The Thunderblog’s basketball corner gives three quick hits about both the Association and the Road to March, aka NBA & NCAAB. Just enough to get you through your next basketball-related conversation this week.
National Collegiate Athletic Association Basketball
Last night the Thunderblog’s alma mater Lehigh University defeated Holy Cross in some great college basketball. Big game for the Mountain Hawks as they sit only a game and a half back from Bucknell for tops in the league. Obviously any chance to go to the Big Dance will require Tim Kempton and company to win the conference tournament which will be a tall task. Kempton by the way is the junior center for the Mountain Hawks who is leading the team at 17.7 points per game. Guy’s a handful and will be key to Lehigh’s chances.
National Basketball Association
So for the first time in a while, this year’s NBA All-Star festivities really intrigued me. Forget the game, more on that in a minute, but the Skills Competitions were awesome. Watching the 7 foot Anthony Karl-Towns beat out the dynamic Isaiah Thomas in the basketball obstacle course was hysterical. Add in watching The Splash Brothers go head to head in the 3 point contest and man was it quite the show. But the highlight was the dunk contest. Since Vince Carter and Tracy McGrady essentially ended all future dunk contests circa 2000, only Blake Griffin’s over-the-top performance back in 2011 sparked my interest. But let me tell you something, Aaron Gordon and Zach LaVine just went nuts Saturday night for one of the most memorable perfomance in a dunk contest ever. They should have just let the guys tie because man they were off-the-carts impressive.
In other news, Kobe Bryant got to play in the All-Star game which I thought was lame. Not because he was there but because he took a deserving players spot. Just bugs me that fan voting is a popularity contest, not a real All-Star contest. Sorry that you aren’t playing on the Lakers or one of the league’s other “marquee franchises”. It is an honor to be in the All-Star game and Kobe simply hasn’t earned it this year. Not sure what the fix is for this other than removing fan voting. Also don’t think that’s the right answer. I’ll have to think on it some more. Ok, rant over, go Sixers!