Monday, May 20, 2013
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Paul McPherson was a 6'4" shooting guard from Chicago. He had a nomadic college basketball career, playing at Tallahassee Community College, Kennedy-King College, and finally DePaul University. He went undrafted in the 2000 NBA Draft and eventually signed with the Phoenix Suns a couple of months later. While with the Suns, he put up 20 points in a win over the Toronto Raptors (the first NBA game I had ever been to live).
In January 2001 he was traded with Corie Blount and Ruben Garces to the Golden State Warriors for Vinny Del Negro. In 22 games with the Warriors he hit double-digits six times, including a 22-point performance against Portland and a career-high 26-point performance at Seattle.
After the 2000-2001 season Paul was not re-signed, and would sign a training camp deal with the Nuggets before getting waived during the preseason. McPherson has not played in the NBA since.
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Editing this was a mess. iMovie and Final Cut Pro are very difficult programs, I tell ya. Anyways, in this inaugural episode of Coliseum TV, I discuss where I think the Sacramento Kings will end up and what other NBA teams need to be on the lookout for the moving trucks.
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Dammit, they're just too good.
Last night, Miami Heat trounced the Chicago Bulls 88-65 to take a 3 games to 1 lead in this Eastern Conference Semifinals series.
This is what I feared would happen; the Heat would hit their stride and take off with this series. I applaud the effort of these undermanned Bulls, but I think Miami is going to put a bow on this thing on Wednesday night at home.
As a Bulls fan, talk like this would have me labeled by other Bulls fans as a traitor. Honestly, I see myself as a realist. I also doubt I'm on an island among Bulls fandom in the belief that the Heat with finish out tomorrow, rather they openly admit it or not.
Like every Bulls playoff series since 2009 (with the exception of 2010, where it was a foregone conclusion that LeBron and the Cavs would advance), this has been a wild and fun ride. During most of the runs, there's always a chance for the Bulls to pull through and get the win. Heck, in the Brooklyn series, I had no problem with Joakim's guarantee that they would win Game 7 and fully believed that the job would get done.
At the same time, you just have to take a step back and know when to fold. In the 2010 First Round against Cleveland that was the case. The same can be said here about this series, as a depleted Bulls roster faces elimination on the road against arguably the best team in the league.
Now, that isn't to say I don't want the scrappy Bulls (or what's left of them) to win. I hope they find a way to win Game 5, or maybe even pull out the rest of the series. That would be epic. But still, I'm just trying to be honest with myself. Whenever they meet their demise, I think the team and fans should go out with their heads held. Considering the circumstances.
Not only did the team pull off 45 wins without the team's best playing, but they were even able to win a playoff series despite being hit by some sort of bizarre voodoo injury plague. I think the 2012-13 Bulls' season is just a testament to how resilient this squad is, regardless of who wear's the jersey.
Sure it's disappointing that Derrick Rose didn't (and most likely will not) come back this season. Putting up his injury against other people with similar injuries (or even people who had his same injury on the same day: Iman Shumpert), you can't help but yearn for the return of the squad's unquestioned leader. But I've come to realize no huffing or puffing I do on this site, or my Twitter, or in public, is going to bring him back. All I can hope for is that he'll be back and better than ever in 2013-14.
And at this point, that's all you can do as a rational Bulls fan: look towards the future to keep from crying. There are a lot of questions that need answering: How explosive will Rose be? Will the Bulls finally sign or draft the second scorer they need? Who will be the 2014 Bench Mob? Will Nate be back? Will they (please, PLEASE) amnesty Boozer? Those are all fun speculative questions that could be asked to distract one's self from the seemingly dire situation.
Game 5 looks like the end for the Bulls, but as a fan I still hope for a sliver of a chance that the upset will happen. However, realistically I don't see it happening. That doesn't mean that I can't look on this season or this summer with my head held high.
Monday, May 13, 2013
Hello all! School's out, so it's another summer here at Simms Coliseum. My plan is to have something for you every weekday. On Monday, it's a podcast! Podcast SC will be a weekly podcast by me talking a whole lotta sports. This week's podcast is basically an introductory podcast letting you know what else I have in store over the next few months.