his relevant teammates, dating back to his time with the Mavs. With Dirk being the one notable exception, most of his teammates’ best years have been the years they spent with Nash. I know I’m biased, but nobody does more to elevate his teammates’ level of play than Nash, and to me, that’s what differentiates the best PGs from the rest.

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