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Making All Star Weekend Matter - Part 1

Rusty MVP

Rusty MVP

Russell Westbrook has been going nuts. He topped the player rater for week 16, and won the All Star Game MVP too. He’s ignited debate as to whether he is the Thunder’s best player over reigning NBA MVP Kevin Durant. Since KG & Kobe’s wheels fell off, nobody has brought Rusty level intensity to the league. These days you usually only see his sort of venom in the playoffs, in a contract year.

So it was no surprise that he led his BFNBA ‘Cans to a streak ending win over Boom Dizzle’s Dubs 7-2, to keep the top spot. But the week’s biggest surprise was Smoke Angeles coming alive to upset the Piss. Eric Gordon hit six 3s against Miami to seal the victory and had Danny the Metta World mascot pissing out the window.

The DGF All Stars, Trotters and Killers also had wins, with Pain now owning the league’s longest winning streak of seven games.

With just four rounds remaining, the Killers head to Boom Dizzle Bay this week to face the Dubs in a 2nd v 3rd matchup that could be a preview of the semi-finals. And on current standings, the All Stars v Piss game would be a preview of their first round playoff series too.

Enjoy the last week of this wet, windy summer.

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Week 15 – So many fucking Centers

Week 15 – So many fucking Centers

Murphy’s law deems that it had to happen. The NBA tries to do away with the center position, and centers suddenly dominate the league. The waiver wire has Noel, Hawes, Lopez & Henson just itching to get a gig. The top draft prospect is scoring center Jahil Okafor out of Duke. The All Star game is going to feature seven centers! Why can’t there be an explosion of shooting guards that can actually shoot?

Week 15 in the BFNBA was pretty boring. All games went to seed, none were close and the ladder stayed the same. With 5 weeks of the regular season left, the Mos and Trotters need to have a god run home to catch the Rhinos for the last playoff spot, otherwise they may be Wiggy Bowl bound.

The MVP for the week was Rusty Westbrook, who had a ridiculous week for the ‘Can’s as he tried to make sure his real NBA team has a chance of catching Phoenix and scraping into the playoffs. He’s going nuts and is sure to hurt himself again soon and join the Durantula on the broken list.

Boom Dizzle v the Pelicans should be a good matchup this week. There’s a chance the Dubs can catch the Killers and earn a first round playoff bye, but it’s slim.

Amazingly, this has been the first commish’s update compiled at the pub. How has that never happened before? Have a good week GMs.

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Killers ready for playoffs

Killers ready for playoffs

In week 14 the Pain Killers showed the league that they are ready to defend their tile. The Piss dribbled into the Pain Center and won every percentage based category, as well as blocks thanks to DeAndre Jordan. But it wasn’t even close in the others, as Kyrie and his Killers waltzed to a 5-4 victory and a tight grip on 2nd place.

The Rhinos placed their claim for the last playoff spot with a 7-1-1 victory over the Thunder. But all the other matchups were kind of boring. Although Smoke Angeles did get close to upsetting the Don’t Get Fired All Stars, missing out by a single steal… Has Smokey logged in and set his lineup?!

Week 15 doesn’t have much in the way of good matchups, but Dubs vs Moustaches is a grudge match of sorts. Steph v Melo. Cowboys v Broncos. Burko v Snoop. Surely they can fire up and start insulting each other to make our work week fly past more quickly.

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Week 13 – Dubs Stepping Up

Week 13 – Dubs Stepping Up

Last week produced a cheek clencher for fans at the Meta World Bowl as the visiting Boom Dizzle squeezed out a one category win on the Piss’ home floor. The win cemented #4 on the ladder for  the Dubs and broke the second place stalemate.

James Harden led the DGFAS to a win over the Thunder and took out the weekly MVP honour by finishing #1 on the BFNBA player rater. The featured pic was taken just after Steve Kerr told Harden that even though Kobe Bryant is out injured, he still won’t be starting at the NBA All Star Game in New York. The guy that Kerr coaches just hit nine 3s and 37 points in a quarter beardy one, so you shouldn’t be too surprised.

In other matches, the Trotters stayed in the playoff truffle hunt by taking out the Moustaches. It looks like there will be a three way race for the final playoff spot, with the Hogs, Mos & Rhinos all tied with a 5-8 record.BFNBA Ladder

This week’s matchup of the round will be the Piss travelling to the Pain Center to fight for second place.

It will be Metta World’s second tough matchup in a row and they’ll be looking for some payback after the Killers won the first game back in week 5.

The Trotters and the Dubs also match up well, and the Harlem GM may have some birthday good luck on his side.

Lastly here’s a shoutout to Herman and everyone else that is still sore from playing on Saturday. It looks like half court games will ease us into old age nicely. This is the first time I’ve been able to walk post Australia Day for many years!

 

 

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One Free Throw Away From Getting Fired

One Free Throw Away From Getting Fired

The Killers, Piss, ‘Cans, Dubs & Thunder all had wins last week, with the favourites winning every matchup.

But it was a VERY close call at DGF Stadium, with the road team winning the free throw category by the slimmest margin possible – a single made free throw.  Just one more miss would have seen the All Stars escape with a much needed home victory. It’s for that reason that Gorgui Dieng is our unlikely player of the week for shooting a perfect 10/10 from the stripe and securing the Killers’ win.

The tough loss put DGF in danger of falling out of the playoffs with a 6-6 record, followed closely by the Moustaches, Rhinos & Trotters. There’s going to be quite a tussle between those four clubs for the final two playoff spots in the run home.

This weeks best matchups will be the Dubs at the Metta World Bowl, and The Moustaches at the Pig Pen. Both will be trying to stake their claim for a better playoff seed whilst the Trotters fight for their BFNBA bacon.

The weather is looking a little dodgy in the lead up to Australia Day, but we will head down to the Byron Bay indoor courts if the playground is too wet or windy.

Have a good week.

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Making All Star Weekend Matter – Part 1

Making All Star Weekend Matter – Part 1

The NBA All Star weekend is broken. I’ve been a fan of the league since the 80s, but can’t be bothered watching the hype filled, but empty & meaningless weekend of festivities anymore. The best players don’t always compete, every team isn’t represented and what should be a supreme showcase for the fans is more of a boring sideshow.

Why hasn’t Lebron James ever been in the dunk comp?

Here’s how you fix All Star Weekend Adam Silver – by making it matter.

The league has been experiencing a problem of Western Conference dominance for some time now. It could be argued that the East isn’t even capable of producing 12 All Star caliber players this season. It will be grossly unfair if negative record teams like the Cleveland Cavaliers and Miami Heat produce multiple All Stars, as is bound to happen. And it is still very possible for a team like the Atlanta Hawks to go all the way to the NBA finals with home court advantage after playing against sub-standard Eastern opposition for 52 games of the schedule. It’s very doubtful that the ’13 Heat would have beaten the Spurs in 7 games without that advantage…

So why not make the All Star weekend decide which conference has home court in the finals? Isn’t it the perfect way to bring some meaning to the event and make it more of a showcase of the league’s best talent?

I’m not just talking about the All Star Game, as the whole weekend should be given a competitive facelift. And every team* should be represented equally. But firstly, we do need to fix the main event. *Keep reading below for how we slightly limit the participation of the worst performing teams each season.

One surprisingly simple solution would be to feature one player from every team, so there are 15 man conference squads. Have each franchise submit their ‘All Star Nominations’ during the Christmas day telecast. One guard, a wing and a big man from each team is announced for potential All Star selection. Closer to the event, maybe on Feb 1st, each franchise also announces their 4 man team of a 3 point shooter, a guard for the skills challenge, a big man for the new look dunk comp* and a rookie contract player for the rising stars game. *More on this in part 2 soon.

Big guys need to be admired for the unique and powerful talents they possess, not lumped in with the wing players.

There’ll be no more of this frontcourt and backcourt All Star voting nonsense, as the modern game simply is not played with two guards and three forwards. Mostly, teams play with one or two ball carrying guards, two ‘Wings’ and one or two ‘Bigs’. There is usually not 3 traditional forwards on the court and doing away with the center position for the current system was utter folly. There is more difference between Kevin Durant and Dwight Howard than there is between him and a Russell Westbrook or Kobe Bryant. Big guys need to be admired for the unique and powerful talents they possess, not lumped in with the wing players.

From the 45 players nominated in each conference, we allow the fans to vote for the All Star teams, similar to how they do now. Except instead of just choosing the starters, and coaches choosing the reserves, we allow a full 15 man squad to be fan selected, with only one player from each team able to earn a spot. It will not simply be the top vote getter from each team earning a spot, as positions need to be considered. The best player, compared to others at his position in his conference, will earn selection.

There will be 12 All Star playing roster spots – 3 guards, 4 wings and 5 bigs. As well as 3 All Star emergency reserves – one from each position. With the number of injuries experienced, very often the reserves will be needed. We also introduce 2 more rules to govern how the performance of a team in the regular season can influence their All Star availability.

1) No team that is bottom 4 in their conference on February 1 can produce an All Star Starter. (also known as the ‘Knicks/Lakers Rule’)

2) No team that is top 4 in their conference on February 1 can have their player relegated to emergency reserve status. If this happens, the top 4 player replaces the lowest ranked player at his position. This will not occur often as the best performing teams often contain the most popular/best players. As you can see below, this rule did not apply in our mock All Star selection for 2015.

Using the votes that have currently been counted for the 2015 All Star Game, this is what each conferences All Star team could look like.

Mock 2015 NBA All Star Teams

Some fans will say they would rather see a Russell Westbrook or Kyrie Irving play, than someone like Paul Millsap or Michael Carter-Williams. But isn’t the league always striving for parity? Shouldn’t every team be able to market an All Star player to their fan base? Do you really deserve to be there if you’re not even the best/most popular player on your team? And if the weekend is deciding home court advantage in the finals, isn’t it fair to have a single representative from each team in the conference competing for that honour?

And besides, every team will still have 4 other guaranteed players at All Star weekend competing in the ancillary events that will also become more meaningful, so nobody should miss out on their slice of the limelight.

Who isn’t watching this game?!

More importantly, who isn’t watching this game? Every team has players involved. Every player wants to contribute to a win. If the game matters, the TV ratings will be through the roof.

In terms of historic record keeping, All Star Game berths may mean less, but it’s not as if they are held in high esteem currently. But in the future, being a part of a winning All Star squad WILL mean something. No player from the West will want to be part of a team that cedes homecourt to the East. And fans should start voting based on ability and intangible fit more, instead of popularity, which is another current problem with the voting system.

In part two of ‘Making All Star Weekend Matter’ we’ll talk about the other four events on the schedule, how we would revamp the dunk comp into a big man skills challenge, and exactly how the weekend decides NBA finals homecourt advantage.

Get on board – the league needs the Knicks/Lakers rule!

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Your Curried Dizzle has been served

Your Curried Dizzle has been served

Week 11 saw Boom Dizzle’s Dubs ride Steph Curry to a 4 game streak, and a winning record for the first time this season. He was pipped for BFNBA player of the week honours by Chris Paul, but Curry’s performance to drag the slumping Dizzle back into playoff position can’t be overlooked. He averaged 21 points, 10 assists, and 3.3 steals, whilst shooting 50% from the field and not missing a single shot from the stripe. The DGF All Stars put up a good fight, but were no match for the dual point guard power of Curry & Conley from the Dubs.

Matchup of the round was probably The Rhinos over the Moustaches 6-2-1, but amazingly the Smoke Angeles Lakers put up the best scored fight of the week, going down just 3-6. We miss you Smokey, please come back…

The Piss also continued their winning ways, adding the Trotters to their streak of scalps but have been unable to pass the Killers who also had a win to sit at 8-3 in second place.

In Week 12, The Rhinos travel to Dub Nation to fight for their newly secured playoff seed. The Mo’s have a chance to take the Piss. The Killers take their Pain to DGF Stadium and The Pelican’s fly into Trotter territory, hoping to dodge the hungry hogs.

If you have any Milwaukee Bucks on your roster, prepare to wonder at the emptiness of their single game week on the schedule. If Coach Kidd comes out the other side of this break in brew town without another drunken arrest, it will be a winter miracle.

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Cheat Code Curry

Cheat Code Curry

Steph Curry is ridiculous this season. He is hitting shots and pulling off dribble moves as if he’s playing in a real life video game and has been boosted all the way to 99 with a cheat code.

There is not another NBA player close to him right now. Damien Lillard shows flashes. Westbrook and Harden are more athletic, with worse jump shots. But nobody is doing the things Steph is doing and I can’t recall a small guard dominating the league like this since Isiah Thomas and his legendary playoff scoring outbursts. But Curry is doing it nearly every damn game.

Don’t even mention Iverson, because AI was never a lights out shooter. He relied almost solely on his quickness to score. Nash could do a little of everything as well, and won back to back MVP trophies. But he was surrounded with good shooters & an athletic front court that could finish in D’Antoni’s system at a time when that style of play was new to the league, rather than the norm. And he couldn’t create his own shot effectively enough to close out games.  Zeke is the only guy that could pass, penetrate or shoot to dominate the opposition like Curry does. And Thomas was also the last scoring point guard to be the best player on a championship team…

Take a look at these videos for a sample of Curry’s recent work. He has the rock on a string.

And he is the best shooter in the league, able to hit a dagger from literally anywhere on the floor. This season he is very close to joining the mythical 50/40/90 club that only Bird, Miller, Nash, Price, Durant & Nowitzki have achieved previously. He’s shooting 49%, 39% and 92%, but has a history of shooting better and lifting his percentages in the back end of the season.

It’s so amazing because he is the only volume shooter of such short stature. Nash & Price were pass first point guards. Curry is looking to shoot every possession and defences are doing everything to stop him shooting. To still knock shots down at those percentages when he is the designated clutch shooter and ball handler is incredible.

Why rave about him now you may ask? Because I don’t think some people yet understand how good this guy is. His team is now 27-5 without a big man of note. Bogut is a handy defensive center, but he’s riding the pine with yet another injury and the Dubs haven’t missed a beat. Their front court is mostly tweeners, that certainly aren’t defensive stoppers. What Kerr has done to maximise Curry’s influence on games is worthy of the Coach of the Year award in his first year.

So take note people. This is one of the best, if not THE BEST, offensive season a small guard has ever put together in the NBA. Make sure you appreciate it, and cross your fingers that we get to see a Chris Paul or Damien Lillard matchup in the playoffs.

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‘Cans full of Piss

‘Cans full of Piss

Finally! The Piss gave the Pelicans a drenching in week 10. Noted chucker Brandon Jennings was the unlikely hero, putting up 14/21 shots on the final day to shoot 67% and take the FG% category. The Piss cemented their 2nd place on the ladder with a 7-3 record and the leagues longest current winning streak of 4 games.

The Killers also had a win and are 7-3. Pau Gasol from DGAF was the weeks BFNBA MVP and led his team to a win over the Moustaches. The Rhinos got some week one payback with a 5-4 win over the Trotters. And there were no surprises with Boom Dizzle getting a win over the Smoke ‘Ownerless’ Lakers.

In week eleven, the action will be at the middle of the pack. The 5-4 Mo’s will be trying to hold off the Rhinos (4-6) on the road and hoping the New York Knicker-tankers don’t shut down Melo. And Boom Dizzle (5-5) will be trying not to get fired in his last game before taking the Dubs to their new home in Townsville.

Now is the time of year when coaches get fed up with under performing bums like Josh Smith. And the Roy Hibbert & OJ Mayo types in the league give up and start eating chicken waffles for every meal. But there’s always hungry scrubs on the waiver wire, so be vicious GMs.

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Happy New Beers

Happy New Beers

Welcome to 2015 and sorry for the late update.  Week 9 of the BFNBA looked like it would end with the reigning champ knocking off the ‘Cans winning streak. Going into the final day down 0-9, the Plow Orleans GM didn’t even bother checking the results until a few days later.  It was hard to believe that a huge final day somehow sealed a comeback win.

It’s been smooth sailing at Metta World Arena in recent weeks, as they have quietly risen to 2nd spot on the ladder.  This week they are a good chance to sink the Pelicans streak in Plow Orleans after beating the Rhinos 6-3 in week 9.

Other results saw Boom Dizzle despatch the Thunder, The Mos beat the Lakers and the Trotters tied at Don’t Get Fired Stadium, meaning that the home team snuck away with a win.

In Week 10, Smokey still hasn’t logged in to update his team and is the unbackable Wiggy Bowl favourite.  All matches are the same as week one, which see the Nicholson brothers meeting again –  sure to produce some New Years fireworks.

Have a happy and safe new year. May you enjoy many poolside beers and belly scraping bodysurfing sessions.

Lastly, here’s a new years NBA article to read in a hammock somewhere – New Years NBA Resolutions

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