With all due respect to Vince Carter, Shawn Kemp and Dominique Wilkins, Blake Griffin has the chance to be the best in-game dunker of all-time. If we were to countdown the top ten of the year so far, I’m not sure anyone else would even be included. Maybe Eric Gordon, Russell Westbrook, James Harden and JR Smith.
All in the Game is a new video series that you will be seeing around Both Teams Played Hard from time to time. The plan is to just make some short game breakdowns that will help us delve a little bit deeper into the world of professional hoops than we can with the same regurgitated highlights we have all been watching since we were five years old.
Of course, this being Both Teams Played Hard, I’m sure we’ll also explore the humorous side of the NBA as well since I don’t want to lose my core audience of readers with the maturity level of five-year-olds.
Episode 1 offers an in-depth look at just how badly Brad Miller torched Roy Hibbert on Friday, helping to give Houston its second victory of the year and in the process triggering a mini-winning streak that is still on-going.
This is very irregular. I mean, normally, I would never ever celebrate anyone’s decision to shave his beard. Nay, I would condemn it. That’s madness, sir. Madness. Honestly, what are you thinking?
But under the following circumstances, as you can see below, we do need to make an exception. Watch the video and it will be pretty clear why. If you watch Trey with the trimmer, it’s like Fyodor Dostoyevsky, ya know what I’m saying. The poetry of it.
So congratulations to Trey Kerby aka “Brad Miller” aka “Yert” aka “Not Al” for induction into Great Moments history. And just imagine how good the unabridged version is gonna be when it arrives in theaters everywhere this fall? Hopefully in 3D.
To quote an a literary expression first coined in Geoffery Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, Rafer did the damn thing in Game 3.
Sure he made some boneheaded decisions, forced a few things and seemed to follow up ever great play with an equally quixotic one, but as you can see here in this “All-Access Game 3″ video, the Magic probably don’t win unless Rafer is able to keep the Lakers interior defense honest by continually driving the ball to the rim.
(Sidenote: Van Gundy’s post-game press conference comments about how he was able to help shake Rafer out of his Game 1 and Game 2 funks were super. “I’m a motivational genius, that’s what I am,” said SVG. “I thought for two days about what to say to him and I said ‘Play your game.’”)
I’ve always been a big Skip to My Lou fan so it was nice to see him earn at least some form of redemption after his early series troubles. But what’s even nicer is to see archival footage of him rocking the And 1 Mixtape back before it turned into a really lame show on ESPN. For the uninitiated, these videos were the hottest thing in the underground basketball world back when they were little more than VHS highlight tapes of streetball. And Rafer was the undisputed star — to the point that Skip is pretty much solely to blame for the horrible “And 1 Guy” tattoos on the arms of his teammate Rashard Lewis, Phoenix Sun Matt Barnes, Chicago Bull Brad Miller and thousands of other misguided, impressionable ballers who came of age in the 1990s. I’m sure those seemed like a good idea at the time, fellas, but now you may as well have the adidas logo on your bicep. Hell, Rafer was so hot back then that he even parlayed his And 1 buzz into a Slam cover story despite the fact that he was an otherwise unheralded point guard playing college ball in the WAC.
Thus, here’s video of Rafer breaking ankles and earning his nickname. Bonus: It’s set to the best YouTube highlight video song sung by a kid-peer. (via NBA Playoffs 2009 Tumblr, which has easily captured the Postseason MVP of the NBA blogosphere. I mean, you can’t look at this and tell me that amazing is happening more often anywhere else.)
After literally hours spent wondering why a 7’0″ dude with a wide-open lane to the rim would pick up his dribble at the foul line and attempt a floating finger roll instead of dribbling one more time and trying to dunk, we have found our answer.
Brad Miller shaved off his beard three weeks ago and is now dead…on the inside. Ever since, his game has suffered tremendously. All his significant stats have dropped aside from his rising turnover numbers and he has generally been seen moving with about as much grace as your friend’s 54-year-old dad who always insisted on playing pick-up with you on Sunday morning when you were in junior high. Not only that, everything else in Brad’s life has gone haywire as well:
And he didn’t really like the movie Earth.
And he still hasn’t seen the Susan Boyle YouTube clip.
And he burned his hand on his waffle maker.
And he can’t get his DVR to stop recording every episode of The Soup.
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