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Ten Things About the NBA: The Week 16 Edition, Technical fouls piling up for Dwight Howard

Phil finds ten things that happened this week in the NBA; including Dwight Howard on the verge of suspension

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Dwight Howard Heading for a Suspension?

By all accounts Atlanta Hawks Center Dwight Howard is having a terrific season. He’s averaging more rebounds per game (13) than he has since his last season in Orlando. That by the way is one more than his career average.

Unfortunately for Howard and the Hawks he’s also drawn 14 Technical Fouls this season. Two more and he receives a one game suspension. The complete list can be found here.

For Those of You Who Believe Manu Ginobili is Old

Go try this at LA Fitness and see how you do;

Magic Johnson to Run the Los Angeles Lakers?

I have been a fan of Earvin Magic Johnson ever since I saw him play in high school. He and Larry Bird probably saved the NBA and for that I will be eternally grateful.

Now he wants to run the Lakers. Next he wants to bring in Kobe Bryant to help him.

Magic wasn’t very successful when he was the Head Coach. What makes him think he can run the organization as President of Basketball Operations?

I know he’s been a successful businessman with his cinemas and franchise investments and all. I also realize he’s won five NBA Championships. I’m just not sure how all that qualifies him to run an NBA Franchise.

Kobe? Sure. It’s nice to bring in former greats to serve as mentors but I have to wonder how much mentoring he did during his final seasons with the Lakers?

I really don’t know the answer to this but it seemed to me that Bryant was out there chucking and taking valuable minutes away from younger players who could have used that playing time to develop. But that’s just me and I could be wrong. Just not very often.

Should be fun to see what if anything actually happens in Tinsel town.

Big Baby Rips Doc Rivers

I’ve always believed that Doc Rivers was overrated. I’ve never seen him as an “elite” coach. I view him in the same light I do Brad Stevens except that at least Rivers has coached a team that has gone past the first round of the playoffs.

Glen “Big Baby” Davis appeared with Chris Broussard on his new show In the Zone and confirmed much of what I believed about Rivers. It’s a solid interview and the rest of the program is solid. It’s also worth a listen.

The Trail Blazers Throw in the Towel…….For This Season Anyway

The Portland Trail Blazers had only two players on their entire roster familiar with playing defense. Now they only have one after trading away center Mason Plumlee and a second round pick to the Denver Nuggets for Jusef Nurkic and a first round pick.

This leaves the Trail Blazers three first round picks in the 2017 Draft. In a draft with arguably six of the top ten prospects being combo guards this may not be the only move that Portland makes.

The trade gives the Nuggets a fairly clear shot at the 8th seed and for me personally another of my longshot predictions is going to make the playoffs.

While some are claiming Nurkic is a good defender those of us with the ability to actually look up stats and watch him play before shooting our mouths off will tell you otherwise. A defensive box plus minus of less than a plus one is hardly good defense worthy.

I know he has a career defensive box plus minus of 2.3 but considering those averages are from just 15.2 minutes per game and most of that came late in blowouts I will take that stat with a grain of salt.

Nurkic finished his Portland debut with a +18 for the night and while Portland fans were thrilled at their new acquisition please remember these are the same fans that thought Noah Vonleh was the next best thing to sliced bread. I think the same grain of salt applies.

The Raptors Make a Major Move

The Toronto Raptors have been in a bit of a free-fall recently and Orlando Magic PF Serge Ibaka was having a rough season. Both teams needed to make a change so the Raptors went out and acquired Ibaka from the Magic.

I’m not sure if this move helps the Raptors make up enough ground to get the two seed in the East but it was definitely a good move for the playoffs.

Ibaka brings plenty of playoff experience to the Raptors; he also brings a toughness that Jared Sullinger doesn’t bring plus Ibaka knows how to make plays on the defensive end; especially when the chips are down and its nitty gritty time.

Ibaka will be the 18th power forward since Chris Bosh took his talents to South Beach and in my opinion Ibaka will be a great fit for the Raptors. They won’t beat Cleveland but at least the Raptors are swinging for the fences.

John Calipari Has Officially Lost His Mind

Remember John Calipari? He’s the Dude who coached the New Jersey Nets for three seasons amassing an amazing 72-112 win loss record before getting fired early into his third season. Now he is the Head Coach of the Kentucky Wildcats.

He’s claiming a team of his former players and to be specific John Wall, Devin Booker, Anthony Davis, Karl Anthony Towns and Boogie Cousins could beat either Golden State or Cleveland and win an NBA Championship.

All hypotheticals aside; he must be sniffing Ashley Judd’s bath salts or something to say such a foolish thing as this. Fortunately he didn’t say he would be coaching this hypothetical team because what we all know and history has proven is that Calapari can’t win unless he has a loaded team or he cheats is accused of breaking the rules.

Carmelo Anthony Replaces Kevin Love on the All Star Team

As I said earlier sometimes I get it wrong; NBA Commissioner Adam Silver decided to replace injured All Star Kevin Love with the New York Knicks Carmelo Anthony. That one left me scratching my head.

Washington Wizards SG Bradley Beal (among others) was having a better season. Or so I thought. Have a look for yourself and we’ll see that Silver got this one right.

Kyle Korver Hits Triple Number 2000

Wednesday night former Atlanta Hawks SG and current Cleveland Cavalier Kyle Korver knocked down triple number 2000. Korver finished the game going 6-8 from behind the arc and put the exclamation point on his 22 night performance with this dunk

Side note; since joining the Cavs Korver has a chance for a 50-50-90 season. And to think some folks actually believed that Tim Hardaway Jr. should have been starting ahead of Korver while the two were teammates on the Hawks.

Speaking of Tim Hardaway Jr

I hope you think my belief that Tim Hardaway Jr. shouldn’t have supplanted Korver in the starting lineup was a diss. Or that I’m a hater. In fact I’ve been impressed with the way he’s played at times this season. So much so that I think he should be in the consideration for NBA Most Improved Player of the Year Award. You can listen in to Kris Willis and I on the number one Atlanta Hawks Podcast Peachtree Hoops!!

Kevin and his Mamma Need to Stop Playing the Victim

Kevin Durant bailed on the Oklahoma City Thunder this past summer. Good for him. Durant and his mamma must be living in a dream world if they thought he could return to OKC and expect their fan base to be nice to him. Welcome to Loud City Managing Editor J.A. Sherman and I discussed this on my show this week.