Basketball vests (singlets) with electroluminescent displays that show a player's score, and number of fouls, are being trialled in Australia.
Of course Shak would be electrocuted by his own sweat...
I've been thinking for a while about some other contribution I might make, other than putting up pictures of hotties (which is valuable on its own, of course). So here it is:
Top 5 Computer Games
5 - Donkey Kong handheld
The first computer game I ever owned, probably costing 6 months pocket money. I buy new batteries for it every few years, just so I can "clock" it in reminiscence.
4 - Street Fighter 2
Fuck off K, you're not allowed to use special attacks 'cause I'm too lame to learn them. And stop sweeping, Brady. Also: "Better get me a wheelchair" and "Sureyoucan"
3 - Wipeout (Playstation)
The PS version wins just slightly because it has The Prodigy's "Firestarter" as one of the music tracks.
2 - Mario Kart (SNES or Nin 64)
1 - Legend of Zelda (SNES)
I've played this game from start to finish 3 or 4 times, which means it's waaay to easy for any serious gamer, but for me it's the perfect difficulty level. Wasted away many an hour I should have been studying during my Uni days.
Second release from Washington, DC’s the Black Eyes makes an even harder listen then their debut a year earlier (which was a top 10 for me in 2003). It’s punk all right. It’s anarchic without question, but is it still music? Cough finds The Black Eyes at one of those magnificent musical crossroads where many artists find all goes to shit, but despite the odds can produce remarkable outcomes. Albums like Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours or Green Day’s American Idiot are two examples you might know… but unlike those bands that have leapt their own personal and/or external hurdles… Black Eyes simply run straight into it. Highlights include the lead track with impossible loops of sound, bible verses and featuring the two lead singers (and I use the word singer as loose as I ever have) jockeying for airtime, the remarkable third track “Drums”… and that’s about it. The rest of the album is a roller coaster of noise upon noise and vaguely put together lyrics, which in different circumstances could of surpassed their first release and possibly started them on a road towards achievements like ‘labelmates’ Fugazi’s brilliant The Argument. Cough is by no means just “white noise” and, damn it, there are some really good (not just promising) bits. The last few tracks of the album are a lot easier to deal with (still quite disjointed), but lose vigour as the trade off and just ain't much chop.
It is undoubtable that few Shenaniga (or indeed humans) could listen to album all the way through. Gone are the original proto-punk tunes of their self-titled debut album, replaced with a prog-punk sound, not in early gestation, but rather in dying throughs. Chaotic, violent and ‘squonky’ (read the constant intrusion with a broken reed sax). So I hear the question, “Jesus, K! Why the fuck should I even give a rat’s arse?” Well allow me to retort. As I mentioned earlier, there is a certain calibre of album that comes from, and more importantly OVER comes turmoil. Cough is quite the opposite. This five piece (two bassist, two drummers and guitar) broke up shortly before this album was released. These recordings are of a band in free-fall and self-destruction… and everyone’s throwing fuel on the fire. It’s a fascinating snap-shot of a band falling apart and like true punks – they don’t care!
Released by Discord records and produced by… satan on smack. And the album art looks like stuff I did in college. Ready to borrow for the K’Vaults NOW.
KK½ (Two and a half Ks)
The 2006 NBA draft - Chicago version
Firstly here is the draft order;
2. Chicago (Via NY in a botched Paxon deal losing us Eddy Curry!! This had better work)
9. Golden State
12. New Orleans/OK
15. New Orleans/OK (via Bucks)
20. New York (via Denver)
21. Phoenix (via Lakers)
22. New Jersey (via Clippers)
23. New Jersey
26. L.A Lakers (via Miami)
29. New York (via San Antonio)
30. Portland (via Detroit)
OK so I am not going to go through the whole draft and prospects etc or the post will just be enormous. I am going to talk about the important thing (for me) - Who will the Bulls pick! We have the no. 2 and no. 16 picks due to the Eddie Curry debarkle so it is important we make something out of this. Ando being a Paxon fan from way back is going to take a truckload of my abuse if this doesn't work out.
First problem we have is this is a pretty poor draft class, there are no High School superstars as the Draft rules have changed. That in particular is killing me as a 7'1" giant called Greg Oden would be eligible and he is likely to be the next dominant NBA centre (wait for the 2007 draft class it could be awesome, another High school superstar the 6'10" SF Kevin Durant has serious game). There are also no real standout college players as the NCAA's most prolific scorers and hyped players J.J Reddick (Duke) and Adam Morrison (Gonzaga) didn't take their team deep into the NCAA tourney. In addition to this Rudy Gay and UConn's team of stars didn't get very far either. With that in mind here are the players scouts are looking to go high in the draft.
Tyrus Thomas - LSU 6'9" PF - Young athletic and had a great tourney. I saw him play an average game so am confused about the hype. Touted to go in the top 3, seems risky to me.
LaMarcus Aldridge - Texas 6'10" PF - Saw a few Texas games and like what he can do. Has a good around the basket game with a variety of skills. Good rebounder and great timing for shot blocking. Young like Thomas so also a risk.
Andrea Bargnani - 7' Italy C - International scouts reckon he is awesome and better than any college big man. Always a risk picking a euro high in the draft.
Adam Morrison - 6'8" Gonzaga SF - Big time college scorer who loves to shoot. Looks like a white gumby and talks trash, the NBA is keen to teach him a lesson. My feeling is crash and burn as he will be too slow to get the same shots as in college and wont have the same height advantage.
Brandon Roy - 6'5" Washington SG - Had a good tourney and has good basic skills. Doubt if he is an NBA big time scorer though.
Rudy Gay - 6'9" UConn SF - very solid player, tournament performance killed his draft stock. If your team needs a SF get him.
Randy Foye - 6'4" Villanova PG/SG - Another "solid" guard prospect so many to choose from.
Ronneie Brewer - 6'7" Arkansas PG/SG - Poor shooter but has other skills, really SF is more his NBA game.
Shelden Williams - 6'9" Duke PF - Dominant in College but most people feel he will have problems with the NBA bigs. He is nothing special more your workhorse player.
Marcus Williams - 6'3" UConn PG - Another average guard to choose from
JJ Reddick - 6'4" Duke SG - Was the man till LSU's D shut him down, now everyone questions his ability. He can shoot the lights out, any team needing to get some firepower from outside will pick him up. I reckon he would be a good fit for Indiana but doubt he will fall to 17.
Maruice Ager - 6' 5" Michigan State SG - Another middle of the road guard. I have seen a few games however and like his potential. Another dark horse pick from me.
Hilton Armstrong - 6'11" UConn PF/C - My dark horse pick - scouts have him going between 13 - 20, I like his game. Good fundamentals and very coachable. On a team with stars he didn't stand out but has a great base to work with.
So what does Chicago need, well in my opinion Hinrich is a reasonable NBA point guard, he has developed extremely well. Certainly he is a good passer, ball handler and is excellent at running an offence, downside is that he is slow and though he has a good shot unfortunately he has to take some low % options due to the lack of other scoring options. Ben Gordon has the SG spot locked-up despite Coach Skiles hating him, he is the best offensive talent on the team and will keep developing his game to make better decisions. Deng is a good fit for SF, a young and athletic guy who is developing his game but was set back by injury this year. These are all young guys who have the potential (an important word for a Bulls fan) to become a good NBA backcourt in the future, they took Miami to 6 games without a superstar on the team and nothing inside to score on or guard Shaq!! There isn't much on the bench to back these guys up and that is a problem.
Upfront the Bulls have;
Malik Allen - not starting material
Othella Harrington - old and not starting material
Michael Sweetney - undersize overweight and not starting material
Luke Schenscher - An Australian who Shenanigans played against for a season yay!!!(he played A1's with North's due to being to young/crap for Div 1). Not starting material a rookie and stick figure
Tyson Chandler - High School pheonom superstar, a good defensive player and rebounder who cannot score a point to save his life and fouls out nearly every game. I live in eternal hope of his untapped potential developing.
Andres Nocioni - An amazing player, very euro. Great work ethic, defender and incredible inside player considering his size. His jumper is even quite good. Is best suited sharing the SF spot with Deng and playing some PF against smaller teams. Every team in the NBA wants this guy coming off the bench, had a great playoff series.
To me that picture says Chicago needs an inside player, someone who can score points and play D. I was extremely concerned however to read a Chicago tribune article suggesting we need guards or a SF like Morrison!!! and to look to get a big man under free agency. To me this is insanity as the free agent market is pretty poor this year despite the bucketloads of money we have. Really the only viable player is Ben Wallace and I doubt he will leave Detroit. He has pretty much come out and said already that he won't go to Chicago. My faith was slightly restored today however with Bulls GM Paxon (Ando's buddy) saying "We need size and we need athleticism". To me that says we are getting Tyrus Thomas or Aldridge and I really want Aldridge. For some reason however Toronto despite having crap Guards and an all-star PF appear to be looking for a big!!!
Worst case scenario the Bulls take Morrison at 2 and one of many average guards at 16. It takes months to work out that Ben Wallace will not sign with us for all the Gold in fort Knox so we miss out on any free agency deal. We spend another year playing with great intensity only to lose games due to having nothing inside to stop teams pressuring our guards and overpowering us in the paint. I make a special trip to Canberra with a loud speaker and spend the entire day abusing Ando over mismanagement of the Bulls by GM Paxon.
What the Bulls will probably do;
Take the Euro Bargnani at 2 and a middle of the road SF/PF like Shawnee Williams at 16. We then blow all our free agency dollars on a "superstar" guard like Bonzi Wells
OK so here is my preferred option for the draft;
GET SOME BIGS
LaMarcus Aldridge at 2 - He may not be an impact player immediately but should develop quickly and provide some scoring down low. If Toronto take Aldridge then you have no choice but to gamble on Thomas or Bargnani, I pick Thomas as a total guess having seen him in one game and Bargnani in none.
If he slips to 16 take Hilton Armstrong - My dark horse pick, most people have him going at 13. I am hoping he takes a slide. There are other bigs to choose from a few euro's and James Augustine, please don't pick Boone!!
We have lots of money in free agency dollars so lets get Jim Jackson - He has one thing the bulls lack... experience plus can play SG or SF and wont cost us too much if we play our cards right (shakes fist at Paxon). Lets save our money (again!!) till there is something worth buying.
So there you have it lets tune in for the Draft on June 28 :D That is all from me.
I have seen all I can stand and I can't stands no more. For too long have I watch in frustration as Parker poo's up the Spurs offence in an effort to make himself look good, now the time to speak out has arrived. The simple truth is that Tony Parker sucks and his biggest problem is he doesn't realise it.
I have cut down the significant rant and rage section of my post down to the few lines above, very impressive considering how pissed off I am at Parker right now. To those who know me my hatred of Tony Parker is well documented, I have never found him to be a player of any exceptional ability despite journalistic efforts reporting the contrary. My particular dislike of Tony is his inability to get the ball to Tim Duncan as often as he should. Duncan is a player I have a high amount of admiration for, he is one of the greatest low post players ever to play the game and it really pisses me off when he doesn't get the ball after establishing good position. Having said that and being fair to Parker (though it pains me to say this) I will concede that he generally has good skills for an NBA point guard and in my opinion ranks in the top 10 in the league for that position. It takes some time for a player to adjust his game to the NBA style and Parker has made a successful contribution to the Spurs by being the player that runs the offence. Parker basically brings the following skill set every night;
The great problem in Parkers game for many years and the facet that the Spurs organisation have asked him to work on is his jump shot. In my opinion this is a sensible and reasonable request the rationale is that with all the double-teams Duncan draws Parker will be wide open off a post entry pass. It is an awesome idea to make guarding Duncan that much harder, the other pieces to this puzzle are already in place Bowen can hit a baseline 3 ptr if his man doubles, Ginobilli can slash or shoot from the weak side and Nesterovic and Mohammed can make a lay-up… normally. Parker's jump shot makes double-teaming and the following defensive rotation a very hard ask for the D. Despite this Parker still struggles to hit the backboard from about 15ft. I should point out they are not asking him to hit 3's either just a mid-range or even free-throw to start with anything further out is a bonus. Anyhow it couldn't have been that bad of a problem for the Spurs to win a few rings - read Duncan is awesome. In the off-season however Parker didn't seem to hear the Spurs organisation say "make a damn jumpshot" even though they gave him a personal shooting coach, no instead he heard "improve your FG %". With this in mind Parker has made quite a name for himself this season "torching defences" (Mr Walton words not mine") by getting to the rim using his speed when pushing the ball up the court and even in the half court. Parker was among the league leaders in FG% this season and even lead the Spurs in scoring, he became the teams "superstar" (Mr Walton again) All season long the journalists were raving about the incredible Parker who was now a first time all-star. It was useful to have Parker score more points as Duncan made no secret of "resting" on the court this season due to foot injuries in a hope he would have enough left in the tank for the playoffs (yeah he rested at almost 20 ppg!!) I didn't believe the Parker hype for a minute, unfortunately Parker and the Spurs organisation did. I have watched quite a few Spurs games this season and one thing is clearly apparent, though Parker has managed to score more points this season and the team did secure the best record in the West it has created two significant problems;
For some reason it didn't occur to the Spurs that the playoffs (surprising considering their experience) are different to the regular season and that perhaps teams wouldn't be letting a PG who can't shoot
get to the rim!!! Funny thing about the NBA is that you need to adjust your game before the league adjusts to you. That may be a little harsh clearly since the playoffs began Duncan has been the focus of the offence again and has destroyed anyone trying to guard him. The Spurs offence however doesn’t look anywhere near as sharp as it should. The damage is done as Parker is inconsistent and has struggled in the playoffs, typically his good performances are offset by a poor team effort such as his 33pts in the Game 4 loss. Game 6 was the showcase for Parker 8 pts in 35 minutes on 3-17 shooting a John Starks effort, not to mention a spectacular 3 assists!!! The Dallas game plan "go ahead shoot it I dare you" worked to perfection in a game where parker should have been more effective without Jason Terry to bother him. Parker's D has also been exposed this series, though not a bad defender he is more being overpowered than out-quicked, there isn't much you can do about that. Dallas play the "nelly-ball" offence and works hard to create mis-matches.
So there you have it why I hate Parker so much in a nutshell. He has hurt the team by not doing what was asked of him (learning to shoot) and damaged the offence in the process by picking up the game tempo and disrupting what is normally good ball movement. The most disappointing thing about this is that Parker could still use this to his advantage if he simply learned to pass the ball when he got to the rim, something I saw only once this playoff series and was probably the best play of the series - a behind the back assist to a wide open Duncan after drawing a double team by driving to the rim. Do that a few more times and I might think about taking you off my list…… yeah there is about as much chance of that happening as there is of me taking Shak off that list :D
For now I am all raged out,
Stay tuned for my soon to come NBA draft rant or "Can the Bulls get it right… for Ando's sake"