The sad state of the basketball media: a brief rant

February 20, 2011 Leave a comment

Let me just say this briefly and in stream-of-consciousness format, in light of the ongoing Carmelo Anthony trade rumors and as we approach the trade deadline.

Regardless of where Anthony ends up going, this whole situation (especially coming off the Summer of 2010 bomb) has made me lose a lot of respect for basketball journalism. It’s bad enough that as a whole, sportswriters can’t write particularly well. Hey, even an infrequent blogger like myself can shake my head at literary inadequacies and overdependence on clichéd phrases). But their inability to evaluate sources’ agendas and credibility, as well as their continuing inaccuracy just makes them a little pathetic. Read more…


Couchside Seats: Summarizing 2010

February 9, 2011 Leave a comment

I’ll be honest. I haven’t visited this blog in at least a few months and I don’t see us having the time and/or being motivated enough to post any new material until the playoffs start or when I graduate in May. That said, this is a pretty cool review, generated by our host site, WordPress, no editing by me.

The stats helper monkeys at mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 6,200 times in 2010. That’s about 15 full 747s.


In 2010, there were 23 new posts, not bad for the first year! There were 28 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 3mb. That’s about 2 pictures per month.

The busiest day of the year was June 24th with 933 views. The most popular post that day was 2010 Draft Preview – Know Your Prospects: John Wall.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were,,,, and

Some visitors came searching, mostly for john wall wallpaper, carmelo anthony nets, john wall, john wall shoes, and greg monroe.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


2010 Draft Preview – Know Your Prospects: John Wall June 2010


Carmelo Anthony: A Trade Primer September 2010


Guide to the 2010 Finals: Los Angeles Lakers vs. Boston Celtics June 2010


2010 Draft Preview – Know Your Prospects: Greg Monroe June 2010


2010 Draft Preview – Know Your Prospects: Wesley Johnson June 2010

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Carmelo Anthony: A Trade Primer

September 6, 2010 11 comments

When LeBron James and Chris Bosh took their respective talents to South Beach this offseason, they stripped their former teams of their identity and direction. It’s why the Cleveland Cavaliers, coming off a season in which they posted the best record in the NBA, are likely going to have to fight for a playoff spot this year and why the Toronto Raptors project to be stuck in a state of perpetual mediocrity for the near future. Per, in return for LeBron James, the Cavaliers received…

  • Two first-round picks, that must be used starting in 2013 and ending by 2017
  • 2012 second-round pick Miami received from New Orleans
  • A future second-round pick the Heat acquired from Oklahoma City
  • The option to swap first round picks with the Heat in 2012
  • A $14,500,000 exception that the Cavs must use in trades before July 9, 2011

…while the Raptors got a return of

  • Its own 2011 first-round pick (initially sent to Miami in the 2009 Shawn Marion-Jermaine O’Neal trade)
  • A $14,500,000 trade exception that the Raptors must use in trades before July 9, 2011.

The Denver Nuggets will probably use these two cases as cautionary tales as they deal with a seemingly inevitable parting with their own superstar. Read more…

2010 Free Agency Primer: Meet the buyers

June 30, 2010 1 comment

It’s been years in the making but 2010 free agency is here. It’s been the most hyped non-sporting sports event in American history. Ever since LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh forwent five-year maximum length contract extensions in 2007 for three-year deals instead to test the market this year,  teams have been priming themselves for a chance to nab any of the headlining names, of which there are several: the aforementioned 2003 draft class threesome of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh then others including Paul Pierce (just opted out of his contract and is unrestricted), Amar’e Stoudemire, Carlos Boozer, Dirk Nowitzki, Joe Johnson, David Lee and Rudy Gay, all All-Stars looking to field offers for potential new digs.

The potential for an immediate change in the NBA landscape has had a tremendous impact on the NBA. For one thing, several teams have underwent dramatic changes in managerial strategy and its led us to change the way we evaluate basketball operations; the Bulls were heavily applauded last week for trading a veteran point guard and a potentially great young piece in the #17 draft pick for an essentially worthless conditional future second-round pick solely because it gave them $10 million worth of free space with which to sign someone. So great is the mystique of this free agency that the mere mention of it has cost six figure losses for owners and general managers who aren’t even contending for the services of the free agents.

And of course, it’s all about the main attraction: LeBron James. The prospect of a change in estate for a player who, when it’s all said and done, may be deemed the greatest of all time, has had teams drooling for years. It’s sparked conspiracy theories and drained the integrity of an entire metropolis’ media. For some franchises like the Nets and Knicks, it’s come at the cost of years’ worth of mediocrity. It’s shed the New York mayor of his pride, it’s captured the attention of the White House and it may just make or break the fates of several NBA franchises.

I present to you an evaluation of the prospective bidders for free agents, namely LeBron James’, services. Read more…

2010 Draft Preview – Know Your Prospects: Greg Monroe

June 24, 2010 4 comments

With the June 24 draft fast approaching, we’ll run a few posts previewing the top prospects in the draft using excerpts from the top scouting sources and quotes from NBA coaching staff running predraft workouts.

Greg Monroe (Sophomore) – 20 yrs.
Power Forward/Center, Georgetown University

2009-2010 Statistics
16.1 points, 9.6 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 1.5 blocks, 1.2 steals
52.5% FG, 66.0% FT

Pre-draft measurements
Height (in shoes): 6’11
Weight: 247 lbs.
Wingspan: 7’2
Standing reach: 9’1

Read more…

Site news: a couple of developments

While we’re still looking to finish up a couple more draft previews – we’re optimistically thinking Greg Monroe and Al-Farouq Aminu within the next sixteen hours (no promises) to round off our pre-draft coverage after taking the last ten hours or so off just keeping up with the pre-draft buzz – a couple of new things have been happening with the site.

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2010 Draft Preview – Know Your Prospects: Wesley Johnson

June 23, 2010 3 comments

With the June 24 draft fast approaching, we’ll run a few posts previewing the top prospects in the draft using excerpts from the top scouting sources and quotes from NBA coaching staff running predraft workouts.

Wesley “Wes” Johnson (Junior) – 22 yrs.
Small Forward, Syracuse University

2009-2010 Statistics
16.5 points, 6.4 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 1.8 blocks, 1.7 steals
50.2% FG, 41.5% 3pt, 77.2% FT

Pre-draft measurements
Height (in shoes): 6’7
Weight: 206 lbs.
Wingspan: 7’1
Standing reach: 8’10
Maximum vertical leap: 37.0″

Read more…