It’s also a nice excuse not to play hard. That’s a classic, ‘I don’t know what I’m supposed to do.’ Well, you don’t have trouble getting up to the paystub line. You know what you need to do to get your check. You know what to do. They will. They’ll figure it out.

Good god, Mike D’Antoni with the burn! When you got Mr. Pringles bustin on you in the media, you got problems, Pau.

EDIT: In retrospect, D’Antoni does have the longer track record of being an asshole. I’ll leave it up for you all to decide who’s more at fault in this.

Mike D’Antoni suggests Pau Gasol needs to play harder | Inside the Lakers

The Baller Shots Way-Too-Brief Nightly Preview

I’m currently writing this while sick as a dog, surrounded by glasses of OJ and snot-filled tissues, so forgive me for any errors. I just had to put something down on this blog, because tonight… tonight is BALL NIGHT!

Finally, the association’s hot-n-fresh season has been brought to our table, and we’re almost positive that the waitress is flirting with us. That is to say, nothing could go wrong with this season. There’s too many entertaining teams, and too many juicy storylines, and tonight is a prime example of both.

Between the quest for a third straight championship and the return of Derrick Rose, the Heat and the Bulls have been pegged as two of the top contenders for the NBA championship, yet neither fan base is sitting comfortably. The national media has overlooked just how frequently Bulls players get hurt. Rose, Deng, Noah, and Boozer have all spent MONTHS out of the lineup at least once in the past three years. The Bulls training and medical staff is one of the most maligned in the NBA, and the way Coach Thibodeau distributes minutes leads me to believe we will see 10+ starts for Dunleavy, Mohammed, Gibson, and/or Kirk Hinrich (presuming he stays healthy himself). The lack of an “off switch” on this Bulls team makes them one of the most admirable and respected teams in the league, but it don’t mean shit if you can’t put your best team on the court for the most important games: the playoffs. I love Jimmy Butler, but the poor kid has already played way too many 48-minute games. Depth is an issue here, folks.

One of the teams the Bulls will likely encounter in the playoffs will be the Heat, whose on-off switch problem doesn’t lie with the team, rather the individual players. Wade and Bosh’s consistency issues were apparent through all last season, including the playoffs. There are rumors, however, that Wade has bulked up quite a bit, and Bosh is finally adapting to his role as a center. I wouldn’t be surprised, though, if we saw Bosh be able to play the PF spot more frequently, now that he’s flanked by Birdman and Oden. Throw in the fact that EVERY PLAYER except Andersen and Cole are playing on either an expiring contract or a player option, it’s not hard to see this Miami team actually somehow playing better than last year. KEEP GETTIN’ DEM CHECKS, RASHARD!

The other matchup tonight is for my fellow morbidly curious NBA fans. We’re the kinds of fans that enjoy seeing a late-season Bobcats-Raptors game, just to see who gets put out on the floor. We enjoy seeing a first round matchup between the Heat and whatever poor souls are in the 8-seed. The Lakers looks like they’ll be able to provide such disgusting basketball all season long, Kobe or not. With holdovers like Steve Blake and Jordan Hill mixed with signings like Nick Young and Chris Kaman, this team would be on a path for middle-of-the-road mediocrity. But I got a good feeling about Pau Gasol, you guys (famous last words). If it weren’t for the existence of Mike D’Antoni, I’d say these guys could threaten to grab an 8 or 7-seed. Except Mike D’Antoni does exist, and he is a horrible, system-stuck coach. Why is he coaching this team? I’ve never seen a coach want to coach less than Mike D’Antoni. Ya Pringles-lookin motherfucker.

Anyways, the Clippers are officially the kings of LA now, with a bonafide great coach in Doc Rivers, and pretty good talent. I say pretty good, because if you look at the peak talent level overall, they are pretty good. Full-on good, really. They have really impressive depth at their guard and forward spots, though if they’re going to look to Hollins and Mullens as their backup centers, they could get themselves in trouble defending the paint.

Of course, the real issue will be whether or not Rivers can get Paul and Griffin/Jordan on the same page. Griffin has gotten tagged as a bit of a sensitive (read: whiny) player by the media, and the word is Paul is getting a bit title-obsessed. Rivers’ timetable for success may be shorter than it seems, but considering his presence will upgrade a team that won 56 games last year, he won’t need much time at all.

Alright, I’m going to try to do these on a daily basis, but if I end up, uh, not doing that, well… there ya go. I am trying to make more frequent, original contributions to this blog, so if there’s anything you’d like to hear my words on, just let me know!

This is such BS! All the training and sacrifice just flew out the window with one step that I’ve done millions of times! The frustration is unbearable. The anger is rage. Why the hell did this happen ?!? Makes no damn sense. Now I’m supposed to come back from this and be the same player Or better at 35?!? How in the world am I supposed to do that??

I have NO CLUE. Do I have the consistent will to overcome this thing? Maybe I should break out the rocking chair and reminisce on the career that was. Maybe this is how my book ends. Maybe Father Time has defeated me…Then again maybe not! It’s 3:30am, my foot feels like dead weight, my head is spinning from the pain meds and I’m wide awake. Forgive my Venting but what’s the purpose of social media if I won’t bring it to you Real No Image?? Feels good to vent, let it out. To feel as if THIS is the WORST thing EVER! Because After ALL the venting, a real perspective sets in. There are far greater issues/challenges in the world then a torn achilles. Stop feeling sorry for yourself, find the silver lining and get to work with the same belief, same drive and same conviction as ever.

One day, the beginning of a new career journey will commence. Today is NOT that day.

"If you see me in a fight with a bear, prey for the bear". Ive always loved that quote. Thats "mamba mentality" we don’t quit, we don’t cower, we don’t run. We endure and conquer.

I know it’s a long post but I’m Facebook Venting LOL. Maybe now I can actually get some sleep and be excited for surgery tomorrow. First step of a new challenge. Guess I will be Coach Vino the rest of this season. I have faith in my teammates. They will come thru.

Thank you for all your prayers and support. Much Love Always.
Mamba Out

Black Mamba, real as he gets