The problem with “The LeBrons” is it tries to be too much an analogy. It wants to talk about “issues’ and try and teach “values.” It’s a brand expansion. A cartoon needs to be a cartoon, and in doing so, it needs to lack any semblance of rational consideration or legitimate attempts at wry humor. And that’s before we get to the part where the old man version of himself keeps hitting on his mother.
Back in the 90’s, one cartoon understood how to do it. “ProStars,” which ran on, you guessed it, NBC. Sure, it tried to teach kids something and portrayed the stars as helpful do-gooders. But it was organic, and not a forced attempt. James’ cartoon comes off like the second hour of “The Decision,” trying too hard to explain something that’s self-evident. But “ProStars?” It’s just ridiculous. It ran for three months in 1991.
I miss it to this day.
(Note: I do not miss it to this day.)
Video Breakdown: Clippers use JJ Redick in split cut to fool Jazz at 3-point line
The Los Angeles Clippers dropped Game 5 to the Utah Jazz on Tuesday night, and find themselves down 3-2 as they head back to Salt Lake City for Game 6. The Clippers have had to deal with Utah’s formidable defense, so much so that they’ve built in counters to Jazz defenders overplaying shooters like JJ Redick.
One example of this countering method could be found in Game 3, when the Clippers ran a split cut for Redick. Instead of fighting endlessly around screens for a 3-point shot as you might expect, LA took the easy route and simply cut Redick to the basket for an easy layup as a means to take advantage of an overeager defender.
We’ve talked about the Split Cut here on NBA Playbook before. The Los Angeles Lakers used it earlier in the season to beat the Golden State Warriors, the team that uses the split cut perhaps the most out of any team in the NBA.
Other teams, including the Portland Trail Blazers, have adapted the Warriors’ use of the split cut as a counter for their own offense this season, which is a testament to just how useful it is.
If you need a reminder, a split cut all about a screener coming up to screen, then cutting toward the basket before his screen action fully takes place. It’s about timing, and catching defenders off guard when they go to set up their recover positions for screens.
For a full breakdown on the split cut and how the Clippers used it, watch the video above.
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Lopez blocked Crowder’s shot, but the ball went to Al Horford, who attacked the basket. As Lopez tried to rotate to contest another shot, he couldn’t move. Crowder, who’d fallen to the floor, had him in a leg-lock. Lopez freed himself just in time to foul Horford.
Adding insult to avoided injury, Lopez got hit with a technical foul for complaining about the no-call.
I bet the league issues a technical foul on Crowder, too.