Brendan Bowers is an NBA Writer with Bleacher Report. His work has been published in SLAM Magazine, KICKS Magazine, Cleveland.com, and elsewhere throughout the basketball interwebs. His StepienRules.com blog has been credentialed by the Cleveland Cavaliers for the past three seasons, and was named the 5th Most Influential NBA Team Blog by SportsOverdose.com. He believes Craig Ehlo was much better than anyone seems to remember, and that Terrell Brandon is the most under-appreciated PG in NBA history. This past season Brendan averaged 10.3 points per game in a very non-competitive men's league while shooting enough to average 18.
Hi Brendan. I was just reading one of your articles (the link posted above), and noticed that you failed to include Joakim Noah as the number 1 center, much less as a top 5 center. Seeing as to how you are not responding to any comments posted on that article, I decided to post on your profile to try and find an answer as to why you decided to leave Noah out?
Yes, I am a Bulls fan, but I think it is apparent that Noah is playing like the best center in the NBA right now, or at the least top 5. I'm intrigued as to why you left him out.
Also, just to be clear, I'm not writing this as an angry fan who wants to see their team's player appreciated, I would just like to hear your opinions on the matter further.
Thanks and I look forward to hearing back.
Wow, I love how you cherry pick a couple of statistics and totally overlook that the culture in T.O., has changed. They're beating the creme de la creme of the NBA. They've only lost two very close games to the Heat and the Celtics since Gay has been here...and won the other six. They've beaten Indiana, in Indiana. They've beaten Denver, NOH, and Washington. They blew out the Clippers by 25 points...oh yeah and did I mention that they beat the Knicks in MSG...after the Knicks had won 9 in a row at home and are basically killing teams when they get in that building.
Anyway, apparently winning isn't something you consider important in sports. Don't mind the rest of us 99.99999999999999% of the world who view it differently okay?
Oh yeah, and teams are scoring four or five less points per when Gay is on the floor. So his high IQ defensive presence is obviously paying major dividends.
Anything else? Oh wait. Who exactly was Toronto going to spend that money on? How many high level free agents did you see clambering to play in Toronto? Also did it occur to you that a super athletic wing star like Gay might not be properly showcased in Memphis where it's a pound it inside half court offence? Whereas in Toronto he's the showpiece of a high octane transition offence. Kenny Smith said if the season began today that the Raps would probably end up fourth in the Conference. Sam Mitchell called the Raps the most athletic team in the Eastern Conference.
But the Raptors were still big losers in the trade?
If you're not going to watch the team or do any semblance of homework. Don't write about the team!!!!!
hi there, i loved your article about the 2003 draft class!
question though, do you think that the culture of the NBA in the past was different in so far that players wanted to stay on their teams for long periods of time? or did the "super team" in Miami just happen because all 3 players were in their contract years? if i remember correctly, Melo had signed a larger deal with the Nuggets leaving him out of any potential super team with LeBron, Wade or Bosh