We’re not sure if we’ve ever seen so many old stars stay relevant past their primes. Steve Nash is seriously better at 38 than he was at 28. Tim Duncan is still reliable, and still consistently averages 15 and nine. Nas and Jay-Z haven’t fell off yet, and are somehow still popular in this age of terrible dances and forgettable rappers. And even Kobe Bryant is sort of like the Darth Vader of the NBA. Basically, the history books are being re-written before our eyes, and old records are dropping off faster than Green Bay’s bandwagon. Kevin Garnett could be the best example of all (outside of Jennifer Aniston). Remember after he tweaked his knee on an alley-oop in 2009 in Utah and then proceeded to miss Boston’s playoff run before quietly looking washed-up the following season? Since then, he’s slowly improved, gotten his second jump back, and now looks like he’ll play three more years. If KG has his way, he’ll play out the three-year deal he signed with the Celtics this summer, and then retire in green and white. Translated by hoopshype.com, Garnett recently told a Chinese website during a tour for the shoe company Anta that he will retire as a Celtic “for sure.” By that time, he could be 39 years old, and probably won’t find himself on this list anymore even though he’s still the identity and muscle for one of the best teams in the NBA. However, three years is a LONG time. We’re not exactly celebrated guests in the Boston war room, but if we are KG, we would still keep an eye out. Danny Ainge is not the most loyal personnel man in the game, and if given the opportunity, he’ll turn around, send Garnett packing for the right group of assets, and then lock all his doors so KG doesn’t come beat his ass … Blake Griffin is 13 years younger than Garnett, but even he recently thought about taking Grant Hill‘s advice on returning from knee surgery slowly. So much for that. Quake took some time out to crown one of Oklahoma’s players with a disgusting facial. How many Clipper fans were holding their breath during that video? … The New York Daily News is reporting Patrick Ewing turned down an opportunity to be the head coach of the Knicks’ D-League team because he wants to have a job in the NBA. He’s been waiting on that call for about five years now … And with the NFL making its long awaited return after the offseason, we wrote yesterday on the 10 NBA players we think would have the best chance to make it in football. Nate Robinson read it, and got pissed at us on Twitter that he wasn’t ranked No. 1 … Keep reading to hear about the latest news revolving around Tyreke Evans’ future in Sacramento …
We’re not the only ones who’ve heard this before out of Sacramento: Tyreke Evans has a really good J. He could stroke it in high school, and rained triples all day in practice with the Kings. But in the games, he struggles. Basically, this means one of two things. One, someone is lying. Or two, Evans can’t shoot under pressure. Sacramento’s coach Keith Smart told HOOPSWORLD.com that ‘Reke’s perimeter problems stem from confidence. The 6-6 guard isn’t comfortable with his jumper, and for a player often criticized for playing too much isolation ball, Smart says Evans can be reluctant to shoot. The Kings want to see the former No. 4 overall pick in 2009 (who’s still only 22 years old) show some improvement in his jumper or else the trade talks will get louder. As SI.com wrote last week, Evans was the fourth-worst shooter in the league amongst all players who took at least three long two-point jumpers a game (only John Wall, Antawn Jamison and Corey Maggette were worse). Evans is one of the most unique players we’ve ever seen. Whenever we watch him play, he screams “future star,” doing things with the ball only a few players in the league can, and yet here we are going into his fourth season in the league and he hasn’t lived up to expectations … In an age of professional sports where people like Ray Lewis are somehow dropping 25 pounds in one summer by biking 40 miles a day (don’t know if we really believe that one), Chris Bosh is apparently putting on some weight so he can man the center spot more often for the Heat next season. Miami loves going small, but we get the feeling this has more to do with Joel Anthony than anything else. If he wasn’t so shockingly bad at times during the tail end of last year, we highly doubt Bosh would be doing this (by the way, Anthony is also still owed almost $12 million). Remember in Toronto when Bosh hated playing center? Yeah, we don’t really get it either. But hey, sometimes when you win a title, priorities change, and in this day and age where everyone is spreading the floor, shooting threes, and playing small forwards at power forward (and power forwards at center), this should give the Heat another edge. The Miami Herald reports the 6-10 lefty is putting on six pounds of muscle to make the switch, but Bosh is probably going to need some more meat if he intends on guarding someone like Philly’s Andrew Bynum … And we’d obviously love to see Allen Iverson in the NBA again. Now you can help. There’s a petition trying to get the Answer back in the league, and while it’s an awesome cause, y’all really think David Stern (or any owner) is going to bow down to a petition? Still, sign it and pray … We’re out like ‘Reke’s J.
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