Slave Master Mentality with a Kick!!  

When you though the Knicks drama was dying down, then comes Draymond Green to add an extra kick( Pun Intended).

 The  Golden Warriors All-Star added his opinion on Knicks owner & the lead singer of “JD and the Straight Shot” James Dolan. Green, the pride of Saginaw Michigan sounded off on his “Dray Day Podcast” and stated the following: 

“No. 1 — (Oakley) is a legend. Treat him as such,” Green said. “Why is (Oakley) buying a ticket to a game, first off? … It wasn’t a problem when (Oakley) was speaking out (when he played in the 1990s). It wasn’t a problem when he was protecting (the Knicks’) superstars then. So if it wasn’t a problem then when he was doing it for y’all, why is it all of a sudden a problem now when he speak out on something that he don’t like, and now you want to disown him from your entire organization? … That’s a slave mentality. A slave master mentality. That’s ridiculous.

“It was all fine and dandy when he was laying people out, taking fines, and all this stuff for your organization. But now all of a sudden, when he say something that he feels, it’s a problem. I disagree with that. I definitely think, like I said, that that’s a slave master mentality.”

Green went on the assumption that Oakley played while James Dolan was the Knicks owner, which Oakley was long gone once Dolan took over the Knicks. Green also discussed the handling of the Dolan as he stated that Oakley may have a substance abuse issue by stating: 

“How, as an organization, can you come out and say ‘we hope he get help?’ Get help with what?” Green said. “… That’s not something that you say to the world. That’s not classy at all, because at the end of the day, if he does have an anger problem and he was OK with the world knowing that, he’d be speaking out about it. He’d be on boards of anger management type things. So it’s not OK for you to go say that to the world, as a multi-billion dollar organization.”

Here is my take… so Draymond has a compelling case (in my opinion) , but in this day in age using the word “slave owner mentality “is loaded yet dangerous.  I’m not 100% on board on calling James Dolan a slave master, it’s more like Dolan is entitled with the I can say or do what the hell I want to do attitude! 

Vaseline to MVP! Re-Invent Yourself!!!!

It’s funny that today out of all days I was thinking I need to re-evaluate my life…. I know once you hit your 30s it seems like life is at a standstill to say the least. As I was formulating a plan to re invigorate myself  & blog I ran across a story that truly inspired me.

Do you remember this NBA Standout ? This guy from Georgia Tech with immense potential (that many suggest that he didn’t live up to the hype) the guy who played for several NBA teams including the New York Knicks( where many said he was at the forefront of the Knicks dysfunction).  The guy who was the poster child of jokes (thank god there wasn’t memes back then) after the MSG & Vasaline situation.

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What if I told you that this 38 year old former NBA Standout has completely changed the narrative of his life. Once regarded as an enigma Marbury became a 3 -time champion (2012, 2014, 2015)of the Beijing Ducks of the Chinese Basketball Association .Marbury has a statue, postage stamp, & a musical inspired by his 2nd act in Beijing. In March  Marbury captured his 3rd championship  ( Averaged 29.7 PPG, 4.8 Rebounds, 5.7 Steals named Finals MVP) and to cap off a great 2015 a 300 square feet museum will open on December 28th to honor Marbury’s career with the Ducks.

So in life when you feel like your at rock bottom or feel that your current situation will be your final destination….draw inspiration from Stephon Marbury and re-invent yourself!!!!

Goodnight Couch Coaches……..RE-INVENT YOURSELF!!!

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#Sorry4Jabari 2014 NBA Mock Draft 1.0


1. Cleveland Cavaliers: Joel Embiid, C, Kansas

2. Milwaukee Bucks: Andrew Wiggins, SF, Kansas

3. Philadelphia 76ers: Jabari Parker, SF, Duke

4. Orlando Magic: Dante Exum, PG, Australia

5. Utah Jazz: Noah Vonleh, C, Indiana

6. Boston Celtics: Julius Randle, PF, Kentucky

7. Los Angeles Lakers: Marcus Smart, PG, Oklahoma State

8. Sacramento Kings: Doug McDermott, SF, Creighton

9. Charlotte Hornets: Aaron Gordon, PF, Arizona

10. Philadelphia 76ers : Gary Harris , SG, Michigan State

11. Denver Nuggets :Nik Stauskas, SG, Michigan

12. Orlando Magic : Dario Saric, PF, Croatia

13. Minnesota Timberwolves: Zach LaVine, PG, UCLA

14. Phoenix Suns : Jerami Grant , SF, Syracuse

15. Atlanta Hawks : James Young, SG, Kentucky

16. Chicago Bulls : Rodney Hood, SF, Duke

17. Boston Celtics: Shabazz Napier, PG, UCONN

18. Phoenix Suns: Adreian Payne , PF, Michigan State

19. Chicago Bulls: Elfrid Payton, PG, Louisiana-Lafayette

20. Toronto Raptors: Kyle Anderson , SF , UCLA

21. Oklahoma City Thunder: Glenn Robinson III, SF, Michigan

22. Memphis Grizzlies: Cleathony Early, SF, Wichita State

23. Utah Jazz: T.J Warren, SF, NC State

24. Charlotte Hornets :Clint Capela, PF, Switzerland

25. Houston Rockets : Tyler Ennis, PG, Syracuse

26. Miami Heat: PJ Hairston, SG, NBADL

27. Phoenix Suns: KJ McDaniels, SF, Clemson

28. Los Angeles Clippers : Markel Brown, SG , Oklahoma State

29. Oklahoma City Thunder: Mitch McGary, C, Michigan

30. San Antonio Spurs: Semaj Christian, PG, Xavier

Couch Coach 2014 NBA Playoffs Preview: Heat vs Nets

Credit: Getty Images

Credit: Getty Images

Rest vs rhythm: The two-time defending champ Miami Heat enters the semifinals well rested as they swept the Charlotte Bobcats last week. The Brooklyn Nets defeated the Toronto Raptors in game 7 yesterday and off short rest they face the Heat Tuesday.

The Heat find themselves in similar predicament, last year the Heat dusted off the Milwaukee Bucks in the 1st round and waited nearly a week for their semifinal opponent Chicago Bulls conclude their 7 game series. The Heat lost the 1st game and went on to win four straight to take the series. The Heat have undoubtedly have the best trio in the league spearheaded by Lebron James. James is carrying the load while Dwayne Wade is slowly emerging from his injury woes. Can the heat overcome their issues and advance?

The Nets finally reached the semifinals after last year heartbreaking Game 7 loss to the Chicago Bulls in the 1st round . The Nets re-tooled as they acquired Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett…guys who put the fear in the Miami Heat. The Nets are a matchup headache for the Heat…this team was built to beat the heat. The Nets swept the season series (4-0) , 3 of the games were decided by a single point & the other game went to double overtime. The Nets will give the Heat its biggest test thus far.

Most Intriguing Matchups:

Lebron James vs Paul Pierce

Dwayne Wade vs Joe Johnson

The Nets Win if:  Kevin Garnett outshines Chris Bosh and Paul Pierce come through in the clutch.

The Heat Win if:the big 3 play like the big 3 of the past, Chris Bosh has to get the best of an aging KG &DWade must stay


Prediction: Heat in 7!!!!!

Couch Coach NBA Playoffs Preview: Spurs vs Trailblazers

Credit: Steven Lane/The Columbian

Credit: Steven Lane/The Columbian

The Portland Trailblazers & the San Antonio Spurs are the two teams are very similar.
The Blazers in my opinion are a younger version of the Spurs. Damian Lillard can be considered a young Tony Parker with his quickness and his ability to get to the basket.  The Blazers reached the semifinals on the heels of Damian Lillard’s series clinching 3 in game 6 to send the Houston Rockets home. The same PG comparison can also can be said with the PF in this series. LaMarcus Aldridge ability to rebound coupled with his nice 15 foot shot definitely reminds you of Tim Duncan. The Blazers bread and butter is their Pick & Roll…Lillard and Aldridge works this to perfection. This Blazers team is well ahead their time and most definitely will be threat to the Spurs.
The Spurs are the wounded dog you see in your often wonder after these years that there still around…and when you think their defeated they rise to the occasion. Their 1st round series vs the Dallas Mavericks played out in that particular fashion. At times it looked like the Spurs were going to lay down, but like a wounded dog they persevered and destroyed the Mavs  in game 7. The Spurs play the game the way it should be…their the true definition of a team…they play as one…no particular guy grabs the attention…and every man plays his role to the “T” . Experience is the best teacher and the Spurs are the professors of experience, but father time is looming…..

Most Intriguing Matchups:

Tony Parker vs Damian Lillard

Tim Duncan vs LaMarcus Aldridge

The Blazers Win if:  they can execute the pick and roll to perfection &  Lillard and Aldridge get the best of their older counterpart  match-ups.

The Spurs Win if:  Tony Parker plays out of his mind and the Spurs ability to capitalize on the Blazers mistakes.

Prediction: Spurs in 6!!!!

Couch Coach 2014 NBA Playoff Preview: Thunder vs Clippers

Credit: Photo by Harry How/Getty Images

Credit: Photo by Harry How/Getty Images

The Oklahoma City Thunder and the L.A Clippers who are fresh from Game 7  victories in their respective 1st round match-ups square off Monday. This series undoubtedly will be the the most offensive series we will see in the semi-finals in both conferences.
The OKC Thunder is led by MVP Kevin Durant and his (robin) Russell Westbrook who are seeking its third trip to the  Western Conference Finals. KD and Westbrook are the most dynamic duo in all the NBA. Their ability to drive to the basket, the ability to finish at the rim & their ability to pass to open shooters makes this team very dangerous. The Thunder faced a defensive minded Grizzles in the 1st round and until this point haven’t faced an offensive juggernaut  like the L.A Clippers thus far.
The L.A Clippers enters the semifinals emotionally and physically drained as the Golden State Warriors gave them all that they can handle. The emotional drain in some way has rejuvenated them…(they answered the bell vs Golden State when their backs were against the wall.). Chris Paul stirs the drink for this Clippers team in which his play has elevated the play of others ( Daren Collison, DeAndre Jordan, Blake Griffin to name a few).
This match-up will in my eye live up to the billing. Both teams are complete teams and loaded with stars. This series will undoubtedly come down to  the role players..Expect this series to last for 2 weeks….it will be a INSTANT CLASSIC!!!

Most Intriguing Matchups:

Russell Westbrook vs Chris Paul

Serge Ibaka vs Blake Griffin

The Clippers Win if: Chris Paul and Blake Griffin defend the OKC Duo & Can Jamaal Crawford and the bench provide timely scoring when CP3 and the starters have a off shooting night.

The Thunder Win if:Kevin Durant dominate in MVP fashion..Establish himself as top dog. The Thuder also will need huge contibu

Prediction: Clippers in 7!!!!

Couch Coach 2014 NBA Playoffs Preview: Pacers vs Wizards


Credit: Brian Spurlock USA Today Sports


The Indiana Pacers & the Washington Wizards enter their Eastern Conference Semifinals match-up in remarkably different fashion.

The Pacers were considered the toast of the league during the all-star break then it all went downhill. Despite the regular season collapse the Pacers still managed the #1 seed and their 1st round matchup with the Atlanta Hawks was going to be a cake walk….Not so fast… The  (38-44) Hawks pushed the Pacers to Game 7. The Hawks took advantage of several match-up advantages…..Jeff Teague exposed George Hill.

The Wizards was considered a good team , but the biggest knock on them was their lack of playoff experience coupled with a young backcourt. The Wizards simply demolished the Chicago Bulls in their 1st round match-up in 5 games. Wall and Beal proved their critics as the nearly averaged 20 PPG a piece in their series vs Chicago.

In a series like this generally the best player is the deciding factor & Paul George fits that bill. George flexed his muscle in Game 7 vs the Hawks pouring in a career playoff high 30 points and 11 rebounds….expect him to have several nights like this!


Most Intriguing Matchups:

Paul George vs Trevor Ariza

Lance Stephenson vs Bradley Beal


The Wizards Win if:  John Wall completely dominate his matchup against George Hill & have a Jeff Teague-esque series coupled with Trevor Ariza ability to neutralize Paul George.

The Pacers Win if: Roy Hibbert comes back to All-Star form (the classic big man that is missing in today’s game) & Paul George must take over offensively night end night out!

Prediction: Pacers in 6!!