This week on The Crab Dribble, Rob and Ben get the opportunity of a lifetime, but how long will that lifetime be? Find that out, along with reactions to Mike D’Antoni’s hire, the Knicks’ fast start, and so much more.
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.
Here we go like Jimmy Dean cooking sausage on the farm. One link after another.
* Remember a year ago? It was Melo Mania. Would the Nuggets trade Carmelo Anthony? Would they not? Where would he wind up? Who could the Nuggets get in return? Where would LaLa’s reality show be filmed?
The answer of course proved to be New York. And a year later Danilo Gallinari is among those who think the whole thing was a bad idea for the Knicks.
Shaun Powell was way ahead of the game on that one.
* The Pacers are off to a 9-3 start. So why do they rank 26th in attendance?
* Speaking of hot starts, what’s up with Philly? Joel Huerto breaks down the secret to their success.
* One of the NBA’s poorest defensive teams – my Boston Celtics. Unreal, isn’t it? Now they’re taking solace in moral victories.
* And last but not least we applaud Jamaal Tinsley’s “intellectual cowboy” look just perfect for the crisp winter air in the mountains of that Salt Lake.
Ben Walpole is a producer, blogger and intellectual cowboy of sorts for The Crab Dribble. Readers can, nay should, nay MUST, follow him on Twitter @TCDBen.
Here we go – five-layer link NBA burrito.
* David West – from Xavier University – was offered $24 million over three years from the Celtics last month. The Pacers countered with $20 million over two. West signed with the Pacers. Some critics, including West’s could’ve-been-teammate Ray Allen, called the former Hornet all-star out for a blatant cash grab. Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated explains that it’s not quite that simple.
* What do you think of the new Utah Jazz billboard campaign? Personally, they seem a little bit funereal for my tastes.
* Another huge injury situation has a playoff contender scrambling for answers. The Hawks without Horford is like an Arby Q without a bun. Shiz gon get messy.
* I’m sorry if I keep hitting you with Wizards talk. “Why talk about the Wizards?” you ask. “They were irrelevant last year, and they’re even more irrelevant this year.” Fair, fair. I just can’t help it. I’m utterly fascinated by this team’s disastrously awful performance this season. How are they this bad? They have John Wall running point, for goodness sake.
Oh, but they’re bad. Real bad. Sixty-four points last night, guys?
Sekou Smith is the latest to take a shot at sorting it all out.
* Speaking of the Wizards, time to start scouting Andre Drummond, Washington fans!
Ben Walpole is a producer and blogger for The Crab Dribble. He strongly advocates giving Jan Vesely more playing time, in case anyone was interested in how he’d fix the Wizards.
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 email@example.com.
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 is back after a nice vacation, and we’re breaking down the rookie class and all things NBA Draft.
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 weeks leading up to the NBA Draft are, to be quite honest, fascinating. It’s during this time that we learn our favorite power forward is actually only 6’5″, that the shooting guard who couldn’t buy a bucket for most of the season has unlimited range (in an empty gym), and that the guy who seemed perpetually lost on the court all season is all of a sudden a can’t miss prospect. We watch as scouts virtually ignore three and four years of game film, preferring to base their opinion on scripted workouts that often have little connection to the actual game. We learn utterly useless facts, such as Kevin Durant struggles to benchpress 185 pounds. We watch as the most well-known college players in the country are repeatedly passed over for a 19-year old who has incredible upside. We hear every single European player compared to Dirk Nowitzki. And we watch as David Kahn, who should be pretty in tune to this who NBA Draft Lottery by now, tries to find a way to justify drafting another point guard.
In short, it’s a great time for NBA fans. And with a potential lockout threatening to take away some of our summer fun, the draft may be our last chance to talk NBA basketball for a few months. So with that in mind, here’s TCD’s best stab at how the 2011 Draft will play out. Please do not hold us to this. (more…)
The Crab Dribble is back this week, and unlike about 80 NBA players last week, we’re staying right where we are. TCD is breaking down the major trades of the week, getting you ready for the fantasy playoffs and hanging out with our many friends.
Listen to the podcast (it’s fantastic), “like” us on Facebook, find us at the iTunes store, and come back next week for more insanity and information.
In some ways I like following NBA roster movement more than the actual games. So of course trade deadline week every February is one of my favorite times of the year.
This season we’re getting bonus love here, with multiple deals going down BEFORE the trade deadline.
Let’s break it down, and see who made good decisions and who really screwed up big time.
Jerry Sloan leaves Utah with his legacy intact, the Cleveland Cavaliers finally win a game, and we wonder aloud about a Kobe Bryant-Ray Allen buddy-comedy not coming to theaters near you.
It’s The Crab Dribble, so start listening.
The Crab Dribble is back, and better than ever.
(Technical issues… solved. Personal problems… ignored.)
We’re coming strong this week, breaking down Blake Griffin’s rise to power, the Mavericks’ sinking ship, the Spurs’ quiet dominance and so much more you’ll have to listen more than once to catch it all.
Not much better than watching NBA matinees on MLK Day at work. On the clock.
So yeah, I’m taking full advantage and sharing my oh-so-fascinating thoughts with you as we go.
The Crab Dribble hits on the big issues in week three of the NBA season. The Jazz sneak up from behind, Kevin Love is outrebounding entire teams, and the Bucks are making waves in the Central.
Who needs Boozer anyway?
Last night, Paul Millsap poured in 46 points as the Jazz knocked off the Heat in Miami, overcoming a 19-point halftime deficit in the process. The fifth-year forward out of Louisiana Tech is averaging a double-double with 24 points and just a shade under 11 rebounds per game, while Carlos Boozer continues to
steal money rehab from an injury in Chicago. But for fun – let’s take a look at their stats and see who has made the bigger impact this year.
Millsap: 168 points, 76 rebounds, 63% FG, 71% FT, four double-doubles through seven games, 11 points in 28 seconds in furious comeback win over Miami, tenacious rebounder
Boozer: 0 points, 0 rebounds, 0% FG, 0% FT, 0 double-doubles, one bizarre hand injury, questionable door-answering ability
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The Crab Dribble brings you a jam-packed 34 minutes today full of the news, views and sound effects you need to sort out the first week of the new NBA season.