Barrier Breaking Becky

The San Antonio Spurs recently hired Becky Hammon to be one of their assistant coaches. If you don’t believe me fact check me.

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Working for a WNBA team this summer has made the sexism against women sports even more apparent. One shining example is that WNBA league minimum is around $35,000 (WNBA league minimum bullshit) and the NBA’s league minimum is around $500,000 (It’s absolutely unbelievable.)  Oh, and there are also these winners on Twitter…

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…moving on. Obviously Becky is what the NBA needs. Maybe if sport leagues start hiring more women they will begin to value the importance they have in sport. Then over time the WNBA can get more of a following to get higher salaries, more television time, and extend their season so that they can get similar benefits and sponsorships to their male counterparts. Then maybe, just maybe, sport commissioners will stop handing down bullshit consequences like this to male athletes.

Ok, now I’m just dreaming.

But anyways here’s to you, Becky Hammon. Wish you the best with the Spurs and hope you get a dance break in your fancy new office to get down to this.

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7 Ways to Get to Game 7

7 Ways to Get a Game 7 Against Miami:
1. BLOCK OUT: It’s not difficult. Miami players have complete breakdowns during rebounding sometimes and do not block out, so there is no reason that every Pacer player should not have an ass on someone after every shot. Plus, Birdman’s out, so you don’t have to worry about getting punched in the face.
2. NO WASTED POSSESSIONS: Miami will outscore you if you try to get into a shooting contest. Slow it down, get good possessions, and try not to come up completely empty. When you’re playing Miami you don’t get careless turnovers. If you control the tempo, you control more of the game.
3. POST HIBBERT: The games the Pacers have won, they have gotten the ball inside and Hibbert does that beautiful little hook he has (yummy). The Heat only have so many men they play inside (the reptile, Birdman, Haslem) wear them down!!
4. DON’T FOUL: If you’re guarding Bron Bron stay out of foul trouble and don’t run your mouth. There are some players who just give you the D even harder when you start running your mouth, so shut up. Keep your head and ass down and play solid defense. Then when you win the series, you might be able to talk a little smack.
5. BE ACTIVE: Stephenson and George need to be more active. Stephenson cut!! Get it the lane and shoot a floater, do anything for the sake of all that is Holy!! Help your team out and at least score 10. If you’re shot really isn’t falling then you need to play the best defense possible, and get some easy steals. Defense leads to offense (take ya back to 4th grade basics). George, as beautiful as you might be, you are even more irresistible when you stick the ball in the basket so score some damn points. Get to the line. The lane is your happy place.
6. FRUSTRATE WADE: Control Flash and stay in front of him. He has not played well the last few games, and eventually the frustration will wear him down and lead to costly mistakes.
7. Pay Off the Refs: Everyone in the world (but me) wants the Heat to win. It helps the league, makes more money, better publicity etc. So, it wouldn’t hurt if someone slipped the refs a couple thou so they’d help you out a little. Because unfortunately if Bron goes off for 50 I’m not sure how much even my fantastic advice will help.
There ya go. Do this and thank me later.
Side note: I forgot to post this earlier so being that it’s 5 minutes into the game, I am just hoping that Frank Vogel reads this in the locker room during half time. If anyone knows him feel free to send it to his phone, might help them out and get them to game 7 in Miami. Beat the Heat!!

MJ

Heat v. Pacers Game 5

Heat v. Pacers Game 5

Philsanity (like Linsanity, but not good)

#1 Phil Pressey

#1 Phil Pressey

I know that for Mizzou fans Phil Pressey’s name is a little bittersweet right now. One of the top point guards in the nation, yet he constantly makes poor game deciding decisions. It’s easy to watch games and point out everything Phil did wrong, but when it comes down to Pressey’s poor choices is it %100 his fault?

You can call Pressey many things, but inconsistent is not one of them. Mizzou has lost 5 games by 3 points or less. 6 if you include our 8-point loss to Kentucky in overtime. In EVERY one of those games Phil has made a poor decision within 1:30 minutes left on the game clock. Today, we lost against Tennessee where Pressey launched a ridiculous three with adequate time left on the shot clock to get a high percentage shot. Twitter and other social media sites exploded with criticism of Pressey and his lack of thoughtful decision-making, but I began to wonder if it’s even his fault anymore?

The definition of INSANITY is

“doing the EXACT same thing over and over again and expecting different results”

Pressey has made the same mistake many times, but is Pressey the only one who is insane?

This problem starts all the way at the top. Coach Haith, why do you continually put Pressey in a situation where he has failed multiple times? This is something that should have been addressed back on December 28th when we lost to UCLA by 3. Corrections should have been made through practice simulating game time situations, and if the progress was not seen by now (3 months later) BENCH HIM during game time decisions.

Next to address are the other players on the court. I will give some of them a break, mainly because I do not want them handling the ball at all, but there were 2 seniors on the court who let him take that shot. Bowers is shooting close to %40 from the three-point-line, which is more than what Pressey is shooting (%30.8.) When does he take initiative and go get the ball! Even getting the ball into Bell’s hands and letting him get a quick jumper in, would have been better than relying on Phil to make that decision. Obviously we can pass the ball to other people when the game is on the line, because they passed it to Ross in the end and he made desperation three.

Coach. Bowers. Bell. All three of you could have helped the outcome of this game. Honestly they are all insane because this is SIX times now that they have let this exact same outcome happen. Yes, Phil keeps shooting the shots, but Haith puts him in to do so, the in-bounder puts the rock in his hands, and neither Bowers nor Bell go get it!

So, Mizzou if you do not want to be certifiably insane, change it up next time. Maybe we’ll get the ball to Ke-Ke and let him drive, or go to that magical world that is the paint, and let L-Bow or Oriakhi put in work, possibly even hit Ross or Brown coming off of a screen on the far side. SO MANY OPTIONS.

Also, I did not write this to criticize any players or coaches. I love Mizzou basketball! I wrote it because one day Coach Haith is going to Google search his name and read my blog. Then when we win a national title, he’s going to give his ring to me because I saved the season. It’ll happen ya’ll.  It will.

MJ