Around this time last year this blog was kicking it with mock drafts and updates about the realm of fantasy basketball. This summer is different, for obvious reasons.
With the lockout in full swing and the fount of NBA news slowed to a muddy trickle by inane updates about which players are “considering” playing overseas, I’ve had more time to keep abreast of non-NBA news. One story that recently caught my eye was about Abercrombie & Fitch paying Michael “The Situation” Sorrentino not to wear its merchandise.
Before I proceed, I’ll admit that I’ve never been drunk enough mustered up enough courage to sit down and watch a single minute of a single episode of “Jersey Shore.” This means my low regard for Mr. Sorrentino is fueled by snippets I’ve seen on TV or read on the Internet, and by his awful delivery.
That said, this news story compelled me to ask myself a question: Which players would I (figuratively) pay to not be on my fantasy basketball team?
Thus, a blog post was born.
Assuming an act of God forced me to miss my next fantasy basketball draft, here are 10 players I’d “pay” to leave my team if the dreaded auto-draft pooped them onto my roster. Following each player’s blurb is a series of “Situations” reflecting how badly I’d want these players off my team. (continue reading…)
The NBA lockout has been about as horrifying as sitting in between two of your friends who spontaneously decide to make out with each other in public. Of course, if those two friends were the NBA Players Association and the NBA owners, maybe it wouldn’t be so bad.
Before you start thinking too much about James Dolan getting intimate with Derek Fisher, let’s move on to the point of this post.
Fantasy basketball is, thankfully, immune to such silly things as lockouts. But what the NBA lockout does mean is that any projections made for what we call “2011-12″ are made for a season that might not happen. In other words, we’re making forecasts about fantasy basketball for a season that might not even exist — a season that may be, in fact, a fantasy.
A fantasy within a fantasy — fantasy basketball in the truest sense.
The 2011 NBA Finals are over, the ring has been kept from Gollum’s grasp and we’re all waking up to our miserable lives again. Now what? It’s time to shake off the cobwebs, take a deep breath and start mentally preparing for the 2011-12 fantasy basketball season — whenever that will start.
Too soon, you say? Well, if there’s anything we should’ve learned from this year’s Finals, it’s that it’s never too soon to start anything. That feeble attempt at a joke brings us to the whole point of this post: What lessons can we take from the 2011 NBA Finals for fantasy basketball purposes? Here are five that I could think of. (continue reading…)