NBA 2K11 Ratings released

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For those of you that are interested, the player ratings for every projected starter in the league in NBA 2K11 were released today. With all of the appropriate disclaimers about how video basketball is different from actual basketball, here are some interesting notes about the ratings.

-There’s a three-way tie between LeBron James (97), Dwayne Wade (97), and Kobe Bryant (97) for the highest-rated player in the game. Apparently Q-rating was not a factor in NBA 2K11’s formula. 
-Rounding out the top 5 in player ratings are Chris Paul (95) and Carmelo Anthony (93). 
-Kevin Durant (91) has the sixth-highest player rating in the game, behind the four aforementioned players and Deron Williams (92).
-The highest-rated Celtic is Rajon Rondo (87).
-Stephen Jackson (84) has a higher rating than Paul Pierce (83), Kevin Garnett (80), and Ray Allen (79). He also beats out Dirk Nowitzki, whose rating is also 83.
-The Heat’s starting five have a combined rating of 411. The Lakers’ starters have a combined rating of 411 as well. 
-According to 2K11, Indiana’s Josh McRoberts (54) is the worst projected starter in the NBA.
-Tim Duncan (90) is the highest-rated big man, with Pau Gasol (89) and Dwight Howard (88) nipping at his heels. 
-John Wall (81) has a higher rating than Evan Turner (76), but a lower rating than Gilbert Arenas (83.) 
-The Clippers, Raptors, Pistons, and Timberwolves all have no starters with a rating of 80 or higher. 
The game is set to be released on October 5th. 

All Chandler Parsons wants for Christmas is healthy knees

Memphis Grizzlies forward Chandler Parsons poses for a picture on NBA basketball media day Monday, Sept. 26, 2016, in Memphis, Tenn. Parsons signed with the Grizzlies in July. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
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It almost fits the song: “All I wants for Christmas is healthy knees, healthy knees, healthy knees.”

Chandler Parsons took to Twitter to answer questions from fans, and there were a few good answers in there but my favorite was this one:

Parsons has played in just six games for the Grizzlies this season, missing the start of the season to recover from off-season knee surgery, then now he has missed the last eight games with a knee bone bruise. The banged up Grizzlies could really use his shot creation back in the lineup.

As for other good questions/answers there was this combo, with a little help from ESPN’s Zach Lowe:

And then there’s this for the haters.

Sit back and watch the top 10 dunks from the first five weeks of NBA season

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Who doesn’t love a good dunk compilation?

Well, somebody probably just said “bah, humbug” but is that the person you really want to hang out with?

The fine folks at NBA.com put together the Top 10 dunks of October and November, and when Rudy Gobert dunking over Kristaps Porzingis is all the way down at 10, you know it’s a good list. Put off starting your Christmas shopping, at least for another 2:44, and watch the video.

Want to watch Chance the Rapper throw dodgeballs at mascots? Here you go.

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Want to watch Chance the Rapper throw dodgeballs at mascots? Of course you do. How is that even a question?

Above you can see just that from Chicago Friday night (where Dwyane Wade, Jimmy Butler and the Bulls knocked off the Cavaliers). Benny the Bull is on his side as well, while the Cubs’ mascot and others try and stay out of the way.

I’ll take this over another kids’ dribbling contest any day.

LaMarcus Aldridge, Manu Ginobili hustling saves lead to Spurs bucket (VIDEO)

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That’s about the most Spurs play ever.

During the third quarter of San Antonio’s win over Washington Friday night, LaMarcus Aldridge saved the ball from going out-of-bounds on the baseline, he threw it out high to Manu Ginobili, who had to leap and save it from going into the backcourt. Two hustle plays. From there the Spurs whipped the ball around the perimeter, and it ended up back to Aldridge on the baseline, where he nailed the 12-foot jumper.

Eventually, the Spurs would get a Kawhi Leonard jumper to give them the victory.