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Former Laker Javaris Crittenton Charged With Murder

 

Former NBA player Javaris Crittenton is currently wanted for murder. He has been charged in the fatal shooting of 22-year-old Jullian Jones, a mother of four who was gunned down Aug. 19 on an Atlanta street. Crittenton allegedly killed Jones with shots fired from a dark-colored SUV, police said. Investigators don’t believe Jones was the intended target. Crittenton’s motive appeared to be retaliation for an April robbery in which Crittenton was a victim. He played 113 NBA games (including 22 with the Lakers in 2007-08), and was also a key piece in the trade to land Pau Gasol. Crittenton’s pro career was derailed by a gun-related incident involving Gilbert Arenas in the Wizards’ locker room during the 2009-10 season, leading to a lengthy suspension.

CBS The Eye On Basketball Elite 100

CBS recently released its top 5 to the its Eyes On Basketball Elite 100 list. Their goal was to create the best ranking of players based on total value, which consisted of everything from respect, status and upside to statistical production and intangibles. Three NBA bloggers ranked every player, then they took the averages to determine their rankings.

This list in my opinion is all screwed up, who the hell was responsible for the release of this list? After his finals performance I don’t think Lebron should be #1 on this list, heck I don’t think he should be above Dirk or Wade at this point. Kobe’s a little low for me but I am a Lakers fan so I’ll just accept the ‘hes aging argument’. Blake Griffin in the top 10 is just ludicrous, as well as putting Pau and Amar’e higher than Melo and Deron Williams. I also feel Deron is a better PG at this point his career than Russell Westbrook but an argument can be made for both. Kevin Love at 18!? Your joking right? Andrew Bynum got a very generous 25 considering his injury troubles and inconsistent play (did I say I was a Lakers fan? Lol). As the list goes on it gets worse with guys like Joakim Noah and Andre Iguodala making the top 30 be for players like: Rudy Gay, Danny Granger, and Gerald Wallace. Take a look at the top 40 let me know what you think. Heres the link to 41-100 on the list:  http://www.cbssports.com/mcc/blogs/entry/22748484/31276005

  PLAYER POS TEAM
1. Lebron James SF Miami Heat
2. Dwight Howard C Orlando Magic
3. Dirk Nowitzki PF Dallas Mavericks
4. Dwyane Wade SG Miami Heat
5. Derrick Rose PG Chicago Bulls
6. Kobe Bryant SG Los Angeles Lakers
7. Kevin Durrant SF Oklahoma City Thunder
8. Chris Paul PG New Orleans Hornets
9. Pau Gasol PF Los Angeles Lakers
10. Blake Griffin PF Los Angeles Clippers
11. Amar’e Stoudemire PF New York Knicks
12. Zach Randolph PF Memphis Grizzlies
13. LaMarcus Aldridge PF Portland Trailblazers
14. Russell Westbrook PG Oklahoma City Thunder
15. Carmelo Anthony SF New York Knicks
16. Deron Williams PG New Jersey Nets
17. Tim Duncan PF San Antonio Spurs
18. Kevin Love PF Minnesota Timberwolves
19. Manu Ginobili SG San Antonio Spurs
20. Steve Nash PG Phoenix Suns
21. Kevin Garnett PF Boston Celtics
22. Rajon Rondo PG Boston Celtics
23. Chris Bosh PF Miami Heat
24. Al Horford C Atlanta Hawks
25. Andrew Bynum C Los Angeles Lakers
26. Nene Hilario C Denver Nuggets
27. Paul Pierce SF Boston Celtics
28. Tony Parker PG San Antonio Spurs
29. Joakim Noah C Chicago Bulls
30. Andre Iguodala SF Philadelphia 76ers
31. Marc Gasol C Memphis Grizzlies
32. Kevin Martin SG Houston Rockets
33. Lamar Odom PF Los Angeles Lakers
34. Tyson Chandler C Dallas Mavericks
35. Rudy Gay SF Memphis Grizzlies
36. Eric Gordon SG Los Angeles Clippers
37. Andrew Bogut C Milwaukee Bucks
38. Danny Granger SF Indiana Pacers
39. Monta Ellis SG Golden State Warriors
40. Gerald Wallace SF Portland Trailblazers

Other Notable Screw Ups

  • At 42 David West above guys like Joe Johnson (44), Josh Smith (45), James Harden (46), Luis Scola (48), Ray Allen (49), and Tyreke Evans (50)
  • At 62 Elton Brand above Brandon Jennings (66) and Devin Harris (72)
  • Danilo Gallinari is too high at 73 for me.
  • JJ Reddick at 96 above Ron Artest (97) and Brandon Roy (100)

Trouble for The U

Reports are that The University of Miami football program has been implicated in an improper-benefits scandal allegedly involving dozens of players over much of the past decade. A former Miami booster, Nevin Shapiro (currently serving a 20 year prison sentence for masterminding a $930 million Ponzi scheme) told Yahoo Sports that he provide benefits to as much as 72 of the university’s football players and other athletes between 2002 and 2010. In the interview, Shapiro stated he gave money, cars, yacht trips, jewelry, televisions, and other gifts to a number of players. He also claims that then-Miami football and basketball coaches had full knowledge that he was braking NCAA rules. Shapiro said he once paid $10,000 to help secure the commitment of a basketball recruit, and that Frank Haith (then-Miami basketball coach) acknowledged the transaction in a conversation.

The NCAA is investigating the matter, which could lead to significant sanctions for the accomplished program. The University of Miami often refered to as ‘The U’, is known for being a football factory giving us players like: Jim Kelly, Warren Sapp, Sean Taylor, Jim Otto, Michael Irvin, Frank Gore, Ray Lewis, Devin Hester, Ed Reed, and Andre Johnson to name just a few. Miami has won five national titles since their program began in 1926, their last coming in 2001. But the program has struggled in recent years, it has also been found guilty of major violations on five occasions, most recently in 2003. This investigation could lead to the demise of a program that many of us witness dominate and produce hall of fame and pro bowl football players for most of the decade. With schools like USC and Ohio State currently on the hot seat, outsiders are beginning to notice the length at which these schools are willing to go to stay on top. Even if they have to break the rules of the NCAA.