Hello TJR readers and allow me to introduce myself. My name is Matty J. Douglas, and I will be one of the writers covering the NBA here on TJRSports.com. For the last few days I’ve been racking my brain trying to figure out what the topic of my inaugural posting on TJRSports should be. Then it hit me; John Report fans only know me as a wrestling fan (often critic). They know that I love well-crafted character and story when it comes to works of fiction… but they don’t really know that much about me as a sports fan (basketball specifically). So I’ve decided to use this piece, my debut as an NBA analyst for TJR Sports, to re-introduce myself. Let’s Do This!
FAVORITE NBA TEAM – The San Antonio Spurs
I’ve been a die-hard Spurs fan as long as I can remember. Tim Duncan, who in my opinion is the greatest Power Forward of all time, is and will always be one of my favorite NBA Players. Greg Popovich is the absolute best coach in the NBA right now. The team’s management and scouts are superb, as evidenced by teams like the Oklahoma City Thunder and now the Orlando Magic plucking fresh front office personnel from San Antonio.
I absolutely love this organization and the way they go about putting their teams together and conducting themselves. Everyone has a role to fill, and no one is bigger or more important than the prolonged success of the organization. Spurs basketball from the court all the way up to the front office is class personified. It may not be exciting, but it’s efficient and successful.
FAVORITE CURRENT NBA PLAYER – Kevin Durant
I honestly do not see how anyone could dislike this kid. He’s so talented, with the drive of a player of half his skill. He can pull up from half-court with ease, and anything within 15 feet might as well be a lay-up for him. Beyond all that, the guy has ice water flowing through his veins. He has that killer instinct that so few have in the NBA today. His only weakness is strength, because everything else you could want in a player he’s got (length, shooting, speed, smarts).
I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention his humility. He’s not a showboat, he’s not a “hey look at me” kind of player, which is definitely one of the reasons why I’m such a big fan. He reminds me of Tim Duncan in that sense, unassuming, undemonstrative, and unstoppable. It’s only a matter of time before he brings that title to OKC.
MOST MEMORABLE NBA MOMENT – Kobe Scores 81 Against The Raptors
Being from Toronto, with familial ties to Los Angeles, this game was definitely a memorable moment in all my years of watching NBA Basketball. Kobe was on another level offensively that night, and torched The Raptors from everywhere, the outside, the inside, the FT line. I watched every second of this spectacular game, floored by the greatest single game performance of my lifetime. I’d even hazard to say that Kobe’s 81 point game was more impressive a performance than Wilt’s 100 point game (Yeah I Said It!).
ALL TIME FAVORITE NBA PLAYER – Vince Carter
This is somewhat controversial considering I live in Toronto, and it has certainly gotten me involved in some heated debates, but no matter how much others in my area insult and disparage him, I’m a Vince Carter fan through and through. I’m not saying he’s the greatest (though he is the best dunker of all time, period), just saying he’s my favorite. I got to meet him when I was 12 which is a moment that I will always remember and cherish, and he did too may great things for Toronto Basketball to deserve the unfair shake that he ended up getting. I could go into length, but I’ll save that for another day.
Rapid Fire Answers:
FAVORITE NBA PEST – Reggie Miller
LEAST FAVORITE NBA PLAYER – Mario Chalmers
PERSON IN THE NBA I’D WANT TO HAVE MY BACK – Stephen Jackson
BEST MOVE OF THE 2012 OFF-SEASON – Steve Nash to L.A. Lakers
WORST MOVE OF THE 2012 OFF-SEASON – Omer Asik to The Rockets
MOST OVERRATED MOVE OF THE 2012 OFF-SEASON – Rashard Lewis to the Heat
MOST IMPROVED TEAM (LAST SEASON TO NOW) – It’s a toss up between Golden State Warriors and the New Orleans Hornets. Both are way better than they were a year ago in my opinion and can make some noise in the 2012-13 Season.
That's all for my first piece. I hope you got some enjoyment out of my short re-introduction, and I look forward to writing about all the happenings in the NBA for TJR Sports in the future. Have any questions you'd like to ask, send them my way on twitter @MJDP_GSE and be sure to check out my next piece about growing up a Vince Carter fan in the city that despises him most. Should be fun.
Until next time folks, stay fly!