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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
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