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Top NBA Stories: 10/3/13

Top NBA Stories: 10/3/13

Dwyane Wade’s Knees

In an interview with ESPN, the Heat’s self described number two option bemoaned the chronically injured state of his knees, attributing his near constant woes to surgery he received during his college years, in which his meniscus was removed in both knees. In a bit of melancholia reminscia, Wade lamented that the “technology was different and the way you approach things was different,” wishing that his doctors has planned ahead and thought, “Dwyane’s going to have a 20-year career, maybe we should do something different.”

I’ll admit that it’s tough watching one of the league’s most talented players having to constantly hold himself back, but at the same time, what’s done is done. Can’t you just enjoy training camp in the Bahamas? You’re literally staying in Paradise Island. Furthermore, it’s definitely not cool to complain about your knees in front of Greg Oden. It’s more or less equivalent to going on a ten minute rant about ugly wall paper in front of a blind guy. Be more sensitive next time, Dwyane.

Doc Rivers Has A New “Big Three”

Naming Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan and Chris Paul as “the guys I have more focus on than anybody else,” Clippers’ coach Doc Rivers didn’t hesitate to call the LA trio “our big three.” Aware that he’d raise some eyebrows with that statement, Doc went on to defend the obvious weak link, asserting that DeAndre Jordan “gives us something a lot of guys in the league can’t do. He can block shots, he can run the floor, he can defend, he’s talking and he’s in the best shape of his career.”

While everything Doc says is true (everything, ever), his statement is a bit misleading. The fact of of the matter is that of this alleged big three, only Chris Paul can create his own shot on offense. The problem with this team last year – and to a lesser extent this year – is that a point guard oriented squad is only as good as the people he can pass to, and thanks to a lack of offensive versatility on the part of Griffin and Jordan, the Clippers continually come up short against the league’s best defenses. As solid as the additions of Jared Dudley, Darren Collison and J.J. Redick are, LA’s other franchise is still one elite piece away from a title.

Rookies Estimate Their NBA 2K14 Ranking

In an entertaining, albeit blatantly obvious piece of promotional content, Bleacher Report interviewed several NBA rookies, asking them where they think they’ll fall on 2K’s 1-99 scale. Unsurprisingly, most of them thought they’d be way better than they are, pegging themselves in the mid 80’s when in actuality they all fell somewhere in the 70’s or below. The highlight was definitely Shabazz Muhammad, who said, “probably a 73, as long as they got my dunk high,” when in reality he was a 65 with a 71 dunk rating. We here at RMSports would never engage in such shameful product placement, but if you ever find yourself parched, Smart Water is a great way to stay hydrated. Stay hydrated. Stay Smart. Smart Water.

Avery Johnson Back At ESPN

Almost a year after the Nets’ puzzling decision to let him go, Avery Johnson has decided to rejoin the network that helped get him the gig in the first place. A natural fit as an analyst, Johnson was effusive in his praise for the network, saying it was “the first phone call I made when I knew that I was not going to go back to coaching right now.”

Not sure how many more opportunities Johnson will get as a coach – he’s a victim of circumstance than anything else – but I could easily see him having a long term career as an analyst. Of course, the commentator I’m most excited to hear from this season is George Karl. Not sure how the coach of the year warrants getting fired, but at the very least, him and Johnson will have a lot to talk about on the sidelines.