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Sprain Epidemic – Impact

Posted by Erik on November 9, 2008

What is an Ankle Sprain?

An ankle sprain is an injury to one or more ligaments in the ankle, usually on the outside of the ankle. Ligaments are bands of tissue—like rubber bands—that connect one bone to another and bind the joints together. In the ankle joint, ligaments provide stability by limiting side-to-side movement.Some ankle sprains are much worse than others. The severity of an ankle sprain depends on whether the ligament is stretched, partially torn, or completely torn, as well as on the number of ligaments involved. Ankle sprains are not the same as strains, which affect muscles rather than ligaments.

What Causes a Sprained Ankle?
Sprained ankles often result from a fall, a sudden twist, or a blow that forces the ankle joint out of its normal position. Ankle sprains commonly occur while participating in sports, wearing inappropriate shoes, or walking or running on an uneven surface.

Source: www.footphysicians.com

Aside from Tony Parker (Spurs) there are a good number of players suffering from sprains. Notable ones are;

Peja Stojakovic (Hornets)- No more worries here. His sprain was apparently mild and rest and painkillers were apparently enough for him not to miss too much time. He’s back and doing well.

Michael Redd (Bucks) – He is still out the Bucks’ line up for now and Richard Jefferson and Charlie Villanueva should be logging in some sweet fantasy numbers as they try to fill the scoring void left by Redd. Do NOT bother with Charlie Bell. Even if he’s got the starting job in the interim, he will not amount to anything fantasywise for now.

Josh Smith (Hawks) – Out for 2-4 weeks. I actually think he will be back sooner rather than later. In the meantime; Al Horford, Zaza Pachulia, Marvin Williams and Maurice Evans should get some fantasy love in Josh’ absence. Zaza and Evans will have the least upside in the quartet.

Devin Harris (Nets) – He should be gone for a few days to 2 weeks. Keyon Dooling will be favored to fill his starting PG gig. Feel free to pick him in the short term and milk Devin’s time away. He is definitely on most waiver wires.

Drew Gooden (Bulls) – He has a minor sprain. Joakim Noah now has a chance to shine, well at least briefly. Tyrus Thomas has been too erratic at start the season to tell whether or not he can capitalize on Drew’s short absence from his starting center job. I’m not holding my breath for Aaron Gray to have a micaulous turn around just yet.

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NBA Week One: First Impressions

Posted by Erik on November 4, 2008

This is a hodge-podge and mish-mosh of some random observations over the course of the NBA’s first week.

Before I begin, let me say that everything here should be taken with a grain of salt. This is, after all, just the first week. Only 2 to 3 games have been played by most players. So all of the ups and downs; and rants and raves you read here are all just first impressions.

Stud Sightings

Chris Paul – Wow! What an awesome PG! Blah, blah, blah… He’s the hands down BEST player in fantasy today. He didn’t get hit by some random meteor from Alpha-Centauri to stop him, so he simply just began the season like he will continue to play the rest of the season – with unadulterated Awesomeness!

Danny Granger – He had an awesome start and almost singlehandedly kick the defending champs in their championship-winning tushies. He has shown that he can do a lot. I just wonder if he can keep up his pace when his partner in crime, Mike Dunleavy rejoins the Pacer line up.

Josh Smith – Want sick? Josh’s stat line over the first couple of games is what’s really sick! 15-10 with 3.5 BPG, 3.5 SPG, 1.5 3PG. Monstrous? Hell yeah! But as I said earlier, take all of these things with a grain of salt. Josh probably won’t be averaging those numbers throughout the season, but damn those numbers really lit up those stat sheets.

Jose Calderon – It appears all the hype and anticipation was well worth the drool-flooding wait. Jose is now truly an elite passing PG. OMG! 79 more games of his efficiency and production, please! 18 PPG at 50% FG, and 9.7 APG is just like the old Steve Nash, only without the cat-killing TOs.

Chris Bosh – You can’t really mention Jose Calderon in a rave section of a post or article without mentioning Chris. You can now add both these guys to the elite PG-PF/C combos. Their names are now in the echelon of Deron-Boozer, CP3-West, Nash-Amare. Scary! 26-10 at 54 FG% and 80 FT% (10 attempts) is definitely nothing to sneeze at.

Andris Biedrins – A couple more months of his production at this level will instantly catapult AB into the elite C status. He’s proving to everyone that he’s indeed worth every penny the GSW decided to pay him. Monster of a C! Wow! I can’t wait to see how he will end up this season in everyone’s rankings.

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Redemption Trifecta and Steep Learning Curves, Part 1

Posted by Erik on October 29, 2008

My mettle as a Fantasy Basketball fanatic was recently tested as I engaged in an attempt to draft for 3 leagues whose live drafts started within the span of three hours. I was desperately trying to regain focus and emotional stability after my tumultuous GMTR Readers’ League draft.

We learn wisdom from failure much more than success. We often discover what we will do, by finding out what we will not do.

– Samuel Smiles

Dinner and a Draft

The first draft was for my original Fantasy Roto League with my buddies. My friend, Frogs, invited me over for a Draft Party that evening. We had pasta, chilli, and barbecued pork.

The league is a 13-man, 9-cat, rotisserie format, with 14 roster spots to fill (PG, SG, G, SF, PF, F, C x 2, Util x 2 and Bench x 2)

Dinner started later than usual, but as soon as it did the dinner table was filled with lively and interesting conversation. As we were planning to break out the dessert, I received a text message from one of my buddies over at the league complaining about his internet connection and how he was having some problems. I replied with a short but sympathetic message. I then saw the clock on my cellular phone and it was 9:05! This is how the chaos began… (profanity has been dialed down in this version)

Me: Dude! Crap! It’s 9:05! The draft started already!

Frogs: Shit! Shit! Shit! – Runs to his PC

(I scamper to set-up my laptop)

Me: Oh my God! We probably missed the first round!

Frogs: No! Maybe even two rounds!

Me: Nooooo! <thought bubble: Thank God I pre-ranked!>

(I’m first to log-in and launch into the Live Draft applet)

Me: Dude! We missed two rounds. I am 6th and you’re 13th. I got Brand and Josh Smith. You got Granger and Bosh.

Frogs: I got who? I’m last? Oh hell no! Crap! If I knew I was last, I would have bounced Bosh and Al-Jeff! Ugh!

Me: Don’t worry man. There’s nothing that can go wrong in the first 2 rounds that we can’t compensate for in the next few rounds. It’s roto!

Frogs: Argh!

Side note: For whatever personal reasons he may have, Frogs NEVER pre-ranks. I always do. Perhaps after this harrowing experience, he may change his mind about pre-ranking.

Ok it wasn’t the best of starts for any Live draft, but I didn’t mind my core. Here’s how my team eventually panned out:

1. (6th pick) Elton Brand PF/C – AUTOPICKED. Not a problem here as far as I’m concerned. I don’t mind drafting a team (roto especially) around a solid big man and that’s exactly how I view Elton to be this year in Philly.

2. (21st pick) Josh Smith SF/PF – AUTOPICKED. I’m actually kind of surprised Josh reached me. I normally see him get reached for earlier in this league. I normally would have preferred to have paired my drafted top tier center with a top tier PG, but Josh was a welcome autodraft consolation. He solidifies my blocks cat while providing me with a lot of other strong contributions in various other cats.

3. (32nd pick) Rudy Gay SF/PF – Since the drop off of PGs passed me and I didn’t really feel like gambling on Jason Kidd. David West was still on the board but I felt that I had to start transitioning into some small guy numbers and Rudy was the best transition pick on the block. I really like his upside this year and I can’t wait to see what kind of season he will bring. I simply couldn’t pass up on his talent at this spot.

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GMTR Mock Draft Analysis: Round 1

Posted by Erik on September 18, 2008

I got the “GO Signal” from Nels at GMTR do a draft analysis of the ongoing mock draft. I will do coverage and commentary of the draft on a round by round basis. That being said, I must say that I’m proud to be part of the 12 fantasy-heads chosen to take part in the draft. This mock draft gives me some good draft analysis material, which is way better than what I would have ended up getting from your garden variety public league players.

To my co-drafters: You guys have my respect as we all passed Nels’ and Patrick’s criteria to participate. This draft coverage is MY take and opinions on the picks. If I disagree with your choice, don’t feel offended. Just consider it a difference in opinion. 🙂

ROUND 1

Pick Team Player Position
1-1 Epicte Chris Paul PG
1-2 2nd Round Reach Amare Stoudemire PF/C
1-3 Jeff’s Duncanfaces LeBron James SF
1-4 REAL Batman (sean) Kobe Bryant SG
1-5 Bucko Shawn Marion PF
1-6 Doneycat Dwyane Wade PG/SG
1-7 GiveMeTheRock Elton Brand PF/C
1-8 OKC Colon Thunder Dirk Nowitzki PF
1-9 Sexy Time Kevin Garnett PF
1-10 SA Spurscasters Josh Smith SF/PF
1-11 Points in the Paint Allen Iverson PG/SG
1-12 Alpha_Terrance Carlos Boozer PF/C

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AK still wants out!

Posted by Erik on September 22, 2007

Well my life in the blogosphere has been up and running for about 3 weeks now and I must say I’ve been having a blast! It’s taken some hard work, but I’m happy to say that writing about Fantasy Basketball has been a good training camp for my writing and hopefully soon, my Fantasy Basketball career as well. At this point, I’d like to thank my wife, Annie, for patiently contributing some of her time to help edit my posts! In the process of blog networking, I’ve been invited to be a contributor in the HoopStar BLOG, where I will be posting my thoughts on Fantasy Basketball every other week or so. Anyway on to the post . . .

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It all started with Andrei Kirilenko posting in a Russian blog that he was not too happy to be returning to play for the Utah Jazz this year. When the dust of this initial rumor settled down and revealed a true sentiment held by the Russian Superstar, the Jazz front desk quickly came out and expressed interest in working things out and keeping their “best” defensive player (read more from ESPN). The latest update in this ongoing situation is that AK is intent on leaving the Jazz, citing how he feels he will be returning to another unhappy season. I think it speaks volumes that he’s willing to forsake the remaining $63M of his contract just to find a different place to play basketball. He wants a fresh start to rekindle his love for the game which was already sparked by his inspired performance at the EURO Basketball Championships, where he led his Mother Russia all the way to the top of the podium. He says he’s even ready to play in Europe, if that’s what it takes to get away from playing in Utah. Frankly I don’t see this happening because if the Utah management decides to acquiesce and let go of AK, there are a lot of NBA teams that I feel should jump at the opportunity to snag this defensive workhorse! In spite of Jerry Sloan‘s preference to to keep AK in Utah, the franchise does have some options open to it (read TrueHoop). The trade scenario that I’d most like to see come to fruition is the Phoenix Suns deal where we can potentially see AK and Jarron Collins or perhaps Paul Millsap go to the Suns for Shawn Marion. Now that would be an interesting change for both teams concerned. I feel that the passion by which AK is expressing his disappointment leaves the Jazz with only 2 clear choices. Either let him go (trade, buy-out, or whatever) or let Jerry Sloan, who seems to be at the root of AK’s unhappiness, go. I’m not holding my breath to see the latter happen because Jerry’s practically a Jazz institution, coaching the team since he inherited the head coaching job from Frank Layden in 1988. It’s not all too rare to see a star player and a team’s coach not get along. If both of these guys were getting a divorce, the documents would have a check mark on the box that cited irreconcilable differences. . . It happens.

 

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