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Partnering With Tarnation Sports

August 08, 2012 By: Katchop Category: MLB, NBA, NFL, NHL, Other

Just wanted to let everyone know that we’ve officially partnered with TarnationSports.com and have started to design T Shirts for them!  They use high quality American Apparel shirts. They screen print the designs. They basically just do everything the right way, and it shows in the final product.

These really are the type of shirts that will last a long time, and we couldn’t be happier with the quality!

Here is our tribute to Patrick Ewing, available on shirts now at TarnationSports.com.

Here is our tribute to Patrick Ewing, available on shirts now at TarnationSports.com.

We’ll also be rampping up the activity here at Katchop as well, so there is some fun on the horizon.

So if you have a spare moment, please head over to TarnationSports.com and check out the shirts.

Here is another example of the type of stuff we're trying to do over at TarnationSports.com

Here is another example of the type of stuff we're trying to do over at TarnationSports.com

All of the shirts available at Tarnation Sports were designed by me, and any feedback you might have is appreciated!

Hey Katchop, Where Have You Been??

July 20, 2012 By: Katchop Category: NBA, Uncategorized

We’ve heard that a lot recently.

Lately, people have been asking us what’s going on with Katchop. The answer is we’ve been dedicating our resources to another endeavor that’s going to be a lot of fun. We can’t tell you everything until the i’s are dotted and the t’s are crossed.. but we are very close to finalizing things and once that happens, we’ll make a big announcement.

In the meantime, here is a photo of what Dwight Howard will look like this season.

Is there anyone who actually still thinks Dwight Howard won't wind up on the Lakers?

Is there anyone who actually still thinks Dwight Howard won't wind up on the Lakers?

Payday For Rose

February 25, 2012 By: Katchop Category: NBA

Derrick Rose of the Chicago Bulls signed a 250 Million Dollar endorsement deal with Adidas.

Adidas will pay Derrick Rose 250 Million to wear their shoes.

Adidas will pay Derrick Rose 250 Million to wear their shoes.

From ESPN

Comcast Sportsnet initially reported the story early Saturday morning, saying that according to a source, Rose’s new deal was for 14 years and $250 million. Rose has been with adidas since he entered the league and has become a major face of the company.

“It’s great, man,” Rose said. “We’ve been trying to get it out of the way for a long time. I just remember them bringing it up to me and I couldn’t really think about the amount. I’m just blessed and feel grateful right now

Original Photos wiki, slamonline

Knicks Lose, Oh The Humanity!

February 18, 2012 By: Katchop Category: NBA

Jeremy Lin had 9 turnovers in a Hin Lindeburg like disaster against New Orleans.

At least Jeremy Lin showed his speed during the Lindenburg disaster.

At least Jeremy Lin showed his speed during the Lindenburg disaster.

From Bloomberg

Jeremy Lin’s perfect record as the starting point guard for the New York Knicks ended with an 89-85 loss to the New Orleans Hornets, who entered the game with the National Basketball Association’s second-worst record.

Lin had 26 points, nine turnovers and five assists as the Knicks’ seven-game winning streak came to an end. Lin started the last six of those victories.

Trevor Ariza had 25 points for the shorthanded Hornets (7-23), while point guard Greivis Vasquez added 15 points and 11 rebounds with three turnovers.

The Knicks (15-16) never led in the game at New York’s Madison Square Garden. They got within two points at 73-71 with 5:29 remaining in the contest, and could get no closer.

Original Photos baminvestor, oregonlive

Too Much Lin?

February 15, 2012 By: Katchop Category: NBA

Fact: It is not possible to have Cable TV and be unaware of Jeremy Lin.

Jeremy Lin is all over ESPN.

Jeremy Lin is all over ESPN.

From frontrow.ESPN

The Knicks have been a hot story since the Christmas Day win over the Celtics. But the story got sizzling hot with Lin. Knicks fans have hope. At ESPN NY, we have beefed up our coverage with two reporters covering practices and three at games. The reporters blog throughout the day. We constantly search for angles and columns on Lin because this Linsanity is real.

Original Photos logos journal, slate

Linconceivable! Knicks Win 5 In A Row

February 12, 2012 By: Katchop Category: NBA

The Jeremy Lin legend continues to grow.

Jeremy Lin of the New York Knicks? Linconceivable!

Jeremy Lin of the New York Knicks? Linconceivable!

From The NY Post

The “Linderella’’ story grew again as Jeremy Lin sank a game-winning free throw with 4.9 seconds left that capped a wild Knicks comeback and an improbable 100-98 stunner over the Timberwolves at Target Center.

The win extended the Knicks’ “Linning streak’’ to a season-high five games and capped a Saturday-to-Saturday stretch that’s one of the greatest in Knicks history.

With the score tied at 98, an exhausted Lin tore down the lane one last time, got crunched by two Timberwolves, picking up the foul and won the game from the free-throw line. He also had the key pass on the game’s biggest basket — a game-tying 3-pointer from Steve Novak with 36.2 seconds left.

Original Photos blindgossip, bleacherreport

Jeremy Lin: Enter The Garden

February 09, 2012 By: Katchop Category: NBA

The New York Knicks seem to have an unlikely star in Jeremy Lin.

Jeremy Lin displays Linsanity to every opponent who dares to enter the Garden.

Jeremy Lin displays Linsanity to every opponent who dares to enter the Garden.

From The NY Times

With every game, every precision pass and every clever drive to the basket, Lin is raising expectations, altering the Knicks’ fate and redefining the word “unlikely.” On Twitter, fans and basketball pundits are using another term to describe the phenomenon: “Linsanity.”

Two weeks ago, the 6-foot-3 Lin was not even part of the Knicks’ point-guard rotation, despite their lack of talent at the position. He played sparingly in a few games, showing just enough promise to keep getting another look— a few more minutes, another quarter. But there was never any hint of what was to come.

Original Photos cinewhore, 8.mshcdn

Houston Rockets Fans Are Unhappy

January 06, 2012 By: Katchop Category: NBA

The Houston Rockets have not looked good.

Houston Rockets' Kevin McHale is taller than Frankenstein.

Houston Rockets' coach Kevin McHale is taller than Frankenstein.

From The Dream Shake

But there are some significant problems with this Rockets team that opposing teams have exposed in the first six games.The biggest problem (bizarrely, for the Rockets) is the offense [edit: okay, maybe it's the defense]. There are other problems with the Rockets, definitely: Scola’s rebounding numbers are way down, Lowry’s is really awesome but his turnover numbers are dangerously high, and Jordan Hill seems to be our best non-Scola big man right now. But the single biggest difference between the 2011 Rockets (winning record!) and the 2012 Rockets (we’ll see!) is the offense.

Original Photo Yahoo

Merry Christmas, NBA Fans

December 25, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NBA

It’s the return of the NBA!

It's a Christmas gift from the NBA today!

It's a Christmas gift from the NBA today!

Original Photos wallpapersland, clarioncountyspromise

Air Jordans Spark Violence

December 24, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NBA

Fans went crazy trying to get their hands on the new Air Jordans.

The retro Air Jordans arrived in stores Friday, and so did guns, knives and violence.

The retro Air Jordans arrived in stores Friday, and so did guns, knives and violence.

From Yahoo Sports

Scuffles broke out and police were brought in to quell unrest that nearly turned into riots across the nation Friday following the release of Nike’s new Air Jordan basketball shoes—a retro model of one of the most popular Air Jordans ever made.

The mayhem stretched from Washington state to Georgia and was reminiscent of the violence that broke out 20 years ago in many cities as the shoes became popular targets for thieves. It also had a decidedly Black Friday feel as huge crowds of shoppers overwhelmed stores for a must-have item.

In suburban Seattle, police used pepper spray on about 20 customers who started fighting at the Westfield Southcenter mall. The crowd started gathering at four stores in the mall around midnight and had grown to more than 1,000 people by 4 a.m., when the stores opened, Tukwila Officer Mike Murphy said. He said it started as fighting and pushing among people in line and escalated over the next hour.

Original Photos finessephotography2013, sendmorecops

Paul Winds Up With Lakers… For 3 Hours

December 09, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NBA

Chris Paul was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers, until the NBA rejected the deal.

Chris Paul is a Hornet. No, he's a Laker. No he's not, he's a Hornet again.

Chris Paul is a Hornet. No, he's a Laker. No he's not, he's a Hornet again.

From Yahoo

NBA commissioner David Stern killed the New Orleans Hornets’ trade of Chris Paul after several owners complained about the league-owned team dealing the All-Star point guard to the Los Angeles Lakers, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

Some owners pushed Stern to nullify the trade and that the Hornets be made to keep Paul on the roster for the foreseeable future, sources said. A chorus of owners were irate with the belief that the five-month lockout had happened largely to stop big-market teams from leveraging small-market teams for star players pending free agency.

Original Photos thirdage , nbajerseys4sale

Chris Paul On The Move?

December 02, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NBA

Chris Paul really wants to be a New York Knick.

If Chris Paul has his way, he'll be on the New York Knicks sooner than later.

If Chris Paul has his way, he'll be on the New York Knicks sooner than later.

From ESPN NY

The source did not confirm or deny reports that a representative for Paul has told the Hornets their point guard wants to be traded to the Knicks, but league sources say team general manager

The first day Demps could be allowed to talk to Paul is Dec. 9, when commissioner David Stern hopes to open training camps and fully lift the league’s labor lockout.

What will Demps hear that day? Apparently, not even Paul may know. “At this time, he is weighing his options and deciding what the best thing to do is,” the source familiar with Paul’s thinking said.

Original Photo Fan’s Edge

Christmas Saved! NBA To Return

November 26, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NBA

The NBA and it’s players showed their holiday spirit by reaching a deal to ensure there will be basketball on Christmas.

NBA commissioner David Stern is feeling the Christmas spirit after a tentative labor deal was reached with the players.

NBA commissioner David Stern is feeling the Christmas spirit after a tentative labor deal was reached with the players.

From The New York Times

The deal was reached about 3 a.m. Saturday, on the 149th day of the lockout, after a final 15-hour bargaining session at the law offices of Weil, Gotshal & Manges in Midtown Manhattan.

Based on tentative agreements reached earlier, the deal is expected to be for 10 years, the longest such contract in the history of the National Basketball Association, with an option for either side to terminate it after six years. It includes a significant pay cut for players, along with shorter contracts, smaller raises and a more punitive tax system to rein in the top-spending teams.

Original Photos yahoo, costumecraze

NBA Goes Thermonuclear

November 15, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NBA

When the NBAPA announced it’s plans to disband, they likely killed the chances of an NBA season.

The NBA Players Association dropped a bomb on labor negotiations, that according to David Stern, will cause a "nuclear winter".

The NBA Players Association dropped a bomb on labor negotiations, that according to David Stern, will cause a "nuclear winter".

From The Washington Post

NBA Commissioner David Stern quickly discredited the players’ attempt to take legal action as a “charade” in an interview with ESPN, calling the move a tragedy that could lead the league into “the nuclear winter.” He was highly critical of the “badly misled” union that he said is bent on self-destruction.

“There will ultimately be a new collective bargaining agreement,” Stern said in a statement issued by the league, “but the 2011-12 season is now in jeopardy.”

Original Photo bleacherreport

NBA Hardliners Hope For Rejection

November 14, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NBA

A growing number of NBA owners are actually hoping that the players reject the latest CBA proposal.

If there were any more hardliners at NBA owners meetings, it would look like the Polit Bureau.

If there were any more hardliners at NBA owners meetings, it would look like the Polit Bureau.

From Yahoo

The point is that the players are facing a group of owners who are either representing or paying for the sins of teams that were purchased for way too much, and subsequently spent way, way too much on the Josh Childress’ of the world. As a result, those owners don’t care if there’s a season in 2011-12. They don’t care about their employees, and they don’t care about the workers that make a living tangentially through NBA basketball. And you can’t reason with that sort of lunacy.

All you can do is cede to it, if you want some of what you once had. Because negotiating only brought you this far.

If the players want to play, this really is the end of the line. It’s not the beginning of the end, the first step in some sort of magical, decertified journey that is going to lead back to a majority of the basketball related income in their pockets and sign-and-trades for all. No, this is it.

And we’re expecting NBA players, whose sense of perspective is skewed as badly as anyone’s, to recognize this. God help us all.

Original Photos marxists, cnbc

When Will The NBA Come Back?

October 27, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NBA

NBA owners are meeting with the players again.

Commissioner David Stern gives an update on the NBA lockout.

Commissioner David Stern gives an update on the NBA lockout.

From The NY Daily News

Following a marathon 15-hour negotiating session that concluded at 3 a.m. Thursday, officials from both the sides said there is a possibility that an 82-game schedule can be played if a new collective bargaining agreement is finalized within the next five to seven days.

“We’ll try to schedule as many games as possible if we can make a deal this week,” Stern, the NBA Commissioner, said early Thursday. “Until we have an overall deal we don’t have a deal on anything.”

Original Photos Yahoo, awise

Alternate Logo: Minnesota Timberwolves

July 07, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NBA

Michael Beasley of the Minnesota Timberwolves was arrested for marijuana possession.

The Minnesota Timberwolves may need a new logo after Michael Beasley was arrested for marijuana possession.

The Minnesota Timberwolves may need a new logo after Michael Beasley was arrested for marijuana possession.

From The Star Tribune

The traffic stop occurred about 3 a.m. June 26 on Hwy. 12 near Carlson Parkway, said police Capt. Scott Boerboom. Beasley was driving 84 miles per hour in a 65-mph zone, Boerboom said.

Officers who stopped Beasley, 22, smelled marijuana in the car and found slightly more than a half-ounce in the vehicle, Boerboom said.

A police report said the marijuana was found under the front seat. Beasley said the marijuana belonged to a friend whom he had just dropped off, according to the report.

Original Photo bigtradeup

NBA Lockout

July 01, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NBA

NBA owners mean business with their lockout.

Basketball fans need an MBA to follow the NBA's labor dispute.

Basketball fans need a MBA to follow the NBA's labor dispute.

From The Washington Post

As the NBA enters what looks to be an extended lockout, team owners want fans to believe a few things. They want us to believe that the league’s economic structure is fundamentally broken, that 22 of the league’s 30 teams are losing money, and that the league’s core economic problem is player compensation. In other words, they’re saying the players make too much money.

There is a word for what they’re doing on that last point: They’re lying.

They might not be lying about losing money — but the extent of those losses is a matter of considerable debate. The owners claim they lost $370 million last year. But, when amortization and interest are removed, $250 million of those “losses” vanish.

Original Photos floatingthought, mortgagepluscc

Prokhorov As Prime Minister?

June 26, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NBA

NJ Nets owner Mikhail Prokorov wants to take down Vladmir Putin and become Prime Minister of Russia.

If Mikhail Prokhorov becomes Prime Minister of Russia, he plans to invade Madison Square Garden and kidnap Carmelo Anthony.

If Mikhail Prokhorov becomes Prime Minister of Russia, he plans to invade Madison Square Garden and kidnap Carmelo Anthony.

From Bloomberg

Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov was elected chairman of the Pravoye Delo political party as the pro-democracy movement seeks to challenge Prime Minister Vladimir Putin’sUnited Russia in this year’s election.

“We have to become a normal, transparent and efficient party of power,” Prokhorov, Russia’s third-richest man, told reporters and party delegates in Moscow today. Prokhorov said he expected Pravoye Delo, or Right Cause, to come second in parliamentary elections scheduled for December, he said.

Prokhorov, the 46-year-old owner of the New Jersey Nets basketball team, will lead Pravoye Delo, a party with 56,000 members, into December elections for the State Duma, the lower chamber of the Russian parliament. His party will compete against United Russia, which currently holds 315 of the 450 seats and has about 2 million members.

Original Photos A Soviet Poster A Day, smh.com.au, google

2011 NBA Draft

June 23, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NBA

The NBA holds it’s draft tonight, and Jimmer Fredette wants the Knicks to pick him.

Jimmer Fredette really wants to see what he looks like in a Knicks uniform.

Jimmer Fredette really wants to see what he looks like in a Knicks' uniform.

From ESPN NY

Fredette had the college basketball world buzzing throughout the winter and spring, electrifying fans by leading the nation with a scoring average of 28.9 points per game. He was the consensus national player of the year, which partly explains all the hoopla surrounding him. But he has also made waves in recent days, particularly in this city, for stating that he would love to play for the New York Knicks.

“It would be incredible. It would be a lot of fun, to play with those guys and in Coach (Mike) D’Antoni’s system,” Fredette, who is a native of Glens Falls in upstate New York, said on Wednesday. “We’ll see what happens.”

Original Photos zimbio, ny post

Cleveland Loves Dirk

June 14, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NBA

Cleveland Cavaliers’ fans officially love Dirk Nowitzki.

We were all witnesses to the power of Dirk and the failure of LeBron.

We were all witnesses to the power of Dirk and the failure of LeBron.

From CNN

Cavs fans may be chuckling over that Monday morning, but Yahoo! Sports Dan Wetzel writes they were laughing at James as they watched from a Cleveland bar during Sunday night’s game.

“A crowd of Clevelanders gathered here to watch their onetime hero turned all-time traitor, and with each disinterested LeBron offensive possession, each failed LeBron chase down of Jason Terry, each embarrassing LeBron crunch-time turnover, the prevailing emotion was simple.

“Laughter.

“They weren’t hating LeBron here. They were laughing at him,” Wetzel writes

Original Photos wzak, techeblog, nba-usa

Mavs Win It All

June 13, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NBA

The Dallas Mavericks are NBA Champions.. and the Miami Heat are not.

The Dallas skyline looks different now that the Mavericks are NBA Champions.

The Dallas skyline looks different now that the Mavericks are NBA Champions.

From The Dallas Morning News

As hard as it is to believe, snow fell on a steamy June night on South Beach. Today, Dallas sports fans will hit every green light on the way to work.

Yes, the Mavericks are NBA champions, which validates the idea that anything’s possible.

The little franchise that never could just did.

The Mavericks soundly whipped the Miami Heat, 105-95, on Sunday night to finish a mesmerizing NBA Finals with a 4-2 win in the best-of-7 series.

Original Photos pics4.city-data, wikimedia

LeBron Slumps In Game 4

June 08, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NBA

The Dallas Mavericks took advantage of a slumping LeBron James in Game 4 the 2011 NBA Finals.

LeBron James slumped badly in Game 4 for the Miami Heat.

LeBron James slumped badly in Game 4 for the Miami Heat.

From Hoops Hype

The man who famously took his talents to South Beach was vocal, animated, determined and very captain-like before Game 4 of the NBA Finals, exhorting his Miami Heat teammates to leave everything on the floor. He told them that it was a must-win game and he told them to play as if their backs were against the wall.

He said all the right things. Then he went out and laid a Brontosaurus egg as Dallas, once again, rallied in the fourth quarter to square the NBA Finals at 2-2, taking an 86-83 victory.

Original Photo Yahoo

Heat Take Game 3

June 06, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NBA

The Miami Heat might be too much for the Dallas Mavericks to handle.

Jason Kidd has looked a little old, and really hasn't provided much help for the Dallas Mavericks against the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals.

Jason Kidd has looked a little old, and really hasn't provided much help for the Dallas Mavericks against the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals.

From SI.com

The more the Dallas Mavericks rely on Dirk Nowitzki, the more obvious it becomes that his teammates aren’t doing enough to help. Dallas got to the NBA finals behind Nowitzki and a supporting cast that provided points from a lot of guys. Three games into the NBA finals, the Mavs are down 2-1 mainly because those other scorers are off-target.

Jason Terry has been shut out in two fourth quarters, but at least has the excuse of being covered by LeBron James.

J.J. Barea’s aim has simply fallen apart. Peja Stojakovic has been so awful that he may soon be stuck to the bench.

Original Photos Yahoo, shcfmd

Mavericks Show Up In The Clutch

June 03, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NBA

The Dallas Mavericks shocked the Miami Heat in Game 2 of the NBA Finals.

The Dallas Mavericks were clutch late in game 2 of the NBA Finals.

The Dallas Mavericks were clutch late in game 2 of the NBA Finals.

From The Chicago Sun Times

The Dallas Mavericks stunned the Miami Heat in Game 2 of the NBA Finals with a 22-5 run in the final 6:20 of the fourth quarter that wiped out a 15-point deficit and tied the series 1-1 on Thursday night in Miami.

It was eerily reminiscent of the Heat’s equally stunning comeback against the Bulls in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals. Trailing 77-65 with 3:10 to play, the Heat outscored the Bulls 18-3 down the stretch to win 83-80 and clinch the series.

Original Photos nicoclub, sportslogos.net

Dirk’s Finger Means Trouble For Mavs

June 02, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NBA

Dirk Nowitzki’s injured left middle finger could be a big factor in Game 2 of the NBA Finals.

Not since Johnny Cash's classic photo was taken has the media focused on a middle finger like they have with Dirk Nowitzki's injury.

Not since Johnny Cash's classic photo was taken has the media focused on a middle finger like they have with Dirk Nowitzki's injury.

From The Chicago Sun Times

Nowitzki paid the price in the Dallas Mavericks’ 92-84 loss in Game 1 of the Finals. With the Mavs trailing 77-73 with 3:44 to play, Nowitzki tried to strip Chris Bosh in the lane. He thought he got all ball. Instead, he was called for a foul, Bosh hit two free throws and Nowitzki tore the tendon.

‘‘I was kind of talking to the referee about the play,’’ Nowitzki said, ‘‘and the next thing you know . . . I’m looking down, and my finger was bent. I couldn’t straighten it. It was a freakish play.’’

Original Photos iconicphotos, hotslive

Happy Memorial Day

May 30, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NBA, Other

Have a safe and happy Memorial Day.

Dwyane Wade wants you to have a great Memorial Day.

Dwyane Wade wants you to have a great Memorial Day.

Original Photos broadwayworld, yahoo

King James Is Headed To The Finals

May 27, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NBA

The Miami Heat will face the Dallas Mavericks in Game 1 of the 2011 NBA Finals on Tuesday May 31st.

LeBron James wants to prove that his King James nickname is fitting.

LeBron James wants to prove that his King James nickname is fitting.

From NBA.com

The Mavs have been trying to get back to The Finals ever since they let the Larry O’Brien Trophy slip from their grasp with a 2-0 series advantage and a 13-point lead with five minutes to play in Game 3 over the Heat back in 2006. Dirk Nowitzki and Jason Terry have had the bitter pill stuck in their craw since then.

The Heat are making their first appearance in The Finals in five years with a completely revamped lineup with Dwyane Wade and Udonis Haslem the only holdovers from 2006. Now, of course, they are all about the Big Three of Wade, LeBron James and Chris Bosh, about celebrity, about taking talents to South Beach, about living up to the outlandish expectations they set for themselves with that wild pre-championship celebration last summer.

Original Photos yahoo, buy, kidshalloweencostumes4u

Dirk Leads Mavericks

May 26, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NBA

Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks are headed to the 2011 NBA Finals.

Dallas top gun Dirk Nowitzki is a happy Maverick after defeating Oklahoma City to reach the NBA Finals.

Dallas top gun Dirk Nowitzki is a happy Maverick after defeating Oklahoma City to reach the 2011 NBA Finals.

From Sports Day DFW

If sports fairy tales came true, then that would mean that we would be assured a happy ending in the Dirk Nowitzki trip around the basketball world in a few weeks’ time. In the same category in the fairy tale section as the John Elway Super Bowl victory, everybody had assumed the window had shut on his chance.

Original Photos bloatedpenguin, momentbulletin

Thunder Collapse Makes Durant Sick

May 24, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NBA

The Oklahoma City Thunder blew a 4th quarter 15 point lead against the Mavericks.

Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder was sick to his stomach after his team lost to the Dallas Mavericks in Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals.

Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder was sick to his stomach after his team lost to the Dallas Mavericks in Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals.

From The Dallas Morning News

Thunder star Kevin Durant: “I feel upset because I let them down. I let the city down. … This is basketball, man. Our youth has nothing to do with what we were doing on the floor. We’ve showed we can play on this level.”

Durant, on shooting a 30-footer with several seconds still on the clock: “I didn’t have anything else to do. I caught the ball near the half-court line, three Mavericks in front of me. [Few] seconds left. I didn’t know what else to do, so … You know, late in the game, it’s my time. And a few of those times, it was just too clogged up.”

Original Photo Yahoo

Bosh Is Big For Heat

May 23, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NBA

Chris Bosh was a giant for the Miami Heat on Sunday.

Chris Bosh has been coming up big for the Miami Heat.

Chris Bosh has been coming up big for the Miami Heat.

From The Washington Post

Chicago’s bigs were supposed to be the difference in this series’ matchup and they have been, just not in the best way. They have not found a way to defend Bosh and he has been red hot in all three games.

There were many questions about Bosh when he came in as the other high profile free agent to Lebron James. I mean, who wouldn’t be the other guy to James?

The Heat as a whole has faced intense scrutiny and no player more than Bosh. All season long, people questioned his relevance–not to mention his heart and toughness. Many felt the Heat were a super team because of Wade and James. Very few chose to include Bosh’s name, unless it was the punchline to a joke. Well if one series has enough weight to change minds, it’s this one . And the joke is now on the jokester.

Original Photos yahoo, yahoo

LeBron Leads Heat

May 19, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NBA

LeBron James was scary in the last 4 minutes of Game 2 against the Bulls.

LeBron James was a monster late in Game 2 for the Miami Heat.

LeBron James was a monster late in Game 2 for the Miami Heat.

From South Florida Sun-Sentinel

“It’s just the beginning,” James said, as the Heat and Chicago Bulls headed into this three-day break tied 1-1 in the best-of-seven series. “It’s going to be long and it’s going to be fun.”

Had the Heat not recovered to win Wednesday’s Game 2 at the United Center, time might already have been growing short. James made sure that was not the case, personally outscoring the Bulls 9-2 over the final 4:28 of Tuesday’s 85-75 victory.

“I’m glad we have a few days off,” he said, with the Heat given Thursday off before a Friday return to the practice court.

Original Photos Yahoo, fancydressoutfitters

Bulls Rip Heat

May 16, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NBA

The Chicago Bulls defeated the Miami Heat in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

Joakim Noah of the Chicago Bulls displays his power by destroying a LeBron James bobblehead.

Joakim Noah of the Chicago Bulls displays his power by destroying a LeBron James bobblehead.

From NJ.com/ Star Ledger

Whether they are equipped to play this kind of game remains to be seen, but they had better learn quickly that this series will be decided by the coach who can get his team to lock in longer defensively. In this particular instance, that team was Chicago, and for 48 minutes it was a masterpiece of the art.

That was the lesson from Game 1, a 103-82 Chicago blowout, and it was a sight to behold. The Bulls were more precise, more intense, more dedicated to making certain that every last stop was brought to its conclusion, with their four main bigs snatching more rebounds than the entire Miami team.

Original Photos Yahoo, amazon

Celtics Show Their Age

May 12, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NBA

The Boston Celtics have been eliminated from the 2011 NBA Playoffs.

Kevin Garnett and the rest of the Boston Celtics looked kind of old in their playoff series against the Miami Heat.

Kevin Garnett and the rest of the Boston Celtics looked kind of old in their playoff series against the Miami Heat.

From hardwoodparoxysm

If you took one look at the Celtics sideline late on Wednesday night, you would have seen Rajon Rondo and Jermaine O’Neal lying on their aching backs, straining their necks to see the action on the floor. You would have seen Kevin Garnett expending the same amount of energy to do half the things he used to do. Shaquille O’Neal, the future Hall of Famer the Celtics signed to combat the Lakers in The Finals, spent what may be his final NBA game as the largest Big & Tall model in history. And as good as Paul Pierce and Ray Allen are, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade are younger and have more talent.

The Celtics wanted to play, but their bodies betrayed them. Their time has ended. The Lakers too. Three days prior to LeBron and the Heat ending the Celtics’ successful four-year run in the East, the “new old” Mavs — an oxymoron — swept Phil Jackson and the two-time defending champion Lakers, playing like schoolyard chumps, into next season.

Original Photos wikia, go2africa, imshopping

Thunder Win A Marathon

May 10, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NBA

The Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Memphis Grizzlies in the 3rd OT.

Kevin Durnat led the Oklahoma City Thunder to a win in a marathon 3 OT Game 4 against the Memphis Grizzlies.

Kevin Durnat led the Oklahoma City Thunder to a win in a marathon 3 OT Game 4 against the Memphis Grizzlies.

From SI.com

Kevin Durant shuffled his sneakered feet slowly down a dimly lit hallway, head bowed, every ounce of energy drained from his 6-foot-9, 230-pound frame.

It was Durant’s shot, a feathery 19-footer, his 20th attempt of the night, his team’s 95th of the game, that sealed Oklahoma City’s 133-123 triple overtime victory Monday, ending a 3-hour, 52-minute marathon and squaring the Thunder’s suddenly gripping second-round series with Memphis at two games apiece.

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Mavs Bury Lakers

May 09, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NBA

The Dallas Mavericks have ended the Los Angeles Lakers’ season.

The Los Angles Lakers were swept by the Dallas Mavericks, ending their bid for a 2nd three-peat.

The Los Angles Lakers were swept by the Dallas Mavericks, ending their bid for a 2nd three-peat.

From ProBasketballTalk

The defending champs were swept out of the playoffs in the second round in thoroughly embarrassing fashion, culminated in a 122-86 demolition job by the Mavs. It was painful and embarrassing for the Lakers, but appropriate credit to the aggressors; while the Lakers disgraced themselves with their abysmal effort and lack of composure in Game 4, it was the Mavs’ execution in every game of this series that exposed the Lakers. L.A. was forced to respond constantly to Dallas’ ball movement and timely defensive rotations, and clearly wasn’t up to the challenge — a point made clear with each ridiculously open three that the Mavs took in Game 4, and the offensive possessions that grinded to a halt against Dallas’ defensive pressure.

Original Photos davidkrut, lakers.topbuzz

Lakers Don’t Look Right

May 06, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NBA

The Los Angeles Lakers are reeling, allegedly due to Pau Gasol’s women troubles.

Pau Gasol of the Los Angeles Lakers was dumped by his fiance. No word if it's because he's looked fat and out of shape against the Mavericks.

Pau Gasol of the Los Angeles Lakers was dumped by his fiance. No word if it's because he's looked fat and out of shape against the Mavericks.

From Larry Brown Sports

Pau Gasol, who has seemed somewhat melancholy lately on and off the court, reportedly was dumped by his girlfriend, Sylvia Lopez Castro two weeks ago and the Spaniard blames Kobe Bryant’s wife. MediaTakeOut.com claims an unnamed Lakers wife might have talked Lopez Castro out of the relationship, resulting in the two players engaging in a heated argument over their women.

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Pacers Discover Defense

April 23, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NBA

The Indiana Pacers beat the Chicago Bulls and avoided being swept.

Tyler Hansbrough of the Indiana Pacers has been concentrating on defense.

Tyler Hansbrough of the Indiana Pacers has been concentrating on defense.

From ESPN

Danny Granger scored 20 points for the Pacers while Roy Hibbert added 16 points as Indiana was finally able to close out a game for the first time in this series. The Pacers’ defense was on point most of the day, limiting Derrick Rose and company throughout. Rose was just 5-for-20 from the field for 15 points. As a team, the Bulls looked tired and that showed in the form of their shooting percentage — just 37 percent. Rose simply couldn’t save the Bulls this time around and there will surely be fans who wonder if the sprained ankle he suffered at the end of the first quarter had something to do with his performance.

Original Photos Yahoo techpin

Bulls Are Focused

April 20, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NBA

The Chicago Bulls are having a tough time with the Indiana Pacers.

Joakim Noah of the Chicago Bulls celebrates a basket by attacking a cheerleader.

Joakim Noah of the Chicago Bulls celebrates a basket by attacking a cheerleader.

From Bleacher Report

The Chicago Bulls lead the Indiana Pacers 2-0 in their first-round series. Although the Bulls are the No. 1 seed in the East, they have been played extremely tough by the Pacers. Indiana led for the entire Game 1 until Kyle Korver hit a go ahead three-pointer with under a minute to play. The Pacers then were very competitive in Game 2.

There have been a couple factors for why the Bulls have struggled in the first two games. Part of it has to do with them and part has to do with the Pacers.

Original Photos Yahoo, weddingbycolor

Kobe’s Big Mouth

April 15, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NBA

Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers has been fined for directing an offensive term at a referee, but some folks wanted him suspended.

David Stern is not happy with Kobe Bryant's big mouth.

David Stern is not happy with Kobe Bryant's big mouth.

From The NY Times

The fallout was swift. And entirely predictable. The N.B.A. issued a fine and a harsh statement.

“Kobe Bryant’s comment during last night’s game was offensive and inexcusable,” Stern said. “While I’m fully aware that basketball is an emotional game, such a distasteful term should never be tolerated. Kobe and everyone associated with the N.B.A. know that insensitive or derogatory comments are not acceptable and have no place in our game or society.”

But the penalty wasn’t harsh enough. For a star player earning $27 million this season, a $100,000 fine — about 0.4 percent of his salary — is far less imposing than cutting into his playing time.

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Brook Lopez Still Needs Grooming

April 12, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NBA

Brook Lopez of the NJ Nets still needs some work.

Brook Lopez of the NJ Nets can be an animal on the court, but still need some grooming.

Brook Lopez of the NJ Nets can look like an animal on the court, but he still need some grooming.

From ESPN

Despite being 23 years old, Brook Lopez is very much a kid. A 7-foot, 265-pound kid. A gentle giant, if you will.

Off the court, that’s all well and good. It just doesn’t translate well on the hardwood.

Only two centers average more points than Lopez’s 20.4 per game. But 17 are averaging more than his six rebounds per game. And heading into the offseason, that’s where he needs to improve.

Johnson has called him out on it several times during the season.

In early January, when asked if he dreamed about the prospect of acquiring superstar Carmelo Anthony, Johnson responded, “No, I dream about our center grabbing 10 rebounds.”

Original Photos Yahoo, photobucket

Eddy Curry To The Heat?

April 03, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NBA

Sounds like former New York Knick and Chicago Bull Eddy Curry may play for the Miami Heat this year.

Eddy Curry might be taking his calories to South Beach, and could be wearing a Miami Heat uniform very soon.

Eddy Curry might be taking his calories to South Beach, and could be wearing a Miami Heat uniform very soon.

From The NY Daily News

According to the report, the likelihood of the Heat signing Curry is “better than 50-50.” But to add Curry, the Heat would have to waive a player, since the team is already at the league limit with 15. Dexter Pittman, a rookie who once played in the NBA Development League and saw his first action with the Heat Friday night against Minnesota, is rumored to be the player who could be cut to make room for Curry, who, according to the report is still hovering around 350 pounds.

During an optional team practice Saturday at The Sports Academy in Millburn, N.J., Pittman didn’t sound like a man who was worried by the rumors.

“It’s a business and by being in a business, you’ve got to make business decisions,” he said. “There’s always rumors. Some are true.”

Original Photos slamonline, jerseyrelease

No Parking For Lebron

March 30, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NBA

Lebron James of the Miami Heat was denied access to the player’s parking lot while in Cleveland to play the Cavs.

LeBron James no longer has a place to park at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland.

LeBron James no longer has a place to park at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland.

From ESPN

James was delayed in getting into the arena for the Miami Heat’s shootaround Tuesday morning when he arrived with a driver and a second car at the entrance of the Cleveland Cavaliers’ underground parking garage.

Cavs officials said James eventually was cleared to enter the building, but several people with him were not. The two cars then left, and James alone returned a short time later and was allowed in, officials said.

While LeBron James later made himself feel at home with his fourth triple-double of the year, the Cavaliers got the last laugh, knocking off the Heat 102-90.

Cleveland owner Dan Gilbert took to Twitter following the game saying, “Not in our garage!!”

Original Photo myparkingsign.com

Marbury Rules China

March 29, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NBA

Stephon Marbury has become a mega star in China, where he recently won the MVP award in the CBA All Star game.

Stephon Marbury was named the MVP of the recent Chinese Basketball Association All Star game, though the rule permitting foreigners to use nunchucks while on the court likely aided him.

Stephon Marbury was named the MVP of the recent Chinese Basketball Association All Star game, though the rule permitting foreigners to use nunchucks while on the court likely aided him.

From The Washington Post

NBA bad-boy Stephon Marbury is happy to be in a country where people clamor for his autograph. His new Chinese team, the Foshan Dragon Lions, doesn’t win much – it’s now fourth from the bottom of the league – yet local fans and media still applaud the biggest American name in Chinese basketball.

“China is a positive place, what can I say,” said Marbury, who during his time with the Knicks, from 2004 to 2009, became so unpopular that the New York Daily News called him “the most reviled athlete in New York.” The Chinese, unlike Americans – and particularly New Yorkers – “don’t fill their souls with negativity,” said the 34-year-old point guard, who is known here in China as Ma-bu-li.

Original Photo Yahoo

Carmelo Hype Crushing Knicks’ Fans

March 25, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NBA

Did New York Knicks’ fans have inflated expectations of Carmelo Anthony?

Knicks fans are starting to think that Carmelo Anthony might not be the savior that Knicks' ownership made him out to be.

Knicks fans are starting to think that Carmelo Anthony might not be the savior that Knicks' ownership made him out to be.

From SB Nation

As it turns out, trading for ‘Melo, a scorer known to concede with some regularity on defense, didn’t fix the defense. Who could ever have guessed that? As it also turns out, ‘Melo isn’t quite as valuable a scorer as he has widely been considered to be. Anthony isn’t terribly efficient; when Kevin Durant, LeBron James or even Kevin Martin drop 25, they typically do so on fewer shots than someone like ‘Melo would need. That matters! Some discount Anthony’s shot creation value too much, and those who claim he’s not even a legit All-Star level player are being disingenuous; the Knicks’ offense, after all, has performed statistically better since the trade, hellfire and all.

But ‘Melo isn’t one of the top five or 10 players in the league. It appears the hype of his months-long courtship by the Nets and Knicks (and a few other teams) blinded enough people to that fact, given the shock and dismay his sub-MVP performance in New York has drawn. If fans expected Alexander the Great and instead got Mithridates, well of course they’ll be disappointed, even if he turns out to be pretty good.

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Kobe Has No Time For Pain

March 22, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NBA

Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers has been banged up all year.

Kobe Bryant does not feel pain, except for that time when his jersey spontaneously combusted and caught on fire.

Kobe Bryant does not feel pain, except for that time when his jersey spontaneously combusted and caught on fire.

From Ball Don’t Lie

It’s the same resolve that fueled him to go on to win Finals MVP for the second consecutive postseason last year despite playing on a right knee that was worse than anyone could really understand. He didn’t just have the knee drained once in the first round against Oklahoma City as was widely reported, but twice more — between the second round against Utah and the conference finals against Phoenix and again between Games 4 and 5 of the Finals — according to a team source.

Original Photo Yahoo

Alternate Logo: Sacramento Kings

March 17, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NBA

Seems like the Sacramento Kings will be moving to Anaheim next season.

The Sacramento Kings are going to need a new logo if they become the Anaheim Royals next season.

The Sacramento Kings are going to need a new logo if they become the Anaheim Royals next season.

From Yahoo Sports

The Sacramento Kings have taken yet another step toward a potential move to Southern California.

With the Kings exploring relocation to Anaheim, a Sacramento attorney representing the team’s owners filed for at least four federal trademark registrations this month.

Among the names filed for according to the United States Patent and Trademark Office’s website were: Anaheim Royals, Anaheim Royals of Southern California, Orange County Royals and Los Angeles Royals. The filing was made March 3 by attorney Scott Hervey on behalf of the Crickets Corp., a Nevada-based company.

Hervey has worked for Kings owners Joe and Gavin Maloof in previous sports business dealings, including the Maloof Money Cup skateboarding competition in Orange County. A message left at Hervey’s office seeking comment was not immediately returned Wednesday.

Joe Maloof declined to comment about the trademark filing, and a message left with an NBA spokesman also was not immediately returned.

Original Photo sportslogos.net

Magic Gaining Ground

March 14, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NBA

The Orlando Magic crushed the Phoenix Suns on Sunday.

It was all laughs for Dwight Howard and Hedo Turkoglu against the Suns yesterday.

It was all laughs for Dwight Howard and Hedo Turkoglu against the Suns yesterday.

From Orlando Pinstriped  Post

The Orlando Magic rode a monstrous 26-point, 15-rebound, 5-block game from Dwight Howard in easily dispatching the Phoenix Suns, 111-88, Sunday afternoon in a game in which they never trailed. Howard led seven Magic players in double-figure scoring as Orlando put on an offensive clinic, scoring with ease against a Suns defense that simply couldn’t take anything away.

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