Players have found various ways to cope with the NBA Lockout. Blake Griffin, Kevin Love, and Metta World Peace (Ron Artest) chose to be Lockout Professionals and help people. Others have taken to barnstorming exhibition games and streetball. Stephen Jackson has taken another route. He is rapping about it. Here is his single, “The Season” or “What’s a Lockout” (it has been reportedly titled as both, but the video calls it “The Season”) from his upcoming mixtape. Too bad Jackson and World Peace did not get together for a collaboration single while they were on the Indiana Pacers.
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This summer, as the lockout dragged on, many NBA players took their games to the blacktop much to the delight of fans who crowded into cages and gyms around the country. Rucker Park, the most storied of all the playgrounds in New York City, saw its fair share of action. For a time, Kevin Durant lit up the Ruck. In one game he dropped 66 points.
Apparently, not everyone took delight to Durant’s and others’ exploits in New York. Metta World Peace (formerly Ron Artest) took offense to all the NBAers playing in his city over the summer. World Peace has taken to New York’s blacktops every summer since he has joined the league and has made appearances during the annual EBC game at Rucker. Therefore, it is clear to see why he views his team as the tops in the city and took to Twitter on Friday afternoon to issue a challenge to Durant and anyone who would want to face his team, the TruWariers.
- Truwarier’s verses Kevin Durants team. I got 200k or 300k on it!! Winner take all. For now I’m in LA!! Email my management if yal want it!!
- Anybody in america who really want to to play against my team forth money email Artestamg@gmail.com I’m tired of this! I run NYC streetball!
- I’ll take my squad with no pro players against any squad and there pro players. Artestamg@gmail.com Email me my management if u ready!!
- I can’t believe people trying to take over my city.. For 13 yrs I Been in the league. And ever summer I dominated streetball. Truwarier!
- NYC after I finish these couple movies and if the league don’t start up. I’m touching ground and any pro player wanna ball come get it!NYC!
Then, later in the evening:
- Get the best from the goodman league. I’ll put together a squad , Homocide , special effex etc… And we will see !!
- I leave the city one summer for a bit then players trying to take the throne!!!! Hold it down while I’m gone NY!!
- I’ve been playing in Rucker since 16 yrs old. I never lost one game in the Rucker!! Ever!! It’s documented!! I run street ball!! Ball’n!
Yes, that is the real e-mail for his management. One can only gather that he is completely serious. So, Queens Bridge, and the rest of the country, standup. Let us hope that Durant accepts the challenge. The rest of the exhibition games have lost their spark, but this one would be something to look forward to, at least after World Peace finishes making movies and the league’s lockout continues.
What else is there to say after you read the title? Yes, this is the same Ron Artest that was moved to tweets about a Celine Dion concert not long ago. At least it looks like planking is not dead after its initial onslaught at the start of the lockout. This is just another sign that the lockout needs to end soon.
Image via @ronartest
Ron Artest AKA Metta World Peace flooded timelines with tweets about the Celine Dion concert he attended last night. Obviously, they were pure gold and because of the lockout and lack of real news here are a few of those tweets:
I’m at Celine dion concert! Backstage!! Wow!!! Me and my boys!! Wow!!! She said she love my Jimmy Kimmel show when I had my beard on!!!!!!!!
Wow!!!!!!!!!!! She bout to sing TITANIC!!!!!! Wow!!!!! Stevie wonder came out!!!
Every night in my dreams I see you I feel u That is why my heart will Go on Help me with the lyrics and I will follow u The whole song!!
Celine made me and all my thug friends cry with the French song!!!! She cried !!! Wow!!!! She hugged me !! I got chills!! My nipples froze!
I think Celine show will entertain anyone! blacks to Russians From skinny tight Jean denim leggin wearing guys to old peoPle with no teeth
Clearly, if you are not following Artest on Twitter you are missing out. Do yourself a favor and star following the man. Here is the link to his account: @ronartest
The NBA lockout is taxing on all of us. None more so than the players themselves. They are not being paid right now and are finding it hard trying to cope in the real world. How many athletes do you know that can make a smooth transition from the world of professional sports to a normal blue-collar life? Not many. However, it is nice to know that Kevin Love and Blake Griffin are here to help. They have teamed together, along with Tyson Chandler, Ron Artest aka Metta World Peace, and even the NFL’s Adrian Peterson, to employ professional athletes currently enduring a lockout to help the common person. Who wouldn’t want these services? The price isn’t too steep either.
Coming into Dallas with his team down 0-2 to the Mavericks, Kobe Bryant knows that it will be an uphill battle to get back into the series and revive any hopes of the Lakers advancing to the Western Conference Finals.
“It’s just about doing what we do right. We haven’t done it right,” Bryant said. It is clear that Bryant is referring to his team as a whole and not just to himself in particular. There is not much more that the Lakers can ask of Bryant as he has performed remarkably well in the semi finals.
In the two games against Dallas, Bryant has averaged 29.5 point on 46.7 percent shooting. However, he has picked and chose when he wants to contribute elsewhere. In game one he did not record a single assist. In game two he had three. He grabbed five rebounds in the first game and did not have any in the second. The rebounding numbers should not concern anyone. He is out there to score. Los Angeles has plenty of players whose job it is to be window washers.
It is apparent that Bryant still has the resolve of a champion and has displayed it thus far. Yet, his team has not followed suit. Yes, the Lakers have been the better rebounding team, but their scoring has been sub par. Los Angeles has an effective field goal percentage of .440 against the Mavericks. Dallas, on the other hand has one that stands at .510. The Mavericks are getting good open looks against a Lakers defense that is second guessing itself and not operating as a unit.
Coupled with that is the Mavericks’ high free throw shooting percentage. Putting them on the line is just as dangerous as leaving them open for a jump shot. For the series they are shooting 81.3 percent from the line. The Lakers are only shooting 70 percent.
Bryant is the alpha and omega of the Lakers. He has been for some time. Ultimately it will be him having to shoulder the burden of his team’s eventual success of failure. That will begin tonight as he will be forced to play more at the small forward with the suspension of Ron Artest. It will also mean that he will have to play more as the bench will likely be down a man as Lamar Odom expects to start.
The Lakers must come together. Pointing fingers does no good, they are a team and they will all experience the same end result. It is up to Bryant to rally his teammates together to make one last push, if he cannot do that, their fate will be playoff elimination and a summer replete with questions.
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“I’m not shocked. We’ve been doing this for years. Dropping games at home. We finally got what we deserved.”
Yeah, when you play like that, you kind of do get what you deserve. Good news, the Lakers know this. Bad news, the Mavericks know this.
After game one, Kobe told the media that he was worried, concerned, scared, whatever. All that is apparent is that something is wrong in Lakerland and no, it’s not that Jack Nicholson chooses to wear sunglasses inside and at night.
What we are suggesting is that maybe Phil Jackson should check his prescription because so far, this series has looked like a giant senior moment for the Zen Master.
During the waning minutes of game one, the Mavericks went small by putting in Peja Stojakovic for Tyson Chander and J.J. Barea for Shawn Marion. Jackson responded by trying to pull Andrew Bynum who he had just put in for Lamar Odom and instead go with Steve Blake. He had already made the change and the refs wouldn’t let him redo his substitution.
According to league spokesman Tim Frank, it’s in the rule book.
Jackson has been coaching since 1989. Twenty-two years later he should have a pretty good understanding of the rules. The Lakers did submit video to the league offices but their challenge of the call was denied. Tough luck.
Their only sign of life in game one came from Bryant’s hot hand. He settled any dispute over his ankle as he scored 36 points. The Lakers only sank six shots in the entire fourth quarter but three were his.
Down the stretch, LA missed six three pointers including Kobe’s last-minute shot to try and win the game. Before that, they blew another chance as Gasol lost control of the ball on an inbound pass. They looked frantic and it showed. Poor ball movement and frantic shot selection is what did them in as they couldn’t cope with the big guys in Dallas and their zone defense that doesn’t bite when a double-team opportunity is presented. Sorry, but this is not New Orleans.
It’s easy to spot a frustrated LA offense. Passing essentially stops and you see less slashes and more spot up jumpers. Additionally, the Mavs never rolled over and managed to overcome a 16-point deficit since everyone other than Bryant couldn’t buy a shot.
Luckily, playoff series are multiple games and Jackson had the opportunity to adjust and respond last night in game two. Instead, they looked worse.
The offense had even less movement as the Lakers and Jack Nicholson looked more and more frustrated.
It escalated as Ron Artest’s temper flared. Dallas had an 11-point lead with two minutes remaining when he shoved the Mavs’ Marion and picked up a loose-ball foul. Less than a minute later, he close lined Barea in a move that got him kicked out of the game and suspended for game three that just so happens to be in Dallas.
In both games, the Lakers haven’t looked like themselves. They didn’t defend home court as they were unsuccessful in establishing any sort of rhythm in either game.
Jackson has been trying to ride with what won them the series against New Orleans by relying heavily on his big guys. The offense isn’t running smoothly at all, they are taking more jumpers and missing them and they aren’t able to deal with Chandler’s wingspan to get the offense boards that lead to second-chance points.
Additionally, DeShawn Stevenson is giving them a headache. He is starting the games guarding Kobe and is one reason the Black Mamba has only made six shots in the first quarters of both games combined. They are forfeiting points by putting a defender like Stevenson on the floor but Dallas is outscoring LA 51-43 in the first quarters of both games regardless.
However, it’s not just Stevenson that is making waves in this backcourt. Jason Kidd was instrumental in game one with two three pointers in the fourth quarter and in game two Barea was unstoppable. The Beef has always chastised this LA backcourt from Derek Fisher’s immobility to the fact that Jordan Farmer is Jordan Farmer. Blake was supposed to add depth to the guard core in LA but he’s been invisible this entire postseason. In the two games so far against Dallas, he has only take one shot in the fourth. Last night, he missed two, open threes in the third quarter that would have brought them to within one point.
Now, LA is getting closer and closer to missing out on the opportunity to make this a three-peat. They are having to travel to Dallas to face a Mavs team that essentially has a wounded animal left to deal with. Artest will not be present for game three as Jackson will be forced to start Matt Barnes instead. Barnes has an even worse attitude than Ron Ron as proven by the last time these two met in the regular season (Also, he only has four points in this entire series so far).
There is always the option of starting Odom instead but that would be a mistake. So far, he outscoring the rest of the bench 21-16 for the series and starting him would take the wind out of LA’s secondary unit which is already getting run into the ground by Dallas’ reserves (in these two games, they have been outscored 70-38).
It’s really going to come down to Phil if LA wants a chance. He has already stated that he doesn’t plan on returning after this season and it’s becoming more and more apparent that his foot might already be out of the door. He made a name for himself coaching some of the biggest egos in the game from Michael Jordan to Shaquille O’Neal. However, this Lakers team looks hopeless with a scared Bryant, a hot Artest and an uninspired Gasol.
They have looked nothing but lethargic and tired so far against the Mavericks as Phil looks even more laid back. He didn’t even have the audacity to defend Artest for his foul. It’s playoff basketball Phil. Grow a backbone.
Dallas has knack for losing game threes in the playoffs especially with a lead (trust me, we all know this by now) but this may be different. In the past, Dallas has faced beasts with bloodthirsty appetites for destruction. However, these Lakers look like sleepy kitties. Unless Phil lights a fire under their asses, his retirement to Montana may be coming sooner than expected.
Ron Artest’s foul on J.J. Barea
The city of Los Angeles is in shock and it is not because of a botched breast augmentation or one too many injections of Botox. No, it is because their team, the team they depend on so that they can be seen on national television, the Los Angeles Lakers are down 2-0 in a best of seven series with the Dallas Mavericks. Not only are they down 2-0 but the two games they lost were at the Staples Center. Right now the best thing the Staples Center has going for it is Youtube highlights of Blake Griffin, who just won rookie of the year.
This is the first time the two franchises have met in the playoffs since 1988 and the series has lived up to its billing, for one team at least. The Dallas Mavericks came back from a 16 point deficit in the first game of the series to win 96-94. This victory due to their extended bench which outscored the Lakers’ reserves 40-25. Phil Jackson was not overly thrilled about the developments in game one and went as far as emulating his star play in saying that he, and his team, was “worried.”
Kobe Bryant had said, after the Lakers game one loss, that he (I am paraphrasing here) was worried, and that the Maverick could beat the Lakers. Yes, Bryant is talking about the same Lakers that were a shoe-in to three-peat yet again. Bryant is also talking about the team with the most feared frontcourt outside of Dwight Howard. These are the Lakers, are they not? They are lords over the Western Conference (when the San Antonio Spurs are out of the equation), right? Who can possibly beat them?
The Dallas Mavericks.
Early on in game two, head coach Rick Carlisle set the tone. It wasn’t anything Marv Albert and Steve Kerr picked up on instantly, but it created an arena in which the Mavericks could operate on their terms.
Carlisle controlled the matchups. It was obvious to see from the start. When he went small and Dallas extended the lead, Phil Jackson was forced to adjust. Carlisle and Jackson have met before in the playoffs. Jackson got the best of him the first time they met. But, can one really say that when the team Jackson had before was a Bryant/Shaquille O’Neal team? No. That was the equivalent of Jordan/Pippen in 2000-03. It cannot be ignored, but it cannot be ignored in the same manner as Barry Bonds’ single season home run record cannot be ignored.
Phil Jackson and his Lakers had no answer in game two. Bryant provided and answer occasionally, but that was only to keep his team close. Close is never good enough, though.
The Dallas Mavericks played their tempo throughout the game. It would be easy to say that 40 of the 48 minutes were dominated by Dallas. The Lakers were lethargic and could not contend with a superior opponent. Los Angeles is not used to an opponent who can match them physically in the frontcourt. They have had a cakewalk to the finals the past few season. Now, they have a test. Now, they are losing.
Here at the Beef, especially this author, we love Ron Artest. However, we love him more in a pinstriped Indiana Pacers’ jersey than we ever could in purple and gold. In this series, he is little more than a distraction. The media will always want to remember him as the protagonist of the Malice in the Palace. That is not who he is any longer, though. He is still Ron Artest (and will potentially be suspended for game three), but Tony Allen has stolen his title in terms of defensive will and tenacity on the court.
Artest has become a non-factor in this series. Who can he legitimately guard? Dirk Nowitzki can shoot over him and Shawn Marion can drive by him. He is out of place. The only player that he can flummox anymore is Peja Stojakovic and that is only because it is not difficult to defend a spot-up shooter. Yet, that is not to say that Stojakovic cannot get by Artest using the dribble. As he did so in both games.
Dallas controlled just about every aspect of game two. No, scratch that, they won the game handily and therefore controlled the game throughout. Even when the Lakers gained the lead, for the fleeting moments that they did, it did not appear as they had any semblance of control on the game. Dallas was making a statement, and that statement came from Würzburg, Germany.
Nobody in the NBA can guard Nowitzki. His off-legged jumper is something that will go down in the annals of NBA history as something that can never be duplicated. Charles Barkley said that when you guard Nowitzki you need a cigarette and a blindfold. Phil Jackson, Pau Gasol, Lamar Odom, and Ron Artest have masked their eyes and are presently smoking. What Nowitzki has done would be incomprehensible had we not seen him execute his offense to perfection for the past 13 season. Even though we have seen it before, it is not any less remarkable and is still spectacularly difficult to defend.
The Mavericks have always been considered a soft, jump shooting team. Fair enough, they were. But ask the Lakers if that is what they are currently. Dallas has grown, not only in size but in toughness. Tyson Chandler has changed the mentality in Dallas.
Los Angeles’ lauded big men have met their match through two games in the Western Conference Semi Finals. Andrew Bynum has not played like the young, overhyped center that some mistakenly believed he was, but more like the young, oversized player who is not used to taking on a challenge equal in stature to himself.
Dallas has big men to match the Lakers. When Chandler is on the court, Bynum’s numbers drop. He has only averaged 12.8 points and has an efficiency rating of -7.2. That rating is indicative of the Mavericks’ defensive resolve thus far in the series. It is not just Chandler who is giving Bynum fits, as he is no longer swiping at the ball and instead holding his ground and not committing the foul. Along with Chandler, Brendan Haywood has also stepped up to become an unsung hero of the playoffs for the Mavericks as well.
With Haywood on the floor, Bynum’s rebounding numbers drop from 11.4, in the two games, to 8.6. His overall efficiency sees a decline as well from 1.1 to -17.1. Added to that is the fact that, through this series so far, Haywood has been accountable for every block the Mavericks have recorded while he is on the floor. Mark Cuban paid the money for a two-headed beast in the middle and that beast is dominating the defending champions.
The Mavericks are still a jump shooting team, however. This has worked against them in the past, but not so far against the Lakers. Taking the ball into the teeth of the Lakers’ defense is exactly what Los Angeles baits their opponents into doing. The Mavericks are stubborn. They still remember that Don Nelson taught them (the ones he coached at least) that the best shot is a jump shot. Only this Dallas team does not rely entirely on it.
In the two games against the Lakers, the Mavericks have employed and offense predicated on ball movement. Sure, occasionally Jason Terry holds the ball for too long and is forced into a low percentage shot but the Lakers have yet to fully capitalize on such situations. Dallas knows that driving into the paint against the Lakers is folly to an extent. But they must do it anyway. It opens up passing lanes and, as game two displayed, it leaves perimeter shooters such as DeShawn Stevenson and Stojakovic open.Three-point shooting has been key for the Mavericks thus far.
When the Mavericks do capitalize in the paint it is with J.J. Barea. So far the Los Angeles has yet to check him. In fact, they never will. Barea’s speed on the court is something that no Laker can contend with. Shannon Brown will be a step or two behind him and wholly out-of-place in terms of defensive positioning. It is testament to Barea’s courage that he competes for the same ground on the floor that Bynum and Gasol feel is their birthright to defend. Having Steve Blake guard Barea is laughable at best right now.
The Dallas Mavericks learned from Brandon Roy. Roy torched them and lead his Portland Trail Blazers to victory in game four of the opening round, thereby tying the series 2-2. People doubted the Mavericks’ resolve. Portland never won another game in that series. Now, Dallas is on a four game win-streak. Most everyone had them written off on six in the first round but , surprise, these are not the old Dallas Mavericks. This is a team who has won four in a row and three straight on the road. Doubt them no longer.
Yes, the Mavericks have been up 2-0 before, but this time it is different. This time there will be no phantom calls that Stern calls down to his minions. Oh yes, the Lakers will fight. They must and Bryant will spearhead their assault. But, what can they do at this point? They have yet to get a meaningful stop, they are getting out coached, and Nowitzki is playing as if his defenders were rag dolls. This is Dallas’ series to win. The Lakers, after years of coasting through the Western Conference Playoffs, have finally met their match. Dallas has stung the champs and Los Angeles will not recover.
Robert Rodriguez and Nike released their video entitled Kobe Bryant is, “The Black Mamba” featuring Kanye West, Kobe Bryant and yes, Kobe’s shoes. However, maybe Kobe should be working on other things besides making five-minute, glorified commercials to sell shoes.
Shoe sales don’t equal titles. If that were the case, Michael Jordan would have about 20 more rings.
The Lakers aren’t exactly in a position that would lend itself to allowing their star player to take part in extravagant ad campaigns. The only videos Kobe should be watching are Spurs, Mavericks, Bulls, Magic and Miami highlight reels seeing as they are a combined 2-7 against these top teams. As of late, they have lost to teams such as Sacramento, Charlotte and even Cleveland.
However, the video is entertaining if you have been living under a rock for the past few years and missed out on all the other crap that Rodriguez directed and just so happened to miss last year’s Finals that should have gone to Boston (Hey, Kendrick Perkins was injured, Ron Artest shouldn’t have made those threes and Sasha Vujacic won the game seven at the line).
For your viewing pleasure…
Headlines reading that the Cavs beat the Lakers wouldn’t sound that surprising a year ago. However, considering the circumstances, LA needs to wake up and smell the hardwood.
Cleveland is coming off of the worst losing streak in NBA history at 26 games that they just so happened to snap against the other team that plays at Staples Center. Combined with an opening day win against Boston and a November win over the Bucks, Cleveland’s win over LA last night was their third win of the season against a team that appeared in the post season last year. Last night they became 3-26 against 2010’s playoff teams.
Rookie Christian Eyenga is really coming out of his shell for Cleveland and Ramon Sessions has stepped up by averaging nearly 20 points a game this month including a 32-point performance last night against the Lakers.
However, it’s not what Cleveland is doing that should be turning heads in this situation. It’s what LA isn’t doing.
San Antonio has its Rodeo Road Trip while LA has its Grammy Trip. It hasn’t been that spectacular. Seven of their last nine have been on the road and they have only compiled one statement win by defeating the Celtics at TD Garden in that time span. Boston only had four players on the bench for that game and the atmosphere seemed more about Ray Allen breaking the three point record than an actual revenge win against the defending champs. Maybe they felt pretty sure of themselves after exacting that revenge in late January with a 109-96 win in LA.
In their 104-99 loss to Cleveland last night, LA showed that they are ready for this All-Star Break more than anyone else. On Monday, their defense looked just as anemic as they lost 109-89 to the Bobcats and their offense looked sluggish at best.
The Lakers are only putting up 96 points a game in their last ten performances and are ranked as one of the worst road teams as far as scoring with only 97 a night in other teams’ arenas. By being nine games behind San Antonio and two behind Dallas, it looks like LA might be sealed at the third spot in the West and are looking down the barrel a lot of road games come playoff time. Oklahoma City is only one and a half games behind them so they could fall even further in the standings.
We have been saying it all season: the Lakers need to retool. Phil Jackson is talking about this being his last season and Kobe Bryant is going to run out of gas at some point. The big men, Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom, played too many minutes at the beginning of the season and even the pundits new this would be a problem later down the road. These road games are not making the team any more energized and there is still a lot of season left.
Surprisingly, Andrew Bynum seems to be the only silver lining to this month for LA. He has been playing at a heightened leveled with all of this trade talk swirling around him. Aside from going 2-12 from the field last night, he’s been scoring and they could possibly find someone out there that interested in the big man.
It would take a lot of courage for LA to simply give up on the big guy but right now, he’s their biggest chip that they could put on the table. There are several teams that have a lot of players on the trading block but it’s up to the Lakers to decide if they would like to move on.
The trade deadline is next week and LA should be looking at least at some sort of option at bringing in another guard. Their backcourt is ranked 28th in the league in assists with Kobe leading the way. They need to reinvigorate the offense with someone that can actually move the ball around. In addition, Ron Artest needs to wake up. In the last three games (Cleveland, Charlotte and Orlando), he has scored a combined 16 points including one measly point last night. Even he has admitted that he is simply invisible on the court at times. Giving up 109 and 104 to the Bobcats and Cavs is simply embarrassing.
The answers for LA’s problems sound vague because they are. The defending champs have looked sluggish, disorganized and at time uninterested this season. Kobe isn’t getting mad and it seems like the Zen master is more hands off than ever before. It’s a conundrum that only they can solve. The sense of urgency isn’t there and it’s hard to pinpoint the problem when there are simply so many.
The defending champs have problems and that’s about all we know. They need to snap out of it or else defending the title will not be an option.