I would say the Bulls got the most out of this trade. Hughes and Gooden is a huge offensive upgrade, and big Ben wasn't fitting in anyway. Hopefully the Cavs will use this change to boost morale and gain some momentum heading into the playoffs. Even though they didn't really pick up a star, all four of those players will be heavy contributors. Joe Smith is highly underrated for an old big man. Seattle doesn't gain much in Donyell Marshall and Ira Newble, but they are moving cities next year anyway. Maybe Marshall can be a semi-good mentor for Kevin Durant. I have always thought Donyell is a poor man's Robert Horry, who has about 30 rings.
posted by Snikastyle at 05:59 PM on February 21
Who cares, this is dumb. Even if he said that, it would have been out of frustration, and the only two people that would care are the coach and Tyronn Lue.... who both, obviously don't.
posted by Snikastyle at 07:49 PM on November 13
I think the Magic are a lot closer than the Sonics. I think the Sonics will be good in 5 years. But Lewis is going to one of about 5 teams that have the BIG MAN to get a team to the finals. Duncan, Shaq, Amare, and Oden maybe later. Great move for Lewis and Orlando. Seattle jumped too soon in my opinion with Ray Allen. He was a proven shooter and All-Star. He did have an off year, but trading for ZERbiak and Jeff Green seems strange to me. They must REALLY be trying to rebuild. GOOD LUCK, I would love to see that team in Oklahoma City. or Kansas City. Vegas is too much of a distraction, and those people couldn't handle attention taken away from the Casinos.
posted by Snikastyle at 07:42 PM on July 03
Jason Richardson's foul was just a hard foul, that was all he could do... he didn't want Okur to have a chance at making the shot, and all he did was hit him high... on his arms, not even his head or anything. BD's shot was cheap, but it should overshadow his phenomenal play until this point. I'm still going for Utah, and they should play Ronnie B more.
posted by Snikastyle at 06:23 PM on May 14
Derek Fisher is an amazing individual. I am proud to say that he is from Arkansas, and I wish he and his family the best. It was touching to see him and everyone on the court acknowledge his situation, especially when Ronnie B hugged him after the game (also an Arkansan). His return certainly boosted an outstanding Utah team into victory. I am convinced that Utah is a contender, even at its young age. D-Fish is the man.
posted by Snikastyle at 05:08 PM on May 10
Even Zues has shown sign of jealousy towards The Beard
posted by Snikastyle at 09:42 AM on May 09
Even if the refs are PRO detroit, these first two games shouldn't be soooo one sided. The Pistons are making the Bulls look bad. They have to get it together before game 3 or this will be a sweep, and really boring. I thought the Bulls looked phenomenal against the Heat, no matter what the refs had to say. However, the Bulls look oh so promising for their near future.
posted by Snikastyle at 09:10 PM on May 07
WHY IS THE WEST SO MUCH MORE INTERESTING? I have always liked the East better, but I can not get into any of the games. Both West series should be fun to watch. I can't wait to see the Jazz-Warriors match-up. I don't think that this series will be as psycological as the Mavs series, and that's why the Jazz probably have the edge. It basically all depends on whether or not the Warriors can handle Boozer. I do think that it is funny that most commentators have said that the Warriors won't have the edge because now they have to play a more athletic team.... WHAT? How are the Dallas Mavericks NOT athletic. Devin Harris, Jason Terry, Josh Howard? I guess maybe inside, but Dallas couldn't play their big guys much anyway. I'm a little confused by that. Spurs-Suns series should be really exciting also, but everyone is saying that whoever wins that series will win it all.... I think this year might be a toss-up year. It might be a surprise year as far as Champions go.
posted by Snikastyle at 04:22 PM on May 07
They are missing a couple of players. Battier was a huge addition for them, he has a certain defensive toughness. What they lack is another playmaker with enough confidence to take the last shot, not that he would HAVE to, but someone who would. Rafer Alston is the BEST streetball playmaker ever... but in the NBA, his game is completely different, maybe just because he is so small. My suggestion: Trade away Rafer and/or Bonzi Wells for a tough veteran with leadership capabilities. Derek Fisher would be perfect, but no way he is leaving Utah. Lamar Odom, Sam Cassell, even someone like JR Smith or Michael Finley would REALLY help this team. If Bonzi was in shape and got along with the coach, that could've worked. The saddest thing I've seen in the NBA this year was T-Mac walking away from the Press Conference after game seven. He deserves to contend for a championship, I just hope that he doesn't feel like any more of his seasons are a waste.
posted by Snikastyle at 02:00 PM on May 06
All I was saying is that, YES, Kobe does have to win to get MVP consideration. I think overall, he is one of the best players in the game. BUT he cannot work with other players. They have a better-than-good supporting cast, and they rarely look like a contender. Odom is the most laid back, all-around, complementary player you can find in the NBA today.... but with Kobe on the court, he is not able to contribute. Kobe "plays" A LOT like Jordan, but he is missing the x-factor. He doesn't mesh well with other players. He passes well, but doesn't utilize that part of his game enough. He plays great defense, but it is not necessarily great TEAM defense. He can take 2 or 3 players to the basket and make the shot a lot of the time, but he can't find the open players. Kobe is the most prolific scorer of his era, but he should never win an MVP trophy unless his team is a legit contender. HOWEVER, it does look like next year will be a different Laker team. I expect Odom to be moved, and the Laker starting line up to change. There should be a new PG, and maybe.... someone like Garnett, Gasol, or hopefully Jermaine O'Neal. O'Neal is also an MVP candidate on a winning team. That would be a perfect set-up for Kobe to get his last chance at a title. JO is in his prime years, as is Kobe. It would also benefit Odom to get some space from the superstar. He could be a great TEAM leader. Odom is the kind of guy that could lead a team of good players, like the Pacers. This will be the best offseason, movement-wise IN YEARS!
posted by Snikastyle at 07:11 PM on May 05
Kobe is the best One-on-One player on the planet. BUT.... he is not the winner that most MVP's are. He does NOT make his teamates better, and that is the most VALUABLE part of this award. He was on his way to being the leading candidate at the beginning of the season averaging 25 instead of 35 points, but his team was WINNING. The Lakers should have won more games this year. Players I think should be MVP candidates every year: Steve Nash Tim Duncan Chaucey Billups LeBron James Gilbert Arenas D'Wade (when they have a better record) Tracy McGrady (when he plays more than 60 games)
posted by Snikastyle at 01:42 PM on May 05
Baron Davis is far from Magic Johnson, but after this series he does deserve some great comparisons. Just from modern day players; he had the toughness of Sam Cassell, the speed and driving abilities of D'Wade, and the late game perfection of Chauncey Billups. The entire Warriors team played with more heart and incontestible effort than I have seen in years. I have never seen players more in-sync with their city, and fully devoted to one another. Stephen Jackson in a post game interview said "I would die for those guys out there." And it had nothing to do with the question. Let it be known that if this team plays the same way they played the Mavericks, there is no stopping them. They don't match up as well with the Rockets, Spurs, or Suns. But their shooting, athleticism, riskiness, and desire to win could push them further in the playoffs.
posted by Snikastyle at 09:56 AM on May 04
Props to you smithers, even though the Heat have been my team a while... they will have to move in new point guards and some young talent all over the floor. Mavs just won game 5. Dirk finally plays MVP style basketball when it counts. He validated his near future MVP trophy tonight. BUT.... with BD in the game at the end, it easily could've been an OT game. Look for game 6 to be VERY CLOSE. By the way, if the Bulls beat the Pistons, it will HAVE to be in 6 games. NO WAY the Bulls beat the Pistons AT HOME in a game 7. Should be a great series and a possible rivalry future.
posted by Snikastyle at 12:09 AM on May 02
THIS YEAR HAS BEEN UNPREDICTABLE. That's the bottom line. NO ONE could've guessed Deng and Gordon would eat the Heat alive. NO ONE could've guessed the Warriors would be up 3-1 to the Mavs. Game 4, by the way, was the most exciting playoff game since the 3-game-winning shots game Lakers vs. Spurs, ending with Derek Fisher's .00001 seconds left fader. Houston vs. Utah seems to be the only good match-up in the first round. I would love to see a young Utah team excell, OR T-Mac finally get a chance to shine well into the playoffs. One thing I am still curious to see, who will win MVP? Dirk deserved it for the regular season. But if they take into account, the last week of play. Dirk disappeared.... and Nash almost beat the playoff assist record.
posted by Snikastyle at 02:51 PM on May 01
I am surprised Wade took this shot at Dirk, but he is NOT really lying all that much. The Mavs are a fabulous team, but as far as I'm concerned Dirk isn't and will never be an MVP candidate. Dallas is deep, and Josh Howard and J Terry make for a great backcourt. Until Dirk learns how to defend, especially inside, he shouldn't be considerred for MVP. All teams that win championships play great defense. What was the last team that couldn't play defense that won the championship???
posted by Snikastyle at 04:19 PM on February 10
Mardy Collins didn't want his team to be more embarassed. JR Smith was going to do a ShowBoating dunk. Collins stopped him, hard flagrant and got the message across. No coach told him to do it he just did it. The nuggets players were upset which makes sense, but they phsically overreacted. Melo will get the most time suspended. Nate Rob should get some time. JR Smith should get some. Maybe..... Jared Jeffries.... but no one else. This has happened before, it just took them a while to break it up. Collins shouldn't get suspended b/c he never retaliated. I don't think they should've ejected 10. Just about 6. It doesn't matter, the punishments will be announced later today.
posted by Snikastyle at 11:06 AM on December 18
I think this will be best in a couple of situations. Philadelphia has NOT done enough to support AI. Their best year with AI was when Dikembe was the only other good player they had. Not even close in the finals. Any team should surround a Superstar like Iverson with championship caliber players. AI might have even waited too late, but because Philly is a great city, he has been so loyal. Minnesota is in the same situation with Garnett. One great season a while ago, and now rebuilding again. KG and AI are too old to start from the bottom. AI should be exchanged for Mike James, Eddie Griffin, and Randy Foye. Maybe a pick, or another dead contract but this will give each team a change, and what they need. It gives the 76ers two options at point, their problem position, and a young replacement for C-Webb. AI is everything Garnett has ever wanted in Minnesota. I was beginning to think he would be happy with Starbury coming back, so AI .... WAY BETTER. Celtics are a bad fit for AI, no help inside, and Paul Pierce has never known how to win. Nuggets would be a good situation if the 76ers can get fair value. It would take Nene, JR smith, and Andre Miller. Tough Call for the Nuggets who finally look good. Plus Melo and AI might not work, too much offense. I like that the Hawks and Mavericks sound interested but their is no way the Mavs could pull it off without letting go of Terry or Howard, and those are keepers.
posted by Snikastyle at 12:51 AM on December 09
Pistol Pete is definately on the most influential BASKETBALL players in history. However, his career wasn't defined by his NBA playing. He was a college scoring machine. And being white on the harlem globetrotters. I still think he deserved the list. MOST definately Larry Bird, the best basketball mind that we have seen. He was MJ without being athletic....
posted by Snikastyle at 04:01 PM on August 03
Nash was an incredibly good player for the last 2 years. I don't see him getting any better, and the Suns need to make their move soon. Nash will actually turn 33 next season. Amare will be great and Marion is also still young. However, Marion seems to be in the trade rumors a little too often. This Suns team needs to be in the Finals within the next two years, or else Steve Nash won't be a big part of a championship team. Despite my entire comment, he is a thrill to watch, and definately deserves the past two years MVP award. LeBron's team wasn't good enough, same with Kobe. D'Wade wasn't the MVP until the post season. And Dirk should be considerred behind Nash anyway. Legit 2-time MVP.
posted by Snikastyle at 03:18 PM on July 22
I definately think that international basketball is close to catching up with the US. However, in 1992 the US had no real competition. 2 years ago, the competition was a little better. We haven't been taking it seriously....ever. So 2004 was a wake up call. We have to acknowledge other countries now. However, what the US is doing will inable us to DOMINATE ever team out there. Practicing makes it somewhat unfair to the rest of the world.
posted by Snikastyle at 04:50 PM on July 20
great for both teams, the only team it hurts is the suns. They lose one of their best post season players of this year. Because Amare is coming back it shouldn't affect them too bad, but Tim Thomas was a phenomenal midseason pickup last year. Look for Sam I AM to leave LA
posted by Snikastyle at 01:11 AM on July 02
Well, there is no possible way to determine who the most DOMINANT center ever is or was.... but in my opinion it is Shaq. He has been incredibly successful with 3 different teams. He finds ways to be the best. He does have competition, however, because he is soooo much better than all of them, they are considerred not as good. Tim Duncan is 7'0, that's center height. Ben Wallace is 6'9 but is listed at center. (By the way, one of two 4-time denfensive players of the year) that's pretty good. Alonzo Mourning and Dikembe Mutumbo will both be top 5 block leaders of all time. Early in Shaq's career was Hakeem and the Admiral. Those are ALL worthy opponents.
posted by Snikastyle at 09:39 PM on June 03
Well, I didn't have the pleasure of watching Wilt or REAL good Kareem, but I don't think that they widened the lane because of them. I don't think the whole officiating system had to completely re-evaluate itself because of one player. Shaq is so unique to any player in history I don't know how you can't say he is the most DOMINANT center ever. DOMINANT is different than BEST or HIGHEST SCORER. When was the last time Shaq wasn't in a conference finals at least. Also, I don't think that Detroit played their very best by any means... but there is no way that that is the only reason they lost. Playing their best ball, I don't believe they would have won. The Heat played the best ball they have played in two years. AND the Heat's Best beats the Piston's Best.
posted by Snikastyle at 01:26 PM on June 03
The Heat WON the series against the Pistons. I don't dislike many NBA teams, and I am afraid that the Pistons are going to blame someone for what happened. Flip will prolly get fired. Some of the bench players will get traded. We will see this offseason, HOWEVER, the Heat were playing above everyone's level. They deserved to win. Detroit didn't LOSE, the Heat WON. As for the Heat, with time for D'Wade to rest and get healthy, And SHaq has time to pump of the volume EVEN MORE. I don't see the Mavs or Suns winning. Both teams should bother the Heat at first, but that's it. Shaq has reproven himself as the most dominant center ever.
posted by Snikastyle at 10:07 AM on June 03
Alright, CTAL this is for you If you think Shaq gets to bump whoever he wants as hard as he wants and he is always in favor by the refs, YOU ARE RETARDED. Watch the next game, look how much every detroit player leans on Shaq when trying to guard him. They have to, but It's still ridiculous. They are at a 45 degree angle trying to balance the strength. OR watch how many times Shaq gets hit in the midsection on the way up. If Shaq doesn't dunk the ball on a play, there's an 80% chance he was fouled. And if he does, there is a 50% chance. Listen.... the Heat are playing awesome basketball right now. Shaq is focused. And mark my words, no one will remember "Kobe and Shaq" after this year. Wade looks an awful lot like a certain someone right now, mentioning no names....... 90s bulls.... air time..... nike..... space jam..... so if you put him and the most dominant big man, maybe ever on the same team, they better get a ring. By the way, all the talk about Flip saunders needing to be fired? That's ridiculous. He shouldn't be punished for getting beat by a team that is playing better. Not after one year. PLUS.... who are they going to get to replace him. He helped with the best record in the NBA. and Billups is pretty much their coach anyway, just like Nash won coach of the year last year. Detroit is a Great team, that is getting beat by a Great team that is hot.
posted by Snikastyle at 05:37 PM on May 30
Fellas, I don't know where you guys have been. Adam Morrison has a toughness that doesn't come along very often. I realize that he isn't athletic, and I don't believe he will be as good as Larry Bird. But... he will be a difference maker to the team that he goes to. And he will make a big difference the first year. Why would the Raptors draft another big guy. I highly doubt they are going to start Bosh, Aldridge, and Villanueva. Someone tell me who else they could pick, and make a difference this year.
posted by Snikastyle at 11:11 AM on May 27
I don't understand why they think they need a big guy so bad. Bosh has a promising future as a post. Villanueva seems to be a good complement. THEY NEED 1-3. 2-3 if they can hold onto mike james. Adam Morrison brings a toughness that is exactly want they need. Not much defense, but then they could actually outscore some teams. Even Rudy Gay could be a good addition, he isn't a great leader... but he should have a bright future. I think that is the position they need. Also if they do lose Mike James, they can sign..... Sam Cassell, Flip Murray, Speedy Claxton, or Bobby Jackson. ALL FREE AGENTS that could easily leave their situations.
posted by Snikastyle at 11:01 AM on May 27
It's just a way to allow the other team to never be completely out of the game. I think it makes the game more likely to be a nail-biter... which is fine, in fact that should be good. So I am OK with how it is.
posted by Snikastyle at 10:55 AM on May 25
Toronto is in a fabulous position. They cleared some cap room by losing Jalen Rose, who wasn't producing anyway. They are in a good spot to resign Mike James, and they just found out they got the # 1 pick. They don't need another PF, especially not a young inexperienced one. That knocks out Tyrus Thomas and the kid from Italy. Bosh's potential is high enough for them to NOT draft another post player, not this year anyway, so LaMarcus Alrdridge is out. They need a superstar type player at the 2-3 position. There is an obvious choice in Adam Morrison. In my opinion this is the best choice to improve for next year. However, if they want to draft for the future.... there is a more athletic, and more defensive minded player available - Rudy Gay. But, they should still pick Morrison.
posted by Snikastyle at 09:12 PM on May 23
Shaq and D'Wade are not the ones that will decide this series. The role players must play "above their heads" for this to be Heat series. Shaq and D'Wade both averaged 28 a game during the season against Detroit. The only game Miami won was a thriller when Wade hit a game winner. Haslem is key in this series, he must hold Rasheed. Posey is key, he must contain Tayshaun. Payton is key, he must relieve D'Wade on Rip, and worry about Chauncey the rest of the time. Zo is VERY key, when Shaq is in foul trouble, Zo MUST at least keep the game even. WE NEED vintage Zo for Miami to advance, but I believe we will see it.
posted by Snikastyle at 05:30 PM on May 23
Both teams looked determined in the second round. Miami will have trouble with Chauncey and Rip. Wade will guard Rip but he will be too tired from playing 110% on both ends. Zo will get a lot of minutes in this series which I think is key. D'Wade and Diesel will play their games, and very well I might add. BUT I think it is up to Haslem, Walker, Payton, Posey, and Zo to make this a Heat series. Good luck to Miami.
posted by Snikastyle at 11:20 AM on May 23
Miami looks solid. Cavs are suprising everyone. Detroit looks tired, but are probably NOW determined. Mavs look strong. Spurs look angry. Suns look desperate. Clippers look good. Whoever wins game 6 between Detroit and Cavs will win. If Spurs beat Mavs at home, they will win game 7 also. Suns will win if they contain Radmonovic and Tim Thomas has a good game.
posted by Snikastyle at 05:09 PM on May 19
The cavs have already made a statement. They have proven that they have a solid future in the post-seasons to come. BUT... now the Pistons have to re-prove themselves. The Pistons will come out Blazing in game 6. To win, the Cavs will probably have to overcome a huge deficit in game 6. If it goes to 7, the Pistons will win.
posted by Snikastyle at 11:49 AM on May 18
Congrats to the Clippers for a great turnaround. They look to have a promising future with Kaman, Brand, Livingston, Mobley, and possibly Maggette. I see this being the beginning of a great rivalry between LA and LA. However this year isn't their year. Suns will win this series.
posted by Snikastyle at 12:42 PM on May 14
Stack is definately a legit second place. I think Miller deserved it though because they had never made the playoffs and he was such a big part of that team's success. They often choose the award winners on more than just statistics and pasts. Like Steve Nash, he is a fabulous PG, and he leads the league in assists. But he will win MVP this year b/c he took a small team of misfits and made them special. With the exception of Marion, no one else on that team was good last year.
posted by Snikastyle at 06:24 PM on April 28
Kobe hasn't LED his team until game 2 of the playoffs. Nash deserved it this year because he produced the top three most improved players... however, i think Steve Nash should be coach of the year, and MVP should go somewhere else. Kobe didn't deserve it for a 7th seed team. Dirk, Nash, or Wade are better choices.
posted by Snikastyle at 04:16 PM on April 27
I like Arkansas through 3 rounds, and UCONN's toughest game will be UAB. Tennessee should lose early. I could see LSU ruining Duke's dreams, and I like Gonzaga to at least the Final Four. In other words, I THINK UCONN defeats Gonzaga by 8 in the Championship.
posted by Snikastyle at 01:51 PM on March 13
Yea, I'm not sure why Ben Wallace being 6'9 is so important. He is still a center, maybe a short one, but he is the center. He is a center on every video game. He is listed as center on his official team roster. And he blocks shots like a center. He is a center.
posted by Snikastyle at 04:59 PM on March 11
I could take two sides to this. The Cheerleaders should worry more about LEADING CHEERS, rather than doing flips in the air. They are meant to start cheers and look pretty, everything else has been added on as sugar coating over the years... I don't know how it became a sport either. OR The individual should be able to decide whether or not she wants to risk herself to show her spirit. Athletes get hurt all the time, this is just another form of "sports" injuries.
posted by Snikastyle at 04:54 PM on March 11
I wouldn't say Pierce is one of the top ten players in the league right now. He is on a struggling team, and he is the best. He is definately a great scorer, but he must learn how to help his team win before I buy into his stock. Nash, O'Neal, O'Neal, Wade, LeBron, Kobe, Duncan, Artest, T-MAC, Iverson, any of the Pistons. The list could be longer... all better than Pierce this year.
posted by Snikastyle at 12:02 PM on March 08
I would definately say that size still beats speed in the playoffs. Every team that has a solid inside player, that plays inside-out is successful. Maybe two exceptions... maybe Chris Bosh, but after a couple more years of development, he's there. And Kevin Garnett, no reason... just cursed. Besides that, all of the bad teams are lacking a good big man. Shaq, Ben Wallace, Yao, TD, Pau, J O'Neal. All could be considered centers, all successful teams (when healthy). The game is evolving into a power forward dominant game, but there will come another center before long, whether he be 7'3 or like shaq and 340 lbs. Eventually it will cycle back to a center's game.
posted by Snikastyle at 02:03 PM on March 04
I think they dropped him because they replaced him. He was about the only productive bench player last year. This year, they go much deeper, and with Raja Bell, James Jones, and Eddie House all having career years, Jim Jackson falls out of the picture. Jimmy is the oldest out of those 4, and probably the most expensive. He will jump on a team, most likely a top playoff contender. I wouldn't mind seeing the Lakers with another shooter.
posted by Snikastyle at 08:58 PM on March 02
The Blazers need to get better. They need to find a player that knows how to win. They have some talent, it's just not harnessed well. They need a veteran that can give you versatility on both ends of the court. And maybe some leadership. They need a Robert Horry, a Donyell Marshall, hell Devean George would prolly make this team better. It wouldn't hurt to decide on a point guard either. Jack, Blake, Telfair, and Dixon are all the exact same size, but different players. Choose one or two and trade the others for a shooter or something.
posted by Snikastyle at 10:47 PM on February 24
I wouldn't say Darko is the biggest bust ever... but it was bad. I've got a feeling that he will do a lot better when he is on a team that isn't Spectacular. Detroit simply didn't need him. Orlando needs something, so maybe they will play him a few more minutes than Detroit did. However, on Orlando's behave, I think that they are just trying to find a back-up for Jameer Nelson, which Arroyo should do. They are likely to move Francis and invest in younger, bigger players. Look for the Magic to get a facelift in the next 8 days.
posted by Snikastyle at 05:54 PM on February 15
I would think that they would start the next highest voted forward. Just my guess. I definately agree about Josh Howard, no, he shouldn't be on the team, but he wasn't even on the ballot. The kid is very important to the second best team in the league. I'd like to see him there within the next couple years. The only player that may not deserve it this year, I would say, is Ray Allen. Tough call, but he isn't having the season from a year ago. But, he is the best shot in the NBA.
posted by Snikastyle at 01:12 PM on February 10
Oh yea, to John Rodder. Oscar Robertson did average a triple double in one season of his career. So LeBron isn't closer than anyone ever. I also believe that Jason Kidd had a couple of seasons that he was going about 17, 10, and 7... which would also be closer. BUT, on your side, I also think that LeBron will eventually average a triple double in a season.
posted by Snikastyle at 05:41 PM on February 09
Cuban definately said some things that he shouldn't have said. Phil Jackson WAS the best coach, he is now a really good coach. He knows how to use what he has about as well as he can. Personally, I don't think that the Lakers will win another championship without a serious force inside, at least defensively. On the other hand, I don't see the Mavs winning one either. But, if they can hold on to Josh Howard and get a big man to somewhat balance the floor offensively, I wouldn't be surprised to see them in the Finals within 3 or 4 years.
posted by Snikastyle at 05:36 PM on February 09
I don't think they have to give up one of those two players for Theo Ratliff. Theo is good, but not Jamal or Marbury good. Q Rich has shown some improvement since the beginning of the year when he was the biggest dissappointment of the NBA but still, they could deal him and be just fine.
posted by Snikastyle at 12:20 PM on February 07
Iverson is NOTHING compared to Larry Bird. Bird would've been the best player EVER, yea i said it, if he was athletic. He had about the best understanding of the game, of anyone, with the exception of MAYBE Jordan. Bird won those titles against the Lakers. That Lakers team was incredible, and Bird still has all those rings. Larry Bird was everything basketball in a 50 year olds body. If Iverson wins a championship, and his career ends, and he still has top 3 PPG of all time, then make your case, but now... NOT EVEN CLOSE!
posted by Snikastyle at 05:52 PM on February 05
If the Knicks don't start winning a little bit soon, I will lose interest completely. They plan to make a couple more big trades. They show interest in Al Harrington, good luck... and also Theo Ratliff. They have a LOT of pieces that they could get rid of. They need to lose Allan Houston, Q-Rich, Penny, and Jerome James. I would say Stephon, but I think he could use a second chance. Atlanta and Portland need help inside and out, so there should be some trades soon.
posted by Snikastyle at 05:46 PM on February 05
I think that the Knicks did get a valuable player in Rose, but not a neccessary one for their team. They need some leadership from someone who is good and isn't always hurt. Allan Houston is a dead weight right now, at 19 million a year. So is Penny. The Knicks have a problem with paying EVERYONE too much money. They don't negotiate well enough. Marbury, J James, Q RIch, Penny, Houston, Curry are all getting paid too much. Those players add up to almost 70 million. Larry Brown better figure something out soon, because his team is the most inconsistent.
posted by Snikastyle at 11:09 AM on February 04
First of all, no way on Iverson. He is a fabulous player with some great numbers, but with the personnel that they have, they should have a better record. Kobe scored 81 in a game, easily comparable with Wilt's 100. Wilt was 7 feet, scoring over 6'6 at the TALLEST. Kobe was triple teamed and couldn't be stopped. Lakers make it to the playoffs, hand it to Kobe. If the Pistons beat the Bulls' 72-10, hand it to Billups. It doesn't matter that the whole team is incredible. If they beat that record, then they will be the best single season team, EVER. The MVP must go to that team, and Chauncey is their go to guy. If those two don't happen, Dirk has lifted his game to a new level. If they finish with the first or second best record in the West, Dirk could get it. If none of these things happen, Steve Nash will be a repeat, and that is that.
posted by Snikastyle at 01:07 PM on February 01
I can't wait to see this year's contest. The defending champ has got to be the favorite since he blew us away with his "hop over the Kenyon" dunk last year. AI is definately the real deal. Nate is gonna get some serious love from the crowd, and prolly from the judges since he is so much shorter. I wouldn't be surprised to see Hakim do something sick. Think back a year, he used to dunk on people for a living, that's how he got a scholarship. Keep your eyes open.
posted by Snikastyle at 12:49 PM on February 01
I like this topic. Definately a close call on the MVP, I would probably give it to Dirk at this point. I mean, they lost their second option in Finley, and they came back to have a better start than last year. Nash is definately doing some amazing things, and if Bryant gets him team better than the 8 seed, I almost give it to him for the 81 alone. Rookie of the Year, I agree. 6th man, i probably agree also... however, Speedy Claxton has shown some real good ball. Most Improved Player: Mike James, David West, Smush Parker Defensive Player: Gerald Wallace, Shawn Marion, Ben Wallace
posted by Snikastyle at 09:42 PM on January 29
I would say that both teams came out of the deal better. Indiana just needed Artest off their hands, they received a decent replacement for Reggie in the good offensive player role. I don't think that the Kings are suckers. I think Artest is a MUCH better player than Peja, if Sacramento can keep him away from the press for a while and let him settle in smoothly, the Kings will be good, THIS YEAR. Indiana is currently 7th in the East, my prediction is a finish at 6, maybe 5. But will be much better next year. The Kings are 12th in the West, I predict that they will just miss the playoffs, but show a hard fought end of the season, and really do some damage next year.
posted by Snikastyle at 01:30 PM on January 26
I'm sorry, but there is no way Iverson is the next Chamberlain. He'd have to sleep with 8 girls a day to catch up with Wilt.
posted by Snikastyle at 10:03 PM on January 25
As you can see, my incredible ability to see the future has been proven. Anyhow, Ron Artest does agree to be traded, and pending Kings' executives decision, the deal should happen by this evening. Looks good for both teams. Congrats to both franchises for getting it over with... if it follows through.... we hope.
posted by Snikastyle at 04:04 PM on January 25
Remember, Artest changes his mind about things about every 30 minutes. This trade is still possible. This is definately the most balanced rumored trade for Artest that I have heard so far. Peja would be a good fit, Reggie was a good fit, and they are same type player. J O'Neal will get his chance in the finals. He's only like 26, and he's a veteran. Also, Brad Miller was quoted saying that he would like to take a paycut and go back to Indiana. He liked the atmosphere there, and he is now rich. So no matter what happens, Indiana will be good again soon. And I think Artest will make a HUGE difference at his next destination.
posted by Snikastyle at 10:24 AM on January 25
This is getting bad. Kobe scored 81 points in a game. IT WAS OUTSTANDING. There was nothing wrong with it, he was hot, so the team fed him. He played 41 minutes which is less than a couple of the other players on the floor. I would be in awe if this were to happen again, by another individual in this era of basketball. Iverson's high point game is 60, 24 of which were free throws. Kobe only had 18. Lebron's is 56, that's 25 less than Kobe, and he played 6 more minutes than Kobe. Can we just let Kobe have this moment in history.
posted by Snikastyle at 02:32 PM on January 24
I think that I would've kept Shaq over Kobe. Not neccessarily because I think he is better, but because I feel like my team could accomplish more with him. Shaq's numbers will never be what they used to, but he is still making a huge impact. Nevertheless, KOBE BRYANT did something AMAZING, he should be the MVP if they can make the playoffs.
posted by Snikastyle at 05:09 PM on January 23
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