Golden Blake

What would you do if you wake up every day at 4am and drive two hours to work every morning, and you get a phone call just as you’re five minutes away from your building saying you’ve been fired?
Well that’s pretty much what happened to Steve Blake last night. He was warming up for his showdown between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Houston Rockets, when he was told that he had be traded. He even had posted a picture of his shoes he was going to wear before the game… He never got to wear them. This is analyzed more in depth in chapter 20 of the the Social Media Bible by Lon Safko. Blake used real-time social engagement to share a picture of his shoes.
When I heard about this trade, I thought, “Noooooo!” But at the end of the day, the NBA is a business, and the Lakers just want to improve down the road. This trade definitely went viral all over the internet and TV during the game. David Meerman Scott goes in depth of going viral in his New Rules of Marketing and PR book.
The Lakers traded away the veteran, Blake, 33, who had been with the team for four years. He has really improved since the beginning of last season. He will now be the backup point guard to Stephen Curry of the western conference rivals, Golden State Warriors.
Kobe Bryant was “not cool” with the news when he heard Blake was traded. He and Blake have been great friends over the past couple couple years.
The Lakers will receive young talent in return from Blake- Kent Bazemore and Marshon Brooks.
Bazemore, 24, out of Old Dominion University, will bring his youth, athleticism and his awesome celebrations to Los Angeles. He’ll go great with Robert Sacre.
Brooks, 25, is raw talent, and will be a great addition to the Lakers team.
But if that isn’t enough, trade rumors still are buzzing about Pau Gasol, Kevin Love, Rajon Rondo, and Jeremy Lin. The trade deadline is always a great time for unheard of trades going down. Big name players getting traded at the last minute.

-RV

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All-Star Weekend Came and Went… Now What?

All-Star Weekend has come and gone, and on Tuesday, the second half of the NBA season began.  Twitter played a big role in the outcome of MVP votes.

On Friday night, we were reminded that the Secretary of Education Arne Duncan can play some basketball. He was awarded the MVP of the Celebrity All-Star game.  Andre Drummand, of the Pistons, set the record for most rebounds in the Rising Stars Game. He pulled in the MVP for that game with 30 points and 25 rebounds.  Fans used Social Media specifically Twitter, to vote for the MVP.

Saturday night, the Wizards’ Bradley Beal finished second place in the Three-Point Contest. His teammate, John Wall, won the Slam Dunk Contest… Like I predicted (see previous blog).  He was voted by the fans via Twitter. He was the last player to dunk, but the “speed and agility” of the voters “won the moment” for Wall, according to The New Rules of Marketing & PR book by David Meerman Scott.

The All-Star Game on Sunday ended as the highest scoring all-star game in history.  Kyrie Irving, of the Cleveland Cavaliers, brought in the MVP.  But does this mean the Cavaliers are on the road to improvement? Since firing their GM, Chris Grant, on February 6th, the Cavs are 5-0. The Cavs are trying to get their record above .500 so they have a better chance of making the playoffs.

The Lakers, well, lets just say being 17 games under .500, and their stars always hurt, it might be hard to make a push. The only thing the Lakers can look forward to is their 1st round draft pick that they cannot trade.

Speaking of trades, the trade deadline is on Thursday and there are a number of rumors out there. Will Rajon Rondo get traded? Will the Knicks get a point guard? Will the bottom feeders, Bucks and 76ers, make any moves to try and salvage their season?

The All-Star Weekend was fun, but now that the season has resumed, teams are going to make a push for the playoffs.  Because at the end of the day, the farther teams go, the more money players get paid. And at the end of the day, it’s all about money.

-RV

Nash is back!

The injury bug is constantly nagging the Los Angeles Lakers this season.  My favorite player, Kobe Bryant, has missed a total 41 games due to a torn Achilles and fractured knee.  Steve Nash, Steve Blake, and Jordan Farmar are all set to return to the lineup tonight against Minnesota.  Each guard has started at least one game for the Lakers this season due to the numerous injuries that have happened throughout the team.  This is a huge lift to the 16-31 Lakers because they will be without their all star center Pau Gasol due to a right groin strain.  Nash signed with the Lakers at the beginning of last season with hopes of getting another ring alongside Bryant and Dwight Howard (who is no longer with the team).  Nash broke his leg early in the 2012-2013 season and hasn’t been 100% healthy since.  Blake took the place of Nash in most of the games he was out and prospered.  Long story short, the Lakers had to sign Kendall Marshall, who last played for the Suns, to lead the team at the point guard position. But is Nash, Blake, and Farmar the answer to the Lakers’ prayers?  With a record that has placed them in the bottom of the western conference, the Lakers need to do something if they want to at least make the playoffs.  Gasol might be packing his bags soon. Kobe is getting old. And is Mike D’antoni really the right fit at coach for this team? At the end of the day, it’s Kobe’s team and he should have the final say in any big executive moves. Should the Lakers just tank their games in order to get Duke’s Jabari Parker or Kansas’s Andrew Wiggins? No! Actually hell no! The roster they have right now includes Jodie Meeks(stellar 3-point shooter), Xavier Henry (who’s also been hurt), Chris Kaman, Wesley Johnson, Nick Young, Jordan Hill, and the bench hype-man Robert Sacre.  This young talent has been getting a lot of court time due to the big namers being hurt.  Well tonight’s game should be interesting, along with the rest of the season.

-RV