HoopSpeak Live 102: Bomani Jones

By @AnthonyBain

Today’s guest: Bomani Jones of The Evening Jones and ESPN’s Around The Horn.

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The Tyranny of Allen Iverson

Allen Iverson’s 50 point rookie game was on Hardwood Classics Monday night, prompting livetweets by LeBron James and Kendall Marshall. There is some irony in two players, renowned for their unselfish ways, praising the efforts of an unapologetic gunner.

You can’t fault their taste much, though. Young Iverson was a transfixing presence, all the more so when catapulted 15 years into the NBA TV present. He has close-cut hair, a face so clean-shaven that it beams a sheen through the pixelated pre-HD fog. Iverson does have some facial hair, if you could even call it that. A few follicles are playing a game of red rover above his lip, connecting to form a tenuous mustache. His old minimalist look is jarring because we associate Iverson with a specific, stylized iconography. To see Rookie Allen is to see George Carlin with a brylcreem sidepart on the The Ed Sullivan Show.

Though so young, though so relatively short, he’s an unsolvable problem for these Cavs defenders. Iverson’s elastic limb swings the dribble far outside his body, priming it like a wrecking ball.

From here, Iverson can step towards a defender and violently whip the rock back across himself in the crossover move he made famous. He’s gone, off in the other direction, tossing two points in with one of those crab claw scoop layups.

But from here, Iverson can also begin the crossover, only to abruptly interrupt it in favor of pushing the ball forward, past his man. That moment of hesitation–when A.I. pulls the ball back to start what is either a crossover or power dribble–is a defender’s choice, masquerading as a pause. I would liken Iverson’s crossover/power dribble combo to Trevor Hoffman’s old fastball/changeup mix. Two completely different scenarios appear wholly similar, and the opposition has an eye

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HoopSpeak Live 45: The Clips

This episode of HoopSpeak Live is brought to you by the letter G:

Guinea pigs.

Grantland.

Gerald Green.

Great guests.

It was HSL’s privilege to welcome Jonathan Abrams to the show for the first time and bring back two of our favorites in Rafe Bartholomew and Bomani Jones. Unfortunately, Zach was in Zach-ramento, but he’ll be back next week. Here’s a YouTube playlist:

 

And here are the individual clips:

:00 – :06 – Intro + Lakers and Guinea Pigs [Talking about Ethan's scoop, MWP and Bynum.]

:06 – :13 – Take The Bacon [Who's more important, Russell Westbrook or James Harden?]

:13 – :22 – Audience Questions [Part 1, Part 2 - Carmelo Anthony, Serge Ibaka]

:22- :35 – Person of Interest: Jonathan Abrams [Part 1, Part 2 - Gerald Green, feature writing]

:35 – :49 – Person of Interest: Rafe Bartholomew [Part 1, Part 2 - Watching bad basketball, the amazing backstory to this epic flop.]

:49 – 1:10 – Person of Interest: Bomani Jones [Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 - The Bulls' shortcomings, zone D, 90s ball.]

1:10 – 1:13 – Dagger/Smash/Noted [For shame, Milwaukee. And follow Jimmy Butler!]

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HoopSpeak Live airs every Thursday right here on HoopSpeak.com. You can follow the show with the #hoopspeaklive hashtag, and you can follow our guests at @jpdabrams, @rafeboogs and @bomani_jones. You can watch Bomani’s YouTube show “Bomani & Jones” on SB Nation’s channel.

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HoopSpeak Live 45: Jonathan Abrams, Rafe Bartholomew and Bomani Jones

Today’s guests:

Jonathan Abrams of Grantland

Rafe Bartholomew of Grantland

Bomani Jones of SB Nation, BomaniJones.com and Around the Horn

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HoopSpeak Live 23: The Clips

This week, we had Larry Coon on the show for the first time and welcomed Bomani Jones back for his second appearance. There was lots of lockout talk and, of course, a lively discussion about Space Jam. Here are all of the clips:

[Click here for a YouTube playlist.]

:00 – :10 – Take The Bacon + Rumors From Ethan’s Head [On Rondo and HSL costing Ethan his job.]

:10 – :30 – Person of Interest: Larry Coon [Part 1, Part 2 - All things lockout, Dwight Howard, and Zach's Rapid Fire.]

:30 – :36 – League Average [On Space Jam.]

:36 – :54 – Person of Interest – Bomani Jones [Part 1, Part 2 - Lockout talk - KG, Bryant Gumbel's comments, more.]

:54 – :58 – Dagger/Smash/Noted [Hummus, Will Smith, Samuel L. Jackson, and Dirk Nowitzki.]

HoopSpeak Live airs every Thursday right here on HoopSpeak.com. You can follow the show with the #hoopspeaklive hashtag, and you can follow our guests at @LarryCoon and @bomani_jones.

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HoopSpeak Live: Bomani Jones Interview

Bomani Jones writes at BomaniJones.com and joined HoopSpeak Live minutes after he appeared on today’s episode of Around The Horn on ESPN. On episode 18 of the show, he had a lengthy conversation with Ethan Sherwood Strauss centred around race.

HoopSpeak Live airs Thursdays at 5PM Eastern right here on HoopSpeak.com. You can follow the show with the #hoopspeaklive hashtag, and you can follow Mr. Jones at @bomani_jones.

 

 

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HoopSpeak Live Episode 18

Today’s guests:

Henry Abbott of ESPN’s TrueHoop

Bomani Jones, of Around the Horn on ESPN and BomaniJones.com

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