Man, I remember when it was Bynums rookie or soph year and he blocked Howard on one end and then made a post move on him on the other and the media was going nuts and started saying Bynum was going to be the next great big man. I think that's when his head started to grow and grow.
i remember his first game, he blocked shaq's first shot. next trip down, shaq just flattened him.
howard is a weird case and maybe even more frustrating than bynum. in a lot of ways, offensively, he is a bigger amare, but one who is convinced he's kareem. he's got no back-to-the-basket moves, but won't pnr unless he's forced. of course, he's a monster defender. can't take that away.
one thing with bynum, he'd never played ball until like his senior year in high school. he made up tremendous ground. but i don't think he had that athlete's mentality that would spend a couple hours a day practicing over and over again the footwork for an up-and-under. he just wasn't that interested. he had tremendous physical ability, but the combination of that, the early praise, and having guaranteed big bucks, he just wasn't interested in the donkey work it would take to get to the next level consistently.
ETA: found the video! (godbless youtube). had forgotten shaq's first monster dunk.
one more laker tidbit: fun fact: want to know how many injuries there have been this year? there's only one player on the 15-man roster who hasn't started a game. Ryan Kelly. and he's been getting big minutes.
Wow, Gordon Hayward just went straight beast mode. 37 points on 13 of 16 shooting while scoring the final 17 points and chipping in 11 rebounds and 7 assists for the Jazz to beat the Thunder and KD's 48 points. Unreal...
Knicks' J.R. Smith fined $50,000 for 'recurring unsportsmanlike conduct'
The league has fined J.R. Smith $50,000 for what they call "recurring instances of unsportsmanlike conduct."
More plainly speaking, Smith was fined for untying opponent's shoes on the free throw line.
It started with Smith untying Shawn Marion's shoes the other night, or at least that's when he was caught doing it. The league reportedly had a meeting with him to discuss it, and he was warned to not try it again.
However, he appeared to try it again against the Pistons on Tuesday, reaching for Greg Monroe's shoes on the free throw line.
Smith said on Twitter that it's something he's done often.
"Yeah I do it every game!" he tweeted.
Knicks coach Mike Woodson though is not amused.
“He shouldn't be doing stuff like that,” Woodson said Tuesday, according to ESPNNY.com. “I'm going to talk to him a little more about it when I get in there. His focus should just be on playing basketball. That's what it's about and those are things you just don't do. You think you've seen it all and something creeps in.”
This is Smith's second fine of the season as he was hit with a $25,000 tab for "directing inappropriate and hostile language" towards Brandon Jennings in a little Twitter spat.
While they acknowledge that a trade may be difficult to pull off, the New York Knicks in recent days began exploring the potential market for guard J.R. Smith, ESPN.com has learned.
Sources close to the situation said Wednesday that the organization has become increasingly frustrated with Smith's on- and off-the-court transgressions and may feel that a fresh start would be best for all parties.