Tag Archives: 2015

Gift Ideas: Best Toy Gifts for Christmas 2015

2015 is about to wrap up but that does not mean we are done with wrapping for the year. No, no. Still got gifts for our children. Whoa, again?! Well, are you sure they’re happy with what they got?

Anyway, if you still have the budget then these toys would surely break ’em children into a wide grin. Yup. Just look at these..

Star Wars R2-D2 Interactive Robotic for $204.99 + 8.49 Shipping Fee at Amazon.com
Star Wars R2-D2 Interactive Robotic for $204.99 + 8.49 Shipping Fee at Amazon

Well, who wouldn’t like robots, huh, especially a Star Wars R2-D2 Interactive Robotic? And what’s nice about this is that its remote control could do over 1,000 action combinations using its ten-button program; its got exciting sound effects with coordinating head movements as well as walking and spinning actions, too.

Plus it could move forward, backward, left and right, and turns — not to mention it could even project a 16 inch (height) image of Princess Leia on the wall. Hah! How cute?!

Razor Hovertrax Electric Self-Balancing Scooter for $599 at Amazon.com
Razor Hovertrax Electric Self-Balancing Scooter for $599 at Amazon

Still, how about a ‘strolling’ toy or even a ‘traveling’ companion?Hmm… the Razor Hovertrax Electric Self-Balancing Scooter would certainly fit the bill. It features silent, dual hub motors with gyro sensor technology for a super smooth, hoverboard-like ride which reaches speeds of up to 6 mph on a run time of 115 minutes of continuous use. Cool, that would be lots of fun!

Yet although its got an anti-slip foot platform, it’s only ideal for those aged 13 and up with a maximum rider weight of 220 lbs..

Jedi Master Lightsaber for $54.99 at Kmart
Jedi Master Lightsaber for $54.99 at Kmart

Can’t have enough of Star Wars? Then this toy would be the closest thing to being part of the movie, the Jedi Master Lightsaber.

The Bladebuilders system includes numerous components that are compatible with the Jedi Master Lightsaber toy that your child could create over a hundred different and unique Lightsabers with their own imagination. This popular Jedi Master toy comes with a main Lightsaber that features both light and sound effects. It also has two Lightdaggers that are independently-lit, an expansion hilt, two elbow connectors, and a dual and cross connector.

And don’t forget, this set requires 9 AAA batteries: that’s 3 for the Lightsaber and 3 for each Lightdagger. Can you dig it?

Guide Gear Snow Racer Sled for $80 at Amazon
Guide Gear Snow Racer Sled for $80 at Amazon

Now here’s one for the slopes, the Guide Gear Snow Racer Sled. It features sleek wide-track skis, steering wheel and brakes. Kids and even adults would now love navigating downhill even more!

But, but, but be careful. Yes, it may have a foot brake and a strong tubular-steel frame with a retractable pull rope on its 11-pound 56 1/4 x 24 x 17 1/4″ makeup but — you’re still going downhill, so too much fun might make you forget about the dangers a sled poses..

Just a reminder.

2015 NBA Weekly: Who’s the Cavs likely Eastern Finals opponent?

Okay, the Cavaliers are once again in a funk after losing 2 straight games — the last one by a blowout against the Portland Trailblazers who didn’t even play with Damian Lillard. Hey, the Cavs didn’t play with Kyrie Irving, too!

Well, that’s the point. Kyrie is already on minutes restriction, so why was he even made to sit out when he just came back? Shouldn’t the Cavs just be guided by those minutes instead of a DNP on Kyrie? Yeah, to ease him back sooner! Or, were the Cavs just confident of beating the Blazers that time?

So who got beat now?

December 26: Cavs losing to the Blazers, 76-105 (Photo: AP)
December 26: Cavs losing to the Blazers, 76-105 (Photo: AP)

Still, that doesn’t diminish the Cavs as the favorites of the East. Then who do you think could challenge them in the Eastern Conference Finals come PlayOffs?

The Hawks? They may currently be second in the East’s standings but just the same, the addition of Tiago Splitter won’t help their cause unless they move him to the starting lineup to match up against Mozgov who’s just too big and strong for Horford in the middle.

The Raptors? Okay, they may have gotten DeMarre Carroll to slow down LeBron James but one man’s toughness won’t do much against the whole Cavaliers’ team. There has to be better team effort — and ‘toughness’ within each guy on the floor.

The Pacers? Yes, they have returned to ‘elite’ status in the East with the comebacking Paul George and his tremendous play; but what happens when George ‘takes a break’? Who do they turn to? Ellis? Hill? Miles? That explains some of their ‘winnable’ games.

Fact is, only 2 teams come to mind when thinking of who could in fact beat the Cavaliers in a seven-game series. Yup. Miami Heat. Chicago Bulls.

Miami just has a deep bench that even the likes of Stoudemire who still has a lot of ‘All-Star’ caliber juice left in him doesn’t really get to play much. So what’s the reason why Miami’s not winning as many games? Goran Dragic. Luol Deng.

Goran Dragic drives on a waiting Joaquim Noah
Goran Dragic drives on a waiting Joaquim Noah

Dragic to this point hasn’t found his place under the sun, I mean Heat. Maybe he was just meant to be a Sun. ‘Cause with the Heat, he’s just limping with his shots. And his overall playmaking? If he were a little more efficient then the Heat could have won maybe 3 more games at least.

Deng. Is he kinda deteriorating already? Now imagine if Dragic and Deng were to have an ‘impact’ in the starting lineup like teammates Gerald Green and Tyler Johnson have been providing off the bench. Wow! And they haven’t even maximized Stoudemire, McRoberts, Udrih and Winslow!?!

Chicago? They’re actually in a deeper funk than Cleveland. Really. While Gasol has been playing at an All-Star level and Butler has come to his own — Derrick Rose still has to really get his bearings back. That says a lot on his ‘locker room’ voice. If Rose could get back to form then the team would ‘stabilize’ as everybody would be more, shall we say, ‘energetic’ in every play.

Derrick Rose against Luol Deng
Derrick Rose against Luol Deng

Tell ya, they just got a complete team. And though Noah injured his shoulder recently, Joaquim Noah is starting to play like the Noah we all know — the good news is, he’d only be out for, what, 2 weeks. This would make the Bulls are tough team to beat come April.

Yes, Cleveland may be at ‘full strength’ now. But suddenly, that’s the problem. Just too many players. Know what I mean? This is why they are struggling to develop that rhythm. And this could be bad if they face either Miami or Chicago in the PlayOffs.

2015 NBA Weekly: The Return of Kyrie Irving and What it means for the Cavs

After 6 months since his last game in Game 1 of last season’s Finals, Kyrie Irving is back. Obviously not the Uncle Drew we know as we did naturally see some rust in him but, Kyrie is back!

Missing his first couple of shots, he only had 2 points in the first half before scoring 7 in the 3rd period and eventually finishing the game with 12 points (5-12 fg) including 2-2 from deep as well as 4 assists and 2 steals — all in 17 minutes.

So, the Cavaliers are just about at full strength now with only Mo Williams unable to play (second straight game) due to a sprained right thumb. Then again, what does this mean for the Cavs? Good? Should be.

Yet what we see here would also be the return of Kevin Love as the team’s third gear. Okay, nevermind this game with the Sixers where he only attempted 4 times and was just good for, what, 10 points? Hey, they’re still easing Kyrie back into the lineup so, okay..

But, as the Cavaliers eases Kyrie back, they would also push Kevin down to where he was last time out — with all those possible issues, loss of confidence, poor games and dissatisfaction. Oh, not this time? Well, that remains to be seen. And one could only surmise through his body language. Hmm…

And that’s just the first outgrowth.

Next ‘could’ be Kevin versus Tristan. With Uncle Drew weaving his magic anew, the Cavs would need a tenacious offensive rebounder and good defender rolled-into-one more than a ‘stretch four’. Uh oh, personnel issues. Or to ‘some extent’, it could also otherwise even be Delly versus Mo. Heck, no? Then what about LeBron versus Blatt part 2? Ridiculous? Then.. they just have to keep winning and hope nobody wants a trade (even in thought) before the PlayOffs begin.

2015 NBA Weekly: Utah vs New Orleans for the West’s Last PlayOff Spot?

While the Golden State Warriors continued in its winning ways, by the way, they’re 22-0 now — as we predicted, both the Clippers and the Rockets would be able to catch up since on paper alone, there’s not much competition at the bottom half of the Western conference.

Warriors doing very well
Warriors doing very well

Yup, especially with the breakup of the Portland Trail Blazers. Hmm… the Suns? The Wolves? Well, they’re just good while it lasted.

So, who’ll secure the ‘last’ berth to the PlayOffs? Utah (9-9) who’s currently at number 7, or the Pelicans (5-15) who’s actually at number 14? Oh, you must be surprised why we chose the Pelicans to challenge for the last spot when they’re way below the rankings..

Coz they’re good. They’re just good.

Anthony Davis trying to catch up
Anthony Davis trying to catch up

Of course, just don’t expect Anthony Davis could still be MVP this season. Steph Curry. Paul George. They’re just playing in another dimension now. And their teams are winning — not trying to catch the last bus, you know.

Anyway, at number 8 is Houston — with a 10-11 slate — which we expect to overtake the Jazz for number 7; and who else could challenge the Jazz but the Pelicans?! They maybe 5, 6 games behind Utah but it’s certainly doable. Hey, we’re still close to 25 percent into the season!

Okay, Denver does have the personnel to compete for the last spot but they still don’t know their identity. Even Kenneth Faried who used to be a starter is now a ‘bench’ player — he’s not even that old or seriously injured, or is he?? Well..

The Utah Jazz
The Utah Jazz

Sacramento.. Maybe next year. They seem to need more time together, build character and all. So, they better hold on to Rajon Rondo.

Thus, even if the Nuggets and the Kings got better records than New Orleans at the moment, the Pelicans has a good core led by AD — and a better system — to compete at the next level..

With that, expect a wild finish between the Utah Jazz and the New Orleans Pelicans come March. Good for the fans.

Gift Ideas: 3 DIY Christmas Gifts

Well, December has set in and the countdown begins; but does that mean our wallets has to suffer in gift giving? Uh oh.. Not so much, hah, if we could only be a little more creative. Yes, surely the effort would greatly be appreciated by our real friends and loved ones.

Here are some of our choices and courtesy of Country Living..

Mason Jar Lid Coasters
Mason Jar Lid Coasters

Mason Jar Lid Coasters 

For once, the ubiquitous mason jar isn’t the star of a DIY hack — we focused on its cap instead. First, gather four lids: We used weathered zinc ones ($1.65 each; 3 1/4″ diam.; candlesoylutions.com). Place your lids upside down on top of adhesive cork shelf liner ($7.99; 12″W x 4’L; containerstore.com). Trace around the lids with a pen, then cut out the circles. Next, stamp an image into the center of each cork circle — ours references the classic Ball jar — using solvent-based ink, which won’t smear when wet (stamp, $8.75; 1″W x 2″L; dragonflybuzz.etsy.com. StazOn solvent ink pad, $7.99; hobbylobby.com). Let the ink dry at least one minute, then peel the backing off the cork circles, affix within the lids, and crack open a cold one. (Alison Gootee)

Marigold, Honey, and Oatmeal Soap

These creamy cleansers aren’t just beautiful, they also pamper your skin: Marigold soothes, honey moisturizes, and oatmeal gently exfoliates. A pound of melt-and-pour Castile base ($4.46; bulkapothecary.com) yields about six 3-ounce soaps. After drying your marigolds, follow these steps:

Marigold, Honey, and Oatmeal Soap
Marigold, Honey, and Oatmeal Soap

Step 1: In a large pot, melt the soap base according to the package instructions. Meanwhile, in a small, microwave three tablespoons honey for 15 seconds on low until the honey is slightly runny. Stir into the melted soap base.

Step 2: Add five tablespoons dried marigold petals, four tablespoons coarse oatmeal, and 10 drops mandarin essential oil ($2.36 for 1/2 oz; bulkapothecary.com). Stir to combine, then remove from heat.

Step 3: Grease a six-cavity metal tartlet tin with sweet almond oil (for similar tin, Bakers Select, $14.37; amazon.com. Oil, $4.81 for 16 oz; bulkapothecary.com). Evenly divide the soap mixture among the cavities, then gently tap the tin against your work surface to release any air bubbles. Let the soaps set at room temperature for four hours; carefully run a knife around the edges to release. (Yuki Sugiura)

Homemade Trivet
Homemade Trivet

A Homemade Trivet

Whip up a Scandinavian-style table protector from–get this–wooden clothespins and floral wire. Oslo-born crafter Paul Lowe shares his easy how-to in ‘Sweet Paul Eat and Make’ ($30; Houghton Mifflin Harcourt). Simply disassemble 40 clothespins, lay them flat side down, and drill a hole in each, about ½ inch from the tapered end. Thread the pins onto the wire with the double-notched sides facing right, as shown. Then, pull the wire into a circle and twist the ends to secure. You’ll be done before the kettle boils. (Alexandra Grablewski)

So?? Cheap.. or kinda expensive? Com’ on! The coasters? The trivet? Maybe a little more effort that is, especially with the soap. Got to be careful indeed. But if you could really finish well, surely they’ll be awed and thankful. After all, these are something from the heart..

Fashion Watch: 2015 American Music Awards – Red Carpet ‘Best Dressed’

Just last week, the 43rd Annual American Music Awards was held at the Microsoft Theater in LA, and which was hosted by J-Lo. Wow!

Many must have had a lot of expectations when they heard Jennifer Lopez hosting the event. And this probably carried on even before the actual awarding, that is the ‘red carpet’. Hmm… and you must have an idea now on what happens during the ‘red carpet’, huh? Celebrities all lined up in their ‘best’ attires for posterity sake.

So, here are our choices for the ‘Best Dressed’..

Gigi Hadid
Gigi Hadid

First up, Gigi in a Bao Tranchi dress, Sutra and Harry Kotlar jewelry. This is when skin doesn’t really matter. Just an awesome design by Bryce Scarlett and an equally awesome carriage by Miss Hadid!

Julianne Hough
Julianne Hough

My.. Julianne looks every bit a Persian princess in a Naeem Khan..

Nina Dobrev
Nina Dobrev

Always something to behold, that is Nina — and looking gorgeous in a Zuhair Murad dress, Rene Caovilla shoes, and John Hardy jewelry.

Selena Gomez
Selena Gomez

Finally, Justin must be drooling with Selena here, see — she’s simply stunning! Oh, doesn’t she just look like an Egyptian princess with her Givenchy dress, Jimmy Choo shoes, and Tacori earrings?

Yes. With an even matching ‘facial expression’..

2015 NBA Weekly: Notable ex-NBAers at FIBA 2015

With all FIBA games concluded and the last one being the FIBA Asia in Changsha, China last Saturday — one keen observer can’t help but question the possibilities if only some of these ex-NBA players were given some kind of consideration.

For our feature, let’s talk about a crucial member of this edition’s champion squads from Europe and Asia..


Rudy Fernandez
Rudy Fernandez

6’5″ Guard of Eurobasket’s champion team Spain. So, where again did Rudy last play for in the NBA? Portland? Denver? Well, he’s not really a journeyman per se as Rudy quit the league while recovering from a back injury with just his second team (Denver Nuggets) back in 2012 — and still 27 years old at that!

Why? Agent problems? Injuries? Rumors has it that like many promising players, Rudy simply wanted more playing time or better yet, touches on the team’s offense. And so, the energetic Spaniard brought his exciting brand of game to Real Madrid.

One might say, ‘Why didn’t he just talk to the coach or transferred to another team?’; oh, he probably pondered. Yet without hesitation, he felt that it would be the same thing. Well, guess this was more of an attitude thing. He could have just been a little more patient. Just work hard in training camp. And show consistency and toughness in practice — surely, he’d get more time and touches then.

Look, it’s just impossible that not a single NBA team wouldn’t value these. Try the Spurs. With his skills and athleticism, Rudy could have easily been Manu Ginobili’s heir apparent — more than either Alexey Shved or Marco Belinelli. At still 30, boy, it’s not too late.


6’11” Forward of 2015 FIBA Asia champion China. Oh, by the way, Yi was named the MVP of that tournament after China won the Gold Medal game against the Philippines last October 3.

Yi Jianlian
Yi Jianlian

Hmm… with teams starting to neutralize Iran’s Hamed Haddadi and a 27-year-old Yi taking over the leadership left by Yao Ming, expect a young and ‘growing’ Chinese team to continue its ‘dominance’ in the Asian region for the next 3 FIBA Asian meets at least.

So, could this be Yi Jianlian’s ticket back to the NBA? While there were those who considered Yi a flop after being drafted 6th overall by the Milwaukee Bucks back in 2007 — we here believe the Bucks (and eventually Dallas) just didn’t know how to use him, so the hops..

But how come NBA teams failed to fully uncover his potential?

Looking closely, Yi is like the Asian version of Anthony Davis. He’s got the height of a PF-C, a good jumper, and he’s fast and athletic.. Hey, he could be good for ‘small ball’! And he’s just 27!

Oh well, just a lucky number for this issue..

2015 NBA Weekly: X Factors

As we approach the end of July, technically the first month of wheeling and dealing in the NBA, let’s now check on the recently acquired players who are either ‘troubled’ or looking for a career revival..

And luckily, even landing with ‘contenders’.

Josh Smith, LA Clippers. After being a fixture with the Atlanta Hawks and seeing his star rise, Smith has suddenly become a ‘journeyman’..

Josh Smith shoots over now teammate Blake Griffin
Josh Smith shoots over now teammate Blake Griffin

From Atlanta to Detroit to Houston and now Los Angeles. Whew!

While many blames his ‘poor shot selection’ for his ‘downgrading’, we say it must be his attitude. Hey, he was one of the reasons why Houston clawed back from a 1-3 hole and get to the Western Conference Finals.. So why didn’t the Rockets re-sign him? They wanted Aldridge instead?

Well, now the Clippers have Smith. The guy who tormented them in the recent PlayOffs. Funny, huh? Seems true with Los Angeles though, what with their circus with DeAndre. Still, it’s a good catch by the Clippers as they’ve addressed their ‘forward’ depth and strengthened their status as one of the teams to beat this upcoming season.

Ty Lawson, Houston Rockets. Lawson may have generally been with just one team (Denver Nuggets) his entire career but Denver has shipped their ‘special’ point guard to the Rockets due to ‘professionalism’? A non-fit? A new direction?

Ty Lawson drives against James Harden, now his backcourt partner
Lawson drives against now back court partner James Harden

As it is, Denver just seems to have a coaching problem. They just don’t know how to use the talents they have.. And so their system is a mess. But one thing’s for sure, they do need a reliable man in the middle.

Lawson is now in ‘good’ hands with the Rockets. Hopefully. Just remind James Harden not to hold the ball too much as they’ve got a high-caliber point guard. Lawson just got to control his ‘alcoholism’ now, as Harden says you won’t be depressed here ‘anymore’, oh..

If their backcourt is in harmony and Harden ‘no longer’ hugs the ball too much, the Rockets should be a force to reckon with.

Gerald Wallace, Golden State Warriors. Many may have wondered what exactly happened to Wallace’s career? He’s an All-Star! A good forward on both ends of the floor. And there never was really a big problem with him save for cash considerations.. Perhaps that’s why he bounced from one team to another and into oblivion.

What a waste of talent.

Gerald Wallace guarded by now fellow Warrior Iguodala
Gerald Wallace guarded by now fellow Warrior Iguodala

Sometimes, teams just doesn’t know what they’re doing. But Wallace may be getting a new lease on life with the Warriors. Steve Kerr is just one of those coaches who knows what he’s doing, and who understands the game well.

Now, it seems like they got more depth and experience to play ‘small ball’.. Or at least another great wing and perimeter defender aside from Andre Iguodala.

Well, we are just about to see the ‘second coming’ of Gerald Wallace.. And Golden State might just be ready to defend their crown.

Jimmer Fredette, San Antonio Spurs. Oh, another ‘wasted’ talent. But this one doesn’t have anything to do with ‘cap space’ though. Instead, Jimmer seems too small a point guard who can’t really play defense; and has even struggled in his career doing what he only knows – shooting.

Jimmer Fredette locked up by his new team, the Spurs
Jimmer Fredette locked up by his new team, the Spurs

From being a top scorer in his college days, Jimmer has now found out that the game is much faster in the NBA. And defenders could, more or less, catch up with their length. So, the struggle.

Then again, how about improving those ‘handles’, huh?

Luckily, the Spurs are in dire need of another ‘lights out’ shooter.. And their system could ‘free up’ Jimmer for those long bombs without him having to dribble too much.

Although Jimmer only got a ‘camp invite’ for now, he could be the Spurs’ final piece to another Championship.

2015 NBA Summer League & Alexey Shved

While the DeAndre Jordan fiasco has subsided, attention has now turned to the Summer League. And well, it’s been pretty quiet. Top pick Karl-Anthony Towns showed some promise but obviously still got a long way to go; guess 76ers’ rookie Jahlil Okafor (3rd) and Sacramento’s Willie Cauley Stein (6th overall) even showed more potential to date.

Meanwhile, 2nd overall pick D’Angelo Russell of the Lakers has also been ‘outshone’ by Nuggets’ rookie Emmanuel Mudiay (7th overall) so far. In all, just a handful of draftees has been playing well – Kristaps Porzingis (Knicks, 4th), Mario Hezonja (Magic, 5th) and Bobby Portis (Bulls, 22nd). And save for the ‘confidence’ that Spurs’ sophomore Kyle Anderson (albeit he’s still bit slow) and the shooting that Pelican Seth Curry have displayed, there’s relatively been little noise this summer.

It’s just like one of those days, a lot of hype but mostly ordinary stuff; and everybody just waiting to go home, maybe ‘psyching up’ for training camp..?

Then again, louder and perhaps more interesting is the said $10.2M contract of former Knick Alexey Shved. Drum beaters say it’s the biggest outside the NBA!?

Oh sure, many would contest why would Shved even demand for a bigger NBA contract when he even became “famous” for his wild shot..

Know what, is that really how Shved plays ball? How many times did it happen anyway? Just once, right? So, come to think of it – he may have just lost control – that’s why the shot ended up in Shaqtin’-A-Fool. See?

And so now, Shved is taking his talents back home for Khimki Moscow. Yes, the guy has what it takes really. He’s got a good jumper and could ably penetrate; in fact, save for athleticism, he’s even better than the Cavs’ J.R. Smith.


Unfortunately, outside money, that ‘single’ incident may have discouraged ‘unknowing’ NBA teams of his skills. And it’s their loss.

T’was just surprising though that San Antonio’s Gregg Popovich didn’t envision Alexey Shved as Manu Ginobili’s eventual successor. All he’d need is trust, and playing time.

2015 NBA Free Agency: The Circus that was DeAndre

Now you have him, now you don’t. At least that’s what seemed to be the situation between prized-center DeAndre Jordan and the Dallas Mavericks. After verbally committing to the Mavs in a free agent frenzy, Jordan decided to re-sign instead with his “former” team, the Los Angeles Clippers – leaving the Mavs reeling and its fans furious.

So, what happened to ethics? To principles?

Mavs' Mark Cuban
Mavs’ Mark Cuban

Okay, back then, Jordan hasn’t signed the dotted line yet for the Mavericks and it’s his right to choose whatever team he wants to play for.. But really, what happened to principles?

Something must be wrong here. Really. Was it the moratorium? Was it DeAndre? The Mavs? Or the Clippers?

The moratorium should be there to allow players or free agents, for that matter, to review their offers and options. Isn’t it? In that case, the moratorium is okay. DeAndre, the subject of this merry-go-round, bolted out of the Clippers apparently due to a critical Chris Paul more than just the desire for more touches. Then he gave his word to join the Mavs, only to back out in the last minute. Wow!

Now, the Mavs have become the victim of “unprofessionalism”, and it’s understandable if they’re really upset. Hey, it’s the 11th hour! This means, there’s almost nothing they could do to retool accordingly. Meanwhile, it’s quite ironic that the Clippers have gone “under the table” as in blocking every Mav rep from reaching DeAndre..

This speaks of the kind of organization the Clippers have. Scary.

Clippers' Head Coach Doc Rivers
Clippers’ Head Coach Doc Rivers

Remember the Donald Sterling scandal? How about Doc Rivers who also had a prior and pretty similar issue with Ray Allen over at Boston? And what about a Chris Paul who didn’t see the big picture and just became critical of DeAndre? Not to mention an “emoji war” (?) launched by Blake Griffin? Oh my..

Clearly, all this brouhaha is like an ‘infection’ of sorts in the Clippers’ organization. And to think that many are just looking at the Sacramento Kings’ organization!

See, when DeAndre informed the world that he wanted out of the Clippers, it wasn’t the 11th hour yet compared to what happened now to Dallas. So, LA could have still done something if only they didn’t keep sulking. Of course they should do something to retain DeAndre, but why only after he committed to another team? Well..

As we now know, Dallas is trying to salvage its ‘upcoming season’ as they signed Zaza Pachulia. Yes, Pachulia maybe “stable” but it’s unlikely that he could bring that impact that Dallas needs at the center spot.

See the DeAndre effect? Perhaps the Mavs should seriously look at signing JaVale McGee as well. Hey, JaVale is athletic and could get those lobs, too. Okay, he maybe funny at times but they got Rick Carlisle. And a good coach can only inspire his players.. Especially in having that focus. So? It’s worth a try.

On the other hand, if the Mavs want a ‘rim protector’ with good fundamentals – consider Greg Stiemsma. He maybe underrated but that’s because he’s not getting his minutes. He should be a pretty decent rebounder, too. Otherwise, try to get Robert Sacre, he’s got that strength the Mavs could use in the low post. The Lakers doesn’t know how to use him anyway..

DeAndre Jordan
DeAndre Jordan

These 3 centers are capable. All they need is a good coach who would trust and guide them. Take in two of them, and the Mavericks would be good to go – yeah, what with a fine system.

In all, this DeAndre Jordan issue would not have been a carnival if only the Clippers did some ‘house cleaning’ before the free agency started; now, they even had to resort to “unprofessionalism” to get their way.. and this could be a sad precedent for the league.