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Thursday, April 2nd, 2009 at 9:00 am  |  133 responses

Post Up: Warriors Outlasting

While Chris Paul handles the Clippers.

by Holly MacKenzie / @stackmack

So the Lakers lost to the Bobcats and narrowly defeated the Bucks last night (104-98). Are we really going to talk about how a team that’s one win shy of 60 isn’t that good? Their defense has looked shaky at best on this trip, but there are a lot of teams who deserve the hate a whole lot more.

Sometimes I think we get spoiled. The Lakers have a ton of things to improve on before the playoffs come, but, they don’t suddenly suck. It’s a long road trip. They lost two games. Perhaps they should be more concerned than they are, but it truly isn’t the end of the world. Yet.

Iverson saying he’d rather retire than be a reserve next season? Charlotte. Larry Brown-A.I. reunion. Please? Raja and Brown. I bet Iverson respects them both even more now than before. That would make me happy. Regardless of where he ends up, he needs to find a place because I am nowhere near ready to give him up yet.

The Raptors won again last night. This time against Orlando, in Orlando. Yup, a healthy Jose makes a huge difference. Still, it’s pretty damn frustrating watching this team look so fluid and smooth on the offensive end after the clunky year we’ve had watching here in Toronto. Yes, clunky. It’s the best descriptor I can think of for a year of bad.

I posted my interview with Raymond Felton over at The Score yesterday. Check it out if you’re a fan of Felton/Charlotte/me.

Okay, about the games last night. In the Milwaukee game, Ramon Sessions had a triple-double in the loss with 16 points, 16 assists and 10 rebounds. Kobe finished with 30 for LA.

Paul Pierce scored 32 for the Celtics in that double-overtime affair as Raymond Felton had 14 points and 12 assists and Gerald Wallace finished with 20 points, 10 boards, 4 steals and a block.

The Raptors got a big win against the Magic, taking them down 99-95 as they sealed the game with a jumper from Bosh and free throws from Marion. Chris Bosh finished with 24 points and 12 rebounds and Marion added 17 points, 15 rebounds and 6 assists. Dwight finished with 30 and 9 for the Magic.

The Nets bounced back from that embarrassing loss to take down the road-weary Pistons, 111-98 thanks to 19 and 11 from Devin Harris and six players finishing in double-figures including 23 from Keyon Dooling who was moved into the starting lineup as Vince was slid down to the SF position. The Pistons were led by Rip Hamilton’s 29 while Walter Hermann and Rodney Stuckey scored 16 points apiece in the loss.

Josh Howard drew a controversial charge against Mario Chalmers in the Mavs 98-96 victory over the Heat last night. Dirk Nowitzki finished with 30 points for the Mavs while Howard scored 20 and Jason Terry had 13 off of the bench. Dwyane Wade scored 23 for the Heat who also had 18 from Chalmers nd 17 off of the bench from Michael Beasley.

The Suns played the role of spoiler against the Rockets, taking them down 114-109 behind a 25-point, 17-assist night from Steve Nash. Shaquille O’Neal had 22 points and 10 rebounds and Grant Hill added 23 as the Suns shot 54% from the floor in the game. The Rockets were led by Ron Artest’s 28 points while Yao Ming had 20 and 14 and Shane Battier scored 18.

Chris Paul had 30 points, 14 assists and 6 steals as he stole the game away from the Clippers in the final minutes last night. David West scored 19 and Julian Wright had 18. Eric Gordon had 25 points to lead the Clippers as Zach Randolph scored 24 to go with 14 rebounds and Baron Davis added 13 points and 12 assists.

The Warriors took down the Kings, 143-141 in the second straight painful loss for Sacramento. This one went into overtime and the Warriors just escaped. 42 points 9 rebounds and 9 assists for Monta Ellis. That’s a nice line. 50 for Kevin Martin. One 22 shots. That’s nice, too. Jason Thompson added 14 points to go with 19 boards before fouling out and Francisco Garcia scored 22. Kelenna Azubuike had 27 points and 13 rebounds for the Warriors.

While each of these teams are most definitely not playing for the postseason, they are still two I enjoy watching. Love watching McCants in Sacramento and of course, my Warrior guys. Even if Nellie’s all over the place with his lineups, the guys he puts out there have something to play for and I enjoy watching them.

I loved this piece on Bobby Jackson that basically said the same. Some guys are all about the game. Those are my favorite.

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  • http://sfdjilf.com Jukai

    Paul Pierce got traded to the Cavs?!?!

  • http://sfdjilf.com Jukai

    No hate for just the Lakers right now, but just correct me if I’m wrong: hasn’t every single western playoff bound team in the NBA look better at the beginning of the season? What is it? Injuries? Fatigue? Lack of motivation until the playoffs? Or is it that these non-playoff teams are playing more fluid with less pressure and it’s making them that much tougher?

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

    I’m actually planning on staking out Mario Chalmers apartment to whip his fu*king ass for fu*king that game up last night.

  • http://sfdjilf.com Jukai

    You’ll probably get a second hand high just sitting out there, Eboy.

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

    Yeah……I know.

  • AlbertBarr

    The kings are looking like they might come put of this season alive…good to see. Kevin Martin is effecient as ever and spencer hawes is coming into his own as well as jason thonpson. I like what nocioni has been contributing as well. Paul Peirce got traded to the cavs?

  • http://coco-vents.blogspot.com Co Co

    There are a lot of typos on this website, but you all only feel the need to point out the ones written by the person who was up until 3 or 4 in the morning writing.

  • http://sfdjilf.com Jukai

    When Co Co attacks, she goes straight for the soul!!!

  • http://lastknickstanding.blogspot.com Bryan

    Two things surprised me last night. The lakers won and steve nash got a steal. F*ck the haters.

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

    Shut the f*ck up with that ghey sh*t, Shia. Seriously. Are you a Knicks fan are you a switchout bi*ch too?

  • http://lastknickstanding.blogspot.com Bryan

    No switchouts here.

  • http://slamonline.com/ Justin Walsh

    CoCO is sooo right though, sometimes I’ll be up at 3 am, 4 am and Holly and I will be chatting and she’s like okay I gotta work on the Post Up more. And I’m just like… SHEESH. Woman works harder than the Kobe Bryant offseason workouts.

  • Kash

    Guys for a good laff about the OT thriller in the Bay last night please head to this boxscore page on NBA.com, and look for player: G.Hill playing for Golden State.

    http://www.nba.com/games/20090401/SACGSW/boxscore.html

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

    Nice to see the Raptors win 5 in a row when the games no longer matter.

  • http://slamonline.com Holly MacKenzie

    Ha, thanks CoCo and Justin. Kash I took a “screengrab” (or whatever the hell you call that), of that as well. I was so confused the first time, seeing Hill’s name up there, and then the points didn’t add up to the correct title, either. Silly Yahoo!Sports.

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

    Morning Holly.

  • http://lastknickstanding.blogspot.com Bryan

    Man eboy you’re not lying about chalmers though he gets away with sh*t like that but beasly is late on a rotation and gets yanked… I think your coach out there just doesn’t like the hype and wants to knock him down a notch. It seems weirdly personal at this point.

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

    Agreed……and Spoelstra better be eyeballing new security for his place too. I’m about to be like the midget from Trapped In The Closet, hiding under his sink and sh*t.

  • http://slamonline.com/ Justin Walsh

    Bryan, I agree. Ask Holly & she’ll tell you I b-tch and moan about how that coach treats B-Easy’s PT, it’s ridiculous. Pat Riley said it best. If he played as many minutes as Bron or Wade, he’d lead the league in scoring. I know Holly likes the way he’s being brought along and I respect it, but damn I think it’s being done all wrong. And Holly, if by screengrab you mean on our Mac’s of pulling a good ol’ command,shift,4 then yeah :)

  • http://slamonline.com/ Justin Walsh

    can’t stand when a comment is in moderation so I’m retyping it. Bryan, I agree. Ask Holly & she’ll tell you I whine and complain about how that coach treats B-Easy’s PT, it’s ridiculous. Pat Riley said it best. If he played as many minutes as Bron or Wade, he’d lead the league in scoring. I know Holly likes the way he’s being brought along and I respect it, but damn I think it’s being done all wrong. And Holly, if by screengrab you mean on our Mac’s of pulling a good ol’ command,shift,4 then yeah :)

  • http://sfdjilf.com Jukai

    Eboy… you know you’re going to get second hand.. well, I guess you can’t second-hand cocain or whatever the hell Spoelstra snorts, so you’ll be fine.

  • Logan

    the Lakers are just slacking off on D. Hopefully its something they rectify soon…looking forward to the Houston game…

  • http://slamonline.com Holly MacKenzie

    Morning, TAD. How are you liking the Iverson/bench/Sheed suspended mess?

  • Fred34

    On a movie note – anyone else already see a workprint of Wolverine yet? It is supa dope!!! Get hyped and tell Omar to get ready for a stellar review.

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

    Is their anything to like about it? As I stated over in the Iverson post, my heart hurts.

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

    I only wished that the Bobcats could have held their lead against Boston last night and won. Detroit is giving Chicago and Charlotte all the chances in the world to jump them and knock them out of the playoff picture, but the seem oddly uninterested.

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

    So wait, Tim Floyd is going to Arizona? Regardless of recruiting, Tim Floyd is a tool of a coach.

  • http://ittakesanationofmillionstoholdthissac.blogspot.com ciolkstar

    Charlotte has been grinding and the Bulls are just confusing, but missing the playoffs is probably the best thing that could happen to the Pistons at this point. Word to Jason Thompson getting me 14 and 19 with 2 blks and 2 stls, and Cisco Garcia for doing his thing 22 points, 5 assists 3 stls and a blk. They play PHO and GS agsin this week, so I’m looking for more big thhings out of both of them. If I win this week I’m in the finals of my fantasy league.

  • http://lastknickstanding.blogspot.com Bryan

    Yeah I just don’t get the guy I mean I can’t argue with the improvement made this year by the heat but I just find his rotations odd.

  • http://slamonline.com/ Justin Walsh

    TAD, about Tim Floyd? Total toolbag. Tuesday he was telling Gibson and Hackett to say to compete for a national title with him…Then Wednesday he flies to Phoenix to get the Arizona coaching job. Wow douchebaggery

  • http://sfdjilf.com Jukai

    Can we go back to talking about how John Calipari is a huge douchebag?

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

    It was a good game, i didnt expect us to even have a chance to win. I am proud of how hard we play, but our stupid desisions at the end cost us the game.

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    Wait, Holly, did you just write controversial charge in regards to that brainfart Chalmers had last night? Controversial? Nba refs hardly call those tight ones in crunchtime UNLESS the attacking player is so kind to blatantly ignore team structure, barrel down the left side of the lane into a very nicely positioned Josh, thank you. Ginobili this was not, Howard anticipated, set his feet and took the youngster square in the chest. Everyone who plays organized ball knows that at least 50% of getting a charge called, is the defensive player setting his feet, THEN selling the collision hollywood style. Josh didn’t even need the second part.

  • http://sfdjilf.com Jukai

    I mean, hey, I’d do the same thing, but dude totally ruined what coulda been one of the coolest college basketball squads ever.

  • http://slamonline.com/ Justin Walsh

    Jukai, e-mail me, I’ll give you a novel on Calipari. Seriously, Ask me whatever, talk to me about whatever. I actually got annoyed with what happened.

  • http://slamonline.com/ Ryne Nelson

    BET, they cost you the Playoffs.

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

    At least Calipari is upfront about his money chase.

  • http://sfdjilf.com Jukai

    Justin:
    njl4515 @ gmail com
    I actually don’t know ALL the details of this, so if you’d love to write up an abridged version of the novel, I’d love to read it and as I glare at it with anger.

  • http://slamonline.com/ Justin Walsh

    TAD, it wasn’t a money chase, don’t even pretend that it was. Memphis’ AD, Mr. Johnson told him POINT BLANK that he would match ANY offer, even went far as to blatantly ask Calipari “How much do you want, I’ll do it” It wasn’t about money, it was about about an overrated status in the game.

  • http://slamonline.com/ Ryne Nelson

    To support Darksaber, that Fisher foul on Brent Barry in the Western Conference Finals last season is a perfect example. If that call was made, I’m not sure the Lakers would have won the series.

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

    Well, I didn’t hear that end of the story. I’m surprised Memphis would be able to front that type of money for a coach.

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    Good to have Josh Howard back, dude was moving so fluidly, crossing over, spinning, hitting tough jumpers, wherever he was hiding since March 2nd, that bionic ankle seems to be doing just fine. And Dirk just plays differently with him on the floor, +50% FG-Shooting, big comeback three’s, all in a days work for Nowitzki. Other game i paid attention to was the suns/rockets one. the third quarter was just fantastic. Shaq tried to yam it on Yao early in the 3rd, ganked it, and sent Ming sprawling. Yao then proceeded to yank on l’il warriors shorts while Shaq was heading downcourt, using the monstrous momentum to get back up (while smiling the WHOLE time, luv it). And Shaq the grouch nearly slapped his hand away, come on dude! Then later, Shaq just went crazy on 3 suns when he jammed it like he was 22 again, jesus! That and him stripping Aaron Brooks, yep was clean, on a drive… that 3rd quarter was the bomb.

  • http://slamonline.com/ Justin Walsh

    alright Jukai, I’ve done the whole gchat invite.

  • http://sfdjilf.com Jukai

    Ryne: of course, if the ball bouncing off Duncan’s legs was correctly given to the Lakers instead of back to the Spurs, the Fisher on Brent foul would have never happened. That was a bad call to make up for a bad call, Stern pretty much did everything but say that to make that point.

  • http://slamonline.com/ Justin Walsh

    Surprised? Calipari was already making like 2 mill a year. Memphis basketball makes ALOT of money for the program, Memphis basketball is like UT football- bottomless money at disposal

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

    Well, ok then. Honestly, I could care less about Calipari, Memphis or Kentucky. So there’s that. However, I do care where his recruiting class ends up.

  • http://sfdjilf.com Jukai

    Xavier Henry’s diary got a whole helluva lot more interestng

  • Fred34

    Jukie and Justine – how do the other’s balls taste?

  • http://lastknickstanding.blogspot.com Bryan

    College coaches are all mercs anyway dude. Can’t get mad at that.

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    Wait, Kevin and Monta had two monstrous scoring games last night? 50 & 42? The kings of scrawn scored 50 & 42 respectively? What is this, Minibron against Miniwade? Damn. That must have been quite the shootout.

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

    @Ryne, no we werent gonna make the playoffs after loosing to the L-Wolves, Pacers, and Wizards. Last night’s loss cost us nothing.

  • http://sfdjilf.com Jukai

    Well, if I didn’t hate Calipari before, Justin pretty much convinced me to pick up a torch and a pitchfork and head over to his home

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

    !

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

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    BETCATS Posted: Apr.2 at 11:19 am
    @Ryne, no we werent gonna make the playoffs after loosing to the L-Wolves, Pacers, and Wizards. Last night’s loss cost us nothing.

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

    river kane!

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

    Okafor did have some posters though. He dunked first on Kendrick Perkins, then on Big Baby. Both were 1 handed sledge hammers, both times they jumped with Emeka. I liked that

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    Ryne: good to read ya. Quick tech question? Are you guys having problems with bandwidth or HD-space at slamonline or something? i’ve noticed serious lags lately, sometimes sending a comment results in a frozen screen (we talking like 15 secs – 1min at times). And i’ve noticed that you sometimes have difficulties posting pictures in articles (Wade shoe giveaway, yesterday’s MJ post). What gives? i usually read slamonline on my iphone, but it’s even slow on firefox on my pc.

  • http://ittakesanationofmillionstoholdthissac.blogspot.com ciolkstar

    I hope Kentucky sucks forever.

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

    Dark…..I’ve run into that same type of stuff too.

  • http://slamonline.com/ Justin Walsh

    …This is going to read as biased, but I haven’t had ANY of these problems Dark or Eboy. Maybe you guys have that konficker virus or whatever? I mean I have a MAC and most viruses never get to Mac’s….(not doing a Mac is better argument, but nobody can deny that Mac’s have no virus problems)

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    Hi E: yeah at first i thought it might be the phone and the sometimes useless wi-fi hotspots i tap into here, but i noticed that when i use different tabs, all other websites are the usual speed. hmm? I’m sure Ryne’s on it anyway

  • http://slamonline.com/ Justin Walsh

    Dark, it’s not the site it’s the virus going around all PC based computers- conficker or konficker or however you spell it.

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    Naah Justin, a’int a virus thing. My box be clean (oops, that sounded awful).

  • http://slamonline.com/ Justin Walsh

    Dark, people with firewalls and anti virus on lock are even getting it. Something like tens of millions of PC’s are already infected. It’s outrageous. Mobile phones are getting infected as well.

  • http://sfdjilf.com Jukai

    Dark & Eboy: It’s the way they’re coding things on the front page. Either everything in CSS is formatted on top of one another, or the db code is bad and it takes a long time to call the most recent articles to put on the front page. You can see it sometimes loading the front page, everything will be loaded on top of itself and then eventually format itself properly.
    Or I could totally be guessing.

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    Oh geez, i just read that it was mainly limited to businesses and companies who are too slow to stop the gaps in their networks and that firewalled, home pc’s are less at risk! Still, i’m fairly pc-savvy, and have a great buddy who does support on my stuff, no cornflicker spotted here yet. Mobile phones too? Arrrrrgh!

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

    Justin…..it’s not my server at work…..we just had our tech guy out yesterday and our system’s clean…..no Conficker here.

  • http://lastknickstanding.blogspot.com Bryan

    I don’t have any problems right now.

  • http://nicekicks.com MeloMan13

    apparently at half time of the Raptors game in Orlando, a fan shot a half court shot blind folded and was lead on, by the reaction of the fans, that his shot went in. He then said that he just got laid off the day before but all that is behind him and that he would take his family on a vacation. Then, hes notified that it was an april fools joke.
    way to stay classy Orlando…

  • http://sfdjilf.com Jukai

    If you use IE7, things’ll work better. I really think it’s the CSS code they use to format everything.

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    damn CSS..

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    Juk’s i know you are in IT, isn’t firefox a safer browser?

  • http://sfdjilf.com Jukai

    Dark: Yes.

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    Oh well, back to the sport to rule them all. Steve Nash’s stats yesterday were amazing. 17 assists and just 1 TO? perfect from 3? Phoenix starting five all scored in double figures, and Houston usually plays great team D. Guys got still got it.

  • http://lastknickstanding.blogspot.com Bryan

    Dark: he also had a sweet steal! That led to a layup for grant hill on the break I was shocked to see him make a play on that side of the ball.

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    yeah Shia, i saw the whole game. It was a very good performance all around by Nashty. On Shaq’s missed slam, Steve took the pick and roll at the 3 pt. line, went straight to the heart of the Rockets D in the key (where some large gentlemen were waiting to reject anything he sent up) and at the perfect moment, dropped the pass to a rolling Shaq. I just love watching great playmakers do their stuff.

  • http://www.realcavsfans.com Anton

    Lakers suck…Kobe..LeBron..Michael..yeast infections.

  • http://joeloholic.wordpress.com Joel O’s

    @MeloMan: Yeah. I actually heard about it from my derivatives professor first. That was a REALLY bad joke at a time like this.

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    Anton: you forgot Monica Seles.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    The Suns are runaway favorites to win the Loser Playoffs.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    And John Calipari’s been a slimy scumbag for years. You ain’t know?

  • http://slamonline.com/ Justin Walsh

    @MeloMan… was the april fools that the guy was in on it and just made the CROWD feel bad? or was Orlando really that douche-heavy that night?

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    you ain’t know. I’m gonna steal that line…

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    Was Calipari a swine even at UMass with Camby? I loved watching that team back then.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    I’m sure I stole it from some bad movie or hip-hop track anyway.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    Not sure whether he was a scumbag at UMass, but given that the university was sanctioned afterwards and hasn’t been anything resembling a basketball power after, all signs point to yes.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    In related news, I hope Tim Floyd hires Marcus Fizer as his lead assistant and primary recruiter. “Hey coach, how come you got a question mark tattooed on your neck?”

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    Not to say Cal isn’t a terrific recruiter and an excellent coach, mind you, but there’s no way it’s all been on the up-and-up. Shake hands with the dude and you probably want to wash your hands with WD-40.

  • http://lastknickstanding.blogspot.com Bryan

    Cal has always struck me as a untrustworthy guy. I mean if even john cheney wanted to kick his ass. Oh wait… nevermind that point but I always got a real bad vibe from that dude.

  • http://slamonline.com/ Justin Walsh

    Russ, we both know about his recruiting mess with UMass, especially the big man, with the agents paying him etc. That’s all known. Then there’s uncle wes…. You know. and Russ, Tim Floyd doesn’t need to hire a recruiter, he just hires fathers, recruits through drug dealers and ruins families. YIPPEEEE

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

    Justin is making me not want to watch college basketball anymore. Geez.

  • http://nicekicks.com MeloMan13

    @ justin: im pretty sure it was to fool the man taking the shot because i heard he was NOT happy when he heard

  • http://web.mac.com/roaringred bbaby

    The Mavs won, but it still doesn’t make up for the Wade lovefest in the ’06 finals. I would have been pissed if Wade got any foul on that last possession of the game.

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

    bbaby…….does that b stand for bi*ch, big or blow me?

  • http://slamonline.com/ Ryne Nelson

    Darksaber, I’ve noticed the site’s been screwy slow as well recently. I’m looking into it as we speak.

  • http://joeloholic.wordpress.com Joel O’s

    “Wade lovefest”? As long as the Mavs and their fans continue to use the “Wade lovefest” as an excuse for the “Mavs chokefest” that happened, they are never going to be a relevant basketball team. It’s been years. Move on. You guys have a very good, if old, team that is a couple pieces away from being back in the mix.

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    Cool Ryne. Glad to hear you’ve got your eye on it

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    wash hands with wd-40. Ohhhhhkay, that one is even better than “you a’int know”.

  • http://slamonline.com/ Ryne Nelson

    The lag might be because we have 3 flash ads running at the same time. Let me know if it’s still a trend. If so, we can try to get the ads to not show up all at once.

  • http://mindyourbusiness@getalife.com Allenp

    i stopped watching college ball a long time ago.

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    Oh, i could have thought of that from my site. the more graphics are used on a specific page, or flash animations/vids, the slower the buildup hmm?

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    the lag’s been gone for a while now. It was around the time i first wrote about it that the slowdown occurred. Thanks Ryne.

  • http://slamonline.com/ Ryne Nelson

    Allenp, I actually began watching college as a “recruiting” tool for the NBA, if you know what I mean. It’s not bad if you look at it as a talent search.

  • http://mindyourbusiness@getalife.com Allenp

    It’s bad if you watch it from the standpoint of a slave auction.
    William Rhoden’s book was the final straw.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    College basketball creeps me out.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com DP

    Allen, I honestly wouldn’t be made if you left the game and untied your laces. I loved “A.I.” but now you are just Allen. in my eyes at least you are.

  • http://where-basketball-b-longs.blogspot.com B. Long

    @9:38am Eboy posted:”Shut the f*ck up with that ghey sh*t, Shia. Seriously. Are you a Knicks fan are you a switchout bi*ch too?” This is a man who has openly admitted to rooting for the Lakers, Bulls, and the Heat. My work here is done.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    Isn’t everything a “slave auction” in some sense? Like med school, you dont really get to pick where you serve your residency, right? Heck, lots of jobs force you to live somewhere you might not want to live, and the owners of the business always make more than the workers. It’s the way of the evil capitalist world. And professional sports in particular has always had a lot of give-and-take: you take a lot of money and give up the right to pick where you work (and your privacy). I never read Rhoden’s book, but the title always rubbed me the wrong way.

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

    Essay Question: Do you think Allen Iverson would be a good fit on the Bobcats? Explain your answer.

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    Can somebody give me a quick rundown of what Cap has done? I don’t know anything about him personnaly other than he gets great recruiting class. I can’t say that he’s a douche just because he took a dream job for twice the money.

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

    I rooted for the Lakers against the Celts in the 80′s (where you even alive then?) because you know (actually you wouldn’t since your knowledge of basketball started in 1997), that’s what you were supposed to do when you were a young teen in this country to be anti-establisCeltics at the time, unless you were from Boston or by extension Indiana. I never wore a jersey or jerked off into an autographed sneaker from of it’s players, if that’s what you were implying.

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

    from *one of it’s players

  • http://mindyourbusiness@getalife.com Allenp

    I thought we were talking about college basketball, not the pros.
    In Rhoden’s book, he has a section dealing with the conveyor belt that moves kids from diapers to academic universities where they play ball. The whole system is effed up, and everybody is making good money except for the kids.
    Sure, they have an “opportunity” to get an education, but the way the system is set up, that’s not encouraged. I think college basketball is a misuse of young men of all colors and it reminds me in a way of a form of slavery. It’s not as bad as slavery, far from it, but the whole system is built on the backs of unpaid workers.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    I’m not denying that the college basketball system is f*cked up, that’s for sure. But there’s plenty of programs that value academics: like UNC and Duke. Didn’t Dean Smith graduate ALL of his players? A lot of these kids are complicit in their own downfall. I mean, anyone who went to Cincinnati to play for Bob Huggins (for example) wasn’t looking to become a Rhodes Scholar.

  • http://web.mac.com/roaringred bbaby

    Whoa Eboy, let’s take it easy. You shouldn’t be bitter. After all, you guys did win the Finals. But you have to admit that Wade got special treatment in that series.

  • http://ittakesanationofmillionstoholdthissac.blogspot.com ciolkstar

    Isn’t $40,000,0000 “slave” a bit of a contradiction of terms? I mean, I get the analogy, but still I think its a bit of an exaggeration. Its as much cultural as it is systematic, and I’m not implying that the “system ” has no impact on the “culture” of being an (potentially professional)athelete, but its only a part.

  • http://mindyourbusiness@getalife.com Allenp

    Russ
    Are you arguing that teenagers groomed to be athletes since the fifth grade are complicit in what happens in the NCAA?
    Nah, I can’t agree with that.
    I can’t say they are innocent, but they are not the ones who created or promote the current system. They are typically misguided youth who believe that the NBA is the most viable career path for them despite the evidence to the contrary, and are unprepared for the rigors of college academics due to their own decisions and the choices of their elders.
    They aren’t anymore complicit than the 13-year old girls hooking up with 22-year olds on the internet.
    They are just caught up.

  • http://mindyourbusiness@getalife.com Allenp

    Ciolk
    It was a title to sell his book. I stopped paying attention to the title when he admitted that his publisher choice because his original “dry” title probably wouldn’t have caused as much of a stir.
    The book is a decent, not great read. I learned some new stuff, and rehashed some old stuff. I would recommend you check it out at your local library.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    bbaby, Wade didn’t get any more special treatment than any of the other huge stars get. You win, you get some calls. Personally, I think they called it fair, but let’s say that they didn’t for the sake of your argument. LeBron gets calls, Melo gets calls, Kobe gets calls, CP gets calls . . . if you’re good, you get the easy way out sometimes. But that’s beside the point.; I don’t think it was a “Wade love-fest”.

  • http://web.mac.com/roaringred bbaby

    Moose I see your point. Still in Games 5& 6 Wade shot only two less free throws (46 compared to 48) than the whole Dallas team combined. You can chalk it up to aggressive play by Flash, but that’s still a bunch of freebies by one guy.

  • http://where-basketball-b-longs.blogspot.com B. Long

    LOL@E:Your constant whining about the Lakers reminds me of a jilted lover who still stalks her Ex. Kind of creepy. Your constant Bush-like self contradictions sustain me, Troll King.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    In that Rockets game, the refs were stupider than Jukai’s dumb @ss! Seriously, that play by Wafer was NOT a travel. Somebody else had hit the ball before he landed. Stupid @ss Jukai-esque refs!

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    Audi 5000.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    @ Allenp: Ummm, we have a named for 13 year old girls who choose to hook up with 22 year olds… We call them Jukais. We also call them idiots (synonym). We also don’t say they’re completely innocent. We also don’t say College basketball players are SLAVES. Jeez dude, what is it with you and references to slavery? I agree, college basketball players should be paid and they ARE exploited to some extent.
    But they get free schooling. You know how expensive American Universities are without scholarships?
    They get free housing, expenses, whatever.
    They get favored by their professors (don’t think the majority of these athletes are passing their classes through hard work).
    They get exposure to scouts and the media, which allows them to show off their talent to the world.
    AND when some make it to the pros, well, you know what they get.
    So don’t give me that BS about NCAA being a “slave auction.” That does an injustice to both what slavery really was, and what college basketball really is.
    That was a long comment, but I blame Jukai for being such an @sshole.

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

    I could just say I follow a winning team because you know, I’m a sheep and like to cheer for people that commit sex crimes……but yeah…..you’ve got that covered in spades, B. Why bother.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RBQEmmgDl9I Boing Dynasty

    @Holly, Marion actually bricked his FT’s at the end.

  • nate the great

    how come the blazers dont get any publicity?

  • http://double-technical.blogspot.com Zee!!

    The ether, still flowing this late in the day!!!!

  • http://double-technical.blogspot.com Zee!!

    Oh yeah, Lake Show all day.

  • http://www.realcavsfans.com Anton

    It’s no so much that they suck, it’s that I want them to suck. Why? Because they don’t deserve a title. In last year’s playoffs, I wanted Boston to win party because I hate LA but mostly because KG and Ray Allen legitimately deserved a ring.

  • http://www.realcavsfans.com Anton

    *partly

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    JR Smith is en fuego. 6/8 3 pointers and 20 points with 4 minutes left in the 2nd quarter…. straight fire.

  • chintao

    As usual, Teddy is talking around the point, not directly on-topic.

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