Quarter Season – Illusions and Reality

Are the 76ers for real? Source: onlineselljerseys.com

The 2011-2012 season has officially entered grind-mode. Key players are missing time to conserve for the stretch run. Rose, Wade, Pierce, Amare, Paul, Deng and Primo Brezec Bargnani have missed or will miss several games. We knew the schedule would wear on the players, but I missed an obvious by-product of the back-to-back-back-breaking sched – if your star goes down for say two weeks, he’s going to miss a lot of time. Continue reading “Quarter Season – Illusions and Reality”

Some Light Magic

Despite the "body language", Superman is playing Super-ly

Transition D-fense had to recharge its batteries over the last week. The Heat will have to rest their stars at some points during the year. I will too.

The one game I did catch was Magic/Warriors on Thursday night. I wanted to see how Dwight Howard and his posse of gunners were handling themselves. Commentators from far and wide have ripped “Superman” for waffling between wanting to get traded, wanting to stick around, and wanting to stick around then join a contender in the offseason. But they’ve also criticized him for how he’s playing this year, not by noting a lack of production, instead  – they’ve cited uninspiring body language and a lack of smiling. Ironically, according to the same experts, these were indicators of a lack of competitive fire in prior years.  Continue reading “Some Light Magic”

2011-2012 – The Age of Selective Competitiveness

The website this image is taken from calls this "Ben Gordon Looking Tired". Read on and you'll get it. Source: basketevolution.com

I’m as big an NBA fan as they come. I PVR every west coast game and watch it the next morning over milk-soaked Rice Crispies. I  just watched Game 6 of the Knicks/Rockets 1994 NBA Final, and raved about Vernon Maxwell’s tenacity. But even an NBA junkie has his limits.

The schedule is as dense as my brain during tax season. If I can’t watch the Lakers play seven games in nine nights, it’s gotta be tough for the players. The 2011-2012 season is a battle of attrition, and the declining quality of games has taken the lustre  off the 11th-hour lockout resolution.

Teams are clearly worn down already. How else do you explain the Blazers throttling the Thunder Tuesday, the Lakers Thursday, then losing by 25 to the Suns? I know the Raptors aren’t sliced bread, but after four games in six nights you can’t blame them for losing by a combined 47 points to New Jersey and Philly (you can’t blame them but you can throw a throw-pillow at your TV).

Just check last week’s boxscores – every game is decided by double digits. If a team falls behind early, whether physically or mentally – it decides it can’t get back in the game. The lead balloons until it’s garbage time and Jake Voskuhl takes the floor.

At first I was elated by the nightly high-caliber match-ups. Now I’m realizing I prefer quality over quantity.

Omer Asik = Judge Reinhold

While enjoying a casual viewing of Hawks vs Bulls, Transition D-fense’s overloaded-on-condensed-NBA-schedule wife made the following startling discovery:

Omer Asik - the Turkish Judge Reinhold? Source: espn.com
Fast Times at Constantinople High? Source: New York Times

Ahead: We’ll evaluate the week in Raptor heaven, likely this Thursday or Friday


The Sloan Effect

Jerry Sloan
No Groove for the Jazz Since Sloan's Departure. Source: blog.zap2it.com

If you think I didn’t PVR the Jazz vs Spurs and watched it first thing New Year’s Day morning, well then you just don’t know Transition D-fense.

Other than an unhealthy addiction to staring at Manu Ginobili’s bald spot, I wanted to discover why everything has gone to hell since Jerry Sloan left the Jazz. Though the sample is small, the horrendous results are attention-worthy. Continue reading “The Sloan Effect”

Introducing – Bear

BearAt Transition D-fense we have a certain mode d’emploi – offer an alternative point of view, support it with facts, and use lots of puns. Recently I was approached by a mountain of a man with a congruous perspective as I on NFL football. His name is Ari Finewax, or as he is affectionately known – Bear.

Much like Transition D-fense’s founder, Ari has dominated his favourite sport’s predominantly Jewish league. Though his supreme athleticism is the main reason for his success, Bear’s team’s titles are the result of ungodly hours spent on Sunday watching the NFL. It is well known among his peers that Sunday is reserved for pigskin and his world-famous chili.

Ari is going to question the conventions of coaches, players and commentators. He’s going to to give you a new way of thinking about America’s obsession. And he’s going to do it in a fun, blunt, sarcastic, informative and humourous way.


2011-2012 Standings

Here are the projected records of every relevant team for the upcoming season according to Transition D-fense. Be forewarned – this list is going to be 100% accurate.


1) Chicago Bulls – 46 and 20

2) Miami Heat – 41 and 25

3) Orlando Magic – 39 and 27

4) New York Knicks – 36 and 30

37) Toronto Raptors

Everyone else – does not matter


1) Oklahoma City Thunder – 46 and 20

2) Dallas Mavericks – 45 and 21

3) Memphis Grizzlies – 41 and 25

4) Los Angeles Lakers – 39 and 27

5) San Antonio Spurs – 38 and 28

6) Denver Nuggets – 37 and 29

7) LA Clippers – 36 and 30

#8) Meh



2011-2012 – The Big Picture Part 2

Dirk Nowitzki
Image source: barcelonafc.blogspot.com

Here’s Part 2 of Transition D-fense’s large-ish NBA preview. To conclude this historic series of posts we look at the Western Conference and crown the next NBA champ.


It’s just hard to repeat. Your team has to be special to evoke that desire and energy to combat every team’s best shot at you every night. I don’t think their hero of last year’s post-season has the will to bring the Mavs back. And this is before considering that Chandler has left.

Dallas was fortunate to have the Lakers hand them Lamar Odom for nothing, but as we’ve been harping on – how fast and how well will he fit in to Rick Carlisle’s system? What about Jason Terry? Is he willing to tatoo a second Larry O’brien trophy on his arm before game 1 like last year?

Facts: The mileage is high. The roster is slightly worse.

Educated conjecture: The Mavericks don’t have the same passion to make it back to the promised land. Specifically, 45 and 21, 2nd seed, and a conference semi-finals exit.

So who finishes first, and marches all the way to glory?

Continue reading “2011-2012 – The Big Picture Part 2”