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Old 05-19-2008, 07:41 PM   #46
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I liked the lottery a lot more when it was fixed and the Knicks got Ewing and then the Cavs got LeBron.
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I liked the lottery a lot more when it was fixed and the Knicks got Ewing and then the Cavs got LeBron.
ah yes... those were the days.

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Old 05-19-2008, 11:06 PM   #48
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Boy, that was an ugly Game 7...

With a happy ending though.

I would say the Hornets lost it more than the Spurs won it.

Tough series against the Lakers, though. But who knows.

Go Spurs!
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Not the prettiest game, but that happens sometimes when both teams have been bashing each others' brains out for the previous 6.
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I actually like how the Spurs match up against the Lakers, putting Bowen on Kobe. And I hope Timmy eats Gasol for breakfast so the press cuts the Gasol hype for good.
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pao is a bit of a sissy... but i don't know where this "gasol hype" you're speaking of is.
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Old 05-20-2008, 09:15 AM   #53
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Friggin' Hornets Now what do I do? I guess I'll root for the Spurs reluctantly. I just can't root for the Lakers, and if the Celts got past the Pistons I could see them having real problems guarding Kobe.

Impressive job by the Spurs though, I figured for them to win they'd need 40 from Duncan, he didn't come close to that and they still got it done.

I was thinking about the Duncan 3 yesterday...one shot, in the first round, and look how it effected the NBA. Totally changes history for the Suns and what they'll do in the offseason, sends D'Antoni to the Knicks, lots of things set in motion by one shot.
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ah yes... those were the days.

I wonder if Stern will fess up on his deathbed...maybe he and OJ can write a book together.
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as long as he does it again this year.

in all honesty, though... the knicks do have a decent shot at a top 2 pick, but even though teams with worse odds have gotten the best pick before, if the knicks do end up with the #1, by completely legit means... everyone will think it was rigged anyways. so stern might as well just rig it and get it over with.
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I'd like to go back to a topic that I meant to post on. It was the Peja vs. Manu argument.

I meant to chime in but let it slide...but I can't anymore. I would never take Peja over Manu. I know everyone gives Webber so much crap, but watch this video. HUGE...wide open three pointer for Peja and...

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I loved seeing Chris Paul take the flop vs. Ginobili in the last few minutes of the game, only for Ginobili to react like someone just kicked his dog.

Anyway, the Spurs are a great team, but I can't stand watching their brand of basketball. Do you think Stern wants a Pistons-Spurs rematch? Nah, didn't think so.
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I think Headache may get a kick out of Gerry Callahan's column from today's Boston Herald...its a little fantasy look at where the Celts might be tonight had they won last year's draft lottery...

http://bostonherald.com/sports/colum...rts&position=1

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By Gerry Callahan
Tuesday, May 20, 2008 - Updated 18h ago
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For the second year in a row, the future of the Celtics will depend on the bounce of the ping-pong balls as the dregs of the NBA gather in Secaucus, N.J., tonight for the annual draft lottery. With a league-worst 9-73 record, the Celtics have the best chance of landing the top pick in the losers lottery tonight, just as they did a year ago.

Last May, it appeared as if the Celtics’ luck finally was changing. After two decades of missteps and malfeasance, the team’s prayers were answered. The balls bounced their way on lottery day and the Celtics got the No. 1 pick for the first time ever.

In New Jersey, Celtics emissary Tom Heinsohn lit up a victory Pall Mall while mayor Tom Menino ordered a rally outside City Hall headlined by his favorite singer, Dropkick Murphy.

The party continued into June when the team grabbed highly touted Ohio State center Greg Oden with the pick, and the club seemed to be turning the corner. Happy days had returned to Causeway Street at last.

But soon dark clouds again moved in over the storied Celtics franchise as an ESPN investigation revealed that Oden really was 67 and a decorated Korean War veteran. Oden admitted he lied about his age to get into sorority parties in Columbus and decided to come clean so he could get the senior discount at Dunkin’ Donuts.

Late last summer, as he was preparing for his first NBA training camp, Oden fell down while watching “Matlock” with his canasta group and suffered a hip injury. The Minnesota Timberwolves, who had offered to trade Kevin Garnett for Oden, withdrew their offer.

The Celtics had no choice but to set their sights on the lottery again and lose as many games as possible in the 2007-08 season. Former coach Doc Rivers announced that he couldn’t handle another season of tanking games so he resigned his position, allowing Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck to hire the perfect man for the job.

“We needed one more season of complete ineptitude, and I think we can all agree that this is the best man to lead us there,” Grousbeck said as he introduced Isiah Thomas to the media.

Thomas was released from his contract with the Knicks after he was caught stealing office supplies.

“I came here because I think this is a young team with lots of potential,” Thomas said. “Plus, they have a couple of smoking-hot secretaries.”

Former Celtics director of basketball operations Danny Ainge followed Rivers out the door, allowing Thomas to assume the duties of general manager as well as coach. After trading Paul Pierce to New York for Stephon Marbury, Thomas set his sights on the available free agents. He called James Posey, who claimed he had given up basketball to focus on his true passion - alpaca farming. He also made an offer to Eddie House, who immediately hung up and changed his phone number.

During the season, veteran P.J. Brown laughed when asked if they would like to play in Boston.

“I’m waiting to see if Siberia makes me an offer first,” Brown said, giggling uncontrollably.

Sam Cassell told Thomas he would like to play for the Celtics but was busy re-arranging his sock drawer.

Boston again became the last place any decent NBA player wanted to play. Players claimed they didn’t like the weather, the traffic, the media and the taxes. But in reality, there again was no chance of winning a championship. After years of trying to rebuild through the draft, the Celtics were back to square one.

The low point in the season probably was when Jordan’s offered its customers free furniture if the Celts won two games in a row - a feat they failed to accomplish. On most nights, the courtside seats normally reserved for celebrity fans went to street musicians and state reps. TV ratings sunk below Revolution games and “Hardball with Chris Matthews.”

Even Heinsohn has reached the end of his rope.

“We don’t have much talent,” Heinsohn said. “Which makes it that much harder to overcome rotten officiating.”

But tonight it could all turnaround. Just before the Pistons and Cavaliers square off in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals, the ping-pong balls will fall into place and the Celtics will learn their fate. If they again land the top pick, they are expected to take Derrick Rose, the young point guard out of Memphis.

Unfortunately, without much talent or leadership around him, Rajon Rondo struggled through a horrendous sophomore season and the point guard appears to be a lost cause. Rose is only 19, so he’ll be expected to back up Marbury and learn from the wily veteran. Once the draft is complete, the Celtics will have to deal with another pressing issue. Their best player, Al Jefferson, still is demanding a trade.

“Obviously, we have hit rock bottom,” Thomas said. “Which reminds me: Did you check out the bottom on that new hottie in sales? Sweet.”

Said Grousbeck: “I just pray we don’t get unlucky to slip all the way to, say, No. 5. God only knows what we’ll do then.”

This year the team will be represented in Secaucus by Oden. He already was planning a bus tour of Atlantic City this week.
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hehe

back to the manu v. stojakovic thing... look, obviously stojakovic was out played by manu. but there is a reason why the spurs put their best defender on stojakovic. all i'm sayin'.

he's a deadly shooter... and the argument i made was that if you put him with duncan, with all the looks that the spurs guards get even when duncan doesn't play well, like last night, just because timmay is timmay... it would be frightening.

all i'm sayin.


let's go balls!
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wow larry bird has gotten, um, hefty.
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