Ron Artest Flagrant Foul (VIDEO) – SHould World Peace Be Suspended?

Ron Artest AKA Metta World Peace’s case was that he was overzealous in celebrating a dunk over the Oklahoma City Thunder on this great Sunday. But the video shows a very brutal hit to the face of James Harden, and my reaction of total shock.

10 game suspension at least if you ask me. Knowing his history, and how the NBA has been cleaning up the game, wouldn’t be surprised he’s gone for the season. What do you think? Whoever guesses it right I’ll give you a shoutout of anything you want on my blog (keep it clean).

Lebron James Getting Wooed By Venus Williams to Join Heat

We thought that Lebron James getting the treatment from the NY superstars would do it, but I guess that Venus Williams was “aware” of Lebron’s imminent signing (unless this was all a Disney/ESPN sham) with the Miami Heat.

WASHINGTON – Venus Williams says LeBron James would look good in a Miami Heat uniform.

Williams spoke at the National Press Club on Wednesday promoting her new book and James was one of the topics she touched on during a question-and-answer session.

The Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., resident endorsed Miami as a new home for James, the prize of this year’s NBA free-agent class.

“I’m from Florida, so Miami certainly is the best place,” Williams said. “I actually have a slide show prepared, if he wants to watch, on why. But I’m sure he’ll make the right decision.”

The quote above was from the Metro website, which you can check up on Goolge. But I am pretty sure the sticking point was not getting an endorsement from Venus Williams, as much as playing with the most stacked lineup in NBA history.

And don’t argue that somehow the Lakers lineup of Gary Payton, Karl Malone, Shaq & Kobe was better, since those old legs couldn’t beat the Clippers if they had to play them in the finals.

Dwayne Wade, Chris Bosh Sign With Miami Heat (Breaking News)

The NBA free agency insanity is coming to an end: Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh have both agreed to sign with the Miami Heat. Terms about the deal between Bosh, Wade, and Pat Riley & Co. have not been released, but it has been stated that they will take a pay-cut in order to play together on the same team.

It isn’t clear whether the pay-cut assumes that they are trying to lure Lebron James to the Heat to join them, but currently Bosh & Wade have decided to play together.

It was rumored Chris Bosh was planning to go where Lebron James ended up signing with, but the rumors were squashed when Chris Bosh said he didn’t want to play with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Chris Broussard of ESPN has reported that it seems that around the league, the thought is that Lebron James’ current decision is whether he wants to play alongside Wade and Bosh, or if he decides to stay with his hometown team.

NBA All-Star Game 2010 Recap: Nash Singing, Shakira, Kobe, Wade

  • 108,713 fans were in attendance at this event. It was the most fans ever to witness a basketball game in history. I don’t know what was first before it. I am guessing it is the Ford Field college basketball game last year, if I am not mistaken? Or maybe during the Olympics.
  • Dwayne Wade wins the All-Star MVP with 28 points, 6 rebounds,11 dishes, and 5 steals. Lebron James was by far the most dominant force on the floor. There is no defense in this game, so its even harder for me to defend this statement; Lebron James cements himself as by far the best player in the game after tonight.
  • If Amare Stoudamire gets traded, it will draw off another young talent that the west sorely is lacking going into the second decade of the 21st century. It showed a lot in this game, as the game play of Gasol, Billips, Duncan, and Nash was very lack-luster and slow. The west is still the best, but other than Kevin Durant, Deron Williams, and ‘Melo, the pool of old men in the pacific don’t bode well for the long-term success of those teams.
  • Caron Butler helps the Mavs, and hurts the argument a little. But the West just looked slower and older than the East.
  • The end of the game was probably the most ridiculous thing I’ve seen in years. With 12 seconds left in a tied game, Deron Williams fouls Dwayne Wade putting him at the line. With the East having a two point lead, the West gets to the line on the next possession on a random foul by Dwight Howard on Novitzki, who ties the game back up. The subsequent foul on Chris Bosh was somewhat decent, but that had to be the worst sequence of plays and mistakes you could ever witness.
  • Oh, Shakira. I think she is a little hyped, but there are just those moments where she has enough skin to bring me right back. Alicia Keys as well:
  • I don’t know if anyone can confirm this, but did they have Steve Nash singing Boyz II Men on the big screen in the 4th quarter? I have to find this video.
  • TNT named Kobe Bryant the player of the decade. Kenny Smith disagrees, saying that Shaq had more years of greatness during this decade than Kobe. Have to agree; Kobe has gotten beat by many different players, and the one non-Shaq ring he won was against the Magic. He would need to beat LeBron in the Finals; the Magic were not legit enough a fight, and we all know this.
  • One has to wonder how much the NBA harnesses it’s image to be more diverse. The game is diverse, but the marketing still seems to be built around black people. I am black myself, but you have to wonder how much good they are doing to get some goodwill to the non-black demographic. It isn’t the game, but the entertainment and the commercials that speak to what I am saying.
  • I think in the future, they have to look at how their advertisers are speaking to their audience. I hate when people think the NBA is “too urban” or “too black”; but I do see the error in the NBA’s marketing campaign that may exacerbate it.
  • Kobe didn’t  play. The West is getting a little old, people. He’s 31, but he’s a veteran 31. Have to wonder about the accumulation of these injuries the last 2-3 years.

2010 All-Star Game Final Box Score

Final Score : East 141West 139

EASTERN CONF ALL-STARS

STARTERS min FG-a 3p-a FT-a ORB DRB REB Ast Stl Blk TO PF +/- PTS
Kevin Garnett, PF 13 2-4 0-0 0-0 0 3 3 2 0 1 2 0 +1 4
LeBron James, SF 32 10-22 1-6 4-4 1 4 5 6 4 0 2 1 +14 25
Dwight Howard, C 27 7-10 1-2 2-3 0 5 5 1 0 3 1 4 +6 17
Joe Johnson, SG 18 4-8 2-5 0-0 0 1 1 1 2 0 0 0 +10 10
Dwyane Wade, SG 31 12-16 0-1 4-6 3 3 6 11 5 0 3 4 -2 28
BENCH MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
Gerald Wallace, SF 16 1-3 0-0 0-0 0 3 3 1 0 0 0 0 -12 2
David Lee, C 12 2-3 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 1 0 0 3 1 -5 4
Chris Bosh, PF 29 9-16 0-0 5-7 2 8 10 1 2 0 3 0 -4 23
Paul Pierce, SF 12 3-6 2-3 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 -3 8
Al Horford, C 14 4-5 0-0 0-1 0 4 4 2 1 1 0 1 +6 8
Rajon Rondo, PG 20 2-3 0-0 0-0 1 0 1 5 1 0 2 1 -7 4
Derrick Rose, PG 15 4-8 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 4 3 0 1 0 +6 8
TOTALS FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
60-104 6-17 15-21 7 33 40 35 19 5 18 12 141
57.7% 35.3% 71.4%
Fast break points: 56
Points in the paint: 88
Team TO ( points off ): 18 (18)
+/- denotes team’s net points while the player is on the court.

WESTERN CONF ALL-STARS

STARTERS min fg-a 3Pt-a FT ORB DRB REB Ast Stl Blk TO PF +/- PTS
Tim Duncan, C 13 1-4 0-0 1-2 1 3 4 0 2 0 3 1 -1 3
Dirk Nowitzki, PF 28 8-15 0-1 6-6 0 4 4 2 1 0 2 2 -8 22
Amare Stoudemire, PF 20 5-10 0-0 2-2 3 7 10 0 1 0 2 0 +3 12
Steve Nash, PG 20 2-4 0-0 0-0 1 0 1 13 0 0 2 0 -12 4
Carmelo Anthony, SF 29 13-22 1-4 0-1 4 6 10 2 0 0 2 0 -11 27
BENCH MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
Jason Kidd, PG 6 0-1 0-1 0-0 0 2 2 1 1 0 1 0 -5 0
Chauncey Billups, PG 26 6-11 5-8 0-0 0 0 0 5 1 0 2 1 +7 17
Zach Randolph, PF 19 4-10 0-0 0-0 3 3 6 2 2 0 1 2 +9 8
Pau Gasol, PF 20 5-9 0-0 3-3 2 4 6 0 1 0 0 3 +1 13
Chris Kaman, C 11 2-4 0-0 0-0 2 1 3 1 0 0 1 0 -9 4
Deron Williams, PG 28 6-11 2-4 0-0 0 3 3 6 4 1 5 4 +10 14
Kevin Durant, SF 20 7-14 1-3 0-0 1 4 5 0 0 0 2 0 +6 15
TOTALS FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
59-115 9-21 12-14 17 37 54 32 13 1 23 13 139
51.3% 42.9% 85.7%