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With just less than 3 minutes left in the 4th, some guy wearing Lebron James' jersey has 4 points on 2-13 shooting, and no free throws. I don't know who that guy is.
@SpearsNBAYahoo Spurs guard Tony Parker said he is uncertain if he will be able to play with hamstring injury in Game 4 and he will have MRI in morning.
Danny Green on LeBron: "He's stopping himself. So far, we've done a decent job on him defensively."
That's what I was trying to get at with the second half of my post. The Spurs are basically saying if you are interested in taking any 2 point shot that is not at the rim...we do not give a ####. They're taking the stat revolution shot valuation to an extreme on the defensive end and it's working.
Now every columnist is going to take the columns they wrote after Game 2, switch each reference for the Spurs to the Heat and vice-versa, and re-run it.
the first year that doug collins was here in philly, he summarized his defensive philosophy as wanting to keep opponents 'inside the fence, but outside the kitchen', which is to say he wanted the sixers to do exactly what your post refers to.
That quote about LeBron appears in "Hey Bill" dated 6/20/2011. Does someone else ghostwrite the Hey Bill comments? I thought the 28 wins part was a joke when it was written, but the rest of the commentary seemed plausible enough at the time. I think LeBron over the last couple years has surpassed almost all conceivable expectations. You (or your ghostwriter) wouldn't be alone in having underestimated what he was capable of -- I knew he was a great player but the last two years he has been simply transcendent.
Looks like I'm going to have to own it. I don't agree with ANYTHING I said there. ..the whole analysis, about the short centers and such, is just totally wrong. But I must have written it. Nobody else answers questions here.
It'll be awful publicitywise for the first few months, but if LeBron seriously wants a bunch more rings and to be universally regarded as Jordan's superior, he needs to get on another team going forward.
LeBron should be able to draw guys to play with HIM, not the other way around. [And he has--look at Ray Allen, Battier, and Miller].
The above, BTW, basically assumes the Heat do win the Finals this year. If they don't, then LeBron leaving will feel a lot more like fleeing a failure, and the calculus will become very different.
I don't tend to pay a ton of attention to older players with regard to longevity, because training methods are so different these days.
He was taking them but there was so much hesitation and unease with actually releasing the shot. He's playing like someone shocked and unnerved by being that open.
I also wonder if the Spurs will throw a different strategy at LeBron every night. I have no doubt he'll come back ready to take those open mid-range jumpers. I wonder if they'll be there again?
I also wonder if the Spurs will throw a different strategy at LeBron every night.
I guessed Heat in 7, because it is a players league, but Pop might prove me wrong
There are so many tiny turning points in individual plays and games that broad narratives could never capture the essence of the series
start dressing like Buzz Bissinger
[Trying to put up 40-45] is not really his style
Pop could well be planning to "change speeds" with his defense. And he is not going to explain it in public, or anywhere else that anyone from Miami could be listening.
It doesn't feel like he'll be accept being inefficient in doing that.
I don't know if I would use the term "wiring" but it may be that James needs to try to go off for 40-45 points a couple of times if Miami is going to beat San Antonio. That is not really his style, but he is obviously basketball-smart enough to recognize the need if it is indeed there.
Not down with Poz's piece on James. I observed once that guys who are otherworldly specimens tend to have their make-up overanalyzed. James is not immune from criticism, but I think he has earned a break from the "Why isn't he as driven as Kobe and MJ?" stuff.
James is not immune from criticism, but I think he has earned a break from the "Why isn't he as driven as Kobe and MJ?" stuff.
Jordan was Jordan until age 34. Less than himself at age 38, unknown how well he could have played from 35-37, had he wanted to.
Oscar Robertson remained a great to age 32, his first year in Milwaukee, when he an Kareem won a title. He dropped off quickly after that.
Jerry West was 34 for his last great year.
Tracy McGrady was 27 the last time he was considered a top player. Larry Bird was 31, then the injuries were too much. After missing most of the 88-89 season, Bird was still a fine player in limited games/minutes but not the force he once was.
Kobe was a great player to age 34 (though his defense had suffered) when the achilles gave out.
One of these things is not like the other.
Yea, I forgot how good McGrady was. But he only once made it out of the first round in a really weak conference
Put me in the group of people who think Kidd was a bad hire.
But who would they have otherwise got?
Didn't Avery Johnson switch directly from player to coach? This doesn't seem that weird of a decision.
They need to take that swing.
Well, IMO that is an argument for Shaw, not against him. Suppose he combines some Phil skills with being able to relate well to today's players? Kobe really likes him, as does Pau, and Howard supposedly suggested him in ORL after running SVG out of town.
McGrady was elite for a couple of years, maybe better than Kobe(Hollinger pointed this out at the time). But the key with Kobe is that his career has a lot more to it than 2000-2002. Kobe finally broke down in 2013 after playing several 48-minute games. McGrady broke down a long time ago and was done as a top player a long time ago, so that was a weak comp.
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