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A new joint venture: The Doubting Thomas Award

November 18, 2009

Simply put, is one of the funniest and creative blogs out there. It is probably Australia’s best NBA blog. Here is the explanation of the Doubting Thomas Award:

Here at NBAMate, we love the underdog, the little “Aussie battler” (to use a colloquial term). So we thought, instead of turning our backs on the players who have tried so hard to fulfill our expectations and failed, why not celebrate them instead? In the spirit of Thomas the Apostle and Isiah Thomas, the most doubted NBA figure of the modern era, we proudly present the inaugural Doubting Thomas Award. An award to recognise the achievements of those who have achieved so little. An award to celebrate those players who have frustrated us beyond belief, yet leave us with a tinge of hope that maybe, just maybe, they’ll turn it around soon. Because let’s face it, no matter how many chances you’ve blown, there’s always the chance you won’t fuck up the next one.

You got to love “recognise” spelled with an S instead of Z.

Anyway, here is the rundown:

  • Danilo Gallinari, New York Knicks by Tizzle – NBAMate’s resident Knicks fan
  • Patrick O’Bryant, Toronto Raptors by Loscy – Loscy Celtics Blog
    Yes yes, I am an absolute sucker for players that used to dress in Celtic green. Patrick O’Bryant made a cameo for the Celtics in the 2008-2009 season and was seen as a possible asset coming off the bench with length, defense, and youth: three things the Celtics bench desperately needed to defend their title from 2008. So what if he POB had absolutely nothing in his offensive repertoire and couldn’t even keep in front of a glass door on defense? So what if POB was constantly hurt? So what if he was the first lottery pick to be sent into the D-League in his inaugural season? So what if his then coach/GM at Golden State (Donnie boy!) told POB that he wasn’t getting any better at all and that he was a long-term project and a disappointment? So what if Golden State could have had Rajon Rondo or Kyle Lowry or Paul Milsap or Sergio Rodriguez or even Shannon Brown? So what if he was picked up by the Celtics and then shipped to Toronto for a measly future second round draft pick? I’m pulling for you big guy. Why? Mainly because Don Nelson is a meathead of a coach/GM/person and since he hated you, I therefore have to atomically root for you. Let’s dedicate ourselves to good solid defense in the paint, crashing the boards, and finishing on second chances. This Bud’s for you, #13.
  • Channing Frye, Phoenix Suns by Paul – Two Sides of the Hoop
  • Roko Ukic, Milwaukee Bucks by Romy – Hip Hoop Junkies
  • Corey Brewer, Minnesota Timberwolves by Anton – The Sport Count
  • Goran Dragic, Phoenix Suns by Chucko – The Frustrated Suns Fan
  • Marco Belinelli, Toronto Raptors by Mookie – A Stern Warning
  • Chris Quinn, Miami Heat by Jobba – NBAMate’s resident draft expert
  • JJ Redick, Orlando Magic by Ryan – Two Sides of the Hoop
  • Kwame Brown, Detroit Pistons by Robd – NBAMate Captain

I mean seriously… what a freakin’ list of players. Maybe Chris Wallace will sign all of them for a mega-bust team?!?!?

Final words from RobD over at

What an exclusive list of players that is. If after reading that you feel the urge to ram your head through your PC monitor, then don’t stress – that is the typical reaction of having to visualize these guys on a basketball court. It’s also quite a broad mix of talent. Some of these players find themselves within the regular rotation – or *gasp* even the starting line ups – for their respective teams. Others seem destined to be warming the bench, praying that a teammate of theirs will be severely injured so they can finally get some decent minutes. Whatever their situation, one thing is clear: the only way is up. So tune in for the first Doubting Thomas Rankings, near the end of the month, to see how they’re faring on their road to redemption.

It’s a great idea, and I’m flattered/honored/excited for the chance to join these other folks in a little underdog jostling. I’ll be sure to update you each month when we have our rundowns, but for now, peep at what others are writing– it’s good stuff.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. November 18, 2009 7:59 pm

    *Snickers*… you said Kwame Brown. Tee hee.

    • November 19, 2009 12:07 am

      I think someone could make a documentary on what the heck MJ was thinking when he drafted Brown? Could also be an epic thriller, too.


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