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A 30-second shot clock would be a start. I think NCAA Men's Basketball has the longest shot clock of...pretty much every basketball organization, everywhere?
Georgetown's offense, Syracuse's zone, Boston College running the flex, etc, that stuff is fun to watch, and, for me at least, much easier to understand than the stuff NBA teams run.
I think that is because there is more action on the ball. In the NBA, a play is won or lost around the rim rather the ball gets there or not.
My general feeling is that men's college basketball has embraced the notion that the 15-20' jumper is a really poor shot
Pat Riley's on the Costas interview show saying that this past Olympic team would have beaten the 1992 Dream Team.
After playing 39 minutes and posting a near triple-double -- 31 points, 10 rebounds and 9 assists -- in the Knicks' 112-92 win, James apparently worked off some frustration after consecutive losses and the Heat's second 20-point defeat to the Knicks in a little more than a month.
"I've got to be better, it's that simple," James said. "I'm here and I'm the last one to leave. ... They pretty much just kicked our ass in two games."
the Knicks are the only team in the league that is still unbeaten at home
I'd almost be tempted to go even shorter. A lot of teams appear to have the strategy of being more interested in defense and really struggling on offense. It's just no fun to watch.
My mind cannot get clouded with everybody telling me how to shoot a free throw. I just have to go up there and shoot it my way and not get caught up in what everybody else is saying, because that's when I miss.
Steve Nash tries to help Dwight with his free-throw shooting, Dwight says no.
Bryant cited former teammate Shaquille O'Neal as an example of how Howard can improve at the line if he makes it a priority.
"Shaq, he had a tough time at the free throw line, but he got to a place where the critical stretches of ballgames, he really knocked them down," Bryant said of O'Neal, who played a crucial role on four championship-winning teams in Los Angeles and Miami despite shooting just 52.7 percent from the free throw line for his career. "Maybe he was about 50 percent, but it seemed like in games where there were big ones, it seemed like he didn't miss them. He got to that place just by working. That really meant a lot to him and he took on that responsibility of having to make them."
Wade's been mailing it in this season. Plenty of reporters and commentators saying he's hurt. If he's that hurt, he should just take a few weeks off, because right now he looks as disinterested as Melo last season.
just for a bit of fun, if evan turner was putting up dwyane wade numbers (19, 4, and 4 on 47% shooting), how many (more) posts per week do you think there'd be in this thread about evan turner?
Evan Turner's late game play is absolute garbage tonight. I missed the first 46 minutes, and he has solid numbers, so presumably he didn't look like an unathletic clown the whole game.
Turner did make a big shot at the end there... I thought they were running way too much iso with Turner even when Holliday was still on the court.
Obnoxious Kobe Bryant Stat: He has been on the first or second all-defensive team every time but once in the last 12 years.
What guilty pleasures are on your iPod?
I’ve got a lot of old-school stuff like Hall & Oates.
On the scale of Simmons psychoanalyzing Kobe yet again, I thought this was actually a pretty good read.
How did you get through all that?
When Donnie Walsh was in Indiana with me, he had my back. He knew my heart and knew what kind of person I was. I would have never went in the stands on my own. I would have never shot up a strip club on my own.
It was always to help somebody, so when people say that type of stuff, it definitely pisses me off.
This is just amazing.
Worst freethrow ever
This is just amazing.
Worst freethrow ever
NBA says Spurs Stephen Jackson has been fined $25,000 for "issuing a hostile statement" at Thunder's Serge Ibaka in a Twitter message.
Somebody tell serg Abaka. He aint bout dis life. Next time he run up on me im goin in his mouth. That's a promise. He doin 2 much.
Somebody tell serg Abaka. He aint bout dis life
"Somebody tell serg Abaka. He aint bout dis life"
Is Stephen Jackson auditioning for Bad Girls Club?
I apologize to @sergeibaka, the NBA, and to all my fans for the comments i made. It was unprofessional and childish. Im not a thug just a man who speaks his mind. It was not appropriate. I do apologize. Only a man can admit when he's wrong.
Only a man can admit when he's wrong.
I am definitely taking the under on the Warriors.
I guess I would, but not much under. I think they're better than .500, and I'm not sure they're any worse than Utah or Denver.
What is LA's record since D'Antoni took over?
Don't know, but apparently they're 1-10 this season when Kobe scores 30 or more? Which would seem to mean that when the team is going bad, he tries to do/has to do too much. Amazing that he's doing it efficiently, too, and it still hasn't been enough.
See, the last line of this quote is why I don't think it's accurate to phrase this as Kobe trying/having to do too much. He's scoring 29 a game on a 61% true shooting percentage this year. If you can score that much that efficiently, then damn it, you should.
Edit: Watched highlights of tonight's game, saw Varejao just blow by Howard. Was just one play, but did not look like the Dwight Howard I remember. (Have barely watched LAL so far this season.)
As to Howard, he is not the problem, either--Hombre is correct there. But I do think he is at present about 75% of what he used to be, due to the back. He seems to have a bit less mobility and explosiveness. No idea whether he will ever get it back.
I don't want to exhaust you, Robin (or Hombre), with Laker talk, but isn't Magic kinda right about Gasol? I've always liked his game, he seems to be critically important to the Lakers as really (aside from Kobe) their only skilled offensive player, and a really good defender. How or why has he become the "problem" in all this? Why can't his game coexist with Howard's?
I'm a casual NBA fan in Toronto. I'd like to ask the experts - is Toronto really this bad? They seem like they have some talent. I"m not saying they're good, but they're playing like the worst team in the NBA right now. I would accept anything in a trade for Bargnani.
1. MDA to look in the mirror. The Knicks are 34-11 since he left and the Lakers are 4-8 since he came.
2. Kobe to look in the mirror about his D.
3. Howard to look in the mirror about his attitude. ISTM that he doesn't really want to be here.
As to the Lakers in general, there are two fixes at the margins they can try:
Lots of Vinny snark on Bulls twitter feeds last night, but that team looks better than I would have ever imagined a Vinny team looking. A lot of that is Paul, but Hubie pointed out a lot of good things that the Clips were doing in their offence to react to the Bulls defense.
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