Rodney Griffith Archive
Rodney Griffith, Writer, The Drubbing, was born and raised in the Washington D.C. area and weeps nightly as he watches every D.C. sports team leave the area, one-by-one. You can email him at rodney[at]thedrubbing[dot]com.
This week 142 people lost their collective minds and should lose their collective jobs.
This week 142 people decided that Roberto Alomar was not worthy of being elected to the Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility.Â As a result, Roberto Alomar, needlessly, must wait until 2011 to stand at the podium at Cooperstown and tell John Hirschbeck how he… deliver a Hall of Fame speech.
Continue reading “Roberto Alomar deserves better” →
7:32 p.m.: ESPN shows Blake Griffin wearing a pastel purple shirt underneath his suit, but what stands out is his acne.
7:37 p.m.: Mark Jackson calls going to the Clippers a â€œgreat situationâ€ for Blake Griffin.Â That might be the first time in history that â€œgreat situationâ€ and â€œClippersâ€ have been used in the same sentence.
7:39 p.m.: Approximately 3 minutes and 45 seconds into the allotted 5 minutes the Clippers finally select Blake Griffin.Â How exciting!Â The Clippers just selected Chris Wilcox with the Number 1 pick.Â They should have taken Rubio and shipped Baron Davis out.Â As stated in my mock draft, the Clippers will be regretting this pick soon.Â The Draft now begins.
Continue reading “2009 NBA Draft Diary” →
Who Teams will Select? Who will those Selections Become?
1. Los Angeles Clippers â€“ Blake Griffin, PF Oklahoma
The consensus number one pick here is Blake Griffin. He has elite level athleticism, but I question his small hands. You canâ€™t keep him out of the weight room, but I question his height, length, and the size of his hands. Going to the Clippers sounds like a death sentence but it could be worse for Griffin (e.g. Memphis, Sacramento, or Milwaukee).
I have a hard time believing that he lives up to the hype. My prediction is that at worst Griffin becomes a more athletic Clarence Weatherspoon. Griffin will make an all star team, but I am not sure he is a perennial all star. His upside reminds me of Carlos Boozer, with a less refined post game. If the Clippers had stones, they would take Ricky Rubio, the one player in this draft that I am willing to guarantee is a perennial all star.
Continue reading “The 2009 NBA Mock Draft Preview: Where overreaching happens” →
Iâ€™m not talking about 45 and the Sports Illustrated video series. Iâ€™m talking about the best story of the NBA Playoffs. Iâ€™m talking about the Birdman. Iâ€™m talking about Chris Andersen. Even 45 couldnâ€™t fly like the Birdman.
For example, take the main event of NBA All Star Weekendâ€”the Sprite Slam Dunk Contest. I know that 45 won the dunk contest multiple times. I still see the highlights of 45 versus the Human Highlight Reel every All Star Weekend.
I ask youâ€”what is more impressive, winning the dunk contest or attempting 50 dunks in a five minute span? The Birdman attempted 50 dunks in five minutes because he can fly. Jordan canâ€™t fly, he simply dunks.
Continue reading “Come Fly with Me” →
During the first round of the playoffs I felt that few outside of Houston believed that the Rockets could give Mamba all he wanted in the second round. I believed. I spoke to several people (including The Drubbingâ€™s own Ryan), all of whom believed that Portland, not Houston, could beat L.A. in the second round. The argument continued “L.A. canâ€™t win in Portland.â€ My response to these statements was that they were, unequivocally, nonsense.
Any team featuring Kobe Bryant has an abundance of toughness. Nobody who watched Team U.S.A. play Espana in Beijing can question the toughness Mamba. I believed that Kobe alone could handle Portland in a maximum of five games.
Continue reading “The NBA: Where Toughness Happens” →
I often hear about how coaches in the college game really care about their kids. If you truly believe that, then this should interest you.
Meet Jim Boeheim, winner of the 2003 National Championship.
Meet Paul Harris. Boeheim once called him the best freshman that he recruited since Carmelo Anthony. (Thanks for that Jim, since Paul started all of three years after Melo).
Paul Harris didnâ€™t declare for the NBA Draft but someone declared for him. Syracuse University issued a press release stating that Harris declared for the Draft. Concerning his entrance of the NBA Draft, Harris told the Post Standard â€œI didnâ€™t know a thing about it, I didnâ€™t do that. I donâ€™t have a clue who actually did it.â€
Continue reading “College Basketball Is Not Where Caring Happens” →
Forget about 64, I want 16. You heard me 16. I want the NBA Playoffs.
Witness the best in the world as they go face to face. Watch Kobe v. Deron Williams, CP3 v. Yao, Brandon Roy v. Tim Duncan, Carmelo v. Dirk… all in the first round.
40 games in 40 nights. Where amazing happens. Without a doubt, the best show on TV from April through June.
Continue reading “The Tournament… and Iâ€™m not Talking about the NCAA” →
Tyler Hansbrough you may be selected player of the year in the Atlantic Coast Conference, but that does not mean you are the player of the year in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Tyler Hansbrough, meet Dave Neal who is an unathletic, undersized four man listed at 6-7, 263.Â If Dave Neal can push you out from underneath the basket, then just wait until guys like Tim Duncan, Pau Gasol, Amare Stoudamire, and Chris Bosh man you up.
Continue reading “Tyler Hansbrough is a Joke (and Iâ€™m not Just Talking About his Facial Expressions)” →
Ed Reed knows â€œBo Knowsâ€ better than to mess with Ed Reed.
Ed Reed is better than Ryan never writing another article for TheDrubbing.com.
Ed Reed is faster than Usain Bolt.
Ed Reed is better than the best thing in your life.
Continue reading “Ed Reed Is Better Than You.” →
As the New York media anxiously anticipates the summer of 2010 one man continues to capture the headlines: Starbury. If you watch MSG, FSNY, or the Worldwide Leader you know that there are only two topics of discussion when it comes to the New York Knicks:
- The Knicks are going to get Lebron in 2010!, and