The Crab Dribble returns to break down Kevin Love’s hate-hate relationship with the Timberwolves, the Golden State Warriors’ fast start and Rob plays general manager with smashing results. Check out the show at www.thecrabdribble.com or on iTunes and don’t forget to write reviews and leave comments for the show.
Enjoy this week’s Crab Dribble as we discuss the Lakers (get used to it), and some other stuff. We go around the entire league in a little more than 80 seconds, and our Advanced Scout gives us the inside information TCD listeners have come to expect. It’s fair to say we had the time of our lives making this podcast, and we owe it all to you.
The Crab Dribble is back to dissect a slow start for the Lakers, James Harden’s impact on the league and comment on those players receiving contract extensions in the hours leading up to the deadline. It’s a fast, fun-filled show, so enjoy it responsibly, and leave your comments below.
The Crab Dribble, unlike defending MVP Derrick Rose, is back in action this week, breaking down each bracket with the precision and accuracy of three fans who watch a lot of ball. We not only look back on what’s taken place, but we also look ahead to second round (and occasionally third round) match-ups. There’s a lot, so get comfy and hit play.
It’s time for The Crab Dribble’s playoff preview! We break down each series, each game, each quarter, each … OK, we just make our first round picks. It’s timely, considering the playoffs start right now. Listen to the show, and tell us what’s what.
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We have a lot on the plate today so let’s get to it.
The calendar has turned, and in a typical year, that means we’ve reached the point where we’ve got a pretty good feel for each team. However, this year is anything but typical. Last year, most teams had played 25-30 games before the ball dropped; this year some teams hadn’t even played five. So with barely two weeks under our belt, is it too early to draw any conclusions? Of course not! In fact, snap decisions and knee-jerk reactions are what we do best at The Crab Dribble!
So pull up a chair and let’s see what it looks like from the best seat in the house.
– Tough break for two of the West’s best, as the Spurs learned Manu Ginobili will be out up to two months with a broken hand, while the Grizzlies learned Zach Randolph will miss 6-8 weeks with a torn MCL. Combine those with Dallas’ slow start and the Lakers still adjusting to a new style, and the West certainly looks like it’s Oklahoma City’s to lose. (more…)
It’s the best Wednesday of the year so far. So let’s take a trip around the league.
* Rookie sensation Norris Cole isn’t competing against Mario Chalmers for minutes. They actually work well together.
* And here we thought the rush of player movement was about over. The Bleacher Report says, ‘Not so fast, my friend.”
* Lee Eric Smith of 3 Shades Of Blue is pumped up about the big trade going down this morning.
* The fans (read the comments section) in Philly are not so pumped about the big trade going down this morning.
* Timothy Varner of 48 Minutes Of Hell breaks down the fallout in San Antonio following Manu Ginobili’s broken hand.
* I, for one, foresaw big things for the Washington Wizards this season. I thought those new uniforms alone would be good for an eight seed in the East. But wow, the Wiz iz off to a terrible, terrible start. The guys at Truth About It attempt to sift through the wreckage, touching on such topics as a potential coaching change and the possibility of, dare I say, trading for Demarcus Cousins.
* Here. YOU try to sort out the Golden State backcourt.
It’s been a crazy first week, and The Crab Dribble gets you caught up on the week that was. We talk surprise performances thus far, rookies making waves, Clipper-mania and Ben and Jason dispute the professionalism of DeMarcus Cousins. It’s all here, just hit play.
As promised, The Crab Dribble is back with its Western Conference preview. We go team-by-team until we hit the top, and then we give out preseason awards. It sounds pretty simple, but you’ll really have to hear it for yourself. Check it out, then hit us back at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here is your Christmas week trip around the NBA:
* The best way to learn is to know what you need to know. Kevin Arnovitz, of TrueHoop, breaks down exactly what you need to learn about these Clippers.
* It didn’t take long for the season’s first crushing injury news.
* Derrick Williams is one of the league’s most exciting rookies and seems a likeable guy, too.
* Wesley Morris, of Grantland, is interested in the NBA’s recent (more like 2009?) trend of nerd fashion.
* Zetter Clay, of All Ball, found the saddest NBA photo of the week.
* David Berri suggests that cheese and chocolate aren’t the only things Europe has on America.
* Christmas Eve – not Christmas Day – the big day for D-League prospects.
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Just because the NBA isn’t in session doesn’t mean The Crab Dribble doesn’t have anything to say. We’re talking amnesty for teams that need a mulligan, the world’s worst game of Family Feud and some listener e-mails from our loyal fans.
The Crab Dribble lets Ben play game show host this week. It’s a lot of power for one man, especially one without a mustache.
However, Ben didn’t disappoint. He asked questions so great, we had to record them and share them with the universe.
The 2011 NBA Draft is in the books, and we can only hope that the pending lockout doesn’t get in the way of seeing these new rookies take the floor. The draft had a strong international influence, and while it may be short on superstars, it’s certainly got plenty of interesting storylines. How will Jimmer be welcomed into the Sacramento locker room? Will Brandon Knight’s basketball IQ be wasted in Detroit? Will Raptors fans even bother showing up next season?
But don’t worry. In case you missed portions of the draft while Googling “Jan Vesely’s girlfriend,” TCD is here to recap it for you, division by division. As always, let us know what you think on Twitter and Facebook, and be sure to check out our mock draft on the latest podcast. I promise I called Nolan Smith going #21, no matter what you may hear.
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It’s time for the NBA draft, when teams can set themselves up for years of success or scorn. The Crab Dribble had its own draft recently and I can say with certainty – it’s not as easy as it looks. So check our work, tell us what you think, and we’ll be back to put a bow on the season and grade the draft.
The Crab Dribble is still here, though we can’t say the same for the Memphis Grizzlies. Check out this week’s show for discussion on the Bulls-Heat series, Jason defends Russell Westbrook against the nation, and we question what the draft holds for those lottery teams who wisely stopped at 82 games.
Welcome back to the best seat in the house – the End of the Bench! It’s at this very place where we predicted the Lakers winning the West after beating the Spurs in the Western Conference Finals. It’s here where we predicted the Knicks giving the Celtics a battle for the ages in the first round. It’s here where we predicted the Thunder were too young, and the Mavericks were too old, to be real contenders. So yes, it’s clear we were a bit off in our forecasting.
But on the bright side, there’s still plenty of time to make up for it. Be sure to check out this week’s podcast,become our friend on Facebook, and then settle in to enjoy the view. (more…)
We’re flexing our muscles like Zach Randolph this week on The Crab Dribble, but without all the success. We take time to admit our mistakes this week, and also brag about how right we were about Memphis. Oh yeah, we also rhyme Carmelo with Jell-O, and that can’t be bad, right?
The second round has arrived, which means more pressure, more intensity and more trash talk (and that’s just among the TCD writers). The Heat and Celtics have already strapped on the gloves for a physical series, while Zach Randolph continues to channel his inner Wilt Chamberlain around the basket. Dirk Nowitzki and Kobe Bryant are preparing for what should be an epic dual, and the Hawks are trying to figure out just who the heck is going to guard Derrick Rose with Kirk Hinrich out. Yes – there’s no better of time of year for NBA fans. So go ahead – grab a chair and make yourself comfortable. Let’s see what it all looks like from the best view in the house.
Unlike the Spurs, The Crab Dribble is moving on to the second round. We break down the matchups like D. Rose breaks down defenses, and we pay our respects to those teams sent packing.
It’s a full show, so get comfy and hit ‘play.’
What’s that saying about April showers? They bring…what is it again? Flood-level rains? Four tornado warnings in three days? Constant updates from the National Weather Service? No matter…it all adds up to more time to stay indoors and enjoy the NBA Playoffs. We’ve reached the point where tempers are flaring and patience is wearing thin as the dream of winning an NBA title is slipping further and further away from some teams.
But while some teams may soon see their 2010-11 seasons come to an end, other are settling in for what appears to be a long postseason ride. Let’s join them, shall we? Go ahead – take it in from the best seat in the house.
–Does Dwight Howard have to protest every call? Does he really think he hasn’t committed a foul in his seven years in the league? According to NBA records, Howard has over 1,800 personal fouls in his career. Surely he agrees with at least one of those calls, right? (more…)
This is what it’s all about.
The playoffs are here, and only one team will go home happy. Will it be the Lakers, who won the last two? Will it be the Bulls, who have looked unbeatable since January? Will it be the Sixers, who…. Alright, the Sixers aren’t going to win it.
But if you want to know who has an edge in the first round, look no further than The Crab Dribble Playoffs Preview.
The Crab Dribble reflects on losing trends in New York and Boston, we try to fix the Suns and Warriors rosters and we poke fun at the best lousy team in the league.
It’s a great show, so stop reading and start listening….
Hello, fellow Crab Dribblers! Welcome to the first edition of the End of the Bench, the new weekly (hopefully) column from The Crab Dribble. Whether it’s interesting facts that simply won’t wait until the Sunday podcast, breaking news that needs to be passed on, or just random groupings of words with some distant relation to basketball, this column promises to have it all…or most of it anyway.
So without further ado, grab a seat, pick up a water bottle and enjoy the view from the best seat in the house.
- It’s the best time of year for basketball lovers right now. We’re right in the middle of March Madness, but there’s some prominent players whose seasons have already ended, and they’re now looking at their NBA options. Washington’s Isaiah Thomas, Texas’ Tristan Thompson and Jordan Hamilton, Georgia’s Trey Thompkins and Travis Leslie, UCLA’s Malcolm Lee and Tyler Honeycutt, and Syracuse’s Kris Joseph are among those with stay-or-go options on their plate, and as the tournament continues, they’ll be joined by dozens of other NBA hopefuls who have to weigh their draft stock. For amateur draftniks, there’s nothing more fun than projecting the NBA future of today’s college stars, and adding even more drama to this year’s proceedings is the potential of a lockout, which could prompt underclassmen to stay in school. But don’t worry Cavs’ fans - surely you’ll get somebody who can help you out. (more…)