or Connect
Styleforum › Forums › Culture › Entertainment and Culture › NBA 2014-2015 Season Thread
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

NBA 2014-2015 Season Thread - Page 733

post #10981 of 17998
Quote:
Originally Posted by Rambo View Post

Hope you picked the over, Larry.

KOBE!

BTW - is it me, or are the wheels falling off Steve Nash? I know he's being neutralized in the new, stupid D'Antoni system, but a line of 5 points and 1 assist is never a good sign...

I called to see the line right after the lakers loss OKC. the line was weirdly low: lakers -1.5pts so I put a big bet on them. then I got really paranoid why the line was still so low going into game time lakers -2.5 maybe Kobe's elbow was really injured..

it all worked out in the end but was sketchy as hell. again Vegas must have been killed when the lakers covered.

Nash maybe should be leading the 2nd unit. Kobe + Nash is too much of a defensive liability when facing trams with good guards like Westbrook.
post #10982 of 17998
Quote:
Originally Posted by Rambo View Post

they really should have traded him then. he's actually not that bad of a player. i can't imagine why they'd just shuffle him down to the end of the bench like that.
P.J. Carlessimo is an asshole.
post #10983 of 17998
speaking of assholes...

http://espn.go.com/los-angeles/nba/story/_/id/9025882/dwight-howard-los-angeles-lakers-responds-criticism-former-orlando-magic-teammates
Quote:
NEW ORLEANS -- With Dwight Howard set to return to Orlando next week for the first time since becoming a member of the Los Angeles Lakers, the All-Star center wanted to set the record straight regarding remarks he made on his time with the Magic.

Howard told KCAL, a Los Angeles CBS affiliate, in an interview this week: "My team in Orlando was a team full of people who nobody wanted, and I was the leader, and I led that team with a smile on my face."

Howard clarified those comments Wednesday.

“Howard I would never say anything disrespectful to those guys and I think a lot of people took that and ran with it, twisted it into a negative thing. I love those guys.
” -- Dwight Howard on former Magic teammates

"My statement was just to say that our team that I played with in Orlando, we were the underdogs," Howard said after the Lakers' 108-102 win over the New Orleans Hornets on Wednesday night. "Nobody really talked about our team. It was underrated. Everybody overlooked us for the whole time I was there in Orlando and I hated that. We all hated that. We thrived off that. My comments were never to say anything disrespectful to those guys. Those were my teammates for years. They helped me become the player that I am today and we all got to the Finals because of that.

"I would never say anything disrespectful to those guys and I think a lot of people took that and ran with it, twisted it into a negative thing. I love those guys. We've had some great memories and we thrived off people saying that we weren't going to make it to the Finals, we weren't going to be a good team. That's what pushed us."

That characterization of a Magic team that went to the NBA Finals in 2009 hasn't sat well with his former teammates, including Jameer Nelson and Rashard Lewis, who both were named to the All-Star team while playing alongside Howard.

J.J. Redick, another former teammate, wasn't pleased, either.

"I'm not surprised by it," Redick told ESPNLosAngeles.com Wednesday evening before his Milwaukee Bucks played the Los Angeles Clippers. "I would be more surprised when Dwight starts taking responsibility. That would be the most negative thing I can say, but that's the truth.

"You can't take all the credit and not accept any of the blame."

In the two days since the interview aired, Nelson told the Orlando Sentinel that he was "disappointed" in Howard's comments, while Lewis said Howard's comments were "disrespectful."

"We helped Dwight become the player he was," Lewis, now a member of the Miami Heat, told the Sentinel on Wednesday.

"We made a good run. Hell, look at those (conference and division) banners hanging in the stands. They don't say Dwight Howard on them ..."

Howard said "a lot of people overreacted" to his comments.

"It was never intended to disrespect or downgrade any of those guys," he said. "I would always tell them I wouldn't trade them for the world. That's how I viewed it. For the most part, those guys know that. They know who I am and they probably just heard something and people twisted it and turned it in different ways. I'm not that kind of guy. I would never disrespect those guys. It just kind of got blown out of proportion."

While Howard may not have wanted his teammates traded, it is widely known that he sought a trade for himself this past summer that ended his career with the Magic after eight seasons.

Nelson, who was once one of Howard's closest friends on the Magic, said he was disappointed in Howard's comments.

"At some point, when are you as a man, going to take ownership and stay out of the media in a professional manner," Nelson told the Sentinel.

"I would be less of a man to comment on certain things that people comment on about me and my teammates. We had a great run as a group, as core guys, and he was a part of it (reaching the 2009 Finals) and for him to say things about anybody in a negative manner, that's up to him.

"That's his opinion. If that's how he feels, that's how he feels."

Howard said he has tried to reach out to both Nelson and Lewis to "let them know my thoughts" and is "upset" by their reactions.

"I know that we're going back to Orlando and they're trying to stir up as much stuff as they can as I head back there," Howard said about the Lakers' road game against the Magic on Tuesday. "But, I have nothing but love for that city. I have nothing but love for the fans that were there in Orlando. Nothing but love for all of my teammates that I played with and my whole statement, like I said, was based on everybody saying we were underrated. Nobody talked about us when we went to the Finals. It was all about Cleveland or whoever else, and it kind of pissed us off and we used that as motivation. Like I said, it was not anything to disrespect those guys."
post #10984 of 17998
post #10985 of 17998
Quote:
Originally Posted by Steve B. View Post

P.J. Carlessimo is an asshole.

not sure if he is an asshole, but he is not an NBA coach, he is a college coach.

Don't understand what they are thinking with Humphries, what is his contract? They've basically announced that going forward they will give him away for anything and what if Mirza Teletubby does not work? Then you go back to Humphries? I wish the Knicks would have traded one of their senior citizens for him. Off the bench, he is a guy that can get a lot of rebounds for you, put an elbow on a guy that needs to have an elbow put on him and add some strength/size to a second unit, something the Knicks don't have.
post #10986 of 17998
Amar'e had a good night. That makes me happy.
post #10987 of 17998
Quote:
Originally Posted by Rambo View Post

Hope you picked the over, Larry.

KOBE!

BTW - is it me, or are the wheels falling off Steve Nash? I know he's being neutralized in the new, stupid D'Antoni system, but a line of 5 points and 1 assist is never a good sign...
i got pissed and turned off the game, stopped the dvr and deleted it halfway through teh third quarter. thank god for endless re-runs.
nash is having the same adjustment problems howard is ... in a different way, of course. he really stepped up in the second half of the okc game, but it seems hard for a motion offense pg to run a team when there's little to no motion. his role is pretty much a spot-up jump shooter right now.
post #10988 of 17998
Funny. Wasn't "Princeton O turns Nash into just a spot up shooter" a big reason why Brown got canned?
post #10989 of 17998
Quote:
Originally Posted by Vickt View Post

Funny. Wasn't "Princeton O turns Nash into just a spot up shooter" a big reason why Brown got canned?
yeah, that's looking like another not-such-a-great buss move. d'antoni is having many of the same offensive problems, but not ggetting anywhere near the defense. good lord. 70 points in a half v. okc? 67 against the mfing hornets? good lord.
post #10990 of 17998
KOBE

KOBE

KOBE
post #10991 of 17998
Quote:
Originally Posted by Rambo View Post

KOBE

KOBE

KOBE

YES
post #10992 of 17998
Wait so are the lakers closing in on the 8th seed after all this shit this season?

'Course that means that these old guys are going expend everything in the tank to make the playoffs, only to get OKC in the first round lol8[1].gif
post #10993 of 17998
Quote:
Originally Posted by HRoi View Post

Wait so are the lakers closing in on the 8th seed after all this shit this season?

'Course that means that these old guys are going expend everything in the tank to make the playoffs, only to get OKC in the first round lol8[1].gif

If OKC is the top seed...
post #10994 of 17998
Oh, even if its San An, they're definitely not getting out of the first round. But after this disaster of a season, even hoping for a sliver of good news is enough.

Also, secretly hoping that Kobe averages 42 and 10 the rest of the way and pulls the MVP out of Lebron's hands.
post #10995 of 17998
RE: Wizards, I'm having serious concerns about Sam Cassell being Wall's tutor. With the competent big men and a least one spot-up shooter, Wall should drop 6-8 dimes a game, but he's not there yet. He needs Rod Strickland to leave Kentucky and work with him again.
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Entertainment and Culture
Styleforum › Forums › Culture › Entertainment and Culture › NBA 2014-2015 Season Thread