A while back, I asked the folks who “like” Pete Magete Blog on facebook to give me their requests for blog post ideas. This may be a shock for you to be reading, but I didn’t get a lot of responses. In fact, I got exactly one response. It came from my old high school friend, Chris, who is quite the blogger himself. I link to Chris’s blog, Spice of Life in my blogroll, and he of course returns the favor. Chris is a much better writer than I am, but I suppose he should be since he’s someone who wants to write for a living. Anyhow, since he was the only one who made his requests known and he did so with several topics, I’ve decided to belatedly honor that request with a Sampler Platter devoted to his topic suggestions. Here we go.
I began to notice Gonzaga basketball during a 2003 NCAA tournament round of 32 game, where the Zags pushed Arizona to the brink of an early round upset in double overtime, but in the end, Blake Stepp’s heroics came up just short. That experience very much endeared me to the plucky Bulldogs, and I decided to kind of make them my “team” for college basketball (I hadn’t truly become a Gopher fan yet since I wouldn’t attend there for another 2 1/2 years). Anyhow, they haven’t done much since then, except blow a 9 point lead in the final 3 minutes of a 2006 Sweet Sixteen game against UCLA. I stopped being a Gonzaga fan when I enrolled at the University of Minnesota, but I’ve still kept an eye on them a little bit, and I guess I’ve found it a bit disappointing that they haven’t taken their program to that next level yet. Year in and year out Mark Few puts competitive teams on the floor that make the tournament each year, and are always a threat for a Sweet Sixteen run, and yet they still haven’t made the Final Four.
2. “The messed-up priorities of ESPN that would allow the station to televise the college choices of high-school football recruits over anything else, say hockey or lacrosse or rugby or even cricket.”
I’m going to do my best to not sound condescending here, because I know Chris probably already knows everything I’m about to say, but I’m afraid some people still need to hear it anyhow.
ESPN is a business. The world of sports is nothing more than a multi-billion dollar entertainment industry. Ratings and popular demand drive almost every single decision they make (except maybe some of their more “charitable” programming like WNBA basketball, or any women’s sports for that matter). Case in point: “The Decision”. Everyone now agrees that this was terribly contrived and self-serving for LeBron James, and yet it got incredible ratings and made a ton of money for both ESPN and the Boys and Girls Club. As much as it might frustrate you, Chris, more people would rather watch college football recruiting specials than obscure European sports. You may not understand it, just like I don’t understand why the NFL is so much more popular than the NBA, but its just the way it is.
3. The Green Bay Packers
Well, what is there to say? I’m an opinionated guy who has loathed this franchise/team more than any other in all of sports for quite some time. The face of their franchise for so many years annoyed me so much that he drove me to near insanity. But allow me to rip them and their fans in a different way than the usual “they’re just a bunch of drunken hicks”. It’s always gotten under my skin that the entire NFL and its pundits love to laud the fans of the Packers and their “frozen tundra of Curly Lambeau field” and their “Titletown” nickname. But how much credit should these people get for being so dedicated? They never seem to endure anything even remotely resembling a prolonged stretch of mediocrity. They’ve now won 4 Super Bowls, and I can’t think of the last time where they missed the playoffs in consecutive years. The team is even publicly owned, guaranteeing that the team could never move away. If you don’t buy this theory, I present to you Exhibit A: Those same fans’ complete lack of support of the seemingly forever-mediocre Milwaukee Bucks (and they actually do have one title to their name). Congratulations, Packer fans, for rooting for one of the easiest teams to root for in all of sports.
4. The best sports blogs and sites.
I’ll give you my top 5 (not including the most obvious one, ESPN.com).
5. Grantland.com – Bill Simmons’ latest brainchild. He also involves great writers like Chuck Klosterman and Malcolm Gladwell to touch on subjects outside the sports world as well.
4. Truehoop.com – Okay, so this site is technically part of ESPN. But it deserves its own recognition for being an awesome network of NBA blogs.
2. SportsPickle.com – Hilarious sports satire. Think The Onion, but all sports.
1. Barstool Sports – Sports, comedy, hot chicks. What else could a guy ask for?
There you have it, Chris. Thanks for being one of my most loyal readers.
I’ve been frustrated lately at how much the NFL has dominated the sports scene in this country, because to me, the NBA is so much more entertaining. Let’s take a look at how the two leagues match up when their respective “biggest weekends” square off.
By the way, I think this evaluation is about as objective as one can get. Totally a fair perspective on both events.
1. Location, Location, Location
Yeah, I know that the new Cowboys Stadium is amazing, but Dallas was experiencing some nasty weather that week, whereas the NBA All-Star Weekend took place in beautiful southern California. And by the way, the Staples Center is no slouch of a venue in its own right.
2. Everything that took place outside of Sunday
What does the NFL have here? Media day, some stupid team pictures that caused controversy, some boring Hall of Fame announcements, and a couple of cocktail parties.
How about the NBA, then?
- A really lame celebrity game which was made a mockery of by preteen girls when they voted Justin Bieber the MVP, but was still watchable thanks to the play of Scottie Pippen.
- The sneakily-entertaining Rookie Challenge that, despite having no defense being played 99% of the time, is filled with a lot of exciting alley-oops like this and this.
- TNT ran 3 great hours of pregame programming that included a look back at the greatest All Star games and performances, the best non-winning dunks in the history of the dunk contest, and my personal favorite: a 6-team fantasy draft done by 6 of their analysts to pick the best team of all-stars out of every player in NBA history.
- All Star Saturday Night included 3 so-so events in the Shooting Stars, Skills Challenge, and 3 Pt Challenge, but this year, the Dunk Contest made a triumphant return after being pretty disappointing the last few years (we were all getting sick of Nate Robinson).
Edge: NBA by a mile
3. Musical performances
The NFL had this debacle by Christina Aguilera for the national anthem, and then the Black Eyed Peas proved their need for gobs of studio production with their dumpster fire of a halftime show. I’m not really aware of any other performances, but even if there were any, I’m sure they sucked.
The NBA, on the other hand, had a couple duds like Lenny Kravitz and something called Cee Lo, but they also had Cali Swag District perform their red hot single “Teach Me How to Dougie” for halftime of the Rookie Challenge, a fantastic Star Spangled Banner by Josh Groban (not to mention the NBA always has the awesome “Oh, Canada” before the All Star Game, as well), and then my personal favorite performance of the weekend, which was Rihanna’s halftime show.
Edge: Again, the NBA has it
So, the Super Bowl was deciding the world champions of their sport, but the NBA had all of the top athletes in its sport all in one game. Sounds like a toss up to me.
5. Rooting Interests
The Super Bowl was comprised of two teams I hated. The All Star Game had two teams that I liked: Derrick Rose, LeBron James, Dwight Howard on the East, and Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Chris Paul, Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Love, and Blake Griffin on the West.
Despite all these great reasons as to why the NBA All Star Game was better, the Super Bowl maintained a much higher level of popularity and got amazing TV ratings. I don’t get why the Super Bowl has become a quasi-national holiday, but just about everybody, even non-sports fans, attends a Super Bowl party each year.
Edge: NFL by a long-shot
Well, overall it looks like the NBA beat the NFL pretty handily in my mind, but the world sees it quite differently. Oh, well. You know what they say, “What’s popular isn’t always right, and what’s right isn’t always popular”.
So I, just like every other NBA fan, was waiting ever so anxiously to find out where LeBron was going to end up for the next 5-6 seasons, and now we have our answer. Perhaps I was blinded by loyalty to the Bulls, or even too much faith in LeBron, that he wouldn’t do what he did and go to Miami. Clearly I was wrong. As it turns out, LeBron wasn’t “The Chosen One”, and he certainly shouldn’t be allowed to refer to himself as “King James” any longer. In my opinion, LeBron just conceded that Dwyane Wade is a greater player than him, and thus, he might as well join forces with him and Bosh on D-Wade’s team to just try and get as many titles as possible. What is LeBron’s greatest motivator? Does this decision tell us that it’s winning, because he thinks with these two guys the 3 of them will be unstoppable? Or is it living a beautiful life in Miami and hanging out with two of his best friends in the league and just having as much fun as possible? We know one thing, whether he thinks this is the best for his legacy or not, history will forever look at him as lesser than Jordan, Kobe, Russell and now even Wade because of this one decision. When Jordan struggled to beat Detroit, he didn’t join his friend Barkley in Philly to beat them. He knew he was the best and in time he would figure it out to be the greatest champion of them all. If the three of them had all teamed up in New York or any other “neutral” franchise, we could still say that this is LeBron’s team, but him going to Miami clearly puts Wade ahead of him. He just put a self-imposed limit on his own career’s ceiling, and I think that is the most disappointing thing for NBA fans, especially when we’ve seen how close he’s gotten to breaking through these past few seasons. I feel robbed. Cheated. LeBron dropped the ball on this one, and either he doesn’t realize this, or deep down he’s too scared to realize his own potential for greatness.
Now, before you start accusing me of contradicting myself because you may have read my post before free agency began, allow me to defend myself and my position. I really wanted LeBron in a Bulls uniform, because I thought the team around him would have been so perfect and my favorite team would have flourished. And even though I hate admitting this, LeBron would have been the clear cut #1 guy in Chicago, and my boy Derrick Rose would have been the #2. I also defended LeBron’s possible choice of Miami, as well, because I said that he probably wouldn’t win any titles if he stayed in Cleveland, and so who wouldn’t want to play with your buddies and run the league? So what I’m trying to say is, even though I feel cheated as a basketball fan, and disappointed as a Bulls fan, I defend LeBron’s decision. He really thinks that this will give him the most titles, and so I didn’t understand why people could be so angry with him for wanting to win? (Hold on for a sec, I’m about to go back and forth on this one a couple of times) I understand why Cleveland fans would be upset about him leaving. I’m a Minnesota sports fan, and so I’ve seen Moss, Garnett, Ortiz, Santana, Hunter, and Culpepper all leave my teams (not all the same scenario as this, I realize). It stinks to lose your favorite players. That being said, I think it’s ridiculous for their fans to hate him so much. The worst was Cavs’ owner Dan Gilbert’s letter to Cavs’ fans. I don’t think he understands the concept of free-agency and that it was the rules of the NBA that gave LeBron the right to choose his team. Dan Gilbert just made a ton of money off of LeBron, and that’s how he repays him? Unbelievable that he could have that reaction. It was the logic of a pre-schooler. Now again, Cleveland fans and fans everywhere are now turned off to him for a better reason, and that is that LeBron had to have a one hour special on ESPN to make his announcement just as a way to let everyone know just how big we’ve allowed his ego to balloon over the years, and worse yet, he tries to make it okay by hiding behind his attempt at charity work by giving the money that came from it to the Boys & Girls Club. For this act, there is no defense. My best guess is that this guy is completely without any self-awareness. He’s clueless. And the funniest evidence of this is how he continuously refers to himself in the 3rd person.
So let me in conclusion say that even though we can all be appalled at LeBron’s ego and that everyone outside of Miami is disappointed that LeBron is giving up on greatness, people that think like Dan Gilbert need to grow up and realize that LeBron is a man that has every right to sign with whichever team he chooses. If you wanted to move to a certain city, should you have to gain the approval of millions of other people to do so? That is his choice and his choice only. No one has the right to say where he goes other than himself.
Now that it is all over, I’m somewhat glad that LeBron did go to Miami. This move makes me realize he’s not a true champion, and so why would I want him on my team? Plus, there is a big villain in the East now, and Chicago quietly is using all of their unused cap to get a lot better. I think my team is in good shape, and since chemistry and having a pecking order are such important things in the game of basketball, perhaps the Bulls will be the better “team” and the big 3 in Miami will blow up in their faces. At least, this is what I tell myself as a Bulls fan. As a Timberwolves fan, well, we’re just happy that we got Michael Beasley for nothing thanks to this LeBron signing. We still need a good shooting guard and Ricky Rubio to show up, though.
I do know one thing, it’s going to be fun to root against this team the next few seasons. However, I might find myself rooting for the Lakers in the Finals again, and that would stink.
So the 24/7 sports news coverage world we live in today is all obsessed over one thing right now: NBA free agency. And as I write this, we are less than 12 hours away from the official start of it. Where will all these stars, and most importantly, LeBron, go? I previously wrote about how LeBron was at a crossroads, and thus, the NBA was too, and with more and more news coming out, it seems that any decision he makes will have an enormous domino effect on the rest of the league. I had been hoping that the Bulls could get Wade or LeBron, but never a Chris Bosh with either of them, and now the reports make it sound like LeBron would only come to Chicago if Bosh would also be there. As a Bulls fan, I’m almost ready to pee my pants from the excitement of that report, if it happens. The Lakers are absolutely stacked right now, but it’s hard to imagine them standing up to a starting five of Rose, Noah, Bosh, LeBron, and low level free agent shooting guard “X”, and Taj Gibson coming off the bench.
Anyhow, a comment I heard from Jeff Van Gundy on the radio this morning, inspired me to write this post. He’s clearly worried about the competitive balance of the league if these guys got together, especially if Miami is able to get LeBron and Bosh in there with Wade. He said that he’d prefer that these stars were all on different teams and competed against each other, which I agree with (unless they’re all on my team), but then he made the comment that I disagreed with. JVG suggested that LeBron shouldn’t want to play with Wade and vice versa because if they did, their accomplishments would be diminished. I agree that going down in history, they wouldn’t be each remembered for being the best player on dynasty championship teams, but instead they would be remembered for the two superstars that teamed up to dominate the League for the next 6-10 years. But why should this stop LeBron or Wade? LeBron has already proven that he can’t win a title all by himself. I can’t think of any team winning a title with really only one true all-star on that team. AI got close, but he came up short, and then LeBron had the same thing happen to him when he carried that horrible Cleveland team to the Finals, only to get swept by San Antonio in 2007. Even Jordan needed Pippen, and despite how prideful and arrogant MJ can be, I think even he would admit that Pippen was the key to him getting over the hump. He needed that running mate to lean on at times. The big difference here, is that Pippen was always considered one of those 2nd best on a championship team guys, and both Wade and LeBron are considered #1’s. But my point is, despite how much LeBron has accomplished at a young age, he still hasn’t gotten that title, and he’s sneakily going to run out of years in his physical prime before we know it. Why would he waste those years by just rotting in Cleveland, hoping to win a title just once when everything falls into place, when he could be dominating the league for years to come in Chicago? JVG’s point was all predicated on LeBron’s legacy, and how it would be cheapened by kind of “giving up” on winning a title by himself, and just kind of almost cheating to win by assembling an all-star team. But don’t we give players tons of grief when they put their own legacy before winning? Shouldn’t we praise these stars for putting money and statistics aside for more victories and championships? And besides, what would be the better legacy: All 16-20 years of your career in Cleveland, 0-2 titles, God-only-knows how many MVP’s and scoring titles, or half of your career in Chicago with 3-8 titles (is 8 high enough of a number? I don’t know?), still plenty of MVP’s, but lower scoring numbers, however, possibly better defensive and assist numbers. In fact, if LeBron plays in Chicago with Bosh and the rest of the current team, he could coast most nights and save his legs so much that it could actually prolong his career, and he could even just rack up big assist and rebound numbers just for fun in an effort to achieve that elusive average of a triple double. Then how would we remember him?
So, in conclusion, Miami or Chicago are by far the best choices for LeBron if he wants to win, and I think, they’re still the best for his legacy. New York possibly could be better than Cleveland if he could convince Bosh to go there, but they wouldn’t have much around them if they went there. And then, after that, I don’t think he’s really considered anything else except staying in Cleveland, and that wouldn’t be good for him. For everyone that wants to kill him for leaving Cleveland, think about this: How many kids, when they graduate from high school, end up leaving home to either pursue college far away, or just go out and see the world in some other way? And doesn’t our society encourage this type of behavior? LeBron has lived in Akron/Cleveland his entire life, and you’re gonna hate him for wanting to try something new? Please!
There’s my take. Let’s get this, Bulls!
LeBron was horrible Tuesday night. His team was too, but they’re really only as good as he plays. No one on that team picks him up when he needs it. He’s the leader. It’s like a lesson I was taught back when I was a Bible camp counselor: The enthusiasm of the group will never exceed that of the leader. Well, LeBron didn’t have the enthusiasm or his best game Tuesday night, and his team followed.
So now the media has finally all turned on him. I know he’s always had his critics, but now just about everybody jumped on the LeBron hating bandwagon. As they should have. He looked like he checked out. He didn’t care that this could be his final game in Cleveland as a Cavalier. He deserved those boos and that criticism. And it’s for that reason, I predict a Game 3 type performance from him tonight in Boston. Even if LeBron really was checking out in Game 5, I really don’t think he likes all the heat he got for that performance, and immediately he wants to turn around and prove everyone wrong. I think he’s going to have more intensity than we’ve ever seen from him. The question remains is that going to be good enough for his team to win on the road if Rondo, Allen, and Garnett all play as well as they have in this series?
I’ve always been a LeBron fan. Since he graced the cover of my Sports Illustrated when he was a high school junior, I couldn’t wait for him to enter the league, and I clung to that cover to this very day, as it clings to the wall in my bedroom. But when Cleveland added Shaq, the only two teams I disliked more in the league than the Cavs were LA (Lakers) and Boston. And too many quotes and poor body language from LeBron make me wonder if he’ll ever be a winner, and actually, I’m pretty sure he won’t be. I e-mailed Bill Simmons in hopes of getting mentioned in a mail bag, that LeBron needs to lose the head-band if we wants to be mentioned with the greats, because non of them (save a washed up Lakers version Wilt) wore headbands, and it makes him seem less serious and not as cut throat as guys like Jordan, Bird, West, Magic, and Russell. I don’t think LeBron wins more than 2 titles, save for one scenario: He loses tonight, and then signs with the Bulls to join Rose, Noah, and Taj Gibson to make a very nice core of players that would be together for the next 10 years and contend for the next 10 titles. Cleveland will not win this title, even if they come back against Boston, mark my words. And even if they did, they still have a ramshackle supporting cast put together to try to win just this year in hopes that that would keep LeBron there. I don’t think he stays either way, but I think losing hurts the cause. If LeBron goes to New York or New Jersey, the other two teams that seem like frontrunners, he’s going to teams that are built only to sign him, and he’d be in a situation kind of like Cleveland: being the guy, but having no one who could pick him up when he’s down (Although, if Jersey could land either Turner or Wall, especially Wall, in the draft and sign LeBron, they’d have a guy who could pick him up and could play with him for the next 10 years), and then he’s in the same vicious cycle of dominating the regular season and coming up short in the post season year after year. I’m a Bulls fan, so I want LeBron to come to Chicago, but it would feel weird if he just rolled over and died in this series and then came. I want him to play his heart out tonight like he did in Game 3, but have Boston just outplay the Cavs enough to win anyhow. And then LeBron could come over to Chicago with dignity, and not come off as quite the loser. The reason why this is a crossroads for the NBA, as well, is because there are all those teams out there that created cap space for LeBron to sign with them, but only one team will get him, and then after that it will be a free-agency circus. We’ll see some crazy stuff go down, and what team LeBron lands on will greatly affect the landscape of championship contenders in this league for the next decade.
So tonight, expect LeBron to be fantastic, but I’ll be rooting for Boston to win, and hopefully that means a win for the Bulls even more so.
For anyone who plays the game of basketball, you know that having a player on your team that can run an offense, bring the ball up the court, set up teammates for good looks at the basket, and be a vocal leader on the court is essential to team success. Almost always, this comes in the form of your point guard. Sometimes a player from another position will take on this role, or even just for key possessions in big games they will. Think Michael Jordan, Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, or Larry Bird. None of those guys play point guard, but they acted like the point guard (or the cute little term some people like to coin “point forward”) in big spots. Anyhow, the point is (no pun intended) you need this role fulfilled to win, and when you see teams like Utah, Phoenix, and Boston advancing in the playoffs, you can’t help but notice a lot is due to great point guard play. Since Deron Williams has been one of the best at this position for the last few years, and the fact that he plays well on both ends of the court, it seems like some basketball pundits out there have kind of crowned him as the best point guard in the league almost as default. Well, I disagree. I made a cheap shot text to my buddy, Gabe (who has always been a Williams fan) after Deron missed the game winner in game 3 against the Lakers on Saturday night. He didn’t like that, and then on Monday he challenged me to make a list of my top ten point guards in the league RIGHT NOW! This isn’t based on the future, the past, or anything else. Who do you want leading your team in a big game TONIGHT, if your life depended on the outcome. Here’s the list, in reverse order.
10. Jameer Nelson
Decent facilitator, but is actually a better score-first point guard by my evaluation (only 5.4 apg this year). He has a great jump shot in the mid range and uses his quickness and his perfected spin-move to penetrate well for layups and foul shot opportunities. I haven’t seen him play enough to judge him very much defensively, but I can’t imagine he’s great due to his lack of size and he’s never really mentioned for his great defense. I don’t think Jameer clings to this top ten spot for much longer, as Brandon Jennings looks to be quite the young player on the rise, and I’m not considering Steph Curry or Tyreke Evans PGs in these rankings.
9. Tony Parker
Tony is not a great defender, is only an okay facilitator, and has never been a great jump shooter. But the guy is a gamer, and he still knows how to get his shot in the paint. He’s a great scoring point guard, and in the past, he would have been higher on this list, but for now, he’s #9.
8. Jason Kidd
Kidd is way over the hill. He’s not nearly the defensive player he once was and he doesn’t drive to the basket the way he used to. But to make up for that, he’s added a spot up 3-pointer that he never used to have, and he’s still one of the great playmakers in this league. He knows his role, and will always look to set up his teammates, which he still does quite nicely. He also is one of the best rebounding point guards of all time, and he still is putting up those numbers pretty well.
7. Chauncey Billups
The list of slightly washed up point guards continues with Chauncey Billups. He’s not quite Mr. Big Shot anymore, but he’s still the great leader that he was that took his teams to 7 straight conference finals appearances. Apparently, as we learned this year, he still needs a decent coach behind him for the his team to succeed, since Adrian Dantley was not doing a great job filling in for George Karl. Chauncey is still a good scoring point guard and knows how to be a floor general, and he’s not a defensive liability either. I’ve got him at #7.
6. Russell Westbrook
I’m a big Kevin Durant fan, but Russell Westbrook was by far the best player on the Thunder in their first round playoff loss to the Lakers. Westbrook was unguardable for most of the series, and he showed an explosiveness that is rarely seen at the position (exceeded only by my #5 point guard). He still has to learn how to set up players better, but it should be easier having Durant to pass to. I expect him to be even higher on this list the next time I make it.
5. Derrick Rose
I mentioned in one of my first blog posts that this young man is my favorite player in the league. It’s not even close. So that’s why it pains me to put him this low on the list. But don’t worry, Rose could easily become the best point guard in the league within a few years. He continues to improve his jumper, and his athleticism allows him to get his own shot whenever he wants it. He also will improve as a leader, passer, and defender, but right now, those slight deficiencies leave him at #5.
4. Rajon Rondo
I can’t stand Rondo. He’s such a little female dog. But that kid can flat out play. People are starting to realize that he’s the best current Celtic. I realized that fact last year when the Celtics beat the Bulls in the first round of the playoffs. He’s the best defender at his position in the league. His long arms make up for his lack of height, and so he gets a lot of steals. He can score, but he knows he doesn’t have to, and so he’s so good at setting up teammates (only Nash, Paul, and Kidd exceed him in that ability right now). I don’t like him, but I know he’s good. (And I know Derrick Rose will surpass him shortly.)
3. Steve Nash
This guy is unbelievable. At his age, and with his back problems, you just shake your head and wonder. Last Sunday, the performance he had with one eye, shows you his heart. Nash would be #1 on this list if he wasn’t such a horrible defender. Offensively, he’s everything you want: great leader, great passer, can penetrate and get his shot despite ideal quickness, and has one of the best jump shots in the league. He absolutely spoon feeds his teammates sometimes. Unfortunately, it’s only a matter of time before his body won’t allow him to be ranked this high anymore, but let’s hope that doesn’t happen any time soon.
Deron certainly knows how to win. He’s got everything you want in a point guard, and with his size, he’s more eye-appealing at his position than anyone on this list. Which is probably why he was taken one spot higher in the draft than #1 on this list. Deron does, however always seems to be in the shadow of that other player, and now all of a sudden, because his team stinks around him, and he was hurt this year, people just want to take away the title of ‘Best PG in the League’. Well…
1. Chris Paul
I haven’t forgotten you CP3. When you were a rookie, I predicted you would be the best point guard in the league by your third season. You accomplished that by year 2. You should have been MVP of the league in 2008, but Kobe won it because everyone decided he was too good to never have won the award. Next season, CP3 will be healthy again, and he’ll lead the league in assists and steals yet again. He may not have D-Will’s size, but he’s a better all-around point guard, with a worse team around him. He even has a better nickname. (Does D-Will even count? Lame.)
Tell me where I messed up. I can’t wait for John Wall to be on this list next year.