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Wednesday, March 4th, 2009 at 9:00 am  |  155 responses

The Post Up: Super-Shard

And where Rashad McCants is perfect from the floor.

by Holly MacKenzie

Okay, short version today. I worked in the office all afternoon and night yesterday and didn’t get home until just after 12 a.m. I was home to catch Grizz/Lakers, but that’s it. And, I didn’t even really see that because I was arranging a few interviews I’ve got coming up. Tuesday/Wednesdays kill me!

We had the Cuse game on at work and then a whole bunch of hockey. I honestly, didn’t even miss the games I was so into what I was doing. Feels kinda funny to not know what’s up. It also feels wildly strange to know that it is the NHL trade deadline and to actually know some of the names that are being tossed around. This world of sports is an interesting one, that’s for sure.

So, Cavs are getting Joe Smith and Spurs are taking Drew Gooden.

Line of the night (shout out goes to my co-worker Suppa for picking up on this): “Spurs officials …. envision Gooden as a backup to Matt Bonner”

Bless Bonner’s soul, but how did we get to a place where Gooden is Bonner’s backup? I. Love. It. The Red Rocket will always have a place in the hearts of us Canadians. If Steve Nash is our golden boy, Bonner is a shiny silver.

While I didn’t see any of the action, I was lucky enough to have some of the SLAM-fam and the blogosphere’s finest keeping me in the loop thanks to Twitter, email and text messages.

I do love technology.

From Justin Walsh: “something surprising- Grant Hill was booed most of the game. Why would the Magic boo Grant? Sure his six seasons had a fair number of injuries, but Grant was a great guy in the community.”

This does disappoint me but doesn’t surprise me. I’m pretty sure I remember Grant being booed in Orlando before. Too bad because, personally, I feel warm on a cold winter’s day every time I see Grant get up and slam one home, or rise and drain a pretty jumper. It’s always bittersweet with him, because it makes me think of what could have been.

One more thing from Walsh (and this is just one more reason, why I really don’t know what to think about the +/- stat):

Rafer Alston registered a +15. for one night at least. In the +/- stat, Rafer is +27 over Nash.

seriously though. 20 points 8 assists 7 rebounds 4 steals is a -12, albeit with 7 turnovers. Alston 15 points 6 rebounds 6 assists 2 steals and 4 turnovers…+15. I just don’t see how Rafer is +27 on Nash looking at the game or the numbers.

Thanks to Justin for those little gems, but really, what are your thoughts on that stat? I get that it can make sense, but more than not it just makes me say hmm.

Okay, onto the games that we go. Big night in the L tonight. Looking forward to it.

So, the Warriors played all of their main guys and slaughtered the TWolves, 118-94 after going up by as many as 31 points in the first half. Things were so bad at the end of the game that Coach Nelson went over to Coach McHale to give some words of encouragement. Stephen Jackson scored 23 points to go with 7 rebounds and 6 assists, Andris Biedrins scored 13 points to go with 10 rebounds and Corey Maggette added 16 off of the bench. Kevin Love led the Wolves with 18 points and 14 boards while Randy Foye scored 19 points and Mike Miller added 11 points and 13 rebounds.

The Raptors did their normal Raptor thing and faded in the second half aganst the Rockets, falling 107-97 as Luis Scola had 20 points and 16 boards while Yao Ming had 20 points and 11 rebounds and Carl Landry added 22 off of the bench. Andrea Bargnani and Chris Bosh scored 25 points apiece to lead Toronto while Shawn Marion had 18 points to go with 10 rebounds.

The Magic were victorious over the Suns with a 111-99 victory in Orlando, spoiling Steve Nash’s return from an ankle inkury Nash finished with 20 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists, but it wasn’t enough as the Magic pulled away in the second half thanks to the sharp shooting of Rashard Lewis who finished with 29 points to go with 12 rebounds, outshining both Dwight Howard (21 and 8), and Shaquille O’Neal (19 and 11). Jason Richardson had 27 for the suns as Hedo Turkoglu scored 22 for Orlando. The Magic attempted 38 free throws to the Suns 17.

The Bobcats sucked the life out of the Bulls, rolling to a 96-80 victory as Chicago managed to top 20 points in just one quarter of the game. The Bobcats led by 13 at the break and easily went on to the win from there. All five Charlotte starters finished in double-figures, led by an 18-point, 9-assist effort from Raymond Felton, to go with 18 points from Raja Bell. Emeka Okafor scored 14 points to go with his 10 boards and Boris Diaw added 14 as well. The Bulls got a 14-point, 12-rebound night from Tyrus Thomas, 14 points from Ben Gordon and 13 from Derrick Rose.

Chauncey Billups received a rousing ovation in his return at the palace last night and then the game began and his old teammates took him and his current Nugets squad down. With all five of their starters finishing in double-figures, the Pistons took the game 100-95, despite a 34-point effort from Billups. Antonio McDyess had a 67-point,  12-rebound night, Rip Hamilton scored 21 points, Tayshaun Prince, 23 and Rasheed Wallace, 16 points to go with 10 rebounds. Nene scored 20 points for the Nuggets who were without leading scorer Carmelo Anthony, who was serving a suspension.

The Nets took down Milwaukee, 99-95 thanks to a late three-pointer from Jarvis Hayes that broke the backs of the Bucks. Outscoring Milwaukee 38-28 in the fourth, the Nets won despite giving up 19 offensive rebounds and being outrebounded 52-42. Rookie Brook Lopez led te Nets with 24 points while Devin Harris had 14 points and 11 assists and Vince Carter scored 15. Hayes finished with 14 on the night. The Bucks were led by Charlie Villanueva, with 24 points and 15 rebounds. Ramon Sessions scored 19 points while Richard Jefferson added 20.

The Pacers defeated the Kings in Arco, 117-109 after topping 30 in the first two quarters and opening up a 14-point lead at the half. Troy Murphy had 23 points and 10 rebounds while Jarrett Jack scored 26 points and Travis Diener and Marquis Daniels each added 18. The Kings were led by Rashad McCants 20 points off of the bench as he connected on all six of his field goal attempts. Kevin Martin scored 21 points and Spencer Hawes added 19 in the loss.


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  • horsey

    wow. i pooped myself when i saw that mcdyess had a 67-point night. 16. the correct answer was 16.

    cough first cough

  • riggs

    matt bonners canadian? coulda swore he came from new england territory.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    Damn, was McDyess that upset with the Denver front office?

  • Tuomas

    Me too horsey, but all his jumpers were so big that it felt like he had more than 16. Not that much more though. No win for Detroit without the Dice Man.

  • Si

    Surely Mcdyess should be the headline with his 67 point night!?

  • Squirrel7

    If McDyess had indeed had a 67-point night, in still wouldn’t have made headlines because Lebron or Kobe had broken a fingernail or something…….

  • http://www.mynameinorange.blogspot.com Hisham

    You should always bring a spare pair of pants when you check NBA box scores. I imagine Kobe’s 81 3 years ago was not a good day for your draws

  • Squirrel7

    *it

  • Sari

    i like how u casually mention that mcdyess had 67 points…

  • Tom

    Riggs: Bonner is from new england but gets crazy love from canada because of his time w/ the Raptors where he was a huge fan favourite. He married a canadian girl too if i’m not mistaken and is gonna go for the canadian national team.

  • Fred34

    Khalid, you every gonna post again friend? We miss you – the fans.

  • Fred34

    *ever

  • http://www.mynameinorange.blogspot.com Hisham

    The Post-Up has lost its luster

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    The Magic/Suns matchup was a weird game. You never really know what team will show up with those two teams.

  • Tuomas

    Nuggets – Pistons and Suns – Magic were great, picked a good night to stay up late. Well, except for both Phoenix and Orlando treating possessions like they were an infectious disease. 45 turnovers (7 for Nash, 6 apiece for Shard & Hedo) should make Calderon vomit.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    WE GOT LUTHER HEAD, YA’LL!!!!!!!!!!!!! Uhmmmmm….yeah.

  • Tuomas

    And Shaq’s flop was unacceptable. Otherwise a real good battle by today’s standards.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    Van Gundy’s comment about that was hilarious.

  • Tuomas

    Damn Eboy, what will become of Frodo now?

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    Off to Mount Doom with the little maggot!

  • https://twitter.com/Neuronautuk mat smith

    in the third when Dwight was taking free throws, Shaq came out with a classic, dont know if any of you heard it but the courtside mic’s were on pretty high, Shaq to Dwight at the line “you are the black Rick Smits, remember that” classic…. I havent seen anyone talk as much smack since glove left the game, great stuff.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    He could have called him the black Michael Doleac.

  • thesubwayconnection

    Bonner’s from the New England area, but he played for the Raptors for a few years and was a huge fan favorite up there.

  • http://ittakesanationofmillionstoholdthissac.blogspot.com ciolkstar

    “The black Rik Smits”?! Thats rich.
    I only saw highlights, but Shaq was throwing Dwight around last night, and the flop was hilarious. I thought, as he has said, “Shaq never flops”?
    I know Shaq is huge but he is such a damn widebody, he is literally as thick as two Dwights standing next to each other.

  • http://ittakesanationofmillionstoholdthissac.blogspot.com ciolkstar

    WE got Drew Gooden yall!!!
    I’m not even sure if that was sarcastic.

  • Tuomas

    Thank God for Stan van Jeremy, even in last year’s playoffs I found his whining pretty entertaining. I’ve got nothing but love for Shaq’s game, but sometimes I seriously dislike the man himself. This flop thing is a case of you-reap-what-you-motherf’n-sow. Still, a motivated Shaq is great even at just under 37. I really wish him and Dwight would’ve been mic’d up.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Izzo

    It’s amazing how sensitive Dwight is for someone who could be legally classified as a Sports Utility Vehicle.You can’t expect the competition to help you,that’s why they’re the competition.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    It’s pretty obvious that the New Superman is nowhere near being dominant of the old son of Jor-El, even at his advanced age. The flop move was actually smart…..’cause he was trying to draw another foul on Dwight….but they let it go as a no call, which was better for the talking heads.

  • http://ittakesanationofmillionstoholdthissac.blogspot.com ciolkstar

    Both Van Gundy’s are awesome, loved the Rafer interview on ESPN last night, where he talked about enjoying playing for both of them.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    Uhm…. it’s not like Shaq flopped 13 times last night…..it was one play……get the fu*k over it already. Especially Stan Van Jeremy….you got run of Miami ’cause you were a poor in-game manager….not because Shaq thought your were the equivalant of a boweavel (not to be confused with a Snowovel). I understand standing up for your player….but you were being less than truthful, mustachio.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    *out of

  • http://ittakesanationofmillionstoholdthissac.blogspot.com ciolkstar

    The flop was just so egregious and looked so strange with Shaq’s body flying across the lane that it just didn’t look real. On a later play Dwight crashed into Shaq and he didn’t even flinch, before blocking the shot. I think flopping has to be more difficult for Shaq than any other player in the league, mostly because he is just so damn big there’s really not any collision that could actually send him flying. He was successful in getting Dwight in foul trouble early and trying to take him out of his game.

  • http://ittakesanationofmillionstoholdthissac.blogspot.com ciolkstar

    E: I ain’t mad at the flop. Shaq was trying to use some wily veteran tricks on the young fella. I thought it was great. It shows Shaq is a cerebral player, probably more so than he gets credit for. I actually think its great that he is strating a little Man of Steel vs Superman rivalry with Dwight, it heightens the drama.
    Also, I thought Van jeremy did a great job in Miami, and Riles swooped in when he saw that there was a chance to get another ring. But thats your team, so I can’t challenge your evaluation.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    ciolkstar….I can never forgive Stan for leaving Damon Jones in during the deciding game of the 2005 series with the Pistons where The Butler basically gave the game away by throwing the ball to the Pistons on two different occasions in the last two minutes, otherwise the Heat may have had the chance to repeat in 2006…not just winning one and done. The least he could have done was have the ball in Wade’s hands and he insisted on having Damon take the ball up against the pressure of Chauncey and Rip…which blew the series. It was on him.

  • Tuomas

    There’s probably a million suitable quotes, but I’ll settle with just this rant from the ’01 finals. On Mutombo (who actually didn’t even flop much but just wasn’t able to dodge Shaq’s elbows): “I didn’t think the best defensive player in the game would be flopping like he did. It’s a shame the referees bought into that. (…) I wish he would stand up and play me like a man instead of flopping and crying every time I back him down. It’s just a shame. You can quote me on that. And underline it three times. (…) I wanted to do a little more but boy wouldn’t play me straight up”. And that was from a game they actually won. SVG’s reaction would’ve probably been even better if Dwight did get the charge. Like on the all-time classic level.

  • Tuomas

    Don’t get me wrong, the flop wouldn’t be an issue for me if not for his own mouth.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ BETCATS

    BOBCATS ARE ON A 4 GAME WINNING STREAK! ICE GRILL ICE CHAIN GOD DAMM IM ON A SHOPPIN SPEE

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    Aren’t the Cats still something like 9 games under .500?

  • Tuomas

    With that said, I’m not sure Dwight is yet the overall force that Shaq was in his ROOKIE season.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ BETCATS

    yeah, but we are 2 games out of the playoffs. This is good stuff.

  • Tuomas

    Just glad the Pistons HAVE a win streak at this point.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    I’d rather see the Cats make it then the Nets, the Bucks, the Pacers or the Sixers, just for BET’s commentary for each first round game.

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Cheryl

    Stan was being tongue-in-cheek, I’m sure. he’s got a dry sense of humor like that. Sarcasm is in the Van Gundy blood. I actually enjoyed the old school vs. new school drama of that game. Didn’t really care who won.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ BETCATS

    4 days worth of comments in the first round (WE WILL SWEEP THE CELTICS) and 4 more until the nba finals, where we will win in 7 games.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    See….that’s a good sample.

  • Tuomas

    Pipe dreamin’ must be nice. Pistons for the chip! AI for finals MVP!

  • http://www.ravingblacklunatic.blogspot.com Allenp

    Shaq can’t complain about flopping and then flop. That just further adds to his reputation as a hypocritical, evil, fat bastard.

  • http://www.bbaxn.com Darksaber

    Dyess sure had a quiet 67 point performance. Funny mistake, Holly.

  • Tuomas

    Chuck for governor of Alabama!

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ BETCATS

    death to the invader

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ BETCATS

    hamster time

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ BETCATS

    “Antonio McDyess had a 67-point, 12-rebound night”

  • Tuomas

    Who, me? Well, I do hope Charlotte makes the playoffs.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ BETCATS

    death to him

  • Tuomas

    Thank God I’m a foreigner.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ BETCATS

    invader alert. Sound that siren. Woooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

  • http://ittakesanationofmillionstoholdthissac.blogspot.com ciolkstar

    I bet the BETcats to beat the Clips in Vegas as the 4th game of a parlay, netted me $220. They’re playing really well with the addition of Raja and Diaw, and DJ is just getting healthy again. I’m definitely rooting for them to make it if the Pacers fall out of contention for the 8th spot.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ BETCATS

    Cio, we have the tiebreaker against the pacers, so if they have the same record as us, we are in

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ BETCATS

    the only reason they are above us in standings is because they played 2 more games than us. If they were even they would be behind us.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    Tuomas, i’m glad Detroit remembered HOW to win to get on this 3 game win streak.

  • http://www.bbaxn.com Darksaber

    MJ finally assembled a winning team as a manager (and by MJ i mean….. LB)? Nice, time for some validation for that wizards mess

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ BETCATS

    Bobcats have the longest win streak in the eastern confrence. Just sayin…

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ BETCATS

    Solider Boy Tellem aka the Assain has to go to Spainish

  • Tuomas

    Yep, the basketball fan in me can snap out of its vegetative state, if only for a little while. Now the team has even looked recognizable in the fourth. Let’s just say “poise” hasn’t exactly been in their vocabulary this season.

  • http://ittakesanationofmillionstoholdthissac.blogspot.com ciolkstar

    I just want the Pacers to stay in the hunt so Granger will keep playing. My fantasy squad is depending on him. Plus, the Pacers have beaten the Celtics once and lost at the buzzer another time. Although, The Cavs will likely end up with the top seed.

  • Tuomas

    Detroit, that is. Not that anyone thought otherwise. Or cared.

  • https://twitter.com/Neuronautuk mat smith

    Raja Bell is a great player, I miss him on the Suns

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    Stuckey is starting to round into a poised player in the 4th quarter and crunch time. It will still take some time, but he is coming around.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    In a week? Wow.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Fitz

    Holly-lujah Hollaback. Very nice work.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ RV

    Eboy, Luther is a great pick up, he has a killer double dribble.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    Horrible sarcasm, E.

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    Luther Head still plays this sport? I thought maybe having Aaron Brooks develop faster than him and overtake him would have led him to take up binge drinking.

  • http://www.mybleedingfingertips.blogspot.com/ Myles Brown

    +/- is best used when measuring entire lineups rather than comparing individual players.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ Moose

    Matt Bonner is from Beantown. Reppin’ big in SA!

  • Tuomas

    Will Bynum doesn’t suck at basketball.

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    Nothing on the Stro Show joining the suns? Ah well, understandable. How many teams has that knuckleheaded leaper been on now?

  • Tuomas

    Just a while ago I read Lang’s piece on Stro from Slam #47. Didn’t quite turn out to be the perennial All star some people expected.

  • Myung

    Congrats on the 4 game win streak, BET. The Hawks are tied for the Eastern Conference’s 4th longest win streak…

  • Myung

    …at 1 game.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    I guess that means the Pistons have the second longest? Hey, a small victory, but i’ll take it…

  • http://lastknickstanding.blogspot.com Bryan

    Maybe Steve Nash can make him respectable. Probably not but stranger things have happened.

  • Erik

    whatup, im from orlando an a big magic fan, an i would have to agree on being dissapointed in the fact that our croud booed hill. He really was a great dude in the community, i attended numerous events where Grant hill would take the time to promote literacy, give inspirational speeches , participated in several community events , and he was an overall nice dude who was very friendly an approachable, seems to be good people.

  • Myung

    For selfish reasons, I hope Iverson comes back soon, Tad. I’m going to the game Saturday night and would love to see him play in person (I haven’t seen him live in about 4 seasons). Personally, I think he’s going to do very well as a 6 man, if/when he gets healthy.

  • Myung

    Orlando booing Grant Hill was one thing… I was more embarrassed when I went to a Hawks vs. Mavs game last season, and the crowd booed Jason Terry. This dude gave everything he had for our organization during its bleakest years, and it’s not like he LEFT Atlanta. He was TRADED (we basically did it to dump Alan Henderson’s ridiculous contract). Jason Terry is one of my favorite Hawks of the past 20 years, and I think Atlanta should give him a standing O every time he comes back into town. If he gave a Boris Diaw-like effort as a Hawk, I could sort of understand the boos’s but that wasn’t the case at all. Sports crowds can be a funny.

  • http://lastknickstanding.blogspot.com Bryan

    I saw jason terry in person more than a handful of times I always thought he was an over dribbling chucker. In the games I saw him play literally the only assists he ended up with were ones where he drove,left his feet, got into trouble and dumped it off so he didn’t get his shot blocked. He’s a better player now for certain but I can see why atlanta fans boo the guy.

  • Myung

    Jason Terry made his share of bad oncourt mistakes, for certain. I could always count on him to turn the ball over in a key moment of the 4th quarter in the most important situations. That being said, he still gave his all to this team and this city, which is more than what I can say about a lot of guys who have worn the Hawks uniform over the years. His last 4 seasons in Atlanta, he was averaging close to 19 ppg. Anyone who cared about the Hawks and didn’t jump off their bandwagon from 1999 to last year’s playoff run and chooses to boo Jason Terry is, in my opinion, an uneducated fan of basketball.

  • Myung

    An over dribbling chucker is our 6th man this season: Ronald Murray.

  • http://www.kicksonfire.com Anton

    Melanie Collins = angel from heaven

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    Myung: I expect some game notes from you, my man. If you can, i’ll hook it up on SKO.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Justin Walsh

    Holly nice ish, and that’s funny @ the Matt Bonner backup line. I never thought we would get to that day.

  • http://slamonline.com Holly MacKenzie

    Man… give a girl a break. These Post Ups happen late at night when my eyes stop working. hahaha.

  • Myung

    Maybe, Tad. IF you did post my notes up on SKO, that’d be an honor… but more than likely, I won’t. Every now and then, I would send Hawks game notes to Lang back in the day (back when SLAMonline was gray and orange), but it sort of makes watching the game like work and I want nothing more than to go down to Philips Arena and just relax and take in the game. We’ll see… if I have some notes for you, I’ll hit you up on SLAMonline on Monday.

  • http://www.kicksonfire.com Anton

    FUN FACT: In the last 3 games, r@pist has attempted 92 field goal attempts and recorded 6 assists.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Justin Walsh

    I’m surprised at how Shard is playing after the all star break by the way.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    It’s cool. I know what you mean about it feeling like work. If you just have some snippets from the game, that would be nice.
    -
    Hi Holly.

  • http://slamonline.com Holly MacKenzie

    Myung, those orange and grey days were fun, weren’t they!

  • http://www.slamonline.com Justin Walsh

    TAD, I want your views on +/- as a whole and how weird it is that Drew Gooden went from Carlos Boozer the second to Matt Bonner backup.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Justin Walsh

    holly, I was downnnn with the orange and grey days, but I can’t let this layout go. I have a single white female thing going with this layout haha

  • Myung

    You know, Holly, if the current SLAMonline is the PS3 and the old one was the 8 bit NES, well… I’m an 8 bit NES kind of guy. I do miss those days.

  • http://slamonline.com Holly MacKenzie

    Hi, Tad. I’ve failed at life today. I’ve got a million things on the go and nothing is getting accomplished so I decided to see if anyone was still around. :) ha

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    My views on “+/-” are very few, since it confuses the f*ck outta me. As for Drew, he needs to cut that birds nest on his chin and start concentrating more on his game. He has actually gotten worse from his junior year at Kansas until now.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    Holly MacKenzie=the Jamaican skit on the old “In Living Color”. She has 8 jobs.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Justin Walsh

    Birds nest on his chin, hahahaa I’m saving that. Yes yes, I’ll use that line at parties.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Justin Walsh

    wow TAD is on fire with these jokes. *writes them down*

  • http://slamonline.com Holly MacKenzie

    bhahahahahah Tad, you’re funny.
    It’s true though. The best part is getting four different pay stubs and deposits in my bank account from one company. It’s a bitch trying to keep track of hours and overtime and scheduling. hahah I’ve got a green pen for one department, blue for another, red for my liveblogs and then a black sharpie for my web stuff. hahaha I am a walking disaster right now!

  • Adam

    hey does anybody know who david thorpe is referring to in this article?

    Years ago, I heard about a short little shooter (whose name is not important) heading into the 10th grade. I went to watch him play at a basketball camp that featured nothing but top-rated players, 16 and under. Most observers thought he’d be overwhelmed by the talent.

    He played well in his first game, but his team trailed by 9 with 50 seconds to go. However, he then made three consecutive 3-pointers, plus a steal, and suddenly the game was tied. We all stood slack-jawed at what had just happened. But the player acted as if he expected that ending.

    Two years later, he led the nation in scoring (50 ppg) and was a McDonald’s All-American. Two years after that, as a college soph, he was a starter in the NCAA title game. The kid was easy to write off, but he just kept coming, because he knew he had “it.” Those of us who saw that last-minute performance knew he’d end up being a difference-maker.

  • http://www.alllooksame.com Tarzan Cooper

    psychopsilocybin!!!

  • http://www.slamonline.com Justin Walsh

    SHROOMS TARZAN!

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    4 different pay stubs from one company???! It sounds like their accounting department needs updating.

  • Matthew

    @Adam – Sounds like Teddy Dupay to me. Not sure though.

  • http://www.alllooksame.com Tarzan Cooper

    cubenis

  • http://lastknickstanding.blogspot.com Bryan

    Hey tad hey holly!

  • adam

    teddy dupay never played in the title game though

  • http://lastknickstanding.blogspot.com Bryan

    What the f*ck is up with Mike Miller helping in every stat but points this year?

  • adam

    I cant figure out who this is…, somebodyu please… any true baskebtla fan would know…. !!! !ahhh

    ” Years ago, I heard about a short little shooter (whose name is not important) heading into the 10th grade. I went to watch him play at a basketball camp that featured nothing but top-rated players, 16 and under. Most observers thought he’d be overwhelmed by the talent.

    He played well in his first game, but his team trailed by 9 with 50 seconds to go. However, he then made three consecutive 3-pointers, plus a steal, and suddenly the game was tied. We all stood slack-jawed at what had just happened. But the player acted as if he expected that ending.

    Two years later, he led the nation in scoring (50 ppg) and was a McDonald’s All-American. Two years after that, as a college soph, he was a starter in the NCAA title game. The kid was easy to write off, but he just kept coming, because he knew he had “it.” Those of us who saw that last-minute performance knew he’d end up being a difference-maker.

  • http://www.mybleedingfingertips.blogspot.com/ Myles Brown

    Someone actually asked Miller about that and his reply was “Im just taking what the defense gives me. Its called basketball. James Naismith invented it.” That was a couple of months ago and Im still shaking my head.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    What’s up Shia? Slow day….

  • Matthew

    Dupay didn’t start when they played Michigan St. in the national title game in ’99?

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com DP

    Even though the nuggets lost last night, Billups was straight servin cats and he showed stuckey that the teacher still has the moves over the student. Didn’t like the rest of the game but Billups was the sh*t.

  • Matthew

    *2000 national title game. My bad.

  • http://ittakesanationofmillionstoholdthissac.blogspot.com ciolkstar

    Shard has been balling recently. H-Town stand up!
    That pic on the homepage is dope.

  • http://ittakesanationofmillionstoholdthissac.blogspot.com ciolkstar

    Wow. Whata quote from Mike Milly.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    Rip was the primary cover on Billups last night, not Stuckey.

  • http://ittakesanationofmillionstoholdthissac.blogspot.com ciolkstar

    Mateen Cleaves?

  • http://lastknickstanding.blogspot.com Bryan

    For real its always slow when I enter the thread I’m like the coversation killer around here. Miller seems like he’s purposely not shooting I mean the guy is limited but I expect 15 to 18 ppg come on. Is he point shaving?

  • http://www.slamonline.com Justin Walsh

    I have no clue Bryan, I do know he’s trying to play distributing point guard instead of wet shooting guard

  • http://www.mybleedingfingertips.blogspot.com/ Myles Brown

    Im not sure what his deal is. At first I thought he was angling for a trade, then I thought he was just trying to do the team player thing, then I thought he was losing his confidence/stroke, then I realized none of it mattered and finished my nachos.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com DP

    doesn’t matter. still servin.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Justin Walsh

    Myles, when Al Jefferson went down, SLAM comments had a big debate on how KevLove would respond. Is his play much improved, about the same or what since AJ went down?

  • http://www.mybleedingfingertips.blogspot.com/ Myles Brown

    Stats are obviously better, slight improvements in aggressiveness and finishing at the rim. Jumpshot coming along and passing is still top notch. Rookie leap was a big adjustment for him and McHale was rationing his minutes, but his confidence is growing and hes taken on the extra responsibility as well as he can. I just want him in the weight room this summer.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Justin Walsh

    Myles, his passing is top notch, no doubt…But I don’t see that translating into anywhere near as many assists as NBA analysts predicted or fans had hoped. Does that say more about when his passes are coming in the offense or about the lack of his team’s ability to convert the shot.

  • http://www.mybleedingfingertips.blogspot.com/ Myles Brown

    Theres been an uptick in assists, but thats partly due to more burn. I still dont think he gets enough touches to average more than three assists and hes a better passer from the high post than from the block. Its a combo of playing time, positioning and trustworthy teammates.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com DP

    Love is going to be solid for years to come. I not going to lie at the beginning of the season, I was down on dude as being a vital piece for the wolves. Now it seems with Big Al out of the picture, he is more important than I thought he was.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Justin Walsh

    I’m not sure where I see his career going, Idk why but when I picture if he can get 20/10 in a season i just dont see it. I see him getting 16 points 9 boards 4 assists though

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com DP

    Looking back on some youtube videos just a second ago and I was thinking…was love that damn dominant in college? This dude is just straight bodying little fellows like it’s time for the morning news. my goodness.

  • adam

    David Thorpes Trivia question. Its Teddy Dupay. I looked it up. Averaged 45 a game in high school. started for florida in the 2000 title game as a sophmore and was a mcdonalds all american. THanks ben.

  • http://www.bbaxn.com Darksaber

    reg. Drew Gooden and his odd hair habits. You playing for Pop now, son. Get your act together, stand out with game and not oddities or he WILL send you away. How does playing for ball purist Sloan sound to ya? Not good? Here’s a razor then, get to work

  • Myung

    Teddy Dupay. He’s like Scottie Thurman, James Forrest, Derrick Phelps, Tyus Edny, Bo Kimble, etc… names that were once all over the sports ticker but have since been forgotten.

  • http://lastknickstanding.blogspot.com Bryan

    I think love will have a few 19 and 12 seasons in him with a career right around 17 and 9

  • http://www.bbaxn.com Darksaber

    Bobby Hurley too.

  • http://lastknickstanding.blogspot.com Bryan

    Dupay was just in the news not too long ago…

  • Myung

    Well, Bobby Hurley had that bad car accident that almost took his life… but I DO think he would’ve been a bust as a pro player, regardless (I hope that’s not too insensitive). Jason (Duke) Williams too … I don’t think he would’ve been a complete bust like Hurley or Danny Ferry or Shelden Williams, but I don’t think he would’ve been nearly the PG in the pro’s as he was in college. If he didn’t get in that motorcycle accident and had perhaps turned out to be a solid pro, that would’ve made one of the better draft classes (2002) that much better.

  • http://www.bbaxn.com Darksaber

    true Myung

  • Myung

    Jason (or Jay) Williams is right there with Darko, Stromile, KVH, Danny Ferry, Shawn Bradley, Len Bias (RIP), and Sam Bowie as some of the regrettable 2nd picks in the NBA Draft. I would throw in Marvin’s name into the hat (OK, we know Deron and CP3 >>> Marvin), but 1. The Hawks fan in me won’t let me include him in that mix and 2. he’s averaging over 20 ppg in his last 4 games.

  • http://www.hibiahi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    Myung, had Jason not got in the motorcycle accident and Len not ODed, they would not be in the discussion.

  • http://lastknickstanding.blogspot.com Bryan

    Jay williams would have been solid. Not a Paul or Williams but maybe a bigger Jameer Nelson numbers wise.

  • http://www.hibiahi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    cosign Shia, but he would not be a bust.

  • Myung

    I didn’t say Jay Williams would’ve been a bust; I said I don’t think he would’ve been as good in the pros as he was in college. It’s all speculation on my part and your part, since he’s now retired. You guys can say he would’ve been great, and I can say he would’ve been average… but none of us will ever know.

  • http://www.hibiahi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    I know things no human should. And your Hawks need to beat the Knicks. Get the job done and we will be 1.5 Games out!!!

  • Myung

    You’re a trip, BET. LOL. For your sake and mine, I hope the Hawks beat the Knicks. I like the Bobcats, actually. I have a pair of their shorts. The truth, I’m such a huge Jordan head that I went and got them off of eBay the day I heard MJ was joining the fray over in Charlotte. And I like Augustin (my wife went to Texas) a lot. I hope your team makes the playoffs, BET. I’m pulling for your guys.

  • adam

    Teddy Dupay could have been the Michael Jordan. Him and Jason WIlliams were the best trailer trash combo in ncaa history. How could anybody not like Teddy Toupee? For you youngsers if you dont know who teddy dupay is do yourself a favor and youtube him. most lights out 3 point shooter in trailer trash history.

  • http://www.bbaxn.com Darksaber

    Myung is part of MJ’s extended supporting cast? Get in line, friendo.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    @ adam: And what does being the best 3 point shooter in tr@sh history have anything to do with being Michael Jordan… ?

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    …NCAA TRASH HISTORY? its march madness for me.

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