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Wednesday, October 28th, 2009 at 9:01 am  |  196 responses

Post Up: Gil, Tex & the Cs

Oh yeah, LeBron scored 38, too.

by Holly MacKenzie/@stackmack

Good Morning SLAMmers,

After rambling my little heart out yesterday, my wrists are B-U-R-N-I-N-G, tonight. I just finished a liveblog, I’ve transcribed almost 5k words today, written a practice report and of course, tweeted it up all evening. In other words, there have been too many words, today. Gonna take some time for my hands to get used to this much typing every day and night. Don’t worry, though. I’ll get there.

Opening day absolutely destroyed me. It’s only 1:35 a.m. and I’m entirely exhausted. Got a little overwhelmed tonight. Especially when Tex Winter receeived his ring. Could he have looked any more precious sitting in the stands, smiling as he watched basketball? That man’s love, undestanding and respect of the game inspires me. When Kobe Bryant said “He basically raised me when I first got here,” my night was complete.

I thought the Cavs were going to come out firing on all cylinders at home, but those damn Celtics took the 95-89 victory. I’m sure our boy Tzvi was loving it, watching his boys take down the Cavaliers, watching Ray streaking to the hoop and seeing KG back on the floor. Celtics are going to be tough, man. They look like they haven’t lost a step and new additions Marquis Daniels and Rasheed Wallace look like they’ve been there all along.

Now, this Big Baby madness: Breaking your hand a day before the regular season starts is a big dummy move. I can’t even imagine the wrath of Rivers and the big four (Yes, I’m including Rondo in there as the big four, cool?), as they have to deal with someone potentially messing up their fast start. Yikes.

Speaking of KG, check this tweet from Marcus Wiliams: KG cussed me out my rookie yr, i kinda laughed and he said “bejbvhjebvjdsbcajbce” and i said “huh??” and looked at me with REDEYES! #scared

Love it. I also tweeted him to ask if KG was the most intimidating player he’s gone up against. This was his response: No, Robert Swift is! Go google em RT @stackmack: @mw1ll is KG the most intimidating to go up against?

Clearly, he doesn’t know who he’s tweeting with. As if I need to google Mr. Swift! For real though, I had a great chat with MW in Las Vegas this summer and I’m happy he’s got a home in Memphis this season.

Now, my favorite part of the night that didn’t involve Tex: Gil. Gil Arenas is back, baby. He had 29 points (!) on 10-21 field goals and shot 8-9 from the line as he led the Wizards to a 102-91 victory over the Mavs in Dallas. Last season, the Wizards had one road win at Christmas. Here’s to hoping this was only the first of many, many more.

And, um, hi, LeBron. Thanks for scoring 38 and having people not rave about it because you’re just that good. Also, the block show? Beautiful. Especially that block on Rondo. My goodness.

As for the Lakers, they didn’t look very good and led by only one at the end of three to the Blake G-less Clips. Still, they turned it on when they needed to and Kobe finished with 33 points. On 26 field goal attempts. No easing into it for that guy, hey?

Everyone making jokes about the LA crowd cheering “MVP” for Kobe, saying it shouldn’t be allowed when he wasn’t the regular season MVP last year. Two words for you: Finals MVP. That’s the one that matters the most, anyway. Just saying.

Notice Greg Oden pull down 12 rebounds, but score just two points? He only attempted three field goals in his 26 minutes of action as Travis Outlaw had 23 points off of the bench and the Blazers took down the Rockets, 96-87.

Ugly stat of the night: Baron Davis and his 1-10 night from the floor. Blame the injured foot, but yuck. Eric Gordon, however, he got to the rim with ease. Every single time.

Okay for real, I’ve gotta get moving. It’s somehow suddenly 3 a.m. (shoutout to late night phone calls to discuss opening night!) and I’ve got two shootarounds starting at 10 a.m. and then the home opener against Cleveland here in Toronto. Wish me luck.

Tell me your thoughts. I want the Post Up convos back. K thanks!

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  • Lz – Cphfinest 3

    Holly, just want you to know that; just as I have missed the NBA, I have missed your daily updates. Your hard work and sore wrists are much appreciated.

  • http://www.twitter.com/Th3_R3al_Chris Th3_R3al_Chris

    I noticed last night that Andrew Bynum not only has some of the worst hands in basketball, but his post moves are more suspect than the NBA Live coverboy. Didn’t he just spend 4 years working with Kareem? He probably needs four more if last night’s game was an indicator.

  • http://slamonline.com Brad Long

    Phil coached that like it was a preseason game. Those lineups in the second quarter were ridiculous.

  • riggs

    holly mack is back! that means the season has officially started

  • Da Hood

    Not a Boston fan, but I’m feelin the C’s Hardbody!!! Whew!!!

  • itaigruss

    HIBACHI MOTHA F*CKAAAAAAAAAAS

  • rikson

    “And, um, hi, LeBron. Thanks for scoring 38 and having people not rave about it because you’re just that good. Also, the block show? Beautiful. Especially that block on Rondo. My goodness.” This is all you have to say about the clash between CLE and BOS?! Maybe Im wrong here, but I couldnt see the opening night and was hoping for some info on the games. Meh….

  • itaigruss

    HIBACHI

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

    Celts are going to be murder. Once Big Baby is back and as long as they can stay healthy…I’m riding with Cwebb’s pick for the title heading back to Beantown. If the Cavs can pry Whooo away from the Warriors…they just might be the team Cavs fans are hoping for and be hell too. Lebron is just ridiculous. A few missed free throws aside….what else can the guy do without forcing the action every possession and just make great play after play? His blocked shots last night are in another dimension besides regular NBA ball….like PS3 type sh*t. Glad to see Gil back in top form. Lakers with the struggle? Not surprising. Missing Gasol, even for just a game, is huge and Artest is really going to drag them down. Trevor Ariza will be the name people will look back on if they can’t repeat. Bynum looked nice though.

  • riggs

    also the block on rondo was a foul, but the refs called decently on lebron last night so its all good.

  • http://www2.gsb.columbia.edu/faculty/jstiglitz/ PANAGIOTIS VASILOPOULOS

    @Eboy…..:PS3!!!!!

  • http://Www.lacuevacrosscountry.com Slick Nick Da Ruler

    Bynum looked nice, as did Thornton and Gordon. I was surprised the Mavs looked so flat. Analyze those stats Cubes. Feel good story of the night was Gil, go get em baby.

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

    Yes….it was like that, Akropolis.

  • http://slamonline.com Holly MacKenzie

    LZ, much appreciated right back!
    B. Long, Phil going 10-deep into his roster by the second quarter was crazy. It DID feel like a preseason game.
    rickson: Check the Post Up from yesterday. Things are changing this season and there will not be game by game recaps in here. There will be game notes from our writers who’ve been attending games, though.

  • http://www.boogiewilliams.com Boing Dynasty

    My personal highlight of the night: Awkward banter between Mike Brown and Tony Brothers. “Uh hey, if i didnt mention it yet, welcome back…Uh, how you doing? Good?”

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    Few observations about the Cavs: 1- Boobie is not very good at basketball. 2- The lane is not clogged, Shaq actually played well. He was backing up Perks like it was nothing. He missed a few bunnies but the position and the rythmn were very good. 3- Bron’s jumper looks VERY good. Less movement, more square. He just felt really comfortable releasing it, that’s trouble. 4- They need D-West off the bench, badly. 5- Once West and Powe suit up, they’ll have a pretty 9-man rotation. 6- Mike Brown is infuriating.

  • http://myspace.com/brandnew Bryan

    Lamar looked beast last night. And I think the lakers were in control especially since they rolled out a lineup of shannon brown, jordan farmar,luke walton, dj and powell.

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

    Shia….I think Phil is smart for that….cut down minutes on the starters is going to be key to keep them fresh…they’ve played a ton of minutes over the last two seasons.

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    About the Celts: 1- They get 3s whenever they want to on their secondary break and they have MAD shooters. I have no idea how teams will prevent House, Allen, Pierce and Wallace from shooting 3s when their D is flatten out by the primary break. Deadly. 2- PP is still money when it matters. 3- Garnett is NOT back to his old self. His missed dunk on the break was just painful to watch. He jumped like Pat Ewing… in his Seattle days. 4- Boston is very, very good. They shoot, they defend, they have slashers, they can post up… 5- Marquis Daniels really brings another dimension to the team because he is so versatile. He can take care of the ballhandling duties for the second half and let Eddie House be Eddie House.

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

    I think I prefer the new overview style recaps to the game by game style. People can go check the boxscores themselves. People are underestimating just how vital Pau is to the Lakers, he’s the difference between a repeat and a Conference finals flameout IMO. Unless Shannon Brown can catch a case of the Ariza’s, the Lakers bench looks weak on paper.

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    Oh, one last thing about the Cavs: Mike Brown sucks, I think that wasn’t clear enough in my last post. Bron played 45 mins, that’s way too much. That’s basically telling your team: I don’t trust you to get the job done at all when he’s sitting. On opening night. And JJ played like 5 minutes after he praised him during all of pre-season. Way to instill confidence in the youg’n. Bron didn’t do anything special last night, I expect those numbers against top competition. He had too many unforced turnovers too, trying to thread the needle on bullet passes across the paint.

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    Didn’t watch the Lakers game but Bynum had a nice stat line. How was he moving on D? Was he protecting the rim? I think that’s one of the areas he needs to work on to be truly an elite center.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Myles Brown

    But he was Coach of the Year! Im just glad we can agree somewhat on something. Hes an awful coach and his lack of intuition or imagination is going to kill the offense. Again. Why add Shaq or Mo if Bron is just going to dribble away possesions at the top of the key like its 2004? What happened to the screens and back door cuts he was using early last season?

  • http://myspace.com/brandnew Bryan

    Eboy I agree. And the celtics really looked ridiculous last night. Sheed can really be a monster for them. Shaq looked olllllld. And fat. Perkins looked nimble next to him.

  • http://tinyurl.com/y87r32x Ryan

    We saw the 2 top teams (L & C) and top player (Lebron) in the league. Both teams are talented, balanced, and their offseason acquisitions make them better. As for Lebron, he scored 38 and had those blocks in ho-hum fashion. As in, they were spectacular for everyone else, but for him it’s effortless. I get the feel that he will go for 80 or 90 this year. Seriously. Every summer he improves something in particular and his jumper looked much smoother last night. He had less of a hitch. He still needs help though, and will get it in NY next year.

  • http://Www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    I noticed you hyperventilating on Twitter last night, Stackmack. You gotta spread it out some, woman. Or you’ll burn out like Bron will if his “coach of the year” runs him ragged for 45 mins a night. Btw, the pic for postup on the mainpage is cool. KG used his usual low post dropstep, spin move on Shaq, who TOTALLY challenged him every step of the way (good D, big man) only to see KG throw it up high off tbe glass for 2. Awesome shot (and yes, old KG woulda left Shaq flatfooted on that move, he’s not fully healed).

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

    Z….he was also stripped a couple of times at the top of the key by overdribbling. I know sometimes it’s out of necessity, but I’m used to seeing that same sh*t with D-Wade night after night but that’s because there’s no talent on the level of the Cavs to make up for that. Grimace sucks at finding good plays for the Cavs to run. Shaq got his best looks when he rolled to the front of the rim and Lebron would fire a pass straight to his chest from the top of the key. They can run that play 20 times a game and it would work 90 percent of the time. Who can font Shaq? No one. It’s just a matter of putting the ball in his hands that close. Early in the game they looked as good as promised becasue they didn’t settle for shots, the Celts weren’t in rhythm yet and Lebron didn’t have to do everything. They should replay those first 7 to 8 minutes and try to play that way EVERY night.

  • http://Www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    Thank gawd Dirk cut his hair. No room for a west coast version of Miss Mike Miller.

  • Hoodsnake

    Aint it the big 5 with Sheed?

  • http://myspace.com/brandnew Bryan

    Twitter of the night for me? Marcel_mutoni :shaqs flabby chest is nsfw.

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    Myles, even the die-hard Cavs fans can’t defend Mike Brown. Barkley said it again yesterday: you have the most athletic guy in the L and yet you won’t have him filling lanes in the break. Bron shouldn’t initiate breaks but finish them. RUN! Leave Shaq and Z behind, that’s okay. They’ll get there on the secondary break. / I did like how they went to Shaq early. He didn’t convert very well (only 5-11) but he was getting really deep position and looked in shape. He’s going to be a problem. And that clogging the lane business? Yeah, non issue.

  • http://Www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    Bryan: i enjoyed a few of Bengtson’s zingers, for example “Blake Griffin is sitting behind the clippers bench, hitting his knee with a hammer”. Russ and Marcel are gonna make following the nba via Twitter very entertaining

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    Bryan, I don’t know what you’re talking about with Shaq. He looked good last night. Did you watch the game? Perk was a non factor and got pushed out of position on the boards. He was backing him down and there was nothing Perk could do about it. He only converted 5 of 11 shots but they were all good shots with deep position. It’s the first time in Bron’s career that they can actually go to someone down low. They didn’t use him enough yesterday but they’ll get into that rythmn.

  • la huey

    Z, Mike Brown makes my blood boil too. I don’t think his family can defend him.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Myles Brown

    I dont know if Shaq looked in Shape, but he did establish himself as a presence early. Dont understand why they went away from him or sat him for such long stretches considering that. The biggest issue to me after jsut one game is how far and away the Celtics are better than the rest of the conference. When matched up with Orlando ,Cleveland, San An and possibly even LA, the opposition may have the best player on the court but after that the Celtics have #’s 2-9 on lock. Their starting five is solid, their bench is deep, the play well together and know their roles. I hate you Boston. Because you scare me.

  • http://myspace.com/brandnew Bryan

    Z shaq looked fat, I didn’t say he looked bad he looked fat and slow. Perk got him with some lame ass spin move.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Ryan Jones

    Good morning Holly.

  • http://slamonline.com Brad Long

    Shaq looked like the Shaq that Miami shipped out to the Suns for a bag of peanuts last night.

  • http://myspace.com/brandnew Bryan

    Barkley called it right last night , its boston,la,san antonio and orlando as the big 4 with the cavs outside looking in RIGHT NOW. That could change but their coaching problems are going to be tough to overcome ,especially when shaq starts b*tching which you know is inevitable.

  • Phil Bill

    Great tweets… love the one about Marcus Williams and KG…

  • Lu Galasso

    Robert Swift!!! Love it.

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

    Uhm…..Shaq is a notoriously slow starter. If last season showed anything…he’s still able to play at a pretty high level and if Grimace can figure out the rotations…he and Z should be fresh for most of the season. Also….the Celts played D they way they wnated too…let Lebron get his and try to limit everyone else’s open looks. Their D is still their calling card. That’s just rock-solid basketball.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    Rasheed Wallace is my favorite Celtic of all-time. That is all.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Myles Brown

    Rasheed Wallace shall now be referred to as Steel Wool.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    He looks like Buckwheat.

  • http://slamonline.com/ Tzvi Twersky

    Great to see the Cs looking so good. KG on the other hand………

  • http://myspace.com/brandnew Bryan

    I’m just saying the cavs defense of their 2010 nba title started off rocky.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Myles Brown

    Yeah. He was obviously favoring that knee. Ill give it til February and see how he looks then. He’s still a defensive presence and that jumper is still wet, but he doens’t have the lift or lateral quickness he’s known for.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Myles Brown

    Oh, and Russ is racist. He totally watched the game last night in blackface.

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

    KG still has that fade away….that’s still a killer and his positinal D, especially when Sheed and him were on the floor together, was pretty formidable. It was only his first game….let’s see if he’s still missing that explosiveness after 2 months.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Myles Brown

    And then theres this gem…”Lamar and Khloe Odom get tattoos of each other’s initials on their hands. A commenter points out that in Swedish “LO” and “KO” mean “bobcat” and “cow.” Of course, those initials together also sound just like the Spanish word for “crazy.”

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    Seeing Sheed yesterday made me realize how much he DOGGED it last year. Bryan, I could be very wrong, but there’s just no room for debate as to who’s the alpha dog on the Cavs. Shaq even said himself yesterday that he was on his way out and this was not his team. Brad Long, I won’t even try to argue with you. If you don’t think he can help the Cavs after seeing him get deep, deep position basically whenever he wanted to against one of the most physical big in the L… I don’t know what to tell you. Right now, October 28, the Celtics are a better team. When West and Powe come back, and Shaq gets in a rythmn and converts the bunnies (he DID lead the league in fg% last year, not 5 years ago), it might be a different story.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Wayno

    Good to be back into the regular season. That was a good opening night. Here are my observations.. 1.)I concur, Mike Brown is terrible… I really think not having Kuester around to run his huddles is going to expose him in the worst way, not that Kuester is amazing, but he’s twice the coach Mike Brown is. 2.) If the old, cantankerous Celtics stay healthy, I don’t see anyone else winning the title, they’re just wayyyy too good. That being said, I think this season is thier last shot at it for awhile. 3.) I’m glad Gil Arenas and Chris Kaman were on my fantasy team last night. 4.) I can’t wait for my Pistons season to start tonight!

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    Lakers fans: better than last year? How was Ron fitting? I expected Kobe to ease more into the season and look for Ron and Bynum to get theirs. What’s the story? When is Farmar taking D-Fish’s job?

  • http://myspace.com/brandnew Bryan

    Z you really should trademark argueing against a point no one was trying to make. No one said bron wasn’t the alpha dog on the team I have no idea where you got that sentiment from but this practice of yours is what makes it impossible to debate/respect you.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Myles Brown

    Well know if the Lakers are better than last year in May/June.

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

    If the Cavs hired the real Grimace away from the McDonalds organization, would he be able to run more than a high screen at the top fo the key for Lebron 9 times out of 10? I think he could.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Wayno

    Yeah, why is D-fish still starting over Farmar?

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

    Khloe is a made up name. The ‘h’ does nothing. That’s my piece of basketball insight for the day.

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

    Khloe and cow together kind of has an endearing ring to it.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Quick thoughts
    1. Is it about time to give up on Mike Brown? I’ve defended the brother for his defense and his team’s success, but man his inability to ever, EVER develop an offense that allows Bron to be the beast he should be is unacceptable. I feel cheated as a basketball fan. The only reason I won’t kill him competely is because I wonder if Lebron prefers playing the way they play. Kind of like Penny in Blue Chips when he told the coach that he wasn’t used to no damn motion offense, he needed the 1-4 so he could have the ball in his hands and make things happen…Yeah, I referenced Blue Chips.
    2. It’s hard not to hate Sheed for what he did last year. Very, very hard.
    3. That off the glass jumper KG hit over Shaq that was on the highlight reel was really, really nasty.
    4. Portland should be better than they are.
    5. Gilbert Arenas looks very dangerous. Maybe SLAM was right about his ranking.
    6. Ron Artest looks like he got fatter. Kobe looks bigger too.
    7. I was right about the Detroit/AI fiasco. Just wanted to say “I told you so” one more time.

  • http://slamonline.com Brad Long

    LMAO@Myles. WOW.

  • http://slamonline.com Brad Long

    I get the feeling that the only thing that can keep us from seeing a Celtics/Lakers Finals again this year is both teams health…maybe the Magic.

  • http://fjdkslf.com Jukai

    A few notes:
    1. Called my father after the Cavs game. He said, “I know it’s only one game, but the Cavaliers are really worse than I thought”
    2. Defensively, the Cavaliers are deeeeep. Offensively, there’s really not so deep. Parker is not the answer: when Lebron throws a bullet pass to you at the three, you take the three, don’t hesitate, wait two seconds, then dodge the defender and take a shot off the dribble! That’s not what the Cavaliers need! Also, get Lebron assists, he’s on my fantasy team.
    3. I wasn’t terribly impressed with Shaq as Z was. Yeah, he wasn’t clogging the lane, lebron looked fine… but Shaq has one of the best play makers in the L with the ball: he can’t get anything better than a one-on-one post match? Get behind Perks, you will get the ball for chrissakes!
    4. Marquis Daniels may be the most underrated pick of the year. Dude is picking up where he left off, and he can defend!!!
    5. I didn’t watch any other game outside of the Cavalier v Celts game, but when I did watch the Lakers game, it was Eric Gordon scoring. What did I tell ya. That kid is going to be better than OJ Mayo, put that on paper.
    I’d also love to argue with Allen about the “I told you so” comment but I gotta drive to Red Hook soon, so really wont be here for that.

  • http://fjdkslf.com Jukai

    Whoops, point number one should be “The Cavaliers head coach”

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Sad story about Antoine Walker here.
    http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/blog/ball_dont_lie/post/Former-Celtics-star-Antoine-Walker-is-broke-and-?urn=nba,198509
    I used to hear older black folks wonder how we could have so many wealthy athletes and still have so many enduring problems, and I think this story gets to the root of the problem. Athlete wealth appears to be transient. It obviously evaporates quickly once the checks stop coming in, and then what do they have? Nothing but the memories.

  • riggs

    I dont know what everyone else was seeing but kendrick perkins played great D on shaq last night.

  • riggs

    also perks new shot went in 4/5 times last night, do you know how far the D has to spread out with the celtics offense now? wow.

  • The D Train

    Blazers get no juice, so let me say that while Boston might have spots 2-9 locked up, Portland’s is pretty impressive, also. Not Beantown-impressive, but nice. Dre Miller looked really good running with Rudy, Outlaw and Co. Oden looked much more agile than last year. After all the local talk about how great he looked offensively, I was a bit surprised to not see them get him the ball in the post that much against the smaller Rocket front-line…although Chuck Hayes and his infernal “quick hands” was pickin’ dudes pockets like crazy. And Ghostface Pryzbilla has got to be the best backup 5 in the league, right? All he does is rebound, set monster picks, hustle and play quality D. He can’t score for ‘ish, but he’s good for 10 ‘bounds a game going against the 2nd team centers of the league. On the other hand, you can’t like that they blew a 20 point lead to the Rockets, who were scrappin’ like we all expected them to. Lack of talent, yes. Lack of heart, no. They would actually be a fun team to root for this year.

  • The D Train

    oh yeah, and Martell looked way better than I expected after all of his time off.

  • http://slamonline.com cb 34

    Sad part is, mike brown winning coach of the year buys him another 2 years in cleveland. He truly is killing bron bron’s chances of winning by the day. It wouldn’t be the worst thing if he got hit by a bus tomorrow.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    I can’t wait to see a box score where Greg Oden and Ghostface combine for something like 67 minutes, three points and 12 fouls. Last night: 42, four and 11. Good start!

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

    Myles: To answer your earlier question, the Cavs offense from last season is now residing in Auburn Hills, Mi. Mike Brown is now back to having LeBron dominate the ball and Mo Williams is officially an after thought. It took the Cavs 28 games last year before they lost their first home game, but only 1 this year. Yeah, KG is back.

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

    What happened to Rasheed’s gray spot???

  • http://slamonline.com Spaceship Jay

    I swear I saw Mo Williams TELLING Mike Brown something, and Mike replying “Yeah, Yeah! That’s a good idea! Yeah, do that!”…. Doesn’t it supposed to be the other way around?

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    Rasheed has the greatest job in the world.

  • http://fjklf.com Jukai

    TADOne gave me a good laugh. Nothing is different between this year and last year, NOTHING. Kuester was a joke, the offense is the same, only now they have Shaq in there, so… yeah…

  • Shel

    The Lakers didnt give a damn about that game last night. They didnt even try plus Bynum is proving all the doubters wrong…shoulda been in top 50.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Andrew Bynum only looks like an All-Star when he’s not playing Yao Ming, Dwight Howard, or Shaq.

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    Bryam, your e-respect is not something I really need right now. In response to your 10:38a comment, let me connect the dots for you: Shaq has nothing to whine about since the roles are very, very clearly defined and we know who the alpha dog is. Good day.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Sheed’s bald patch has been consumed by his new ‘fro-do. Its actually probably still there, just the bald patch is so deep and long that its like a dark tunnel now.

  • http://www.slamonline.com James the balla

    First off. The fact Bron gets blocks and has very bad perimeter D, and still almost won DPOY. Is crazy. Look at Kobe’s D last night, hi footwork i amazing right now. Kobe look really good. Well rested.
    A few things I learned last night:
    1) Bron is great but his team has zero movement when he touches the ball.
    2)PP is NOT in shape like the announcers said.
    3) Baron does look like Kimbo Slice.
    4) Anderson verasisizio(?) i really annoying.
    5) Gil looks really small on the court but it’s amazing to have him back.
    And last but not least.
    6) Kobe is really slowing down : D.

  • http://www.thebiglead.com AOCPR

    ‘Sheed’s bald patch has been consumed by his new ‘fro-do. Its actually probably still there, just the bald patch is so deep and long that its like a dark tunnel now.

  • http://slamonline.com Brad Long

    Teddy:The Center rotation of Marcus Camby, Chris Kaman, and DeAndre Jordan may be the deepest in the league. Now, I’m not saying that any of those guys are as good as the ones you mentioned above, but it’s not like he was playing the Warriors big men.

  • http://www.slamonline.com James the balla

    AllenP- Artest looks bigger, and Kobe looks like he gained some muscle too. I agree.

  • Shel

    @ james the balla. Your post is completely contradicting

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    Juks, there’s really nothing that worries me about the Cavs ON the court right now, knowing that they’ll get D-West and Powe (who are much better than Boobie and JJ). That’s a tight 9-man rotation with three guys off the bench that were starters last year in D-West, Z and Moon. + Shaq will get in rythmn, 10 and 10 and he didn’t even get going. / HOWEVER, I can not stress how worried I am about Mike Brown. To be blunt, right now, I can not for the life of me imagine him making key adjustments on the fly in a heated playoff game. Having Bron bring the ball up, clear out and create for the entire 4th quarter of close games WILL NOT WORK. Ever. It’s entirely possible to beat Cleveland even when he goes off for 40 on good percentages. That shouldn’t happen. How about about running him off curls, starting plays off the ball? Giving him looks in the mid-post? BE CREATIVE. Ugh.

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

    Jukai: Um, the Cavs actually averaged the highest point and assist totals since LeBron has been with the team last year. Now, this may have just been maturation and team chemistry, but to say that Kuester made no difference is short-sighted. Tell that to Mike Brown or the players.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Sure Brad, but most of Bynum’s points came from putbacks and fastbreaks where he was left wide open and fed by a slasher in the lane. I have yet to see him make one of his turn-arounds in the paint. See, he looks like a good player and he’s definitely a good rebounder, but I’m not sold on his offense.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Cavs will have a real shot at the title when Powe comes back to form. I’m not sold on them now, though.

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    James, seriously, do you watch Cleveland games? 2 of his 4 blocks were on JUMPERS and he did prevent 2 dunks. That’s 4 points saved for sure. He played mostly on Rondo and Pierce last night and stayed in front of them the whole game. Where’s the bad perimeter D you’re talking about? The thing he didn’t do well last night was protect the ball: Marquis picked his pocket and he threw 3 passes in the key that got stolen. Defense was not an issue at all.

  • rikson

    “Check the Post Up from yesterday. Things are changing this season and there will not be game by game recaps in here. There will be game notes from our writers who’ve been attending games, though.”
    Whats the point then?! Just open a post and let the user comment on the games, because thats whats happens here right now!

  • http://www.slamonline.com James the balla

    Yeah the Lakers didn’t care basically. But I don’t like that. It’s what Brad said. Phil acted like it was pre season. Second quarter he let a ridiculou line up tay on for 7 minutes. And DJ was shooting every shot.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    ‘Sheed’s bald patch has been consumed by his new ‘fro-do. Its actually probably still there, just the bald patch is so deep and long that its like a dark tunnel now.

  • http://www.thebiglead.com AOCPR

    ‘Sheed’s bald patch has been consumed by his new ‘fro-do. Its actually probably still there, just the bald patch is so deep and long that its like a dark tunnel now.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    ‘Sheed’s bald patch has been consumed by his new ‘fro-do. Its actually probably still there, just the bald patch is so deep and long that its like a dark tunnel now.

  • http://www.slamonline.com James the balla

    MD did pick his pocket, plus he had 5 TO’. The blocks were amazing. But I watched both the Lakers and Cavs games. And hi D, he does not have quick feet like Kobe. Kobe’s D last night was great… he doesn’t get blocks like bron. But he plays he11a hard on D. The opposition can’t even breath.

  • vtrobot

    sheed’s hair had the best game. speaking of who’s fat and not, how many pounds did pierce lose over the summer? ray’s supposed to be in insane shape from running a ton this summer. look out.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    WHAT WAS THAT? WOW…

  • http://www.slamonline.com James the balla

    By the way, my S button on my keyboard is sticking lol. So my posts may look f()cked up!!

  • http://www.slamonline.com James the balla

    lol @ Teddy. Banned!!

  • http://slamonline.com Brad Long

    Oh yeah, someone please tell Rondo that he is no Jordan Crawford.

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

    Brad: You did, last night…

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    Can we like not compare Bron and Kobe for one day? They both had great games yesterday, how about that? / DJ is a gunner lol. For real. He has to lead the league in shots per garbage minutes. He likes to think of himself as a marksman from the elbow. If he’s got daylight, forget it he’s gone.

  • http://www.slamonline.com James the balla

    Hey anybody read the new SI? They wrote that Arenas will average 10 a game. And Curry from GSW, i going to average 28!!!!!

  • http://www.slamonline.com James the balla

    Agreed Z lol, DJ is hilarious man… it looks like his head is located on his chest!!

  • http://slamonline.com Holly MacKenzie

    My goodness! It’s only day two and we’re at 102 comments. I’ve gotta take some time to go back and see what everyone is saying. So… Just got back from Raps shootaround where I accidentally cut off Jay Triano while trying to get my question in. Ooops. Gotta work on a shootaround report (read: transcribe far too many words), then head to the game for my first nba.com story! AND, I made some moves on working towards securing a guy for a piece I’m very excited for. It’s been a great day. And, Hi R. Jones. I see your boy tonight!

  • http://www.sixers.com 360vue

    Sorry, but if any thought Cavs were going to triumph last night, a big dose of reality was in order. Same goes for progressing to the NBA Finals

  • http://slamonline.com Brad Long

    Hitting all those jumpers in the preseason may have been the worst possible scenario for Congo. I think I saw Phil Jackson cringe ever time one went in during the Denver game last week.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    So the Cavs are only gonna lose eight more games this season, right?

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Sheed’s bald patch has been consumed by his new ‘fro-do. Its actually probably still there, just the bald patch is so deep and long that its like a dark tunnel now.

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    Russ, look at their schedule before the X-Mas games. It’s a walk in the park. How does losing the first game or the 32nd game to Boston make a difference in the overall record? Nobody else in the league can touch the 5 best teams. I expect to see those five teams win 60+ and a lot of teams win less than 30 and some teams even less than 20.

  • http://www.slamonline.com James the balla

    lol @ Teddy. I think someone is using your name like someone was doing to me last week.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Wayno

    …..

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    Since when do we call people by their country of origin? You call Sasha Slovenia too? Why not call Yao a Chinaman?

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Thank you Russ.

  • http://realcavsfans.com Anton

    James the balla blew his load while reading about Sheed.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Wayno

    I am not Wayno. I am Myles.

  • http://www.slamonline.com James the balla

    Twice. Right onto your sister’s chin.

  • http://www.slamonline.com James the balla

    Anyone know anything about those D Rose speed wraps? If they work or not? And if so, where can you purchase them?

  • Robert

    Kobe looked very well rested, there was an extra bounce in his legs that wasn’t evident in last season’s finals although it is the first game of the season and he had a summer with no olympic obligations. Ron’s addition really helps him out especially on the defensive end cause Kobe plays the passing lanes more and it showed last night when he had four steals. But when he did defend Thorton and Eric Gordon, they had a hard time trying to get a shot and you could really see that he’s one of the best perimeter defender in the league. As for the starting point position, I like Shannon Brown more because he’s bigger, more athletic and has more upside than Jordan although Jordan played better last night.

  • http://slamonline.com Brad Long

    Russ:So that list of also rans you named off earlier in the preseason are gonna have a better year than Bynum? I’m pretty sure health is the only thing that can keep him out of the ASG.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Wayno

    I am Wayno. I am not Myles.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    It’s been one game.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Wayno

    Russ, is that even your name? I just wanted to ask a skeptical question too.

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

    Chris Kaman will have a better statistical year than Bynum. I’m willing to bet virtual money on it.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Wayno

    I am not Wayno. I am Myles…

  • http://www.slamonline.com Myles Brown

    There. Thats better.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    And like it or not, health is part of the game.

  • http://www.slamonline.com James the balla

    Co-sign Robert. Kobe is an amazing DeFeNdErrrr.

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

    Wow, Bynum is a ‘lock’ for the All Star game on October 28th? That has to be some kind of record.

  • http://slamonline.com Brad Long

    I said if he was healthy, which of course is a HUGE if, so no he’s not technically a lock. Two centers will be named to the ASG in the West. Yao will not be one of them. Name two centers who will have better seasons than Andrew Bynum in the West. On your mark…get set…GO!

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

    Chris Kaman, Greg Oden, Emeka Okafor….health permitting, of course. That is 3, do I get a cookie for extra credit??

  • http://www.slamonline.com James the balla

    @Brad … With brown playing solid. Sasha is falling out a bit …

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

    Does Al Jefferson count as a center?

  • http://www.slamonline.com James the balla

    Al Jeff is hurt. And Kaman hahaha, Oden hahaha, EMEKAAAA HAHAHAHAHA.

  • http://www.slamonline.com James the balla

    Oden is in his 3rd year and I don’t think he has had a game above 10 points in a regular season game. Kaman is great every 5th or 6th game. Emeka, I don’t even have to say anything on that.

    Now, Al Jeff, that i good pick but he is hurt right now.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Kobe Bryant has some of the best defensive abilities out of any shooting guard in the league, when he wants to play defense. But he’s often way overrated in specific games when he actually doesn’t do that great of a job defending. Like yesterday’s game.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    TAD, don’t forget a healthy Marcus Camby.

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

    Ahhhh….I know when the season is in full swing by the number of cocky Lakers fans’ commenting. (with all due respect to Holly, Myles, Marcel….)

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    However, I actually have a feeling Bynum will make the All-Star game, even though he isn’t that great. His stats are most likely going to improve this year and, coupled with the Lakers hype, almost makes him a lock for the game this year. Almost. But I also have a feeling Bynum’s numbers will dip later on when Gasol gets back to full form.

  • http://slamonline.com Brad Long

    The only department in which any of those three players will be statistically better is rebounding and that has more to do with the rebounder’s they are on the court with than actual skill difference.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Brad Long
    Chris Kaman, Al Jefferson, Nene, Okafor,

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Brad Long
    Kaman is a better scorer. He’s also a better defender and rebounder.
    Jefferson is a better scorer and rebounder.
    Okafor is a better defender and rebounder.
    Nene is just better period.

  • http://slamonline.com Brad Long

    Nene is an acceptable answer. I think Bynum will have a better year, but Nene is acceptable.

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

    You have determined all of this off of 1 game? Really?? What is tonight’s lotto number? Oh, and Kaman had 18 and 16 last night against Quizno’s boy, so he should be in the discussion by your parameters.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Wayno

    Based on last nights performance, Bynum is an Allstar…based on the VASTLY larger sample of the majority of his time in the league, there’s no way he’s an all-star this year…

  • http://www.slamonline.com Myles Brown

    Al Jefferson should be playing PF, but he counts as a center. And if he doesnt make the All Star team, I aint watchin.

  • NUPE

    Looks like Oden is trying to be a defensive specialist like Ben Walace, versus the Pat Ewing type player that people thought he was going to be. He’s been hurt so much it’s hard to tell, but he’ll be interesting to watch.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Brad Long
    I would rather have Okafor and Kaman than Bynum if I were the Lakers.
    Okafor is a stud defensively. Just nasty. Bynum is foul prone and lazy.
    Kaman hits the glass and really is nifty around the rim. He’s not great, but in the triangle I think he would be WAY more effective than Bynum.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Myles Brown

    I wouldnt go that far. Kaman has reached his ceiling. So has Okafor. Bynum hasnt.

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

    Andrew Bynum has done nothing to lead me to believe he’ll ever be as good as people once thought he’d be.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    CoCo
    High five sis…
    Dude has talent, but nothing he has shown me makes me think he’s going to max out on that talent. Maybe this year will be different, but so far I question his effort, I question his maturity, and dammit, I question his basketball intelligence.
    But, he’s still pretty young.
    Myles
    Kaman and Okafor aren’t getting much better, but do the lakers really need them too? I guess if you’re planning for the future, Bynum is a better bet, but for right now, I would prefer either of those other two.

  • http://sportzin.com Riiver

    Bynum had 26/13. LO also had 13 rebounds. Kaman had 16 rebounds, but Camby only had 6. does it really matter? Also most of Kaman’s shots were from jumpers. some of you got to start hating on Bynum. i mean dude has 26/23 and you still criticize?

  • http://sportzin.com Riiver

    not 26/23, but 26/13. my bad

  • http://slamonline.com Brad Long

    Allenp:I have a feeling your judging Bynum defensively by his performance in the playoffs last year. If he’s healthy and I have to have someone guard Dwight Howard or Shaq in the post, I’d take Bynum over Okafor any day of the week. I understand how someone who doesn’t watch every Laker game could make those decisions though, so I respect that.

  • http://slamonline.com Brad Long

    What cracks me up though is how somebody like Russ just trashes Bynum and then when he performs its like, “Health is part of the game”. No sh!t, you can go tell Yao, Amare, Al Jefferson, and Nene the same thing. He’s damn sure not anymore injury prone than those guys, except maybe Al Jefferson.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    Please point out where I “trashed” Bynum.

  • riggs

    against a clipper team? yeah. do it against boston then he’d get some props.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    I think I’ll just go back to not saying anything. That was better for all involved.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Myles Brown

    Damnit Russ, is that your name or not? I want answers!

  • ab_40

    if eric gordon can get to the rim anytime he wants vs the lakers. and craig smith can get buckets on em. they are in trouble. boston looked nice. and glen davis can’t punch he probably had his thumb inverted or put it close to his knucles otherwise you can’t break it. greg oden had a ben wallace line… if he can be a 7 foot version of ben wallace for 10 years will he have a legacy?

  • http://slamonline.com Brad Long

    On Oct 6 2009 Brad Long said”Name two centers who will have better seasons than Bynum.”.

    Russ answers, “Marc Gasol, Emeka Okafor, Joel Przybilla, Chris Andersen, Tim Duncan (who may very well be listed as a center this year with Yao out and Shaq gone and Oberto off the Spurs), Chris Kaman and Mehmet Okur. I could probably keep going. Also, this will all be moot when Drew goes down with a knee injury in December.”.

    That was the trashing that I was refering too. And I’m not trying to be combative it’s just funny to me when someone trys to point out when they’re right about other peoples ridiculous statements when they make questionable ones as well. It’s all love, Russ.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    Yeah, that’s a trashing all right. Wow! It’s amazing I’m allowed to write anything ever. I’ll be back when Drew goes down with a knee injury in December. Have fun.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    I forgot about Okur and Gasol. I don’t know for sure if they are better than Bynum, but it’s close. Gasol is in a tough situation though.

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

    Brad: What Eboy says about Kobe is trashing a player; what Russ said was just being critical. You cannot come on here after just one good game, the first game of the season at that, and say that Bynum will be a lock for the All Star game, health permitting. If anything, that is a comment basically trashing any other center in the West not named Yao.

  • http://fashionsensei.files.wordpress.com/2008/02/jackie-moon.jpg Jackie Moon

    Bynum is a lock for the Hall of Fame. Health permitting.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Mehmet Okur > Andrew Bynum

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Its pretty much undebateable that Yao is the best center in the game when healthy. In my opinion at least.

  • Shelton

    Wats wit the hate on Bynum. I think Kobe is more liked than him. He had a nice turn a round jumper along with several other nice plays last nite. Stop the hate

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    Funny how saying that Bynum might not be all-star material is «hate»

  • http://slamonline.com Brad Long

    If I in any way, shape, or form gave anyone the impression that I was attempting to discredit Russ Bengston’s legitimacy as an basketball journalist, I apologize. As Tad has already pointed out I should have used the word “criticized” instead of “trashed”. In my opinion, comparing Joel “Ghostface” Przybilla to Andrew Bynum is kind of a slap in the face to Bynum, but maybe that’s just me looking through my purple and gold lenses. I have enjoyed Russ Bengston’s contributions to SLAM as Editor, Writer, and in the comments section and hopefully he’ll continue to bless us with his words here for years to come.

  • http://www.stonesthrow.com/madlib Michael NZ

    Russ, I think I speak for everyone (BLong too) when I say… for gods sake don’t stop posting here in the comments section. Ok? Like, I don’t use twitter or follow it or whatever the eff it is, so how else can I get my dose of Bengtson thoughts and all round witty-ness!? The input is appreciated.

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

    Hi Holly!
    Great to have the Post Up back, and I’ll pop by when I can.
    Also, if you guys are looking at potential centres for the All Star Game, why not Luis Scola?

  • http://www.stonesthrow.com/madlib Michael NZ

    Or David Anderson! Eh, Hursty? Had a solid debut.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    B. Long, you don’t have to praise Russ after he just went all sarcastic and pseudo-”ironic” on you. It shows you have class, but still… You really didn’t say anything wrong or disrespectful at all.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    By wrong I mean out of line. I don’t fully agree with what you said about Bynum.

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

    the bobcats are getting blown out right now. They wont be the first or last team to have this happen at the hands of the Celtics. Boston is a lot better then i thought!

  • B-more Mike

    What about the Cavs?

  • Keith

    Lebron is overrated. There, I said it.

  • B-more Mike

    I don’t post comments often but who ever says the lakers would rather have okafor or f$cking okur rather than bynum is…….!!! Did you okafor tonight, GARBAGE!!!!! If bynum stays healthy it’s going to be a lot of sour faces. Okur, child please.

  • Keith

    I can see why you don’t post comments often B-more Mike.. your post is the visual equivalent of a fart in the ear. Horrible.

  • B-more Mike

    The cavs anyone, I know its only two games but damn. Toronto perfect team to expose these guys. Where was the Big Cavalier in the 4th? Where’s moon and bum, old ass Anthony Parker? Anyone, I need answers please seriously because I thought they were the greatest?

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    Another triple double, another dismal effort by everybody else. What else is new? It’s only two games but this is getting worrisome. Mike Brown has no idea what to do with his line up. Cleveland started the 2nd half with Boobie at the 2 and Bron at the 4. And then they went with Z and Shaq. Broussard says that S-Jax is coming for Z’s expiring contract. Panic moves will be made.

  • B-more Mike

    Keith: state your claim yo

  • B-more Mike

    Hey im going leave you with this, you let people fart in your ear? Child please!

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com DP

    I will back tomorrow dammit. I was out building houses and other stuff that involves me falling off roofs but all I have to say is it’s good to see my boy hibachi back to his old self. play wit it.

  • Riko

    What’s this nonsense about Bynum being worse than Okafor or even Mehmet Okur? That’s a real huge laugh right there. Bynum has the tools, he has more than shown that he could play defense and work in the post offensively. He’s just inconsistent, he obviously still needs to work himself back in with the team. Plus neither Okur or Okafor would fit with the Lakers. Bynum can do everything Okafor can do, and is much more athletic. Okafor’s not even a true center like Bynum, he’s a PF parading around as a center because the teams he has been playing on are undersized. And when you already have Pau Gasol a player who does more damage facing up even though he’s still very effective with the back to the basket, Okur would bring nothing to the table. Okur lives off pick and pop/roll situations, his one-on-one and back to the basket game is very suspect, and for someone his size he is hardly even an average rebounder. Also he’s a huge liability defensively, he’s far from athletic, far from a shot blocker, takes very few chargers, and isn’t quick enough to consistently plug up opposing players driving lanes. Bynum has a jumpshot, has a progressing post game knowing how to use his strength down low, use his length for alley oops/catching passes, and defensively not only can he take his man one on one, but he can get shots on his man and being that last line of defense getting weak side blocks (another advantage he has over Okafor).

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Riko, Okafor wouldn’t fit with the Lakers? What? We’re aren’t talking about who would fit better with the Lakers. The Lakers already have Pau Gasol, Kobe Bryant, and Ron Artest. They don’t even need Bynum to play well offensively to win. And that’s not a diss to him, either.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    We have witnessed the emergence of Trevor Ariza the NBA star.

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

    DID ANYONE ELSE NOTICED THE ‘DANCE ROUTINE-CROSS LEGGED ACTION’ THE LAKER BENCH DID WHEN BYNUM SCORED HIS FIRST POINTS THIS SEASON?????????

    CHECK THE REPLAY!!!!

    ^_^

  • Riko

    Also forgot to mention, Bynum has always grabbed rebounds on both ends of the floor at an alarming rate considering he plays next to some of the better rebounders in the league in Gasol, Odom, and even Kobe Bryant who is one of the best rebounding guards in the league. Although I don’t like the huge contract he already got from Mitch Kupchak, it’s not hard to see why he got it. Also I read, Greg Oden and Chris Kaman? Oden still has a very long road ahead of him before his offense gets anywhere close to his defense, and in regards to his defense he still fouls a lot and commits a lot of mental mistakes. Kaman is definitely one of the better Cs in the league, and will probably have another nice year statistically, but Bynum has always taken it to him one on one ever since he started coming onto his own. If I’m not mistaken, last night was the only good game has ever had against Bynum since Bynum became the starting center, and even then, Bynum still outperformed him.

  • Riko

    Teddy-the-Bear, ahh okay, but nonetheless I still felt like throwing in my opinion and defending Bynum :P

  • Riko

    Teddy-the-Bear ahh okay, but nonetheless I still wanted to post my opinion and defend Bynum :P

  • BIRDMAN JR

    Teddy-the-Bear is right bout kobe. his overrated when it comes to his defense. I was watching the game and there were times when eric just plain blew by him. He played the passing lanes right but when it came to mano d he struggled. he doesn’t have the foot speed to stay in front of e gordon let alone dwade and others. don’t forget the night GIL LIT HIM UP FOR 60. No great defensive player has ever been torched that bad. Another perception of kobe abilities that are not reality.

  • BostonBaller

    DFish still starts for several reasons other than he is Kobe’s MainMan. 1) He brings stability to the team to start the game 2) He can still play 3) He earned his rings. You can say who Sheed looks like all you want, I just care that he looked good out there. Don’t anoint Ariza superstar status just yet, numbers tend to go up when you are one of the only scoring options on a team. At 1st glance, the latest ish of SLAM is more than Special. Your SLAM era starting 5 was right on but you could have selected the bench too. let the debat begin…

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