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Old 06-08-2006, 04:57 PM   #301
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The 2006 NBA Finals start tonight!
Hell yes!

I still don't understand the 2-3-2 format.

Especially after the 2-2-1-1-1 is used for the first 3 rounds.

better fix that Mr. Stern.
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now i don't dislike dwyane wade, persay... but the nba media machine is making me nautious. if i have to hear one more person compare wade to michael jordan, i'm going to throw something at my TV. you can't be michael jordan if you're not even the most important player on your own team... which is, and i don't care what anyone says, shaq.
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pistons in 3... i'd bet my next pay check on it


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now i don't dislike dwyane wade, persay... but the nba media machine is making me nautious. if i have to hear one more person compare wade to michael jordan, i'm going to throw something at my TV. you can't be michael jordan if you're not even the most important player on your own team... which is, and i don't care what anyone says, shaq.
There's one respect in which the comparison with Jordan is very accurate, and it's in the way Wade has expanded his offensive game.

Last year, Wade would attack the basket with reckless abandon. However, since he's a relatively small guy, he took a lot of hits and eventually his body completely broke down in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals, allowing the Pistons to take the series.

This year, he's expanded his offensive game to include more midrange shooting, especially that unguardable 15-18 foot fadeaway jumper. As a result, he has more ways to score and can stay healthier. This is happening in his third year in the league; Jordan didn't start diversifying his offensive arsenal in this manner until quite a bit later in his career.
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that's a nice try but considering that no one rips on the knicks more than i do, it doesn't really work. sorry.
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There's one respect in which the comparison with Jordan is very accurate, and it's in the way Wade has expanded his offensive game.

Last year, Wade would attack the basket with reckless abandon. However, since he's a relatively small guy, he took a lot of hits and eventually his body completely broke down in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals, allowing the Pistons to take the series.

This year, he's expanded his offensive game to include more midrange shooting, especially that unguardable 15-18 foot fadeaway jumper. As a result, he has more ways to score and can stay healthier. This is happening in his third year in the league; Jordan didn't start diversifying his offensive arsenal in this manner until quite a bit later in his career.
michael jordan averaged 37 points per game in his third season... without shaq.


for once i agree with mark jackson. wade is a stronger, slightly taller version of allen iverson.
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michael jordan averaged 37 points per game in his third season... without shaq.


for once i agree with mark jackson. wade is a stronger, slightly taller version of allen iverson.
I didn't say Wade was better than Jordan at the same point in their careers; I said that he was more versatile.

The balance of the game is much more shifted towards the defense today than it was back in the mid 80s as well.
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third year jordan would have averaged 47 a game in today's nba... he played in a time where if you scored so much you got sent to the floor and the guy didn't have to worry about being suspended for 5 games for doing it.
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third year jordan would have averaged 47 a game in today's nba... he played in a time where if you scored so much you got sent to the floor and the guy didn't have to worry about being suspended for 5 games for doing it.
Ah, the good old days of the Pistons' implentation of the 'Jordan Rules'...and then the legendary Bulls-Knicks rivalry of the 90s...shit, even the Knicks-Heat rivalry of the late 90s was allowed to be waaaaaay more physical than anything in today's league.
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oh and i forgot to add that dwyane wade's jumper is not exactly stellar... he's very streaky. at times it's great, at times it looks god awful.

which again adds to the comparison mark jackson brought up... that he's a taller, stronger allen iverson.

if you had to compare him to someone from the past, i would guess you'd have to say he was a slightly quicker version of isiah thomas, although isiah was a better all around player.

it hurts just so say that
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lol... all you need to do is run into shaq and you start to bleed
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