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Old 05-31-2009, 01:41 AM   #91
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Are we talkin' about practice?
Not a game. Not a game. Not a game. Not a game. Practice, man. Practice. What are we talkin' about? Practice, man. Practice.
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And the craziest thing is that he may end up in Charlotte next season with Larry Brown again.

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Note to LeBitch:

Kabuki bullshit apparently is not enough to win you a title.

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Didn't Kevin Garnett do that same schtick when he was in Minnesota?
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No one ever talks about the fact that he completely copied that.

It would be like a football player doing the same dance as Ray Lewis and no one mentioned it.
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King Crab did not make the Finals. F'ng beautiful.

Go Lakers. Should be interesting to see how this matchup plays out. Who is going to guard Marcin Gortat?
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Not a game. Not a game. Not a game. Not a game. Practice, man. Practice. What are we talkin' about? Practice, man. Practice.
Practice, man

I love Allen Iverson. I know people don't, and I get why, but the guy weighs like 160lbs and I swear 150lbs of it is balls. And "Practice" is sheer press conference gold.

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No one ever talks about the fact that he completely copied that.

It would be like a football player doing the same dance as Ray Lewis and no one mentioned it.
Yeah, it's completely weak sauce. It's funny because I thought I remembered KG doing it, and then I saw him do it every night when he got to Boston, and I got to half-thinking that I misremembered [/Rocket] because everybody acted like Lebron invented it or something.

Oh and nice how he just ran out, no handshakes, no postgame presser. When the Pistons did that when the Bulls beat them the entire media took a gigantic dump on them...I'm gonna go out on a limb and guess that none of the media types say jack shit about Lebron doing it. What a bitch...and leaves Mo Williams to do the presser.
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Michael Jordan started the talcum powder thing. So, Garnett AND LeBron stole it from MJ.

Congrats to the Magic. They played incredible! It will be interesting to see what defensive schemes Philip comes up with to stop them. Mike Brown sure didn't have the answer. Could someone please defend the 3?

Oh well, another Cleveland sports team goes down and I'll be one year older later this year and I am resigned to the fact that I will never see a Cleveland team win a championship in my lifetime.
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Michael Jordan started the talcum powder thing. So, Garnett AND LeBron stole it from MJ.
indeed... Jordan would put the talcum powder on his hands, for ya know, legit reasons... and had a tradition of clapping the powder in the face of Johnny Kerr...

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Oh and nice how he just ran out, no handshakes, no postgame presser. When the Pistons did that when the Bulls beat them the entire media took a gigantic dump on them...I'm gonna go out on a limb and guess that none of the media types say jack shit about Lebron doing it. What a bitch...and leaves Mo Williams to do the presser.
I noticed it right away after the game. It didn't surprise me...

ESPN brought it up in an interview with Dwight in Sunday Conversation. Howard handled it ok saying he was surprised, but that he knew the queen was probably upset and they would run into each other some day. He didn't call him the queen though, but it would have been funnier if he did.

He also made a great impression of Stan Van Gundy.
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and now lebron does it as a part of his ongoing narcissistic god complex thing in which we're all supposed to bow down to his all knowing greatness. just read his leg... he is a witness to his own greatness.

witness lebron skip out on the post game press conference so he can go home and cry to mommy.
God complex?
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YouTube - A Conversation Between Allen Iverson and Jim Mora


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Oh and nice how he just ran out, no handshakes, no postgame presser. When the Pistons did that when the Bulls beat them the entire media took a gigantic dump on them...I'm gonna go out on a limb and guess that none of the media types say jack shit about Lebron doing it. What a bitch...and leaves Mo Williams to do the presser.


indeed... i'm also a bit tired of the "lebron gets no help" thing.

wally and big ben were supposed to finally be the help... then when that didn't help, mo williams was finally the piece that was going to take the pressure of lebron and get them over the top... and they get the best record in the nba... and then they lose, and it's all "well lebron has no help" again.

we heard the same thing about kobe after he lost to the celtics last year... "oh, well kobe didn't have as much help as the celtics." funny that the same people who said that were saying before last year that boston couldn't win because the celtics roster sucked after the over-sized three. amazingly enough... when a team's superstar is able to get everybody to buy in to a true team first concept, the mediocre (or worse) players look like they belong.

boston could very well be going to the finals again this year despite KG's injury, and i think most would agree that they would be going to the finals if Garnett was healthy. and how many guys do they have on their roster that were picked up off the scrap heap? guys that nobody else wanted? would Kobe or Lebron ever allow glen davis to take the last shot? would they let John Paxson or Steve Kerr or Bill Wennington?

orlando plays great as a team... how many different guys hit big shots for them? michael pietrus? golden state couldn't get rid of him fast enough. hedo turkoglu? he averaged over 10 per game (10.1 to be exact) just once before coming to orlando. now he's an all star. it's amazing what happens when a team has true camaraderie.

and dwight howard? every player that steps on the court with him is better than if they were on the court without him. that is the true test of greatness.

i was listening to the radio broadcast of the game on my way home from my own tournament last night... and hubie brown was talking about dwight and his work with patrick ewing, and how they've already set their goals for the off-season.. about how they want howard to develop a respectable 8 to 10 foot jumper, and increase his free throw shooting to 70%... and how the free throws alone will bump him over 30 points a game... and that if he's able to develop a jumper they'll have to change the rules because he'll be impossible to guard.

and he's right... i have gained an incredible amount of respect for dwight howard. he's somebody who looks like he really "gets it." and looks like someone who honestly wants to work to get better every single year... and i think in the years to come we will look back on this series as the night that dwight howard entered the conversation of best player in the NBA... and it might even be the night we look back to as the day howard surpassed lebron james.
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meanwhile there's a lot of talk that the knicks are gonna trade quentin richardson and cash for darko and the 27th pick in the 1st round.

darko!
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and he's right... i have gained an incredible amount of respect for dwight howard. he's somebody who looks like he really "gets it." and looks like someone who honestly wants to work to get better every single year... and i think in the years to come we will look back on this series as the night that dwight howard entered the conversation of best player in the NBA... and it might even be the night we look back to as the day howard surpassed lebron james.
You guys are all nearly pulling a hamstring jumping on Howard's bandwagon, but I am afraid that you cannot legitimately place him in the ranks of the NBA's elite. I watched Howard for nearly 15 games this postseason and never once saw him make a field goal from beyond two feet. The man is a completely one-dimensional offensive player. Get him off the block or force him to dribble more than once, and he becomes a liability: throwing elbows, committing offensive fouls, making errant passes, and leaving the ball at his hip to be stolen. You mention that Ewing wants to develop a mid-range jumper for him, but do you really expect that to happen in one off-season, or even two or three? To develop a consistent jumper where right now there is only a jerky, horrendously inconsistent baby-hook? And having been in the league five or so years, is this just now becoming a priority? The announcers marvel at his 70% field goal percentage, conveniently leaving out the fact that at times nearly 50% of those field goals are dunks - dunks for that matter facilitated by teammates shooting nearly 50% from behind the arc on some nights. Thus he gets the ball deep in the post and dunks over Z, a center about five years past his prime, and the commentators marvel at "Superman" - a sobriquet just as ludicrous and sycophantic as "The Chosen One" or any other nickname floating around the league.

All things considered, he is physically the strongest player in the league, but has not even a fraction of the raw basketball talent of the likes of LeBron, Kobe, Wade, or even Billups. I see that many of you despise one or the other of the former players owing to their media attention, but the hyperbole in calling Howard their equal must be acknowledged. Let's see what he does against a team with big men who will not let him simply power into the block. Perkins did this in the Boston series and largely neutralized him. Don't be surprised if it happens again against the Lakers.

As for LeBron, can we please realize that the media image is not the man? This is true of any celebrity or sports icon, but many of you seem incapable of realizing that these people are to a large extent encumbered by what the media wants them to be. The media declared LeBron the "Chosen One" - he did not give himself that title. There is no reason to misdirect your displeasure at the media to the man himself. This is the same sort of attitude that goes on in the survivors over in B&C: "I heard Stairway to Heaven twice on the radio yesterday, so it must suck." He cannot control the level of his media exposure, except perhaps by refusing commercial offers - but why would he do that? Would any of you reject millions of dollars in endorsements? LeBron came into the league with the tremendous weight of expectation and has almost invariably handled that pressure with grace. Furthermore if he happens to come to any of your favorite teams in 2010, I doubt that you will then be complaining.
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You guys are all nearly pulling a hamstring jumping on Howard's bandwagon, but I am afraid that you cannot legitimately place him in the ranks of the NBA's elite. I watched Howard for nearly 15 games this postseason and never once saw him make a field goal from beyond two feet. The man is a completely one-dimensional offensive player. Get him off the block or force him to dribble more than once, and he becomes a liability: throwing elbows, committing offensive fouls, making errant passes, and leaving the ball at his hip to be stolen. You mention that Ewing wants to develop a mid-range jumper for him, but do you really expect that to happen in one off-season, or even two or three? To develop a consistent jumper where right now there is only a jerky, horrendously inconsistent baby-hook? And having been in the league five or so years, is this just now becoming a priority? The announcers marvel at his 70% field goal percentage, conveniently leaving out the fact that at times nearly 50% of those field goals are dunks - dunks for that matter facilitated by teammates shooting nearly 50% from behind the arc on some nights. Thus he gets the ball deep in the post and dunks over Z, a center about five years past his prime, and the commentators marvel at "Superman" - a sobriquet just as ludicrous and sycophantic as "The Chosen One" or any other nickname floating around the league.

All things considered, he is physically the strongest player in the league, but has not even a fraction of the raw basketball talent of the likes of LeBron, Kobe, Wade, or even Billups. I see that many of you despise one or the other of the former players owing to their media attention, but the hyperbole in calling Howard their equal must be acknowledged. Let's see what he does against a team with big men who will not let him simply power into the block. Perkins did this in the Boston series and largely neutralized him. Don't be surprised if it happens again against the Lakers.

As for LeBron, can we please realize that the media image is not the man? This is true of any celebrity or sports icon, but many of you seem incapable of realizing that these people are to a large extent encumbered by what the media wants them to be. The media declared LeBron the "Chosen One" - he did not give himself that title. There is no reason to misdirect your displeasure at the media to the man himself. This is the same sort of attitude that goes on in the survivors over in B&C: "I heard Stairway to Heaven twice on the radio yesterday, so it must suck." He cannot control the level of his media exposure, except perhaps by refusing commercial offers - but why would he do that? Would any of you reject millions of dollars in endorsements? LeBron came into the league with the tremendous weight of expectation and has almost invariably handled that pressure with grace. Furthermore if he happens to come to any of your favorite teams in 2010, I doubt that you will then be complaining.
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